Interior / Exterior » 8
STYLING | 8 out of 10
more style than a station wagon or minivan
Handsomely styled inside and out
Interior sports more angular styling
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TheCarConnection.com notes that the styling of the 2007 Ford Explorer is clean and uncluttered, with an upright, angular theme inside and out.
Each of the Ford Explorer’s trim levels feature largely similar external styling, with the only real differences being different-size wheels and "a chrome four-bar grille" on the XLT versus the "chrome three-bar grille," according to Cars.com on the Eddie Bauer and Limited models
The differences between them rest in the details. For instance, the Eddie Bauer edition has a chrome three-bar grille, Pueblo Gold running boards, and a two-tone bumper and trim treatment. The Limited picks up "chrome roof rails and 18-inch machined aluminum wheels," says Cars.com, adding, "A chrome four-bar grille, unique bumpers, fog lamps, puddle lamps and 16-inch aluminum wheels are installed on XLT models."
On the interior, the goal clearly was to add some class to the vehicle, and reviewers differed on whether that’s been achieved. Autoblog notes, "where Ford attempted to infuse the interior with a bit of style is where we think things went wrong," pointing to the plasticky-looking faux wood-grain accents. Edmunds likes the overall look, pointing to the Explorer’s "user-friendly layout" and "sharp two-tone color schemes," which "make this workaday SUV feel a little more upscale."
That said, with more than 5.5 million Explorers sold, Car and Driver reminds readers that you’re not likely to stand out in one of these dime-a-dozen rigs. Ford Explorers “are so ubiquitous―and so conservatively styled―that few of us even see them anymore,” they say, likening the Ford Explorer to “the vehicular equivalent of a pair of khaki Dockers.”
Though some of the interior details are lacking up close, the 2007 Ford Explorer has a classic angular design that’s soft on the eyes.