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STYLING | 8 out of 10
Interior sports more angular styling along with several new features
Kelley Blue Book
the vehicular equivalent of a pair of khaki Dockers
Car and Driver
user friendly layout …..make this workaday SUV feel a little more upscale
The 2010 Ford Explorer mates classic SUV exterior styling that's clean and uncluttered with fantastic interior design—although some reviewers feel the Explorer has become so common that it is basically ubiquitous.
Noting that more than 5.5 million Explorers have been sold, Car and Driver reports that Ford Explorers "are so ubiquitous—and so conservatively styled—that few of us even see them anymore" and likens the Ford Explorer to "the vehicular equivalent of a pair of khaki Dockers."
All of the 2010 Ford Explorer's three trims are generally similar on the outside. The only real variations are different-size wheels and "a chrome four-bar grille" on the XLT versus the "chrome three-bar grille" on the Eddie Bauer and Limited models, according to Cars.com. Kelley Blue Book says both grilles are "inspired by Ford's F-150 pickup," but overall the Explorer "remains a very obvious descendant of the first Explorer that materialized some 17 years ago."
On the inside, reviewers are impressed by the attention to detail that Ford puts into the Explorer's interior, such as the trim rings around the gauges and the surprisingly well-designed interior door handle releases. While the interior is largely unchanged for 2010, it is still an impressive offering from the Blue Oval. Kelley Blue Book notes that the all-around styling of the interior is "more angular" on this generation of Explorer than on previous models, which most reviewers appreciate. The Ford Explorer also wins praise from Edmunds for its "user-friendly layout" and "sharp two-tone color schemes" that "make this workaday SUV feel a little more upscale."
The 2010 Ford Explorer's styling is clean and uncluttered, while the interior impresses reviewers with its layout and attention to detail.