I have driven an Explorer XLS for 6 years and decided to get something with more gas economy. I have to admit that the ride is superb compared to the '00 Explorer. The size is just right for a car like drive but has dig in and go capability of an SUV. The interior although plain to some, is perfect for me as too much "distraction" stuff is bothersome. I absolutely love it and can't think of a reason why I didn't buy one sooner than I did.
Simple to read instrument panel. 6-disk cd changer audiophile upgrade is worth the $600. Ride is comfortable and quiet.
Headrests are annoying to store when folding seats down, it'd be nice to borrow the design feature from the Freestar and have them fold down WITH the headrests on.