I purchased my Explorer after my GMC Sonoma was totaled. My back was injured so I was needed something comfortable and reliable. I found it in the Explorer. I have had only two mechanical problems: locking mechanism went out on the drivers door this year ($500incl labor) and the GEM module went out so I dont have washer fluid on the windshield ($300 for part from Ford). Otherwise very reliable. Overall great SUV.
Reliablility! Comfortable and sense of safety! Lots of room, keypad on door. Cruise control, AC is cold.
Nothing but gas mileage. Though I know there have been some improvements on the newer models.