Having already taken a ride in the Toyota 4Runner (small headroom) and the Chevy Trailblazer (engine whine), I decided to hop into an '05 Explorer. And I'm glad I did. The driving experience is a remarkable upgrade from the '97 Explorer. It's a very easy vehicle to drive and maintain (cheap insurance compared to 4Runner). Also, I'm getting about 19.1 MPG with a 65% highway, 35% city driving experience which is great compared to the Tahoe.
Quiet ride. Amazing handling for truck based SUV. Adequate V6 (not very powerful). Great used vehicle for the family and it won't break the bank.
Leather seats began cracking in the hot summer heat. Took to dealership and they helped refurbish under warranty.