2005 Ford Explorer Limited 4WD 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 5A)
We bought this vehicle to tow a 5,500lb boat and it does it easily and safely.
We had bad reliability previously with a Ford Windstar and were reluctant to buy Ford again. But the Explorer fit into our garage (vs. the competing & huge GM products with 3rd row seating), had more than adequate tow specs, and had a nimble feel due to the independent supension.
6 yrs and 70,000 miles later we couldn't be happier. It has required only minor repairs, oil, brakes, etc.
It rides smooth and quiet at xway speeds and is a powerful tow platform (glad we bought the V8).
Gas econ is 16 - 18 which is acceptable given the fact that this is actually a heavy body-on-frame truck vs. the hybrids which are n
Smooth powerful ride, solid feel, great handling on steep surfaces such as boat ramps.
Excellent traction with 4x4 high setting in deep snow.
Very short turn radius - reasonably easy to park.
Paint and finish has held up exceptionally well.
Can Haul 4x8 sheet goods on a diagonal.
Some controls are non-sensical.
Seat heater controls are on the outboard sides of both front seats rather than on the console and are not easily distinguishable from the feel of other buttons and knobs.
Info center reports erroneous tire pressure faults which is annoying.
Wiper controls are goofy. Console lids feel cheap and flimsy.
Has 7,200lb towing spec and yet came with only a class 1 hitch (I had to upgrade at my expense??).