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2006 Explorer -- reinvention and perfection
By Jon on
Vehicle2006 Ford Explorer Limited 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 6A)
ReviewSmooth running 3V V8 has very long legs, with an endless flow of seamless power. Smooth acceleration and braking. Interior quality on par with the F150 though the door panels could be designed a little better as the handles are hard to reach when opening the door. Very impressed with the overall quality of the interior though it does not compare with say, a BMW M5. The ride is very compliant, much better than previous years and the chassis seems much stiffer and quieter. It seems remarkably nimble for such a large vehicle, making it very easy to drive. The 2006 Explorer is head and shoulders above previous model years. It is the best Explorer yet, and is nearly perfect.
Best FeaturesMemory seat/pedal settings. Dual climate zones. Steering wheel climate/stereo/cruise controls.
Worst FeaturesRelocating interior door handles to more natural location. Real chrome rims. The big 3 are all letting us down with their "chromed" plastic covered wheels. Explorer specific: Don't charge over $400 for 18" chromed wheels which are actually plastic chrome wheel covers on a cast alloy wheel.
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