We LOVE our new Explorer! It's solid, very quiet, and very versatile which is good when you have 2 small boys. Power from the V6 is good, not excellent, and we have no problems traversing the long steep hills of Western PA. It's no sports car but it does handle very well for its size and even seems to handle better than the Escape it replaced. The thing I can't get over is how quiet it is inside and what a great highway cruiser it is. It's almost limo-like! The DVD system has a few too many buttons but once you learn them you realize that they are there for added convenience. Overall the '06 Explorer isn't great at any one thing but it is very good at everything.
The pleasing, quiet new interior, DVD system, fold flat second and third row seats, AdvanceTrac with RSC, and the IRS which makes for a very pleasant ride.
The infamous door handle needs to be re-worked and, according to Ford, will be addressed for MY07. A few more horses for the V6 but you can always get the V8 for that. A grab handle for the driver when step-rails are present. The steering wheel is not a good substitute for a grab-handle.