Next best to a GL 450 merc
By john pearson on
2006 Ford Explorer Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (4.6L 8cyl 6A)
We have driven #xplorers for 10 years and 5 models. The combination of a frame for trailering, the independent suspension, roomy, quick V8, three row seating fit the niche. Smallest SUV that can accompish the tasks of a bigger SUV. The mileage is 15/20. The handling/ride has improved. We did crack the stability control cog on the axle by hitting a curb. Seemed strange since the wheel was fine but the axle cog broke. Had the tranny fixed. Same issue as everyone else but a quick resolution. The engine was reflashed for better response (nice improvement) and the belt assembly replaced to fix a high rpm shift squeek. Overall if you want a refined and real SUV that is not too big this is it
The combination of features offered in larger SUV's. Three seats, trailer rating, with the refinement of an independent suspension, comfortable leather seats, killer entertainment systems, the the Mustang motor, the new tranny for its efficiency and towing.
Quicker responding tranny for spirited driving, ability to more easily change fuel requirements, Octane for trailering, tow mode. You can certainly live with any other issue that I can't remember