The I4 engine is bi-turbo, so it does not lack for power when getting up to speed. It is a great vehicle for families with kids and pets, who need room for storage but a vehicle that can get around down town with out issues. This particular car is completely loaded with all the Platinum features except the electrical side steps. It's fun to drive It has the sport paddles if you want to control when the engine shifts. It has the sporty seats which is the only thing that I don't like but other than that the car is great!
Manual controls are limited, most of them have been moved to the touch screen, very clumbsy to work. Bogs on acceleration from a rolling turn or when starting from a slight roll. Compared to my 2013 Explorer, the 2016 is lower quality. Couple examples; when driving you can see the center of the hood bouncing up and down. You didn't see this with my 2013, also when closing the doors, they sound hollow and tinny, my 2013 did not.
We love our 2016 Explorer. This is our 3rd Explorer. Our 2006 Explorer was extremely reliable and required very little maintenance. We favor Explorers for two main reasons: it has a good towing capacity (5000lbs) and it easily carries or 2 kayaks when we put all the rear seats down. We use it to tow our 19 foot boat. We like the newer features of the 2016 such as the rear camera, bluetooth, synch, and touchsreen controls for entertainment and climate controls. It is very roomy (can seat 7 passengers) when we need to take more members of the family with us. It has always performed well in winter driving. It is a very comfortable car to ride in and has a great safety rating. It also has a lot of space to take skiing equipment in the winter time.