2007 Ford Explorer

Interior The usual rundown for an XLT Ex’—power everything. Auto headlamps, second row 60/40 split bench, rear DVD, 10-way power seats, powerfold third row for ya youngin’s. Seats look hard like those plastic slipcovers Grams has on her living room sofa. Feels the same way, too. Exterior Orange Frost and husky gray scheme is a... Read more »

Interior The usual rundown for an XLT Ex’—power everything. Auto headlamps, second row 60/40 split bench, rear DVD, 10-way power seats, powerfold third row for ya youngin’s. Seats look hard like those plastic slipcovers Grams has on her living room sofa. Feels the same way, too.


Exterior Orange Frost and husky gray scheme is a weird combo that stands out at the light from blocks away. Rugged-looking, blacked-out grille and Ironman badges make it linebacker tough. Check the 18-inch aluminum wheels. Hey, it’s Ironman, not Bling Man.


Floss Factor The convenience package boasts an entry keypad on the door and auto-dimming rear-view. Navi and Sirius radio bump up the bling factor, but not by much. This ride is for that one fly guy doing the daily triathlon grind.


Flaw Factor No running boards along side the doors— even iron men need a lift every now and then. Be easy when returning your hands to steering position as those buttons are easily triggered.


Extra Extra Explorers are like that old girlfriend—dependable and (hopefully) still easy to work ya way around. You just don’t want to be seen with her every day, but it’s hard to turn down a familiar face, healthy V8 and a wide body with back-wheel kick. This ride brings it back to the old-school days of the Ironman watch. It’s no ice on your wrist, but it’ll take a lickin’ and keep on tickin’, er, truckin’. Datwon Thomas


Rating 4
Damage $39,285
Power 292hp, 300 lb.-ft.
0-60 Not a factor
Top Speed Not advised
Gas Cash 15 city, 21 hwy
Miles Driven 117