2011 Ford Explorer Limited 3.5 V6 from North America
Got a life? Get an Explorer to put it in
Had to have MyFord Touch software reflashed at first service, was clashing with my iPhone 3G. Dealer fixed at no cost.
Excellent, reliable, comfortable, safe SUV that sets the benchmark.
Its unibody shell makes it much better on road than traditional trucks, with minimal loss of offroad performance.
Loaded with safety features and nice design touches (the collision warning & curve control are particular favourites), and the excellent programmable MyKey means I can program the air conditioned seats and climate control to have the car nice & cool when I get in, even on the hottest, muggiest Toronto day.
The terrain management system means I deal with muddy cottage country roads with no problems, and even driving in heavy snow in February (three days after picking it up) was a breeze.
The only dislike is the high purchase cost (my fully optioned Limited came in at over $50000 + HST), but when you compare the Explorer with similarly specced 'upmarket' SUVs like the BMW X5 or Mercedes (both of which are made in Mexico as well as the USA), $55k is a bargain.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th June, 2011
55K for a Ford Explorer, sounds like Ford is pricing itself out of the market. I can think of a lot of vehicles with a ton more prestige in that price range. A loaded Buick Enclave is less than that, and a Lexus RX is very near that price point.