Given the general consensus of motoring journalists that are impressed with the 2011 Ford Explorer, it’s pretty difficult to understand those who don’t like it.
Consumer reports however not only didn’t like it, they pretty much mocked Ford’s efforts with the 2011 Explorer SUV apart from a few small points.
In offering their insight on the world of mid-sized SUVs, consumer reports pitted the 2011 Ford Explorer against the Toyota Highlander Hybrid and the Volkswagen Touareg TDI.
Both the rivals did admirably well but as far as the American option is concerned, CR considers it a success in terms of interior finish and the engine bay but the rest isn’t the same.
Apparently the average user would find optional MyFord Touch dashboard design as overcomplicated and distracting to use.
The gearbox was also criticized for sluggish down shift actions and the consumer reports test also found the handling poor even for a vehicle in this class.
Finally, and perhaps most disturbing, was that Consumer Reports liked the performance of the 290 horsepower 3.5 liter V6 and the 18 mpg fuel economy but claim it was too noisy.
I’m yet to drive the 2011 Ford Explorer and many of Consumer Reports’ test results have proven to be scandal prone so I wouldn’t consider everything as true, but it is worth seeing the other side.