Famous space Explorers
The 2016 Ford Explorer has one of the lowest interior scores in the class, and there are a number of reasons why. You don't get a great view of the road like you'd expect from an SUV because the Explorer has large roof pillars and a high dashboard. It can be a pain to fit a rear-facing baby seat in the second row, and third-row space isn't particularly impressive either. The optional touch-screen system's controls can be frustrating. There are a few bright spots: The new Platinum trim has classy styling, and the basic audio and climate controls have been improved for 2016. But all-in-all, there are better choices in this class.
- "The interior also looks bland and unrefined in all but the Platinum trim." – Automobile Magazine
- "While the interior of Platinum models is awash in fancy trim, with real wood, matte aluminum, and glossy plastic featuring prominently, lesser Explorers have seen a mild revision, too." – Car and Driver
- "Elsewhere inside the 2016 Explorer Platinum, it's easy to see that Ford engineers sweat the details to shoot for entry-level luxury crossovers like the GMC Acadia Denali and Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit. Leather covers most every surface from the seats to the dash cover to the door panels, which are stitched up in a neat diamond pattern." - Autoblog
Seating and Cargo
If you're considering an SUV because you want a commanding view of the road, the 2016 Ford Explorer isn't for you. It has thick roof pillars and a high dashboard that obstruct your view out of the vehicle, even if you're tall. Also, you probably won't be particularly comfortable in the driver's seat because it doesn't provide much thigh support.
The second row isn't especially roomy for the class, so you might find it difficult to install a rear-facing baby seat. The third row is also small, although most third rows in SUVs are appropriate for kids only. If you want an SUV with a more adult-friendly third row, consider the Honda Pilot.