2007 Ford Explorer Interior
This interior review was written when the 2007 Ford Explorer was new.
Reviewers are generally pleased with the five-seat (seven-seat optional) Explorer's quiet, comfortable interior and ample cargo room. Comfort features and a quiet cabin have rendered the Explorer a "quite luxurious offering," according to Motor Week.
"The carefully selected materials and sophisticated design" also lead theto conclude, "The Explorer maintains its workhorse ability while raising the standard for comfort."
U.S. News' Rick Newman observes, "A handsome dash, copious storage, and thoughtful touches like a third-row that folds completely horizontal to keep groceries and supplies from rolling around make the Explorer an appealing family get-about."
The majority of reviewers are comfortable in the Explorer's cockpit. New Car Test Drive reports, "The seats are at once more supportive and more comfortable than in older Explorers, where we found them a bit hard."
Reviewers point out that passengers have plenty of space. Edmunds says, "Headroom abounds in the first two rows, and second-row legroom is surprisingly generous, even in the three-row configurations." AutoMedia.com points out that the third row "is actually habitable by full-grown adults." The , however, asserts that the interior "handles up to seven adults, but not all of them would be comfortable during long trips," suggesting, "Put the kiddies in the way back."
MSN is among the few reviewers that address visibility, pointing out that "second- and third-row headrests fold forward so they don't partly block rear vision, but thick roof posts hinder outward visibility."
The Explorer comes standard with air-conditioning, cruise control, power windows and a message center with temperature display. Thepoints out that despite the "SUV character" of the base model, "the Explorer is easy to dress up."
Many reviewers recommend the power fold-flat third-row seat, which is an individual option that is reasonably priced. Theexplains, "Hit a button and you're done. No muss, no fuss, no hassle. If you're 'no bigger than a minute,' as my Grandma always said about me, you'll appreciate not having to climb into the car to get the seat to follow your bidding."
Other individual options include a reverse sensing system, a glass sunroof, and leather seats (optional on the XLT, but standard on the Eddie Bauer and Limited). "The leather looked good," says Edmunds, and "felt good, too."
A Convenience Group package (XLT and Eddie Bauer models only) includes automatic lamps, keyless entry, an electrochromatic mirror, and a message-center compass. An Ultimate Convenience Group package is available on the Eddie Bauer and Limited models, and includes power adjustable pedals with memory and a universal garage door opener. The Ironman Package provides rubber floor mats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a unique 10-way adjustable driver's seat, a four-way adjustable passenger seat, leather-trimmed and heated first- and second-row seats, and Ironman logos throughout the cabin.
The Family Car states, "An SUV is all about carrying stuff along with people," and deems the Explorer "up to the task." Most reviewers agree. As Motor Week puts it, "Explorer cargo room, always a high point, remains generous." Reviewers like that the seats fold to create a flat cargo floor. The writes, "Rear seats easily folded flat to make room for bulky cargo." New Car Test Drive provides details, writing, "The cargo floor is completely flat when all the seats are folded, with almost no forward rise (two degrees as opposed to ten in older models)."