The Good Sync in the 2011 Ford Explorer continues as the best voice command system in the business, and integrates well with cell phones and MP3 players. Sirius Travel Link brings in very useful traveling information, such as weather and gas prices.
The Bad The navigation system loses its GPS signal too easily, and the touch screen is too slow responding to inputs. The USB ports acted finicky when used for audio playback.
The Bottom Line The new MyFord Touch cabin tech system in the 2011 Ford Explorer is surprisingly buggy, but otherwise this SUV offers plenty of room and easy onroad driving.
2011 Ford Explorer XLT
Electric cars and hybrids may hold the automotive limelight these days, but automakers have not given up on SUVs. Ford's venerable Explorer gets an update for the 2011 model year that completely redesigns the car from the ground up, making for a modern four-wheel-drive vehicle that justifies itself with a huge cargo area and third-row seating.
The 2011 Ford Explorer retains a trucklike front end, albeit with fewer harsh lines in the body work. Large side windows lead back to an angled C-pillar. The cargo area includes a third row of seats that can fold flat into the floor.