"I was surprised! On the racetrack, the Explorer X is just as quick as our Mustang GTs. The handling is excellent and turn-in is excellent too. There's some body roll, but it's generally well controlled. In the corners, the truck is neutral and predictable and forgiving at the limit.
"The engine is outstanding. It produces a very useable kind of power with a strong midrange and good response that makes the car come off the turns hard. This level of performance from such a bulky vehicle is amazing. I'm impressed.
"I'm 66 years old and don't have any use for a street car that beats me up. But I still enjoy driving. I want a car that's comfortable, goes and turns, with room for people and gear. The X does all that.
"Plus, the styling is sharp - aggressive. It makes a statement without being gaudy or overdone. I like that too.
"The Ford Explorer is a well built truck. For someone looking for a performance SUV, I recommend the Explorer X."