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Generous standard safety equipment; quiet cabin; good balance of around-town driving, towing, and off-road capabilities.
The Explorer underwent a full redesign for 2006. With the 2007 version, Ford has eliminated the XLS trim level and now only offers XLT, Eddie Bauer, and Limited configurations. Side curtain airbags have been made standard on the Eddie Bauer and Limited trim levels, and all trim levels now feature an audio input jack. On the XLT, some equipment that was standard in 2006 has been made optional for 2007, including the power driver seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel, security approach lamps, illuminated visors, overhead console, and rear map light. For 2007, the Limited adds such standard equipment as auxiliary rear air conditioning, a third row seat, reverse sensing capability, and 18" aluminum wheels. As in years past, the Explorer's body is a traditional SUV, while the Explorer Sport Trac trades the enclosed rear cargo area for an open bed. The Sport Trac is available in all the same trims as the Explorer, with the exception of the Eddie Bauer line. A new Ironman option package is available for the XLTs, offering several cosmetic changes--including a unique Orange Frost paint--for an appropriately athletic look.