What we liked: The driver's seat seemed to make the most lasting impression on the judges. "The driver"s seat of the Explorer was incredibly comfortable, like a La-Z-Boy for the car," Varela said. Others liked the "bold styling, sporty dash and interior" (Davis); "I like how the Explorer hustled from a stop" (Thomas), and "the navigation system is good to have at this price" (Wiesenfelder). While many critics have complained about MyFord Touch, a touch-screen multimedia system, several experts found that, given time, they could make it work. "The center panel is less onerous than other MyFord Touch executions I've used," Wiesenfelder said, an opinion echoed by Thomas and Healey. What we didn't: But Davis still had issues with MyFord Touch: "Touch controls don't always respond and they distract attention from the road." "The Explorer is the only model in which I felt like I needed more driver's-seat legroom," Wiesenfelder said, "and the second row doesn't slide either: an invaluable provision on some of these models." That immovable second row also drew boos from Varela, who found them "quite heavy, making the flip-and-tumble operation to gain access to the third row extremely tough and a little violent. "I would be worried about the fate of my children's fingers when trying to do this on their own," she said. For Thomas, the issues were more structural. "When you flipped the second row forward to get in or out of the third row," he said, "the connecting bolts to the sheet-metal shook loosely. A similar setup in the Sorento was rock-solid."
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