I've got a 2014 Explorer. 4WD, flex fuel, N.A. V6. The interior is fine but it's a slug in the motor department. Woefully underpowered for it's almost 7000 pounds. Mileage is meh. I do mostly city driving and get between 19-20 mpg. It's been very reliable though.
Unless you're loaded up with a family of 7 and gear, you're closer 5,000lbs. Regardless, the NA 3.5 certainly is lackluster compared to the EcoBoost.
We have a Rav4 Prime.
Inside feels like more of a midsize than compact.
0-60 in 5.2 seconds(car and driver) stock and we get low 80s mpg average.
It's a plug in hybrid that gets us 44 electric mile range(max 52) but also has a 14.5 gallon gas tank.
150k warranty on the battery. Electric bill is only abt $20 per month more. You can also drive it without ever plugging it in and get 40mpg.
Its definitely a weird suv, in a good way. Tries to be a jack of all trades and pretty much succeeds.
Just under $40k but you get a $7500 tax rebate.
I had an explorer back in the day too and loved it. But I ****ing hate spending money on gas now. Even just going to pump is annoying to me. Haven't been in almost 8 weeks.
I almost got a telsa but the built quality isnt there and I like the option of a gas motor, plus it's about 16k more.
Looking at an Explorer ST as well. The X3 and RAV4 were not on my list but these look nice on the surface.