The 2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer, the mid-level trim for this full-size SUV, offers some styling, comfort, and safety touches you won't find in the entry-level XLT.
Ford's design partnership with the folks at outdoorsy retailer Eddie Bauer has been going on for more than two decades; over the years, Ford's Eddie Bauer trims have followed their namesake in becoming less backwoods and more upscale.
For this model year, the '07 Explorer Eddie Bauer trim includes some interior accents (leather-wrapped steering wheel and leather-trimmed sport bucket seats), some exterior flourishes, and the proprietary Ford Safety Canopy system.
The Eddie Bauer Edition od the 4x4 Explorer can be powered by either the 4.0 liter V-6, making 210 horsepower, or the 4.6 liter V-8, which delivers 292. The 4x4 models will not be able to tow 7300 pounds like the 4x2s, but when properly equipped, they will haul close to 7000 lbs. Eddie Bauer is primarily an appearance package for the Explorer, with features like leather seats, two-tone paint and quasi-wood trim. Additional convenience items (not found on the XLT) include heated front seats, an auto-dimming rear view mirror, and a power driver's seat.
The Ironman package may be applied to the base XLT trim level. This appearance upgrade is available with all four XLT variations (created by different engine/drive train pairings). The Ironman Explorer is set apart by its all-black interior color scheme and two-tone leather seats.
The Ironman package may be applied to the base XLT trim level. This appearance upgrade is available with all four XLT variations (created by different engine/drive train pairings). The Ironman Explorer is set apart by its two-tone interior, with black-and-cream door panels and leather seats in the first and second rows. (The optional third row is all black and vinyl only.) The headliner is cream colored and makes for a light and airy interior, while the darker two-tone door panels, black carpeting, and Ironman rubber mats front and rear keep cleaning chores to a minimum.
The 2007 Ford Explorer Limited is the highest-end trim offered for this full-size SUV. As you'd expect from a Ford Limited edition, it provide luxurious interior details as well as the best of Ford's proprietary safety systems.
Standard safety features for the '07 Ford Explorer Limited include the Safety Canopy system and heated power mirrors with security approach lamps. Combined with the Explorer safety features common to all trims (side impact airbags, Intelligent Safety System, and Advance Trac with Roll Stability Control), the '07 Explorer Limited should give drivers a feeling of security on the road.
Luxury touches that come standard with the 2007 Explorer Limited include leather-trimmed heated front bucket seats, an audiophile stereo system with MP3 capability, dual-zone temperature control, and 50/50 third row seats.
There are two vartions of the Ford Explorer Limited 4x4 available in 2007. A 4.0 liter V6-powered model supplies 210 horsepower, while the 4.6 liter V8 version bumps horsepower to 292. Thanks to 300 pound-feet of torque, towing is about 7000 pounds with the V8. The Limited comes standard with dual-zone climate control (front and rear), a power front passenger seat and memory function for the driver, an in-dash CD changer, steering wheel audio controls, heated mirrors and 18-inch alloy wheels.
The 2007 Ford Explorer XLT offers solid comfort and power. As the entry-level trim for this full-size family SUV, the '07 XLT doesn't have all the bells and whistles you'll find on the higher-end Limited and Eddie Bauer trims.
It's a comfortable ride, though, and Ford hasn't skimped on the styling. Along with a cozy interior, you'll get some cool features like fog lamps and 16-inch painted-aluminum wheels.
Safety features that come standard with this trim include side impact airbags as well as Ford's proprietary Intelligent Safety System and Advance Trac with Roll Stability Control.
This year, the XLT is also available with an Ironman package that honors Ford's sponsorship of the international triathlon event. Ironman features include a special Orange Frost exterior color, black grille and bodyside cladding, and 18-inch aluminum wheels.
There are two variants of the XLT 4x4, offering buyers a choice between the 4.0 liter, 210hp V-6 and the 4.6 liter, 292hp V-8. The V-6 pairs with a five-speed automatic transmission, while the V-8 uses a six-speed. Standard features on the XLT include air conditioning, 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, full power accessories, and a CD sound system with an MP3 input. A third row of seating is optional, as are second row captain's chairs.