A Brief Insight into the Reinvented ExplorerIn 2011, Ford decided to reinvent and redesign the original Explorer rather than scraping it altogether. Ford got rid of its original truck-based design, full time four-wheel drive, available V8 engine, and just about anything else. The new 2011 Ford Explorer is a crossover, where the only thing in common with its predecessor is the available seven-passenger seating.The standard powertrain of the Explorer puts together a 3.5 liter V6 engine with 290 horsepower with a six-speed automatic transmission. It is able to tow up to five-thousand pounds. Safety feature of the 2011 Explorer include traction control, ABS, antiskid system, and front side and curtain side airbags. All have MyFordTouch – a touch screen system controlling climate, audio, cell phones, and all navigation controls. MyFordTouch also comes with voice activation. The navigation system uses TeleNav and also has “Eco-Route guidance” so drivers can locate the most fuel-efficient route to the desired destination.Other standard parts of the Explorer on the Limited edition and option on XLT include leather upholstery, automatic climate control, rearview camera, and heated front seats. Options only available to the 2011 Ford Explorer Limited edition include adaptive cruise control, cooled and heated front seats, hands-free parallel parking system, and forward-collision warning. The Limited and XLT have optional power tailgate and sunroof.Why do People Like the 2011 Ford ExplorerThe newest Explorer model is praised for its smooth and steady acceleration and its ability to switch gears in a smooth manner. The new model is very capable. It may lack off-road hardware that was visible with its Explorer predecessors, but even for a crossover, it is a very capable car. The Explorer handles off-roading situations with ease. Though not recommended for extreme trails, for moderate forays onto non-pavement scenarios, the Explorer will not cause you any trouble. The seats are much more comfortable than past models and its third-row seats are the most adult-friendly out there. You can be five-eight and still be able to sit comfortably in the back and not in a position where you are hugging your knees.As previously mentioned, the Explorer is well stocked when it comes to technology. It has the latest model of Ford’s Sync system and is able to understand nicknames and synonyms. It also has the improved MyFordTouch system with no more delays and the new Eco-Route guidance feature. The 2011 Ford Explorer is also the latest in Ford’s line of vehicles to have iTunes Tagging that works in conjunction with the radio receiver. Individuals, upon hearing a song they enjoy, can “tag” it and save it to the onboard memory. Once an individual plugs in their iPod, the data stored is transferred and the individual can purchase those songs.