(disclaimer.....I reeeeaaaallly love this car) ST w/Tech & Street, Star White, ordered 7/6, delivered 10/15) And I drove 'em all hard.
Coming off 3 Escapes ('13, '14, '17) which I thought, and still do think were in the class of the best I've driven, I wasn't expecting the Explorer to feel as nimble, yet sure-footed. Sheeeeeit!
The Great: This sucker goes. It's not only the 400/415, but the key is the 10-speed. I've only been to 120 mph so far, but from 0-to-120 the engine never left the power band. I haven't had the chances to show it off from the line, but for those poor few, all they saw was my ass end. We have some pretty wicked on/off ramps around here. The Escapes were scary-fast around the tightening-radius corners. They would lean a bit and start to push very controllable. Through my favorite on-ramp a few times so far, I have yet to feel the "edge". I push the throttle and the ST goes faster.......but stays flat, no tire squeal, no drift, no sphincter-tightening, and seems to say, "C'mon you wuss, give me some more!"
This ST drives more effortlessly than any vehicle yet. I bought a 24 ft. RV Travel Trailer which required something stronger to pull it with. The ST will pull 5600 lbs. I'm 70 and wanted another sport car. (my '80 vette had a 9 lb turbo) And I wanted insulation from the road - QUIET. The ST gives me all three.
For the last 6 months I've read & watched all the reviews, 1st drives, tech reports, recalls, and propaganda I could find. I began drooling.... I used the forum to get my VIN, Sticker, Status. (boy am I glad I only have to deal with those egomaniacs once every 3 years!) The new Ford order tracking site works pretty good and is fairly accurate.
2 Things needing fixin' - 1. The A/C works great - when it's on. It seems that after it's been on heat (AUTO) it takes a big delta to change to A/C. Nothing to see the dealer about until the software fix. 2. I love the Intelligent Adaptive Cruise. My car will drive me through town by itself - I just have to keep a hand on the wheel. But on the highway when I exceed the speed limit (they ARE just suggested speeds, right?), the damn Speed Limit icon starts flashing, and KEEPS FLASHING on and off until I get below the limit. Either have it time-out, of let me turn it off. (If there's a way, let me know please!)
Contrary to most reviews I've see.n - Those big RED brakes do NOT grab, but if you push the pedal, you WILL feel them - very secure! In SPORT mode, it has only once down-shifted firmly when coming to a stop. All else is smooth.
In urban neighborhoods I really miss the side lights that come on under 12 mph when you turn the wheel.
Going to Vermont tomorrow to pick up my trailer.