from C&D, a mode detailed review....still not a FULL review, but we are getting there - you can see they tried hard to avoid conflict - https://www.caranddriver.com/reviews...y-the-numbers/
"The 2020 Ford Explorer ST pictured here can get to 60 mph in a scant 5.2 seconds, which is only a tenth of a second quicker than a 1991 GMC Typhoon could"
this is a good number and improves over the 5.5 from the Explorer Sport! But there's something wrong with these ponies...a BMW X5 with 335hp can get to 60 in only 4.8s!
"On the road, the ST's ride is not objectionable, but there's no denying that the vehicle's sporting intentions and big wheels give it a heavy-footed feeling. Despite the grip of the tires, the starch in the suspension, and a structure that feels rock solid, the Explorer ST is not as coordinated as we'd hoped it would be, either"
"The steering action is heavy through the thick-rimmed wheel, but it feels artificially so. There's none of the buildup of forces that, in the best sporting machines, telegraph the status of grip to the driver. Combine that with a transmission that likes to let the engine rest at every opportunity, requiring multiple downshifts and turbo spool-up to get into the thrust, and the Explorer ST is not a natural performance vehicle"
"The apparent quality of the materials is at least on par with the Explorer's mainstream competitors. There are only a few pieces of questionable refinement, such as the panel on the center stack surrounding the climate-control knobs. It's hard, hollow, and ungrained, making it feel and look cheap. Such a piece wouldn't be off-putting in an XLT, which starts at less than $40,000. But it's a little harder to swallow on our test vehicle, which carried an MSRP of $62,020."
AND now consider this, a moderately equipped BMW X5 40i will run you about the same price as the Sport (MSRP to MSRP before discounts), the Mercedes GLE450 is a tiny cheaper.
Since C&D had to avoid tearing it apart...it instead provided an area for the drivers to provide their OWN professional opinion:
"I relish any opportunity to shake my fist at the SUV takeover, and the Explorer ST—as impressive as it is—is an easy target. The extra weight and height that come with a package like this are the enemies of performance, ostensibly the ST’s primary mission. So if Ford’s engineers were able to make this tall, nearly 5000-pound family bus corner this well and accelerate this quickly, then imagine what they could have done with this platform and powertrain if they had fitted a lower, lighter sedan body on top of it and called it the Taurus SHO. Sure, the Chevy SS was a flop, but the Dodge Charger could really use a good crosstown rival. It’s an alternate universe I wish I lived in. –Joey Capparella, staff editor
All expensive Fords—Lincolns included—have the same problem: They simply cost too much. They’re priced as if they were all-around more-premium products than they are. Just look inside this thing. The hard, oddly grained plastic that lines most of the lower half of the interior not only looks as if it had been pulled straight from the old Explorer, it also resembles a popcorn ceiling and is about as appealing as asbestos. And I know what you’ll say: “But this one is based on a rear-drive platform!” Sure, but turn-in is a little doughy, and the front and rear axles roll at different rates. And why does the front end look as though someone punched it flat? Durango SRT, please. –Alexander Stoklosa, staff editor"