The signs were there. When Lincoln revealed their new 3-row Aviator built upon a rear-wheel-drive platform it was a lock that the next generation Ford Explorer would follow suit. And indeed, it has. By aligning the 10-speed transmission with the EcoBoost engine’s output shaft, this rear-wheel-drive-based Explorer has specific performance, towing and design benefits over its front-drive-based predecessor. Ford says this Explorer is roomier in all 3 rows, and more capable, comfortable and sportier. Families will benefit from myriad places to stow personal items, a new E-Z entry 2nd row seat that can be operated with one hand, a wide, flat load floor that can carry 4’ building materials, redesigned anchor points for easier child seat installation throughout the rear, available PowerFold 3rd row seats, and available 2nd row window sunshades.