I just finished my write-up of the new (redesigned) 2011 Ford Explorer. To comply with the government's ridiculous 35 MPG "fleet average" fuel economy edict, Ford got rid of the Explorer's V-8 and turned the whole thing into a light-duty "crossover" that's got minimal towing and off-road ability.

If they had just put a diesel in the thing, they could have kept the truck-based architecture (and capability) while also making the government happy.

But, no.

They had to transform the formerly useful Explorer into another mostly useless "crossover" wagon.

Thanks, Uncle Sam