...but I'm not so sure it's even them "phoning it in." You can basically exchange an Explorer ST road test for a Durango SRT one or GLS63. There's only so much you can do to improve the handling of this class of vehicle.
Because if we leave emotion out of it what we have here is a car that’s terrifically good at acquiring speed, but much less good at losing it. That actually has too much power for its chassis to deal with (although compared with a G55 it’s a ballet dancer). That returns 17mpg without any semblance of sportiness.
The handling is vague because it weighs 2.6 tonnes before you put anything inside. Add a few family members and you’re looking at three tons heaving along a B-road. You’ll soon learn that you have to tighten the suspension up into Sport or Sport+ just to prop it up through corners that you’ll have had difficulty slowing down for in the first place.