2012 Ford Explorer Review
A new kind of Explorer gets a new kind of engine.
This latest-generation Ford Explorer is larger, better looking, quieter, more powerful and far more fuel efficient than the pre-2011 models. The 2012 Explorer 2.0 EcoBoost option delivers a class leading 28 mpg Highway EPA rating. The Explorer offers lots of choices: three trim levels, two engines, front- or all-wheel drive and plenty of class-exclusive options. The base Explorer in particular jumps out. It's a fully quipped, state-of-the-art seven-seat SUV for under $30,000, with a smooth, powerful V6 that gets an EPA-rated 25 mpg Highway.
Sam Moses filed this report to NewCarTestDrive.com after his test drive of the Ford Explorer near Portland, Oregon.
Model Line Overview
|Model Lineup:||Ford Explorer ($28,870); XLT ($32,345); Limited ($37,855)|
|Engines:||2.0-liter dual overhead cam turbocharged inline-4|
|Safety Equipment (standard):||dual-stage front-impact airbags, front passenger side-impact airbags, full-cabin head protection curtains, antilock brakes (ABS), AdvanceTrak electronic stability control (ESC) with rollover stability protection and trailer sway control, tire-pressure monitor, SOS crash alert|
|Safety Equipment (optional):||inflatable rear seatbelts, blind spot warning system with cross traffic alert, rearview camera, reverse sensing system, adaptive cruise control|
|Basic Warranty:||3 years/36,000 miles|
|Assembled In:||Chicago, Illinois|
Specifications As Tested
|Model Tested (MSRP):||Ford Explorer ($28,870)|
|Standard Equipment:||fabric upholstery, six-way power driver's seat, air conditioning with particulate filter, AM-FM stereo with six speakers, single CD and auxiliary input, power windows, side mirrors and locks, cruise control, tilt/telescope steering wheel with audio controls, MyKey parental control, center console with storage box, overhead console with map lights, illuminated vanity mirrors, eight cup or bottle holders, four 12-volt power points, 60/40 split folding second row and 50/50 third row seats, cargo light, cargo hooks, carpeted floor mats, rear privacy glass, halogen projector-beam headlights, roof rails, 175-amp alternator, no-cap fuel filler, 17-inch steel wheels with plastic covers|
|Options As Tested (MSRP):||EcoBoost 240-hp turbocharged I4 engine ($995); SYNC voice activation with Bluetooth ($295); SiriusXM satellite radio hardware ($195); cargo shade ($135)|
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|Price as tested (MSRP)||31315|
|Horsepower (hp @ rpm):||240 @ 5500|
|Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):||270 @ 1750|
|EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:||20/28|
|Head/hip/leg room, f:||41.4/57.3/40.6|
|Head/hip/leg room, m:||40.5/56.7/39.8|
|Head/hip/leg room, r:||37.8/40.7/33.2|
|Suspension, f:||independent short/long arm, coil springs, stabilizer bar|
|Suspension, r:||independent multi-link, coil-over shock absorbers|
|Brakes, f/r:||vented disc/vented disc with ABS, electronic brakeforce distribution|
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