Sporting last year's visual and mechanical makeover, the 2012 Ford Explorer is a FWD full-size crossover available with two different engines; a standard 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 290 hp/255 lb-ft of torque and an optional 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder Ecoboost engine that produces 240 hp/270 lb-ft of torque. Transmission options are comprised of a standard 6-speed automatic and an optional 6-speed SelectShift automatic transmission. Fuel mileage falls within an EPA estimated range of 17 mpg city to 28 mpg highway, depending on engine and transmission selection. Features include 4WD, terrain management system, seating for up to seven passengers, power liftgate, remote start, automatic climate control, hill descent control, rear view camera, voice activated SYNC®, active park assist, HD radio, heated seats, cooled seats, navigation system, push-button start, and dual-headrest DVD players. Safety consists of a blind sport information system, collision warning with brake support, trailer sway control, electronic stability control, curve control, anti-lock braking, and an industry-first inflatable rear safety belts. The Explorer is backed by a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty.Read more Read less
The roomy Ford Explorer utility vehicle is back for its second model year since a complete redesign, and it sees few changes other than the addition of a fuel-efficient new 4-cylinder engine to the lineup. The new 2.0L EcoBoost 4-cylinder provides performance of a base-level V6 combined with the fuel efficiency of a four, Ford claims. Also for 2012, the Explorer gets an expanded exterior color palette, including Ginger Ale Metallic, Dark Blue Metallic, Dark Blue Pearl Metallic, Cinnamon Metallic and Black.
Quiet interior; excellent ride quality; world-class safety features; good value; surprisingly good gas mileage with EcoBoost engine
The redesigned Ford Explorer has also been rated one of the safest utility vehicles at any size or price; it's the first vehicle in the world to offer rear inflatable seatbelts. Curve control--a more advanced version of electronic stability control--is also a Ford exclusive and Ford's MyKey system helps parents reel in teen drivers. And now it also stands out for being one of the greenest picks; Ford claims best-in-class gas mileage for non-hybrids and notes that the Explorer EcoBoost will go 20 percent farther on a gallon of gas than the Honda Pilot.
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