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2012 Ford Explorer XLT SUV

2012 Ford Explorer Review

(0 Stars)  The all-American SUV has gotten a makeover.

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Overview
What a difference a decade makes. Once the poster child of the SUV segment (rear- or all-wheel drive, body-on-frame construction, V-6 or V-8 engine), the new Explorer, which went on sale less than a year ago, is now a front-wheel-drive, four- or six-cylinder, unibody crossover. It's a dramatic departure from the old Explorer, but Ford needed to do something in the face of the old model's bleeding sales. The gamble appears to have paid off, with year-to-date sales more than double those of 2010. The reinvented Explorer features improved fuel economy, higher-quality materials, and state-of-the-art technology. But it does have some shortcomings. Visibility from the driver's seat is not good due to the high beltline and the thick A-pillars. The ride and handling are improvements over the old Explorer, but driving this crossover is in general a ho-hum affair. Buyers can opt for either a 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder or a 3.5-liter V-6, both mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard; all-wheel drive is available with the V-6. Options include MyFord Touch -- an eight-inch touch screen that integrates navigation, audio, climate, and phone functions -- which might be popular with tech-savvy buyers but comes with a huge learning curve. Adaptive cruise control, blind-spot warning, parallel-parking assist, and a power-folding third row are other popular options. Ford hopes this makeover will ensure the long-term survival of the Explorer, but it may end up cannibalizing sales from its already crossover-heavy lineup.

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2012 Explorer XLT Sport Utility Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 3.5L V 6 DOHC and variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 17 MPG city, 23 MPG highway, 19 MPG combined and 354 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
18.6gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 290 hp @ 6,500 rpm; 255 ft lb of torque @ 4,000 rpm

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'12 Ford XLT SUV Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Compass
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Steering Wheel Tilt
  Exterior  
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Privacy Glass
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Roof Rail
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  Safety  
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Hill Decent Control
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Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
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Parking Distance Control
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
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Third row seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
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Satellite Radio
  Technology  
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GPS/Satellite Communication
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Voice Activated Controls
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
  Trucks and Towing  
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Tow Hooks
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