2012 Ford Explorer

Base 2WD 4-Dr Sport Utility V6 auto trans

2012 ford explorer Reviews and News

2012 Ford Explorer Left Side View
For 2012, Ford is putting its Ecoboost technology to work in its popular Explorer and Edge sport-utilities, in a quest for better gas mileage. Previously available only with V-6 engines (which continue), the Explorer and the Edge are both adding a turbocharged, direct-injected 2.0-liter four-cylinder.
2012 Ford Edge Front Right Side View
Ecoboost for (nearly) all
If you think you've heard a lot already about Ecoboost, Ford's very clever and much-hyped brand name for direct injection combined with turbocharging, well, you ain't heard nothin' yet. Ecoboost is already offered in V-6 form in the Lincoln MKS and MKT, the Ford Flex and Taurus SHO, and the Ford F-150. By 2013, there will be an Ecoboost engine available in 90 percent of Ford's U.S. models. So there's lots more Ecoboost to come.
The 2.0-liter turbo four is making its U.S. debut in the Explorer and the Edge. (The engine will be coming to the Taurus early next year, and is also slated for the upcoming Focus ST.) In the Explorer, it makes 237 hp and 250 pound-feet of torque; and for the Edge the figures are 240 hp and 270 pound-feet. Those numbers compare favorably to VW's 2.0T (200 hp, 207 pound-feet); but the Ford figures are less impressive next to Kia's 2.0-liter turbo (260 hp, 269 lb-ft).
Ford Ecoboost 2.0L I-4, 237 hp, 250 lb-ft (Explorer)
Ford Ecoboost 2.0L I-4, 240 hp, 270 lb-ft (Edge)
Kia turbo 2.0L I-4, 260 hp, 269 lb-ft (Sportage)
VW turbo 2.0L I-4, 200 hp, 207 lb-ft (Tiguan)
2012 Explorer
Ever since the current-generation Explorer was previewed in 2008 with the Explorer America concept, Ford has said it would put a turbo four in the vehicle. The engine was not ready at the launch of the new Explorer late last year, so 2011 models came only with a 3.5-liter V-6. For 2012, however, it's finally here. Interestingly, the V-6 remains standard equipment, and the turbo four will be an extra-cost option ($995).
The V-6 bests the Ecoboost engine in horsepower, with 290 hp (versus 237 hp), and -- just barely -- in torque, with 255 pound-feet (versus 250 lb-ft). Both engines are paired with a 6-speed automatic, but whereas the V-6 is available with either front-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive, the four-cylinder is front-wheel-drive only. The V-6 also tows more: 5000 pounds, to the four-cylinder's 2000 pounds.
So what do buyers get for nearly $1000? Better fuel economy. Comparing front-wheel-drive models, the Ecoboost engine gets an additional 3 mpg in the city and on the highway. The actual Ecoboost figures are 20 mpg city, 28 mpg highway (compared to 17/25 mpg for the V-6). Those numbers are extremely good for such a large three-row SUV.
Because the Explorer is a large SUV -- and heavy, at 4500 pounds -- there is a trade-off in performance. Ford's internal testing puts the turbo four 0.8 second behind the six-cylinder in the 0-to-60 sprint (9.0 seconds vs. 8.2). On the road, the Explorer Ecoboost is able to get off the line reasonably well, but passing and merging require a bit of patience. Climbing grades, the transmission doesn't hesitate to downshift, which is helpful. What's most impressive, though, is that Ford engineers have managed to tune the turbo four to almost perfectly mimic the character of a V-6. There is no turbo lag, throttle response is linear, and engine note (when you can hear it -- it's barely perceptible when you're cruising) is notable only for its utter conventionality. In sound and feel, the turbocharged, direct-injected four-cylinder is little different than any transverse V-6 laboring away under the hood of a modern crossover/SUV. And that is exactly the result they were looking for. What remains to be seen is what value buyers place on fuel economy, and whether they'll pony up an extra $1000 and sacrifice a bit of performance, for what amounts to a fairly significant increase in fuel economy.
2012 Edge
Compared to the Explorer, the smaller, lighter Edge makes a slightly better home for the 2.0-liter Ecoboost four. Not only is the Edge some 500 pounds lighter than the Explorer, but the turbo four actually makes more power and torque in this application. Its 240 hp is still less than the Edge V-6's 285 hp, but the torque figure of 270 pound-feet actually beats the V-6's 253 lb-ft.
Even so, here as in the Explorer, the Ecoboost engine is only available with front-wheel drive. And here too, the V-6 will be the obvious choice for people who do substantial towing, as its 3500-pound maximum towing capacity far exceeds the four-cylinder's 1500 pounds. Once again, the 3.5-liter V-6 is standard, and the Ecoboost four is a $995 option. (There's also an Edge Sport with its own V-6, a 3.7-liter good for 305 hp.)
The Ecoboost engine ups this crossover's EPA ratings from 19/27 mpg city/highway to 21 mpg city and 31 on the highway. That puts it just behind some of its most economical four-cylinder competitors, such as the Chevrolet Equinox and the Kia Sorento (both 22/32 mpg); but neither of those vehicle's normally aspirated four-cylinder engines comes close to the Edge turbo four's output.
Again in the Edge, the turbo four can't match the quickness of the V-6. Where Ford measures the V-6's 0-60 time at sprightly 7.3 seconds, it clocks the turbo four at a more sedate 8.8 seconds. But the Edge Ecoboost does not feel sluggish, and the turbo four's throttle response and sound quality do an excellent job imitating the dynamic character of a V-6.
In both of these SUVs, the arrival of the Ecoboost four-cylinder offers buyers the opportunity to up their mpg, at a relative modest sacrifice in performance. The inability to pair the engine with four-wheel drive will naturally limit its appeal. It will be interesting, however, to see how many buyers of the front-wheel-drive models are willing to pay extra to increase their mileage. With a substantial number of buyers -- even SUV buyers -- now ranking fuel economy as a primary purchase consideration, it may be an idea whose time has come.
2012 Ford Explorer
2012 Ford Explorer
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.
Ford Explorer Interceptor Utility Cruiser Front View
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2013 Ford Explorer Sport Chief Engineer Bill Gubing
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2013 Ford Explorer Sport Front Three Quarters View Red1
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Police Interceptor Sedan Video 1
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2012 Ford Explorer Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
3.5L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
18 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
25 MPG
Horsepower:
290 hp @ 6500rpm
Torque:
255 ft lb of torque @ 4000rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
36,000 miles / 36 months
Powertrain
60,000 miles / 60 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 60 months
Roadside
60,000 miles / 60 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
STEERING
Summary
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain replacement steering gears installed on model year 2011-2012 Explorers as service parts in September 2013 and January 2014. The affected gears may lock, preventing the driver from being able to steer the vehicle.
Consequences
The inability to steer the vehicle increases the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Ford will notify owners and dealers will replace the suspect steering gears with new steering gears, free of charge. The recall began on January 29, 2014. Customers may contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673. Ford's number for this recall is 13S14.
Potential Units Affected
300
Notes
Ford Motor Company


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
STEERING:ELECTRIC POWER ASSIST SYSTEM
Summary
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2011-2013 Ford Explorer vehicles manufactured May 17, 2010, through February 28, 2012. The affected vehicles may experience an intermittent connection in the electric power steering gear, which can cause a loss of the motor position sensor signal resulting in a shut down of the power steering assist.
Consequences
If the vehicle experiences a loss of power steering assist it will require extra steering effort at lower speeds, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.
Remedy
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will update the Power Steering Control Module (PSCM) software, free of charge. If a vehicle shows a history of a loss of motor position sensor signal when the vehicle is brought in for the recall remedy, its steering rack assembly will be replaced, free of charge. The recall began on July 23, 2014. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-800-392-3673. Ford's number for this recall is 14S06.
Potential Units Affected
179,027
Notes
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Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:50
Component
STRUCTURE:BODY:DOOR
Summary
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2011-2013 Explorer vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the interior door handle return spring may unseat, resulting in interior door handle that does not return to the fully stowed position after actuation.
Consequences
If the interior door handle return spring is unseated, the door may unlatch in the event of a side impact crash, increasing the risk of personal injury.
Remedy
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect all four of the interior door handles and either repair or replace them, free of charge. Owners were mailed interim notices on May 11, 2015. Owners will receive a second notice when parts become available. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 15S11.
Potential Units Affected
194,484
Notes
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NHTSA Rating Front Driver
4
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
4
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
5
NHTSA Rating Overall
4
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
IIHS Best Pick
1
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
IIHS Roof Strength
Good

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5-Year Total Cost to Own For The 2012 Ford Explorer

Depreciation
28.4%
Loss in Value + Expenses
= 5 Year Cost to Own
Depreciation
$10,502
28.4%
Insurance
$6,680
18.1%
Fuel Cost
$12,059
32.6%
Financing
$2,409
6.5%
Maintenance
$3,147
8.5%
Repair Costs
$1,779
4.8%
State Fees
$402
1.1%
Five Year Cost of Ownership: $36,978 What's This?
Value Rating: Above Average