2012 Ford Explorer

Base 2WD 4-Dr Sport Utility V6 auto trans

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Certified Pre Owned Price
$22,675

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$28,280

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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
The men and women of the California Highway Patrol are going to be sitting a little bit taller next year: in a surprise move, the CHP will choose the Explorer-based Ford Police Interceptor Utility -- not the Taurus-based Interceptor sedan – as its primary patrol vehicle and successor to the Crown Victoria.
2013 Ford Explorer Sport Chief Engineer Bill Gubing
"It's meant to be a driving enthusiast's car that you can take anywhere," says chief engineer Bill Gubing of the 2013 Ford Explorer Sport. "It's just an awesome, fun package to drive."
2013 Ford Explorer Sport Front Three Quarters View Red1
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Ford Explorer Teaser Video 1
Ford has released a teaser video, which promises that a new version of the Explorer will be unveiled tomorrow, March 28. So far, though, we don't have many clues as to what Ford is changing.
Police Interceptor Sedan Video 1
In a series of videos on its YouTube channel, Ford has explained the targets for its new Police Interceptor Sedan and Police Interceptor Utility vehicles. The automaker says the new police cruisers will live up to the memory of the discontinued Crown Victoria Police Interceptor.

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18 MPG City | 25 MPG Hwy
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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
Ford Motor Company


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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