2012 Ford Explorer

Base 2WD 4-Dr Sport Utility V6 auto trans

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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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2012 Ford Explorer Specifications

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3.5L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
18 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
25 MPG
290 hp @ 6500rpm
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)

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