I am really happy with my Explorer. I think it is a good looking vehicle, I get 23 mph even when the 4wd is on (I live in the UP of Michigan and use it in the snow), and I like how it drives. The speed control with the auto slow down is great and it helped stop me when a car recently stopped suddenly in front of me on the highway. I have towed with it, filled it with a very large light item and many smaller heavy items and still it drives fine. I traded a F150 for it and don't regret doing it.
The interior seating and comfort.
The hands free commands.
I think we got a lot of car for the money.
The radar for cars in the blind spot.
Something on the dashboard to let me know when the auto headlights are on.
We traded in a large SUV (Navigator) in hopes of retaining some of the space we are used to while getting better gas mileage. We have owned the car 3 months and have gotten no better than 20 miles per gallon on the interstate. NEVER have we gotten near the advertised mpg. The gadgets are "cool" in the interior however, my phone is continually bumped from the system (sometimes during calls) and at times the whole console goes dark. We have always been Ford owners but this car has been a bit of a disappointment. Looks good but I miss my Navigator.
We are a Ford family and have owned at least one Ford car as long as we have been married. We purchased the 2012 Ford Explorer FWD 3.5L V6 Limited in March and have driven it on one long road trip (5K driven). We like the features and quality of the vehicle. However, in the snow it was very disappointing. We were misled when we purchased the vehicle by the dealership. (We were told chains were an option) After I got stuck in the snow and returned to purchase chains from the dealership, I was informed by the parts dept that Ford does not support any model of snow chains for the car. We are living in the Pacific NW currently and would not dare take a road trip in the winter with it.
our favorite features:
* Leg Room in the back seat is awesome
* With 3rd row seats down, luggage area in the back is huge.
* The vista sun roof - nice
* Quality of the interior is very good
* Ford Sync system is great
Ford should provide a snow-chain remedy/solution for FWD owners.
Gas mileage is good for an SUV but not in the range on the cars
factory sticker the best we have been able to achieve is 19.5 on the highway.
I love my new Explorer but the gas mileage is not as advertised. I would not have spent an extra $1,000.00 to get worst highway gas mileage than a V6 Explorer. I highly recommend the V6 verses the 2.0 liter ecoboost. After 2,000 miles and resetting my MPG counter after each fill-up I only get around 21 MPG on the highway at best. Combined mileage stays between 18 to 19 MPG which is ok but I am very dissappointed in the highway MPG. I know people with the V6 who get 24 to 25 MPG on the highway with their FWD Explorers. But we love everything else about the vehicle. It is a well equipped Limited and the ride is simply awesome and very comfortable. Go Ford, but drop the 2.0 unless MPG improves!
Previously drove Tahoes, last was 2008 LT. Tahoe is a great SUV, but wanted something smaller & less top heavy. Test drove the Ford and was impressed. After 6 months of owning, I'm still impressed. The ride is extremely smooth and quiet, especially on highway. I've not had the problems with Myford Touch locking or freezing, but have given up on using voice commands. Interior is luxurious with upgraded seats. 2nd row has cramped leg room. I'm 6' and briefcase barely fits between rows. Limited's features are awesome.
Best feature is the smooth, quiet ride.
Other reviews panned the car for the Mytouch issues (probably justified), but they never talk about how it drives.
Test drive one and you'll be impressed. Other faves; great looks, inside and out.
Power liftgate, flat folding 3rd row, stereo Bluetooth, a/c seats and remote start.
Sony audio with subwoofer sounds great.
3rd row has decent room. USB slots are great.
Put all my music on an 8gb compact USB, and it reads titles and artists on the screen.
Even got playlists to work.
Had the whistling noise on windshield at hwy speeds.
Dealer replaced pillars and noise is gone.
Left side of drivers floor has narrow foot room.
Give a v8 option.
The v6 is ok, but seems a little under powered from a standing start.
Power for passing is good.
Ford just announced a Sport model with V6 turbo ecoboost.
Might be the answer.
Audio has a hard drive, but doesn't allow music transfer from USB. Lame.
I upgraded to the new touch and nav system. I'm not wowed by any of the changes.
Need to reduce all of the black plastic on exterior. Worried it may fade and turn grey over time.