A Boy's Car? - 2012 Ford Explorer Long-Term Road Test

2012 Ford Explorer Long Term Road Test

2012 Ford Explorer EcoBoost: A Boy's Car?

January 24, 2012

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The girlfriend got into our Long Term Ford Explorer EcoBoost last night and sighed. At first I thought she was just bummed that she'd have to go through 92 menu screens to turn on the seat heater, but then she surprised me by saying, "I'm not really feeling this car. It's just, why did they give a mom car such a boy interior?"

"It's so cold and uninviting" she continued. The thing you need to remember here is that, as a a girlfriend of one of the editorial staff, she is in-and-around more cars than almost any enthusiast. She may not drive them, but she has her own way of evaluating the cars as do all of the WAGS of IL.

"The seats are ok but the black-and-silver dash is so clinical and sterile. The lines are too computer-designed and soulless."

I'm not sure I agree so I point her in the direction of our Full Test of a 2011 Ford Explorer Limited. That car had lighter leather and wood accents instead of the metallic ones in our car.

She didn't budge.

"You remember the Flex? That one had style; an Art Deco-ish feel. This just feels like a dude's car even with that interior. It's not tough, it's just not inviting. And what's with the Lela-eye in the dashboard?"

Again, I'm not sure I agree with her take here but I can see the point. I'll leave this one open to the floor: Is the Explorer a boy's car?

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