Rear View Camera Dislikes Rain - 2012 Ford Explorer Long-Term Road Test

2012 Ford Explorer Long Term Road Test

2012 Ford Explorer EcoBoost: Rear View Camera Dislikes Rain

November 29, 2011

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We've already heard about one side-effect of driving the Explorer in the rain, now we're onto another one: As soon as the roadway is wet, the rear view camera is useless.

We've had some other cars with this problem, Mike Schmidt reminds me that the FX50 was pretty bad in this regard, but we've also had ones that weren't rendered so annoyingly useless. Our Flex, for one, managed to stay dry-ish even in the rain

Thankfully our Explorer has fairly decent sight lines and the camera is more of a bonus than a necessity. Also, it has parking sonar which is unfazed by the rain and, IMO, more useful than a camera.

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Mike Magrath, Features Editor, @ 6,100 miles

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