2012 Ford Explorer Long Term Road Test

2012 Ford Explorer EcoBoost: Shut Up and Take My Money

January 05, 2012


Last week I posed about a missing feature from our $101,575 2012 Audi A8. It was a nifty toy, yes, but not something I'd shell out my own money for.

This, however, is completely different. This is the Dual Panel Moonroof option on a 2011 Ford Explorer and, honestly, if I were buying an Explorer today the Ford people couldn't take my money fast enough for this one.

I use the sunroof EVERY time I'm in the car. Raining? Flip it up and just use it to vent a little air. Too cold / too many buses (loud + stinky air) / guy in front of me smoking? Close it but leave the shade open. It's a quick way to add some natural light and brighten the place up a bit. People pay serious amounts of money to buy/rent houses/apartments that offer good natural light, why wouldn't you want that in your car? I do and would pay for the pleasure.

I'd happily ditch the $995 EcoBoost motor and the $595 blind spot monitor/inflatable rear seatbelt options for the sunroof.

Mike Magrath, Features Editor, Edmunds.com

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2012 Ford Explorer in VA is:

$134 per month*
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