2012 Ford Explorer Long Term Road Test

2012 Ford Explorer: Just Passed 15,000-Mile Mark

May 21, 2012

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I got into our 2012 Ford Explorer XLT 2.0 EcoBoost on Friday night and saw that its 15,000-mile birthday was imminent. I was determined to hit the milestone on the nose.

Alas, I was too busy soaking up the atmosphere of the eastbound East L.A. Interchange as the odometer clicked past 15000.0. There's no shoulder here, so I didn't even consider pulling over -- not that this would have been safe anyway. Instead, I nerdily took the first exit off the 60 (Lorena St./Whittier Blvd) and snapped this photo.

The Explorer is now well past the 15,001-mile mark, as I made a quick trip to San Diego over the weekend and spent a lot of time on the freeway after that. I specifically chose the Explorer for this mission, as I wanted something big, comfortable and forgiving -- and knew I wouldn't have any qualms parking it, what with its sensors and camera. It's just a big Taurus, right? It ended up being a satisfying choice. More thoughts from the trip tomorrow.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 15,001 miles

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

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