2012 Ford Explorer Long Term Road Test

2012 Ford Explorer: Leaves Me Hanging

December 29, 2011


My first impression of the Explorer was immediate: the armrests are way too far apart.

I'm not sure who Ford had in mind as the driver when they designed the Explorer. I'm guessing that person has about 80 pounds over me. Either that, or they anticipated someone in a full upper-body cast. It's not that big of a deal on my short commute (hooray for light traffic during the holidays!), but if I were to take this on a road trip, it would be a problem.

In order for my elbows to find a decent purchase, I have to lower the seat to the deck and extend my arms like I'm giving the international gesture for "chicken." I suppose I could just lean to one side or the other, but that sounds like a bad idea.

Outside of the armrests, I like the seating position. I found myself sitting higher than normal, with a commanding view of my surroundings. The driver seat is quite comfortable with plenty of lumbar support. As a result of the elevated position, the gauges and center stack are a little low in my sightlines, but I rarely needed to spend much time looking at them.

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor

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