2012 Ford Explorer Long Term Road Test

2012 Ford Explorer: MFT Expectations

April 09, 2012


As we wait for the MyFord Touch saga to come to an end, I thought I'd add what I hope comes of the update. I had a chance a few weeks back to try out the latest MFT in some 2013 Ford vehicles, and overall, I was pleased with the results.

According to Ford, the interface has been tweaked to exorcise some of the previous version's demons. First off, it's much more responsive than before. When you hit a "button," you don't have to wait a few seconds for the system to react. It's fairly immediate. Also, it seemed to me that the screen layout seemed a little less cluttered and the font was a bit more legible.


During the drive, however, I wished our Explorer was available with the Sony sound system (as far as I can tell, you have to spring for the Limited trim level to get it). Yes, it sounded better than the unit that we have, but also, the faceplate was a vast improvement. The slick iPod-like face, while pleasing to look at, was also much easier to read at a glance. Form AND function? Where do I sign?

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 12,563 miles

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

$134 per month*
* Explanation