2012 Ford Explorer Long Term Road Test


2012 Ford Explorer: Second Guessing Ecoboost

August 14, 2012

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Way back in October of last year, I declared that the Ecoboost engine in our new Explorer was perfectly adequate for everyday driving.

It still is, but I'm less enthused with it than I used to be. I'm now in the habit of timing its power surge when I'm making a lane change on the highway. Sure, I do this with just about any engine, but in this case the lag time between floored accelerator and actual thrust is annoyingly long.

And that's with just me in the car. With a full house this sucker would feel seriously slow. Now I'm thinking I might stick with the standard V6 and put up with the minor decrease in fuel economy.

Ed Hellwig, Editor, Edmunds.com

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