2012 Ford Explorer Long Term Road Test

2012 Ford Explorer: Setting a Course for Home

July 17, 2012


Yesterday, I attended a special tour of the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, followed by a dinner associated with the Michelin Challenge Design. I attended the same event last year in our Equus, and like the last one, the drive home gave me plenty of time for personal reflection.

Somewhere in between my thoughts of where I've been and where I might be headed, I was comforted by the Explorer's wide headlight spread that pierced the inky blackness of a moonless Pacific Coast Highway. I'm not an SUV-type-of-guy, I'll take a low and lean sports car any day, but the Explorer's elevated headlights shone the way through multiple curves without the need for high beams.

Of course, I did have to flash the high beams a few times to remind a few inattentive drivers going the opposite direction that I did not appreciate being blinded.

If there was one complaint, it'd be a slight whistle coming from the passenger-side A-pillar that kept bringing me back to reality. Otherwise, the smooth ride and decent sound system allowed me to collect my thoughts.

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 17,900 miles

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