Where's the Space? - 2012 Ford Explorer Long-Term Road Test

2012 Ford Explorer Long Term Road Test

2012 Ford Explorer: Where's the Space?

January 16, 2012


When the Ford Explorer was first introduced in the early 1990s, it was a mid-size SUV. Over the years it has grown in size to accommodate a third row.

The modern-day Explorer is now a car-based large crossover. As this popular Ford nameplate evolved over time, what happened to its cabin space?

When my short body feels cramped sitting in the driver seat, how do our taller editors feel when driving the Explorer?

Once positioned and belted in I feel like I have no room to move my knees. Even the six-way power adjustable seat doesn't help me make myself any more comfortable.

I much prefer the Ford Flex for its interesting looks and cavernous front row. Even though both vehicles have similar front legroom specs, there is a vast difference in feel.

Any of you have this generation Explorer? How does the driving position feel to you?

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor @ 8,319 miles

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