Airport Shuttle - 2012 Ford Explorer Long-Term Road Test

2012 Ford Explorer Long Term Road Test

2012 Ford Explorer XLT EcoBoost: Airport Shuttle

March 30, 2012


There's an old joke that says it's best never to get to know your neighbors. If you do, sooner or later they will ask you to pick them up at the airport.

Sadly, I was heedless of caller id and so got shamed into agreeing to perform taxi duty. So I picked the Ford Explorer to be my airport shuttle, it being large and luggage-friendly. Of course, it drove pretty much like an airport bus, too.

You get new respect for shuttle bus drivers when you try to thread the Explorer through the stream of vehicles headed for the white zone at the curb. (“For immediate loading and unloading of passengers only; no parking.”)

Ford designers styled the Explorer to seem as large and trucklike as possible to the driver in order to disguise its Volvo-esque crossover heritage, so you can't see either the front quarters or rear quarters. Every minute, a smash with a giant passenger bus or hidden midget car from Korea always seems imminent.

And when I finally got to the curb, I thought my passengers were going to need some kind of portable jetway to make it across the gaping chasm between the Explorer and the sidewalk because I had misjudged the distance so badly.

Ah well, they won't be asking me for airport transportation again, I'll bet.

Michael Jordan, Executive Editor, @ 11,589 miles

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