2012 Ford Explorer Long Term Road Test

2012 Ford Explorer XLT EcoBoost: Choose Your Tachometer

September 29, 2011


Here's the default tachometer the Explorer's instrument panel displays. It indicates engine speed by sliding a bar vertically next to the fuel gauge. And it's not ideal if you really want to keep and eye on engine speed (we know, some of you don't).

But there is an altenative.


A quick adjustment to the display settings using the left steering wheel control will get you this tachometer, which is a heck of a lot better. Well, it is if you concern yourself with such things. Still, Ford only offers "D" and "L" positions for the Explorer's shifter and there's no other means to manually select gears. Given this limitation, engine speed is less of a concern.

But the tachometer choice is nice.

Josh Jacquot, Senior editor

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

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