Dog Report - 2012 Ford Explorer Long-Term Road Test

2012 Ford Explorer Long Term Road Test

2012 Ford Explorer XLT Ecoboost: Dog Report

December 27, 2011

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For the holiday, we packed up the 2012 Ford Explorer with Christmas presents, baggage and my dog Mya and drove it up to Sacramento to visit my family. Naturally there was ample room to load everything up but here are some notes with regards to Mya in the Ford.

Love that the vents were over the seat instead of in the back of the center armrest. That way the air covered more area instead of just blowing in her face. I could also angle the slots so it wouldn't blow down on her. I don't know if she even cares about that but I know I would if I was sitting back there.

I didn't appreciate the inflatable seatbelts in this instance. Since the buckle was unusually large, it was a bit of a struggle fitting it through Mya's harness loop. Not a big deal, just not as easy as it is with regular seatbelts.

The seat bottoms of the second row seem to be short because we couldn't even lay Mya's bed across it like we had been able to in the TSX and Outlander. We couldn't tuck the edge of her bed into the crease of the seat anyway to keep it in place as the seatbelt fasteners were buried in the seat and would have gotten in the way of buckling her up. So we just spread her blanket down and that was fine.

Since Mya comes with a bit of doggy paraphernalia, I always appreciate any storage room I can get, like a pocket behind the front seat for storing her leash and collar or something on the door to contain her water bottle. Unfortunately here the door didn't have a place to store her small water bottle so I had to pack that away and dig it out for every pit stop.

I don't know if Mya was comfortable back there but I did notice that for the trip up and the trip back she never zonked out like she had in previous cars she traveled in, like the Infiniti M56. Usually for long trips I can look back at her and she'll be asleep. But in the Explorer, every time I peeked at her she'd be lying down with her head on her paws but her eyes wide open. Then she'd catch me looking at her and sit up expectantly as if to ask, "Are we there yet?"

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 7,620 miles

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