2012 Ford Explorer Long Term Road Test


2012 Ford Explorer XLT EcoBoost: Drives Big

March 18, 2012

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I haven't spent as much time as I'd like in the new Explorer yet, but one thing I have noticed is that it seems positively huge from inside.

Usually you want a vehicle to drive smaller than it is, but the Explorer is the opposite: It drives far bigger than it looks.

The styling is very clean, quite modern, and from the outside it doesn't look gigantic. But once you start driving, you're like, "Hold it, where are the edges of the fenders? How close am I to the lane line? Did I just run over a Fiat 500, or was that a Mazda 2?" Okay, it's not quite that bad, but the edges of the Explorer seem very far away.

On the bright side, the ride is certainly cush and it's an exceedingly comfortable vehicle to spend time in.

I just wish it drove a bit smaller.

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 11,318.4 miles.

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