Drives Big, Part Trois - 2012 Ford Explorer Long-Term Road Test
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2012 Ford Explorer Long Term Road Test

2012 Ford Explorer XLT Ecoboost: Drives Big, Part Trois

May 02, 2012

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And yet another "It drives big" post on our 2012 Ford Explorer, but heck, it DOES drive big. I feel like I'm wearing a fat suit when I pilot this thing, all floaty with not too much road feel. Because of this, I found a lot of my phobias are aggravated in this car, phobias I didn't even know I had like fear of crashing and fear of scraping. (Granted, these are MY issues and those who are used to driving large vehicles will just chalk this up to my being insane, which is fine):

1) When in the far left lane, the sound of Botts' dots reverberate through the cabin as I try to avoid swapping paint with the car in the next lane or any incoming lane-splitting motorcyclists. I'm sure there's plenty of room but I just don't want to take any chances since I can't really see how close they are to the side of the car. The blind spot on the passenger's side is huge. The blind spot monitoring system makes it seem like there's always someone there, even though there's plenty of room to switch lanes.

2) Even when using the back-up camera and side mirror to parallel-park, I can never seem to get close enough to the curb for fear of curbing the wheel. I get out of the car, check how close the tires are to the curb and repark it. Rinse, repeat.

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3) Feels like no parking space is big enough to accommodate it.

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Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 14,478 miles


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