Easy to Park, But... - 2012 Ford Explorer Long-Term Road Test

2012 Ford Explorer Long Term Road Test

2012 Ford Explorer XLT EcoBoost: Easy to Park, But...

March 23, 2012

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Everyone here agrees: our long-term 2012 Ford Explorer XLT EcoBoost feels big and drives big. However, parallel parking with this Big Bertha is a breeze.

That's because our Explorer is equipped with rear parking sonar (standard on the XLT and Limited) and a backup camera.  When you combine the feedback from the parking sonar tone and the green, yellow, red zones from the backup camera, you can park the Explorer in some very tight spots. I love it. You can even zoom in on the backup display if the space is really tight (bottom pic), but I don't see why you would need that.

Unfortunately, you have to buy a Rapid Spec package -- starting at $1800! -- to get the back-up camera unless you get the Limited, where it's standard.

That's ridiculous. The back-up camera should be included with Navigation and it's not. In the future backup cameras may be mandated as standard, and perhaps they should be -- on SUVs.

What do you think? Would you pay for the at least $1800 Rapid Spec package to get the backup camera? Me -- I would not, but would end up getting a Rapid Spec package anyway.

And should backup cameras be mandated by USDOT?

Albert Austria, Senior VE Engineer @ 11,667 miles

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