Ecoboost Is Here To Stay, Apparently - 2012 Ford Explorer Long-Term Road Test

2012 Ford Explorer Long Term Road Test

2012 Ford Explorer XLT Ecoboost: Ecoboost Is Here To Stay, Apparently

December 15, 2011

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Ford has been enjoying a great deal of success lately with Ecoboost engines like the one seen in our Explorer. At a recent press event discussing the upcoming Ford Focus Electric and other "green" models, the manufacturer mentioned that the engine is especially popular in its F-150 model line; it's the best-selling engine in the truck's lineup, with a 40 percent take rate.

To fully exploit all this love, the manufacturer plans to offer Ecoboost on 90 percent of all Ford models by 2013. The one thing that's struck me most about the engine in our Explorer is that it doesn't feel like a compromise. It delivers perfectly adequate performance, and while behind the wheel, I've never once found myself longing for a V6. Guess there are lots of other people out there who feel the same way; people who don't mind paying a little bit extra for the experience.

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor

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