2012 Ford Explorer XLT EcoBoost: I'm Thankful For Dual USB
November 25, 2011
This problem hits me more than I'm comfortable admitting. The only thing worse is when driving with someone (say: your girlfriend's sister) who wants to use the USB port to charge. That means listening to their music. Or, god forbid, the radio. No, ma'am. No doing.
Our 2012 Ford Explorer solves this by having two USB ports right (There's also an RCA input. For former Mitsubishi owners?) upfront in the cubby reserved for holding such devices. Sure, one person could use USB while the other uses the cigarette lighter plug, but who carries one of those around? Everyone I know with a phone has a USB charger in pocket at all times.
This solution should also appease the "iPods are dumb, you should only use a USB stick" crowd. You can still use your beloved thumb drive, but you can also charge your phone.
As more and more people are carrying these things (most kids have one as do all adults) we should start seeing more and more USB charging options in cars. two up front and two in back should be the minimum. The Ford Explorer offering two upfront is a great start.
Mike Magrath, Features Editor, Edmunds.com @5,920 miles