Ecoboost Isn't Always Enough - 2012 Ford Explorer Long-Term Road Test

2012 Ford Explorer Long Term Road Test

2012 Ford Explorer XLT: Ecoboost Isn't Always Enough

January 23, 2012


A few months back I wrote a post saying that I thought the four-cylinder Ecoboost engine in our Explorer was perfectly adequate for day-to-day driving. I, of course, was exactly right.

But I reserve the right to make adjustments to my observations at a later date, which is what I'm doing here. Turns out the Explorer sill feels perfectly adequate for city driving after all these months. No shocker there as it has solid low- and mid-range torque. It's the highway performance that I'm less enthused with these days.

After getting some additional highway miles under my belt, it's obvious that the Ecoboost engine struggles to pass on the highway. And this is with only one person aboard. With a full-sized family I'm guessing it would be so slow that you would simply forget about passing anybody at all.

Now that isn't necessarily a bad thing, sounds kind of relaxing actually. But most owners like to have the ability to get around that lumbering semi truck and the Ecoboost isn't going to make that very easy.

Ed Hellwig, Editor,

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