2012 Ford Explorer Long Term Road Test


2012 Ford Explorer XLT EcoBoost: MyFord Touchscreen

October 11, 2011

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The central feature of the MyFord Touch system on our 2012 Ford Explorer XLT is of course the touchscreen.

I hope you are not grossed out by fingerprints. I'm pretty certain Monk would flip out.

As the name implies, you'll be touching this a lot: upper right to access navi; lower right for climate controls; lower left for audio (shown); upper left for phone. Each of these four home screens has their own virtual buttons that are sprinkled across the screen in locations chosen for their unique tasks. The same is true of every submenu screen that resides below each of them.

The end result is a lot of "button" pressing and fingerprints everywhere. Also, a distinct lag in the system encourages more than one press because it isn't clear whether or not the first one was recognized. Sometimes it was, sometimes it wasn't.

Yes, there are steering wheel controls for each of these 4 functions, but for the most part those steering buttons don't change what's displayed here on this screen. Instead they control a tiny sub-screen next to the speedo. But that's more or less a status screen, not a substitute for the main one. You have to come back here and poke and prod to make any significant changes.

In Sync news, I'm still trying to figure out why my Bluetooth audio connection works sometimes and not others, even as the phone pairing stays steady throughout. (It's the same device, so it should be the same Bluetooth connection.)

Yesterday, on more than one occasion I had to stop the car, remove the key, open the door (to stop the audio), restart the engine and allow the Explorer to re-pair the Bluetooth phone connection in order to re-establish a working Bluetooth connection to the music player side of my iPhone. I've never had this sort of trouble with Sync before.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 2,264 miles

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