Needs A Skosh More Boost - 2012 Ford Explorer Long-Term Road Test

2012 Ford Explorer Long Term Road Test

2012 Ford Explorer XLT EcoBoost: Needs A Skosh More Boost

June 19, 2012

Explorer arbors.jpg

I was saddled with moving again this past weekend. I like to move every other weekend just because it's so much dang fun.

This time I had the Explorer. Now while I've found the Explorer with the EcoBoost four to be fine scooting around town with just me in it, piled with a truck-full of my assorted crap was a different story. It's underwhelming. Or more appropriately, the engine is bit overwhelmed.

The slow-reacting transmission doesn't help. But for sure there were several times when my call down to the engine department via a floored throttle brought fairly lackadaisical forward progress. Especially when asking for more acceleration at higher speeds.


For those of you freaking out because it appears the Explorer is parked in a red zone...calm down, guys, everything is going to be okay. It was parked there for the length of time it took to crack off a photo.

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 16,421 miles.

Leave a Comment

Past Long-Term Road Tests

Have a question? We're here to help!
Chat online with us
Email us at
*Available daily 8AM-5PM Pacific
Call us at 855-782-4711
Text us at ED411