2012 Ford Explorer Long Term Road Test


2012 Ford Explorer XLT EcoBoost: Needs A Skosh More Boost

June 19, 2012

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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.

And...

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.

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2012 Ford Explorer in VA is:

$134 per month*
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