2012 Ford Explorer Long Term Road Test

2012 Ford Explorer XLT EcoBoost: Pessimistic(?!) Self-Reporting

April 16, 2012


We've all grown accustomed to mildly-to-wildly optimistic self-reported fuel economy. I'm here to report that our 2012 Ford Explorer XLT EcoBoost is under reporting its own fuel economy. Pictured above is a self-reported 20.3-mpg average when, in fact, it earned 21.8 mpg. On the next fill up, it displayed 23.5 mpg when it actually earned 24.3 mpg.

By the way, just to see how efficient I could be and maintain some dignity, I drove like highway furniture (right lane, cruise set to 70-72 mph for about 250 miles) to achieve that 24.3-mpg average. That's well below the EPA-rated 28 Hwy mpg it should achieve.

Chief Road Test Editor, Chris Walton @ 12,915 miles

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