2012 Ford Explorer Long Term Road Test

2012 Ford Explorer XLT Ecoboost: Plenty of Power

September 19, 2011


We haven't track tested our new long-term 2012 Ford Explorer Ecoboost yet. Fact is, we haven't tested any Ford Explorer Ecoboost yet. That will change tomorrow as our new silver long-termer hits the track for the first time. We'll report the numbers ASAP.

I don't expect the acceleration numbers to wow anybody. But those of you that think this SUV is underpowered should save your rants until you drive one.

I just spent the weekend in our Ecoboost Explorer, fully expecting to dislike it. I was already writing my Monday morning blog post before I even grabbed the key Friday afternoon. It was going to call it "This Thing is Sloooooooooooow."

But I was wrong. Is isn';t slow. In fact, it burns the tires from a stop if you lead foot it. I was screeching away from every stoplight until my wife asked me to stop embarrassing her.

Bottom line? I drove the Explorer 200 miles in three days and not once did I wish it had more power. This is fine engine. And it works in the Explorer.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 1,256 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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