2012 Ford Explorer Long Term Road Test


2012 Ford Explorer XLT EcoBoost: Rear View Periscope?

October 05, 2011

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With stuff to unload into the trunk of another car, I backed our 2012 Ford Explorer up to the other vehicle car to make the transfer go faster. I didn't bother to close the hatch, which meant the Explorer's backup camera was pointed skyward.

No complaint, just a nice view of the high desert clouds near Willow Springs.

In contrast to the low-angle grille-shot this camera normally puts out when backing up, it'd be nice to have something like this available all the time -- the vantage point is high enough to see over the top of cars following behind. Of course it only works in reverse and driving around all day with the hatch open is out of the question.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing 

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