2012 Ford Explorer Long Term Road Test

2012 Ford Explorer XLT Ecoboost: Road-Trip Pick

October 20, 2011


With another road trip planned for yet another far-off 24 Hours of Lemons race (this weekend's is at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma), a list of which long-termer I'd like to take runs through my mind. Once again we'll be bringing my dog Mya (puppy!) and since we no longer have a vehicle that can tow our Lemon (Raptor, you'll always have a special place in my heart) we only have to worry about getting a car with room for the pup, some race gear and our luggage.

But after driving our 2012 Ford Explorer last night, I'm daydreaming about it as a road-trip possibility. Traveling with a passenger, that much-complained-about MyFord Touch system wouldn't be too much of an issue. And hooray for seat heaters, Sirius Satellite Radio and iPhone charging capabilities.

The best thing, however, is that backseat for Mya's comfort. The rear seatbacks recline to afford her more leaning room and there's also rear A/C and rear ventilation ducts with fan control to get her some air. Plus, even though we'd throw a blanket and doggy bed in the back, leather seats are always nice for traveling with pets. No pet hair and easy to clean if there's an accident (knock on wood).

Anyhoo, which of our long-termers would you pick for a road trip?

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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