Roadmaster - 2012 Ford Explorer Long-Term Road Test

2012 Ford Explorer Long Term Road Test

2012 Ford Explorer XLT EcoBoost: Roadmaster

November 30, 2011


(It's hard to get a picture of yourself driving down the road, so I have to resort to one stolen from our photographers to illustrate my point, sorry.)

This is what the 2012 Ford Explorer EcoBoost looks like when driving down the road. What it feels like, though, is completely different.

I remember two things very vividly from our full test of the 2012 Ford Explorer Limited: The first was that the Explorer was impossibly smooth at highway speeds. So smooth that you had to constantly monitor your speed lest you want to wind up doing 40 over for no reason. The second thing that's stuck in my mind was the way the car felt on the highway: huge, wide, imposing.

It doesn't look it, but from behind the wheel, the Explorer is 12 yards long, 2 lanes wide and some 65 tons of American pride. I felt like I was within a millimeter of crossing both lines at the same time at all times.

Our Ecoboost version, unsurprisingly, feels exactly the same in regards to its road-hogging size (a trick due to big, flat hood and high seating position) and somewhat surprisingly, almost the same in cruising prowess. The only real difference is you wind up doing 10 over the speed limit before realizing what's happened instead of way, way over.

Mike Magrath, Features Editor, @ 6,150 miles

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