2012 Ford Explorer Long Term Road Test

2012 Ford Explorer XLT EcoBoost: Similar to the Nissan R35 GT-R

February 01, 2012


Our long-term 2012 Ford Explorer XLT EcoBoost has a feature that's similar to the Nissan R35 GT-R.


(Photo by Scott Jacobs)

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It's a small, but annoying thing. See that little lump on the seat bottom of the Explorer, next to the seat back? It feels like there's a towel underneath your butt.

The Nissan GT-R has a similar deal. But on the R35 that lump is higher, and narrower in width.

I don't understand why Ford and Nissan just remove that so it's like most cars (see Camry pic at the bottom.)

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Toyota Camry SE seats.jpg

So there you go. Something our Explorer has in common with the GT-R.

And probably the only thing.

Does your car have such a butt-intruding seat lump and does it bug you?

Albert Austria, Senior VE Engineer @ ~9,500 miles

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