Small Outer Mirrors - 2012 Ford Explorer Long-Term Road Test

2012 Ford Explorer Long Term Road Test

2012 Ford Explorer XLT EcoBoost: Small Outer Mirrors

February 08, 2012

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One thing I like about driving bigger SUVs (and I do like SUVs) is that they have large outer mirrors. Newer cars, like some recent BMWs we've had through here, have tiny outer mirrors due to aero and, more importantly, styling considerations.

Most carmakers realize that on big SUVs you need big mirrors for lane-changing and backing up, and that functionality is priortized over styling given the size of these vehicles.

But this isn't the case on our long-term 2012 Ford Explorer XLT EcoBoost. It has disappointingly small outer mirrors. They would be fine if they were on a regular sedan, but not on this thing.

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I guess Ford thought large mirrors weren't necessary if their SUV was equipped with a great blind spot detection system and backup camera, like our test car.

What do you think? Do you want big mirrors on your SUV/truck, even if it has driver assist systems like blind spot detection system and backup camera?

Albert Austria, Senior VE Engineer @ 9,550 miles

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