2012 Ford Explorer Long Term Road Test

2012 Ford Explorer XLT Ecoboost: Touchy

November 07, 2011


Here's a new way for the Explorer's touchpads to frustrate. See the emergency flasher button below the touchscreen? It, too, is a touchpad and comes with all the same caveats that exist with the other touchpads on the Explorer's dash.


Yesterday it was cold enough to use the seat warmers. But because their operation isn't terribly intuitive, I was making an adjustment for my wife who was in the passenger seat. On its way past the dashboard my second finger happened to brush the touchpad which operates the flashers. And because it's not a button, they activated. Not a big deal except that I didn't notice this as soon as it happened and I was on the freeway. Probably 15 seconds passed before I reached up to turn them off.

This has never been a problem with flashers activated by a button.

Josh Jacquot, Senior editor

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