2012 Ford Explorer Long Term Road Test

2012 Ford Explorer XLT: Solid Second Row

October 27, 2011


I've had countless people tell me that they're suspicious of all these new crossover SUVs. "No, I want one that's big inside like the old SUVs," they tell me.

Well, I hate to break it to them, but these crazy new crossovers actually have more room inside than the big ol' SUVs of the past. Just look at all that leg and foot room in our Explorer, it's far more comfortable than the more rugged Explorers of the past.

The seats themselves still aren't the most comfortable chairs in the world. I'm over six feet and there's plenty of room, but the seat back are pretty flat so there's not a ton of support. Still, as midsize crossovers go, the Explorer's rear seat is pretty solid.

Ed Hellwig, Editor, Edmunds.com

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2012 Ford Explorer in WA is:

$161 per month*
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