2012 Ford Explorer Long Term Road Test

2012 Ford Explorer XLT: The Look of Silence

February 28, 2012


The tires on our Explorer don't look like much, but they are perfectly matched to this vehicle.

Now, every modern car is matched to its factory specified tires, but in this case I'm constantly amazed by how little tire noise you hear from behind the wheel. On some smooth surfaces it's almost inaudible, and on grooved concrete that makes some vehicles howl, the Explorer emits only the faintest "whirring" sound. Combine that with fairly minimal wind noise and the Explorer makes for a surprisingly serene highway cruiser.

Ed Hellwig, Editor, Edmunds.com

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

$134 per month*
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