Too Many Touches - 2012 Ford Explorer Long-Term Road Test
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2012 Ford Explorer Long Term Road Test

2012 Ford Explorer XLT: Too Many Touches

September 22, 2011

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Figured I would just get this one out of the way since it's bound to come up a few hundred times over the next 12 months. As you can see we bought an Explorer with the MyFordTouch system. It has plenty of nice features but the climate control buttons are not its crowning achievement.

You'll notice that the buttons don't really depress at all, you simply brush them with your finger instead. Simple enough, right?

Well, after several days of driving the Explorer I still never got the hang of them. Sometimes I would give the temp buttons a quick tap to change the setting and get nothing. Then I would press them again and get four or five degrees of movement.

It not that they don't work, it's just hard to tell when they work. Maybe they'll break in a little and become more intuitive as the miles pile up, but for now they're more trouble than they're worth.

Ed Hellwig, Editor, Edmunds.com


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