Used 2012 Ford Explorer

2012 Ford Explorer
List price range
$9,988 - $18,994
2012 Ford Explorer

Pros

  • Upscale cabin
  • abundant high-tech features
  • excellent ride and handling balance
  • available fuel-efficient turbocharged four-cylinder.

Cons

  • Less third-row and cargo room than rivals
  • feels bigger than it is behind the wheel
  • MyFord Touch is slow to respond and can be difficult to use.
Ford Explorer years

Used 2012 Ford Explorer for Sale

Ford Explorer 2012 XLT 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
82,122 miles
Used 2012
Ford Explorer
XLT
(1)
Koons Tysons Toyota
14.8 mi away
List$15,901
Est.Loan: $290/mo
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2012 Ford Explorer XLT in Sterling Gray Metallic, 3RD ROW SEATING, BLUETOOTH, BARELY USED, BACKUP CAMERA, FUEL EFFICIENT, HEATED SEATS, LEATHER INTERIOR, LOW MILES, MOONROOF, LOCALLY OWNED, AWD. BUY WITH CONFIDENCE: - Lowest Prices Every Day: Our market based WOW pricing utilizes competitive market pricing guides, no games. So it is easy to make an educated, hassle -free purchase from us. Many of our competitors add freight, reconditioning or certification fees to their price quotes. Your WOW price has no hidden charges. Just add tags, taxes and processing fee. - Complimentary CARFAX Vehicle History Report - 7 Day Exchange Policy: This policy simply states if you are not completely satisfied with your vehicle purchase, bring it back to us for a full credit towards your next vehicle, no questions asked! RECALL NOTICE: Some vehicles may be subject to manufacturer safety recalls that for various reasons may not be repaired prior to sale. You may also check for open recalls at www.safercar.gov
Ford Explorer 2012 XLT 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
129,238 miles
Used 2012
Ford Explorer
XLT
Mr. Car of Manassas
18.6 mi away
List$17,999
Est.Loan: $328/mo
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Ford Explorer 2012 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
105,505 miles
Used 2012
Ford Explorer
Base
(3)
Battlefield Ford
18.7 mi away
List$11,888
Est.Loan: $222/mo
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$300 Below Market
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Ford Explorer 2012 Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
66,544 miles
Used 2012
Ford Explorer
Limited
FC Auto Sales & Service
19.3 mi away
List$18,000
Est.Loan: $328/mo
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Ford Explorer 2012 XLT 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
123,807 miles
Used 2012
Ford Explorer
XLT
AutoPlaza
19.8 mi away
List$12,388
Est.Loan: $231/mo
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$300 Below Market
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<span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">***COMPLIMENTARY 3 MONTHS/3,000 MILES ENGINE, TRANSMISSION, DIFFERENTIALS WARRANTY INCLUDED*** <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';"> <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">&nbsp; <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">* GUARANTEED FINANCING * <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">* VA INSPECTION * <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">* CLEAN IN AND OUT * <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">* V6, 3.5 Liter * <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">* WELL MAINTAINED * <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">* GREAT CONDITION* <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">* BLUETOOTH COMPATIBILITY * <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">* ICE COLD A/C * <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">* AM/FM RADIO * <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">* AUTOMATIC HEADLIGHTS * <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">* BACKUP CAMERA * <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">* LEATHER INTERRIOR * <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">* BLACK IN BLACK * <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">* PASSENGER AIRBAG * <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">* THIRD RAW SEATS * <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">* POWER SEATS * <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">* LUGGAGE RACK * <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">* FOG LIGHTS * <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">* STEERING WHEEL CONTROLS * <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">* POWER WINDOWS * <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">* POWER DOOR LOCK * <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">&nbsp; <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">&nbsp; <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">Autoplaza offers car buyers competitively priced vehicles and service with a smile. Our friendly and experienced staff will help you find a vehicle that fits your budget and lifestyle. <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">Call us today to schedule a test drive! We look forward to serving you and the community for many, many years! <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">We pride ourselves with being the best local used car dealership that offers not only quality used cars, but also best prices in the area. The combination of quality and value in our cars guarantee that you are getting the best deal on a used car in Northern Virginia, Washington DC and Maryland. Hurry up to call us and schedule your test-drive today! <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">&nbsp; <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">***COMPLIMENTARY 3 MONTHS/3,000 MILES ENGINE, TRANSMISSION, DIFFERENTIALS WARRANTY INCLUDED*** <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">***RUNS AND DRIVES PERFECTLY*** <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">***CLEAN IN AND OUT*** <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">***AUTOMATIC 6 SPEED TRANSMISSION*** <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">***HEATED/POWER/LEATHER INTERRIOR*** <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">***POWER WINDOWS/DOOR LOCKS*** <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">***NEW VA SAFETY INSPECTION*** <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">&nbsp; <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">&nbsp; <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">CALL US FOR ANY QUESTION OR TO SCHEDULE A TEST DRIVE. FOR IMMEDIATE RESPONSE CALL (703) 310-6900 <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">&nbsp; <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">EASY AND GUARANTEED FINANCING PROGRAMS.We offer guaranteed financing no matter how bad your credit is (or no credit at all). We can and will get you approved. If you have questions about submitting online loan application please contact us at (703) 310-6900! <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">&nbsp; <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">&nbsp; <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">About the Company: <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">Autoplaza LLC is one of the top pre-owned vehicle dealers in Northern Virginia. We provide quality vehicles of various makes and models with the most competitive prices in the region. Autoplaza LLC is dedicated to make your vehicle shopping experience hassle free and straight forward. With that in mind we fully inspect, service and detail all cars in our lot. We hand pick each and every car from all the sources possible around the area and provide it to you <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">&nbsp; <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">&nbsp; <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">Disclaimer: <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">Listed price for any car, truck, minivan or SUV does not include Virginia or any other state title, tax, registration fees or $499 processing fee. <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">Autoplaza LLC will never sell, share, or spam your mobile number. Standard text messaging rates may apply. <span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:'Courier New';">&nbsp;
Ford Explorer 2012 XLT 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
91,375 miles
Used 2012
Ford Explorer
XLT
Jerry's Ford Alexandria
22.9 mi away
List$15,495
Est.Loan: $282/mo
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$426 Below Market
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2012 FORD Explorer XLT, 4D Sport Utility, 3.5L V6 Ti-VCT, 6-Speed Automatic with Select-Shift, AWD, Black, Charcoal Black wLeather-Trimmed Heated Bucket Seats,BLUETOOTH, REAR VIEW CAMERA, HEATED SEATS, Comfort Package, Dual Zone Electronic Temperature, Electrochromic Interior Rear-View Mirror, Leather-Trimmed Bucket Seats, Preferred Equipment Package 204A, Radio: AMFM Stereo wSingle CD wPremium Audio, Rear-View Camera. Recent Arrival!Call us directly at (703) 256-5000 for any questions or to confirm availability. Jerry's Alexandria Ford is located at 6510 Little River Turnpike, Alexandria, VA 22312. Our sales department is open 7 days a week: M-F 9AM-9PM, Sat 9AM-6PM, Sun 11AM-5PM. Jerry's Alexandria Ford is a full-service Ford Dealership in Alexandria, VA. Ford Sales, Ford Service and Ford Financing serving the greater Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. Area! Some pre-owned vehicles offered for sale; may be subject to recalls for defects, from the specific manufacturer of the vehicle, which could cause serious injury. 1723 CityHighway MPG
Ford Explorer 2012 XLT 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
93,456 miles
Used 2012
Ford Explorer
XLT
(11)
Sheehy Volkswagen of Springfield
24.1 mi away
List$13,600
Est.Loan: $254/mo
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Ford Explorer 2012 XLT 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
85,082 miles
Used 2012
Ford Explorer
XLT
(6)
Prize Auto
25.2 mi away
List$15,990
Est.Loan: $291/mo
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Dealer Notes
100% Gauranteed Auto Loan Approals for anyone over the age of 18 with valid Tax ID or Social Security Number. No Driver's License Required for Purchase.<br >Carfax Certification with every purchase. World Wide Shipping Available on all makes and models with our Door to Door Shipping Service.<br >All our vehicles come with the Virginia State Police licensed Inspection Certificate.<br >Special Discount Coupon for and Active, Reserve, Retired or Former Member of the United States Armed Services. Limit 1 Coupon per Transaction.<br >For more Details or to Schedule an Appointment, contact our Knowledgeable Professional Sales Team Today at 703-971-4277.<br ><br >Disclaimer:<br >Listed price for any car, truck, minivan or SUV does not include Virginia or any other state title, tax, registration fees and processing fee. We have $599 processing fees. All our Vehicles are Virginia State inspected. You are responsible of any out of state's inspection and emission requirements. For Maryland Customers we offer Maryland state inspection option after sale service for an extra $300<br >Prize Auto will never sell, share, or spam your mobile number. Standard text messaging rates may apply.
Ford Explorer 2012 Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
116,536 miles
Used 2012
Ford Explorer
Limited
(3)
Ideal Buick GMC
25.5 mi away
List$15,792
Est.Loan: $288/mo
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$300 Below Market
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Contact Ideal Buick Inc. today for information on dozens of vehicles like this 2012 Ford Explorer Limited. This 2012 Ford Explorer comes with a CARFAX Buyback Guarantee, which means you can buy with certainty. With this exceptional SUV, you'll get 'sport,' 'utility,' and comfort. This vehicle comes with 4WD for better traction on unstable surfaces, like snow and dirt to give you the edge over anything you might encounter on the road. More information about the 2012 Ford Explorer: The redesigned Ford Explorer has also been rated one of the safest utility vehicles at any size or price; it's the first vehicle in the world to offer rear inflatable seatbelts. Curve control--a more advanced version of electronic stability control--is also a Ford exclusive and Ford's MyKey system helps parents reel in teen drivers. And now it also stands out for being one of the greenest picks; Ford claims best-in-class gas mileage for non-hybrids and notes that the Explorer EcoBoost will go 20 percent farther on a gallon of gas than the Honda Pilot. Strengths of this model include world-class safety features, surprisingly good gas mileage with EcoBoost engine, good value, excellent ride quality, and Quiet interior Our Dealership has built a reputation on providing courteous, honest service. Our customers appreciate the way we do business, and we know you will too. Ideal Buick GMC of Frederick (aka Ideal Auto Group) has been serving the community since 1908. We strive to offer our customers the finest vehicles in America at competitive prices with an unrelenting drive to ensure that every customer is completely satisfied.
Ford Explorer 2012 XLT 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
85,806 miles
Used 2012
Ford Explorer
XLT
(161)
Antwerpen Toyota
31.7 mi away
List$14,895
Est.Loan: $278/mo
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Ford Explorer 2012 XLT 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
113,929 miles
Used 2012
Ford Explorer
XLT
(9)
Caspian Auto Sales
36.7 mi away
List$12,807
Est.Loan: $239/mo
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$300 Below Market
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Ford Explorer 2012 Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
94,917 miles
Used 2012
Ford Explorer
Limited
(6)
Miller Honda
38.7 mi away
List$17,000
Est.Loan: $310/mo
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Ford Explorer 2012 XLT 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
87,354 miles
Used 2012
Ford Explorer
XLT
Sullivan Auto Trading
47.4 mi away
List$14,494
Est.Loan: $271/mo
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Ford Explorer 2012 XLT 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
101 miles
Used 2012
Ford Explorer
XLT
AG Auto Sales
47.7 mi away
List$13,995
Est.Loan: $261/mo
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Ford Explorer 2012 XLT 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
102,993 miles
Used 2012
Ford Explorer
XLT
Glen Burnie DriveTime
48 mi away
List$15,595
Est.Loan: $284/mo
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GENIUS TOOLS & VEHICLE BENEFITS: Experience the Genius Way to Buy a Car at DriveTime with true online financing terms, no haggle pricing and a pressure free sales experience. Every vehicle at DriveTime is inspected prior to arriving on the lot and comes complete with a 5-Day vehicle return policy, 30 Day/1500 Mile Limited Warranty. DriveTime vehicles also include a FREE AutoCheck History Report plus an extensive list of vehicle features and safety information. With over 14,000 used cars, trucks, vans and SUVs nationwide, we have the vehicle you�ve been dreaming of! Note: Price excludes taxes and finance charges, and may exclude doc fees up to $299 and other applicable fees (where allowed by state law).
Ford Explorer 2012 XLT 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
168,352 miles
Used 2012
Ford Explorer
XLT
(1)
Nation Motors of Fredericksburg
48.6 mi away
List$11,995
Est.Loan: $224/mo
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Ford Explorer 2012 XLT 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
116,966 miles
Used 2012
Ford Explorer
XLT
Pasadena Pre-Owned
51.4 mi away
List$13,562
Est.Loan: $253/mo
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Don't miss out on this super nice 2012 Ford Explorer! Plenty of rom to pack in the family or simply remove the third row seat and fold up the second row for tons of storage space! This Explorer is great for the snowy months ahead of us! , Non-smoker owner, No pets, Mint Condition, Vehicle Runs Well, Seats as good as new, Family friendly, Drives great. Come in and see it for yourself! Visit us online at www.pasadenapreowned.com or give us a call for more info at 410-360-0400
Ford Explorer 2012 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
55,482 miles
Used 2012
Ford Explorer
Base
(1)
Hampstead Pre-Owned
52.2 mi away
List$14,787
Est.Loan: $276/mo
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Our family would like to thank you for taking a moment to check out our 2012 Ford Explorer. Here at Hampstead Pre-Owned we pride ourselves on providing amazing customer service and offer the highest quality cars all at a very competitive price.*****You'll like this 2012 Ford Explorer if you seek the tall ride height and useful interior space with Third Row Seating.Listen to your tunes with its AMFM Stereo, CD Player, MP3 Player, Bluetooth Connection, Auxiliary Audio Input. Drive in comfort with its power driver's seat and knowing it has a clean accident free CARFAX.*****We understand that there are many different dealerships you could choose in today's market. However, not many follow the golden rule of treating others they would want to be treated. That is why Hampstead Pre-Owned has a 4.8 out of 5 stars based on over 1550 online customer reviews. Every car comes with a pre-certified 175 point inspection, free comprehensive warranty, and a complimentary 7-day exchange policy. Once again thank you for considering us for your next new car!

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Edmunds' Expert Review

With solid on-road dynamics, decent fuel efficiency and an accommodating, high-class cabin, the 2012 Ford Explorer is a top pick for a large crossover SUV.

vehicle overview

Once as ubiquitous as Barney, the purple dinosaur who starred on children's TV, the original Ford Explorer was a staple in the garage of the American family throughout the 1990s. The glory days didn't last, however, as SUV buyers changed their priorities from recreational capability to passenger hauling. So last year the Ford Explorer became a car-based crossover instead of a truck-based SUV, enhancing its well-rounded personality.

As such, the 2012 Ford Explorer features a carlike unibody chassis instead of the heavier, truck-based body-on-frame. Refined, carlike driving dynamics are the result, although maximum towing capacity has declined in the bargain. And in another nod to contemporary concerns, the new, turbocharged, "EcoBoost" four-cylinder engine option gives the Explorer best-in-class fuel economy, although at a cost premium over the standard V6.

Inside the cabin, the Explorer offers a stylish, well-finished space for up to seven passengers. The second row features seatbelt airbags -- a first for the automotive industry -- that are meant to improve safety for smaller occupants. The third row, though, isn't as roomy as that of some competitors. Perhaps a more appealing selling point will be the abundance of electronic convenience features, including Sync, adaptive cruise control and an automatic parallel-parking system. The MyFord Touch interface found on most models is a neat idea, but we've found it slow to respond and difficult to use. Look for Ford to make software updates to correct some of these issues -- even to cars that have already been built and sold.

Overall, though, the 2012 Ford Explorer is very much attuned to what today's large crossover shoppers want. It drives well, returns good fuel economy and keeps the versatility that made people like SUVs in the first place. But rivals including the Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee are also recently fully redesigned and bear consideration. Other contenders include the more passenger-friendly Ford Flex, the more engaging Mazda CX-9 and GM's more spacious Buick Enclave/Chevy Traverse/GMC Acadia triplets.

They're all quite desirable, and the best choice hinges on your need for space, the driving experience you prefer and the high-tech features that make you comfortable.

2012 Ford Explorer configurations

The 2012 Ford Explorer is a large crossover SUV available in base, XLT and Limited trim levels.

Standard equipment includes 17-inch steel wheels, privacy glass, integrated blind spot mirrors, roof rails, cruise control, a six-way power driver seat (manual recline), a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, MyFord advanced trip computer and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player and an auxiliary audio jack.

The XLT adds 18-inch cast-aluminum wheels, automatic headlamps, foglamps, rear parking sensors, upgraded cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a keyless entry code pad, Sync (voice-activated telephone/entertainment interface) and satellite radio (optional on base).

For the Explorer XLT, Ford offers the Rapid Spec options suite that adds a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-speaker sound system and the Driver Connect package, which includes an auto-dimming rearview mirror, MyFord Touch electronics controls (includes two configurable displays, two USB ports and audio/video input jacks) and the Sync Services upgrade (includes turn-by-turn directions and traffic reports). The next-level Rapid Spec package includes all of the former plus leather upholstery, heated front seats, an eight-way power driver seat with power-adjustable lumbar, and a six-way power passenger seat.

The Limited bundles the XLT's Rapid Spec items with 20-inch wheels, keyless ignition/entry, remote engine start, a 110-volt power outlet and a 12-speaker Sony sound system with HD radio. Two additional Rapid Spec packages include a power liftgate and a navigation system, along with an eight-way power passenger seat, ventilated front seats and a power-folding third-row seat.

A safety-focused Rapid Spec suite includes an automatic parallel-parking system, adaptive cruise control, collision warning and brake support, a blind-spot warning system, inflatable seatbelts for second-row outboard passengers, xenon headlamps and automatic wipers.

Stand-alone options on the XLT and Limited include a dual-panel sunroof, the blind-spot warning system, a power liftgate, a tow package, second-row captain's chairs (Limited only), a rear-seat entertainment system with dual headrest-mounted displays, and a navigation system that includes real-time traffic, weather and other information.

2012 Highlights

For 2012, the Ford Explorer offers an optional turbocharged four-cylinder engine that promises six-cylinder performance with four-cylinder fuel economy.

Performance & mpg

The 2012 Ford Explorer comes standard with a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 290 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard. Four-wheel drive (there is no low-range gearing) is optional and includes Ford's Terrain Management System, a selectable four-mode system that optimizes traction electronically for different conditions. Hill descent control and hill start assist are also included.

In Edmunds testing, a 4WD Explorer accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 8.3 seconds, an average time for the class. A front-drive V6 Explorer returns an EPA-estimated 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway and 20 mpg combined -- also average for the class. Four-wheel drive lowers this to a still respectable 17/23/19. Properly equipped, a V6 Explorer can tow 5,000 pounds.

Optional on all front-wheel-drive trims is the turbocharged, 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine -- also paired with the six-speed auto -- making 240 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. In Edmunds testing, an EcoBoost Explorer went from zero to 60 mph in 9.1 seconds, which is on the slow side for the class. Fuel economy, however, is a strong 20/28/23.

Safety

Every 2012 Ford Explorer comes standard with stability and traction control, trailer sway control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags and MyKey, which allows parents to specify limits for vehicle speed and stereo volume. The Explorer's stability control system also includes Ford's Curve Control, which can monitor speed carried into a corner and decelerate if necessary.

Optional on the XLT and Limited are a blind-spot warning system (includes cross-traffic alert) and inflatable seatbelts for outboard second-row passengers. The Limited can be equipped with collision warning and brake support. In Edmunds brake testing, a 4WD Explorer came to a stop from 60 mph in 122 feet -- an average distance for the class. The EcoBoost model stopped in 130 feet.

In government crash tests, the Explorer received four out of five stars for overall crash protection, with four stars for overall frontal protection and five stars for overall side protection. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety testing, the Ford Explorer earned a top rating of "Good" for its performance in frontal-offset, side-impact and roof-strength tests.

Driving

The 2012 Ford Explorer feels rock-solid at freeway speeds, well-damped over broken pavement and very confident when negotiating a corner. The responsive steering demonstrates Ford's skill at tuning an electric power steering system (which improves fuel economy and allows for an automatic parking feature).

The 2012 Ford Explorer might not offer a V8 option, but its V6 is quick enough and more efficient. Those who used an older Explorer to tow a large boat may be disappointed, but the V6 can handle the job for most recreational pursuits. And don't be quick to dismiss the idea of a turbo-4 powering this none-too-small SUV. It may not be as quick as the V6, but in practice the EcoBoost engine provides smooth response, more than adequate acceleration and of course better fuel mileage than you'd get with the V6.

Interior

The Explorer's impressive cabin features excellent build/materials quality within an attractive, upscale design. The dash feels soft to the touch, the switchgear operates with precision (or is touch-operated with the optional MyFord Touch) and the overall look is quite rich. A loaded Explorer is actually just as nice as any Lincoln.

Our affections do not carry over to MyFord Touch, however. The touch buttons can be difficult to identify at a glance and too often get pressed accidentally or don't respond properly. As for the touchscreen itself, the small icons on the black background are difficult to see and press when you're concentrating on the road ahead. The redundant steering wheel controls and the LCD screens in the instrument binnacle could also use a bit of fine-tuning.

The Explorer's cabin is certainly spacious, but still not quite as roomy as those of the Dodge Durango, Ford Flex and especially the GM triplets. Its 80 cubic feet of maximum cargo space is the smallest of the group and the third row is a bit cramped by comparison, though it does easily accommodate children. The driving position is spot-on for most drivers, though the wide roof pillars and high dash make it seem bigger when trying to fit through tight spaces.


Consumer reviews

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Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

2012 Explorer = Excellent SUV
jwinco,12/29/2011
Recently purchased a 2012 Explorer XLT 4WD for use in Colorado. Traded in an F-150 with the 6.2-liter V8 engine primarily for the mileage and it's paid off -- mileage is about 30% better, averaging 21.5 MPG in mixed town/highway. Overall have been more impressed with the Explorer than I thought I would be. Drives and handles beautifully for an SUV -- I don't agree at all with some of the magazine reviews that the ride is too mushy. Extremely comfortable interior that is whisper quiet even at highway speeds. It's just a pleasure to be in and drive this SUV.
Ecoboost model
mvieau,10/01/2011
My wife and I recently purchased the 2012 Ford Explorer Ecoboost Limited in black and the first comment I need to make is how beautiful it looks. We had looked at Lexus, Audi, Acura, Buick and Lincoln before even considering the Ford. It was only during the visit to the Lincoln dealer that the sales rep suggested we look at the new Explorer. Family pricing allowed us to get the Limited trim with pretty much every feature other than the tow package for an amazing price. We are very impressed with the style and quality of the vehicle. The ecoboost model wasn't an option for us until we test drove it and found it to be pretty much the same drive as the 3.5L V6. This vehicle has excellent value.
Almost the perfect car for us
kris45,02/21/2012
We just acquire a 2012 Limited in silver with the EcoBoost engine fully loaded. My initial impression are just Wow. We love love this car. The interior is luxurious and well put together, the configuration of the seats is nice and flexible. I do agree with an earlier review that allowing the middle row of seats to slide forward and back a little would be helpful. The Tech: I am a big tech guy, love my toys and this car fits right in with them. Voice control, touch screen, tons of options and configuration, color changing ambient lighting is cool. Proximity key is KEY! I didn't even look at the base or XLT editions because they didn't offer this feature. (continued in Fav features!...)
Great family vehicle!
Kendra,10/15/2015
Bought my 2012 Ford Explorer as a Certified Pre Owned with 36k miles. Have had the vehicle 8 months now and still love it! Now that we are one of few families in our circle with a 7 passenger vehicle, we end up being "the bus" ... recently had 7 adults on board and even the two in the third row were comfortable and commented on how roomy it was for a third row seat. My 8 year old loves the third row and thinks it is great fun climbing in and out. Things I love: Power liftgate Power folding third row Heated and cooled front seats Great sound system Drives very smooth and quiet (except for windshield hissing/whistling - problem is solved by turning up the music!) Handles great Great rear view camera and backup sensors Looks great Great warranty since I bought Certified Pre-Owned Surprisingly good gas mileage for the size Things that bug me: -Had to have the shifting assembly replaced after getting "shift to park" messages when it was clearly in park. Covered under CPO warranty and I only paid $100, but irritating to have to pay anything for what is clearly a Ford defect, as many people have reported the same problem. -The blind spot takes some getting used to. I have gotten much more adept at using my mirrors because the blind spots on the sides are significant. I couldn't find a used model with BLIS which I gladly would have paid for, so this was a big downfall in the beginning -I hate MyFord Touch. It never works properly. Luckily, I already knew this was an issue from my research prior to purchasing the vehicle so I expected it. Works great for voice climate control and using the phone; everything else is pretty much crap. I never use the navigation; much easier to plug my iPhone in to the USB and use Google maps. -The dark blue color is very hard to keep clean; almost as bad as black. Would have preferred white or silver but when you're buying used you have to take what you can find. Overall I love the vehicle and would buy another. This is the first SUV I have ever owned after years of driving Acura sedans. I actually had my heart set on an Acura MDX until I compared the Ford Explorer and realized I could get just as many features and luxury items for a much lower price. Bonus: it's much cheaper to work on since it's American made! I was always shocked at the repair costs on my Acuras because the parts were so much more expensive. I would recommend this vehicle to anyone looking for a reliable SUV with a luxury feel at an affordable cost!
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Features & Specs

MPG
17 city / 23 hwy
Seats 7
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
290 hp @ 6500 rpm
MPG
17 city / 23 hwy
Seats 7
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
290 hp @ 6500 rpm
MPG
18 city / 25 hwy
Seats 7
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
290 hp @ 6500 rpm
MPG
18 city / 25 hwy
Seats 7
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
290 hp @ 6500 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover16.9%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

More about the 2012 Ford Explorer
Used 2012 Ford Explorer Overview

The Used 2012 Ford Explorer is offered in the following submodels: Explorer SUV. Available styles include Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A), XLT 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A), XLT 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A), Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A), 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A), and 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A).

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Price comparisons for Used 2012 Ford Explorer trim styles:

  • The Used 2012 Ford Explorer XLT is priced between $9,988 and$17,999 with odometer readings between 101 and168352 miles.
  • The Used 2012 Ford Explorer Limited is priced between $13,995 and$18,994 with odometer readings between 0 and131128 miles.
  • The Used 2012 Ford Explorer Base is priced between $11,876 and$16,490 with odometer readings between 55482 and119766 miles.

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Should I lease or buy a 2012 Ford Explorer?

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