2012 Ford Explorer: Cross Traffic Alert Works
November 10, 2011
Oh, what a lovely picture of the Explorer's rear seat you have here, Brent. Well, it's more to show rear visibility, or the lack therof. Interestingly, though, our Ford Explorer has the optional blind-spot monitoring system, and that also includes cross-traffic alert. We've had a fair number of vehicles in the fleet with blind-spot monitoring, but the Explorer is the first to my recollection to have traffic alert.
This system utilizes the same sensors but beeps if it detects an on-coming vehicle when you're slowing backing up. Basically, it's for when you're in a parking lot and can't see much. And that can certainly be the case given the Explorer's limited rearward visibility.
I've had it go off once so far, and it did give me advance warning about an approaching car. For vehicles like Explorer or their intended buyers, it seems like a useful thing to have.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor