2012 Ford Explorer XLT EcoBoost: Second Impression
September 26, 2011
The inside of the 2012 Explorer may be cavernous but Ford has done a good job of making it comfortable and keeping out engine and road noise. It offers a quiet, relaxing ride and smooth sailing as it keeps bumps and road imperfections from being bothersome. And it can take a curve without too much lean.
Despite being a four-cylinder, the EcoBoost engine doesn't have to struggle to get the boat moving. When driving in the city you feel like you're cruising along slowly but then look at the speedometer and realize you're really moving.
The seats are comfortable and cushiony but firm and supportive. I haven't sat in the third row yet, but I have played around with their configurations. They seem more robust than what you usually find in the back of the bus.
Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor