2012 Ford Explorer XLT: Seriously Connected
January 18, 2012
As you can see, Ford did not skimp when it came to giving the Explorer plenty of connectivity. A couple USB ports, a 12V plug, some RCAs and even an SD card reader. Pretty sure that's the highest concentration of inputs I've seen in a converted ashtray for some time.
As nice as it is to have all those options, I'd be curious to know how many owners actually use more than one of the inputs provided. The two USB ports seem like the most obvious candidates since they're useful for both charging and connectivity. The RCAs? Eh, even if you have a game system, plugging it into the dashboard seems a little inconvenient. The SD card might be nice to load a pic or two for the home screen, but apart from that most owners would probably just leave the navigation card in there out of fear of losing it.
Seems like Ford would have been better off separating some of these inputs to make them more accessible instead of creating a "media hub" as it's called.
Ed Hellwig, Editor, Edmunds.com