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.
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.
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.
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Rock Solid, Fun to drive, great on gas, value for money...
written on 12-27-2011
I was not a big fan of American vehicles, after considerable research and after waiting one year I purchased a 2012 full lodaded XLT model, my first American vehicle.
After 45 days & 2500 km, I am glad I made this choice, do not have any problems to report except for some samll glitches in the voice command, need to get the software updated.
The Exterior looks great, engine is crisp and refined. Overall the vehicle feels rock solid, the stiffer suspension provides a nice sporty ride.
Engine power delivery is excellent with the torque peaking at lower rpm compared to competition. The interior is rich and sophisticated which you typically find in more expensive luxury SUVs.
About a month ago I was given a new explorer as a rental while on a business trip.
Overall I was impressed with the vehicle except for the annoying wind noise that came from the right side of the wind shield.
The wind noise was extremely noticable at speeds above 60 mph.
I don't know if this was problem with just my vehicle or if others have experienced the same issue.
I was impressed with the power from the engine.
The ride was comfortable and the seats were supportive.
Minus the wind noise I would give the explorer high marks however the wind noise was bad enough that I couldn't live with it on a daily basis.
Hopefully it was just a problem with my vehicle.