330 E. Roosevelt Rd. West Chicago, IL 60185

2012 Ford Explorer Limited 4WD 301A

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Internet Price:
$22,705
Stock #:
01029
VIN #:
1FMHK8F89CGA91902
Mileage:
74,383
Engine:
3.5L V6 Cylinder Engine
Exterior Color:
White Platinum Metallic Tri-coat
Interior Color:
Medium Light Stone
Body Style
Sport Utility
Transmission:
Automatic
City MPG:
17
Highway MPG:
23
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Edmunds.com Ratings & Reviews

2012 ford explorer

Consumer Reviews from Edmunds.com

Overall Consumer Ratings
4.1
38 Total Consumer Reviews
5 Star - (42%)
4 Star - (39%)
3 Star - (13%)
2 Star - (5%)
1 Star - (6%)

Edmunds.com Consumer Rating (out of 5)

PERFORMANCE
3.9
COMFORT
4.3
INTERIOR
4.2
RELIABILITY
3.7
VALUE
4.4

Edmunds.com Expert Review

Edmunds Says

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.

What's New

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

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PROS

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

Introduction

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.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

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.

Powertrains and Performance

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.

Interior Design and Special Features

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.

Driving Impressions

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.

Factory Installed Options

  • 3.5L TI-VCT V6 ENGINE

    • V6 Cylinder Engine
    • Gasoline Fuel
  • MEDIUM LIGHT STONE, PERFORATED LEATHER TRIMMED HEATED/COOLED FRONT BUCKET SEATS

    • Power Driver Seat
    • Power Passenger Seat
    • Leather Seats
    • Bucket Seats
    • Heated Front Seat(s)
    • Driver Adjustable Lumbar
    • Passenger Adjustable Lumbar
    • Cooled Front Seat(s)

Standard Equipment at time of original manufacture release.

Convenience & Comfort

  • A/C
  • Adjustable Steering Wheel
  • Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
  • Automatic Headlights
  • Back-Up Camera
  • Climate Control
  • Cruise Control
  • Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror
  • Driver Vanity Mirror
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Floor Mats
  • Fog Lamps
  • Front Reading Lamps
  • Heated Mirrors
  • Intermittent Wipers
  • Keyless Entry
  • Keyless Start
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Mirror Memory
  • Multi-Zone A/C
  • Navigation from Telematics
  • Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror
  • Passenger Vanity Mirror
  • Power Door Locks
  • Power Folding Mirrors
  • Power Mirror(s)
  • Power Outlet
  • Power Steering
  • Power Windows
  • Privacy Glass
  • Rear Defrost
  • Rear Parking Aid
  • Rear Reading Lamps
  • Remote Engine Start
  • Security System
  • Steering Wheel Audio Controls
  • Telematics
  • Universal Garage Door Opener
  • Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers

Drivetrain & Engine

  • Four Wheel Drive
  • Gasoline Fuel
  • Transmission w/Dual Shift Mode

Entertainment

  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • CD Player
  • HD Radio
  • MP3 Player
  • Premium Sound System
  • Satellite Radio

Safety

  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • ABS
  • Adjustable Pedals
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Front Head Air Bag
  • Front Side Air Bag
  • Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag Sensor
  • Rear Head Air Bag
  • Stability Control
  • Tow Hooks
  • Traction Control

Seat & Trim

  • 3rd Row Seat
  • Bucket Seats
  • Cooled Front Seat(s)
  • Driver Adjustable Lumbar
  • Heated Front Seat(s)
  • Leather Seats
  • Pass-Through Rear Seat
  • Passenger Adjustable Lumbar
  • Power Driver Seat
  • Power Passenger Seat
  • Rear Bench Seat
  • Seat Memory
  • Woodgrain Interior Trim

Tires & Wheels

  • Aluminum Wheels
  • Temporary Spare Tire
  • Tire Pressure Monitor

Value Added Features

  • Bluetooth Connection

Featured Equipment below have been confirmed on vehicle today. Additional equipment not listed may still be available.

Installed Features

  • 200-amp alternator
  • 2nd generation dual front airbags
  • 2nd generation dual front side seat airbags
  • 2nd/3rd row privacy glass
  • 2nd/3rd seat rear map light
  • 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 engine -inc: 3.39 axle ratio
  • 4-wheel antilock disc brakes
  • 4-wheel drive
  • 60/40 split-folding 2nd row seat w/armrest & dual cupholders
  • 72-amp/hr maintenance-free battery -inc: battery saver feature
  • Air filtration system
  • Ambient lighting
  • Auto on/off headlamps
  • Belt-Minder feature
  • Bi-functional projector beam headlamps
  • Black lower bodyside cladding w/chrome accent
  • Black wheel lip molding
  • Body-color grille
  • Body-color pwr folding heated pwr mirrors -inc: integrated blind spot mirrors, LED turn signals, approach lights, driver's memory
  • Body-color spoiler
  • Cargo area hooks
  • Cargo net
  • Chrome door handles
  • Color-keyed cloth sunvisors -inc: illum vanity mirrors

 

  • Compass
  • Dual chrome exhaust tips
  • Dual zone electronic automatic temp control w/aux air cond
  • Easy fuel capless fuel filler
  • Electrochromic rearview mirror w/microphone
  • Floor console w/armrest & storage
  • Fog lamps
  • Front passenger sensing system
  • Front recovery hooks
  • Front/rear scuff plates
  • Grab handles -inc: (1) at passenger seat, (2) in 2nd row
  • Hill descent control
  • Hill start assist
  • Illuminated entry
  • Independent front/rear suspension
  • LATCH system on rear outboard seat locations
  • Leather wrapped shift knob
  • LED tail lamps
  • Load floor tie-down hooks
  • Mini spare tire
  • MyKey system inc: top speed limiter, audio volume limiter, early low fuel warning, programmable sound chimes, Beltminder w/audio mute
  • Olive Ash Dark Brown Woodgrain appliques
  • Overhead console w/lights & sunglass holder
  • Perimeter alarm

 

  • Premium audio sound system -inc: HD radio, (12) speakers
  • Pwr adjustable pedals w/memory
  • Pwr steering
  • Pwr windows w/1-touch driver & front passenger up/down
  • Rear 2-speed intermittent wiper
  • Rear door child safety locks
  • Rear window defogger
  • Rearview camera
  • Remote start
  • Roof mounted antenna
  • Safety Canopy -inc: side curtain airbags, rollover sensor
  • Seat belts -inc: pretensioners, energy management system, adjustable height in 1st row
  • SecuriLock passive anti-theft system
  • Silver roof rack side rails
  • SOS Post Crash Alert System
  • Terrain management system
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Trailer sway control
  • Universal garage door opener
  • Upper body color/lower black front/rear bumpers
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