2012 Ford Explorer User Reviews
Limited 4WD shown
- $22,502 - $33,044
- No trim specified for this review
- I think Steve Jobs must have designed this SUV
- Second row middle seat is uncomfortable for adults
Purchased As New
I have the Limited 4WD, loaded with every possible feature in a package called 302A. My original plan was to get a Lexus GX but someone convinced me to try the Explorer. I wasn't going to buy it because I grew up thinking that Fords are junk when compared to Toyota or Honda. I gave it a go anyway and I am shocked and happy that I purchased this vehicle.
This loaded version has unusual features that are better than the Lexus GX. Here are a few: Front and rear moonroofs, perfect integration with Ipod including album art ( although you need to download a program from Ford to clean your ipod--it's called sync my itunes), air conditioned seats, adaptive cruise control, unbelievable voice recognition that includes dialing the phone, picking an album off the ipod and setting navigation), crystal clear telephone sound, warnings about blind spots in the side view mirrors, beeping when the car could be hit by another vehicle while in reverse, customization of 4WD features (mud vs. sand vs. snow), very large touch screen, ability to customize a "MyKey" for teenagers so that the stereo won't be too loud or the car won't pass a certain speed, remote auto start, a warning light on the windshield with a beeping when you approach a car from behind very quickly ( I think this safety feature is for idiots who text or for drivers who are drowsy), auto parallel park feature (fun to show friends but I don't need it), the ability to pause sirius satellite and resume (sort of like a DVR), the very fun ambient lighting feature, airbags in the rear seat belts, google map integration from the home computer (directions are sent to your car's navigation system), live traffic speeds on the navigation screen, an operator assist feature, really great flat panel keyless entry pad on the front door (can leave the key inside car). In short, my brother's 75K lexus sedan doesn't have half this stuff.
The car rides very well--gets good mileage, takes 87 octane, is pretty quick, quiet up to 70 MPH, hugs the road and glosses over the bumps, with a nice turning ratio.
I don't buy American cars but this Explorer changed my mind. Plus, the experience with Ford is exceptional. They have a website with youtube videos explaining all the features (syncmyride.com), they will guarantee all services for 3 years for an extra fee so that you only pay for gas. They will also guarantee the tires, breaks, and windshield or paint chips for an extra fee.
It really feels like Apple made this SUV. Even little details are pleasant--the lift gate opens very quickly but closes at a slower speed (think about it).
I can't come up with a feature it doesn't have. The exterior and interior are elegant and the mytouch computer system is easy once you go to that website to learn it. If you find a smart phone overwhelming, don't get the mytouch computer. But once you use it, you'll wonder why all cars don't have it. I've read about computer freezes but they haven't happened to my 2012.
I wrote this long review because I was prejudiced against Ford and can not believe they can outperform Lexus. I hope that people in my generation who think American cars are inferior to Japanese cars will give Ford a chance. This thing rocks!
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