2012 Ford Explorer
There are 4 user reviews for the XLT 4WD trim shown below
- Versatility, size, 4WD system, technology, and the list goes on.
- Sync and Navigation System Prone to Lag and Freezing Occasionally
Purchased As New
I don't understand people's negative comments about this vehicle, such as not enough leg room, seats are too high, etc.
For a 6'0, 200 LB male, There is TONS of room. I could put my seat up another 6 inches and still have plenty of leg and head room. I could go back another 6 inches and the 2nd row passengers would be completely comfortable. You can raise and lower the seat too, so the height is completely adjustable. The 3rd row seats are just fine as well, unless you are Andre the Giant.
The cargo space is excellent as well. I recently moved into a new home, and I was able to put chairs, dressers, end-tables, etc into it. I only had to fill up a small Uhaul half-way because I was able to fit so much stuff into the Explorer to make quick trips. I purchased the rubber/plastic tray liner for the cargo area and there is not one scratch or ding back there.
I live in the midwest where snow is the norm in the winter. This handles like a charm with the 4WD settings. In fact, I was trying to make it slip out taking corners, and it wasn't possible. The wheels adjust instantly and just keep you moving right along. Although I am not really into offroading, I would love to see what this can do in mud or sand.
The technology piece is great. The only complaint I have is that the Sync system occasionally freezes up, and I had to have it reinstalled at the dealer. It fixed most of the problems, but it still occasionally freezes and can be annoying. Ford says later updates will fix this, but I haven't seen it yet after 6 months or so of ownership. Beyond that, blue-tooth phone connectivity, touch screen everything, and just talking to your car to change your climate settings or navigation destination is insanely awesome!
My only other complaint is that you can't get some of the extra goodies, like HID/Xenon lights, unless you get the best model with the best package options. That takes the price range up from the low to mid $30's, easily to the mid $40's. I just went with the middle model and installed my own HID lamps. For those of us that don't need an expensive panoramic moonroof, maybe a standard moonroof should be an alternative.
As for gas, it's doing right around what I expected. The 4WD factory sticker estimates 19 combined, and I am right around 18.3 MPG. I spend most of my time off the interstate, so this is pretty good actually. It would be cool if the I-4 tubo model came in 4WD.
Overall, I can look past the small technology issues because at least Ford is trying to think outside the box with this one. I have not one bit of buyer's remorse, and enjoy driving this vehicle. For the people that are in the market for a new SUV, please try this out. Don't listen to the people giving this 1 star because they RENTED it, and are Ford haters to begin with. I never owned a Ford in my life, but I would definitely now consider sticking with the brand in the future. Once I test drove this, it made the Venza, 4-Runner, Equinox, Outlander, Murano, Edge and Terain just seem 2nd rate. I was originally considering an AWD Edge or Venza, and this just blew those away.
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