2012 Ford Explorer  -  $29,105


Vehicle Details

MSRP: $29,105
Base Invoice: $27,662
Destination Charge: $825
Options: $0
Trim: FWD 4dr Base
Doors: 4
Drive train: Front Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: 20 | City: 18 | Hwy: 25
Body Style: FWD 4dr Base
Transmission: 6-speed SelectShift automatic transmission w/OD (REQ: 998 Engine)
Engine: 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 engine

Pros

Quiet interior; excellent ride quality; world-class safety features; good value; surprisingly good gas mileage with EcoBoost engine


Model News

The roomy Ford Explorer utility vehicle is back for its second model year since a complete redesign, and it sees few changes other than the addition of a fuel-efficient new 4-cylinder engine to the lineup. The new 2.0L EcoBoost 4-cylinder provides performance of a base-level V6 combined with the fuel efficiency of a four, Ford claims.

Also for 2012, the Explorer gets an expanded exterior color palette, including Ginger Ale Metallic, Dark Blue Metallic, Dark Blue Pearl Metallic, Cinnamon Metallic and Black.


Model Highlights

The Explorer is offered in base, XLT and Limited models, and no matter which model you choose, you get three well-designed rows of seating and room for up to seven (you can also get buckets for the second row). You'll have no problem fitting adults in the back seat, and while the third row is kid-sized it's easier to fold than just about any other model--thanks to the simple, single-button power-folding system. Parents will also note that LATCH fasteners for child seats are included in the second-row outboard positions. And if you flip both the second and third rows forward, there's a cavernous (and well-shaped) 81 cubic feet of cargo space.

With the EcoBoost engine, fuel economy is about the best in this class of vehicle: 20 mpg city, 28 mpg highway. There is one significant footnote to the EcoBoost engine, though: It's only available with front-wheel drive, so any shoppers needing the all-weather security of 4-wheel drive will need to step up to the V6. The larger engine isn't all that bad, though, with EPA ratings of up to 17 mpg city, 25 mpg highway.

The 4-wheel drive system in the Explorer is designed with the urban driving done by most Explorer owners, but it does include a Terrain Management system that smartly recalibrates the system for snow, sand or mud when needed. With 4-wheel drive, there's also Hill Descent Control, to help maintain composure on steep, slippery slopes.

Standard equipment on the Explorer is more extensive than you'll see in most mainstream-brand vehicles. Cruise control, a media hub system, four 12-volt powerpoints, capless fuel-filling and the MyKey control/monitoring feature are all standard on the base model, while optional or standard models on the upper XLT or Limited trims include dual-zone climate control; remote start; power-folding, heated side-view mirrors; reverse sensing; ambient lighting, adjustable pedals, a rearview camera system, push-button start and a 110-volt AC outlet.

Also of note is MyFord Touch, a touch-screen-based interface that combines a host of vehicle, information and entertainment functions in an interface that appears a bit like that of iPads or other tablet computers. The system works together with Ford's Sync interface to interact seamlessly--and with voice commands--with media players, smartphones and music on USB sticks.

All Explorers include both Roll Stability Control and Curve Control, sophisticated stability control systems. Safety Canopy side-curtain airbags also cover all three rows, and a SOS Post-Crash System helps alert authorities if the airbags deploy. Even more advanced, safety related tech features on the Explorer include adaptive cruise control with a collision warning system and brake support and a Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert; both are features that could lessen the impact of an accident or help avoid it entirely.


Value Writeup

The redesigned Ford Explorer has also been rated one of the safest utility vehicles at any size or price; it's the first vehicle in the world to offer rear inflatable seatbelts. Curve control--a more advanced version of electronic stability control--is also a Ford exclusive and Ford's MyKey system helps parents reel in teen drivers.

And now it also stands out for being one of the greenest picks; Ford claims best-in-class gas mileage for non-hybrids and notes that the Explorer EcoBoost will go 20 percent farther on a gallon of gas than the Honda Pilot.


Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.1

EPA Classification
Sport Utility Vehicle - 2WD

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
25 MPG

Cruising Range - City
334.80 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
18 MPG

Fuel Economy Est-Combined
20 MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
465.00 mi

Engine Order Code
998

Engine Type
Gas V6

Displacement
3.5L/213

Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
290 @ 6500

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
255 @ 4100

Trans Order Code
44J

Trans Type
6

Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/manual shift

First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.48

Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.87

Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74

Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.88

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.16

Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
1.00

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
650

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
175

Passenger Capacity
7

Passenger Volume
151.7 ft³

Front Head Room
41.4 in

Front Leg Room
40.6 in

Front Shoulder Room
61.3 in

Front Hip Room
57.3 in

Second Head Room
40.5 in

Second Leg Room
39.8 in

Second Shoulder Room
61.0 in

Second Hip Room
56.7 in

Third Head Room
37.8 in

Third Leg Room
33.2 in

Third Shoulder Room
50.8 in

Third Hip Room
40.7 in

Wheelbase
112.6 in

Length, Overall
197.1 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
78.9 in

Height, Overall
70.4 in

Track Width, Front
67.0 in

Track Width, Rear
67.0 in

Min Ground Clearance
7.6 in

Cargo Volume to Seat 1
80.7 ft³

Cargo Volume to Seat 2
43.8 ft³

Cargo Volume to Seat 3
21.0 ft³

Base Curb Weight
4557 lbs

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.
2000 lbs

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.
200 lbs

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.
2000 lbs

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.
300 lbs

Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson strut

Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front
1.26 in

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear
0.86 in

Front Tire Size
P245/65R17

Rear Tire Size
P245/65R17

Spare Tire Size
Compact

Front Wheel Size
17 x -TBD- in

Rear Wheel Size
17 x -TBD- in

Spare Wheel Size
Compact in

Front Wheel Material
Steel

Rear Wheel Material
Steel

Spare Wheel Material
Steel

Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.8

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
39.2 ft

Brake Type
Pwr

Brake ABS System
4-Wheel

Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes

Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
18.6 gal

Total Option Weight
0.00 lbs

Basic Years
3

Basic Miles/km
36,000

Drivetrain Years
5

Drivetrain Miles/km
60,000

Corrosion Years
5

Corrosion Miles/km
Unlimited

Roadside Assistance Years
5

Roadside Assistance Miles/km
60,000

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID
15V171000

Mfg's Report Date
MAR 24, 2015

Component
STRUCTURE

Potential Number of Units Affected
194,484

Summary
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2011-2013 Explorer vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the interior door handle return spring may unseat, resulting in interior door handle that does not return to the fully stowed position after actuation.

Consequence
If the interior door handle return spring is unseated, the door may unlatch in the event of a side impact crash, increasing the risk of personal injury.

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect all four of the interior door handles and either repair or replace them, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on May 11, 2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 15S11.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID
14V286000

Mfg's Report Date
MAY 29, 2014

Potential Number of Units Affected
179,027

Summary
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2011-2013 Ford Explorer vehicles manufactured May 17, 2010, through February 28, 2012. The affected vehicles may experience an intermittent connection in the electric power steering gear, which can cause a loss of the motor position sensor signal resulting in a shut down of the power steering assist.

Consequence
If the vehicle experiences a loss of power steering assist it will require extra steering effort at lower speeds, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will update the Power Steering Control Module (PSCM) software, free of charge. If a vehicle shows a history of a loss of motor position sensor signal when the vehicle is brought in for the recall remedy, its steering rack assembly will be replaced, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by July 25, 2014. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-800-392-3673. Ford's number for this recall is 14S06.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Overall Rating

Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver

Frontal Crash Test Note
After the frontal barrier crash, Stoddard fluid was observed leaking from the vehicle during the static rollover test. However, it was below the maximum allowable amount per Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 301.

Not Applicable

Overall Side Crash Rating

Side Barrier Rating

Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat

Male/Female Dummy Note
Male: Average sized adult male dummy in 35-MPH crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs. Female: Small-sized adult female dummy in 35-mph crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs.

Combined Side Rating Front Seat

Combined Side Rating Rear Seat

Rollover Rating

Rollover Rating Dynamic Test Result
No Tip

Risk of Rollover
16.9%

Side Barrier Rating Driver

Rollover Note
Dynamic (moving) test results (Tip or No Tip) and measured rollover-related properties determine vehicle's risk of rollover in single vehicle crash and its rollover rating. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is.

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger

Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat

Side Barrier Rating Note
Not Applicable

3.5L Ti-VCT V6 engine -inc: 3.16 axle ratio

6-speed SelectShift automatic transmission w/OD (REQ: 998 Engine)

Front wheel drive

58-amp/hr maintenance-free battery -inc: battery saver feature

175-amp alternator

Trailer sway control

Independent front/rear suspension

Pwr steering

Dual chrome exhaust tips

P245/65R17 all-season BSW tires

17" steel wheels

Mini spare tire

Black roof rack side rails w/black end caps

Body-color spoiler

Upper body color/lower black front/rear bumpers

Black wheel lip molding

Black lower bodyside cladding

Foundry grey painted grille

Bi-functional projector beam headlamps

LED tail lamps

Black folding pwr mirrors -inc: integrated blind spot mirrors

2nd/3rd row privacy glass

Black door handles

Front speed sensitive wipers

Rear 2-speed intermittent wiper

Easy fuel capless fuel filler

AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3 player

(6) audio speakers

Roof mounted antenna

SYNC w/MyFord Touch -inc: (2) 4.2" color LCD displays, outside temp display

Cloth front bucket seats -inc: 6-way pwr driver seat, manual driver lumbar & recline, 2-way manual passenger seat w/manual recline

60/40 split-folding 2nd row bench seat

50/50 split-folding 3rd row seat

Floor console w/armrest & storage

Front/rear color-keyed carpeted floor mats

Tilt/telescoping steering wheel w/audio & cruise controls

Pwr windows w/1-touch driver down

Pwr door locks

Remote keyless entry w/(2) key fobs

Cruise control

SecuriLock passive anti-theft system

Manual climate control w/aux air cond

Air filtration system

Rear window defogger

Overhead console w/lights & sunglass holder

Color-keyed cloth sunvisors -inc: covered vanity mirrors

2nd/3rd seat rear map light

Media hub w/aux input jack

12V pwr points -inc: (2) front, (1) second row, (1) cargo area

Dark Galvano appliques

Front/rear scuff plates

Grab handles -inc: (1) at passenger seat, (2) in 2nd row

Illuminated entry

Load floor tie-down hooks

Cargo area hooks

Hill start assist

4-wheel antilock disc brakes

Traction control

AdvanceTrac w/Roll Stability Control (RSC)

2nd generation dual front airbags

2nd generation dual front side seat airbags

Front passenger sensing system

Safety Canopy -inc: side curtain airbags, rollover sensor

MyKey system inc: top speed limiter, audio volume limiter, early low fuel warning, programmable sound chimes, Beltminder w/audio mute

SOS Post Crash Alert System

Seat belts -inc: pretensioners, energy management system, adjustable height in 1st row

Belt-Minder feature

Rear door child safety locks

LATCH system on rear outboard seat locations

Tire pressure monitoring system

 
STANDARD EMISSIONS
$0

 
CALIFORNIA EMISSIONS
$0

 
CALIFORNIA EMISSIONS NOT REQUIRED
$0

 
CALIFORNIA EMISSIONS FOR PUBLIC SERVICE/EMERGENCY VEHICLES
$0

 
NON-CALIFORNIA EMISSIONS/NON-CROSS-BORDER STATES DEALER ORDER FOR CALIFORNIA EMISSIONS STATES REGISTRATION
$0

 
3.5L TI-VCT V6 ENGINE
$0

 
2.0L I4 ECOBOOST ENGINE
$995

 
6-SPEED SELECTSHIFT AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION W/OD
$0

 
6-SPEED SELECTSHIFT AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION W/OD
$0

 
6-SPEED AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION W/OD
$0

 
100A EQUIPMENT GROUP ORDER CODE
$0

 
TUXEDO BLACK METALLIC
$0

 
BLACK
$0

 
DARK PEARL BLUE METALLIC
$0

 
INGOT SILVER METALLIC
$0

 
WHITE SUEDE
$0

 
RED CANDY METALLIC TINTED CLEARCOAT
$395

 
STANDARD PAINT
$0

 
MEDIUM LIGHT STONE, CLOTH FRONT BUCKET SEATS
$0

 
CLASS III TRAILER TOW PKG
$570

 
ROOF RACK CROSSBARS
$120

 
SPLASH GUARDS
$185

 
CARGO SHADE
$135

 
LICENSE PLATE BRACKET
$0

 
SYNC BASIC VOICE-ACTIVATED COMMUNICATIONS & ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM
$295

 
SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO W/6-MONTH SUBSCRIPTION
$195

 
ALL WEATHER RUBBER FLOOR MATS
$75

 
PRICED DORA
$0


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