The 2012 Ford Explorer is the type of sport utility vehicle that will definitely put a smile on the face of anyone. It is almost impossible to escape the charm that the 2012 Ford Explorer SUV comes with. At first, one is attracted to its style and design, but once you drive it, the responsive handling and ultra-smooth ride will make your driving experience simply memorable, no matter what terrain you tackle.
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It can be said with a lot of confidence that the Ford Explorer is the car that catapulted America's love affair with SUVs. When it was first introduced in the early 90s, the SUV was not a favorite car among many people. However, when the Explorer was released, all that changed, and many people fell in love with the car that was once just a traditional vehicle in the market.
The 2012 Ford Explorer is powered by a 3.5-liter Ti-VCT engine that produces 290 horsepower. When properly equipped, this sport utility vehicle can tow 5,000 pounds and it features a trailer sway control, which will come in handy on windy days and winding roads. The twin independent variable camshaft timing contributes to fuel-economy and enhances precision. It returns 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, which is certainly acceptable for a vehicle that seats seven people.
Speaking of seating, although there are three rows of seats and adequate leg and head room for the first two rows, it is said that the third row is just not practical for adult seating, at least not for long distances anyway.
When it comes to safety, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety voted the 2011 model as a Top Safety Pick. Standard features include child seat anchors, rear door safety locks, dusk sensing headlamps, engine immobilizer, stability and traction control, electronic brakeforce distribution, tire pressure monitoring, post-collision safety system and airbags in all three rows.
Ever since its introduction, the Ford Explorer has delivered style, comfort, versatility and most importantly affordability. The 2012 Ford Explorer SUV underwent a complete makeover and the end result was an SUV that is simply breathtaking. One of the major changes that are notable in the car is the overall design, which changed from the body on frame design to a uni-body design, which gives it a more car like feel. The new design increases the available space and also improves the overall efficiency of the SUV.