For starters, this 5th generation SUV was the first time many drivers found that perfect balance of rugged performance and handsome design. The Explorer once took many of its design cues from trucks: a tall boxy frame; larger than necessary features; square-shaped accessories — it didn’t appeal to drivers in the city. That all changed when Ford designed the 2012 version, with a car-like unibody that gives the vehicle an upscale design without sacrificing its rugged attractiveness.
The Explorer still had 7 seats, but somehow seemed to make better use of the interior space, giving excellent head and leg room as well as 81 cubic feet of cargo capacity. The interior is also loaded with technology features that still compete with many of today’s models. Explorers can be found with adaptive cruise control, active parking systems, backup cameras, lane-departure warning systems, automatic high beams, and SYNC with MyFord Touch.
This model caught the eye of many industry reviewers. Check out the following video review to see what the experts at Kelley Blue Book had to say about it:
Confident handling, responsive braking that’s not too soft or firm, a standard 290 horsepower 3.5L v6 engine that packs a real punch of power, and mid-twenties fuel economy. What’s not to like about this innovative SUV?
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