2012 Ford Explorer Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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$28,280-$39,855
$26,837-$37,088
18 /CITY / 25 /HWY
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What's New for 2012:

  • New 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine

Exterior Features
The 2012 Ford Explorer is a midsize crossover, offered in a 4-door body style with three trim levels. Seventeen-inch steel wheels are standard, with larger wheels available on other trim levels.

Interior Features
The 2012 Ford Explorer offers seating for up to 7 passengers. Base Explorer models feature cloth upholstery, air conditioning, full power accessories, cruise control, integrated blind-spot mirrors, tilt-and-telescope steering wheel, and more. Upgraded trim levels are fitted with dual-zone automatic climate control, automatic headlamps, keyless entry code pad, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, upgraded audio system, and other amenities. The range-topping Explorer Limited trim combines nearly all the option packages and adds keyless entry/ignition, 20-inch wheels, remote engine start, and other premium equipment.

Optional Features
Major option packages on the 2012 Ford Explorer include a dual-panel sunroof, blind-spot warning system, adaptive cruise control, and more.

Under the Hood
Ford Explorer models are fitted with one of two engines. The standard model features a 3.5-liter V-6 engine rated at 290 horsepower. An optional engine is a new 2.0-liter 4-cylinder rated at 237 horsepower. All engines are mated to a standard 6-speed automatic transmission. While front-wheel drive is standard, all-wheel drive is optional on some 2012 Explorer models. The Explorer V-6 is rated to tow 5000 pounds, according to Ford.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy figures for the 2012 Ford Explorer are:
  • Ford Explorer AWD with 3.5-liter V-6 engine: 17/23 mpg (city/highway)
  • Ford Explorer FWD with 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine: 20/28 mpg (city/highway)

Safety
Standard safety features of note on the 2012 Ford Explorer include side-impact curtain air bags and air bag seat belts in the second row. The 2012 Ford Explorer has not been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), but in tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Explorer received a \"Good\" rating-the Institute's highest-for frontal-offset and side-impact crash protection. Roof strength results from the Institute were also \"Good.\"

What's New for 2012:

  • New 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine

Exterior Features
The 2012 Ford Explorer is a midsize crossover, offered in a 4-door body style with three trim levels. Seventeen-inch steel wheels are standard, with larger wheels available on other trim levels.

Interior Features
The 2012 Ford Explorer offers seating for up to 7 passengers. Base Explorer models feature cloth upholstery, air conditioning, full power accessories, cruise control, integrated blind-spot mirrors, tilt-and-telescope steering wheel, and more. Upgraded trim levels are fitted with dual-zone automatic climate control, automatic headlamps, keyless entry code pad, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, upgraded audio system, and other amenities. The range-topping Explorer Limited trim combines nearly all the option packages and adds keyless entry/ignition, 20-inch wheels, remote engine start, and other premium equipment.

Optional Features
Major option packages on the 2012 Ford Explorer include a dual-panel sunroof, blind-spot warning system, adaptive cruise control, and more.

Under the Hood
Ford Explorer models are fitted with one of two engines. The standard model features a 3.5-liter V-6 engine rated at 290 horsepower. An optional engine is a new 2.0-liter 4-cylinder rated at 237 horsepower. All engines are mated to a standard 6-speed automatic transmission. While front-wheel drive is standard, all-wheel drive is optional on some 2012 Explorer models. The Explorer V-6 is rated to tow 5000 pounds, according to Ford.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy figures for the 2012 Ford Explorer are:
  • Ford Explorer AWD with 3.5-liter V-6 engine: 17/23 mpg (city/highway)
  • Ford Explorer FWD with 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine: 20/28 mpg (city/highway)

Safety
Standard safety features of note on the 2012 Ford Explorer include side-impact curtain air bags and air bag seat belts in the second row. The 2012 Ford Explorer has not been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), but in tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Explorer received a \"Good\" rating-the Institute's highest-for frontal-offset and side-impact crash protection. Roof strength results from the Institute were also \"Good.\"

Available Trims for the 2012 Ford Explorer
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name Base (FWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 28280.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 20/28
Name XLT (FWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 32095.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 20/28
Name Limited (FWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 37855.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 20/28
Name Base (4WD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 30280.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 17/23
Name XLT (4WD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 34095.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 17/23
Name Limited (4WD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 39855.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 17/23
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INTERIOR
  • 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
  • Unique cloth front bucket seats -inc: 6-way pwr driver seat, manual driver lumbar & recline, 2-way manual passenger seat w/manual recline
  • Leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping steering wheel w/audio & cruise controls
  • Compass
  • Pwr windows w/1-touch driver & front passenger up/down
  • Perimeter alarm
  • SecuriCode remote keyless entry w/keypad
  • Leather wrapped shift knob
  • Color-keyed cloth sunvisors -inc: illum vanity mirrors
  • Bright Galvano over LA Grain appliques
  • Leather trimmed heated front bucket seats -inc: 10-way pwr driver seat w/pwr lumbar & recline, 6-way pwr passenger seat w/manual recline & lumbar, driver seat memory, 4-way driver & front passenger head restraints
  • 60/40 split-folding 2nd row seat w/armrest & dual cupholders
  • Pwr adjustable pedals w/memory
  • Intelligent access w/push button start
  • Remote start
  • Universal garage door opener
  • Dual zone electronic automatic temp control w/aux air cond
  • Electrochromic rearview mirror w/microphone
  • 110V outlet
  • Olive Ash Dark Brown Woodgrain appliques
  • Ambient lighting
  • Cargo net
EXTERIOR
  • 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
  • P245/60R18 all-season BSW tires
  • 18" painted aluminum wheels
  • Silver roof rack side rails
  • Black lower bodyside cladding w/chrome accent
  • Satin silver finish grille
  • Auto on/off headlamps
  • Fog lamps
  • Black folding heated pwr mirrors -inc: integrated blind spot mirrors, LED turn signals, approach lights
  • Chrome door handles
  • P255/50R20 all-season BSW tires
  • 20" painted aluminum wheels
  • Body-color grille
  • Body-color pwr folding heated pwr mirrors -inc: integrated blind spot mirrors, LED turn signals, approach lights, driver's memory
MECHANICAL
  • 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
  • 200-amp alternator
  • 72-amp/hr maintenance-free battery -inc: battery saver feature
  • 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 engine -inc: 3.39 axle ratio
  • 6-speed SelectShift automatic transmission w/OD
  • 4-wheel drive
  • Front recovery hooks
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • 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
    • Reverse sensing system
    • Rearview camera
    • Hill descent control
    • Terrain management system
    ENTERTAINMENT
    • 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
    • SYNC basic voice-activated communications & entertainment system -inc: Bluetooth capability, steering wheel audio controls, USB port and audio input jack, 911 assist, vehicle health report
    • SIRIUS satellite radio w/6-month subscription *N/A in Alaska or Hawaii*
    • Premium audio sound system -inc: HD radio, (12) speakers
    • SYNC w/MyFord Touch, voice-activated communications & entertainment system -inc: (2) driver configurable 4.2" color LCD displays in cluster, 8" LCD color touch-screen in center, Bluetooth capability, steering wheel audio controls, (2) USB ports, audio/video input jacks, SD card reader, vehicle health report, turn-by-turn navigation, real-time traffic, (911) Assist, vehicle health reports, traffic reports *Includes 3 year subscription for traffic reports, GPS turn by turn navigation & info services*

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