Year end car deals
Happy man sitting in car
auto
5 smooth-riding SUVs for the urban warrior

Auto » 5 Smooth-Riding SUVs

2012 Ford Explorer
Next
Slide 2 of 6
Back
2012 Ford Explorer

Starting price: $29,105 (includes $825 delivery)

Base engine: 3.5 liter V-6, 290 horsepower

What's new: Optional four-cylinder EcoBoost engine

If you look up "SUV" in the dictionary, it should have a picture of the Ford Explorer. Ford sold more than 400,000 Explorers per year in the mid-1990s and early 2000s, which made it the perennial best-selling SUV in its heyday. Through October 2011, sales were only 108,944 this year, according to the auto research firm AutoData Corp. of Woodcliff Lake, N.J. However, that was more than double the year-ago period.

The Explorer was redesigned last year. It was taken off a ladder-like frame shared with pickup trucks and switched to a one-piece "unibody" with basic components the Explorer shares with cars such as the Ford Taurus and crossover vehicles such as the Ford Flex.

For 2012, the Explorer gets an optional Ford EcoBoost engine. That hikes the starting price about $1,000, to $29,990. Four-cylinder engines were traditionally considered to be too wimpy for SUVs. Before the latest redesign, the previous models had V-6s or V-8s. The distinction is the new four-cylinder EcoBoost engine is turbocharged, with direct injection. Direct injection shoots computer-controlled squirts of fuel into the combustion chamber under extremely high pressure. The net effect is more power and lower emissions.

The Ford Explorer gets 20 mpg city and 28 mpg highway, estimated by the Environmental Protection Agency. While the EcoBoost is a great innovation for four-cylinder models, the base Explorer model gets a V-6, with 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway.


Next
Slide 2 of 6
Back

 

 

 

advertisement

Show Bankrate's community sharing policy
          Connect with us
advertisement
 

A little research could save you BIG on interest.

Don't have time? Our rate-tracker tool saves you time and money. Delivered Thursdays.
 
advertisement
Partner Center
advertisement

Blog

Tara Baukus Mello

6 more car recalls at GM

General Motors (GM) has issued yet another six recalls, totaling nearly 718,000 cars in the United States.  ... Read more


Connect with us