A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Ford Expedition

The 2012 Ford Expedition has ample room for passengers and cargo, while still being able to tow anywhere from 8,900 to 9,200 pounds. The Expedition has two-tone exterior packages making it stand out against its competitors. Along with that, the interior options and entertainment system make it a direct competitor with the Toyota Sequoia and Chevrolet Suburban.

Key Features

The Expedition comes with a 5.4 liter V8 that offers 310 hp at 5,100 rpm. The fuel economy is estimated at 14 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway for the front-wheel drive version. For the all-wheel drive version, the fuel economy is estimated at 13 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway. Other standard features include Trailer Sway Control, six-way power front seats, heated seats, rain sensing wipers, and keyless keypad entry.

Changes for 2012

For 2012, spotter mirrors are standard on all trim types. In addition, second row heated seats are an option with the XLT Premium. Front Park Assist now comes standard on the Limited and King Ranch trims.

What We Like

The EL offers a 12-inch longer wheelbase which gives almost 15 inches of additional length. This provides a large capacity improvement that has little impact on the fuel efficiency. The keyless entry is also a nice feature because there is less chance of losing your keys ever again, you can just lock them in your car and be on your way.

What Concerns Us

The Explorer seats up to eight people, so if you are looking for something a little smaller and better fuel economy, the Explorer may not be for you. A six or seven passenger vehicle like the GMC Acadia or Ford Flex offer more carlike handling with better gas mileage than the Explorer.

Available Models

The 2012 Ford Explorer is available in XL, XLT, and Limited styles. The XL and XLT offer 14 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway. The XL 4WD and XLT 4WD offer 13 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway. The Limited offers 14 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway.

Major Recalls

The 2012 Ford Explorer was recalled due to the transmission range sensor that was calibrated wrong. This can cause the vehicle not to go into reverse when the vehicle is shifted into reverse. The Explorer was also recalled because of inadequate welds on the restraint support brackets in the second row seats. The head restraints may not provide the required strength because of this.

Common Issues

Common complaints include problems with the seat air system, speed uncontrollable, vehicle lost power, and the rear suspension failing.

Ford Expedition 2012 Interior


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