Kelley Blue Book Value®
$10,703 - $16,904
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
17 City / 23 HWY
Horsepower
240-290
Seats
6-7
Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$10,703 - $16,904
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
17 City / 23 HWY
Horsepower
240-290
Seats
6-7

Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

3.7 Overall Score
Performance 3.7 Comfort 3.5 Styling 4.0 Value 3.6

You'll Like The 2012 Ford Explorer If...

You'll like the 2012 Ford Explorer if you seek the tall ride height and useful interior space provided by a traditional mid-size SUV, but not the poor handling and fuel economy penalty. ...

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2012 Ford Explorer Owner Reviews

4.34

167 Reviews

53% 34% 10% 4% 1%

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This SUV is overall a great car and the gap control is my favorite detail.

I really enjoy the gap control which allows you to set the cruise to a certain speed and when you approach a car going slower in front of you it automatically slows down keeping a certain distance between you then when that car is no longer in front of you it returns to your cruise control speed without you ever having to step on the brake or gas pedal. I also like the backup camera, and alerts to oncoming cars or objects. The warning light on the side mirrors are helpful to alert you to cars in your blind spot. The front seats are very comfortable with all their adjustments and heat and ac systems. Love the voice command and navigation system. Really enjoy the sun and moon roof. Another perk I enjoy is the automatic windshield wipers that come on when water hits the windshield. This size of SUV seems to be the perfect size for my lifestyle. It accommodates my grandchildren well and still has plenty of room to transport large items with third row seat down. Love the automatic push button storage seat system. I also enjoy the size of the large touch screen as compared to some of the newer models with a. Smaller touch screen. I like the key bob and the push button start. You still have a push button code on the outside of door if you do not have key fob. It will not allow you to accidentally lock key fob in car. On this particular year model 2012, the hazard light button is placed directly below the radio and touch screen controls which causes you to accidently hit it often. Bad design on that part. The middle and back seats are stiff and not very comfortable. I have also experienced wind noise coming from front windshield when traveling on interstate and when wind is hitting it in a certain way. The leather stitching on front door armrest has started to come apart. Not particularly fond of the body style. I have a white one but wish the white color had more of a paralyzed affect and not such a common white color.

- Beckie T

The stereo and navigation system offer a lot!

I love my Ford Explorer. I have not had any problems with it and it is a 2012 with 87k miles on it. I love driving it because it is a SUV but feels like a sporty car to me. I love the looks of it inside and outside. It's been very reliable and I have only had to do the regular maintenance on it, oil changes, tires, brakes, etc. I think it is very comfortable and the only issue I would say is there is a 3rd row and I rarely use it but there is not much leg room in the 3rd seat area. But that is not an issue to me since it is not really needed with my family. My Explorer is not 4 wheel drive and the 4 wheel drive Explorers do have more space but I prefer the 2 wheel drive and the gas mileage is also a plus.

- Summer B

2012 ford explorer. Solid and spacious.

I love the comfort of the vehicle for everyone in the car. The dash features and colors look so sharp and top of the line. You can change the interior colors of your cupholders and under the seats and dash with the push of a button. I needed a 3rd row for my growing family and found that the explorer offered the most comfort in the 3rd row and provided the most space between rows. There are buttons in the back to adjust the 3rd row which are all automatic and allow one side up, down or all the way down for more storage. Even with the 3rd row seats up there is plenty of storage in the back for groceries, a stroller, etc. This is a solid, well made vehicle and definitely my favorite I have ever owned.

- Courtney C

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Compare Models & Key Features

Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
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Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$10,703 - $12,620
$13,212 - $15,293

Horsepower

Horsepower
240 - 290 hp
240 - 290 hp

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Optional
Optional

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Optional

Engine Type

Engine Type
3.5L Ti
2.0L I4 ECOBOOST ENGINE
3.5L Ti
2.0L I4 ECOBOOST ENGINE
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Optional

Alarm

Alarm

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Optional

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
Optional
Optional

Power Windows

Power Windows

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost

Privacy Glass

Privacy Glass

Power Steering

Power Steering

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
40.6 in.
40.6 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
41.4 in.
41.4 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
39.8 in.
39.8 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
40.5 in.
40.5 in.

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Optional
Optional

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Optional
Optional

Entertainment System

Entertainment System
Optional

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Optional
Optional

AUX Input

AUX Input
Optional
Optional

CD Player

CD Player
Optional

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
Optional

AC

AC

Dual Zone

Dual Zone
Optional

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
Optional

Seats

Passengers

Passengers
6 - 7
6 - 7

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
Optional
Optional

Power Passenger Seat

Power Passenger Seat
Optional

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Optional

3rd Row Seating

3rd Row Seating

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
Optional
Optional
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Wheels

Standard Wheels
Steel

Power Liftgate

Power Liftgate
Optional

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler

Dimensions

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
112.6 in.
112.6 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
38.9 - 39.2 ft.
38.9 - 39.2 ft.

Length

Length
197.1 in.
197.1 in.

Width

Width
78.9 in.
78.9 in.
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
4557 - 4732 .lbs
4557 - 4732 .lbs

Horsepower

Horsepower
240 - 290 hp
240 - 290 hp

Torque

Torque
255 - 270 ft. lbs.
255 - 270 ft. lbs.

Maximum Tongue Weight

Maximum Tongue Weight
200 - 500 .lbs
200 - 500 .lbs

Turbocharged

Turbocharged
Optional
Optional

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
Optional

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
18.6 gal.
18.6 gal.

Combined

Combined
18 - 24 mpg
18 - 24 mpg

City

City
17 - 18 mpg
17 - 18 mpg

Highway

Highway
23 - 25 mpg
23 - 25 mpg

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
Optional
Optional
Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks

Rear Parking Sensors

Rear Parking Sensors

Assistance

Blind Spot Monitor

Blind Spot Monitor
Optional

Cross Traffic Alert

Cross Traffic Alert
Optional

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Seatbelt Airbag

Seatbelt Airbag
Optional

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Front

  • Overall

  • Rollover

  • Side

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

  • Roof Strength

  • Driver-side Overlap Front

    N/A

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety