$28,280 - $30,280
Kelly Blue Book® Fair Market Range

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$28,280 - $30,280
New Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
17-20 City / 23-28 HWY

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Mechanical Features

  • 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 engine -inc: 3.39 axle ratio
  • 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 engine -inc: 3.16 axle ratio
  • 6-speed SelectShift automatic transmission w/OD
  • 6-speed SelectShift automatic transmission w/OD (REQ: 998 Engine)
  • Front wheel drive
  • 4-wheel drive
  • 58-amp/hr maintenance-free battery -inc: battery saver feature
  • 175-amp alternator
  • Trailer sway control
  • Front recovery hooks
  • Independent front/rear suspension
  • Pwr steering
  • Dual chrome exhaust tips

Exterior Features

  • 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

Entertainment Features

  • 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

Interior Features

  • 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

Safety Features

  • Hill start assist
  • 4-wheel antilock disc brakes
  • Traction control
  • AdvanceTrac w/Roll Stability Control (RSC)
  • Hill descent control
  • Terrain management system
  • 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

2012 Ford Explorer Owner Reviews

196 Reviews
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Better vehicle than I expected!

2012 Ford Explorer Base

I purchased this vehicle with high mileage as a vehicle just to help get me through the winter. I've kept it many months longer than I expected. The engine performs great, lots of power even for a 7 passenger vehicle. The seats are fairly comfortable for longer trips. And gas mileage is very good, again for a vehicle its size. The transmission seems to be holding up well given that the vehicle has nearly 200k miles on it. I expect I'll have to do some repairs in the near future if I decide to keep it. I'd like more features, like Bluetooth or a backup camera. And given how much the car costs brand new I'm surprised those features weren't included. Otherwise I'm very happy with it and am actually considering buy a brand new explorer when this one finally gives up on me.

- Logan T

Very good car for its time

2012 Ford Explorer Base

This explorer seems to have problems all the time but is still a great vehicle. It has Bluetooth, which is great, but seems to only want to work half the time. The seats are comfy and the two front seats can be adjusted. The heat and AC are quite good, they cool the car or heat it up pretty quickly. The back camera seems to have issues as well sometimes. It comes in a variety of colors, the speakers are pretty average. You can get messages and calls and answer in the vehicle. The radio connection is very strong. The car can take some beating.

- Dylan M

Reliable and great third row of seats

2012 Ford Explorer Base

The car drives well. Love the third row of seats. I do not like that I have to turn on the headlights. I was surprised that they didn't turn on automatically. I also had trouble when I needed to get the windshield replaced. The windshield has a special trim that really can only be changed at the dealership. Since I have had it I have had the brakes replaced, the rotors replaced. Overall it has been very reliable.

- Jenny C

Good Family Vehicle for Traveling

2012 Ford Explorer Base

Our Ford Explorer has made many long distance trips across the country. We love the third row seating option. While we don't use it too often, it is nice to have. There is a big storage area in the back that is really nice for travel as well. The leather seats have held up well with two children. We have had to replace the engine and do routine maintenance.

- Sarah L

Poor purchase... Will not buy again.

2012 Ford Explorer Base

The back door leaks when there is any form of rain outside. The water runs down the back seat belt and puddles on the ground causing it to mold and smell. The car shakes while accelerating. The door broke without any hard pressure being put on it. The sensors are constantly going off. Cheaply made car. Will not buy another.

- Elise B

Great family vehicle! The AC kicks on quickly in this hot Texas heat.

2012 Ford Explorer Base

I have had issues with Bluetooth not syncing to my phone and my car, people have a hard time hearing me through it when it does work. The front bumper always pops off so be careful when parking near concrete parking bumpers. The console screen is very nice but it always asks me to do a vehicle update.

- Jenny H

I guess the color of the car.

2012 Ford Explorer Base

Worst car ever. Hate how it looks. Hate how it smells. Hate everything about it. It's a good car overall but just not my cup of tea. Maybe for someone else but just not for me. Anywho, want to get rid of this car. It has been into an accident before hand. It also has a great deal of problems with it.

- Abby H

Good reliable vehicle for the price

2012 Ford Explorer Base

It is a comfortable and roomy vehicle. It does have more blind spots than any other car I have driven, but I am only 5'2' so that may be part of the problem lol. I love the third row seats for when we have more people ride with us. All in all it is a good vehicle and gets good gas mileage.

- Stacie S

flaw is it's front wheel drive and it's not good in bad weather

2012 Ford Explorer Base

Check engine light on Park light trouble Fuel filter problems The car struggles to start after putting fuel in. Car will die if the park light is not lite up. Very nice inside but it has a lot of hard to fix manically issues. O2 sensor is out. It also has trouble getting warmed up

- Chris S

Love the extra storage in the back.

2012 Ford Explorer Base

I love it because it has a total of 7 seats. We can go everywhere we need in one car as a family and even have room for friends. Easy storage for a stroller groceries and luggage rack on top for canoe. Extremely comfortable seats and nice ride. Safe and reliable vehicles.

- Cindy M

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