6855 Manchester Ave
St Louis, MO 63143
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Comes equipped with leather, sunroof, and much more.
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Rafferty Automotive 314-647-0300
6855 Manchester Ave
St Louis, MO 63143
The Explorer nails the finer points while still speaking that particular SUV dialect of straight lines and square angles, with a modernist fillip or two, here or there. Big glass and tall body sides meet up in front with a three-bar grille like the ones on an F-150, and even on the rear end, the tailgate avoids the cardinal sin of crossovers--looking too much like a minivan. The look telegraphs "SUV" more than you'd think was possible from a vehicle that has more in common with the Taurus SHO than it does with the Expedition, even if the perforated grille pieces and winged taillamps do seem to cross over into car territory. The Explorer's cockpit does away with truck stuff for good. Ford says Audi and BMW are in its crosshairs--and the Explorer delivers, in almost the same way the Flex and F-150 do. The cabin's a knockout, smoothing off transitions between dissimilar plastics and putting the curvy goodness into an interior that could have been confused for a shoe-store stockroom, in the past. That it manages to be more handsome than the cluttered, confusing Audi Q7 dash is a big achievement.
Whether you call it a crossover or a sport-utility vehicle, or even a truck, one thing's for sure: the 2012 Ford Explorer isn't as off-road ready as the last-generation ute was, and it's better for it in nearly every way.
Without the body-on-frame design it sported through the 2010 model year, the current Ford Explorer simply handles more like a passenger car, with a much smoother ride, and much more responsive steering, while generating much better fuel economy numbers.
The base powertrain is a 3.5-liter V-6, familiar to anyone who's been in a Fusion or an Edge. With 290 horsepower, it's coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission, whether it's motivating the front wheels or all four wheels. It's a sweeter version of the same powertrain that's been in the Ford lineup since the 2005 model year, running more quietly, and in fact, more powerful than the V-8 in the last-gen Explorer. There's strong acceleration off the line, and on some models, even a Sport mode that tweaks the transmission and throttle to give it even more urgency. In its basic front-drive versions, the Explorer's electric power steering and terrifically settled ride give it a nimble feel that's more like that of the smaller Edge. The Explorer carves into corners with zeal, and the steering unwinds with a feel that's closer to natural than some hydraulic-steer vehicles.
The Explorer's seating and cargo space are laid out pretty well, with huge headroom available and flexible seating for all the missions a family might have in mind. The front seats fall into the latest Ford mold, and thank goodness for that. They have softer cushions and active headrests that don't protrude too much. The console doesn't intrude on knee room, and neither do the door panels--and head room soars overhead, even when the optional sunroof is specified. In the back seat, it's equally spacious for adults looking up. The sunroof still leaves about four inches of space for six-footers, and once they've climbed inside, there's little doubt the Explorer is wider than before, by up to about five inches. Two adults will fit with ease, and with room for a small kid between them to spare on versions with a middle bench seat.
The latest Explorer gets the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick award, which means it earns good scores for all the agency's vital tests, and offers standard stability control. Not only does the Explorer offer standard curtain airbags and traction control, as well as "curve control" that adapts throttle and brake to upcoming corners, it's been outfitted with a slew of available safety technologies that Ford believes are important to family car shoppers.
The seven-passenger Explorer includes the usual power features; steering-wheel audio controls; cruise control; an AM/FM/CD player with an auxiliary jack; and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel. Moving into the XLT edition brings satellite radio; 18-inch wheels; a sport-shifting automatic gearbox; and reverse parking sensors.
With the 290-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 and six-speed automatic, it's rated at 17/25 mpg.
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- Air Conditioning
- Power Windows
- Power Locks
- Power Steering
- Tilt Wheel
- AM/FM CD/MP3
- AM/FM CD/DVD
- Sentry Key
- Keyless Entry
- Daytime Running Lights
- Dual Front Airbags
- Side Airbags
- Head Airbags
- Rear Head Airbags
- Active Seatbelts
- All Wheel ABS