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2012 Ford Explorer

2012 Dodge Durango

  2012 Ford Explorer 2012 Dodge Durango
MSRP
$28,280
$28,995
Invoice $26,837 $27,656
MPG
City/Highway
17/25 13/23
Rating
8.6
/ 10
TCC Rating
8.4
/ 10
TCC Rating
Bottom Line It's a rifle shot at the heart of the crossover market: the 2012 Ford Explorer gives any SUV loyalist a reason to leap off their very high horse. Read Full Review Call it the anti-crossover: the Dodge Durango does SUV dirty work, but carries itself like a civilized family wagon. Read Full Review
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Likes:

  • Great mix of SUV, crossover cues
  • Cabin is spacious, with plenty of headroom
  • Electric steering is wired for fun
  • MyFord Touch breaks down new tech walls
  • Gas mileage up strongly, EcoBoost or no

Dislikes:

  • A soft-roader with less dirt under its nails
  • MyFord Touch's glitches and learning curve
  • EcoBoost costs more, not less, than V-6
  • Second-row bench seat needs a lifestyle lift

Likes:

  • Feels sophisticated and refined
  • Strong HEMI performance
  • Great steering feel for a ute
  • Ride is refined
  • A good-looking SUV

Dislikes:

  • Third-row access isn't easy
  • A bit of head toss
  • Gas mileage lags the class
  • Where's the SRT8?
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