Wednesday, August 31, 2011
2012 Ford Explorer EcoBoost and 2012 Ford Edge EcoBoost test drive review
The Red Book has been in business for a cool 100 years in 2011, and I’m proud to say that I’ve been a part of it for the past eight. The work we do here may not cure cancer, but it does touch literally millions of people. So I think it’s important to maintain credibility within the auto industry.
One of our latest test drives was the 2012 Ford Explorer and Ford Edge, both with the new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, direct-injected “EcoBoost” engine. Ford recently invited a co-worker and me to their home turf near Detroit, Mich., to get some quality time behind the wheel of their latest fuel-saving crossovers.
To be honest, I never really liked the Edge, at least in passing. This is pure personal opinion, of course, but it always looked too short, with too much grill, and too big of wheels. And I always thought sort of looked, well, girly. I can’t explain why—it just didn’t do anything for me.
However, when I was able to drive the Edge and the Explorer EcoBoosts back-to-back, my opinion changed somewhat.
Again, the Edge with the EcoBoost is only available as a front-wheel-drive, so that’s a drawback. And like the Explorer, Ford doesn’t recommend that you try and tow anything with this setup.
The slideshow below has photos from our Explorer and Edge EcoBoost ride and drive, as well as a few beauty shots from Ford Media. You’ll also see a few things like Honda Pilots and Toyota Venzas that we drove as comparable vehicle. The new car smell is strong with this one.