DEARBORN - Ford recently provided media the opportunity to drive the 2012 Ford Explorer and 2012 Ford Edge Ecoboost, read what they had to says below.
Ecoboost for (nearly) all (Automobile Magazine)
If you think you've heard a lot already about Ecoboost, Ford's very clever and much-hyped brand name for direct injection combined with turbocharging, well, you ain't heard nothin' yet. Ecoboost is already offered in V-6 form in the Lincoln MKS and MKT, the Ford Flex and Taurus SHO, and the Ford F-150. By 2013, there will be an Ecoboost engine available in 90 percent of Ford's U.S. models. So there's lots more Ecoboost to come. Click here to read the complete review.
A Turbocharged Four-Cylinder Aims to Give This Crossover the Edge (Car & Driver)
Americans like big stuff. We like big houses, big helpings of food, and big cars with big honkin’ engines. But no one—anywhere—likes big fuel bills, and with a gallon of gas here costing much more than the loose change found in our big, cushy couches, something has to give. Forced induction paired with smaller displacement is the favorite current strategy to solve that Catch-22, ostensibly offering efficiency improvements with no loss in performance. Companies are buying in with fervor, and Ford’s effort now includes the 2012 Edge and its new 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder. Click here to read the complete review.
Ford's EcoBoost Cocktail Proves Not Quite as Tasty in the Explorer (Car & Driver)
Ford has pledged to make its downsized, turbocharged, direct-injection EcoBoost motors available as options in 90 percent of its American product line by 2013. So far, the technology cocktail has been served up in the Taurus SHO and Flex, as well as the Lincoln MKT and MKS. EcoBoost pulled off perhaps its greatest upset in the F-150, with the mighty twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 being spec’d in 41 percent of all F-150s sold here at Ford’s last count. Now, the Edge and Explorer have bellied up to the EcoBoost bar. The two crossovers tie for the honor of being the first Blue Oval products in the U.S. to offer the 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder—but only on models with front-wheel drive. Click here to read the complete review.
For $995, 2012 Ford Explorer Gets EcoBoost Treatment for 28 MPG; Edge Gets 30 MPG (AutoblogGreen.com)
For 2012, Ford will bolster its EcoBoost commitment by equipping both the Explorer and the Edge with its turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. This pint-sized mill boosts the Explorer's fuel economy rating to "segment-leading" status and pushes the Edge to the 30-mpg mark. Click here to read the complete review.
2012 Ford Edge, 2012 Ford Explorer EcoBoost: First Drive (Kicking Tires)
Ford is addiing its turbocharged EcoBoost engines to the Edge and Explorer crossovers — but not the 3.5-liter powerhouse from the Flex and Taurus SHO. Instead, for 2012, the crossovers get a 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder whose power rivals a typical V-6: 240 horsepower and 270 pounds-feet of torque. The front-wheel-drive EcoBoost Explorer is EPA-rated at 20/28 mpg (city/highway), while the EcoBoost Edge, gets an impressive 21/30 mpg — nudged to the 30 mark by active grille shutters, which the Explorer lacks. Click here to read the complete review.
Do Americans Want a Slower, Yet Pricier, SUV? (Motor Trend)
Last time we had our hands on the new Ford Explorer, it finished sixth out of six in our seven-row SUV comparison test. Yes, friends, dead last. But that car was a preproduction vehicle, and quite literally fell apart on us. This time around, by dint of its new 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, I think the Explorer would have placed lower. Like below a city bus. Yes, my kneecaps are thankful Harry Bennett is dead. Click here to read the complete review.