2012 Ford Explorer  RealSafeCars83Safety Rating

#19 of 2012 SUVs

#27 of all 2012 vehicles


Pictured: 2020 Ford Explorer
The Explorer, part of Ford's lineup since 1991, is a three-row midsize SUV with seating up to 7. The Explorer has offered Android Auto and Apple CarPlay since 2017. With optional all-wheel drive (AWD), it can easily bypass mud and snow. Having more than average horsepower for its class, the Explorer packs some oomph. Ford offers a 3-year, 36,000-mile basic warranty, and a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty on its lineup.


The 2012 Ford Explorer is average compared to all vehicles.

Comparison to all vehicles.  This plot shows RSC safety scores on the horizontal axis vs. the number of vehicles with each safety score (depicted by bar height and percentages at the bottom). Colors reflect vehicle safety, ranging from red (not that safe) to green (safer). For reference, a score of 0 implies a 0.15% chance of driver death (13% chance of driver injury) over 15 years, and a score of 100 reflects a 0.016% chance (1.4% chance of driver injury). The 2012 Ford Explorer has a score of 83, implying a 0.038% chance of driver death (3.4% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2012 Ford Explorer has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0383% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 4.3695%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0383% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 4.3695% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2012 Ford Explorer is 20% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other suvs, the 2012 Ford Explorer is 9% less likely to result in a fatal accident.


But it is safer than many comparable models.

9662Hyundai VeracruzKia SedonaNissan QuestMazda CX-9Volkswagen RoutanC. Town and CountryDodge DurangoHonda PilotToyota SiennaGMC AcadiaFord ExplorerChevrolet TraverseComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2012 Ford Explorer with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 62 to 96. The 2012 Ford Explorer is safer than the 2012 Hyundai Veracruz, the 2012 Kia Sedona, the 2012 Nissan Quest, the 2012 Mazda CX-9, the 2012 Volkswagen Routan, and the 2012 Chrysler Town and Country and less safe than the 2012 Dodge Durango. It is about as safe as the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse, the 2012 GMC Acadia, the 2012 Toyota Sienna, and the 2012 Honda Pilot.

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