Ford Explorer 2011 Technology Requires Reviews by Drivers Too


Ford Explorer 2011 is an exciting car and its advanced technology may appeal to younger drivers and families, but the tech features require good review before one drives it.

Torque News writes this review after reading number of reviews of 2011 Ford Explorer, including a TorqueNews Explorer review by Keith Griffin. The overall grading is that this is a great car and a fresh twist in the Explorer family, attempting to provide comfort and every type of assistance to the driver as well as passengers. Yet, it is the technology review that is the focus and scope of this article.

On the other hand this quick review is not intended to replace the Owner’s Guide, which comes with this SUV and contains more detailed information. In fact, the Owner’s Guide of the 2011 Explorer has 448 pages and even has an Index, just like a book. While Ford says it reserves the right to change features, your Ford dealer remains the best source for the most current information about the vehicle.

Convenience, comfort and function are the three main goals Ford’s designers and engineers have tried to achieve in this car. They have done a pretty good job in making significant achievements in all of them.

For convenience, it is recommended that your car is equipped with MyFord Touch system. Its “four-corner strategy” and rich menu provide quick access to various features and settings. Those include setting up the SYNC, phone features, Climate Control, SIRUS, USB, Sound Display and more. Here we would like to make a point that reflects this review’s title. Information on MyFord Touch may appear complicated for some at first; therefore, we recommend to review and study it well before consumers start driving it. Do not play with it while driving, as it will take a considerable part of your attention. We found this aspect reflected in other reviews of 2011 Ford Explorer.

SIRIUS and HD Radio technology are included in the system as well as intelligent access key (if equipped) and climate touchscreen controls (if equipped). This brings us to our next point.

The year 2011 became the year when our cars started talking. We can only imagine how much this technology can advance in the next few years and beyond. Ford Explorer 2011 is equipped with SYNC voice recognition system. This advanced voice recognition system helps the driver to bypass many touchscreen operations and instead talk with the car. The driver can set up the temperature by a voice command, check and set a new destination in the navigation system or simply choose a radio station. The voice recognition system is very valuable and fun (my children loved it) as it comes to compensate seemingly complicated MyFord Touch.

This review will not be able to list all the multiple functions and capabilities of the 2011 Ford Explorer. However, there are four particular functionalities that are very helpful and handy for this SUV. Those are the Blind Spot Information System (BLIS), Cross Traffic Alert (CTA), Blind Spot Mirrors and Reverse Sensing System (last three if equipped).

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