There has been a demand for off-road cars over time. According to Motor Trend, there has been a 56% increase in off-road cars. Not to be left behind, Ford released their off-road mid-size SUV called the 2022 Ford Explorer Timberline. Since it is off-road, campers like the car since it can cross over hilly terrains. Additionally, the car has six seats, and according to Autoblog, it has legroom of 43 inches. That means you will have vast space for carrying a lot of items. Besides its off-road feature, this SUV also has other crucial features. Here are five features you should know about this car.
You probably think it is overkill to drive a car with ten gears. After all, isn't it enough to drive a car with six or eight gears? But, believe it or not, having extra gears further improves the car's performance. First, its extra set of gears provides for efficient fuel economy. To reduce excess fuel consumption, you have to use the highest gear. For instance, you only use the sixth gear in a six-speed transmission system. Contrast that with a ten-speed transmission system where you use the seventh, eighth, ninth, and tenth gear to reduce fuel. It is, therefore, possible to drive this SUV without using its lower gears. Also, with more gears, the car will have more torque. Torque is essential, especially when overtaking or swerving, to avoid hitting an object. If your vehicle were to deliver less torque as you overtake, the car on the other lane would likely hit you. Luckily, you can turn swiftly when you use any of the highest gears.
In drag racing, drifting is intentional. However, it is a different case when you are driving in traffic. Normally drivers drift unintentionally when they drive on a snowy road. Snow causes cars to lose traction by reducing friction. In most cases, drivers lose control of their cars. Usually, they have no choice but to let the car stop by hitting a tree. Fortunately, you can have more control of your car with stability control. When the system detects a slight skid, it immediately sets corrective measures in place. First, the system engages the sensors on the wheels and the anti-lock brakes (ABS). ABS increases traction by stopping the wheels from turning. The brakes, therefore, prevent the car from rolling. But, technically, the tires gripping the asphalt stop the vehicle and not ABS. So instead, the main purpose of ABS is to prevent your car from rolling by not locking up the wheels. Stability control also works with the SUV's traction control system. Traction control measures how fast a wheel is spinning. If it detects a spinning wheel, it activates the brake on that wheel.
Pre-Collision Safety System
It is up to the driver to be watchful of any object in front of them. However, the driver may not spot all objects in front of them. Therefore, the co-driver comes in to serve as an extra pair of eyes. Unfortunately, like the driver, the co-driver may also fail to spot some objects. Failure to spot what is in front of you causes drivers to hit a passenger or another vehicle. To prevent a collision, the pre-collision safety system warns the driver of an impending collision. According to How Stuff Works, the system uses a laser, radar, and image sensors to detect if a crash will occur. First, the system uses audio and visual signals to warn the driver of a potential collision. However, if the driver does not respond accordingly, the system triggers safety measures such as increasing the brake pressure and tightening the seatbelts.
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
A driver will want occasionally want to be chauffeured. The driver could stop the car and switch with someone else. However, with this system, you do not need to switch seats. All you have to do is power on the ACC button on the steering wheel. ACC is a system that automatically controls a car's acceleration and braking, so you can think of it as an autopilot for your SUV. The system observes the objects in front of the car and adjusts accordingly. For instance, if the road is clear, the vehicle will accelerate. ACC is an excellent way to reduce excess fuel consumption. For instance, it only uses the power it deems sufficient to run. Without the ACC, drivers usually consume a lot of fuel by accelerating. Acceleration can also further consume energy with low gear. ACC is also a good way to reduce collisions. Sometimes, drivers hit objects because of stepping too hard on the gas pedal. Since this system can sense objects near it, it is unlikely to cause collisions.
In some cars, you are limited in terms of speakers. Usually, you will have only three speakers at the front. That means the people behind the driver and co-driver may not hear the speakers. In such an instance, they are forced to increase the volume. However, increasing the volume means the driver and co-driver will be disturbed by the noise. Fortunately, the SUV has six speakers; three at the front and three at the back. That means the volume is the same whether you sit at the front or back. To utilize the six speakers, you can use its USB port to play music from your phone and entertain your family or friends. Let's face it; sometimes radio stations hardly play your favorite songs.
What feature about the 2022 Ford Explorer Timberline piqued your interest? Like most people, you likely found it hard to decide. After all, who wouldn't want a car that offers entertainment or reduces fuel consumption? A feature that should matter to you is this car's ability to minimize road accidents. You know that thousands perish in road accidents without even looking at the statistics. Fortunately, this SUV can save your life if you utilize its pre-collision safety system, stability control, and other protective features. However, it is up to the driver to better control their vehicle. These protective features merely assist you but do not protect you completely.
Written by Benjamin Smith
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