In September, I took the trip of a lifetime through Canada test driving the new 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum. I traveled in style,while taking in the beautiful scenery, and making new friends. Make sure to check out the reviews of my drive buddies, Lisa from Life with Lisa and TerriAnn from Cookies and Clogs.
There's a reason the invite to this adventure said this leg was not for the faint of heart. In fact, the invitation read, “If you’re into nonstop flights and quick getaways, this is not the adventure for you. If you’re a fan of some of the most remote landscapes on the planet, then you’re at the right place.” While I do love me a nonstop flight, the prospect of beautiful sights and scenery was enough to convince me it was worth it.
It was a full 12 hour day from the time I left my house in Austin, until I reached my beautiful hotel room at the Sandman Signature Kamloops Hotel in Kamloops. This place was spectacular and special consideration was made on each and every thoughtful feature of the room. Seriously though, it was bigger and nicer than my first apartment and definitely worth considering if you venture to Canada.
After a quick swim in the soaking tub (long walks in the airport and flip flops do not mix even for a flip flop aficionado) and an even quicker nap, I made my way downstairs for the opening reception to learn more about the 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum. Even before stepping inside the vehicle, just the sporty exterior and incredible information that was shared about these vehicles sold me.
After experiencing the 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum firsthand, I can definitely say it's the ideal family vehicle. The amazing features and alluring lines of the vehicle put it at the top of our short list when replacing our Infiniti FX35. Count me as the 1 in 5 Explorer owners that come over from a luxury brand because the Explorer has more tech and premium options for a better price than competitors.
We are a driving family – our 2012 Ford F-150 Platinum has nearly 62,000 miles on it in just over 3 years. We drive almost everywhere we possibly can so we need vehicles that are comfortable for the four of us, our bulldog, and all of our things.
All of the other amazing options like the front and rear smart charging USB ports that charge up to 2x faster than regular ports, Nirvana leather, heated/cooled and massaging seats, 180 degree front and rear camera, traction control, dual panel moonroof, adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning with brake support, hands-free park assist, heated steering wheel, leather wrapped interior with real wood and metal accents, 500-watt Sony audio system, and more are standard!
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What do you think of the new 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum?