Saying goodbye is hard, especially when it’s to the 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum 4WD. During our 2 week courtship, we drove to North Little Rock and back to North Texas taking advantage of any photo opportunity that we could because this vehicle is too fun not to take advantage of sight-seeing.
When our family of four, all with separate needs, piled into the Ford Explorer Platinum we were instantly taken by the space, comfort and unique amenities this SUV provided.
I no longer felt car sick in the backseat next to my daughter thanks to all the space. (She still wants me to sit next to her during long road trips). With a touch of a button, the third row disappeared to allow for the room that we desperately needed for our luggage.
My husband and stepson bragged about the chair massages they were getting up front while I secretly wished I had one in the backseat. The 2nd row isn’t forgotten about as it does have heated seats. Good for the winter, not so good for the Summer Heat.
My toddler requested in her child-like voice that we keep the large moon roof open so she could look outside. Hey, whatever works to keep her calm and chill during a 5 hour road trip.
The Ford Explorer Platinum provides plenty of space. Perfect for hauling donations.
Key features that stuck out to me were the blind spot light that flickered in your mirrors if there is a vehicle in your space, and that the vehicle shows you what the speed limit is on your dashboard. No more guessing when traveling to unfamiliar places. Sorry, looks like you can’t use that as excuse any more if you get pulled over in a Ford Explorer Platinum.
Gas mileage was better than expected on our 800 mile round trip as we don’t pack lightly. We averaged 19.2 MPG which is right in the middle of the sticker estimated 16 city and 22 highway. The 3.5L Twin Turbocharged, Direct Injection EcoBoost V6 engine didn’t hesitate to show its power as the 365 horses were happy to respond when needed.
It is hard to find one thing I did not enjoy about this vehicle, but I will say that we had problems trying to turn off the interior lights as we tailgated at a Fourth of July event. After 10 minutes, the lights automatically shut off. We tried to find a way to shut them off via Google/driver’s manual search but were unsuccessful. Patience is a virtue in this situation.
Speaking of lights, the guys got a kick out of being able to change the light colors throughout the vehicle at night. I got a ‘kick’ out of not having to use my hands to open the back to load groceries. Simply move your foot under the SUV and like magic the hutch will open (if your key is nearby in your purse or pocket).
Exploring Family Fun in The Ford Explorer Platinum
During our time with the Ford SUV we explored many landmarks including a few local spots that we simply could not resist visiting again.
Cruising in Celina, TX
2016 Ford Explorer Platinum Fun Facts
- New 2016 Ford Explorer brings more smart technology, an available 2.3-liter EcoBoost® four-cylinder engine and a high-end Platinum model
- Explorer Platinum combines the performance of the popular Explorer Sport with new levels of comfort and craftsmanship inside, offering customers the most well-appointed Ford SUV yet
- New 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine delivers more horsepower and torque than the four-cylinder it replaces; for the first time on Explorer, four-cylinder EcoBoost engine can be paired with available tow package and intelligent four-wheel drive with Terrain Management System™
- More than 7 million Explorers have been sold in the United States, making it America’s best-selling SUV for 25 straight years
In conclusion, the Ford Explorer Platinum 4WD provides a smooth and safe ride. It’s functionality combined with it’s sleek style and cutting-edge features makes it nearly impossible not to love.
For people on-the-go that seek adventure in every day living, the Ford Explorer Platinum 4WD is your companion.
What travel destination or local landmark would you like to explore in the Ford Platinum Explorer 4WD?