Wait… do I already own one of these?
One Week Later…
Driving the Ford Explorer feels oddly familiar & comfortable. Meaning – after 2 miles, it felt like I’ve already owned it for 2 years.
The Explorer has great visibility. The 2nd row captain’s chairs allow easy/convenient 1-button access to the 3rd row.
Rear windows roll all the way down. The double-pano sunroof allows light & air to reach the entire cabin. AND – the 3rd row seating pops up/down electronically with the touch of a button, which is hugely convenient. Especially when your hands are full, kids are hyper, & the parking lot is busy.
The Explorer wins the cargo game. With the 3rd row folded down into the floor, there is an abundant amount of space. And with the 3rd row up, there is still quite a decent/respectable amount of usable storage space behind it. In both cases, seemingly more than the competitors.
The Explorer is a great consideration for drivers who wants/needs the cargo-capacity of a Suburban-like vehicle… but with easier daily maneuverability.
Another place where the Explorer separates itself, is the engine options. A lot of times in this segment, you get 1 engine choice… and it’s a generic slumber-inducing V6. But – moving up Ford Explorer’s range to the Platinum & Sport models, you get the Ford 3.5-liter TWIN-TURBO… with all-wheel-drive.
…Making the Plati/Sport Explorer a solid contender for the family that just can’t do a freaking Highlander or Pilot, no matter how ‘perfectly sensible’ they might be.