Premium Leather, Heated & Cooled Front Seats, Massaging Front Seats, Heated Rear Setas, Heated Steering Wheel, Twin-Panel Sunroof, 8″ color LCD screen, Navigation, Enhanced Active Park Assist System, Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Collision Warning, Lane Keeping System, BLIS (Blind Spot Information System), Hands-Free Foot-Activated Liftgate, 2nd Row Heated Bucket Seats With Power-Assist Fold Feature, PowerFold® 3rd-row seat, Rear view camera with washer, Remote Keyless Entry & Remote Start, Power-adjustable pedals with memory, Power-tilt/-telescoping Steering Wheel, 500-watt Audio System from Sony®, 20″ Aluminum Wheels with Tarnished Dark-Painted Pockets, Intelligent 4WD with Terrain Management System™, 6-speed SelectShift® automatic transmission with paddle shifters, 365-horsepower 3.5L EcoBoost® V6 engine, Class III Trailer Tow Package, Balance of Factory Warranty and only 27,000 kms
This Explorer feels big on the inside and looks big on the outside. The only time it doesn’t feel huge is when you’re on the throttle, because this bad boy is quick with that twin-turbo V6.
The interior is spacious and comfy and it has massaging seats that don’t just hit the back, they hit the rear end. I would even ask that could be a little more intense, but there’s probably some law saying that you aren’t supposed to fall asleep on your way home in bumper to bumper traffic.
If you’re looking for a family SUV with advanced electronics and safety features, Ford’s midsize SUV for 2017 is hard to beat. The Explorer’s advanced all-wheel-drive (AWD) system makes it more off-road capable than a Honda Pilot or Mazda CX-9.
The Platinum’s 365-horsepower twin-turbocharged V6 is capable for sure and delivers excellent passing and pulling power and its heavily weighted steering and taut suspension give this big SUV impressive cornering ability.
Like all competitors, Explorer has four-wheel drive, though it also offers a relatively rare drive-mode selector. Twist the dial to tell Explorer what sort of driving is incoming, and various system calibrations are optimized to deliver extra traction and confidence. The drive modes are vastly different, and drivers will feel the Explorer’s personality change as they’re toggled. Use them whenever you can, especially the Snow mode. The modes work well.
The central command system is excellent. It’s bright, vivid, instantly responsive, and highly logical. The Bluetooth pairs in seconds, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay upscale your smartphone into the central screen, and the system is liquid smooth and responsive. In the Explorer Platinum, one of the best central command interfaces on the scene is at your service.
The Explorer’s second-row seats are very adult-friendly. Two captain’s chairs can be reclined and slid into position with ease, there’s a good gap between the seats, and they get their own climate control zone and heated leather. Entry and exit to the second-row seats is a cinch, and the seats fold and tumble in seconds to provide easier access to the third row.
The instrument cluster is another delightful touch. It’s part analog, part digital, and fully customizable to show you exactly what you want to see, and little that you don’t. Modern and high-tech, the displays are framed nicely into the gauge cluster for a clean, finished look.
Explorer goes a step further than average with the back up camera, with a rare washer spray system that blasts the lens clean with a jet of washer fluid when requested, for a consistently clean image.
TAME THE PARKING SPOT – With help from its Enhanced Active Park Assist System, Explorer makes parking easy so you can move on to more important things. Whether you’re backing into a perpendicular spot or slowing down to parallel park, ultrasonic sensors can identify a parking space that is the right size, then the system steers the vehicle into it. All you do is follow on-screen prompts, and operate the accelerator, brake and gear shifter as needed. The front 180-degree camera also helps out with visibility and allows you to see around corners.
TERRAIN MANAGEMENT SYSTEM – Ford’s Terrain Management System offers varying settings for the AWD system including snow, sand, mud, grass and gravel.
AUTOTRADER says “ The Explorer Platinum packs one of the ritziest mainstream cabins you’ll likely encounter at this price range”.
Big, plush and surprisingly quick. It’s a powerful, do-anything SUV that’ll coddle you in every way possible.