Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Car review: Ford Explorer Sport

Last weekend my family loaded up the car and headed out in search of sunshine.  And in a happy bit of good timing, we had a fancy car to travel in, thanks to the loan of a car from Ford. Our car for the weekend was a Ford Explorer Sport, and it was perfect for crossing the mountains.  Here's a bit about this car, from some information that I was provided:

2013 EXPLORER SPORT 4WD (with 3.5L V6 EcoBoost engine)
7-passenger seating
Colors: White Platinum exterior with Black leather seats
3rd row seats fold 50/50
Terrain Management System
Hill Start Assist
SYNC with MyFord Touch
Blind Spot Information System
Rear Inflatable Seat Belts (designed especially for kids and elderly passengers)

This Ford Explorer Sport came with the My Sync system, which is a touch screen that controls entertainment, climate, navigation and phones.  Daniel was doing the driving on this trip, and he kept saying that he felt like he was in a plane cockpit rather than a car. The system looks daunting at first, but we quickly had our devices hooked up, had the address of our destination in the GPS and were off on our adventure!

The car drove well and handled nicely.  It has too many cool features to list, but ones I particularly liked were the gas gauge that tells you how many miles you have until the tank is empty, the power port for plugging in my iPod for charging while it plays, and the dual climate control and separate rear climate control. Daniel especially liked the hill descent feature and thought it was really helpful when we were descending on windy mountain roads.  And the kids enjoyed sitting in the back and looking out the window. They didn't want to give the car back when our trip was over!

I loved the amount of detail on the navigation system

Posing with the pretty car

Vivian, enjoying the ride

We really enjoyed driving and riding in this car and thought it was an excellent choice for a road trip.  For every day use, the Explorer is just a bit too large for us. It was hard to open the doors very wide in our (teeny tiny) driveway (our regular car has sliding doors, so we weren't used to this problem), and both Daniel and I (who come in at 5'4" and 5', respectively) felt a little overwhelmed by the car's size.  But that's just our personal issue- I'm sure people with a normal size driveway and a bit more height would have no problem with the size of the car.  Inside the car, the adjustable seats made up for our lack of height, and we had no trouble with driving it.

All in all, we thought this was a fun, easy, safe car to drive and we had a great time with it.

Disclosure: I was given use of this car for a weekend so that my family could try it out for ourselves. We were not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are ours and ours alone.