The Ford Explorer personifies change for good. The bold lines and cutting edge design cues makes this SUV more than a mode of transportation, it’s a fashion statement. The hard edge and boxy persona has been replaced with a more sophisticated look. Chrome accents and a body style complimenting color palate; the Explorer has a boatload of urban style. The Ford Explorer makes a statement at every turn. Body color features like the rear spoiler and chrome-accented grilles exhaust tips and door handles proved to be great pairing for the Explorer LTD. From subtle to bold, that design option gives the driver a customizable and individualized experience.
If the alluring body design of the Explorer wasn’t enough to grab the attention if the masses, features like 20-inch rims, LED tail lamps, privacy glass, power folding and heated mirrors that illuminate on approach will cause heads to turn.
With multiple driving options the Ford Explorer can assist in almost any terrain, but the urban jungle of Los Angeles served as a suitable testing ground. Powered by a 3.5-liter V6 TIVCT engine, the Explorer ripped through the city and surrounding canyons. The hills of Malibu and the pothole-riddled streets were easily navigated via 6-Speed SelectShift transmission. The combined 19-mpg made the excursion easy on the pocket as well.
The safety factor is also at the forefront of the 2014 Ford Explorer. Dual stage front, mounted side impact, front passenger knee and safety canopy airbags, Blind Spot Monitoring, lane departing and lane keep assist cloak occupants in security.
The inner cabin of the Ford Explorer is where I found my solstice. Comfy 10-way power and heated leather seats, 6-way front passenger seat, second row 60/40 heated seats and a 50/50 folding third row, allow for numerous configurations for passengers and storage.
While the ride was comfortable, the inner cabin also had plenty of tech-savvy features. Housed in a glossy piano black center stack, features like the Sony Audio System (390 watts and 12 speakers), SYNC with MYFORD Touch and Sirius/XM, had me in a musical heaven. Deemed as the ‘revolutionary way to connect with your car,” SYNC with MYFORD Touch allows for hands-free navigating for phone and music functionality. Via simple voice commands you can keep your hands on the wheel, while getting your talk and playlist on. Artists like Russell Taylor (War of Hearts), Creed (With Arms Wide Open) and Nancy Wilson (Guess Who I Say Today) wafted through the cabin in concert-like quality.
Rounding out the total experience, Ford offer buyers a3yr/36,000 Bumper to Bumper, 5yr/60,000 Powertrain and 5yr/60,000Roadside Assist.
MSRP $45,420 and For more info click here.
Bonus Soundtrack Play: Creed “With Arms Wide Open”