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Roadtripping with the Ford Explorer – 2017

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The new Ford Explorer isn’t quite the luxurious new Fusion Energi, it’s not quite the brute strength of the F150 but something different, while taking a little from each.

Let’s start off with how it looks, because we all know that the cover is really how we judge a book. It’s around the size of a Land Rover, but has more curb-appeal. It’s got curves in the right places and you know it’s got something going on under the hood. Once I got a closer to the Explorer, I started to notice some really nice details, like the automatic folding side mirrors and pleasingly swept-back profile.


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When you have a look inside then you’re going to start to really fall in love with it. The model I borrowed had all the trimmings, including a seat that had built-in A/C, heat, lumbar support adjustments AND a massage. My other favourite feature, aside from the attention to detail on the light-up cup holders, is the folding extra seating at the back. It’ll go from 3 roomy backseats to 6 with a press of a button.


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I used Google Maps against the in-car navigation and it worked like a dream.


The Explorer is perfect for a family car, as well as if you’re looking for something a little more capable. It has all the off-road settings you could possibly need for the unforgiving Canadian landscape, as well as lots of comfort and interior space for both family camping trips and the school run.

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A snap from the roadtrip – in the mountains!




Driving this feels safe and responsive. When you’re strapped in and heading down the road, you know that you’re in a solid machine. It steers really lightly and accelerates with plenty of power. Just a tap on the gas pedal and you’re off, nipping through traffic and past those pesky left-hand-lane hogs.

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Plenty of trunk space!


Standard road-trip photo (we weren’t moving at the time)

During my time with the 2017 Explorer, I’ve taken it up to Squamish, around downtown Vancouver, and then up to Kamloops, BC to put it through it’s paces. I was also heading up to Kamloops for the Iron Sommelier event to help fund safe spaces for young moms through the A Way Home, an initiative to end youth homelessness in the community. For more information on the cause, check out


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Memories of a road trip


Disclaimer – Thanks to Ford Canada for loaning me the truly excellent Ford Explorer 2017. It really is a fantastic car. Also, apologies to my family, friends, and neighbours for my very public infactuation over this car. Did I mention it gives you bum massages (also back and lumbar massages are available)?

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  1. Megan

    July 24, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Thanks for this review! I’m in the market for a new SUV and was interested in the Explorer as I’d like something a little bit bigger than the Escape. Might have to pop in for a test drive.


    1. jamesrcsmith

      July 24, 2017 at 8:19 am

      Hey Megan,
      It sounds like the Explorer might be a great option for you. I tried the Escape when I was shopping for my new Focus and although I really liked it, it just wasn’t big enough to make the jump to SUV. The new Explorer has 3 rows of seats (to fit 7 comfortably), or you can have all but the driver and front passenger’s seats folded down and have a massive area in the back for moving furniture or driving off to college, etc.
      I love doing these long test-drives as it gives me a chance to use them in a few scenarios. I took my parents to the airport and could fit 2 large and 2 small suitcases without having to think about it, plus I drove through the mountains for 4 hours each way over a weekend and it kept me and 3 passengers very comfortable (plus all our bags, snacks, pillows).

  2. Esperanza

    July 24, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    That looks like a super nice car! Your daughter is adorable by the way πŸ™‚

  3. Gloria Harvley

    July 24, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    This car is just beautiful! The DH and I are looking for a new car now but this one is now on our list!

  4. Chris

    July 24, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    This is such a great review! Loving the polaroid snapshots πŸ™‚

  5. Mayuri

    July 24, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    Thanks for the review! I love the new shape of Ford Explorer and all the pics you have taken. πŸ™‚

  6. Patricia

    July 25, 2017 at 8:11 am

    Thanks for the review. Sounds like a nice car. I also would like that it accelerates well, which acceleration is one of my car’s weaknesses.

  7. Steven Goodwin

    July 26, 2017 at 10:58 am

    We took a Ford Explorer a couple years ago (2015 model) and I absolutely loved it! I have no doubt that you enjoyed this vehicle! I would have to agree that it had some get up and go to it! I also loved how tight the steering was for being a bigger vehicle!

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