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Behind The Wheel: 2019 Ford Explorer Platinum

With the news that Ford is possibly getting rid of the car line up people have been looking into the SUV market of Ford to get some clarity. Well we looked at the Explorer Platinum. 

Here is my thoughts on the Explorer Platinum, they didn’t change anything really with styling this year nor the power plant in this SUV but if its not broke don’t fix it. Now I know they’re redesigning the 2020 model so hope we can get our hands on that! The SUV gives great power, comfort, gas mileage, and price point.   

The interior is Nirvana leather interior seats with multi-contour front seats and we were given leather heated seats and duel climate control. In the rear, the seats where 40/60 split seats that can seat 3 if they are smaller or kids you would be fine but hard to stuff 3 adults in the back. But you also got rear climate control standard and option of heated rear seats. Also, if you need devices charged it comes with a 12v plug and a 120v standard plug. 

As for the exterior features you get LED headlights, fog lights, and tail lights. Also folding mirrors with blind spot detection, and 18” rims. You also get chrome accents and body color matched handles. The Platinum comes with solar tinted front glass and windshield and privacy glass tint in all other windows.  

Then when you look at the Platinum power train you get the 3.5L Ecoboost and get standard intelligent AWD. Which it gives you enough power when needed and still retain some fuel efficiency. 

Here are the standard extras you get with the Platinum series over the other lower packages:

110V/150W AC power outlet  

12V powerpoints, 4 total (2 first row, 1 2nd row, 1 cargo area) 

Adaptive Cruise Control and Collision warning with brake support 

Ambient Lighting  

Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror  

Blind Spot Information System (BLIS® with cross-traffic alert) 

Floor Mats – Platinum-branded 

Dome/map lights in all three rows 

Twin-panel moonroof  

Enhanced Active Park Assist with Parallel Park, Park out Assist, Reverse Perpendicular Parking, Forward and reverse and side sensing system 

Lighted front scuff plates embossed with EXPLORER  

Lane Keeping System 

Leather-wrapped shift knob 

Heated steering wheel  

Power tilt/telescoping steering column  

Steering wheel, leather-wrapped with wood accent and unique stitching with cruise control, 5-way controls and secondary audio controls 

Power-adjustable pedals with memory 

Front 180-degree Camera with Washer 

Remote Start 

Reverse Sensing System  

Forward Sensing System 

Sun visors, colour-keyed, single blade, with covered illuminated vanity mirrors 

Universal Garage Door Opener 

Rear view camera with washer 

All-digital Instrument Cluster 

Appliqué – Multi-piece with Real Aluminum and Ash Swirl Wood 

Leather-Wrapped Door and Console Armrests 

Leather-Wrapped IP and Door Rollovers 

Upgraded Instrument Cluster 

Unique Headliner 

When it comes to newer SUV’s that I have tested I am partial to the Explorer but go to your local dealership and take one for a test drive to decide for yourself!

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