Ford Explorer Test Drive

Ford Explorer Sport Test Drive

After our visit to Sandbanks, we spent a few days in the city before hitting the road again for a trip to Huntsville. Technically, we went beyond Huntsville into Dwight, but telling people you're driving to Dwight is a recipe for confusion.

For this family road trip to White Birches Cottages we drove an Explorer Sport from Ford Canada. I have a sudden interest in cars with more than five seats, and the Explorer comfortably seats seven. Perfect.

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The Sport's twin-turbocharged and direct-injected 3.5-liter "EcoBoost" V6 is good for 365 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque! If you're a guy like me, who isn't certain what that means, be assured it's awfully powerful and great fun to drive. In fact, if you want power, you won't do any better for the price.

And now a word about SYNC... SYNC is Ford's "integrated in-vehicle communications and entertainment system that allows users to make hands-free telephone calls, control music and perform other functions with the use of voice commands" and I was first exposed to SYNC back in 2008. No other manufacturer's system is as easy and pleasurable to use. I could see myself buying a Ford just to get SYNC.

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I haven't returned the Explorer yet... my oldest son and I drove it to hockey last night and it was nice not having to cram our gear inside. Over the next several months, I'll be checking out other cars with three rows of seats, but the Explorer has set the bar awfully high.

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Ford Explorer Sport 4WD

Ford Explorer Sport 4WDThey call the colour of the 2013 Ford Explorer Sport I borrowed 'Ruby Red Metallic'. I drove it for a week during which I merged my Toronto apartment with my wife's Mississauga townhouse in our new southwest Toronto house.

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The retail price is $48,299 but this fully loaded model had $5,230 worth of extras. The majority of that money went toward the dual panel moonroof, the adaptive cruise control / collision warning system and the voice activated navigation system. In other words, this $53,529 truck is out of my price range, but damn did it come in handy.

I mentioned how much stuff it held for the move, but I haven't yet told you how comfortable, fuel-efficient and roomy it is. There are seven comfy seats and the ride is always smooth. If you're in the mid-sized SUV market, you have to test drive the new Explorer.

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My Moving Heroes: Ford, Elvis and Muzzin

My Moving HeroesI merged a couple of homes into one new home (it's 80 years old, but it's new to us!) on Thursday, and I wanted to take a moment to thank my moving heroes.

The wonderful Elvis came all the way from Oshawa to lend a hand, and the powerful Muzzin brought both muscle and his pick-up truck. In addition to their help, Ford Canada chipped in the mighty 2013 Explorer, Sport edition no less.

My sweet ride for the week #fordcanada

I can fit so much in this new Ford Explorer #fordcanada

Before I picked up the Uhaul, I made a few trips with the Ford Explorer and was shocked by how much room there is for moving stuff. The Uhaul is long gone, but I've still got the Explorer as I continue to empty my old apartment. The Explorer makes it as pleasurable as moving could possibly be.

So thanks Elvis, Muzzin and Ford. May this be the last time I ever move.

Tippet Richardson is a company that can help you if you are moving to Toronto.

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