Explorer Platinum excels room to roam

Handsome styling and premium content lead the road to adventure with the new 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum.

CALGARY, AB – Clearing Kicking Horse Pass at 5,390 feet along the Trans-Canada Highway puts the Canadian Rockies in my rear-view mirror for a downhill run to Calgary, Alberta.

Our stampede to Calgary in the 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum parallels roadside Alpine streams to Lake Louise where snow-capped mountains ring the aqua-marine spectacle.

A side trip to Banff reveals an outdoor paradise with a trendy business district towered by Sulphur Mountain and six other mountain ranges.

Ahead, Calgary heralds the eastern terminus of our 386 mile Platinum Adventure Tour.

Reflecting on our two-day odyssey compliments the Platinum edition with room to roam set in the comfort of its premium interior.

The 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum comes fully equipped with all options from the Chicago Assembly Plant.

Platinum’s cabin cradles seven passengers in three rows of quilted Nirvana leather seats surrounded by genuine aluminum and ash wood trim on the door panels and instrument panel.

Nirvana leather also wraps the dashboard, console armrests, door bolsters and upper door trim.

Two stand alone buyer choices exist: dual second row bucket seats for six passenger seating ($845) and second row console priced at $150.

The 50/50-split third row boasts best-in-class legroom with a class-exclusive power-folding operation to manage cargo configurations accessed trough Platinum’s hands-free power liftgate.

Over 81 cubic-feet of carrying capacity is available with the second and third rows folded flat.

A fully heated wood and leather-wrapped steering wheel along with a 10-inch digital instrument cluster is standard.

Explorer Platinum is the first Ford vehicle to receive an all-new 500-watt 12-speaker Premium Audio System by Sony with industry-first Live Acoustics and Clear Phase technology for an acoustically perfect concert hall music experience.

Platinum’s safety and convenience features include Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane-Keeping System, front 180-degree camera with washer and Class 3 towing.

Other technology includes Parallel Park Assist and Enhanced Active Park Assist that allows Platinum to reverse itself into a perpendicular parking spot.

The 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum is on sale now priced at $53,915 with freight.

This is the second of two stories by Jim Jackson about the new Explorer Platinum 2016.