Two Passengers Set Sail That Day On a Three-Hour Tour (in a 2016 Ford Explorer Limited)

A couple of weeks ago, Aidan and I had the honour of taking this 2016 Ford Explorer Limited on a weekend trip to Saskatoon (which is almost three hours north, to explain the "Gilligan's Island" reference in the title). 

Ford Explorer 2016

I was feeling much more excited than this shot of myself five minutes before leaving expresses, but I have a bad issue with Overexcited Selfie Syndrome. It means that I have to think about feeling very tired and breathe slowly and work on relaxing my facial muscles to look non-frightening:

Elan Morgan

See? Overexcited Selfie Syndrome is a real thing:

Anyway… 

I drove this 2016 Explorer Limited for a few days, and it was a joy. I don't usually drive larger vehicles, so I was a little surprised when I had to step up into it and basically enter what felt like a small apartment. I spent the summer and fall renting cute little Kias that felt like driving soda cans, so this felt palatial:

Ford Explorer 2016

Just look at the two moonroofs (ooh, aah):

Ford Explorer 2016
Ford Explorer 2016

It almost felt like we were outside without actually having to be outside, which is how I like my nature in winter. And so it came to pass that Aidan and I took an extremely comfortable and well appointed trip to Saskatoon.

It had been about a month-and-a-half since we'd last seen our family and friends there, so we were long past due. I always feel long past due when it comes to Saskatoon. I may have moved away over 14 years ago, but it still feels like my home.

While we were there, we got to chill at his parents' house:

Aidan

Aidan

We got to hang with Starcat (whom I have somehow known for almost 23 freaking years):

Starcat

Starcat

And I got to work in person with Jen for once. She and I occasionally work on websites together, and we discovered that two heads are definitely better than one when a WordPress plugin refuses to submit your wishes:

Jen

Jen

We also  got to show off our new (albeit temporary) set of wheels. It's fun to pretend that the light camel leather interior and 12-speaker Sony audio system were all our doing somehow:

Ford Explorer 2016

I also spent part of the weekend working in a pub like a dork while other people like Starcat and lovely Rilla did relaxing weekend things around me:

Aidan and Starcat

Aidan and Starcat

Rilla

Rilla

I'm bad at vacations.

Then, just like every weekend we spend in Saskatoon, it was all over far too early and we had drive home to our respective responsibilities. This adulthood thing has its drawbacks, like no one lets me fall asleep in the back seat and then carries me to bed anymore. Boo.

Still, though, it's because of adulthood that we were able to drive around in such luxury for a few days. The 2016 Explorer Limited made driving such a comfortable and quiet experience that it was hard to return. Prior to the Explorer, I had become accustomed to driving relatively small tin cans that were echo chambers for highway noise. Stretching out in a quiet interior and being able to actually understand the podcasts I listen to made a long trip seem so much shorter. Even on the highway, we purred along, smooth and peaceful.

As you can see from my photos, we had grey weather the entire time, so I didn't have the best video lighting. Check out this walkaround video from the Chicago Auto Show to get a closer look at the Explorer's interior and exterior features:

There is a lot that I loved about the features that come standard with the 2016 Ford Explorer Limited, so I'm just going to leave my favourites in this list right here:

 

My Favourite Notable Standard Features

  • Interior Features: air filtration system, dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control, rear auxiliary climate control, SYNC® with MyFord®, heated steering wheel, power-adjustable pedals with memory, remote start, reverse sensing system, media hub with 2 USB ports and SD card reader, premium audio system from Sony® with 12 speakers, SiriusXM Radio
  • Exterior Features: automatic LED low-beam headlights, foot-activated hands-free power liftgate, powerfold mirrors, chrome roof rack side rails, privacy glass in 2nd and 3rd rows, solar tinted front door and windshield glass, daytime running lights, Easy Fuel® capless fuel filler
  • Power and Handling: Electronic Power Assist Steering (EPAS), Hill Descent Control™, hill start assist, independent front and rear suspension systems
  • Safety: AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™, SOS Post-Crash Alert System™, traction control, perimeter alarm, remote keyless/illuminated entry, individual tire pressure monitoring system
 

I hung onto that baby as long as I could, but Ford has this thing about getting its review vehicles back, and I'm scared of prison, so back it went.

Bye bye, 2016 Explorer Limited. You turned the almost six hours from Regina to Saskatoon and back from a chore into what was likely the most relaxing part of our trip. Thank you.


While Ford Canada loaned me a 2016 Explorer Limited to test drive for a few days, and I loved and linked back to it, I did not receive monetary compensation for mentions in the above blog entry.