Saturday, April 7, 2012

New Years Resolution-- The Third Row Part 3

This was a slow weekend for car shopping.  While we planned to hit several lots, we only got to one dealership-- Ford.  Here, we were interested in looking at the Explorer and the Expedition.

Before our Mercedes, I drove a Ford Explorer, and I have to say I am a fan.  So, I went in with an idea of what I was going to find.  This car was redesigned in the past year; so, it has tons of great options and it looks fantastic.  I recently rented one of these and the ride is definitely rougher than I remember it being-- it drives more like a truck.  This car has touch buttons that raise and lower the third row and the middle row was relatively easy for kids to get in and out of on their own.     

The Expedition had a lot to like too.  It was roomy and well thought out.  I really liked the way the back seats sunk down into the car creating a flat strech with more usable space.  The center portion of the middle bench pulls forward so that a baby in a "bucket seat" can be closer to mom when driving-- I wish I had had this.  Some of the features I liked were the millions of cup holders, the 8 person capacity and the functioning back window.  They had me reeled in until I turned the car on and realized I was driving a full fledged truck.  It didn't help that Owen, our specialist, said this was essentially the same car as their pick-up-- he lost me.  While my boys loved the rumble of the engine, it was just a little much for me. I honestly thought I might be the next contender at Monster Jam

I thought I was done when Owen insisted that we have a look at the Flex.

So, this  car is totally not me.  It's strictly personal, but I don't like the way they, I mouthed to my husband that I wasn't interested.  Owen insisted that we take a peak.  After doing the tour, I'll admit I was amazed.  It has tons of space.  It is only one of two cars that has a push button to lower the middle seat-- which arguably is where you need it most with kids.  All seats fold down for a completely flat back seat (Toyota's only go down partially), the the front seats are ridiculously comfortable.  The question is...could I get past the "cube" look and do they offer wood paneling as an option (just kidding)?

At the end of the day, I think the explorer is the only one I could really consider in this batch.  That said,  it's a good looking car, but I'm still not sure it measures up to the Toyota.

Left to peruse
  1. Buick Enclave
  2. Chevrolet Tahoe 
  3. Chevrolet Traverse
  4. GMC Acadia 
  5. Land Rover LR4 
  6. Mazda CX-9

1 comment:

  1. My brother bought this cube Ford and on first look I thought the same thing but then driving around in it all week...I really like it. Those seats are crazy comfy. The same seats are in the back too. It gets good gas milage and you can fit a lot of big kids in the back. It was perfect for their family.