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I am not by nature a car lover, but when I received an email from Kidspot offering me the opportunity to participate in Ford’s Choose Your Own Adventure Challenge as part of Voices of 2013, I screamed the house down. Fortunately I get to drive a Ford Territory Titanium around and then write about my adventures. Lucky, lucky me.

When I say I am not by nature a car lover, I mean I generally consider a car to be something that gets me from A to B. Although I wouldn’t mind driving a flash car just as much as the next person, we haven’t put vehicle ‘stylishness’ at the top of our priority list in the past. In saying that, we have been extremely fortunate in that our ’99 Ford Laser has been super reliable for the past decade so we haven’t felt the need to upgrade…until now.

We sat in this Titanium however and it’s safe to say it has completely changed our minds. (Beware – gushy talk ahead. But just remember, driving a beautiful new car is a very new experience for me!)

“Get your mitts off my air con!”

Our little adventure this week has been one of comfort. This car is like nothing I have ever driven before. The room – so much room! And full of creature comforts I didn’t even know existed in a car. To say we, (my husband, son and I) are smitten is a serious understatement. This vehicle has catapulted us from the land of ‘we don’t believe a car maketh the man’ to ‘STUFF THAT, WE WANT THIS CAR’. It’s a beast, a big spacious, sexy beast. 

I mostly consider myself immune from material things, but from the moment I slid into the driver’s seat (mmm leather), I was hooked. Then the friendly fellow at Ford started walking me through the array of features and I found myself thinking “wow” and “WOW” and “is this for real?”

Poor old reliable Laser - my affections for it were quickly turning to dust in the face of all the bright shiny new things.

Our usual mundane car trips have been touched with a hint of added excitement this past week brought about by our new four-wheeled best friend. Trips to and from school have been done in comfort, shopping trips are no longer a bore, and we have had a sudden urge to just drive around with no destination in mind. One evening I offered to pick my husband up from the office. I heard his surprise at the other end of the phone – me, offering to drive on the freeway in peak hour to battle city traffic? Unheard of. Driving in comfort does make the traffic a little more bearable.

“Is this car cool or what?” I asked my young lad on the way to school one morning. “Pimpin’” was his response. I gather that means way cool. The way it drives is phenomenal – just so smooth and despite its large size, not at all unwieldy. In other words, pimpin’.

We gave a friend a lift to school one day last week and my young lad got a big thrill out of handing him a pair of wireless headphones. Remote in hand, he proceeded to play a DVD and they quietly enjoyed the movie and the drive from the very back seat. Once we reached school, the friend climbed out of the car and promptly declared, “That was the best drive ever!” I agree dude, I agree.

The Titanium is, in my newbie stylish-car-driver opinion, the epitome of comfort. The height gives me more viewing control (I hate being in the little sedan behind an SUV on a congested freeway, I like to see the traffic ahead), the legroom leaves enough space for a giant, and if we were to transport a few friends I wouldn’t feel bad that they were crammed together in the back seat as it is super roomy. I imagine if we had this car come summer, our weekly beach visits would be much more comfortable with all the space to cart our beach stuff. 

The young lad asked me one night if we could just go hang out in the car as it’s ‘so comfortable’; we’ve done that, we have actually done that. The size and space make this car a seriously comfortable and luxurious drive; there is truly nothing about it that I don’t like.

The only downside I have come across so far is, I’ll have to give the damn thing back.

Comfort aside, how sexy is that car!

What’s the most comfortable car you’ve ever driven? If you got sent a gorgeous car to drive around for six weeks, would you daydream about going all Thelma and Louise (minus the crime and hurling the car over a cliff) and taking off across the country in it? (Ford, if you’re reading, I haven’t even once considered doing that.)

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  • Virginia Kop - If I win the Thunderball jackpot in the next four weeks, I shall donate AU$10,000 towards a new car for you.ReplyCancel

  • Peggy Saas - And I will very gladly collect it from you! How lovely Virginia, you’re so very kind. *crosses fingers* COME ON LOTTO!ReplyCancel

  • Virginia Kop - Jackpot £500,000 – enough for my needs and treats for special people. Don’t do the Lottery as I don’t want £millions. My draw on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights. Cannot claim until some time next week as I don’t have proof of identity – no driving licence and/or passport – the friend is on holiday. Funnily, if I had a licence from my 20′s it wouldn’t have a picture anyway. The friend who was a GP is my nominated proof of my identity!ReplyCancel

  • Your One and Only Loving mother! - One sexy looking beast! It has more buttons on the steering than I have in my button jar.

    I bet it is great to drive after your old Laser. Best of luck and hope you get one to drive for rest of your life. xxooReplyCancel

  • Alison - nice ride… want one!!ReplyCancel

  • Jill Edwards - Wow images are just perfect and your blog this would make every single person want to go and buy one shame on me I just bought a new Hyundai maybe I should have read your blog first :-)ReplyCancel

  • Megan Henry - Oh I thought I was one of those ‘don’t need a fancy car’ people too until I read this. Great photos! Ford should hire you for product shots Peggy!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - Oooh this car looks so gorgeous ~ It’s an ongoing conversation in our home as to which luxury car we’d choose ~ thanks to your blog, our mind is now made up !
    Beautiful photos by the way !ReplyCancel

  • Shelley - I also had never had that “new car” experience until we got our Honda Odyssey a few years ago…….OMG! Leather seats! HEATED seats!!! Electric EVERYTHING!!!! Makes any drive much more enjoyable :)
    It shames me a little to say, that car has almost RUINED my later experiences (we lease, so change cars every few years – although not anymore Mr Rudd!), our last car just couldn’t meet the very high standards set by my beautiful purple (black amethyst pearl, actually) Odyssey……..we have just taken delivery of a beautiful new Subaru Outback, and I am enjoying that level of luxury again……almost! Still no heated seats! And no one makes purple cars anymore :(
    Enjoy your car, I have everything crossed that you don’t have to give it back!ReplyCancel

  • Peggy Saas - @My one and only loving mother – Yes it is a dream to drive! Although you know I am very fond of my old Laser, this car is unreal. Thanks for the vote of confidence, keep your fingers and toes crossed for me!ReplyCancel

  • Peggy Saas - @Alison, me too darls, me too!ReplyCancel

  • Peggy Saas - @Jill, well you know what to get when you’re due an upgrade. It is very special indeed, a gorgeous drive.ReplyCancel

  • Peggy Saas - @Megan, if you sat inside this car I have no doubt you too would be totally converted. I want fancy, I want this Ford!ReplyCancel

  • Peggy Saas - @Rebecca, I’d highly recommend trying out the Territory, it’s luxury all the way. But it is also very robust, I love the size and the way it handles as much as the extra features. Definitely at the very top of my list!ReplyCancel

  • Peggy Saas - @Shelley, thanks so much for the crossing of everything. I am sending the wishing vibes out to the universe – “want that car, I want that car”. A girl can dream right?

    We’ve been driving two old, very much loved vehicles for the past decade, and honestly haven’t really felt the need to upgrade. But driving this gorgeous car has definitely given us a push to buy a new car. We love it, maybe a little too much. HA!ReplyCancel

  • pete - well peggy, must admit im still a hyundai boy…… i so want a new ix35 or velosterReplyCancel

  • Peggy Saas - Hey Pete, well if Hyundai has treated you kindly you may as well stick with them. Our Ford has been super reliable and I can’t fault it (aside from it is now old and done a million kms). I do like the look of the ix35.ReplyCancel

  • Caroline - Fantastic blog & amazing photos ! Looking forward to your next post, enjoy your Ford & best of luck !ReplyCancel

  • Wendy Jones - Wow I almost wish I needed a new car to go out and buy this little beauty. I drive a Ford Focus now and really love that so no desire to change, bit if I did……just saying :-) Pinky promise if I win Lotto you will end up with a brand new shiny one….pinky promise….ReplyCancel

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  • Peggy Saas - Thank you Caroline, I had so much fun photographing it! It’s a bit sexy, bit hard no to have fun with it. Thanks for the well wishes. :)ReplyCancel

  • Peggy Saas - Wendy I will SO hold you to that pinky promise. Our current Ford has done us so well, I wouldn’t hesitate to buy a Territory if I could afford one. It’s absolutely luxurious to drive. We just took it out on the open road to Cervantes, drives beautifully! I am sure your Focus handles like a dream too.ReplyCancel

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