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.)