The 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum is Better Than a Spa Day

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2016 Ford Explorer Platinum

Okay, it’s also much more expensive than the average spa day, though if you’re part of the uber-rich that blow 100 grand on a Monaco weekend, the $54,760 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum is pocket change.

I recently spent a entire week driving  around the range-topping Explorer, and there wasn’t a single moment when I thought, “Oh Gee, I’d rather be driving a GMC Denali,” whether it be a Yukon or Acadia. In fact, every vehicle I’d mentally try to stack the Explorer Platinum against, would quickly fall short—with a fully-loaded Jeep Cherokee Summit being the only worthy “contender” in my book.

2016 Ford Explorer Platinum

Back to the relaxing spa day… The Ford Explorer Platinum has this lovely feature called ‘Multicontour’ seats which is Ford’s name for massaging seats. Now, I’m not sure if you’ve ever tried massaging seats on cars, but they typically suck, unless you’re onboard a Mercedes Benz Maybach or something with a stratospheric price tag, but the massing seats in the Explorer are the real deal.

While activating the seat massagers takes a few more taps on the touchscreen than I’d desire, once you navigate through a few submenus, you can choose whether you want your personal masseuse to massage your buttocks, lower back, or both. You can also adjust the strength of the massage and fine-tune your spa-on-wheels.

Unfortunately, Ford didn’t equip the Explorer Platinum with a stone warmer in the glove box, as a hot stone massage would be quite nice, specially during rush hour. But what Ford did equip the Explorer Platinum with, are standard heated front and rear seats, and even a heated steering wheel. Oh, if you happen to live in Texas and don’t give a crap about heated everything, the front seats are also cooled.

2016 Ford Explorer Platinum

So there you have it. The 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum is more expensive than a spa day (unless you’re uber-rich), but it also comes with stuff like wheels, and a 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6, so you can actually go places while enjoying a massage.

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Jerry Perez is a contributor to Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Corvette Forum, and 6SpeedOnline, among other auto sites.

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