Your 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum Questions Answered

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2016 Ford Explorer Platinum Adventure Tour - Kamloops to Calgary - The Calgary Stampede - 20150903_154505

Before getting a vehicle in for a review, or attending a media launch for a new Ford vehicle, we like to ask you what you want to know about the vehicle. Sometimes, I completely overlook something that everyone else wants to know, so it’s a good way to get in touch with the readers and find out what you care about. I recently asked you what you wanted to know about the 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum, and here are the answers you seek!

Nicholas Carr asked on Facebook if I could get a picture of the LED headlights at night, specifically with the fog lights on. A lot of modern vehicles will use different lighting technology for different lights. For example, I was recently in a Dodge Charger Scat Pack that had standard projector headlights with LED fog lights.

Ford Explorer Platinum

Both the headlights and fog lights are LED in this application, and share the same color temperature. While I couldn’t get any at night shots, I was able to see enough of the beam pattern to see that it is flat on a line parallel to the ground, like a normal vehicle with HID headlights.

The one bummer, and there is one, is that the high beams are standard bulbs, and not HID or LED bulbs. It might be a cost issue, or it might be a heat issue. As you can see in the picture below, the heat sinks for the LED headlights are actually used as a design piece of the headlights.

2016 Ford Explorer Platinum Adventure Tour - Kamloops to Calgary - The Calgary Stampede - 20150903_094050

I was asked on Twitter through a direct message what the differences are between the Platinum and the other versions of the Explorer. Be sure to check out the full write-up here on our experience with the Explorer, but basically the difference is in the interior quality. The Nirvana leather seats, all real metals and woods, and the Sony premium audio system are exclusive to the Platinum.

Ford describes it as being everything you love about the Sport with everything you love about the Limited. They combine the two, crank up the luxury, and sell it all for once price. There are no real options you can check. Everything is standard.

I, for one, really liked the previous generation Explorer Sport, but was disappointed I couldn’t get it with some of the technology available in the Limited, such as HID lighting and adaptive cruise. The Platinum solves that issue for me. Since Ford does really well selling higher-trim models, the Platinum makes sense.

The New Ford Explorer

Also, the Explorer Platinum is the first Ford product ever to not have a Blue Oval on the steering wheel. It’s an aluminum oval, real, and not colored blue.

Lastly, another DM on Twitter asked me about the PTU and the lifetime fluids. On the civilian version of the Explorer, it’s unchanged from the previous model year, meaning the fluid is once again lifetime. There were no significant changes to the driveline for the 2016 model year. However, on the Police Interceptor, there is a warning light that tracks driving conditions and recommends the fluid be changed.

Do you have any other questions about the Ford Explorer Platinum? Head on over to the forums and ask away!

Chad Kirchner is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other auto sites.

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