Fun On The Road with FordThe Expedition, Fiesta, and Convertible Mustang: Built for road-trips?
It appears this was the year of #KickAssRoadTrips.
First Christa & I drove to Prince Edward County for a bloggers’ retreat followed by Ann & I #KickAssRoadTrip to NYC for #BlogHer15. Ford Canada generously let us borrow the Ford Expedition for the ride.
Tee-hee. What. A. Car.
Aside from the ‘jet’ for an engine (man that thing goes fast when you’re not looking!) and amazing little details like the step that comes down, the pedestrian and other obstacle sensors, the butt-coolers (yes my friend – AC for your bum!) and more the Expedition comfortably held our gear… coming and going.
We wrote our hashtag and twitter handles on the windows with chalk markers. Which was great until we got stuck in NYC traffic and we were making enemies just by trying to follow directions.
People and cars kept coming out of nowhere. It was ridiculous. Shorlty before we arrived at our hotel we were instructed by a police officer to turn left immediately. Except the light changed 1/2 way through the intersection and out came no less than 1000 pedestrians.
Those sensors I mentioned? They work. Really well. The sound comes from the direction of the obstacle, so the car was pretty much singing at us in stereo as we were stuck in an intersection with the wide-ass of the Expedition hanging out into oncoming traffic.
Thankfully we manged to get through that corner and soon after reached the hotel. Ann firmly declared that * I * would be driving us out of the city.
Except we lost our parking stub and almost didn’t have a car to drive home in. We’d forgotten to wash off the chalk marker before leaving it with the valet and it ended up being what saved us. We were able to show that we had pictures of us in front of the car with the writing, and the car we were trying to take was the exact same one.
The gas tank on this beast is huge and this time we didn’t get stranded 15 minutes from home.
Florida Keys – U.S. 1 & the Overseas Highway
On our latest trip to Fort Lauderdale for TBEX we decided to take a few days and detour to Key West. This time we had Ann’s university freshman daughter with us. I’m not sure who had more stuff between the two, but one of them may or may not have had to switch things around in order to avoid airport overages. Which means one of them had over 50 lbs of stuff. Can you guess which of the two packed heavy?
Airmiles balance in tow we booked a rental car to drive from Fort Lauderdale to Key West; Airmiles balance running low we took the cheapest option, a red Ford Fiesta with all the trimmings.
It just so happens I was really tired and completely forgot to take pictures of our luggage in the car. I will say that our 3 suitcases – 2 hard-shells and 1 soft-shell – fit comfortably (if snugly) in the caboose and everyone had plenty of leg room.
I love all the safety features in the Ford lineup including BLIS, the blind-spot sensor. I usually have my mirrors set ‘just so’ that my blind spot is barely there but this was much better.
Safety features aside the Fiesta won’t save you from the zombies.
As we were driving to the airport to return said rental car we were attacked by 10,000 (yes, 10k) zombies 400 meters from the airport entrance.
Well, not… attacked per se, but we were made to turn around by a couple of laid-back officers who thought nothing of the 10,000 zombies blocking the airport.
There should be a disclosure when calling the rental company for directions that it’s Fantasy Week in Key West and * today * is the zombie bike ride. Which I told the guy when I called him back to say we’d be returning the car once the zombie apocalypse was over.
Women drive Mustangs too
We had booked the same Fiesta to return to Fort Lauderdale a few days later but upon our zombie-free arrival at the airport we were offered a $20 upgrade to a Ford convertible Mustang.
Now, I thought the Expedition was a sexy car… but nothing – nothing! – beats driving top-down in a bright yellow Mustang on the most scenic highway in America.
Oh…. WOW. What a drive. What a car. Fast. Bold. Sexy. Driving that puppy felt like I owned the road.
Except I had to fit 2 hard-shells, 1 soft-shell, 1 carry-on, 2 backpacks, 2 camera bags, 3 purses, our combined purchased treasures and 3 full grown, full size humans in a car the may as well fit in the palm of my hand – or so it felt.
Mission Accomplished. * I * am THE luggage whisperer. I can fit anything in any car. I did it in NYC 2012 with room to spare. I did it in Chicago 2013 even if I was stuck in a hobbit hole for 17 hours. And I’ve done-gone did it again.
Look at it. It’s a thing of beauty! Not a wasted space; luggage versus human Tetris at its best.
I’d thought I’d be nervous driving such a muscle car but this may have been the most comfortable drive of my life. Small car it may be the Mustang does not lack cohones. Driving down the 7 mile bridge and zipping through Miami traffic it felt as big and powerful as the Expedition, no small feat I’m sure.
The verdict: Ford cars are build for road trips
In the last decade I have road-tripped in several Ford cars. When my oldest was a baby we used my old 5-speed Ford Focus sedan. Following the birth of my 2nd child (and through my 3rd pregnancy almost to the bitter end) we had a blast in our Ford Escape SUV.
I’ve already told you about our adventures in the Ford Expedition, the Ford Fiesta, and the Ford convertible Mustang.
With absolute certainty I can tell you each and every one of these cars were build for road-trips. They were built for much more, sure, but they sure as heck made great road-trip cars.
The smaller ones may need some creativity in order to cram everything and everyone in it but it’s worth the effort.
I’m getting a tired of the van – or rather, its lack of all-wheel drive and auto-start. I have fallen in love with the Expedition we drove this summer and went online to ‘build’ my own… and came down with a small case of sticker shock. All that means is we’ll be buying used again, but hubby already knows – the Ford Expedition is our next car.