SUV shoppers have an almost unlimited thirst for luxury, especially if you look at the sales figures for the most popular models in the segment. The 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum follows in the steps GMC's Denali brand in extending a full range of premium features past the pickup truck origins of the Platinum (originally an F-150 trim) in order to please families seeking the plushest people mover they can get outside of a Lincoln showroom.
To show off the newest, most upscale member of the Explorer family, Ford has put together a tour of North America's most breath-taking natural wonders, starting in Vancouver, British Columbia, and ending down in Taos, New Mexico. I caught up with the caravan in Montana and had the chance to pilot the 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum through West Yellowstone and the Grand Teton mountain range. When I wasn't being distracted by the seemingly unlimited natural beauty contained within the borders of these two natural parks, I was able to focus on the Explorer formula and get a feel what Ford is trying to accomplish with its Platinum strategy.