Driving Your Family: 2018 Ford F-150 and Fall Adventures

There are some adventures that are just made a little easier when you’re driving a truck – like landing kayaks into the back for a late-season paddle to Astotin Lake at Elk Island, or a quick drive to the bike skills park when you’re bringing four bikes with you.  This is where the ease of […]

There are some adventures that are just made a little easier when you’re driving a truck – like landing kayaks into the back for a late-season paddle to Astotin Lake at Elk Island, or a quick drive to the bike skills park when you’re bringing four bikes with you. 

This is where the ease of a truck comes in – Two adult kayaks and a couple of kids kayaks? Four mountain bikes? A load of pumpkins from the local pumpkin patch or greenhouse? It’s easier when you can load them into the back of the truck. W

Spending a week driving the F-150 Powerstroke made getting to adventure easy, but what about the other features? Was it feasible as a main vehicle for a family with three kids? Let’s talk about that. 

Ford-150 Features 

  • USB and outlet chargers, everywhere. Front seat, back seat, everywhere you looked. Being road trip ready and charging devices for the kids and adults on the trip is something that we do, but with the fully-loaded F-150 Powerstroke, we weren’t left without power half way through the trip, scrambling to share power sources for charging iPads and the Nintendo Switch. 
  • Heated steering wheel and heated seats – and the kids had heated back seats in the back! I don’t think I could go back to living without the heated steering wheel – luxury. 
  • Two panel moonroof creates a spacious feel and gives you a ton of space if you’re heading out for the upcoming Jasper Dark Sky Festival! 
  • Auto start-stop helps to reduce fuel consumption and vehicle emissions during driving. When the F-150 comes to a stop and is idle, the engine automatically shuts off. Then, it seamlessly restarts when the brake pedal is released. 
  • 360-degree camera

Parents: Let’s talk seating arrangements. 

We’ve got three kids, and while the vehicle was spacious – easily with enough room for all three kids to have their own personal space with carseats and boosters in the back, and more than enough leg room for adults (that’s a plus when you’re carpooling for date night), after a few days we missed the third row of our Ford Flex. 

Having the luxury to separate kids between rows is something that makes road trips, and even forty-minute trips across the city, easier. If we had two kids, and could separate them on either side of the back seat of the F-150, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the F-150 Diesel – but, because we have three kids and rely on our sanity as we drive across the city a few times a week with the kids, we did come to miss the third row. 

Are you a family with one or two kids who likes to adventure and wants the convenience of being able to throw bikes, sleds for a big rush of fall snow? Take the Ford-150 for a test drive, you’re going to love the convenience – we sure did!

My only other downside? The snack situation. We didn’t have the separation that we’ve gotten used to driving an SUV with kids – and that means you’re going to have to be extra stealth when you’re sneaking candy and don’t want to share with your kids. With such a spacious interior of the vehicle, you’re not going to feel confined, but you are going to have to share the candy because the kids are going to be able to see whatever you’re snacking on up front.

Ford of Canada provided the vheicle for us to test drive for a few adventures. What do you think? Are you a truck family with multiple kids? Check it out and give a test drive today. 

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