The problem with being early adopters, especially with cars, is that it makes you vulnerable to the initial kinks and glitches that come with a new release. Such an experience can easily slam the brakes on your enthusiasm, leaving you feeling both frustrated and shortchanged over your purchase.
All-new Ford Territory First Drive Review: Will it conquer the Philippine market?
Ford's Territory crossover is getting glowing reviews from initial customers
However, if the car is well-built and lives up to (or even exceeds) your expectations, then the satisfaction of being among the first is magnified exponentially. Three of the Ford Territory's pioneer customers have found more than a few things to rave about on their new SUV.
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The spacious interior is one of the Territory's strengths
Mark Almero, a 29-year old working as a senior internal auditor, prioritizes getting the best value out of any purchase he makes. Not only is Mark among the first batch of customers to take a chance on the Territory, he’s a first-time car owner as well. Mark’s impressions of the Territory will definitely influence his future car decisions years down the line, so he wanted to make sure he was placing his bet on a winner.
“I read reviews, watched vlogs, compared specifications, and even joined car clubs online to really discover my car options,” he said. “When I came across an article about the Ford Territory, it really piqued my interest because it has all the things I want in a car – luxurious interiors, safety and technology features, and the overall great design.”
Mark Almero did plenty of research before deciding on the Territory as his first car
So far, it appears that Mark made the right choice. “I really enjoy using the 360-degree camera, touchscreen infotainment system, the moonroof, and all those little things that make my driving experience more enjoyable and convenient. I didn’t know I needed them until I used them.”
Eldin Reyes, a 43-year-old system administrator and father of two, has a bit more experience behind the wheel, so he knew what he wanted for his family’s next car. “When my wife gave birth to our second son, we agreed that the new car should be more spacious and safer to drive. The Ford Territory is our second car and we basically use it if we want a more comfortable trip.”
The Territory is ideal for Eldin Reyes and his growing brood
While the Territory’s space appealed to the needs of Eldin’s growing family, the vehicle’s convenience features didn’t escape his attention. “We also particularly like the auto brake hold function which proves useful especially when we’re caught in traffic,” he said.
For 32-year-old brand and advertising executive Kahlil Robles, the Territory’s compact form belies the generous interior space as well as the number of features packed into it. Having recently gotten married, he’s planning to start his own family soon, and the Territory arrived in the market at the right time.
Khalil Robles saw the Territory as the perfect excuse to upgrade to a bigger vehicle
“I’ve been driving a sedan for almost a decade now. When I got married, I found the perfect opportunity (and more reasons) to finally invest in a bigger car that will best serve both my needs and my family’s,” he explains. Everything Kahlil needed in an SUV, he found in the Territory.
“Its sleek interiors and body caught my eye at first, but looking closely at its features, especially the 360-degree camera and the panoramic moonroof, I knew right then and there that I had to get it.”
If the stories of Mark, Eldin, and Kahlil are any indication, future Ford Territory owners can look forward to a unique SUV experience.
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Know more about Ford Territory 2021
<p>The Ford Territory for the Philippine market is a five-seater crossover built from the joint venture between JMC and Ford. It is positioned just above the Ford EcoSport in terms of size, and it uses a 1.5-liter EcoBoost inline-4 gasoline engine. </p> <p>There are two variants for the Territory in the Philippines. The top-spec trim is the Territory Titanium+, which features active parking assist, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and other driver assist features. The second variant is the Territory Trend. This particular trim lacks the aforementioned driving features avialable on the top-spec model, but for the most part it comes standard with the same comfort features.</p>
Joseph Paolo Estabillo