You have to love summertime in Ottawa. Last weekend our nation's capital threw a huge birthday bash on Parliament Hill in honour of Canada's 150th.

The celebrations continue throughout the summer; Ottawa's Bluesfest returns July 6-16th! This year’s line-up includes over 200 artists including 50 Cent, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Claude Munson, Tegan and Sara, Sam Roberts Band and Pink to name just a few. It sounds like it's going to be an exciting weekend!

In celebration, we spent the past week on the road to Bluesfest with a 2017 Ford Focus Titanium sedan.

We took our first long ride in the rain and although we are used to driving in an SUV this car handled wonderfully on the otherwise slick highway. The leather seats are comfy, there is AC, heated steering and heated seats (depending on the weather, right?) and of course you have your safety features such as childproof door locks and airbags. 

It's got power, it's fuel efficient, it's got a luxury look, and my favourite part; the technology. Standard Intelligent Access with push-button start; it means you can open doors and the trunk with keys in your pocket, start up with the push of a button. The blind spot info and lane keeping systems make driving easier by showing you when you are too close to an object (like the curbside or another vehicle), the rear camera makes backing out less stressful with lines showing you your safe zone right on the screen. It's amazing what Ford has put into their cars over the years!

Another fun feature was the SYNC®3 technology with Apple CarPlay (or Android Auto if you're an Android) which allows you to connect your phone to the car and use voice (or touch screen) activated navigation to interact with the car! We could receive phone calls, text messages show up on the screen with the option to have them read to you, find out where the best routes were avoiding construction or road closures, ask for the nearest gas station or Tim 
Hortons,  and of course the most important part - access our favourite iTunes playlist!  The sound was really great (hello, Sony!); it was fun being able to listen to a shuffle mix of our over 1000 songs in iTunes. 

Overall, we had a great time with the 2017 Ford Focus Titanium; it's powerful, fun, and luxurious for a smaller car. We are kind of sad to have to say goodbye but we had a great experience!

You can learn more about this and other great Ford Canada vehicles at your local Ford dealer and online

*Sponsored post on behalf of Ford Canada. We received a week-long car loan to review and access to 2017 Ottawa Bluesfest as a Thank you. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author.* 

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  1. sounds like you had a great week with the Focus. I loved the Flex, and will be checking out an Explorer next month. You can't go wrong with Ford vehicles.


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