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Tougher-looking, safer-driving, and diesel-powered: Ford updates 2018 F-150

2018 Ford F-150

Updated May 25th, 2017 What changes will make it different? Many: fresh styling inside and out; new engines, including its first-ever diesel; new safety features; and expanded availability of the segment-exclusive 10-speed automatic transmission. These changes mark the midcycle refresh ...

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In limbo: 2018 Ford Escape stands pat pending the approach of an all-new model

2018 Ford Escape

What changes will make the 2018 Ford Escape different? Very few, considering the major updates it got for model-year 2017 — and the even bigger ones just over the horizon. That leaves the 2018 version of this popular compact crossover ...

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Fresh looks? New safety features? An additional trim level? All may be on the table for 2018 as Ford seeks to stem Explorer’s sales stumble

2018 Ford Explorer

What changes will make the 2018 Ford Explorer different? The slim chance of a minor cosmetic refresh to sustain showroom appeal until the next full redesign, which is likely for model-year 2020. More important, we’d urge Ford to make the ...

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Ford to sharpen its 2018 Edge with fresh looks and a new tranny; more safety and luxury, too?

2018 Ford Edge

What changes will make the 2018 Ford Edge different? Freshened styling and a transmission upgrade from an automatic with six speeds to one with nine. The changes would be midcycle updates to a popular five-passenger midsize crossover SUV last fully ...

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2017 Ford Mustang Ecoboost Review

The Mustang EcoBoost is right for… Drivers who crave a fine-handling pony car and consider a gas-slurping 435-horsepower V-8 overkill. The Mustang EcoBoost is arguably the best-balanced version of Ford’s four-seat coupe and convertible and uses a lively turbocharged four-cylinder ...

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2017 Ford Escape SE Review

The Escape SE is right for… Drivers who favor the spice of sporty performance over the vanilla of family values. It’s the best buy in one of America’s most popular compact-crossover lineups. Like all ’17 Escapes, the SE has freshened ...

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The latest Explorer XLT Ford will benefit Family-focused shoppers

2017 Trim

See Also: Our Review on the 2017 Ford Explorer The 2017 Ford Explorer XLT is right for… Family-focused shoppers looking for a balance of comfort, driving ease, and available safety features. This is a great value in a roomy, nice-driving ...

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Sales up after Edge redesign. How will Ford keep it sharp for 2017?

2017 Ford Edge

What changes will make the 2017 Ford Edge different? A couple new paint colors, a price increase, and perhaps a bit more standard equipment. Sales of this midsize crossover are up more than 50 percent since its model-year 2015 redesign ...

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Better looks, higher tech, smarter safety systems update 2017 Escape

Last Updated June 19th, 2016 2017 Ford Escape Buying Advice This is the best compact crossover for you if you want a thoroughly updated edition of one of America’s top-selling SUVs. Freshened styling, upgraded features, and better engines keep it ...

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Get ‘em while they’re hot: 2017 RS fitting end to successful Focus run

What changes will make 2017 Ford Focus different? Expect a quiet 2017 model year as Ford gears up for a ground-up redesign of the 2018 model, along with a production shift to Mexico from Michigan. The compact four-door sedans and ...

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Unloved but unbowed, is the 2017 Flex right for you?

What changes will make 2017 Ford Flex different? Maybe a new color choice or two, an outside chance of added safety features. But the end is near for this odd duck. A low-set, three-row crossover, Flex was Ford’s brave attempt ...

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New styling? Maybe. 700-horsepower GT500? Probably. Look ahead to the 2017 Mustang

What changes will make 2017 Ford Mustang different? The crystal ball is a bit hazy: Some sources hint at a mild styling update, but we think change is more likely to come for model-year 2018. This sporty coupe – Ford ...

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Can Fiesta survive on styling updates until it’s remade – or retired?

What changes will make 2017 Ford Fiesta different? A cosmetic facelift is possible as Ford attempts to juice interest in a design headed for its sunset years. It’ll be a modest tweak and could be accompanied by a new feature ...

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Will a 10-speed automatic and a reprised Raptor keep the ’17 F-150 on top?

2017 Ford F-150

What changes will make 2017 Ford F-150 different? Fuel-saving automatic engine stop-start on most models and an upgrade from a 6-speed automatic transmission to a 10-speed automatic for improved response and gas mileage. Oh, yes, returning from a one-year hiatus ...

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Horsepower, hybrids, luxury, and looks modernize ’17 Fusion. Is it enough?

What changes will make the 2017 Ford Fusion different? Fresh styling, new features, and two new models — one of them the most powerful car in the class. It’s the most significant update to this popular midsize sedan since its ...

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More updates in store for Explorer before its next redesign? Maybe there should be.

2017 Ford Explorer

Last Update July 8th, 2016 2017 Ford Explorer Buying Advice This is the best crossover for you if you appreciate a modern take on classic squared-off styling — and the interior volume that comes with it. It’s a good choice, ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2016 Ford Explorer

1. What’s new for 2016? Styling updates, a new turbocharged-engine option, and introduction of Explorer’s fanciest trim level ever. These are the first significant alterations since a model-year 2011 redesign transformed Explorer from truck-type body-on-frame engineering to carlike unibody construction, ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2016 Ford Escape

1. What’s new for 2016? A next-generation infotainment interface to replace the automaker’s confounding MyFord Touch system. The more intuitive, more graphically attractive, and hopefully more reliable Sync 3 connectivity system will be offered in a number of model-year 2016 ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2015 Ford Edge

1. What’s new for 2015? Everything. This popular five-passenger, midsize crossover gets a stem-to-stern redesign. New and updated engines join freshened styling and a host of new high-tech amenities. In size and price, Edge ranks second in Ford’s crossover-SUV lineup, ...

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Top 12 Things to Know Before You Buy a 2015 Ford Fusion

1. What’s new for 2015? A rear-backup camera is standard across the line and the combination of all-wheel drive and the 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder engine is available on more than just the top-line model. In other changes for this ...

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Fighting Civic, Cruze and Corolla isn’t easy. What are Ford’s 2016 plans for the Focus?

What changes will make it different? When a manufacturer has a car as popular as this compact, careful consideration must be given to changing it too radically. The 2015 model year isn’t all new by any means, but it does ...

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Flex is an acquired taste. Should Ford’s low-slung SUV alternative be on your 2016 crossover menu?

What changes will make it different? The one thing we can rely on with this crossover is that it will stay the same. And when you are as fascinatingly unique as the Flex is and you have a dedicated band ...

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EcoBoost is 2016 Expedition reality. Should you buy before Ford’s full-size SUV adopts aluminum construction?

What changes will make it different? Predictions conflict about the Expedition in model-year 2016 following one of the vehicle’s infrequent revamps for the ’15 model year. This is among the remaining leviathans of the full-size SUV world. It’s been with ...

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Do C-Max hybrid and plug-in hybrid give Ford worthy 2016 Prius fighters?

What changes will make it different? Although Ford appears to be focused on synchronizing its global offerings, the C-Max follows a completely different type of strategy. It’s known in the United States as a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid that ...

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How will Ford keep Edge sharp for sophomore 2016?

What changes will make it different? It’s difficult to imagine Ford doing too much to change this crossover SUV, which will be all new as a 2015 model in calendar-year ’15. The Edge is the rare vehicle that actually will ...

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Fresh Exterior Styling and an Updated Interior For the 2016 Ford Explorer

What will change? It’s looking increasingly likely that the Explorer will be reengineered for the 2016 model year, which means the current architecture will remain but there will be new styling, a rejuvenated interior, new safety and connectivity features and ...

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You’re Gonna Like the Way You Look: Good Thing This Car Is More Than a Pretty Face. Next Big Changes Are a Year Off

What changes will make it different? Probably very few, considering updated styling and features are coming for model-year 2017. This sporty midsize sedan will likely continue mechanically unaltered as well. Why should I wait for the 2016 model? Little reason, ...

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Running In Place: Can Great Road Manners And a Euro Attitude Sustain This Compact Crossover Until Its Next Big Update?

  What changes will make it different? A midcycle update is coming, likely reaching showrooms during the first half of calendar 2016. The revamped edition of this popular, fun-to-drive compact SUV likely will be labeled a 2017 model, though there’s ...

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European Road-Manners And a Tight Back Seat For This American CR-V Fighter

The model-year 2014 Ford Escape is the best compact crossover for you if you’re willing to give up some interior space to get terrific road manners. You’ll also need to acquire a taste for some—um—ambitious styling inside and out, and ...

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Sedan or Hatchback? Either Way Its A Sporty Small Car

The model-year 2014 Ford Fiesta is the best economy car for you if can sacrifice subcompact roominess for subcompact sportiness. The car gets a restyled nose for model-year 2014, and under the hood is a big surprise in a small ...

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Upheaval: Can Less Weight, Smaller Engines, Higher Prices, And Cabs And Beds That Aren’t Made Of Steel Satisfy American Pickup Buyers?

What changes will make it different? Revolutionary ones. Fully redesigned for the first time since model-year 2009, it adopts a weight-saving aluminum body and offers two turbocharged V-6 engines – and ignites a debate about durability and repair costs. The ...

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Presence? Check. Performance? Yes, In the SHO. Big Outside and Relatively Small Inside? Yes, Again

What changes will make it different? Added standard features in an effort to increase showroom appeal as this full-size sedan slides into the final year of its 2010-2015 design generation. SE, SEL, Limited, and performance SHO (Super High Output) models ...

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Rearview Camera Joins Standard Equipment, While High-Fashion Style, Great Dynamics – And Tight Back Seat – Return

What changes will make it different? Just some features tweaks as this shapely sedan heads into a final season before a model-year 2016 freshening. The lineup returns base S, volume-selling SE, and top-line Titanium models, plus a conventional hybrids and ...

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Escape To Stand Pat For 2015, Awaiting Bigger Changes For ’16 And ’17

What changes will make it different? Not much, but expect a simplified version of the controversial MyFord Touch infotainment option. That’s a band-aid for one of the many high-tech features that help distinguish this popular compact crossover from less adventurous ...

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Can Good Gas Mileage, Fine Handling, And Affordable Prices Outweigh the Connectivity And Packaging Compromises?

What changes will make it different? Very few. With their next full redesign due for model-year 2016, these subcompact sedans and hatchbacks are held to minor trim revisions. Should I wait for the 2016 model? If you’re intrigued by an ...

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