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PostHeaderIcon Irony: Man Named “Shelby Mustang GT500 Miller” Arrested for Driving Without a License

If we told you that there’s a man in Arkansas named Shelby Mustang GT500 Miller, would you believe us? Better yet, would you believe that Miller was arrested by local authorities last week for three motor vehicle-related charges? As unlikely and ridiculous as this sounds, it also happens to be true. All of it. There really is an Arkansas man with the name Shelby Mustang GT500 Miller, and he really did get arrested for driving without a license, not wearing a seatbelt while driving, and lacking proof of liability insurance.

It doesn’t get any better than this, doesn’t it? I suppose it’s not a good thing because his name is making the news for all the wrong reasons, but the fact that his name is what it is — Shelby Mustang GT500 — is glorious. Unfortunately, Miller’s brazen attitude towards the law is hampering his good name. According to The Smoking Gun, his bond was set at $450, and he has a court date set for March 8.

Unfortunately, Shelby Mustang GT500 Miller is far from a straight arrow. Before this arrest, he already ran afoul of the law numerous times in the past, including another arrest in 2014 after he allegedly got into a fight at a local sports bar, returning later with a hatchet under his shirt, presumably to do some damage with it. He was eventually arrested on charges of public intoxication, weapons charges, and probation violation.

Judging by the plethora of police reports he has incurred over the years, it does seem that “Mustang GT500” is, in fact, his middle name. What’s unclear is whether he got his name from his parents when he was born or whether he decided to string them all together later on with the purpose of eventually finding himself in the news. If it’s the latter, then we salute you, Shelby Mustang GT500 Miller for a job well done. You made the news for all the wrong reasons, but your name will live in on infamy, or at least until we find someone named “Chevrolet COPO Camaro Sanders.”

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PostHeaderIcon 2019 Ford Ranger Raptor Revealed with Diesel Engine

The fans asked for it and now they’ve got it. The new Ford Ranger Raptor is an extra-capable version of the popular pickup truck boasting awesome looks and advanced off-road abilities, but only a diesel engine. That is because the baby Raptor is currently an Asia Pacific-only product. If they bring it to America chances are it will get a more potent EcoBoost engine. 

Speaking of power, the 2.0 liter bi-turbo-diesel engine in the 2019 Ford Ranger Raptor is a decent unit with 215 PS and a whopping 500 Nm of torque. That enormous torque, combined with a 10-Speed transmission, gives the handsome truck go-anywhere capabilities way above the average of this class of vehicles. The truck also benefits from Position Sensitive Damping (PSD) shock absorbers, Fox Racing Shox with 46.6mm piston for front and rear, forged aluminium upper arms and cast aluminium lower arms, in addition to electronic aids.

But to tell you the truth we care about none of that. We would buy the 2019 Ford Ranger Raptor just for the way it looks. Looking at this truck one would imagine it’s been through a number of aftermarket treatments. The shape of the bumpers, the size of the wheels, the side steps, and the special cladding around the fenders all suggest that. But this is what Ford calls “factory tuned” performance treatment. Of course, the coolest part of the whole thing is that Raptor front grille, but we are also digging that sweet blue paint job.









“We are so excited and proud to unleash this vehicle to the public, driving it really makes you feel like a hero,” said Jamal Hameedi, chief engineer, Ford Performance. “The Ford Performance team is excited to extend the Raptor name from our flagship off-road performance F-150 to Ranger. Just like the F-150 Raptor, the Ranger Raptor builds upon the core capability of the range of vehicles it comes from and carries the unmistakable Ford Performance DNA appearance.”

 

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PostHeaderIcon This Is It! Meet the 2019 Ford Ranger Raptor!

Ford has finally pulled the covers off its much-anticipated 2019 Ranger Raptor. This is the hard-core off-road version the world has waited for. It boasts many similar attributes to its big brother, the Ford F-150 Raptor, but benefits from a smaller size, a Watt’s link and coil spring rear suspension, and a twin-turbodiesel powerplant. The debut event took place in Bangkok, Thailand, where pickups are extremely popular. And while Ford hasn’t admitted it yet, the Ranger Raptor will arrive in the U.S. Keep reading to learn all about it.

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“Compared to the conventional Ranger, the new Raptor is wider and taller”

Compared to the conventional Ranger, the new Raptor is wider and taller. New fenders cover the 285/70R17 BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires. The fenders are composite, too, which Ford says will resist trail damage. And like the F-150 Raptor, the Ranger Raptor boasts a new grille with the F-O-R-D lettering and a steel bumper with a high approach angle of 24 degrees. The departure angle also measures 24 degrees thanks to the new rear bumper. Ground clearance measures in at an impressive 11.1 inches. Both front and rear bumpers have easy-access recovery points, just like the F-150 Raptor.

Naturally, the Ranger Raptor uses Fox Racing shocks. Both front and rear have 46.6mm pistons for ruggedness over terrible driving conditions. The front suspension uses a familiar aluminum upper and lower control arms while the rear suspension uses something not seen on American trucks – a Watt’s link. In a nutshell, the connection keeps the solid rear axle located in the same horizontal position regardless of its vertical travel. What’s more, Ford uses coil springs and control arms to both dampen and locate the axle, not to mention those Fox Shocks.

Most surprising is the Ranger Raptor’s new powerplant. Ford is debuting an all-new 2.0-liter bi-turbo four-cylinder turbodiesel. This high-tech engine is unlike anything currently found in the Ranger. The dual turbo setup includes both high-pressure and low-pressure turbos for a quick spool-up and massive airflow. The result is 210 horsepower and an impressive 369 pound-feet of torque. Comparatively, the Chevrolet Colorado’s 2.8-liter turbodiesel makes 181 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. Not surprising, however, is Ford’s use of its new 10-speed automatic transmission.


“Most surprising is the Ranger Raptor’s new powerplant. Ford is debuting an all-new 2.0-liter bi-turbo four-cylinder turbodiesel”

The Ranger Raptor inherits the F-150 Raptor’s drive modes, too. For on-road performance, there is Normal and Sport modes. When it comes to off-road, there is Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud/Sand, Rock, and Baja modes.

Inside the truck, the interior is updated with suede covered seats and steering wheel. The wheel features the familiar red, on-center marker and thick grips. The seats are heavily bolstered and have leather side accents that make getting in and out easier. The suede center section, combined with the thick bolsters, should do a fantastic job at holding the driver and front passenger in place.

While Ford hasn’t mentioned any details about a U.S.-spec Ranger Raptor, we know the time is coming. Mike Levine, Ford’s main man with Product Communications in North America, said on his Instagram that, “Today’s announcement is about the launch of the new Ranger Raptor in Asia Pacific markets. We’ll have more to share about [the] Ranger Raptor at a later date.”

Of course, pricing hasn’t been announced either, even in for the Asian Pacific markets. We’ll keep you updated as new information becomes available.

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PostHeaderIcon Lord Help US – Ford Wants to Put Ticket-Serving Autonomous Police Cars on the Road

The race to develop autonomous driving technology is taking shape in a number of potential applications. For Ford, it’s not enough to have an autonomous car-sharing service or a self-driving car for the masses. The Blue Oval is thinking out of the box with a vision to put the technology into a police car. It may not be on the level of Skynet just yet, but Ford’s idea of a self-driving police car could be the future of law enforcement on the road.


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“Before any of you start freaking out about seeing a self-driving Ford Mustang police cruiser in your rear-view mirrors, you must know that Ford’s idea is nowhere close to becoming a reality”

Before any of you start freaking out about seeing a self-driving Ford Mustang police cruiser in your rear-view mirrors, you must know that Ford’s idea is nowhere close to becoming a reality. The patent application, which was filed in July 2016, is a pen-on-paper idea about the possibility of having autonomous police cars. According to the patent, the autonomous police vehicle will be able to hide, detect violations, give chase, and issue warnings and fines, among its numerous functions and capabilities.

Let’s role-play for a second. Suppose you’re in your autonomous vehicle and the car is going above the speed limit, Ford’s APV will be able to detect the infraction and take a number of potential actions. It could ping speed cameras of other APVs to get verification of the violation, or it could tap into surveillance cameras and monitor your car from there. If there’s enough reason to give chase, the APV will spring into action and communicate with your car to find out who’s driving the car. In the event that it’s you, your car could send a copy of your driver’s license to the APV, which, in turn, will repay that kindness by issuing you a warning or a fine. Mind you, all of this is happening without your car having to pull over on the side of the road.


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“Ford said that even if the patent is approved, it doesn’t mean that the company’s going to start working on it immediately”

It’s still a far-fetched idea given what we know about autonomous driving technology. But, it’s also not far-fetched in the sense that development of the tech has become one of the top priorities among many automakers today, Ford included. The automaker is arguing that even with the benefits of autonomous driving, traffic violations won’t become relics of the past. “While autonomous vehicles can and will be programmed to obey traffic laws, a human driver can override that programming to control and operate the vehicle at any time,” the company said in its patent application. “When a vehicle is under the control of a human driver there is a possibility of violation of traffic laws. Thus, there will still be a need to police traffic.”

Ford did point out that actual police officers wouldn’t be rendered obsolete because of this technology. According to the patent, “routine tasks,” including the issuing of tickets can be automated, but there are other tasks that are best left to actual officers, including the ability to take control of the police car in high-stress situations, including high-speed chases involving serious crimes.

If all of this sounds foreboding, don’t be scared. Ford said that even if the patent is approved, it doesn’t mean that the company’s going to start working on it immediately. “We submit patents on innovative ideas as a normal course of business,” the company said. “Patent applications are intended to protect new ideas but aren’t necessarily an indication of new business or product plans.”

We can rest easy, at least for now. An army of Barricade Decepticons isn’t arriving to strike fear in our hearts anytime soon.

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PostHeaderIcon Flex Those Muscles: Ford F-150 is the Favorite Vehicle Among Members of the U.S. Military

Ford F-150

36 straight years. That’s how long the Ford F-150 has sat atop the best-selling truck list in the U.S. The F-150’s timeless popularity is unquestioned to the point that it’s not surprising to hear that the truck has also been named the best-selling vehicle among members of the U.S. military. A study conducted by the United Services Automobile Association’s car buying service revealed the status of the F-150 among all branches of the U.S. military in 2017. It’s the latest accolade given to a model that also earned the 2018 Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Award for the fourth year in a row.


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“The F-150’s popularity keeps on soaring, as shown by the study done by USAA auto analyst Jimmy Spears.”

There’s no stopping the Ford F-150’s continued dominance in the U.S. market. That’s been the case since the model debut in the late 70’s. If anything, the F-150’s popularity keeps on soaring, as shown by the study done by USAA auto analyst Jimmy Spears.

The recognition wasn’t lost on the automaker, which has helped the military in a variety of roles and functions throughout the years. “We are proud and humbled that those who protect and defend our country choose (the) Ford F-Series,” Todd Eckert, Ford truck group marketing manager, said in a statement. “(The) F-150’s high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body is designed to serve customers who are used to performing in the harshest of environments and who rely on the capability, durability, and functionality delivered consistently by Built Ford Tough.”

The F-150’s popularity is largely tied to Ford’s ability to keep reinventing and improving the model after all of its years in the market. For the 2018 model, the F-150 received a number of notable upgrades, specifically the addition of a new diesel variant that uses a 3.0-liter Power Stroke turbo V-6 engine that has 250 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque at its disposal. The new diesel mill is the sixth engine in the F-150 lineup. Its inclusion coincides with other updates for the pickup, including an updated exterior, new technology, and more wheel choices.


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“In 2017 alone, Ford’s F-Series sold a staggering 896,764 models in the U.S.”

The new updates should help the F-150
maintain its dominance in the pickup truck market. As well received as the new Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and Ram 1500 were when they debuted at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show earlier this month, both models still have a long way to go to catch the F-150 in the sales charts. In 2017 alone, Ford’s F-Series sold a staggering 896,764 models in the U.S. By comparison, sales of the Chevrolet Silverado in the same year maxed out at 585,864 units while sales of Ram models “only” added up to 500,723 units.

Given the F-150’s place in the hearts and minds of Americans, including young and old military personnel, don’t expect to see any changes on that list. The F-150 is still the king of pickups in the U.S.

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PostHeaderIcon Anonymous Report: 400+ HP Ford Explorer ST in the Pipeline

An anonymous source within Ford in conjunction with confirmed speculation suggests the next-generation Ford Explorer will return to a rear-wheel-drive architecture and come with four new engine options, one of which will offer more than 400 horsepower in a sporterized ST variant.

The news comes from The Truth About Cars, which speculated about the rear-drive platform some time ago. TTACs insider source then revealed details about the next-generation Explorer’s powertrain options, along with the new ST trim. This follows Ford’s recent release of the Edge ST – a two-row crossover gussied up by Ford Performance with 335 horsepower and a stiff suspension. The same is expected with the Explorer ST, but with the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 currently used in the Lincoln Continental and MKZ. In the Lincolns, the engine makes an even 400 horses and 400 pound-feet of torque. The insider source says power will likely increase since the V-6 will be longitudinally mounted in the new rear-drive Explorer.

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“Rear-wheel drive will come standard, but either a part-time 4WD or a full-time AWD system will be offered”

Beyond the halo trim, the ST, the new Explorer will have three other engines. According to TTAC’s inside source, they include the carry-over 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder, the F-150’s new 3.3-liter V-6, and a gasoline-hybrid powertrain. Ford’s new 10-speed automatic is expected to be the sole transmission choice. Rear-wheel drive will come standard, but either a part-time 4WD or a full-time AWD system will be offered.

Power specs could easily change, but the current 2.3-liter EcoBoost is rated at 280 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. The 3.3-liter V-6 in the 2018 F-150 makes 290 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque.


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“Despite being a rear-drive SUV, the 2020 Explorer is expected to ride on a unibody platform, specifically the CD6 architecture”

Despite being a rear-drive SUV, the 2020 Explorer is expected to ride on a unibody platform, specifically the CD6 architecture. That means we can expect a fully independent suspension system, as well. The insider also says Ford won’t be using vast amounts of aluminum on the new Explorer, but rather steel. That makes sense after reports of Ford’s slumping profits in the wake of rising aluminum costs.

Speculation on the next-generation Ford Explorer should come to an end at the 2018 L.A. Auto Show this coming November. The new three-row SUV will then arrive in showrooms sometime in 2019 as a 2020 model.

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PostHeaderIcon Ford Posts Weak Profits, Aluminum Costs Partially To Blame

Ford Motor Company posted a profit for the fourth quarter of 2017, but the numbers aren’t as impressive as hoped. The Blue Oval is placing part of the blame on rising commodity costs.

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“The widespread use of aluminum in Ford's vehicles means that the rising cost of the metal is affecting the company's bottom line more prominently than its steel-heavy rivals.”

While still in the green, Ford missed the mark when it came to its quarterly net profit, resulting in disappointment among investors. Ford estimates that rising materials costs and currency volatility will end up costing the company as much as $1.6 billion this year. Ford’s stock price took a dive following the announcement, tumbling after a one-year high.

One of the main culprits behind the shrunken profit is the rising cost of aluminum,which saw a 20-percent price increase in the last year, and an 11-percent increase since mid-December. Meanwhile, steel is also up, with prices rising 9 percent in the last year. If the Trump administration decides to levy tariffs on aluminum and steel imports, prices are expected to rise even higher.

Aluminum is Ford’s lightweight material of choice. It’s ideal for keeping vehicle curb weight low, which helps with both performance and fuel economy, but it’s also more than three times as expensive as steel.


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“Aluminum is ideal for keeping vehicle curb weight low, which helps with both performance and fuel economy, but it's also more than three times as expensive as steel.”

The widespread use of aluminum in Ford’s vehicles means that the rising cost of the metal is affecting the company’s bottom line more prominently than its steel-heavy rivals. For example, one of Ford’s most important models, the F-150 pickup truck, is now made with an all-aluminum body, which shaves an impressive 700 pounds off the curb weight. Obviously, though, it also requires a good amount of the metal to produce, and with the F-150 representing nearly 35 percent of the brand’s sales in the U.S., a rise in aluminum costs will put a big dent in profits. Practically all of Ford’s profit came from trucks and SUVs sold in the North American market last year.

“When you looks at Ford in the context of the other automakers, aluminum drives a lot of their volume and I think that is the cause,” said Jeff Schuster, senior vice president of forecasting at auto consultancy LMC Automotive, in an interview with Reuters.


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To make matters worse, there’s been a steady decline in new-vehicle sales as of late, with U.S. numbers seeing a 2-percent dip last year.

Meanwhile, rivals like General Motors and Fiat Chrysler remain unperturbed, either because they rely more on steel, or because they simply chose not to highlight the rising metal prices as much as Ford.

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PostHeaderIcon Eight Ford Performance Models Hit The Track for a Friendly Match

As far as publicity events go, this is a good one. Ford gathered eight of their high performance model, the entire Ford Performance lineup, and let them loose on the race track with eight racing drivers at the helm. The cars went head-to-head in an orgy of horsepower, burned rubber, and muffled sound of turbo engines. 

The idea was not to name winners and losers here because, well, it would have been like Ford shooting one of its own legs. And anyway, one of these cars was the Ford GT race car. They put together this even mainly to show off the capabilities of Ford Performance lineup and also for the sheer aesthetic bliss of watching eight sexy cars doing naughty things on the race track.

The Ford Performance models starring in this film included Ford F-150 Raptor; Fiesta ST, all-new Fiesta ST, Focus RS, new Mustang GT, Mustang GT350R, Ford GT road car and Ford GT race car. The venue was the 5.345 km Motorland race circuit near Barcelona, Spain. And as for the driver lineup: Andy Priaulx, Harry Tincknell, Olivier Pla and Stefan Mücke from the World Endurance Championship, and Dirk Müller, Joey Hand, Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Driver Vehicle Engine Power Max speed 0-100 km/h
Ryan Briscoe F-150 Raptor 3.5-litre V6 EcoBoost 450 hp (U.S specification) N/A N/A
Dirk Müller Fiesta ST 1.6-litre EcoBoost 182 PS 223 km/h 6.9 sec
Harry Tincknell All-new Fiesta ST 1.5-litre EcoBoost 200 PS N/A 6.7 sec (anticipated)
Richard Westbrook Focus RS 2.3-litre EcoBoost 350 PS 268 km/h 4.7 sec
Stefan Mücke New Mustang GT 5.0-litre V8 450 PS (anticipated) N/A N/A
Joey Hand Mustang GT350R 5.2-litre V8 526 hp (U.S specification) N/A N/A
Olivier Pla Ford GT road car 3.5-litre V6 EcoBoost 655 PS 347 km/h <3 sec
Andy Priaulx Ford GT race car 3.5-litre V6 EcoBoost N/A N/A N/A

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PostHeaderIcon Ford Study: Driving a Sports Car is Better than Kissing

If you thought kissing, shopping, and watching Game of Thrones gives you the chills, a study conducted by Ford revealed that none of those activities compare to driving a sports car. The preliminary research showed that driving a sports car on a daily basis ranks as one of the best ways to boost a person’s sense of enjoyment, wellbeing, and emotional fulfillment. Riding a roller-coaster emerged as the only activity that surpassed driving a sports car in the study.


“The study was conducted to determine which activities generated what Ford described as “buzz moments.””

The study was conducted to determine which activities generated what Ford described as “buzz moments.” The automaker worked with neuroscientists to study volunteers and their physiological reactions to certain activities. Heart rates and galvanic skin response were monitored to find the level of buzz a person gets during a specific activity. In the end, riding a rollercoaster topped the study with an average of three buzz moments. Driving a sports car came in second with 2.1 buzz moments while kissing, dining, and Salsa dancing generated zero buzz moments.

Despite garnering top results, Ford argued that riding a roller coaster doesn’t give the same daily enjoyment as driving a sports car, largely because nobody goes to theme parks every day or has a roller coaster in their backyards. Driving a sports car on a daily basis is far more attainable, as is the buzz that comes with it. “This study shows how driving a performance car does much more than get you from A to B. It could be a valuable part of your daily wellbeing routine,” psychologist Dr. Harry Witchel said.


“The Ford Performance Buzz Car is also being used as a research tool to detect emotions like fatigue and stress”

To further prove its point, Ford dressed up a Focus RS with sensors to detect the emotions volunteers had when they’re driving the hot hatch that was christened with the name “Ford Performance Buzz Car.” The sensors came with 200,000 LEDs and 82 display panels that were hooked up to a gaming PC. When a driver exhibits an emotion, the Focus RS’ exterior lights up to show the driver’s reaction. The Ford Performance Buzz Car is also being used as a research tool to detect emotions like fatigue and stress, two key elements that could help the automaker develop better driver-assist systems in the future.

Activity Buzz Moments
Roller Coaster 3
Driving 2.1
Shopping 1.7
Game of Thrones 1.5
Football Game 1.5
Kissing 0
Salsa Dancing 0
Dining 0

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PostHeaderIcon Ford to Announce What Cars Get the Axe in the Near Future

Just a week ago Ford Announced that it would be cutting a number of its products in order to recover from its falling profit Margins. What products will be cut remains to be seen, however, we’ll get full disclosure about the product cuts later this year. While nothing is certain, models like the Ford Taurus, C-Max, and even the Lincoln MKZ are all suspect with low sales numbers and falling interest. Of course, Ford is on a mission to cut out $14 billion in costs, and the SUV craze is going strong, so this shouldn’t be much of a surprise. There’s a lot more to it, though, so keep reading to find out more.


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“Part of this plan includes cutting costs amounting to $14 billion, as well as simplifying orderable products”

Ford CEO Jim Hackett didn’t divulge more details about the product cuts, but the temperature within Ford suggests that the company is keen on adopting Hackett’s plan to build “smart vehicles for a smart world.” Part of this plan includes cutting costs amounting to $14 billion, as well as simplifying orderable products, and streamlining the entire model lineup to feature higher-margin segments that can be profitable in all parts of the world.

The company’s chief financial officer, Bob Shanks, said that the company’s 2017 pretax profits fell 19 percent to $8.4 billion. That reduced the company’s operating profit margin to five percent from 6.7 percent in 2016. In addition, the company’s fourth-quarter adjusted pretax profits also fell 19 percent to $1.7 billion, a product of higher of steel and aluminum prices, as well as adverse currency rates. The company’s fortunes in Europe weren’t all that different as its pretax profit dropped by an incredible 66 percent to just $56 million in the fourth quarter. The numbers are worse for the entire year as the company’s pretax profit fell by a staggering 81 percent to just $234 million.

Some things needed to change for Ford to reverse the negative momentum. It just so happened that small cars will pay the price for that. Ford’s new direction adds weight to persistent rumors of the demise of Ford’s sedans. Last month, rumors surfaced that Ford was seriously considering cutting the Fusion sedan from its U.S. lineup. Sales of the sedan are still strong, but they’ve dropped significantly relative to its sales volume in past years. The Fusion example is a small sample of a growing trend throughout the industry. Sedans are losing their appeal because more customers now prefer crossovers and SUVs.


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“The numbers are worse for the entire year as the company’s pretax profit fell by a staggering 81 percent to just $234 million.”

That said, small cars aren’t going to be completely extinct from Ford’s global lineup. The Fusion, for example, will still be sold in the Chinese market. The European market will also still get its share of small cars, beginning with the new Focus hatchback, which is scheduled to debut later this year. But for the most part, these small cars will likely play supplementary roles to crossovers, SUVs, and self-driving cars that Ford’s planning to turn into the foundation of its vehicular lineup.

References

Ford Taurus


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Read our full review on the 2017 Ford Taurus.

Ford C-Max


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Read our full review on the 2017 Ford C-Max.

Ford Fusion


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Read our full review on the 2017 Ford Fusion.

Lincoln MKZ


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Read our full review on the 2017 Lincoln MKZ.


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PostHeaderIcon Ford Finally Announces Fix for the Coolant-Burning Focus RS

Ford is finally fessing up to the coolant-burning problem found in certain early models of the Ford Focus RS. More importantly, the Blue Oval is taking measures to address the issue with a recall announcement that involves fixing the faulty head gaskets no cost to owners.

The issue surrounding the Ford Focus RS has been going for almost a year. It took months of speculation and customer unrest, but the root cause of the issue was discovered late last year when it was revealed that Ford had mistakenly installed the wrong head gasket in the Focus RS’ 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine. A Focus owner took to Twitter to show that the gasket that was used on the RS was actually designed for the Ford Mustang.

In light of this development, Ford is taking steps to remedy the issue. A Ford spokesperson recently told Motor Authority that “owners of 2016-17 Focus RS vehicles are being offered a free inspection and repair, regardless of warranty or mileage status, for concerns of white exhaust smoke and/or coolant consumption stemming from an issue with cylinder head gaskets.”

“Ford dealers will test the cooling system, replace the cylinder head gasket and may replace the cylinder head, as required, at no cost to the customer,” the spokesperson added.

If your Focus RS hasn’t exhibited symptoms of the problem, it’s best to still have it examined, especially if it was built from Aug. 3, 2015, through July 6, 2017. In the event that your hot hatch is exhibiting problems, including white smoke from the exhaust or low coolant levels without any signs of external leaks, you’ll need to take up Ford’s recall offer, which runs through January 31, 2019. Similar recalls are also ongoing in the UK and Europe. Likewise, Ford is also offering to pay the cost of up to four days to companies for Focus RS units that are being used as rental vehicles.

The automaker said that repairs to the engine take less than two days so, hopefully, the year-long issue is resolved quickly. It’s about time the company puts the issue to rest.

References

Ford Focus RS


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Read our full review on the 2017 Ford Focus RS.


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PostHeaderIcon Driving a Sports Car Is Better For You Than Romance, Partying and Sports

Don’t shoot the messenger. That is honestly what Ford and a bunch of neuroscientists and designers concluded after they studied the effects of a thrilling drive. Evidently, as far as the pure “buzz” is concerned, nothing beats the high you get from a good sports car. Not partying, not watching football, not binging Breaking Bad. Not even sex for crying out loud!

So the next time you are going through a break up, or lose your job, or just suffer from plain old depression, forget going out with friends or hiring a hooker. Just rent a hot sports car and let it rip. Scientifically gathered data suggests you will feel better this way. Ford actually created a Performance Buzz Car to test this hypothesis. It’s a customised Ford Focus RS incorporating wearable and artificial intelligence technology to animate the driver’s emotions in real time across the car’s exterior. And it proved that that is indeed the case.

According to this study only riding in a roller coaster beats the buzz of a sports car, but that’s not something you can have access to whenever you need a fix. By this logic, owning a sports car will actually prolong your life by improving your well-being and emotional fitness. That is an awesome argument to raise when your wife inevitably complains about that sports car you just bought: “Honey it was either this or a roller coaster!

“A roller coaster may be good for a quick thrill, but it’s not great for getting you to work every day,” said Dr Harry Witchel, Discipline Leader in Physiology. “This study shows how driving a performance car does much more than get you from A to B – it could be a valuable part of your daily wellbeing routine.”

The post Driving a Sports Car Is Better For You Than Romance, Partying and Sports appeared first on Motorward.

PostHeaderIcon Ford Edge

The Ford Edge has been around since 2007 and its current generation debuted in 2015. But the second-generation Edge was getting a little, well, dull, so Ford has given the mid-size crossover a sharpening. This mid-cycle refresh for the 2019 model year brings revamped aesthetics, few minor changes to the interior, and a slew of active safety equipment. In fact, Ford is claiming the 2019 Edge comes with more standard driver assist features than any of its competition.

So what makes the Edge so technologically adept? Well, the standard safety features list is long. It includes Forward Collision Warning and Dynamic Brake Support; Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection; Blind Spot Information with Cross-Traffic Alert; Lane-Keeping Alert; Lane-keeping Assist; Auto High Beams; and Hill-Start Assist. Basically, the 2019 Edge comes with all the latest (almost autonomous) driver aids without having to order an expensive option package. Here’s how the 2019 Ford Edge shapes up.

Continue reading for more on the 2019 Ford Edge.


Exterior

  • Restyled front fascia
  • Restyled rear fascia
  • LED headlights come standard
  • Available LED fog and accent lighting
  • Redesigned rear LED taillights
  • Four new wheel options
  • Four new color choices

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“Up front, the 2019 Edge gets a new, more upright grille, reshaped headlights, larger fog light openings, a restyled chin, and a new hood”

The pun about Ford sharpening the Edge for 2019 actually holds truth. The new model has a more angular design with crisper lines and harder edges. Like most mid-cycle refreshes, the majority of changes happen to the front and back.

Up front, the 2019 Edge gets a new, more upright grille, reshaped headlights, larger fog light openings, a restyled chin, and a new hood. The changes are subtle but help lend a more modern appeal to the crossover. The headlights are now also LED high and low beams as standard. The optional fog lights and accent lighting are LED, as well.

That same level of updates happen out back, too. The biggest change is the license plate relief; it’s larger now with the handle for the power-lift tailgate positioned closer to the bumper. It seems to give the Edge a taller, statelier appearance. The taillights are another big change. They move from having small internal details to larger, bolder sections behind the reshaped clear lens. Like before, they are LED.


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“The lower apron is restyled with a more pronounced (yet still fake) skid plate and dual exhaust tips”

The rear bumper didn’t escape the designers’ touch. The lower apron is restyled with a more pronounced (yet still fake) skid plate and dual exhaust tips. The bumper’s sides now have a faux exhaust vent cut vertically into the quarter panel. Beyond the modified bodywork, four new wheels and four new color choices span the options list.

Interior

  • Updated center console
  • New rotary shift knob
  • New wireless phone charger
  • Updated SYNC 3 with FordPass
  • New Ford+Alexa app

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“Ford didn’t reinvent the Edge’s interior for 2019 but certainly gave it a few welcomed updates”

Ford didn’t reinvent the Edge’s interior for 2019 but certainly gave it a few welcomed updates. In fact, all the changes take place in the center console. The shift lever has been replaced with a rotary shift knob similar to the 2018 Ford Expedition. As such, the knob frees up extra space in the console, allowing for vertically mounted cup holders along the right side and a coin tray along the bottom. Buttons for the automatic start/stop system and parking aids are located below the shifter, along with the electronic parking brake.

Inside the hidden storage compartment under the HVAC controls lies a wireless phone charger and two USB ports. The new physical smartphone integration goes along with the new FordPass system. It is Ford’s Wi-Fi hotspot with bandwidth for 10 devices. FordPass also allows the owner to access the vehicle via their smartphone. Services include operating door locks, locating the vehicle, and even starting it up.

Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system now comes with Amazon Alexa integration. Called Ford+Alexa, the software works like a standard Alexa personal assistant, letting users voice-control various things like calendar entries, navigation controls, smart home features, and several in-vehicle things like radio settings and media content. This all takes place within the standard 8.0-inch touchscreen display.


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“The shift lever has been replaced with a rotary shift knob similar to the 2018 Ford Expedition”

Speaking of the radio, the 2019 Edge offers an optional 12-speaker B&O PLAY sound system from Harman. SiriusXM and HD Radio are integrated as standard.

The 2019 Ford Edge continues with the same passenger and cargo space as before. The rear cargo space offers 39.2 cubic feet of room, but with the 60/40-split second row folded flat, the room expands to 73.4 cubic feet. Legroom is generous, too, with front occupants getting 42.6 inches and rear passengers getting 40.6 inches. Headroom is also respectable with both rows getting no less than 40.2 inches.

Drivetrain

  • Updated 2.0-liter EcoBoost adds five horsepower
  • 250 horsepower & 275 pound-feet of torque
  • New eight-speed automatic transmission
  • FWD standard; AWD optional
  • 3.5-liter V-6 no longer offered

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“Ford has also made some significant changes behind the 2019 Edge’s new grille”

Ford has also made some significant changes behind the 2019 Edge’s new grille. Gone is the 3.5-liter V-6 option. The sole powerplant is the carry-over 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder, well, save for the new Edge ST’s 2.7-liter EcoBoost making 355 horsepower.

But for those not getting the sporty Edge ST, the 2.0-liter EcoBoost should prove just fine. Ford updated the engine with five more horsepower over last year, bringing the total to 250, while torque remains unchanged at 275 pound-feet. Ford also promises the new 2.0-liter will be more fuel efficient than before.

Much of the efficiency improvements likely come from the Edge’s new eight-speed automatic transmission that replaces last year’s six-speed auto. The new gearbox should help the Edge realize a few more ticks on the highway fuel economy rating. A new automatic start/stop system is also added. The outdoing 2018 Edge with the 2.0-liter and FWD is EPA-estimated at 20 mpg city, 29 mpg highway, and 24 mpg combined. Count on the 2019 Edge breaking the 30 mpg highway barrier.

As before, AWD is optional.

Safety Technology

  • Every 2019 Edge comes standard with active safety tech
  • New Evasive Steering Assist actively steers away from danger

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“A big selling point for the 2019 Edge is the long list of standard safety features at no extra charge”

A big selling point for the 2019 Edge is the long list of standard safety features at no extra charge. On the active front, the Edge includes Forward Collision Warning and Dynamic Brake Support; Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection; Blind Spot Information with Cross-Traffic Alert; Lane-Keeping Alert; Lane-Keeping Assist; Auto High Beams; and Hill-Start Assist.

Optional active safety equipment includes a few newcomers to the Edge’s toolbox includes Post-Collision Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-And-Go and Lane Centering. There is also something called Evasive Steering Assist. It works by helping the driver steering around stopped or slower moving vehicles by adding steering input if the driver doesn’t quite provide enough action.

On the passive side, the Edge comes with the typical stuff like traction control, roll stability control, Ford’s Curve Control, and a 911 Assist feature. Dual front airbags, side-impact airbags, and side curtain airbags are also in the mix.

Pricing


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Ford has not released pricing for the 2019 Edge at the time of this writing, but we expect that information sometime before the Edge reaches dealerships in the summer of 2018.

The current 2018 Ford Edge carries a starting price of $23,850 for the base S trim. The more middle-America SE trim starts at $25,605 while the mid-range SLE starts at $28,005. The range-topping Titanium trim starts at $32,045. We expect these prices to have a $200 to $500 increase on each trim level.

The Competition

Hyundai Santa Fe Sport


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The Santa Fe Sport is like the Santa Fe, only without the third row and without any real sport. Get past the name and this of this as the Tahoe version of Chevy’s Suburban. Like the Ford Edge, the Santa Fe Sport is only a two-row crossover yet its larger size technically makes it a mid-size crossover. The same is true for the Nissan Murano below.
That the Hyundai offers is a great deal, a solid warranty, and an all-around great package for the price. Its exterior is decently handsome and its interior is well equipped (especially in upper trims).

The Santa Fe Sport does offer several active safety features, but you’ll pay to get them. Things like blind spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, lane change assist, a 360-degree camera system, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams, and adaptive low beams are all optional features. Count on Hyundai changing this in the years to come.

The 2018 Santa Fe Sport comes standard with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder making only 185 horsepower. Standard on all but the base trim is the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making a more respectable 240 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is the sole gearbox, but customers can choose between FWD and AWD. Fuel economy for the 2.0T in FWD is EPA-estimated at 20 mpg city, 28 mpg highway, and 23 mpg combined. Adding AWD drops the numbers to 19/26/22 respectively.

Prices for the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport start at $22,200 for the 2.4-liter version. Hop up to the 2.0T in the base trim, and the price jumps to $28,350. The Sport 2.0T Ultimate trim starts at $32,650.

Read our full review on the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport.

Nissan Murano


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The Murano has been around since 2015, but Nissan has added several active safety features for 2018. Standard features include Automatic Emergency Braking and Forward Collision Warning on every trim, Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert standard on SV trims, and adaptive cruise control as standard on the SL and Platinum trims. A new center console is said to be more user-friendly and the NissanConnect infotainment system with its 8.0-inch screen offers navigation, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

Power comes from a single engine – the ole 3.5-liter V-6. It makes 260 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque and continues to pair with a Continuously Variable Transmission. AWD can be had for $1,600 on any trim level. Fuel economy is EPA-estimated at 21 mpg city, 28 mpg highway, and 24 mpg combined. Impressively, AWD does not affect fuel economy.

Pricing for the 2018 Nissan Murano starts at $30,550. The mid-grade SV trim starts at $33,850 and the SL trim at $38,250. The decked-out Platinum trim carries a base price of $41,980 but includes just about every bell and whistle as standard.

Read our full review on the 2017 Nissan Murano..

Conclusion


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The 2019 Ford Edge might not be completely new, but Ford has done a great job at revitalizing one of its key vehicles. The Edge competes in an extremely competitive segment these days, so Ford has to offer its A-game in order to succeed. With so many active safety features as standard – plus new exterior styling, a new tech-rich center console, and upgraded 2.0-liter turbo-four – it seems Ford knows what customers are looking for.

We look forward to getting behind the wheel and experiencing these updates first-hand. Once that happens, we’ll bring you the in-depth coverage you’ve come to expect here at TopSpeed.com. In the meantime, check out our coverage on the 2019 Ford Edge ST below.

  • Leave it
    • * No more V-6 option
    • * Price increase

References

Ford Edge


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Ford Edge ST Takes Detroit by Storm


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Read our full review on the 2019 Ford Edge ST.

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PostHeaderIcon Ford Edge

The Ford Edge has been around since 2007 and its current generation debuted in 2015. But the second-generation Edge was getting a little, well, dull, so Ford has given the mid-size crossover a sharpening. This mid-cycle refresh for the 2019 model year brings revamped aesthetics, few minor changes to the interior, and a slew of active safety equipment. In fact, Ford is claiming the 2019 Edge comes with more standard driver assist features than any of its competition.

So what makes the Edge so technologically adept? Well, the standard safety features list is long. It includes Forward Collision Warning and Dynamic Brake Support; Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection; Blind Spot Information with Cross-Traffic Alert; Lane-Keeping Alert; Lane-keeping Assist; Auto High Beams; and Hill-Start Assist. Basically, the 2019 Edge comes with all the latest (almost autonomous) driver aids without having to order an expensive option package. Here’s how the 2019 Ford Edge shapes up.

Continue reading for more on the 2019 Ford Edge.


Exterior

  • Restyled front fascia
  • Restyled rear fascia
  • LED headlights come standard
  • Available LED fog and accent lighting
  • Redesigned rear LED taillights
  • Four new wheel options
  • Four new color choices

2019 Ford Edge - image 762316
“Up front, the 2019 Edge gets a new, more upright grille, reshaped headlights, larger fog light openings, a restyled chin, and a new hood”

The pun about Ford sharpening the Edge for 2019 actually holds truth. The new model has a more angular design with crisper lines and harder edges. Like most mid-cycle refreshes, the majority of changes happen to the front and back.

Up front, the 2019 Edge gets a new, more upright grille, reshaped headlights, larger fog light openings, a restyled chin, and a new hood. The changes are subtle but help lend a more modern appeal to the crossover. The headlights are now also LED high and low beams as standard. The optional fog lights and accent lighting are LED, as well.

That same level of updates happen out back, too. The biggest change is the license plate relief; it’s larger now with the handle for the power-lift tailgate positioned closer to the bumper. It seems to give the Edge a taller, statelier appearance. The taillights are another big change. They move from having small internal details to larger, bolder sections behind the reshaped clear lens. Like before, they are LED.


2019 Ford Edge - image 762312
“The lower apron is restyled with a more pronounced (yet still fake) skid plate and dual exhaust tips”

The rear bumper didn’t escape the designers’ touch. The lower apron is restyled with a more pronounced (yet still fake) skid plate and dual exhaust tips. The bumper’s sides now have a faux exhaust vent cut vertically into the quarter panel. Beyond the modified bodywork, four new wheels and four new color choices span the options list.

Interior

  • Updated center console
  • New rotary shift knob
  • New wireless phone charger
  • Updated SYNC 3 with FordPass
  • New Ford+Alexa app

2019 Ford Edge - image 762333
“Ford didn’t reinvent the Edge’s interior for 2019 but certainly gave it a few welcomed updates”

Ford didn’t reinvent the Edge’s interior for 2019 but certainly gave it a few welcomed updates. In fact, all the changes take place in the center console. The shift lever has been replaced with a rotary shift knob similar to the 2018 Ford Expedition. As such, the knob frees up extra space in the console, allowing for vertically mounted cup holders along the right side and a coin tray along the bottom. Buttons for the automatic start/stop system and parking aids are located below the shifter, along with the electronic parking brake.

Inside the hidden storage compartment under the HVAC controls lies a wireless phone charger and two USB ports. The new physical smartphone integration goes along with the new FordPass system. It is Ford’s Wi-Fi hotspot with bandwidth for 10 devices. FordPass also allows the owner to access the vehicle via their smartphone. Services include operating door locks, locating the vehicle, and even starting it up.

Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system now comes with Amazon Alexa integration. Called Ford+Alexa, the software works like a standard Alexa personal assistant, letting users voice-control various things like calendar entries, navigation controls, smart home features, and several in-vehicle things like radio settings and media content. This all takes place within the standard 8.0-inch touchscreen display.


2019 Ford Edge - image 762334
“The shift lever has been replaced with a rotary shift knob similar to the 2018 Ford Expedition”

Speaking of the radio, the 2019 Edge offers an optional 12-speaker B&O PLAY sound system from Harman. SiriusXM and HD Radio are integrated as standard.

The 2019 Ford Edge continues with the same passenger and cargo space as before. The rear cargo space offers 39.2 cubic feet of room, but with the 60/40-split second row folded flat, the room expands to 73.4 cubic feet. Legroom is generous, too, with front occupants getting 42.6 inches and rear passengers getting 40.6 inches. Headroom is also respectable with both rows getting no less than 40.2 inches.

Drivetrain

  • Updated 2.0-liter EcoBoost adds five horsepower
  • 250 horsepower & 275 pound-feet of torque
  • New eight-speed automatic transmission
  • FWD standard; AWD optional
  • 3.5-liter V-6 no longer offered

2019 Ford Edge - image 762317
“Ford has also made some significant changes behind the 2019 Edge’s new grille”

Ford has also made some significant changes behind the 2019 Edge’s new grille. Gone is the 3.5-liter V-6 option. The sole powerplant is the carry-over 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder, well, save for the new Edge ST’s 2.7-liter EcoBoost making 355 horsepower.

But for those not getting the sporty Edge ST, the 2.0-liter EcoBoost should prove just fine. Ford updated the engine with five more horsepower over last year, bringing the total to 250, while torque remains unchanged at 275 pound-feet. Ford also promises the new 2.0-liter will be more fuel efficient than before.

Much of the efficiency improvements likely come from the Edge’s new eight-speed automatic transmission that replaces last year’s six-speed auto. The new gearbox should help the Edge realize a few more ticks on the highway fuel economy rating. A new automatic start/stop system is also added. The outdoing 2018 Edge with the 2.0-liter and FWD is EPA-estimated at 20 mpg city, 29 mpg highway, and 24 mpg combined. Count on the 2019 Edge breaking the 30 mpg highway barrier.

As before, AWD is optional.

Safety Technology

  • Every 2019 Edge comes standard with active safety tech
  • New Evasive Steering Assist actively steers away from danger

2019 Ford Edge - image 762319
“A big selling point for the 2019 Edge is the long list of standard safety features at no extra charge”

A big selling point for the 2019 Edge is the long list of standard safety features at no extra charge. On the active front, the Edge includes Forward Collision Warning and Dynamic Brake Support; Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection; Blind Spot Information with Cross-Traffic Alert; Lane-Keeping Alert; Lane-Keeping Assist; Auto High Beams; and Hill-Start Assist.

Optional active safety equipment includes a few newcomers to the Edge’s toolbox includes Post-Collision Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-And-Go and Lane Centering. There is also something called Evasive Steering Assist. It works by helping the driver steering around stopped or slower moving vehicles by adding steering input if the driver doesn’t quite provide enough action.

On the passive side, the Edge comes with the typical stuff like traction control, roll stability control, Ford’s Curve Control, and a 911 Assist feature. Dual front airbags, side-impact airbags, and side curtain airbags are also in the mix.

Pricing


2019 Ford Edge - image 762320

Ford has not released pricing for the 2019 Edge at the time of this writing, but we expect that information sometime before the Edge reaches dealerships in the summer of 2018.

The current 2018 Ford Edge carries a starting price of $23,850 for the base S trim. The more middle-America SE trim starts at $25,605 while the mid-range SLE starts at $28,005. The range-topping Titanium trim starts at $32,045. We expect these prices to have a $200 to $500 increase on each trim level.

The Competition

Hyundai Santa Fe Sport


2017 Hyundai Santa Fe - image 665174

The Santa Fe Sport is like the Santa Fe, only without the third row and without any real sport. Get past the name and this of this as the Tahoe version of Chevy’s Suburban. Like the Ford Edge, the Santa Fe Sport is only a two-row crossover yet its larger size technically makes it a mid-size crossover. The same is true for the Nissan Murano below.
That the Hyundai offers is a great deal, a solid warranty, and an all-around great package for the price. Its exterior is decently handsome and its interior is well equipped (especially in upper trims).

The Santa Fe Sport does offer several active safety features, but you’ll pay to get them. Things like blind spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, lane change assist, a 360-degree camera system, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams, and adaptive low beams are all optional features. Count on Hyundai changing this in the years to come.

The 2018 Santa Fe Sport comes standard with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder making only 185 horsepower. Standard on all but the base trim is the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making a more respectable 240 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is the sole gearbox, but customers can choose between FWD and AWD. Fuel economy for the 2.0T in FWD is EPA-estimated at 20 mpg city, 28 mpg highway, and 23 mpg combined. Adding AWD drops the numbers to 19/26/22 respectively.

Prices for the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport start at $22,200 for the 2.4-liter version. Hop up to the 2.0T in the base trim, and the price jumps to $28,350. The Sport 2.0T Ultimate trim starts at $32,650.

Read our full review on the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport.

Nissan Murano


2016 Nissan Murano – Driven - image 687622

The Murano has been around since 2015, but Nissan has added several active safety features for 2018. Standard features include Automatic Emergency Braking and Forward Collision Warning on every trim, Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert standard on SV trims, and adaptive cruise control as standard on the SL and Platinum trims. A new center console is said to be more user-friendly and the NissanConnect infotainment system with its 8.0-inch screen offers navigation, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

Power comes from a single engine – the ole 3.5-liter V-6. It makes 260 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque and continues to pair with a Continuously Variable Transmission. AWD can be had for $1,600 on any trim level. Fuel economy is EPA-estimated at 21 mpg city, 28 mpg highway, and 24 mpg combined. Impressively, AWD does not affect fuel economy.

Pricing for the 2018 Nissan Murano starts at $30,550. The mid-grade SV trim starts at $33,850 and the SL trim at $38,250. The decked-out Platinum trim carries a base price of $41,980 but includes just about every bell and whistle as standard.

Read our full review on the 2017 Nissan Murano..

Conclusion


2019 Ford Edge - image 757857

The 2019 Ford Edge might not be completely new, but Ford has done a great job at revitalizing one of its key vehicles. The Edge competes in an extremely competitive segment these days, so Ford has to offer its A-game in order to succeed. With so many active safety features as standard – plus new exterior styling, a new tech-rich center console, and upgraded 2.0-liter turbo-four – it seems Ford knows what customers are looking for.

We look forward to getting behind the wheel and experiencing these updates first-hand. Once that happens, we’ll bring you the in-depth coverage you’ve come to expect here at TopSpeed.com. In the meantime, check out our coverage on the 2019 Ford Edge ST below.

  • Leave it
    • * No more V-6 option
    • * Price increase

References

Ford Edge


Ford Edge ST Takes Detroit by Storm - image 759179

Ford Edge ST Takes Detroit by Storm


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Read our full review on the 2019 Ford Edge ST.

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PostHeaderIcon First-Production Ford Mustang Bullitt Sells for $300,000

It has only been a week since Ford debuted the 2019 Mustang Bullitt, but a week was all the special edition ‘Stang needed to make a splash. The first-production Mustang Bullitt was a featured item at the Barrett-Jackson auction, where it fetched a top price of $300,000.


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“The first-production Mustang Bullitt was a featured item at the Barrett-Jackson auction, where it fetched a top price of $300,000.”

The top price of the Mustang Bullitt is impressive, even if it didn’t come close to approaching how much the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 fetched in the same auction. The $300,000 amount is still a great figure for what is basically a slightly more powerful version of the Mustang GT that also happens to carry a green body paint and an association with the classic Steve McQueen movie.

Fortunately, all the proceeds from the auction will go to Boys Republic, a private, all-boys school that specializes in at-risk children. McQueen himself has an attached history with the school, having attended it when he was an adolescent. It is said that McQueen developed a soft spot for the school, and often demanded razors and jeans in his contracts just so he could donate them to the school. The razors and jeans are solid donations, but they don’t come close to approaching the $300,000 the school will receive from the Mustang Bullitt auction.


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As far as auction Mustangs go, the new Mustang Bullitt is not the most expensive special edition or first-production ‘Stang to sell at an auction. Ford’s relationship with the
Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture show usually comes with a special edition Mustang in the mix. These cars go for auction and collect six-figure sums, including in 2015 when a one-off, Petty’s Garage-tuned Mustang GT went for $535,000.

The most expensive Ford Mustang to sell at an auction in recent memory was the first-production 2016 Shelby GT350R. The 500-horsepower Mustang was regarded as the most hardcore incarnation of the sixth-generation Mustang, and it fetched an auction price — $1 million
befitting its status.

References

Ford Mustang


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PostHeaderIcon Is The Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Headed For a Chicago Debut?

With only a month between them, the turnaround time between the Detroit Motor Show and the Chicago Auto Show is usually quick. Just as soon as Detroit ends, the buzz surrounding Chicago begins. This is especially true for a company like Ford, which appears to have an important model that’s scheduled to make its debut at the Chicago Auto Show. Apparently, show organizers mistakenly published lists of vehicles that will be on display in the Windy City, and one of those models is the new Ford Mustang Shelby GT500.


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Ford has not confirmed whether the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is headed to Chicago. The lists were first picked up by the fine people over at Mustang6G, but the post has since been taken down. There was no explanation given on why the post is gone, but it could be that Ford doesn’t want the public to know that the Mustang Shelby GT500 would be in attendance in Chicago.

That said, the 2018 Chicago Auto Show starts on February 10, 2018. That’s three weeks away, which means that Ford could start rolling out its teasing game of the highly anticipated muscle car in the coming weeks.

It wouldn’t be a shock to see the Mustang Shelby GT500 make its debut in Chicago. The event has played host to a lot of important Mustang debuts since the show started all the way back in 1901. In recent years, the Chicago Auto Show has hosted the debuts of a number of Ford Mustang and Shelby Mustang variants, including the 2012 Mustang Shelby GT350, the 2013 Mustang Shelby GT500 Convertible, and most recently, the mid-cycle update of the current-generation Ford Mustang.


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If the new Mustang Shelby GT500 makes its debut in Chicago, we can expect it to be powered by a 5.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine that has an increased output of 700 horsepower. That would give enough muscle to compete against the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.

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PostHeaderIcon 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt Fetches $300,000 at Charity Auction

Besides raising more than $2 million for charity selling a couple of CorvettesBarrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction also sold a very unique Ford over the weekend. It was the recently unveiled 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt, and it went for a nice and round $300,000. 

Proceeds from the sale of 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt will go to Boys Republic, a school Steve McQueen himself went to, which helps the vulnerable  and troubled youth. The Bullitt Mustang itself is an homage to the movie star and his legendary movie Bullitt in which he plays a troubled detective chasing bad guys around in a green Mustang Fastback. The new limited edition is a direct tribute to the original ‘Stang and is built with inputs from McQueen’s daughter, Molly.

2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt features an upgraded 5.0 liter V8 engine fro the GT model with 475 horsepower and 420 ft/lbs of torque. It has a top speed of 163 mph and comes with subtle chrome accents, a 12″ all-digital LCD instrument cluster and Recaro black leather seats (optional) with unique green accent stitching. The VIN001 Bullitt will be produced in mid 2018 featuring the Dark Highland Green exterior like the movie car. Other production model can be ordered in a number of different colors as well.

“This new Bullitt is, as Steve McQueen was, effortlessly cool,” said Darrell Behmer, Mustang chief designer. “As a designer, it’s my favorite Mustang – devoid of stripes, spoilers and badges. It doesn’t need to scream about anything – it’s just cool.”

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PostHeaderIcon Ford Ranger

Well, it’s back. The Ford Ranger mid-size pickup has returned to the U.S. and in glorious fashion. The pickup made its debut at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit right beside the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 and Chevrolet Silverado. While it’s not the F-150, the 2019 Ranger will put Ford back in the mid-size pickup fight against the Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon, Nissan Frontier, and most importantly, the venerable Toyota Tacoma.

The addition of the Ranger positions Ford as having the widest-spread pickup lineup in the world. Entries include the new Ranger, the half-ton F-150, the heavy-duty Super Duty lineup, and the commercial medium-duty segment with the F-650 and F-750 cab chassis.

Of course, the Ranger will have its work cut out; the Toyota Tacoma has long been the leader in mid-size trucks and the General Motors twins aren’t too far behind. Let’s see how the 2019 Ranger stacks up.

Continue reading for more on the 2019 Ford Ranger.


Exterior

  • SuperCab and SuperCrew cab sizes
  • Three trim levels include XL, XLT, and Lariat
  • Sport and Chrome Appearance Packages offered
  • FX2 and FX4 package adds off-road capability
  • Steel, frame-mounted bumpers differ from global Ranger

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“The 2019 Ranger is offered in three trim packages that not only dictate its features, but also changes its exterior styling”

The 2019 Ranger is offered in three trim packages that not only dictate its features, but also changes its exterior styling. The base XL will be for fleets, contractors, and those who value function over form. The mid-grade XLT offers more content, but doesn’t look like a work truck. Those wanting luxury mixed with their capability will go for the Lariat trim. It is surprising Ford isn’t offering a Limited or Platinum trim to compete with the GMC Canyon Denali.

The Ranger also offers two appearance packages: the Sport and Chrome appearance packages. Those fond of off-roading will like the FX Packages, too. They offers more ground clearance, off-road tires wrapped on unique wheels, underbody skid plates, a front bumper skid plate, and an off-road tuned suspension. The package is offered as the FX2 for rear-wheel drive trucks and as the FX4 for four-wheel drive models.

The Ranger comes in the SuperCab and SuperCrew sizes. In regular, non-Ford speak, that means an extended cab and crew cab. The wheelbase remains unchanged and the cargo bed changes size depending on cab length.


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“Overall, the 2019 Ranger looks really slick, though it’s basically identical to the T6 Ranger pickup Ford has been selling overseas for years”

Overall, the 2019 Ranger looks really slick, though it’s basically identical to the T6 Ranger pickup Ford has been selling overseas for years. Most Americans probably won’t care, though. One major difference is the bumpers. The U.S.-spec Ranger has steel bumpers that are mounted to the frame, giving the truck a tougher demeanor.

Best of all, Ford has promised a Raptor version of the Ranger in the near future. That truck will have even more off-road prowess thanks to added ground clearance, BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires, Fox Racing shock absorbers, and some Raptor-specific bodywork.

Interior

  • Dashboard similar to global T6 Ranger
  • Console-mounted gear shifter
  • Available 8.0-inch SYNC 3 infotainment system
  • Ford+Alexa connectivity
  • Optional FordPass 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot for 10 devices
  • Optional B&O PLAY sound system

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“Like the exterior, the 2019 Ranger’s interior doesn’t differ too much from the global T6 Ranger”

Like the exterior, the 2019 Ranger’s interior doesn’t differ too much from the global T6 Ranger. That’s fine, though, as the dash has a fairly modern design similar to the Explorer SUV and the SuperCrew model offers plenty of room for four real adults. Five can squeeze in during a pinch. All models come with front bucket seats and its shifter mounted in the center console.

The interior is mostly defined by the trim levels. Ford didn’t divulge too many packaging and feature lists, so it’s hard to say what amenities come with what trim level and what options are available. We do know the 8.0-inch Sync 3 infotainment system is available and includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and the new Ford+Alexa connectivity though Amazon’s new partnership with Ford.


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“Another nifty feature is FordPass – a 4G LTE wireless service with Wi-Fi connectivity for up to 10 devices”

Another nifty feature is FordPass – a 4G LTE wireless service with Wi-Fi connectivity for up to 10 devices. A slew of USB ports line the cabin and an available household plug is there to charge using a standard three-prong plug. An optional B&O PLAY sound system can be had, too.

Drivetrain

  • 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder
  • 10-speed automatic is standard
  • RWD or 4WD
  • Optional electronic locking rear differential

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“The 2019 Ranger comes with a single engine – at least for now.”

The 2019 Ranger comes with a single engine – at least for now. It’s a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder similar to the Mustang’s. Ford hasn’t announced its power specs, but in the Mustang, the engine makes 310 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque. Those numbers would do well in the Ranger considering the Chevy Colorado’s 3.6-liter V-6 only makes 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. Mated to the 2.3-liter EcoBoost is Ford’s new 10-speed automatic transmission.

We are hoping Ford brings more engine options to the Ranger, especially a turbodiesel. Cross-shoppers might have a hard time getting past the Ford’s lack of cylinders compared to the Chevy and Toyota. However, Ford seems confident.

Hau Thai-Tang, Ford’s executive vice president of product development and purchasing, said, “Ranger’s proven 2.3-liter EcoBoost provides a torque target on par with competing V-6 engines, but with the efficiency of a four-cylinder. “When you pair that with its 10-speed transmission, you’ve got one of the most versatile, powerful and efficient powertrains in the segment.”


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“Every Ranger comes with four drive modes: Normal; Grass/Gravel/Snow; Mud and Ruts, and Sand.”

Interestingly, Thai-Tang’s statement is the only mention of a four-cylinder in Ranger’s entire press release. There is no direct mention of the 2.3-liter EcoBoost being a four-cylinder.

Despite the engine’s size, Ford is working to make the most of it. Every Ranger comes with four drive modes. They include Normal; Grass/Gravel/Snow; Mud and Ruts, and Sand.

In addition to the drive modes, Ford is debuting its new Trail Control, an off-road speed control much like Toyota’s Crawl Control. It works basically like a low-speed cruise control so the driver can concentrate on steering rather than throttle and braking. The system also modulates the throttle and brakes to each wheel individually, allowing the truck to basically claw its way over rocks or through deep sand.

The Ranger comes with Dana’s AdvanTEK axles. The front axles are half-shafts for the independent control arms, while the rear gets a solid axle. FX2 and FX4 trucks can be optioned with an electronic locking rear differential, too.


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“The front axles are half-shafts for the independent control arms, while the rear gets a solid axle”

Ford hasn’t released fuel economy numbers for the 2019 Ranger, but we’re betting the EPA will estimate around 20 mpg city and 30 mpg on the highway. Ford is also saying the Ranger will have class-leading towing capability, meaning it has to surpass the Chevy Colorado turbodiesel’s 7,700-pound rating.

Safety


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Automakers are stuffing their latest vehicles with innovative active safety equipment and Ford is no different. Every 2019 Ranger comes standard with Automatic Emergency Braking, while the XLT and Lariat trims come standard with Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Departure Warning, a Reverse Sensing System, and Blind Spot Information System with trailer coverage. That last feature is class-exclusive to the Ranger and is a direct trickle-down from the F-Series. For those spending the extra cash on the Lariat trim, they get Pedestrian Detection and Adaptive Cruise Control. Full LED headlights and taillights are optional, as well.

Pricing

Ford has not announced prices for the 2019 Ranger pickup. Ford has said the Ranger will begin production toward the end of 2018, so the trucks will likely begin arriving in early 2019.

Expect prices to be on target with the competition. That means, the base XL will probably carry a $23,000 price tag, while a fully loaded Lariat will retail for around $42,000. Expect the hard-core Ranger Raptor to start between $40,000 and $45,000.

The Competition

Chevrolet Colorado


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The Colorado burst onto the U.S. scene for the 2015 model year after years of being available overseas – much like the Ranger. Chevy “Americanized” the Colorado by making it stronger, plushier, and with all the necessary safety and emissions systems in place. Now three years in and the Colorado is hitting its full stride. It offers three engine options, several trim levels, and an impressive off-road version called the ZR2 that will rival the Ranger Raptor.

The engines include a forgettable 2.5-liter gasoline four-cylinder mated to either a six-speed automatic or manual. The volume engine is the ever-present 3.6-liter V-6. New for 2017, the V-6 comes only with GM’s eight-speed automatic. Horsepower is rated at 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. Those who love diesel will really appreciate the 2.8-liter Duramax four-cylinder that joined the Colorado lineup for 2017. The engine puts out 181 horsepower and an impressive 369 pound-feet of torque while offering a 7,700-pound tow rating and an EPA-estimated 22 mpg city and 30 mpg highway.

Pricing for the 2018 Colorado starts at $21,195 and crests into the low $40,000 range.

Read our full review on the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado

Toyota Tacoma


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The Toyota Tacoma is the definite sales leader in the mid-size category. Its sporty nature, go-anywhere 4WD system and impressive TRD Pro package make it a solid choice, regardless of trim level. The Tacoma comes in the extended, or “Access Cab,” and the four-door Double Cab. A five- and six-foot cargo bed is available. Inside, the Tacoma offers a maximum of five seats in a relatively spacious cabin. Toyota’s Entune Infotainment system is found in the dash.

Under the hood are two engine choices. The base mill is a 2.7-liter, naturally aspirated four-cylinder making a ho-hum 159 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. Most will opt for the 3.5-liter V-6 and its 278 horses and 265 pound-feet of torque. Best of all, Toyota lets you choose between a six-speed automatic and a six-speed manual, regardless of engine. Some trims require the automatic, however. Sadly, Toyota doesn’t offer a diesel engine in the U.S.

Pricing for the 2018 Tacoma starts at $25,200 for a bare-bones SR grade with the four-cylinder and Access Cab. The rugged TRD Off-Road starts at $36,115 and the range-topping TRD Pro starts at $41,520.

Read our full review on the 2018 Toyota Tacoma.

Conclusion


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It has been a while since Ford sold the Ranger on U.S. soil and we are certainly glad to see it return. It’s great knowing the Ranger is a proven truck that’s seen duty all over the world, yet is refreshed for its U.S. tour. The four-cylinder EcoBoost is the only concern, as most truck buyers want choices to pick from. The 3.3-liter V-6 from the F-150 mated with a six-speed manual would make a fantastic pairing. It’s also interesting why Ford chose the 2.3-liter EcoBoost used in the Mustang rather than the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 found in the F-150. The V-6 would be far more rugged. Perhaps it boils down to achieving a targeted fuel economy figure or the availability of either engine.

Regardless of the details, the Ranger seems poised for U.S. duty. The hardest part will be waiting until 2019 for its arrival and then waiting even more for the hard-core Ranger Raptor.

  • Leave it
    • * No regular cab option
    • * Only one engine/transmission
    • * Will be 2019 before production begins

History


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The Ford Ranger got its start in 1983 and quickly became the hottest selling compact pickup in the U.S., beating out trucks like the Chevrolet S-10 and later the Dodge Dakota. The first-generation Ranger’s design took cues from the then-current F-150 and scaled down the look.

Engine offerings were woefully underpowered by today’s standards. The base 2.0-liter four-cylinder made only 72 horsepower. Optionally available was a 2.3-liter four with 82 horsepower and a 2.8-liter V-6 with 115 horsepower. Later models got a 2.9-liter V-6 with a more respectable 140 horsepower. The Ranger even came with a couple diesel options, though they were never overly popular. Transmission choices included a five-speed manual and four-speed automatic. The 1989 model year brought at welcomed refresh and an updated interior.

The second-generation Ranger debuted for 1993 and brought a more rounded look, a much more comfortable interior, and new powertrain options. The 2.3-liter’s horsepower increase to 98 horsepower and then to 112. The V-6 was all-new, with a 3.0-liter displacement and 145 horsepower. A 4.0-liter V-6 was introduced in 1994, sporting 160 horsepower.


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The second-gen Ranger soldiered on nearly unchanged until a refresh in 1998. Again, an updated interior came, as did powertrain updated. The Ranger’s final update came in 2006. A new grille with a bolder design is the most dramatic change. 2012 was the last year for the Ranger – a loss many still lament today. It was the last of the truly compact pickup trucks.

PostHeaderIcon Ford Ranger

Well, it’s back. The Ford Ranger mid-size pickup has returned to the U.S. and in glorious fashion. The pickup made its debut at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit right beside the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 and Chevrolet Silverado. While it’s not the F-150, the 2019 Ranger will put Ford back in the mid-size pickup fight against the Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon, Nissan Frontier, and most importantly, the venerable Toyota Tacoma.

The addition of the Ranger positions Ford as having the widest-spread pickup lineup in the world. Entries include the new Ranger, the half-ton F-150, the heavy-duty Super Duty lineup, and the commercial medium-duty segment with the F-650 and F-750 cab chassis.

Of course, the Ranger will have its work cut out; the Toyota Tacoma has long been the leader in mid-size trucks and the General Motors twins aren’t too far behind. Let’s see how the 2019 Ranger stacks up.

Continue reading for more on the 2019 Ford Ranger.


Exterior

  • SuperCab and SuperCrew cab sizes
  • Three trim levels include XL, XLT, and Lariat
  • Sport and Chrome Appearance Packages offered
  • FX2 and FX4 package adds off-road capability
  • Steel, frame-mounted bumpers differ from global Ranger

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“The 2019 Ranger is offered in three trim packages that not only dictate its features, but also changes its exterior styling”

The 2019 Ranger is offered in three trim packages that not only dictate its features, but also changes its exterior styling. The base XL will be for fleets, contractors, and those who value function over form. The mid-grade XLT offers more content, but doesn’t look like a work truck. Those wanting luxury mixed with their capability will go for the Lariat trim. It is surprising Ford isn’t offering a Limited or Platinum trim to compete with the GMC Canyon Denali.

The Ranger also offers two appearance packages: the Sport and Chrome appearance packages. Those fond of off-roading will like the FX Packages, too. They offers more ground clearance, off-road tires wrapped on unique wheels, underbody skid plates, a front bumper skid plate, and an off-road tuned suspension. The package is offered as the FX2 for rear-wheel drive trucks and as the FX4 for four-wheel drive models.

The Ranger comes in the SuperCab and SuperCrew sizes. In regular, non-Ford speak, that means an extended cab and crew cab. The wheelbase remains unchanged and the cargo bed changes size depending on cab length.


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“Overall, the 2019 Ranger looks really slick, though it’s basically identical to the T6 Ranger pickup Ford has been selling overseas for years”

Overall, the 2019 Ranger looks really slick, though it’s basically identical to the T6 Ranger pickup Ford has been selling overseas for years. Most Americans probably won’t care, though. One major difference is the bumpers. The U.S.-spec Ranger has steel bumpers that are mounted to the frame, giving the truck a tougher demeanor.

Best of all, Ford has promised a Raptor version of the Ranger in the near future. That truck will have even more off-road prowess thanks to added ground clearance, BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires, Fox Racing shock absorbers, and some Raptor-specific bodywork.

Interior

  • Dashboard similar to global T6 Ranger
  • Console-mounted gear shifter
  • Available 8.0-inch SYNC 3 infotainment system
  • Ford+Alexa connectivity
  • Optional FordPass 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot for 10 devices
  • Optional B&O PLAY sound system

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“Like the exterior, the 2019 Ranger’s interior doesn’t differ too much from the global T6 Ranger”

Like the exterior, the 2019 Ranger’s interior doesn’t differ too much from the global T6 Ranger. That’s fine, though, as the dash has a fairly modern design similar to the Explorer SUV and the SuperCrew model offers plenty of room for four real adults. Five can squeeze in during a pinch. All models come with front bucket seats and its shifter mounted in the center console.

The interior is mostly defined by the trim levels. Ford didn’t divulge too many packaging and feature lists, so it’s hard to say what amenities come with what trim level and what options are available. We do know the 8.0-inch Sync 3 infotainment system is available and includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and the new Ford+Alexa connectivity though Amazon’s new partnership with Ford.


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“Another nifty feature is FordPass – a 4G LTE wireless service with Wi-Fi connectivity for up to 10 devices”

Another nifty feature is FordPass – a 4G LTE wireless service with Wi-Fi connectivity for up to 10 devices. A slew of USB ports line the cabin and an available household plug is there to charge using a standard three-prong plug. An optional B&O PLAY sound system can be had, too.

Drivetrain

  • 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder
  • 10-speed automatic is standard
  • RWD or 4WD
  • Optional electronic locking rear differential

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“The 2019 Ranger comes with a single engine – at least for now.”

The 2019 Ranger comes with a single engine – at least for now. It’s a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder similar to the Mustang’s. Ford hasn’t announced its power specs, but in the Mustang, the engine makes 310 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque. Those numbers would do well in the Ranger considering the Chevy Colorado’s 3.6-liter V-6 only makes 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. Mated to the 2.3-liter EcoBoost is Ford’s new 10-speed automatic transmission.

We are hoping Ford brings more engine options to the Ranger, especially a turbodiesel. Cross-shoppers might have a hard time getting past the Ford’s lack of cylinders compared to the Chevy and Toyota. However, Ford seems confident.

Hau Thai-Tang, Ford’s executive vice president of product development and purchasing, said, “Ranger’s proven 2.3-liter EcoBoost provides a torque target on par with competing V-6 engines, but with the efficiency of a four-cylinder. “When you pair that with its 10-speed transmission, you’ve got one of the most versatile, powerful and efficient powertrains in the segment.”


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“Every Ranger comes with four drive modes: Normal; Grass/Gravel/Snow; Mud and Ruts, and Sand.”

Interestingly, Thai-Tang’s statement is the only mention of a four-cylinder in Ranger’s entire press release. There is no direct mention of the 2.3-liter EcoBoost being a four-cylinder.

Despite the engine’s size, Ford is working to make the most of it. Every Ranger comes with four drive modes. They include Normal; Grass/Gravel/Snow; Mud and Ruts, and Sand.

In addition to the drive modes, Ford is debuting its new Trail Control, an off-road speed control much like Toyota’s Crawl Control. It works basically like a low-speed cruise control so the driver can concentrate on steering rather than throttle and braking. The system also modulates the throttle and brakes to each wheel individually, allowing the truck to basically claw its way over rocks or through deep sand.

The Ranger comes with Dana’s AdvanTEK axles. The front axles are half-shafts for the independent control arms, while the rear gets a solid axle. FX2 and FX4 trucks can be optioned with an electronic locking rear differential, too.


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“The front axles are half-shafts for the independent control arms, while the rear gets a solid axle”

Ford hasn’t released fuel economy numbers for the 2019 Ranger, but we’re betting the EPA will estimate around 20 mpg city and 30 mpg on the highway. Ford is also saying the Ranger will have class-leading towing capability, meaning it has to surpass the Chevy Colorado turbodiesel’s 7,700-pound rating.

Safety


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Automakers are stuffing their latest vehicles with innovative active safety equipment and Ford is no different. Every 2019 Ranger comes standard with Automatic Emergency Braking, while the XLT and Lariat trims come standard with Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Departure Warning, a Reverse Sensing System, and Blind Spot Information System with trailer coverage. That last feature is class-exclusive to the Ranger and is a direct trickle-down from the F-Series. For those spending the extra cash on the Lariat trim, they get Pedestrian Detection and Adaptive Cruise Control. Full LED headlights and taillights are optional, as well.

Pricing

Ford has not announced prices for the 2019 Ranger pickup. Ford has said the Ranger will begin production toward the end of 2018, so the trucks will likely begin arriving in early 2019.

Expect prices to be on target with the competition. That means, the base XL will probably carry a $23,000 price tag, while a fully loaded Lariat will retail for around $42,000. Expect the hard-core Ranger Raptor to start between $40,000 and $45,000.

The Competition

Chevrolet Colorado


2015 Chevrolet Colorado - image 532896

The Colorado burst onto the U.S. scene for the 2015 model year after years of being available overseas – much like the Ranger. Chevy “Americanized” the Colorado by making it stronger, plushier, and with all the necessary safety and emissions systems in place. Now three years in and the Colorado is hitting its full stride. It offers three engine options, several trim levels, and an impressive off-road version called the ZR2 that will rival the Ranger Raptor.

The engines include a forgettable 2.5-liter gasoline four-cylinder mated to either a six-speed automatic or manual. The volume engine is the ever-present 3.6-liter V-6. New for 2017, the V-6 comes only with GM’s eight-speed automatic. Horsepower is rated at 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. Those who love diesel will really appreciate the 2.8-liter Duramax four-cylinder that joined the Colorado lineup for 2017. The engine puts out 181 horsepower and an impressive 369 pound-feet of torque while offering a 7,700-pound tow rating and an EPA-estimated 22 mpg city and 30 mpg highway.

Pricing for the 2018 Colorado starts at $21,195 and crests into the low $40,000 range.

Read our full review on the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado

Toyota Tacoma


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The Toyota Tacoma is the definite sales leader in the mid-size category. Its sporty nature, go-anywhere 4WD system and impressive TRD Pro package make it a solid choice, regardless of trim level. The Tacoma comes in the extended, or “Access Cab,” and the four-door Double Cab. A five- and six-foot cargo bed is available. Inside, the Tacoma offers a maximum of five seats in a relatively spacious cabin. Toyota’s Entune Infotainment system is found in the dash.

Under the hood are two engine choices. The base mill is a 2.7-liter, naturally aspirated four-cylinder making a ho-hum 159 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. Most will opt for the 3.5-liter V-6 and its 278 horses and 265 pound-feet of torque. Best of all, Toyota lets you choose between a six-speed automatic and a six-speed manual, regardless of engine. Some trims require the automatic, however. Sadly, Toyota doesn’t offer a diesel engine in the U.S.

Pricing for the 2018 Tacoma starts at $25,200 for a bare-bones SR grade with the four-cylinder and Access Cab. The rugged TRD Off-Road starts at $36,115 and the range-topping TRD Pro starts at $41,520.

Read our full review on the 2018 Toyota Tacoma.

Conclusion


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It has been a while since Ford sold the Ranger on U.S. soil and we are certainly glad to see it return. It’s great knowing the Ranger is a proven truck that’s seen duty all over the world, yet is refreshed for its U.S. tour. The four-cylinder EcoBoost is the only concern, as most truck buyers want choices to pick from. The 3.3-liter V-6 from the F-150 mated with a six-speed manual would make a fantastic pairing. It’s also interesting why Ford chose the 2.3-liter EcoBoost used in the Mustang rather than the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 found in the F-150. The V-6 would be far more rugged. Perhaps it boils down to achieving a targeted fuel economy figure or the availability of either engine.

Regardless of the details, the Ranger seems poised for U.S. duty. The hardest part will be waiting until 2019 for its arrival and then waiting even more for the hard-core Ranger Raptor.

  • Leave it
    • * No regular cab option
    • * Only one engine/transmission
    • * Will be 2019 before production begins

History


2019 Ford Ranger - image 679225

The Ford Ranger got its start in 1983 and quickly became the hottest selling compact pickup in the U.S., beating out trucks like the Chevrolet S-10 and later the Dodge Dakota. The first-generation Ranger’s design took cues from the then-current F-150 and scaled down the look.

Engine offerings were woefully underpowered by today’s standards. The base 2.0-liter four-cylinder made only 72 horsepower. Optionally available was a 2.3-liter four with 82 horsepower and a 2.8-liter V-6 with 115 horsepower. Later models got a 2.9-liter V-6 with a more respectable 140 horsepower. The Ranger even came with a couple diesel options, though they were never overly popular. Transmission choices included a five-speed manual and four-speed automatic. The 1989 model year brought at welcomed refresh and an updated interior.

The second-generation Ranger debuted for 1993 and brought a more rounded look, a much more comfortable interior, and new powertrain options. The 2.3-liter’s horsepower increase to 98 horsepower and then to 112. The V-6 was all-new, with a 3.0-liter displacement and 145 horsepower. A 4.0-liter V-6 was introduced in 1994, sporting 160 horsepower.


Ford Ranger production will end in 2009 - image 216380

The second-gen Ranger soldiered on nearly unchanged until a refresh in 1998. Again, an updated interior came, as did powertrain updated. The Ranger’s final update came in 2006. A new grille with a bolder design is the most dramatic change. 2012 was the last year for the Ranger – a loss many still lament today. It was the last of the truly compact pickup trucks.

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2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt


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End Date: Thursday Mar-1-2018 15:12:26 PST
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2007 Ford Mustang GT500 UPER CLEAN GT500 SUPER SNAKE CLONE!! 7K MILES!
$20,100.00 (51 Bids)
End Date: Monday Feb-26-2018 19:00:00 PST
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2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Coupe 2-Door 2017 CHEVY CORVETTE GRAND SPORT COUPE LT Z16 7SPD 5K MI #115918 Texas Direct
$59,033.00
End Date: Thursday Mar-1-2018 7:00:00 PST
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2013 Ford Mustang GT Coupe 2-Door 2013 FORD MUSTANG GT 5.0 6-SPEED 19" WHEELS 35K MILES #241252 Texas Direct Auto
$8,800.00 (59 Bids)
End Date: Friday Feb-23-2018 15:44:38 PST
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2014 Chevrolet Camaro SS Coupe 2-Door 2014 CHEVY CAMARO 2SS 1LE 6-SPD SUNROOF NAV 20'S 12K MI #212464 Texas Direct
$26,100.00 (19 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Feb-24-2018 9:15:00 PST
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2012 Ford Mustang GT Coupe 2-Door 2012 FORD MUSTANG GT 5.0 AUTO LEATHER HID LIGHTS 41K MI #218165 Texas Direct
$1,025.00 (19 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Mar-1-2018 11:31:41 PST
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2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS Coupe 2-Door 2017 CHEVY CAMARO 2SS 50TH ANNIV AUTO LEATHER NAV 7K MI #139832 Texas Direct
$40,980.00
End Date: Tuesday Feb-27-2018 9:09:51 PST
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2017 Ford F-150 FX4 Crew Cab Lariat Sport FX4 4X4 Ecoboost Custom Lifted Truck New Wheels Tires Nav
$35,100.00 (33 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Feb-27-2018 13:31:20 PST
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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Z51 Coupe 2-Door 2014 CHEVY CORVETTE STINGRAY LT Z51 COUPE 7-SPD NAV 14K #133134 Texas Direct
$1,025.00 (9 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Mar-1-2018 17:06:57 PST
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1965 Ford Mustang 1965 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350 Clone Built 289 Tremec 5 Speed Power RackPinon
$33,100.00 (10 Bids)
End Date: Monday Feb-26-2018 13:08:59 PST
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2007 Ford Other Pickups XLT Extended Cab Pickup 2-Door 2007 Ford Ranger Pickup Truck 3.0L V6 A/T 6' Bed Rack Light Bar A/C 19K Miles
$2,025.00 (20 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Mar-1-2018 19:54:00 PST
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2015 Ford F-150 2015 FORD F150 LARIAT CREW 4X4 FX4 NAV 20'S LIFT 42K MI #D15374 Texas Direct
$39,980.00
End Date: Wednesday Feb-28-2018 6:30:00 PST
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2014 Ford Mustang GT COUPE SUPERCHARGED 2014 Ford Mustang GT Coupe Supercharged 850 HORSEPOWER
$12,655.00 (3 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Mar-1-2018 15:18:29 PST
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2018 Ford F-150 Lariat New 18 Ford F150 Lariat 5L V8 32V 4x4 Pickup Work Truck Tuscany White Leather
$40,100.00 (91 Bids)
End Date: Monday Feb-26-2018 15:43:59 PST
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2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Coupe 2-Door 2015 CHEVY CORVETTE Z06 2LZ AUTO NAV RED LEATHER 9K MI #605032 Texas Direct Auto
$55,100.00 (18 Bids)
End Date: Monday Feb-26-2018 13:15:00 PST
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1955 Chevrolet Other Pickups AWESOME 1955 CHEVROLET PICK UP TRUCK SHORT WHEEL BASE RESTORATION PROJECT
$4,628.00 (25 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Feb-28-2018 15:42:15 PST
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1965 Ford Mustang Coupe 1965 mustang coupe
$10,000.00
End Date: Monday Feb-26-2018 15:54:38 PST
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2008 Ford Mustang GT Bullitt 2008 Mustang Bullitt ONLY 60 MILES FROM NEW !!!!!
$10,000.00 (2 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Feb-25-2018 17:00:00 PST
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2010 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Coupe 2-Door 2010 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake Kenne Bell Super Charger Less Than 400 Miles
$56,465.00 (49 Bids)
End Date: Friday Feb-23-2018 14:52:16 PST
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2016 Ford Mustang GT Premium 2016 GT Premium Used Certified 5L V8 32V Automatic RWD Coupe Premium
$6,889.01 (19 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Feb-25-2018 13:33:59 PST
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1966 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 1966 Corvette Roadster - #'s Matching 327ci 300hp - 4-Spd - Needs Restoration!
$16,100.00 (12 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Mar-1-2018 17:16:52 PST
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1996 Chevrolet Corvette Base Coupe 2-Door 1996 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe 1 Owner Serviced Absolutely Stunning Car Must See
$500.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Mar-1-2018 15:15:32 PST
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2017 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Coupe 2-Door 2017 FORD MUSTANG SHELBY GT350 526HP 6SPD RECARO NAV 1K #524087 Texas Direct
$38,211.00 (14 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Feb-24-2018 9:19:08 PST
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1965 Ford Mustang 1965 Ford Mustang Coupe 302 Automatic Power Brakes Air Condition Power Steering
$12,000.00 (4 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Feb-28-2018 14:02:01 PST
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1991 Ford Mustang LX Coupe 1991 Mustang LX Coupe
$11,200.00 (37 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Feb-25-2018 10:22:17 PST
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2002 Chevrolet Corvette 2D Coupe 2002 Chevrolet Corvette
$11,400.00 (13 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Feb-24-2018 16:48:10 PST
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1993 Ford Mustang LX Convertible 1993 Ford Mustang LX Convertible,168 Actual Documented Miles, MCA Gold Winner!
$11,211.00 (10 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Mar-1-2018 16:30:00 PST
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2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 61,565 Miles LeMans Blue Metallic 2dr Car 8 Cylinder
$26,500.00
End Date: Tuesday Mar-6-2018 22:24:00 PST
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2013 Ford F-150 2013 FORD F150 4X4 FX4 CREW ECOBOOST SUNROOF NAV 56K MI #F52490 Texas Direct
$3.25 (3 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Feb-28-2018 6:15:00 PST
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