Tag - Ford

Driven: 2016 Lincoln MKX

Long considered little more than a Ford Edge in fancy clothes, Lincoln has gone to painstaking levels to differentiate the latest MKX from its more plebian sister, and the result seen before you certainly looks the part. The real question is, does it stack up from a dynamic perspective, and are all of these changes enough to both set itself apart in a sea of luxury midsize crossovers, and justify a lofty $64,000 as-tested sticker? Read on to find out.

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Comparison: 2016 Mustang EcoBoost vs 2016 Camaro 2.0T

SAMSUNG CSCIt’s rare, in my experience, for the stars to align and grant a journalist like myself with two similarly-equipped cars that compete in the same segment on subsequent weeks, but that’s just what happened recently when a Bright Yellow bundle of joy landed on my doorstep just a week after I handed back the keys to an EcoBoost Mustang. Happenstance, or divined by the manufacturer fleet gods? The Mustang-versus-Camaro battle has waged on for decades, but it seems especially prescient these days: both pony cars are better and more competitive than they’ve ever been, and at the same time to boot.  Either way, a comparison was in order.

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Driven: 2016 Ford Escape Titanium

The Escape is an incredibly important vehicle for Ford, given that it holds the brand’s second-place sales crown (behind the F-series and narrowly edging the Fusion sedan) and frequently dices it up at the front of the compact crossover race, trading top-seller status with familiar faces like the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Nissan Rogue. I first drove the current Escape last year in 1.6-liter EcoBoost form; Ford just sent us a full-zoot 2.0-liter Titanium model to compare it against. Read on how to find out how we got along.

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Quick update: 2015 Chevy Silverado LTZ 1500

On the list of things I love, sports cars and pickup trucks are pretty close to the top. Chevy has been nice enough to send me both over the last few weeks, and while we’ve spent plenty of time in the regular-duty Silverado (as well as its GMC sister), we have yet to sample one with the brawnier combo of the 6.2-liter V8 and accompanying 8-speed automatic transmission that was introduced this year. More power is always better, in our opinion, and a similar transmission change-up was performed on the Corvette for 2015 (we found the results to be very appealing). Can the same be said of the pickup?

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Speed Read: Ford Fusion Energi

I’ve never been a huge fan of traditional hybrid vehicles. The tradeoffs between driving dynamics and efficiency are usually huge, and require a completely different style of driving than traditional gasoline or diesel vehicles to achieve maximum mileage. In many non-purpose built hybrids, the bump in price over the gasoline versions will never be realized in fuel savings because they simply aren’t that much better economy wise.

Thankfully, there are a few vehicles emerging on the market that eliminate most hybrid shortcomings. One such vehicle is the Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid. Read More