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
We at Speed:Sport:Life are fans of the pickup truck. This is a good thing, because we seem to find ourselves behind the wheels of them quite often. Our keys of the week belong to the Tundra CrewMax Platinum edition.
Chevy?s new heavy-duty line of Silverado pickups are big beasts of burden. Short of a U-Haul, there?s not a whole lot out there that?s bigger and can still be legally piloted without cdl training. Even compared to the Silverado 1500 Crew Cab, a truck already near and dear to my heart but not exactly ?compact? in its own right, the 2500 4×4 pictured here commands attention with another 2,000 pounds of girth, 4.5? of height and 9.5? of length.
The Escape is a compact crossover class stalwart, fighting tooth and nail with the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 for the sales crown, month in and month out. As a symbol of the new global Ford it carries itself well, although the last Escape was decidedly archaic when compared to the current model introduced in 2012 and even it sold well. The Tiguan I drove a few weeks back is an also-ran in its sales segment despite being a great car, selling just a tenth of what the big names do. Is the Escape ten times better, or is it simply name recognition at play? We borrowed one for a week to find out.
Readers of this site with particularly strong memories will recall that I have a bit of a history with the latest generation of Mustang GT. I drove a few of the 5.0-liter cars when they came out back in 2011, and I liked them so much that I shelled out my own money for one – a Yellow Blaze GT Premium coupe with a 6-speed manual and the Brembo package; no other options. The test car on this page was more or less equipped similarly to mine, save for two crucial factors – its convertible top and a 6-speed automatic. Having never sampled a newer GT configured with either of those options, I was eager to grab the keys to one for a week.
Many will point to Alan Mulally and the “mortgage years” as the period during which Ford initiated its product renaissance. In my opinion, it started years before that—1998, to be exact—with the debut of the Mk1 Focus. The replacement for the decent-but-not-great Escort, the Focus charmed the automotive press, offering sophistication and refinement that had previously been exclusive to more expensive compact offerings. Volkswagen, at the time still building Jettas and Golfs on a chassis featuring a twist-beam rear suspension, took notice too, and decided to hire away some Ford suspension engineers to help them develop the rear multi-link setup found on Mk5 and newer compact Vee-Dubs.
In the U.S., those who normally disparaged anything domestic went to great lengths to downplay the excellent compact’s European heritage. “Just another F.O.R.D.,” they’d say. “Yeah, it has a neat suspension. So does the Neon.”