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2017 Ford F-150 Raptor — A livable off-road warrior


Photo by MotorwayAmerica.com

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

A tremendous amount of copy has been written about the off-road exploits of the Ford F-150 Raptor since its inception in 2008, including its success in the Baja 1000, one of the most grueling endurance races in the world that winds through a Mexican desert littered with boulders and dry creek beds. The in-your-face Raptor has proven to be the epitome of off-road prowess.

Ford Focus RS — Red-hot hatchback

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

There are three levels of Focus vehicles starting with the standard version propelled by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder making 160 horsepower. That's a good number in the popular compact segment. But if you want more, you can go to the Focus ST with 252 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. If Ford had stopped there it would still be ahead of the game. But why stop there…

Ford Fusion Energi — 21 miles of all-electric

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The Ford Fusion is a stylish and well-built mid-sized sedan that features a variety of engine options; but the most intriguing powertrain for us is the Fusion Energi Hybrid Plug-In that delivers 21 miles on pure electric and very competent performance when the hybrid system switches over to the gas engine.

2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid



PHOENIX — Ford has made some key changes to the Fusion for its 2017 mid-cycle refresh, upping its game in the mid-sized hybrid sedan segment. While Ford decided not to make major changes to the overall looks of the Fusion, there is an all-new front end including new LED headlamps with LED accent strips. The grille is essentially the same shape, albeit smaller, with new options and fog lamps on the lower valance. The look is definitely sleeker and more aggressive.

Ford Escape —Popular crossover updated

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Maintaining a fresh look and keeping up with the latest in technology and equipment is imperative in the exploding small crossover segment, and for 2017 Ford has freshened its popular Escape with revised exterior styling, a newly available 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and an improved infotainment experience with the availability of the SYNC3 system. In addition, several safety features have been added.

2017 Ford Fusion



LOS ANGELES — I’m not surprised to read that Ford says the mid-size Fusion four-door sedan is its second best selling vehicle — behind only the F-150 truck. What’s more surprising, in an age when it seems everyone wants an SUV, it outsells the Ford Explorer. Every time I see one on the freeway I am struck by how handsome it looks. Car buffs say it captures “Aston Martin” styling.

Ford Escape — Three engines, new technologies

By David Finkelstein

The Ford Escape has been a solid contender in the midsize crossover utility market, which is being strongly considered by shoppers in ever increasing numbers from coast-to-coast. I recently had the opportunity to test drive the flagship 2017 Titanium, top-of-the line version carrying a price of $34,875 including destination charges.

2016 Shelby Mustang GT350R

FORT WORTH, Texas — Roman author Seneca once said, “Hang on to your youthful enthusiasms – you’ll be able to use them better when you’re older.” So to put it briefly, I’m taking his advice. The 2016 Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang is the evolution of the Shelby Mustang GT350 first introduced in 1965, and the racing version, the Shelby GT350R, which followed shortly thereafter.

Ford Focus ST — Performance choices

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

"Hot-hatch" enthusiasts demand precise steering, razor-sharp handing, and a large dose of performance from their small hatchback and we admit that we were enamored of the little lightning bolts in the past. Two years ago we fell in love with the sub-compact Ford Fiesta ST, and now we have discovered the slightly bigger Focus ST is a winner as well.

Ford Edge — Getting an edge on the competition

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Ford Motor Company is loaded with sport utilities and crossovers ranging from compact to extra large and with two and three rows of seating. You can make your choice from a variety of vehicles, one of the most attractive being the two-row mid-sized Edge completely redesigned in 2015 for the first time since its introduction as a 2007 model.