2022 Ford Bronco Raptor

PHOENIX — While it isn’t quite the Rubicon Trail located in California’s historic gold rush territory in the Sierra Nevada, the 27,000-acre Butcher Jones OHV, UTV, ATV and Off-Road Trail system Recreation Site in Arizona was the perfect location to test the limits of Ford’s new and nearly unstoppable Bronco Raptor. It’s the most capable production off-road vehicle ever built snatching that title from its Jeep Wrangler competitor.

Ford Expedition — A competent full-sized family hauler

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(July 31, 2022) Ford has refreshed its large Expedition sport utility vehicle for 2022 with some exterior and interior styling tweaks and several new features and options. The cabin now sports a fresh dashboard design similar to the one in the recently redesigned F-150 pickup. Added to the lineup is the off-road oriented Timberline edition, which elevates ground clearance to a class-leading 10.6 inches, and the Stealth Edition Performance Package, which comes outfitted with 440 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque.

Ford Mustang EcoBoost High Performance — A rewarding experience

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(June 22, 2022) A quick Mustang history lesson — The 2002 Ford Mustang V-8 came with 260 horsepower and 302 pound-feet of torque and could complete a 0-to-60 run in about 5.5 seconds. We bring these statistics up should you scoff two decades later at the 2.3-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder (called EcoBoost in Ford parlance) in the 2022 Mustang 2.3. A four cylinder in the newest version of Ford's muscle car? Hey, the EcoBoost 4 has a lot of muscle at its disposal, enough to leave the two-decade-old Mustang 5.0 in the dust.

Ford Explorer — Popular SUV offers many choices

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(April 24, 2022) The King Ranch edition of the popular Ford Explorer should provide the kind of SUV luxury that would satisfy the owner of such luxury vehicles as the Lincoln Aviator, BMW X5 or Infiniti QX60. The palatial King Ranch interior imparts soothing vibes on the road with its well-appointed surroundings, library-quiet cabin, and its performance-oriented 400-horsepower turbocharged V6 engine.

Ford Maverick — A small pickup that works

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(April 10, 2022) As pickup trucks grow bigger, it seems more people are looking for a smaller truck that costs less, takes up less garage space, and is generally more fuel efficient. The problem until recently is the new class of mid-sized trucks — Chevy Colorado, Toyota Tacoma, Ford Ranger — are about as large as full-sized trucks of the 1990s. Where have all the mini-trucks of previous decades gone?

Ford Escape PHEV — Electric power for the chores of life

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(February 27, 2022) You are probably aware of all the electric car hype, but aren't ready to consider an EV for a variety of reasons such as price, availability of charging stations in your area, the cost of installing a Level 2 charger, and because you have nothing against the modern internal combustion engine (ICE). Perhaps if you dipped your toe in the electric pool you could get a better handle on electric ownership?

Ford Mustang convertible — Just in time arrival


By Paul Borden

(December 15, 2021) MIAMI — Back last September I had the opportunity to drive the Mustang Mach-E, Ford’s first all-electric vehicle. I gave it good marks for its range of up to 270 miles on a full charge and its overall performance. But I didn’t really consider it a Mustang.

2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid

INDIANAPOLIS — I’m trying to imagine the conversation in Ford’s boardroom several years ago when some enterprising executive lofted this nugget:  “Let’s take our Ford Escape crossover, replace its aft half with a bed, slap on the name of a sub-par compact from the ‘70s, and use it to replace our compact sedans.  We’ll make it a hybrid too.”  I’m sure eyebrows slanted askew, but 2022 Ford Maverick pickup is a pretty good idea.

Ford Bronco — An off-roader you can live with every day

By Jim Meachen

(November 28, 2021) The most obvious aspect of the Ford Bronco is its curb appeal. Still new to many who have seen the modern iteration only between the covers of auto magazines or on YouTube videos, it's an attention grabber on the street. Viewing one in person clocked in Cyber Orange paint seemed to be the highlight of the day for a few people in the supermarket parking lot, at the gas station, and outside a favorite restaurant.

2022 Ford Ranger Tremor

PHOENIX — When it comes to hard core off-road capability, the Ford Ranger sat in the parking lot watching competitors like Chevy Colorado ZR2, Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro and Jeep Gladiator (in Rubicon or Moab trim levels) hit the rough stuff: steep boulder-strewn trails, deep sand, and streams. Ranger’s FX4 off-road trim did add a rear differential locker and skid plates, but it was no match for and couldn’t go places the Jeep or Tacoma tackled.