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2014 Ford Fusion Energi

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You’d think plug-in hybrids would be an easy sell. Unlike a regular hybrid, which has to burn gas at least some of the time to remain operational, a plug-in hybrid has the capability to burn no gas at all – and still get you from A to B. Instead of being plugged-in to ExxonMobil, you…

2014 Ford Focus ST

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Back in 1987, my souped-up ’78 V-8 Camaro almost got smoked by a four-cylinder Dodge Omni. Only it wasn’t just an Omni. It was an Omni GLH-S. The GLH-S was a souped-up version of the Omni – which was ordinarily a slow-motion econo-box. The idea was simple: Take an inexpensive small car, goose its engine…

2014 Ford Escape

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The current Ford Escape shares virtually nothing with the previous Ford Escape – except a name and the Blue Oval badge. Conceptually, aesthetically and functionally, it’s a very different vehicle. Mostly, this is a good thing. The old Escape was dated, clunky – and slow. Thirsty, too. The new one is slick, modern – and…

2013 Ford C-Max

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Toyota should be worried. For the first time since the Prius hit the streets more than a decade ago, there is another hybrid that’s arguably a better hybrid. Because it’s a different kind of hybrid. The un-hybrid. The Ford C-Max. It’s stubby – but tall – which means it’s got more room inside than the…

Ecoboost Ford Engines Being Investigated

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DETROIT (AP) — The federal government is investigating Ford F-150 pickups with EcoBoost engines after drivers reported that the engines lost power during acceleration. The government estimates around 400,000 F-150 pickups from the 2011 through 2013 model years are involved. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has received 95 reports of engines losing power during…

2015 Mustang… Will it be Probe Revisited?

Mustang people will recall the hollow point bullet that was dodged back in the early ’90s when Ford almost ruined the iconic RWD American pony car. By turning it into an import-style FWD car. That car, by the grace of Elvis, ended up being sold as another car – the Probe – and in 1994,…

2013 Ford Flex

Hey fool! Custom vans are coming back. Well, one custom van is back. The Ford Flex. Ford doesn’t call it a custom van – or any kind of van at all. And maybe it won’t do a smoky burnout like Mr. T’s  A Team van – because it can’t (being FWD/AWD). But with the Taurus…

2013 Ford Fusion

“Fusion” – the process or result of joining two or more things together to form a single entity. It’s a fair description – of the car. Technically, the Ford Fusion is mid-sized, but it’s larger than several others in its class and its interior is as roomy in many respects as a full-sized car’s. Though…

2013 Ford Transit Connect

I just finished spending a week in another $40,000 minivan (2013 Toyota Sienna; see here) so it was kind of nice to spend some time in one that cost half as much. And which was half as big. You know – like minivans used to be. Now, Ford doesn’t call the 2013 Transit Connect a…