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New 2012 Ford Focus ST

Wednesday January 5th, 2011 at 4:11 PM
Posted by: Derek

New 2012 Ford Focus STThe new Ford Focus ST – which features a unique 247 hp version of the 2.0-liter Ford EcoBoost engine – will be completely true to Ford’s ST heritage, offering driving enthusiasts an intoxicating cocktail of exhilarating performance and handling accompanied by an addictive sound. The four-cylinder engine which produces 247 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque is mated exclusively to a six-speed manual transmission.

Ford’s new torque-vectoring power control system is on hand, which should keep the front wheels in line, as front-wheel-drive turbo cars are always prone to understeer and torque steer.

The 2012 Focus ST debuts looks good in its new Tangerine Scream color on the bulgier, more aggressive Focus. The wheel wells are fully filled out with attractive 19-inch alloys in the Blue Oval’s signature Y-spoke ST pattern. Additionally, the trapezoidal grille has been raised on the front fascia, making way for additional lower air intakes. We surmise Ford isn’t keen on offering the base Focus with the LED eyebrow in America, but we sincerely hope that it is left intact on the U.S.-spec Focus ST. Out back, the Focus’ rear bumper has been completely reworked to incorporate a diffuser setup with a center-mounted sport exhaust.

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Subcompact Shootout – 2011 Mazda 2, Ford Fiesta and Honda CR-Z Review

Friday December 17th, 2010 at 3:1212 PM
Posted by: Kurt Gensheimer

By Kurt Gensheimer

Back in the early 1990s when I was a few years away from my first driver’s license, one of the hottest cars you could own was the tiny little 1991 Honda CRX Si in yellow. It was small, quick and had an obnoxiously loud paint job that called attention to itself wherever it was. I’d sit in the back seat of my parents’ car as they chauffeured me to and from school, fogging up the window as I gawked at that yellow CRX which was always parked in some lucky guy’s driveway. I saved every waking cent until the day I was old enough to drive and flush enough to buy my own yellow CRX. It never happened. By the time I had enough money, my tastes had changed, and the CRX had morphed into the less desirable Del Sol.

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2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid Review – Best-in-class MPG meets Road trip

Thursday December 2nd, 2010 at 1:1212 AM
Posted by: berrichondanny

By Danny Chang

Pros

  • Great MPG
  • Decent power
  • Amenities galore & cool dash

Cons

  • Small trunk due to battery placement
  • Interior space a bit tight for a family
  • Styling not a strong suit

I have driven both the first generation regular gasoline engine Ford Fusion and its cousin Mercury Milan as rental cars on business trips and I must say I was not particularly impressed. They are perfectly fine mid-size sedans, just nothing to write home about. But I’ve always been intrigued by the Fusion Hybrid. Here was an American sedan with a self-developed hybrid technology that got better mileage than a Toyota Camry? Beating Toyota, the company that started the hybrid craze, at its own game? This I had to see, and drive, for myself. So I was glad to have the chance to drive one down to LA for my sister’s wedding last weekend.

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First Impressions Review: 2010 Ford Flex SEL AWD – Boxy is the New Sexy

Tuesday October 19th, 2010 at 9:1010 AM
Posted by: berrichondanny

By Danny Chang

Pros

  • Smooth ride
  • Decent acceleration
  • Lots of interior space
  • 20-inch wheels bring road presence

Cons

  • Limb-threatening second row seats
  • Unwise location for hatch closing button
  • Controversial styling

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CarReview's Best SUV and Crossover Choices of 2010

Monday October 18th, 2010 at 2:1010 PM
Posted by: ggaillard

best_suv_crossover_2010_300x230Five Standout SUVs/Crossovers – CarReview’s Recommendations for 2010

By Greg Gaillard and the CarReview editorial team

In the 1990s when the practical minivan began to seem passé, consumers turned their heads and wallets to the fledgling Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) market for some excitement to suit their new active lifestyles. The watchful eye of corporate marketing caught the emerging trend and aggressively promoted the ready-for-anything aura of the new Ford Explorer and instantly identifiable Jeep Cherokee. It worked.

Over the next 20 years manufacturers have refined the SUV from an inefficient 4 door truck glazed with rugged styling into some of the more sophisticated vehicles on the market. The crossover refinements have spawned a dizzying array of choices all called SUV or some variation if SUV (Think BMW’s sports activity vehicle designation for its X-series). While today’s models are much better than their forbearers, picking the best SUV/crossover is not as easy as it once was.

CarReview believes the current market has some great SUVs that do something better than the rest. To select the top 5, contributors used criteria that align with the original vision for the segment.

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First Impressions Review: 2011 Ford Mustang – V6 engine with no excuses

Monday August 16th, 2010 at 10:88 AM
Posted by: twain

By Twain Mein

We drove the 2011 V6 Coupe “Premium Edition” (includes leather, nav system, “shaker” stereo, power seats) and the” Mustang Club of America” package (high performance 235/50/18 tires and styling accents). Additionally, this model had a 6-speed automatic, performance 3.31 axle ratio, HID headlamps, and rear view camera. Base price is $25,845. But as equipped, MSRP was $32,580.

Ford’s marketing department touts the V-6 as having “no excuses”. After my stint behind the wheel, I wholeheartedly agree. But it wasn’t love at first sight.

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Redesigned 2011 Ford Explorer Begins a New Journey

Tuesday July 27th, 2010 at 9:77 AM
Posted by: Derek

2011 Ford Explorer

Since its debut some 20 years ago, the Explorer has sold over six million units, four million of which are still traversing the world’s roads. Through much of the late-1990s and early part of the last decade, the Explorer was Ford’s second-best-selling vehicle behind its F-Series pickups, regularly selling 400,000 units a year. Fast-forward to 2009, and that volume had plummeted to just over 52,000. Despite lackluster sales of SUVs since gas prices made a huge leap upwards and the trend towards downsizing the cars in which we drive, Ford believes it still has an opportunity. According to the automaker’s vice president of global marketing, Jim Farley, each year, at least 140,000 Explorer owners come back to Blue Oval dealerships looking to purchase new vehicles. And obviously, they just aren’t buying Explorers.

Follow the jump below to view the full gallery of exterior and interior photographs
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2011 Ford Fiesta Review – Leading the small car revolution

Monday July 26th, 2010 at 9:77 AM
Posted by: AKramer

2011 Ford Fiesta
By Alex Kramer

Pros:

  • Exceptional ride quality for an economy car
  • Precise steering and capable brakes
  • Smooth clutch action
  • Cheerful exterior design
  • Solid build quality

Cons:

  • Could use a few more horsepower
  • Tires start to protest way too early
  • Interior is a bit cramped, even for a subcompact
  • Exterior might be a bit too cute for some

Small is the new black, at least when it comes to automobiles. With the economy still lagging and consumers adjusting to what looks to be permanent $3 per gallon gas, the days of selling millions of large SUVs per year are over and small cars may just become the hottest segment of the market.

For once, American car manufacturers appear to have taken notice. Chrysler dealers will soon start selling the pint sized Fiat 500 and GM has several new small cars in the works, but it is Ford who is probably most well positioned to capitalize on this trend, with the new for America Fiesta subcompact now available and a fully redesigned Focus coming next year. We finally had the chance to thoroughly review the new Fiesta and although we aren’t completely bowled over, we could see quite a few people finding plenty to like in Ford’s European best-seller.

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2010 Chevrolet Camaro vs. 2010 Ford Mustang – Which one does retro better?

Wednesday July 14th, 2010 at 9:77 AM
Posted by: bclark

2010 Chevrolet Camaro vs. 2010 Ford Mustang
By Bill Clark

Pony Car Retro Face-Off:

Who wouldn’t want a ’68 Camaro or 64-1/2 Mustang in their garage – much less as their daily driver? I have lusted after a ’68 Camaro ever since I skipped school one day of my sophomore year in high school with my older brother’s friend. He had a bright orange 1968 Camaro – rusted out and torn up, but with a pumped up V8 engine and manual transmission. We practiced burn-outs for a few hours in an abandoned parking lot and then when all the kids were out front waiting for the buses, he performed an amazing display of power by leaving 30 feet of skid marks and plenty of smoke. Those were the days!

But that was then. Now I’m a middle-aged engineering professional and parent, working 50-60 hours per week with responsibilities at home too. Who has the time and money for the classic muscle car obsession? And for those that do, can you daily drive it? Would you daily drive it?

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Gymkhana Grid Competition, 2011 Ford Fiesta Review

Friday June 25th, 2010 at 3:66 PM
Posted by: Derek

Driving Sports TV Episode #26: – Ken Block is well-known for his Gymkhana videos where he took his Subaru Impreza WRX STI rally car and effectively went all out, drifting, power sliding and doing all sorts of crazy things in specially designed locations. Now, Block wants to turn Gymkhana into an actual motorsport, and has announced the Gymkhana Grid and the Ken Block Invitational competitions. Plus, Ryan flies to San Francisco to test the all-new Ford Fiesta on an autocross course.

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