Monday, March 30, 2015

Ford Flex Review

The 2015 Ford Flex ranks 8 out of 13 Affordable Large SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Ford Flex, as well as reliability and safety data.

The 2015 Ford Flex is ranked: #8
 in Affordable Large SUVs #13
 in Affordable SUVs with 3 Rows



The 2015 Ford Flex has agile handling and spacious seating for seven, critics say, but they are let down by its small cargo area and confusing infotainment system.

The 2015 Ford Flex comes with a standard V6 engine that test drivers report provides sufficient power. However, they say the available twin-turbocharged V6 delivers quicker acceleration. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard with either engine, and reviewers note that it shifts very smoothly. According to the EPA, the Flex gets up to 18/25 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class. Auto writers think the 2015 Flex has nimble handling for an SUV, as well as a smooth, quiet ride. They add that the Flex has good steering feel, and that it’s easy to maneuver in tight spaces.

Some automotive journalists think the 2015 Ford Flex’s interior is well-designed and made of high-quality materials, while others note an abundance of ordinary plastics throughout. Test drivers say the Flex has a spacious interior, and that adults can fit comfortably in all three rows. The cargo area is small for the class, but reviewers say that there’s still a useful amount of space. The 2015 Flex comes standard with heated side mirrors, rear parking sensors and Ford’s voice-controlled SYNC system with Bluetooth and a USB port. Available features include adaptive cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, navigation, the MyFord Touch infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, HD Radio, a rearview camera, parallel park assist, a 12-speaker Sony audio system, a panoramic sunroof, a rear-seat entertainment system and a second-row refrigerated console. Many critics report that the MyFord Touch system is complicated to use and prone to glitches. As a result, some recommend trying the system out before purchasing the Flex.
"Along with space for up to seven passengers and all of their gear, the Flex boasts an available 355-horsepower EcoBoost V6 and love-it-or-hate-it sheetmetal that sets it apart from the crowd." -- Left Lane News
"While Flex's boxy styling may not appeal to everyone, this large, comfortable people mover deserves consideration." -- Consumer Guide
"The 2015 Ford Flex offers a desirable combination of space, versatility, features and solid driving dynamics. It's a top choice among large, seven-passenger family crossovers." -- Edmunds
"It's striking and stylish as well as functional and useful - a fine combination similar to minivans and SUVs in capabilities, but clearly different from both." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Ford Expedition Review

The 2015 Ford Expedition ranks 6 out of 13 Affordable Large SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Ford Expedition, as well as reliability and safety data.

The 2015 Ford Expedition is ranked:#6
 in Affordable Large SUVs#9
 in Affordable SUVs with 3 Rows



Reviewers praise the Ford Expedition’s powerful new engine and roomy seats, but they think it’s due for nicer cabin materials and a more straightforward infotainment system.

The 2015 Ford Expedition is powered by a new twin-turbocharged V6 engine that impresses reviewers with its strong power output and quick acceleration. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that reviewers say offers seamless shifts in most situations. However, some say that it can be slow to downshift when cornering at lower speeds. The base Expedition earns an EPA-estimated 16/22 mpg city/highway, which is great for a large SUV. Automotive writers report that the Expedition has well-weighted, communicative steering and a comfortable ride. As with many large SUVs, reviewers say the Expedition isn’t very easy to maneuver in small spaces. An available adaptive suspension system lets you choose between comfort, normal and sport modes. Some critics think it makes a noticeable difference in ride quality, while others think there’s no significant difference between modes.

The 2015 Ford Expedition seats up to eight, and test drivers like that its seats are comfortable and roomy in all three rows. They also appreciate its available power-folding third row and sliding second row, which they say makes it easy to adjust cargo and interior space. However, overall, they think its cabin is outdated and its materials don’t match the quality offered by some rivals. The 2015 Expedition comes with a six-speaker stereo, satellite radio, a rearview camera, Ford’s voice-controlled SYNC system, Bluetooth, a USB port, rear parking sensors and power-adjustable foot pedals. Available features include remote start, front parking sensors, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 12-speaker Sony audio system, navigation, a dual-headrest DVD system, blind spot monitoring and the MyFord Touch infotainment system with an 8-inch touch-screen display. Some critics wish the infotainment system was more intuitive, and note that the touch-screen system and dashboard controls are not within easy reach from the driver’s seat.
"Ford's EcoBoost engine lineup is a key part of its fuel-efficiency strategy, and for the first time, a turbocharged EcoBoost V6 powers the Expedition. It delivers more horsepower and torque while, according to Ford, using less fuel. That's not the only improvement to the latest version of Ford's largest SUV. Updated styling, new trim choices, and advanced safety and infotainment technology make the Expedition more capable than ever." -- AutoTrader
"Although the ‘refreshed’ Expedition is facing off against completely redesigned GM rivals - which we certainly like - if you're shopping this league, it would be a mistake to overlook Ford's biggest SUV. It may be a distant finisher in the segment sales race, but it just might be a winner for you." -- Consumer Guide
"After years of living in the shadow of GM's fleet of body-on-frame SUVs the Expedition is quietly reasserting itself not only as a rival, but also as a true contender for the domestic full-size-SUV crown. If your vehicular needs include loads of interior space and towing capability in a traditional SUV package, the rebooted and EcoBoosted Expedition deserves a serious look." -- Car and Driver
"If you're in the market for a full-size SUV, the new Expedition absolutely deserves your full attention. The changes made for 2015 are purposeful and effective, breathing new life into this long-in-the-tooth SUV. With its newfound power and refinement, the Expedition is better than ever, and a serious contender for best-in-class status." -- Edmunds

Monday, March 23, 2015

Ford C-Max Hybrid Review

The 2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid ranks 5 out of 8 Wagons. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Ford C-Max Hybrid, as well as reliability and safety data.

The 2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid is ranked: #5
 in Wagons #10
 in Hatchback s#6
 in Hybrid Cars



The 2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid has agile handling and plenty of passenger space, according to critics, but its appeal is diminished by a frustrating infotainment system and small cargo area.

Test drivers think the C-Max Hybrid’s four-cylinder engine and electric motor provide lively acceleration for a hybrid and plenty of passing power on the highway. The 2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 42/37 mpg city/highway, which is great for a wagon, but a bit low for a hybrid. Reviewers write that the Ford C-Max Hybrid responsive steering, and many say that the C-Max outperforms many hybrids with a comfortable ride and nimble handling.

According to auto writers, the 2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid’s cabin has an upscale feel, with top-notch materials, solid build quality and a sharp design. They say the driver’s seat offers ample headroom and a great view of the road, while the rear seats have plenty of head- and legroom. However, the C-Max Hybrid has less cargo capacity than most other wagons. Standard features include a USB port, Bluetooth, dual-zone automatic climate control and Ford’s hands-free SYNC system. Available features include leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, a fixed glass panoramic roof, push-button start, a nine-speaker Sony audio system, navigation, satellite radio, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, parallel park assist and Ford’s MyFord Touch infotainment system. Test drivers appreciate the C-Max Hybrid’s long list of tech features, though they complain that MyFord Touch can be difficult to use.
"The 2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid is an interesting alternative to compact crossovers, wagons and hybrids. Its high fuel economy and refined driving manners make it especially appealing." -- Edmunds
"If you're seeking good fuel economy in a green car that doesn't look boring or overly futuristic, the 2015 Ford C-Max Hybrid deserves a good look. Handsome styling, a detailed interior and great driving dynamics leave little downside to this purchase." -- Kelley Blue Book
"Ford's C-MAX tall wagon/crossover provides a well-appointed interior, useful technology features and an engaging, European-flavored driving experience that stands out from the hybrid norm." -- Left Lane News
"Where the C-Max Hybrid has its most obvious advantage, besides a somewhat lower sticker price, is that it excels as an example of discerning design. It's a very pleasant car to sit in, to drive, or just to lean on." -- Automobile Magazine (2013)

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Ford Taurus Review

The 2015 Ford Taurus ranks 9 out of 10 Affordable Large Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Ford Taurus, as well as reliability and safety data.



While test drivers are pleased with the Ford Taurus’ powerful engines and excellent trunk space, its clumsy handling and confusing infotainment system disappoint.

Powered by its standard V6 engine, reviewers say the 2015 Ford Taurus has a good amount of power and accelerates quickly enough to appease most drivers. Still, they are even more impressed with both available engines. An available turbocharged four-cylinder engine wows reviewers with its brisk acceleration and improved fuel economy, and they say the available turbocharged V6 engine delivers excellent power and the fastest acceleration in the lineup. Models with the standard V6 engine earn 19/29 mpg city/highway, which is about average for a V6-powered large car. However, models with the turbo four earn 22/32 mpg city/highway, which is one of the best fuel economy estimates in the class. Automotive writers are also happy with the Ford Taurus’ silky six-speed automatic transmission, which comes standard with all three engines. While some critics say the 2015 Taurus offers stable handling and sharp steering, others say the Taurus' large size makes for ponderous handling.

Automotive journalists praise the Ford Taurus' cabin for its handsome styling. They say that despite being outfitted with lots of hard plastics, the Taurus' interior materials quality is first-rate. The front seats have plenty of room, they say, but some critics disagree on whether the Taurus’ rear seats are roomy or cramped. The 2015 Taurus comes standard with a rearview camera, a six-speaker audio system, an auxiliary audio jack, MyKey and Ford’s voice-activated SYNC system, which includes Bluetooth and a USB port. Available features include a 12-speaker Sony audio system, the MyFord Touch infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, a power moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation, rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, active park assist, remote start, push-button start and proximity key. According to most reviewers, the available MyFord Touch infotainment system, which controls audio, navigation and climate settings, is confusing and slow. With 20.1 cubic feet of room, the Taurus has more trunk space than that of nearly every rival, and reviewers report that the Taurus' deep trunk floor and wide opening makes cargo-loading a breeze.
"… the Taurus is outclassed by newer large sedan rivals. Its interior isn't as roomy as expected given the car's size, and outward visibility is poor. There's also ponderous handling indicative of a big sedan and the sometimes frustrating MyFord Touch system's touchscreen controls." -- Edmunds
"Though it isn't as big inside as its looks suggest, the Taurus does offer a broad spectrum of technology and convenience features along with an efficient four-cylinder EcoBoost engine capable of returning 32 mpg on the highway." -- Left Lane News
"Like a prehistoric animal living blissfully without influence from the rest of the world, the 2014 Ford Taurus has had evolutionary blinders on; it simply hasn't changed quickly enough to stay competitive in this class." -- Cars.com (2014)
"Ford's 2014 Taurus is working the full-size sedan market against newer rivals like the Toyota Avalon and all-new Chevrolet Impala. A tough task considering how good the competition is, but the Taurus has many tricks up its sleeve, starting with its engine lineup." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Ford Fiesta Review

The 2015 Ford Fiesta ranks 12 out of 41 Affordable Small Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Ford Fiesta, as well as reliability and safety data.

The 2015 Ford Fiesta is ranked:#12
 in Affordable Small Cars #3
 in Affordable Subcompact Cars #9
 in Hatchbacks

Though some are let down by its confusing tech features and small back seat, critics agree that the 2015 Ford Fiesta offers nimble driving dynamics and a high-quality interior.

The 2015 Ford Fiesta comes with a four-cylinder engine that reviewers say provides adequate power in most situations, though some say the engine strains during highway passing and merging. A five-speed manual transmission is standard on the base Fiesta, and a six-speed automatic is optional. Critics agree that the Fiesta’s optional turbocharged three-cylinder engine provides strong acceleration and great fuel economy, while the high-performance Fiesta ST comes with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that offers exceptional power. The EPA reports that the base 2015 Fiesta gets 28/36 mpg city/highway, which is pretty good for the class. Meanwhile, the three-cylinder Fiesta gets an excellent 31/43 mpg city/highway. The Fiesta earns praise for its controlled highway ride and accurate steering. Additionally, some auto writers say that the Fiesta’s nimble handling makes it a standout among subcompact cars.

Critics remark that the 2015 Fiesta has an attractive, well-built cabin that features a mix of soft-touch materials and hard plastics. They write that the Fiesta’s front seats are spacious and comfortable, though some report that the Fiesta’s back seat is confining, even for a subcompact car. The Ford Fiesta is available as a sedan or a hatchback, and while reviewers note that the Fiesta sedan offers ample trunk space for the class, many say that the Fiesta hatchback has less overall cargo space than a number of competitors. Test drivers write that it can be difficult to pair a phone with the Fiesta’s base audio system, and that the stereo’s controls are confusing and difficult to reach. As a result, some recommend the available MyFord Touch infotainment system, saying that it is much easier to use. The 2015 Fiesta comes standard with power door locks and Ford’s voice-activated Sync system, which includes a USB port and Bluetooth phone connectivity. Available features include cruise control, power windows, keyless entry and ignition, a moonroof, the MyFord Touch infotainment system with a 6.5-inch touch screen, navigation, leather upholstery, heated front seats and a review camera.
"Affordable to buy, cheap to operate and entertaining to drive are three of our primary criteria for a desirable economy car, and the 2015 Ford Fiesta has no problem scoring high on each. A classier-than-expected interior and fully up-to-date infotainment equipment only underscore our feeling that the Fiesta is a subcompact car that punches well above its price class." -- Edmunds
"The 2015 Ford Fiesta offers up great fuel economy, modern build quality and higher-end interior materials, and a slew of modern features, all wrapped up in some of the most stylish subcompact clothes we've ever seen. It does this while keeping a competitive price against its peers." -- Kelley Blue Book
"Developed for Europe before launching in the U.S. with upgrades to bring it in line with local regulations and tastes, Ford's Fiesta subcompact has a more premium feel than its modest price tag would suggest. While its quirky dual-clutch automatic transmission and limited rear seat/cargo space mean it won't be perfect for everyone, the Fiesta does impress with sporty driving dynamics and a boatload of available technology and comfort features." -- Left Lane News
"Therein lies the most beautiful part about the Fiesta ST package: It hits a really sweet spot in the US market. If you don't really need the space of the somewhat larger B-segment hatches, you don't have to get it. Save your money and have just as much fun in the Fiesta, if not more." -- Autoblog (2014)
"If the Fiesta's excellent fuel economy, technical competency and many features aren't enough for you, we think the price tag will seal the deal." -- MSN (2012)


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Ford Mustang (Shelby® GT350)

Built to buckle the pavement.



 • Enhanced powertrain
The heart and soul of this beast live in the 5.2L V8 engine with a flat-plane crank that produces over 500 horsepower. Bolted to a world-class TREMEC® 3160 6-speed manual transmission and you end up producing more than 400 lb.-ft. of torque.

 • Chassis and suspension
The MagneRide™ damping system monitors and adjusts itself thousands of times per second for a dynamic, adrenaline-fueled driving experience. But with our obsession for detail, we just couldn’t stop there. Our attention to detail drove us all the way down to which way the springs coiled, therefore requiring new lower control arms. This racer was designed, engineered and built so the springs, sway bars and dampers work together as one finely tuned system. We also added new lightweight chassis components and a set of Michelin® Pilot® Super Sport tires wrapped around lightweight, yet incredibly stiff, aluminum wheels. So yeah, the GT350 will deliver a special rush whenever you strap yourself in behind the wheel.

 • Braking
The foundation of any sports car is undoubtedly the brakes; therefore, brakes are a major part of the GT350 magic. So we teamed front and rear Brembo® with cross-drilled, two-piece, highly-engineered brake rotors. The huge 395mm (15.5”) rotors up front and 376mm (14.8”) rotors in the back complete this tight, hard working system that gives GT350 its well-earned track cred.

 • Aerodynamics
Balancing downforce with aerodynamic drag is always one of the biggest challenges a team of car designers can face. But Ford did it with a unique, detailed approach that centered on making it imperative that every single component play a major part in the total overall performance of the system. It’s a very hard thing to pull off, but our team of designers and engineers wouldn’t settle for less. So it’s not just that the GT350 has wider aluminum front fenders and a unique aluminum hood. It’s also that the front and rear fascias, splitter, rockers and rear valance with integrated diffuser all work together as a team – each and every one of them. And only as a team working together can this system keep the beautiful, powerful, exciting and intimidating GT350 racer pressed firmly to the track.

 What truly sets this Beast apart is that the Shelby® GT350 isn’t just a combination of “go fast” parts – any tuner can build one of those. The GT350 is a specifically engineered machine, where the components work dynamically together as one and perform to a world-class level on all fronts, as well as meeting Ford durability standards. It’s all due to the focus of Ford Performance to make a car that delivers thrills like this, yet still possess everyday driveability.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Ford Escape Review

The 2015 Ford Escape ranks 5 out of 25 Affordable Compact SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Ford Escape, as well as reliability and safety data.

The 2015 Ford Escape is ranked:
#5
 in Affordable Compact SUVs
#5
 in Affordable SUVs with 2 Rows
#13
 in Affordable Crossover SUVs



Powerful turbocharged engine options, athletic handling and an upscale cabin help the 2015 Ford Escape stand out among its rivals, according to reviewers.

With its base four-cylinder engine, auto journalists say the 2015 Escape has sufficient power. The Escape is available with two turbocharged four-cylinder engine options, and reviewers write that with either one, the Escape has strong acceleration. However, they add that the larger of the two optional engines gives the Escape ample power for effortlessly climbing hills. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard. Fuel economy is up to an EPA-estimated 23/32 mpg city/highway, and while the 2015 Escape's overall fuel economy numbers are on par for the class, rivals like the Mazda CX-5 and Subaru Forester use a bit less fuel. Reviewers say that the Escape rides comfortably and they are delighted with its nimble handling and responsive steering. As a result, some critics say that it is one of the most fun-to-drive SUVs in the segment.

The 2015 Ford Escape's cabin has an attractive design and is built with top-notch materials, reviewers say. The Escape's front seats are comfortable and the rear-seats offer ample legroom, according to test drivers. Overall cargo space is competitive with that of class rivals, and reviewers find the available hands-free power liftgate helpful for opening the hatch when your hands are full. A rearview camera and Ford's SYNC voice command system with Bluetooth and a USB port are standard. A panoramic sunroof, parallel park assist, a 10-speaker Sony audio system, the MyFord Touch infotainment system, navigation and front and rear parking sensors are available. Some test drivers note that the MyFord Touch system is straightforward, but others mention its touch controls could be more responsive. Several praise the rich sound quality of the available Sony stereo system.
"A compact crossover typically stands out among its peers about as much as an Emperor penguin does while chilling on an ice floe with a hundred or so of his mates. Yet the 2015 Ford Escape manages to not only distinguish itself with its chiseled good looks, but also garner critical praise thanks to its sharp handling, comfortable seating and high-end interior touches." -- Edmunds
"Although there are dozens of compact SUVs from which to choose, few have the styling, performance and features offered by the 5-passenger 2015 Ford Escape. Beyond its cutting-edge engine options and handsome styling, the Escape offers nimble handling via its sport-tuned suspension and a plethora of electronics aimed at keeping tech-savvy consumers safely in touch with the world, even when in motion." -- Kelley Blue Book
"The 2014 Ford Escape compact crossover SUV combines sporty good looks with cutting-edge technology, appealing engine options and a high fun-to-drive factor. … And whether you're hauling people or stuff, you'll find the roomy Escape to be an exceptionally accommodating companion." -- AutoTrader (2014)

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Other SUVs to Consider

Test drivers say the GMC Terrain offers an impressive amount of rear-seat space and a useful sliding rear seat. They also praise its strong optional V6 engine and find its available IntelliLink infotainment system intuitive.

The Nissan Rogue gets better fuel economy than the Escape, and reviewers like its top-notch interior materials. The Rogue also earns praise for its straightforward infotainment system, as well as its available 360-degree camera system, which makes it easy to park in close quarters.

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Details: 2015 Ford Escape

The 2015 Ford Escape seats five and comes with either standard front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission are standard. A turbocharged 1.6-liter four cylinder engine or turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine are available. There are three trim levels: S, SE and Titanium. The Escape was last redesigned for the 2013 model year and sees few changes for 2015. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2013 to 2015 model years.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Ford Edge Review



The 2015 Ford Edge is a completely redesigned affordable midsize SUV.

The 2015 Ford Edge is powered by a new EcoBoost 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 245 horsepower. A 3.5-liter V6 with 285 horsepower is available. The Edge Sport comes with a 2.7-liter turbocharged EcoBoost V6 that Ford says produces more than 300 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard. All-wheel drive is optional. An auto start/stop system, which conserves fuel by shutting off the engine when the vehicle comes to a stop, is available with the 2.0-liter engine. The 2015 Edge is slightly larger than the outgoing model.

The 2015 Ford Edge seats five and has 7 more cubic feet of cargo space than the 2014 model, while first- and second-row legroom increase by 1.9 inches and 1 inch, respectively. Available features include a hands-free rear liftgate, a heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and the MyFord Touch infotainment system, which offers Wi-Fi access, a color touch-screen display, Bluetooth and voice-activated satellite radio. A blind spot information system, adaptive cruise control with front collision warning, lane keep assist, cross traffic alert, park assist, forward and reverse sensing systems and a 180-degree front camera are also optional. The 2015 Ford Edge goes on sale in early 2015 and starts at $28,100.

The full review of the 2015 Ford Edge is coming soon. In the meantime, you can see pictures, research prices or view and compare specs for the 2015 Ford Edge. If you're considering the 2014 Ford Edge, you can read our review.
2015 Ford Edge Pictures

 See exterior and interior photos of the 2015 Ford Edge.

Ford Fusion Review


The 2015 Ford Fusion ranks 9 out of 17 Affordable Midsize Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Ford Fusion, as well as reliability and safety data.

Reviewers think the Ford Fusion has a fun-to-drive demeanor and a roomy, upscale cabin. However, they note that it has a cumbersome touch-screen infotainment system and a weak base engine.

The base 2015 Ford Fusion has a four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. Two turbocharged four-cylinder engines are available, both of which come with the automatic. The base 2015 Fusion gets 22/34 mpg city/highway, which is OK for the class, but rivals like the Mazda6, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and Hyundai Sonata all have better combined fuel economy estimates. The automotive press writes that the Fusion’s base engine is rather underpowered, though they like the powerful turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. The automatic transmission receives praise for its well-timed shifts. Test drivers agree the 2015 Ford Fusion is enjoyable to drive thanks to nimble handling, accurate steering and strong brakes.

The 2015 Ford Fusion has a modern, clean interior filled with high-end materials, according to reviewers. They like the Fusion’s ample passenger space, comfortable seats and big trunk, though some point out that rear visibility isn’t very good. While some test drivers like the available MyFord Touch infotainment system’s voice controls and large audio knobs, others say the system is slow, difficult to use and confusing, adding that the touch-screen buttons are tiny and there aren’t enough of them. The 2015 Fusion comes standard with a rearview camera, voice-controlled Sync with MyFord (which includes Bluetooth, auxiliary and USB jacks, 911 Assist and a feature that reads incoming text messages over the speakers while you’re driving) and MyKey. Available features include dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation, satellite radio, the Sync with MyFord Touch touch-screen infotainment system, a 12-speaker Sony audio system, HD Radio, a 110-volt power outlet, a moonroof, rear parking sensors, parallel park assist, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, proximity key, push-button start, remote start and inflatable rear seat belts. 
“The 2015 Ford Fusion is a hard car to dislike. It offers up style, family sedan practicality, performance, technology and value in one package." -- Kelley Blue Book
"Ford really upped the game for family sedans when it unleashed its redesigned Fusion to showrooms in 2013. Stylish, sporty and packed with features, the new Fusion was an immediate hit with car shoppers. Two years later, Ford has revised the Fusion with only minor fiddling of equipment, and that's OK, as the Fusion remains one of our top choices in the highly competitive midsize sedan market." -- Edmunds
"… the Fusion is an all-out assault on the midsize sedan segment. It's Ford's honest best shot at taking down Camry and Accord, and we won't be surprised if the Fusion does just that." -- AutoTrader (2014)
"When you combine the beautiful appearance, smart interior and engaging driving experience with the fuel efficiency and practicality Ford's achieved, the Fusion stands tall as the best car in class. No doubt it is a winner and one that will receive universal praise. … Simply put, if you are in the market for a midsize sedan and you don't buy the Fusion, you are an idiot. And I judge you. I judge you harshly." -- Jalopnik (2013)

Ford Explorer Review


The 2015 Ford Explorer ranks 12 out of 13 Affordable Large SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Ford Explorer, as well as reliability and safety data.

The 2015 Ford Explorer is ranked:
#12
 in Affordable Large SUVs
#18
 in Affordable SUVs with 3 Rows
#26
 in Affordable Crossover SUVs

While the 2015 Ford Explorer has a high-quality cabin, test drivers are let down by its confusing tech features and cramped rear seats.

The 2015 Ford Explorer comes with a V6 engine that critics say provides plenty of power for most driving situations. A turbocharged four-cylinder engine is optional on front-wheel drive models, while the Explorer Sport comes with a turbocharged V6 that reviewers praise for its ample power. The EPA reports that the base 2015 Explorer gets 17/24 mpg city/highway, which is about average for the class. Four-cylinder Explorer models get 20/28 mpg, which is very good for a three-row SUV. Many test drivers note that the Explorer feels larger and more cumbersome to drive than other SUVs in the class. However, they appreciate its comfortable ride and accurate steering.

Most auto writers say that the 2015 Ford Explorer’s cabin is built with first-rate materials, though some note that there are cheaper materials in the second and third row. The Explorer seats seven, or six when equipped with second-row captain’s chairs, and critics report that the second and third rows are fairly cramped. Some also write that wide door sills make entry and exit difficult, while others mention that rearward visibility is poor from the driver’s seat. The Explorer offers a bit less maximum cargo space than many competitors, though some auto writers say that there’s still a useful amount of room behind the third row. Test drivers report that the available MyFord Touch infotainment system has received updates that make it more intuitive, but they note that it can be distracting to use while driving, and that the systems found in most rival SUVs are still easier to use. The 2015 Ford Explorer is available with features like a rearview camera, Ford’s voice-activated Sync system (with Bluetooth and a USB port), the MyFord Touch infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, proximity key, push-button start, parallel park assist, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control and a power liftgate.
"While no longer the rugged off-roader of its ancestry, the Ford Explorer remains an important player in the market, particularly against other crossover SUVs like the Chevrolet Traverse, Nissan Pathfinder, Dodge Durango, Toyota Highlander, and Honda Pilot." -- Kelley Blue Book 
"Overall, we think the Edmunds.com ‘B’ rated 2015 Ford Explorer is a respectable choice that can provide you with the right kind of utility and some extra style, but it's worth looking around in this ever-expanding segment before you make up your mind." -- Edmunds 
"Relative to current rivals, the Explorer stands apart with its smooth ride, sleek design and high-quality interior with cutting-edge technology. The 7-passenger SUV might not be as roomy as a minivan or even some slightly larger competitors from GM. But there's no doubt the reinvented Explorer is one of the best of its breed." -- AutoTrader (2014)
"Now in its fourth year, this generation of the Ford Explorer remains an attractive choice in the crowded and competitive three-row crossover segment." -- Automobile Magazine (2014)

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Ford Focus ST

ST-1Model 0-60 mph Top Speed BHP

2.0T ST-1 Hatchback (01/15-) 5d
6.3 secs
154 mph
246 bhp
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2.0 TDCi (185bhp) ST-1 Hatchback 5d
7.8 secs
135 mph
182 bhp
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2.0T ST-1 Estate 5d
6.5 secs
154 mph
246 bhp
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2.0 TDCi (185bhp) ST-1 Estate 5d
8.0 secs
135 mph
182 bhp
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STModel 0-60 mph Top Speed BHP

2.0T ST Hatchback 5d
6.3 secs
154 mph
246 bhp
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2.0T ST Estate 5d
6.3 secs
154 mph
246 bhp
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ST-2Model 0-60 mph Top Speed BHP

2.0T ST-2 Hatchback 5d
6.3 secs
154 mph
246 bhp
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2.0T ST-2 Estate 5d
6.3 secs
154 mph
246 bhp
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2.0T ST-2 Hatchback (01/15-) 5d
6.3 secs
154 mph
246 bhp
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2.0 TDCi (185bhp) ST-2 Hatchback 5d
7.8 secs
135 mph
182 bhp
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2.0T ST-2 Estate (01/15-) 5d
6.5 secs
154 mph
246 bhp
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2.0 TDCi (185bhp) ST-2 Estate 5d
8.0 secs
135 mph
182 bhp
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2.0T ST-2 Navigation Hatchback (01/15-) 5d
6.3 secs
154 mph
246 bhp
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2.0T ST-2 Navigation Estate 5d
6.5 secs
154 mph
246 bhp
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2.0 TDCi (185bhp) ST-2 Navigation Hatchback 5d
7.8 secs
135 mph
182 bhp
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2.0 TDCi (185bhp) ST-2 Navigation Estate 5d
8.0 secs
135 mph
182 bhp
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ST-3Model 0-60 mph Top Speed BHP

2.0T ST-3 Hatchback 5d
6.3 secs
154 mph
246 bhp
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2.0T ST-3 Estate 5d
6.3 secs
154 mph
246 bhp
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2.0T ST-3 Hatchback (01/15-) 5d
6.3 secs
154 mph
246 bhp
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2.0 TDCi (185bhp) ST-3 Hatchback 5d
7.8 secs
135 mph
182 bhp
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2.0T ST-3 Estate (01/15-) 5d
6.5 secs
154 mph
246 bhp
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2.0 TDCi (185bhp) ST-3 Estate 5d
8.0 secs
135 mph
182 bhp
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2.0T ST-3 Navigation Hatchback (01/15-) 5d
6.3 secs
154 mph
246 bhp
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2.0T ST-3 Navigation Estate 5d
6.5 secs
154 mph
246 bhp
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2.0 TDCi (185bhp) ST-3 Navigation Hatchback 5d
7.8 secs
135 mph
182 bhp
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2.0 TDCi (185bhp) ST-3 Navigation Estate 5d
8.0 secs
135 mph
182 bhp

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Ford Focus Verdict

What is it?

The latest version of Ford’s brilliant mid-price hatch is the model tasked with taking the Focus global. This means it’s been designed with an international market in mind, and, as such, it has lost some of the dynamic vim and vigour that made the last two generations so special.

All is not lost, however. It may be a slightly softer offering than we Brits would like, but it’s now an even more complete package, with fine handling, a superb ride and preternatural refinement for this class. Better still, Ford is promising the heavily revised one that arrives in the summer restores the vim...


Driving

There was a bit of a hoo-ha made about how the third-generation Focus was going to lose its way, going soft and plobby to meet the demands of an international audience. But the worst of our fears were quickly allayed. The new Focus, while less mechanically involving than the last, is still an impressive and entertaining car to drive, making you feel immediately at home and confident in the car’s set up and ability. It corners flat, grips well and reins in the worst human transgressions with sensible yet not invasive stability control.

The Focus also rides well, soaking up the longer undulations without feeling wallowy and soft. And it cossets the cabin from the vibrations and imperfections underneath, and from the wind and tyre noise, creating an amazing level of refinement for a hatchback. Diesel engines long impressed but, until recently, mainstream petrols had disappointed. No more. The 1.0-litre Ecoboost is a gem - it sounds like it shouldn’t work but, believe us, it really does (and sales figures suggest buyers are convinced too).
On the inside

The new Focus cabin is another strong suit. It feels spacious and finished to a high standard. More so than the old Focus, and that was none too shabby. The driving position is improved over the outgoing car too, with much more adjustment, but the rear is a little more cramped under that sloping roofline. The boot isn’t the biggest either, so we’re not sure where the space has gone.

A popular criticism of the latest cabin is the fussiness of the dash and centre console. There are too many buttons and switches and the display screen is excessively busy. But a shrewd Ford dealer will tell you that this is, at least, a reflection of the impressive amount of kit every Focus has as standard.
Owning

The Ecoboost engine is a great option, with up to 180bhp squeezed from a 1.6-litre four-pot that’s good for 47mpg. The 1.0-litre is even more eye-opening, although only if you drive it gently.

Ford Focus

The Ford Focus is the American automaker's global best-seller, a compact car that's offered in hatchback and sedan form. A challenger for the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, and Chevrolet Cruze, among many others, the latest Focus is thoroughly modern and continues to receive updates nearly every year. The current Focus was launched for the 2012 model year and has been significantly updated for the 2015 model year.

MORE: Read our 2015 Ford Focus review, and compare the Focus to its competitors

The original Ford Focus replaced the old Escort back in 2000 and has been the company's compact car line ever since. When it was first introduced that year, the Focus replaced not only the Ford Escort but also the slightly larger Ford Contour sedan, which was then discontinued. At that time, the Focus was a more upscale-feeling small car than most, offering a better interior experience than competitors, plus critically lauded handling, so the top rivals at the time were the Volkswagen Golf/Jetta and Mazda Protégé.

Over its life, the Focus has had a variety of body styles, including two- and four-door sedans, three- and five-door hatchbacks, and a wagon. As compacts have gotten larger over the years, the Focus lost its place as the entry-level model in Ford's lineup when the Fiesta subcompact arrived for 2011.

In its initial several years, the Focus was offered with 110-horsepower or 130-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines, with the 130-hp (DOHC) version being the pick of the two. Most models could be equipped with a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic, though for many years wagon models were oddly offered only with an automatic. Some models were offered with a 2.3-liter engine. In addition to all the body styles, the Focus was available in many different trim levels and could be loaded with luxury items like leather upholstery and a moonroof.

A 2005-model-year refresh simplified the lineup in many ways and brought crisper front-end styling; the engine lineup changed to 136-hp (2.0-liter) and 151-hp (2.3-liter) versions of Ford's more modern Duratec engine. Focus models from this era and more recent are generally considered more reliable than the earlier ones—and for wagon and hatch aficionados, 2005-2007 is sweet spot.

For 2008 the Focus lineup was refreshed more thoroughly, with an extensively redone interior, more refinement, and expanded safety features. The wagon, along with all hatchback models were dropped, replaced buy a rather homely looking two-door coupe sold alongside the sedan. Also of note, Ford chose the youth-oriented Focus in which to introduce its new Sync hands-free interface, which has since spread to the rest of the lineup.

Ford offered electronic stability control early on for the Focus, but then discontinued it in 2004. Focus models without the optional side airbags have been rated 'poor' by the IIHS, so it should be a must-have. Through this era, the Focus didn't do so well in federal crash tests—for the early years of the Focus, three-door hatchback versions earned one star (out of five) for rear-seat passengers in the side-impact test, while it was only rated three stars in several categories.

Today's Focus ST has roots in European performance models that weren't brought here but also the original SVT Focus offered in the first generation. It packed a high-output four-cylinder making 170 hp, a strengthened Getrag six-speed manual transmission, uprated brakes, a tony exhaust, and a stiffened suspension. It was lots of fun to drive and is still admired by hot-hatch lovers to this day.

The new Ford Focus

The current third-generation Focus was launched as a four-door sedan or five-door hatchback, for the 2012 model year. The two-door and wagon models offered in previous generations are gone, but a sporty sporty Focus ST "hot hatch" model joined the lineup for 2013.

The redesigned Focus is built in Michigan and shares about 80 percent of its design with the version sold in Europe. Over multiple drives starting in 2012, we've noted the excellent ride and handling, as well as the more sophisticated driving feel overall, of the current Focus. A new-generation direct-injection engine returns good gas mileage—up to 40 mpg in special SFE trim—and the lineup so far consists of four-door sedans and five-door hatchbacks. The current Focus is great evidence that small cars don't have to seem like appliances, but can offer style, rewarding drivers, and upmarket features--if you're willing to pay for them.

On the efficiency front, Ford has lately emphasized sales of its Prius competitors, the compact hybrid C-Max (built on Focus underpinnings) and the C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid model, offering 21 miles of battery range backed up by a gasoline engine. But for 2015, a new model joins the Focus lineup: one with a tiny turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine paired to a six-speed manual gearbox. It's the kind of car that would have been unthinkable for a U.S. maker only a few years ago, but more efficient smaller engines and ever-rising corporate fuel economy rules have brought this most efficient of Focuses to the tale.

At the other end of the scale, the Focus ST launched in 2013 features a 252-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost four and much sportier suspension tuning, along with performance improvements throughout. We've driven the 2013 Ford Focus ST and found it to be a very satisfying enthusiasts' car, while remaining one that you can drive daily on your commute, as well as for long highway trips. It was good enough, in fact, that it won a nomination for the Best Car To Buy award by Motor Authority.

Ford offers a Focus Electric hatchback in a handful of states. The company doesn't do much to promote it, which leads us to believe it is simply a so-called compliance car, designed to meet California regulations that require companies to sell a certain number of zero-emission vehicles to be allowed to sell other vehicles in the state. Ford recently slashed the price of the Focus Electric by $6,000, which means it may not be selling as many as it needs to.

While the current Focus is base-priced just under $17,000 with delivery, it's easy to spend upwards of $10,000 more if you ladle on the luxury items that Ford offers--separately and as part of the top-end Platinum trim level. Ford dropped the SEL trim from the Focus lineup after a year, going from SE to Platinum. But the current Focus has all sorts of class-first options—including the MyFord Touch interface, an active parking feature, and HD Radio.

For 2013 and 2014, the Focus rates an overall five-star NHTSA safety score, while early models were slightly lower. It's one of the few compact sedans to have earned both that and IIHS Top Safety Pick status. It earned an 'acceptable' rating--just one notch down from the top 'good' that it earned on all other tests--in the tough new IIHS small-overlap front crash test.

The Focus gets a visual refresh for the 2015 model year, including a revised front end and upgraded interior. Engine offerings are expanded as well: A version using the three-cylinder, 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine will now be offered; the engine first became available in the U.S. in the smaller Fiesta. The ST and Focus Electric benefit from the styling updates as well, although both leave their powertrains unchanged for 2015. Soon, a new version of Sync, named Sync 3, will replace the MyFord Touch interface in all of Ford's vehicles. It likely will not make it into the Focus until 2016.

In 2017, Ford will offer a new Ford Focus RS in America, the first time an RS model will be available here. This harder-core version of the Focus ST adds all-wheel drive and an even more powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The new RS also has more aggressive body addenda, grippier tires, and will no doubt be a limited-production model.
Used Ford Focus Models
 The Ford Focus tempts used-car shoppers with good gas mileage numbers and in 2012 and newer models, great handling and looks. Focus sedans and two-doors from before the 2011 model year are generally less enthusiastic and less happy to handle great roads, but they still can earn up to 35 mpg highway--and they're among the first vehicles you'll find with Ford's SYNC Bluetooth-and-voice controlller.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Hocus Focus: More Pricing Details for the 2015 Ford Focus than You Ever Wanted to Know

The Ford Focus received a friendly, Fusion-y refresh for 2015. Other than

some minor body changes, suspension and steering tuning, new safety and body kit options, and a 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost engine option, it’s the same little car we like. Price increases range from $95 on the Titanium to $745 on the ST, with the electric model MSRP unchanged.

Here’s the complete—and we mean complete—rundown of standard and optional equipment with nice explanations for each trim, and don’t forget that you can build and price out one of your very own right here on Car and Driver.



S (sedan only): $17,995 (five-speed manual); $19,090 (six-speed dual-clutch automatic). Only the bare necessities show up, including a 2.0-liter 160-hp four-cylinder engine, tilt/telescoping wheel, black body trim, 15-inch steel wheels, rear drum brakes, rear coat hooks, power mirrors, power front windows, and manual rear windows (don’t ask, it’s a Euro thing). Also aboard are cloth seats, a four-speaker stereo with two USB ports, Sync voice activation, Bluetooth, and backup camera, plus all the usual safety features (and a driver’s knee airbag). You only get four color choices: black, dark gray, other gray, or white.

Bundled options include: $245 Exterior Protection Package (rear bumper guard and four mud flaps); $115 Cargo Management Package (soft cargo box and net).

Standalone options include: $445 PowerCode remote start (automatic models only); $350 Graphics Package; $95 keyless entry keypad; $95 stainless steel door sill plates; $75 rubber cargo mat.


SE: $19,285 (five-speed manual); $20,080 (six-speed manual with start/stop); $20,380 (six-speed dual-clutch automatic); hatchback body style adds $500. Adds cruise control, 16-inch alloy wheels, front floor mats, map pockets behind front seats, rear power outlet, power rear windows, center armrest, two more speakers, illuminated vanity mirrors, door lock switches on the actual doors, automatic headlamps, and body-color doors and mirrors with integrated turn signals.

Bundled options (in addition to S options) include: $1995 SE Appearance Package 201A (automatic with 17-inch wheels, rear disc brakes, fog lamps, LED daytime lamps, rear spoiler, alarm, SiriusXM satellite radio, ambient lighting, leather with eight-way power driver’s seat, leather steering wheel, leather shifter, a sunglasses case, and a rear center armrest); $1495 Navigation with Sony & MyFord Touch Package (requires SE Appearance Package; dual-zone automatic climate control, MyFord Touch with eight-inch screen, 10-speaker Sony stereo, navigation, SiriusXM); $695 SE Cold Weather Package (heated seats, steering wheel, and mirrors, plus rubber floor mats); $895 power moonroof; $795 Navigation with Sony MyFord Touch Package (requires SE Appearance Package; MyFord Touch with eight-inch screen, 10-speaker Sony stereo, navigation);

Bundled options for specific powertrains include: $1095 SE Sport Package (automatic models only; 17-inch wheels with black accents, lowered front valence, fog lamps, rear splitter, rear spoiler, body-color rocker panels, rear disc brakes, paddle shifters, leather steering wheel); $1495 SE EcoBoost Package (six-speed manual sedan models only; 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine with everything on SE Sport Package).

Standalone options (in addition to S options) include: $495 SE Power Seat Package (eight-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar and rear parking sensors); $255 rear parking sensors; $195 SiriusXM; and all S options. Extra-charge paint options include Ruby Red and Blue Candy ($395).


Titanium: $23,995 + $500 for hatch (5-speed manual or six-speed automatic). Standard additional equipment includes 17-inch wheels, keyless entry with push-button start, storage inside the rear armrest, rear floor mats, hill start assist, keyless entry pad, chrome trim, remote start for automatic models, trip computer, heated seats, heated mirrors, SE Appearance Package, SiriusXM with HD radio, and 10-speaker Sony stereo.

Bundled options include: $795 Titanium Technology Package (blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, auto high beams); $625 18-inch Wheel Package (gray 18-inch wheels with more aggressive all-season tires, full-size spare over mini-spare); $195 Titanium Cold Weather Package (rubber floor mats, heated steering wheel)

Standalone options (in addition to non-standard S options) include: $795 navigation; $395 Active Park Assist. Extra-charge paint included SE colors plus White Platinum ($595).

ST (hatch only): $25,195. Standard with 2.0-liter turbocharged 252-hp four-cylinder with sport-tuned suspension, six-speed manual, 18-inch gray ST wheels with Y-rated summer tires, ST-specific bodywork, sport exhaust, flat-bottom leather steering wheel, leather and aluminum shift knob, aluminum pedals, and keyless entry with push-button start. Deletes Titanium equipment and replaces most of it with the SE, meaning manual cloth seats, no nav, etc.

Bundled options include: $2990 ST2 Package (dual-zone automatic climate control, xenon headlamps, SiriusXM with HD radio, Recaro partial leather seats, 10-speaker Sony stereo); $4680 ST3 Package (ST2 plus heated mirrors, navigation, sunglasses case, full-leather heated Recaros); $115 Cargo Management Package.

Standalone options include: $895 power moonroof; $495 Exterior Stripe (double black or red stripes along the entire vehicle with matching mirrors); $495 18-inch wheels (with black accents and red-painted brake calipers); $30 Z-rated tires. Extra-charge paint is Tangerine Scream ($595).


Electric (hatch only): $29,995. This is a pretty big drop for a car that barely two years ago cost $10,000 more and required that much in factory incentives to sell. Now the factory incentives (which likely will last all year) are only $3500, bringing the total to $26,495 before available local, state, or federal rebates. Standard equipment over the Titanium includes xenon headlamps, nine-speaker Sony stereo, “eco-conscious” cloth seats, a revised instrument cluster, navigation, remote start, and of course, a single-speed transmission, 23-kWh lithium-ion battery, and 107-kW electric motor.

Bundled options include: $245 Exterior Protection Package.

Standalone options include: $995 leather seats; $370 car cover; $65 charge cord bag; $60 charge port graphics. Extra-charge paint same as Titanium.





2015 Ford Focus Sedan

Ford is determined to soak up every last ray of spotlight available during the protracted 2015 Focus debut. Revealed in hatchback and wagon trims at Geneva earlier this year, the maker saved the global premiere of the Focus sedan for the bright lights of New York City. True, the New York auto show doesn’t officially begin for a week or so, but makers have grown fond of stringing reveals out in an attempt to capture as much attention as possible.

Same as It Ever Was

 Aside from the obvious differences—it’s got a more steeply raked backlight and trunk instead of a hatch—the Focus sedan falls right in line with its refreshed five-door counterpart. (The Focus wagon variant isn’t scheduled to make the trip to the U.S. anytime soon.)



The big news is the arrival of the 1.0-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder engine mated to a manual six-speed transmission that we’ve already driven in a Euro-spec Focus. Currently available in the U.S.-market Fiesta, the 1.0-liter Focus will come standard with a fuel-saving stop-start system. To address driving dynamics, which we think were already good, the rear suspension setup on all 2015 Focus models receives a tweaking, and the electric power steering has been retuned. Ford claims shock absorbers with a new valve design help improve interior quietness.

 The 2015 model also marks the arrival of an SE Sport package trim, which includes new body treatments, paddle shifters (when equipped with an automatic transmission), a revised touring suspension, and 17-inch gloss-black aluminum wheels wrapped in P215/50 tires.

 Exterior updates include fresh styling for the hood, grille, and trunklid, and signature LED lighting arrives for both the headlamps and taillamps. The interior gets a new center console with improved storage capacity and adjustable cupholders (Big Gulpers rejoice!), new seat trims, satin chrome detailing, and an available heated steering wheel. Ford is also getting a leg up on the approaching 2018 backup-camera mandate by making a backup camera standard across the Focus lineup for 2015. Images from the camera will appear on a dash-mounted 4.2-inch screen; customers who spring for the optional MyFord Touch system will get upgraded to an eight-inch display as part of the deal. Also making its first appearance on the standard side of the order sheet of all trim levels is Ford’s MyKey programmable vehicle settings.


 Safety nanny systems such as blind-spot warning and a lane-keeping system will also be optional, the latter incorporating an active steering-correct function that applies steering to center the car in its lane if initial warnings go unheeded. To help keep things quiet inside, Ford specified thicker carpets and window glass, and improved engine-compartment insulation.

 Final EPA fuel-economy numbers for the 1.0-liter EcoBoost aren’t in yet, but Ford isn’t shy about its hopes, stating that it “expects the 1.0-liter EcoBoost Focus to raise the bar in fuel efficiency among non-hybrid compact vehicles.” We’ll let you know how that works out, as soon as we put one through an instrumented test. View Photo Gallery