It hasn’t been long since we last drove a Ford Edge – just a few months, but this one is different – it’s the top range ST version. All models come with a 4-cylinder Twin-Scroll 2.0L EcoBoost Engine… except for the ST – it gets a Twin-Turbo V6 Engine, meaning more power and more grunt, and a Performance Tuned Suspension that is definitely an upgrade and one that we appreciated. So is it worth upgrading to the ST? Short answer…Yes.
Having driven the 2020 Ford Explorer a few times this year, although I liked it, I certainly didn’t love it. Truth be told the Hyundai Palisade did it so much better, and for less money. When I picked up the key fob for the Lincoln Aviator Reserve I was thinking it might be equal to the Palisade – but with an even bigger price bump than the Explorer. Two minutes behind the wheel and I knew right away my preconceptions were wrong, oh so wrong.
What happens when the Ford/Lincoln designers forget that they don’t work for BMW/Mercedes? They create vehicles like the 2020 Lincoln Corsair. I’m serious – this Corsair feels and drives just like a BMW/Mercedes. Remove the badges and no one would be able to tell the difference on the inside – especially if you blindfolded them and sat them in the front seats. Ford have really stepped up their game with the Lincoln lineup. No longer is it just a tiny bit more luxurious than the Ford equivalent – it’s a completely different vehicle! They share the platform, but that’s it – everything else is luxury dialed up to 11, but DO NOT call it a grandpa’s Lincoln with thoughts of floaty suspension and overly boosted power steering – those days are thankfully long gone.
The Lincoln Continental is an iconic piece of American automotive history. Once upon a time, anyone that wanted to prove that they had “made it” would buy one (or the Cadillac Fleetwood). Presidents and dignitaries HAD to be seen in them, many were stretched even longer and bulletproofing them was a major industry too. If you wanted a humongous status symbol with a floaty ride and zero cornering ability above 25 km/h – this was your car. But then people discovered the Europeans were building cars that were superior, could corner and handle in a way the Caddy and Lincoln could only dream about. By the mid-80’s only grandpas and stretch limo companies wanted these cars. So why are we testing one here? Why should anyone still be interested in a Lincoln Continental – especially in 2020? Well, believe-it-or-not the Continental is back – smaller, nimble, fast and yes… relevant in 2020. Put your preconceived notions aside and check it out…
Having driven all of the Edge models to date, I thought it was time to give the latest version a drive – after all, it’s been 3+ years since I last drove one (2016) – is it better? It’s been “upgraded” after receiving a mid-cycle facelift for 2019 (2nd gen began in 2015). Last time out I drove the Sport version with a 2.7L Ecoboost V6. This time we’ll be driving the 4-cylinder 2.0 turbocharged Ecoboost engine that is now standard across the range – except for the ST version (the only model that gives you the V6 if you just have to have one). The big question is – does a 4-banger work in a vehicle this big??! Well Ford aren’t alone in this category – Land Rover do the same thing with the Discovery Sport and Kia likewise with the Sorento. I’ve driven both and to be honest I didn’t feel they lacked anything in the way of power by going with a smaller, more fuel-efficient engine.
This is a special road test for me. I’ve been desperate to get behind the wheel of the All-New 2019 Ranger since it was announced back in 2017/18. Although it’s “all-new” for North America, it isn’t actually new – it debuted in Australia back in 2012 and hasn’t been upgraded since, so it’s certainly not “all new” and not even close to being “new,” unless 7 years is considered new. Oddly enough, there is an all-new version arriving in 2020 for Australia, Asia and Europe – but not for North America. But all this doesn’t really matter because the 2019 Ranger is All-New for us and that’s all that matters at this point. Two questions come up right away: 1) has it been worth the wait for its return? and 2) is it better than the previous Ranger? Short answers are YES and YES
Time waits for no one and in the automotive world 7 years is a lifetime. That’s the last time I drove a Ford Explorer. Back in 2012 I came away impressed with the SUV but appalled with the fuel consumption – that was with the 3.5 L V6 and during its initial ground-up re-design (2011-2015). Now, in phase 3 of the current model, have Ford made any improvements not only to the fuel economy but also the Explorer overall? Let’s find out before the new 2020 hits the streets…
It’s been a number of years since I last tested a Ford Escape. I’ve always liked the look of the Escape, but every time I’ve driven one I came away completely unimpressed and very disappointed. That changed this week when I jumped behind the wheel of the 2019 Titanium. My immediate first impression was “gotta get me one of these!” So why this Escape? What’s different – what made it so much better? Let’s take a look…
In 2015 Ford Mustang celebrates its 50th Anniversary with an all-new design and a year-long celebration. Last year we spent a lot of time around the Mustang, but there weren’t any available to test drive until early this year. Finally I got the keys to a convertible version – perfect for nice hot summer days. Along with the drop-top came a manual transmission – extremely rare in this day and age of automatics… and an incredible audio system. Does it get better than this? Some may say – of course it does – you shoulda got the 5.0 GT!! That’s true, but I wanted the 4-cylinder version because it’s got more HP than the V6 and is supposed to offer better fuel mileage… besides, I’ll test the GT later.
OAKVILLE, Ont., May 5, 2015 – Ford Motor Company of Canada Ltd. is helping Canadians retire older vehicles and get into a new vehicle through the Ford Recycle Your Ride (RYR) program. Ford of Canada is working with the Automotive Recyclers of Canada (ARC) to recycle customer’s 2008 model year or older vehicles for up to $2,500* toward the purchase or lease of a new Ford vehicle. The program will run at Canadian Ford dealerships during May and June 2015.