All posts tagged: Ford

Iain Shankland, www.Road-Test.org

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E – Road Test

We’ve known about the Mustang Mach-E for over a year now, and people are still banging on that “it’s not a Mustang because it’s an SUV.” Those people are morons. They’ve obviously made a judgment based on their small minds fitting into their tiny heads. You have to be open-minded with ANY vehicle and manufacturer. Remember the outcry when Porsche, Jaguar and Lamborghini said they were going to start building SUV’s? That was supposed to be the end of the world as we knew it. Fast forward a couple of years and the SUV’s are outselling the sports cars by a great number.

2022 Ford Maverick Launch, Iain Shankland, Road-Test.org

2022 Ford Maverick Launch

The world’s worst-kept secrets has officially been revealed – the 2022 Ford Maverick – and it’s truly impressive. With a base MSRP of just $25,900 Cdn ($19,995 U.S.) – the price alone should get your attention! Even if you’re not a “truck person” this is a serious option for those that need a small maneuverable pickup truck that is great on gas and had a rugged bed to throw dirt, mulch or camping gear in – without having to buy/lease a huge F-150 etc. Here’s the breakdown…

www.Road-Test.org, Iain Shankland, That’s A Wrap!

That’s A Wrap! The Latest Automotive News From Around The Web – May 28, 2021

Highlights from this week include: Extreme Racing; I’ll Believe It When I See It; Everyone’s going EV, including Lambo; Toyota and Oz committed to sucking on tailpipes – BMW and just about everyone else, disagrees; Lightning strikes twice; An eBus in Munich drives 24hrs without recharging; a street car that’ll do 0-60 mph in a mind-boggling 1.1 seconds; A Tribute

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning, www.Road-Test.org, Iain Shankland

2023 Ford F-150 Lightning Launch

The official launch of the 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning happened last night and there were some shocking numbers thrown about – starting with the starting price: $39,974, before any credits!!! Of course that’s not the one you or I will actually want – it’s a base, commercial-oriented trim level. Optioned out it’ll top off at around $90k – similar to a King Ranch if you tick all the boxes in a traditional F-150.

2019 Ford Edge Titanium - Exterior

2019 Ford Edge Titanium – Road Test

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.

Ford Transit, Iain Shankland, Road-Test.org

2019 Ford Transit 150 – Road Test

It’s been 25+ years since I last drove a full-size panel van. In this test, I spent a couple of hours driving the Transit 150 – long enough to get a feel for the vehicle, short enough that I didn’t need a week to get familiar with it. In the past 2 ½ decades the panel van has come a long way. Comfy seats, back up camera, tilt and telescopic steering, cruise control… wow, that’s stuff that wasn’t even available when I bought my new Ram 1500 back in 1991! The Ford Transit is definitely one of the best-looking full-size vans available in North America, only the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter can compete with it for looks.

2019 Ford Ranger Lariat – Road Test

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

2019 Ford Explorer Sport, Iain Shankland, Road-Test.org

2019 Ford Explorer Sport – Road Test

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…