2017 Ford Focus RS

Jan 20th
Making more output from a turbocharged engine has long been the lowest-hanging fruit of the tuning industry, especially when reflashing an ECU with a new map can easily make more power. Sometimes much more power.That’s not the case here. The Ford Focus RS Mountune upgrade, available in Europe, gets only modest stated increases—20 horsepower and 26 lb-ft over the standard…
2016 Ford Focus RS

Jan 13th
The Ford Focus RS is a car that needs little introduction. Ford has been hyping its all-wheel-drive hatchback for pretty much a full year, most recently with a viral video campaign featuring more episodes than many HBO dramas. Like the two previous Focus RS models, it has been engineered primarily in Europe; unlike the earlier cars, it will be sold…
2017 Ford C-Max Energi Plug-in Hybrid

Jan 11th
The 2017 Ford C-Max Energi strives to be both a credible plug-in-hybrid gasoline-electric car and a versatile multipurpose vehicle. Instead, it’s a compromised example of both.Recently refreshed, the five-year-old C-Max Energi wears updated headlights with LED running lights, a restyled grille, a new set of 17-inch wheels, and a pair of reworked taillights. Mechanically unchanged, the Energi is propelled by…
2016 Ford Fiesta Hatchback

Jan 10th
Driving enthusiasts think that plucky, underpowered subcompacts, such as the Ford Fiesta, beg for the driver involvement that comes from a three-pedal, manual gearbox. This is one reason we’ve eschewed the Blue Oval’s PowerShift six-speed automatic for the standard five-speed manual in all our previous tests of the car, which is one of our favorites in the class. This review…
2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

Jan 9th
As it blitzes alongside a railbed slicing through Southern California’s Anza-Borrego Desert, the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor sashays gently side to side, its wide all-terrain tires tracking the bumps and ruts in the sandy trail. The ventilated seats are set to high, while our hands twitch the wheel back and forth with minor corrections to keep the truck pointed straight.…
2017 Ford Escape

Jan 9th
At just 16 years old, the Ford Escape is one of the younger nameplates in the Ford family. The Taurus, F-series, Focus, and, of course, Mustang all are older. Yet the Escape sells in greater numbers than any Ford save the F-150 pickup (and sometimes the Fusion sedan), thanks to the market shift to crossovers and smart strategizing by Dearborn’s…
2017 Ford Fusion Energi Plug-in Hybrid

Jan 7th
As plug-in hybrids go, the Ford Fusion Energi has ranked among the best. It won a comparison test in 2013 against the now discontinued Honda Accord plug-in hybrid and has seen little competition from other mid-size sedans with plugs until this model year, when the Hyundai Sonata plug-in arrived. Next came that car’s mechanical twin, the 2017 Kia Optima hybrid,…
2017 Ford Fusion

Dec 31st
The current Ford Fusion has proved eminently popular, with more than 300,000 sold in each of the past two years, offering audacious looks (for the segment, mind you), secure handling, and a good amount of technology. Thing is, the fetching four-door hasn’t proved to be terribly premium or overtly sporty, just reasonably good at being a mid-size Ford sedan. For…
2017 Ford Fusion

Dec 31st
Good news: There’s once again a V-6 engine option for the Ford Fusion after a few years during which Dearborn’s mainstream family sedan offered only four-bangers. Better news: It’s a twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 making 325 horsepower, an engine we’ve seen before in the F-150 pickup and the Edge crossover. In the Fusion, it appears only under the hood of…
2017 Ford F-150

Dec 29th
Enter the term “2017 Ford F-150” into Google's search engine, and we bet that, by the time you type the second F, the search bar will autocomplete your query to “2017 Ford F-150 Raptor.” Well, if your internet history includes a heavy focus on cars, as ours does, it might. Even if the world’s biggest search engine seems to be…
2017 Ford GT

Dec 28th
Lap after lap, Scott Maxwell gnaws deeper into the curbing. By drawing a straighter line through a shallow chicane on the road course that lies in the shadow of Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the Canadian pro driver with class wins at Sebring, Daytona, and Le Mans is searching for—and finding—more speed. What started as a nibble is now a chomp…
2016 Ford Focus Electric

Dec 26th
Ford’s announcement that the 2017 Focus Electric will sport an EPA-rated driving range of 100 miles couldn’t have come at a less opportune time: Here we are driving and testing a ’16 model with a range of 76 miles when, in only a few months, it will be obsolete. Old kit. An iPhone 4 in an iPhone 6S world. If…