Category Archives: Ford

2014 Ford Mustang GT Review

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For the review of the Mustang V6 click here.

Introduced in April 1964, the Mustang became Ford’s most successful model since the Model T. It is also one of the longest running American nameplates in automotive history. Following the 2005 redesign, the Mustang grew in size and power yet was more influenced by the classic Mustangs than the previous generation. Updated in 2009, the Mustang was revised in styling and for 2011, received new powertrains. For the 2013 model year, it was updated again with upgraded sheet metal.

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2004 Ford Explorer XLT Review

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Introduced in the 1990s, the Ford Explorer was Ford’s answer to the Jeep Cherokee. Emphasizing its off road capability in a family friendly package, the Explorer was met with success. In 1995, the Ford Explorer was redesigned, and it became America’s quintessential family SUV thanks to its ideal combination of decent looks, strong engines, high level of comfort, and affordability. However, despite the favorable reaction from the consumers, the Explorer was notably affected by the notorious Firestone debacle. These Explorers were equipped with Firestone tires which had low durability, and they were prone to tipping the SUV over. As a result, there was a huge recall in 2000 which also affected the Explorer’s twins, the Mercury Mountaineer, and the Mazda Navajo. The Explorer was completely revamped in 2002, with a new focus on regaining its best seller status back.

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2008 Ford Taurus X SEL Review

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After keeping an eye on the success of car based SUVs such as the Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, and the Nissan Murano, Ford felt that its truck based SUVs, the Explorer and the Expedition, was not going to cut it. Thus came the Freestyle to fill in the void for a car like SUV that combined the virtues of a minivan, wagon, and a sedan in one package. It was based on the Five Hundred sedan and offered decent performance and remarkable practicality. Despite its competence, the Freestyle sold less than what Ford expected. In late 2007-2008, the Freestyle was refreshed. It adopted a name change to Taurus X (The Five Hundred sedan also adopted a name change to Taurus), and gained a new powertrain as well fixing the issues of the Freestyle.

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2010 Ford F150 FX2 Sport Review

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What is the epitome of America? It’s a truck of course. America’s best selling car, the Ford F150, supports that claim. The F150’s lineage goes back to the late 1940s with the first generation F-Series pick up truck. It was not until the 1980s’ that the F150 rose to prominence, and was recognized as a separate model of the F-Series. Over the years, the F150 made the gradual change from its roots in commercial trucks to being a symbol of status and power. Nowadays, the perception of trucks changed from being delegated to the construction masses, to being a vehicle of American pride. With the latest F150, Ford made the risky move with a smoother and angled design and turbocharged V6s engines as opposed to the earlier F150s with their chiseled designs and old-school engines. Luckily for Ford, it paid off as the F150 remains the best selling vehicle in the United States of America. Continue reading

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2011 Ford Mustang Review

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Disclaimer: The car is not stock. The upgrades are magnaflow catback exhaust system, fully adjustable Koni shocks, and Eibach Springs. Driving experience may vary.

Many of you know already what this car is. It is America’s sports car. In my sophomore English class, we had to do a research paper on a biography. Naturally I did my paper on an automotive industry individual, Lee Iacocca. He was the man who was behind the original Ford Mustang. Celebrating its 50 year anniversary, the Ford Mustang debuted in 1964. 18 months after the Mustang debuted in April 1964, a million were made. The Mustang was wildly successful, and it started the muscle car craze in the 1960’s and 1970’s. The Mustang soldiered on, even with the debacle that is the Mustang II (It was bigger and slower and had four cylinder engines). Before the 1994 redesign, the Mustang was close to being discontinued as it had morphed into an uninteresting sports car. But the 1994 redesign changed its outcome, as the design was retro and the driving performance drastically better. Since then, the Mustang has been thriving. Continue reading

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2012 Ford Focus SE Review

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Disclaimer: The Focus I drove was a Ford Focus SEL Hatchback, not this exact car. Driving experience may vary.

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Introduced in Europe in 1998, and North America in 1999, the original Focus surprised the world with its’ combination of avant garde styling (hatchback version), unbeatable dynamics, practicality, and affordability. Replacing the Escort, the Focus represented a new era for Ford, in terms of design and handling. It was given a rear independent suspension¬† which was very expensive and rare for a car of this cost and class, but it gave the Focus unsurpassed dynamic excellence that left its rivals struggling to catch up. Ten years later, the U.S specific Focus has morphed into an outdated and boring compact sedan. Meanwhile in Europe, the Focus was thriving. See, Ford in Europe has a much better reputation as a car manufacturer because they produced substantially better cars such as the Mondeo instead of the Fusion, Kuga instead of the Escape, and so on. They produced a different Focus while we got the same Focus from 1999, albeit “restyled” in 2008. In America during 2005-2011, Ford’s lineup was hampered by its fuel-thirsty SUVs and uncompetitive cars. During the recession of 2008, Ford realized it needed a solution to save its company. They started a globalization strategy, which meant we would get the same cars as Europe did. They started bringing the subcompact Fiesta over here, which quickly became a hot-seller, and the latest Focus that you see here. The Focus has been selling well, abiding to the same principles that made the original Focus such a worldwide success. Continue reading

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2003 Ford Ranger Edge V6 Review

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This car belongs to one of my good friends. He needed a car, and I searched for a car in his budget that he would like. Then he got this. I automatically decided not to like it, because it was an automatic. Why I fixate on stick shifts, I do not know. Anyways, my friend and I, we tend to disagree on everything relating to cars. He likes Mercedes the best, I like BMW the best, He loves trucks, I don’t “love’ trucks, etc. So it’s inevitable I should not like his Ranger, right? Wrong. No matter how hard I try to dislike it, I can’t ignore the Ranger’s charms. Flaws first. The AC didn’t work properly in the summer. The steering has no feel in it. Whenever you turn the wheel sharply, the body leans like you’re going to flip it over.¬† The ride is harsh. It’s noisy. The crank windows are irritating. But despite all these flaws, I like this truck. Continue reading

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