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  1. Price Range $35,845–$46,710 Consumer Rating (5.0)6 reviews MPG (Miles Per Gallon) 23-25 Body Styles Sedan The wait for the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon’s arrival may have been long, but the German automaker’s new flagship vehicle has finally landed in the U.S., and it brings with it a fine interior, dramatic styling and hopefully signals good things for the rest of Volkswagen’s vehicles. The Arteon competes with other large sedans like the Kia Stinger, Toyota Avalon and Dodge Charger. If the rear-wheel-drive Stinger and Charger represent performance and the Avalon a cushy, comfortable cruiser, then the Arteon splits the difference between those. Its standard adaptive suspension provides great ride quality and isolation while still offering enough feedback that the driver won’t feel disengaged — it’s Goldilocks for those looking for a car to take on long trips. Backing that up is a high-quality interior. Nappa leather and real metal accent pieces on higher trim levels help the Arteon blur the line between itself and premium competitors. The Arteon also has grown when compared to its spiritual predecessor, the now defunct Volkswagen CC. It has a 5-inch-longer wheelbase, which translates to impressive rear legroom and a spacious cargo area. The debut of the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon has been a long time coming. We first saw Volkswagen’s new flagship vehicle teased in 2016, and it arrived in the flesh at a North American auto show in early 2018, but certification problems in Europe meant that the car was delayed around the world. Now, Volkswagen’s new flagship vehicle is finally here. I headed to the area around Santa Barbara, Calif., to see if the Arteon was worth the wait. What I discovered was something that felt like a return to form for Volkswagen, which has been criticized in recent years for taking its vehicles down a notch in terms of materials and, simply, how nice they felt to be in. The Arteon takes things in the opposite direction, and I found it gives a very good premium, if not luxury, impression. Tuned for Comfort When it was announced, the Arteon had multiple potential powertrain configurations, but as is common for these globally sold vehicles, those options got condensed into one for the U.S. market. Here we’ll get only a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 268 horsepower and 258 pounds-feet of torque. It comes mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and standard front-wheel drive. Warranty New car and certified pre-owned programs by Volkswagen New Car Program Benefits Bumper-to-Bumper 72 months / 72,000 miles Powertrain 72 months / 72,000 miles Roadside Assistance 36 months / 36,000 miles Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits Maximum Age/Mileage 7 years/less than 72,000 or 75,000 miles (model-year specific) Basic Warranty Terms Model-year 2017 and older, 2 years/24,000 miles; model-year 2018 and forward, 1 year/12,000 miles; TDI models, 2 years/unlimited miles Powertrain 5 years/60,000 miles Dealer Certification Required 100-plus point inspection Roadside Assistance Yes cars.com
  2. Volkswagen, shortened to VW, is a German automaker founded in 1937 by the German Labour Front, a Nazi labour union, and headquartered in Wolfsburg. It is the flagship marque of the Volkswagen Group, the largest automaker by worldwide sales in 2016 and 2017. The group's biggest market is in China, which delivers 40% of its sales and profits. Volkswagen translates to "people's car" in German. The company's current international advertising slogan is just "Volkswagen", referencing the name's meaning. Volkswagen is the founding and namesake member of the Volkswagen Group, a large international corporation in charge of multiple car and truck brands, including Audi, SEAT, Porsche, Lamborghini, Bentley, Bugatti, Scania, MAN, and Škoda. Volkswagen Group's global headquarters are located in Volkswagen's historic home of Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen Group, as a unit, is Europe's largest automaker. For a long time, Volkswagen has had a market share over 20 percent. In 2010, Volkswagen posted record sales of 6.29 million vehicles, with its global market share at 11.4%. In 2008, Volkswagen became the third largest automaker in the world, and, as of 2016, Volkswagen was the second largest manufacturer worldwide. With strong headwinds reported in 2018, predominantly from trade tariffs and new emission standards, Volkswagen Group have limped to the 2018 finish line and astonishingly ended the year with record deliveries of 10.8m vehicles. Volkswagen Group's core markets include Germany and China. In July 2019, Volkswagen invested $2.6 billion in Argo AI, a startup focused on developing self-driving vehicles. wikipedia.org
  3. Notable Features in 2019 Seats up to seven in three rows V-6 engine standard Turbo four-cylinder and turbo V-6 available Front- or four-wheel drive Apple CarPlay, Android Auto connectivity available Hands-free power liftgate available Price Range $32,365–$54,165 Consumer Rating (4.8)79 reviews MPG (Miles Per Gallon) 18-20 Body Styles SUV The Good Sport model's performance Interior quality (Platinum trim) Front-seat ergonomics Handling and road manners The Bad Access to cramped third row Sticker price climbs easily Driver's footwell is too narrow Modest cargo space behind third row What Is the 2019 Ford Explorer? The Ford Explorer is a three-row SUV that seats up to seven people. A 290-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine is standard; a 280-hp, turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder and a 365-hp, twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 are available. Front- and four-wheel-drive models are offered, and all trims come with a six-speed automatic transmission. Competitors include the Chevrolet Traverse, Honda Pilot, Nissan Pathfinder and Toyota Highlander. The Explorer has been redesigned for the 2020 model year. What’s New on the 2019 Ford Explorer? The XLT trim adds blind spot warning and a power liftgate. New packages for the XLT and Limited trims include 20-inch aluminum wheels, chrome mirror caps and leather upholstery, among other features. What Features in the 2019 Ford Explorer Are Most Important? The optional Safe and Smart Package includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane-keeping assist and automatic high-beam headlights. An available Wi-Fi hot spot can support up to 10 devices to keep families entertained on road trips. The Sync 3 touchscreen multimedia system remains one of the best in the business and includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity. An available power liftgate can be opened by waving a foot under the rear bumper. Should I Buy the 2019 Ford Explorer? The Explorer offers a lot of technology and is available in a variety of trims from basic to luxurious. This SUV handles and rides well, and the Sport model offers brisk performance. Drawbacks include a cramped third row with not much cargo space behind it. The Explorer is a solid overall choice, if not the latest and greatest in its class. But if you’re interested in the 2019 version, you may want to wait and see what the redesigned 2020 model has to offer; it’s slated to hit dealerships in summer 2019. Warranty New car and certified pre-owned programs by Ford New Car Program Benefits Bumper-to-Bumper 36 months / 36,000 miles Powertrain 60 months / 60,000 miles Roadside Assistance 60 months / 60,000 miles Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits Maximum Age/Mileage Less than 6 years old/less than 80,000 miles Basic Warranty Terms 12 months/12,000 miles Powertrain 7 years/100,000 miles Dealer Certification Required 172-point inspection Roadside Assistance Yes cars.com
  4. Notable Features in 2019 Full-size SUV seats up to eight in three rows Twin-turbo V-6 engine standard Regular- and extended-length Max versions Rear- or four-wheel drive Pro Trailer Backup Assist available Price Range $52,130–$76,515 Consumer Rating (4.8)33 reviews MPG (Miles Per Gallon) 19-20 Body Styles SUV The Good Real room in all three rows Powerful engine Excellent ride and handling Tows beautifully Outstanding onboard multimedia tech Easy-to-use Pro Trailer Backup Assist The Bad Very expensive Towing disproportionately decreases fuel economy Poor overall range Some interior materials feel cheap Rotary shifter ease of use What Is the 2019 Ford Expedition? The Ford Expedition full-size SUV was redesigned last year. Offered in regular- and extended-length Max form, the Expedition seats up to eight people in three rows. The Expedition is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 engine that makes 375 or 400 horsepower, depending on the trim level. The V-6 teams with a 10-speed automatic transmission, and rear- and four-wheel-drive models are offered. Competitors include the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, Toyota Sequoia and Nissan Armada. What’s New on the 2019 Ford Expedition? The dual-zone automatic air conditioning is now tri-zone automatic air conditioning. There’s also a new Stealth Edition Package that adds an assortment of gloss black exterior accents as well as a Texas Edition Package. What Features in the 2019 Ford Expedition Are Most Important? While seating for eight is standard, the Expedition offers second-row bucket seats that reduce seating capacity to seven but make it easier to access the third row. A power-folding third-row seat is standard. When equipped with four-wheel drive, there’s a Terrain Management System and hill descent control. Ford’s Pro Trailer Backup Assist aims to make reversing with a trailer less of a white-knuckled task. Ford's Sync 3 multimedia system is standard and features an 8-inch touchscreen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity. Available convenience features include a hands-free foot-activated liftgate, a heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, 4G LTE connectivity with a Wi-Fi hot spot, leather upholstery, a panoramic moonroof and wireless device charging. Available active safety features include adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability, lane-keeping assist, blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert and forward collision warning. Inflatable second-row seat belts are also available. Should I Buy the 2019 Ford Expedition? The big Expedition has plenty of capability — it'll tow up to 9,300 pounds when properly equipped — and it offers lots of tech features. The Expedition is roomy, rides well and has a powerful drivetrain. It's pricey and towing disproportionately drags down fuel economy, but the Expedition is an impressive full-size SUV overall. It also won our 2018 Full-Size SUV Challenge. Warranty New car and certified pre-owned programs by Ford New Car Program Benefits Bumper-to-Bumper 36 months / 36,000 miles Powertrain 60 months / 60,000 miles Roadside Assistance 60 months / 60,000 miles Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits Maximum Age/Mileage Less than 6 years old/less than 80,000 miles Basic Warranty Terms 12 months/12,000 miles Powertrain 7 years/100,000 miles Dealer Certification Required 172-point inspection Roadside Assistance Yes cars.com
  5. Notable Features in 2019 Five-seat compact SUV Sync 3 multimedia system available Choice of three gas engines Six-speed automatic standard Front- or four-wheel drive Price Range $24,105–$34,120 Consumer Rating (4.8)181 reviews MPG (Miles Per Gallon) 23-26 Body Styles SUV The Good Center console storage Ride and handling Potent turbocharged engines Sync 3 touchscreen responsiveness Visibility Hands-free power liftgate available The Bad Cheap-feeling interior materials Fuel economy Heavy folding backseat What Is the 2019 Ford Escape? The five-seat Escape is Ford's entry in the popular compact SUV class. It offers a choice of three four-cylinder engines, two turbocharged, ranging from a standard 168-horsepower 2.5-liter to a high-output 245-hp 2.0-liter. All engines pair with a six-speed automatic transmission. Front- and four-wheel-drive versions are available, and competitors include the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-5 and Chevrolet Equinox. What’s New on the 2019 Ford Escape? SE trim levels now get the Sync 3 multimedia system, push-button start, remote start and one-touch power windows. What Features in the 2019 Ford Escape Are Most Important? The available Sync 3 multimedia system has an 8-inch touchscreen and supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity. Also available is 4G LTE connectivity and a Wi-Fi hot spot, a Sony premium stereo and a self-parking system. Available active safety features include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert and lane-keeping assist. Should I Buy the 2019 Ford Escape? The Escape was last redesigned for the 2013 model year, yet it continues to be a popular model for Ford. The SUV's ride and handling impress, we like the ease of use of the Sync 3 multimedia system and the available turbocharged engines offer good performance. The cabin, for one, is showing its age with materials that aren't as nice as they need to be and a heavy folding backseat. Warranty New car and certified pre-owned programs by Ford New Car Program Benefits Bumper-to-Bumper 36 months / 36,000 miles Powertrain 60 months / 60,000 miles Roadside Assistance 60 months / 60,000 miles Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits Maximum Age/Mileage Less than 6 years old/less than 80,000 miles Basic Warranty Terms 12 months/12,000 miles Powertrain 7 years/100,000 miles Dealer Certification Required 172-point inspection Roadside Assistance Yes cars.com
  6. Notable Features in 2019 New SES Black Appearance Package available Five-seat subcompact SUV Front- or four-wheel drive Four-cylinder or turbo three-cylinder engine 8-inch touchscreen available Heated steering wheel available Price Range $19,995–$27,610 Consumer Rating (4.1)42 reviews MPG (Miles Per Gallon) 25-28 Body Styles SUV The Good Interesting cabin design Apple CarPlay, Android Auto available High seating positions front and rear Steering feedback Flip-down head restraints aid visibility Straightforward controls The Bad Ride quality on bumpy roads Unrefined powertrains Side-hinged rear swing gate bad for urban parking Fuel economy No automatic braking system Backseat knee room What Is the 2019 Ford EcoSport? Launched last year, the EcoSport is the smallest SUV in Ford's lineup. It seats five and offers a choice of two engines: a 123-horsepower, turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder in front-wheel-drive versions and a 166-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder in four-wheel-drive models. Both engines team with a six-speed automatic transmission. Competitors include the Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3 and Chevrolet Trax. What’s New on the 2019 Ford EcoSport? A new Black Appearance Package for the SES trim level adds a black roof and hood decal on white, silver and blue EcoSports. What Features in the 2019 Ford EcoSport Are Most Important? Available convenience features include automatic climate control, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, the Sync 3 multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, remote start, a Bang & Olufsen premium stereo and 4G LTE connectivity with a Wi-Fi hot spot. Blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert is also available. Should I Buy the 2019 Ford EcoSport? EcoSport highlights include its tall seating position, simple controls and steering feel, but it also has some significant negative characteristics. These include ride quality on bumpy roads, unrefined powertrains that don't get great gas mileage and a tight backseat. The subcompact SUV class has added numerous entrants recently, so it's worth your while to check out the competition to find the one that's right for you. Warranty New car and certified pre-owned programs by Ford New Car Program Benefits Bumper-to-Bumper 36 months / 36,000 miles Powertrain 60 months / 60,000 miles Roadside Assistance 60 months / 60,000 miles Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits Maximum Age/Mileage Less than 6 years old/less than 80,000 miles Basic Warranty Terms 12 months/12,000 miles Powertrain 7 years/100,000 miles Dealer Certification Required 172-point inspection Roadside Assistance Yes cars.com
  7. Notable Features in 2019 Five-seat full-size sedan Front- or all-wheel drive Sync 3 multimedia system available Lane-keeping assist available Performance-oriented Taurus SHO available Price Range $27,800–$42,975 Consumer Rating (5.0)3 reviews MPG (Miles Per Gallon) 19-22 Body Styles Sedan The Good Steering feedback Massive trunk Seating comfort Child-safety seat usability The Bad Unresponsive transmission with non-turbo V-6 Undersized cabin for a full-size car Visibility Interior build quality What Is the 2019 Ford Taurus? The Taurus is Ford’s five-seat full-size sedan. It’s powered by a standard 288-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine that drives a six-speed automatic transmission. Front- and all-wheel-drive versions are available, and competitors include the Chevrolet Impala, Toyota Avalon and Kia Cadenza. Ford also offers a performance-oriented Taurus SHO that’s powered by a 365-hp, twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6. What’s New on the 2019 Ford Taurus? There are no significant changes this year. What Features in the 2019 Ford Taurus Are Most Important? Standard features include cruise control, cloth seats, a CD stereo and a 60/40-split, folding backseat. Available features include dual-zone automatic air conditioning, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, remote start, the Sync 3 touchscreen multimedia system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, navigation, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, power-adjustable pedals, adaptive cruise control and a power moonroof. Should I Buy the 2019 Ford Taurus? The Taurus is nearing the end of the line in Ford’s lineup; the automaker has announced it won’t be sold in the U.S. when this generation ends its run. A large trunk and decent dynamics have been highlights, but the Taurus’ cabin isn’t as roomy as many competitors’ and the car doesn’t offer great visibility. Warranty New car and certified pre-owned programs by Ford New Car Program Benefits Bumper-to-Bumper 36 months / 36,000 miles Powertrain 60 months / 60,000 miles Roadside Assistance 60 months / 60,000 miles Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits Maximum Age/Mileage Less than 6 years old/less than 80,000 miles Basic Warranty Terms 12 months/12,000 miles Powertrain 7 years/100,000 miles Dealer Certification Required 172-point inspection Roadside Assistance Yes cars.com
  8. Notable Features in 2019 Bullitt model returns with 480-hp V-8 New rev-match feature for manual GT Turbo four-cylinder or V-8 engine Coupe or convertible Android Auto, Apple CarPlay available 10-speed automatic available MagneRide adaptive suspension available Price Range $26,395–$46,595 Consumer Rating (4.4)76 reviews MPG (Miles Per Gallon) 18-25 Body Styles Convertible, Coupe The Good EcoBoost engine's torque Digital display cluster is fun and easy to use MagneRide suspension improves handling GT exhaust growl EcoBoost model's line-lock mode makes burnouts easy Retro interior styling The Bad Still feels heavy in corners at times Options add up quickly Not much backseat room Lower switches can be awkward to use Outward visibility Lack of front parking sensors What Is the 2019 Ford Mustang? The Ford Mustang is a four-seat sports car that competes with the Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger. It’s available in coupe and convertible body styles and five trim levels: EcoBoost, EcoBoost Premium, GT, GT Premium and the revived-for-2019 Bullitt. High-performance Shelby GT350 and GT350R versions are also available. What’s New on the 2019 Ford Mustang? The big news for Mustang fans looking for an extra helping of retro style is the return of the Bullitt, which now has a 480-horsepower version of the car’s 5.0-liter V-8 engine, exclusive Dark Highland Green paint and unique trim and badging. Another revived throwback model is the California Special with Shelby-inspired bits like their forebears from the 1960s. GT models with the 5.0-liter V-8 and six-speed manual transmission now have a rev-matching feature, while the base turbocharged four-cylinder EcoBoost model can have an optional quad-tipped Active Valve Performance Exhaust. A new B&O premium stereo is also available. What Features in the 2019 Ford Mustang Are Most Important? Base EcoBoost models come with a 310-hp, turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine, and the GT gets a 460-hp, 5.0-liter V-8. Transmission choices include a six-speed manual or 10-speed automatic. Standard equipment includes a backup camera, remote keyless entry, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, cruise control and manual air conditioning. Optional features include Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity. Should I Buy the 2019 Ford Mustang? The Mustang offers distinctive style and powerful acceleration from its available V-8 engine. However, the ride can be rough in the GT, and the tight backseat does nothing to improve passenger comfort. Warranty New car and certified pre-owned programs by Ford New Car Program Benefits Bumper-to-Bumper 36 months / 36,000 miles Powertrain 60 months / 60,000 miles Roadside Assistance 60 months / 60,000 miles Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits Maximum Age/Mileage Less than 6 years old/less than 80,000 miles Basic Warranty Terms 12 months/12,000 miles Powertrain 7 years/100,000 miles Dealer Certification Required 172-point inspection Roadside Assistance Yes cars.com
  9. Notable Features in 2019 Five-seat mid-size sedan Front- or all-wheel drive Gas, hybrid or plug-in hybrid drivetrains Automatic emergency braking standard Apple CarPlay, Android Auto available Price Range $27,555–$34,485 Consumer Rating (5.0)19 reviews MPG (Miles Per Gallon) 42 Body Styles Sedan The Good Fun-to-drive Sport version Sharp, clean look all around Ride and handling balance Sync 3 touchscreen multimedia system The Bad Cramped backseat Thick roof pillars limit forward views What Is the 2019 Ford Fusion? The Ford Fusion is a mid-size sedan that seats up to five people. A 175-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is standard, but a selection of turbocharged engines is available, including a 325-hp, twin-turbo 2.7-liter V-6 that goes in the Sport trim level. Hybrid and plug-in hybrid (Energi) variants are also offered. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional. Competitors include the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Nissan Altima. What’s New on the 2019 Ford Fusion? Standard active safety features include forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert, and automatic high-beam headlights. The sedan also gets front and rear styling updates. What Features in the 2019 Ford Fusion Are Most Important? Standard features include air conditioning, cloth upholstery, a 60/40, split-folding backseat, cruise control, rain-sensing windshield wipers and push-button start. Available features include adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a power moonroof, remote start, an 8-inch touchscreen multimedia system, navigation, a Sony premium stereo, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity. Should I Buy the 2019 Ford Fusion? The Fusion’s ride and handling is a highlight, along with the performance-oriented Sport trim level, which is fun to drive. The available Sync 3 touchscreen multimedia system is easy to use, but the backseat is cramped, and thick roof pillars limit forward visibility. The Fusion was last redesigned for the 2013 model year and is nearing the end of its run; Ford has said this will be the final generation of the sedan. Warranty New car and certified pre-owned programs by Ford New Car Program Benefits Bumper-to-Bumper 36 months / 36,000 miles Powertrain 60 months / 60,000 miles Roadside Assistance 60 months / 60,000 miles Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits Maximum Age/Mileage Less than 6 years old/less than 80,000 miles Basic Warranty Terms 12 months/12,000 miles Powertrain 7 years/100,000 miles Dealer Certification Required 172-point inspection Roadside Assistance Yes cars.com
  10. Notable Features in 2016 All-electric version of Focus compact Four-door hatchback body style Range up to 76 miles Full charge in as little as 3.5 hours Navigation system standard Price Range $8,467–$16,815 Consumer Rating (5.0)4 reviews MPG (Miles Per Gallon) 105 Body Styles Hatchback The Good Based on capable gas car Zero tailpipe emissions Eligible for a $7,500 federal tax credit Rapid charging times (240 volts) Off-peak charging capability The Bad No gasoline backup Battery pack significantly limits cargo room Range varies with temperature, terrain May require home electrical upgrade for quickest charging Vehicle Overview The 2016 Ford Focus Electric serves as an all-electric version of Ford’s Focus compact car. It’s available at 900 Ford dealerships across North America. New for 2016 The 2016 Ford Focus Electric receives Ford’s updated Sync 3 infotainment system as standard along with a few new paint colors. Also now standard are Ford’s MyKey programmable key, a rearview camera, a leather-wrapped parking brake handle, auto-locking doors, rear disc brakes, hill-start assist, a perimeter alarm and a high-definition radio. There’s also a Smart Charging system that uses 2-amp USB ports and the addition of Ford’s My Mobile app, which allows drivers to control certain vehicle functions remotely via their smartphone. Significant Standard Features 143-hp electric motor One-speed automatic transmission Front-wheel drive 17-inch wheels Air conditioning Rearview camera Power door mirrors Heated door mirrors Cruise control Remote keyless entry Tilt/telescope steering wheel Navigation system Heated front seats Ford MyKey programmable key Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system Side-impact airbags for the front seats Side curtain airbags Knee airbag Significant Available Features Power driver’s seat Leather upholstry Warranty New car and certified pre-owned programs by Ford New Car Program Benefits Bumper-to-Bumper 36 months / 36,000 miles Powertrain 60 months / 60,000 miles Roadside Assistance 60 months / 60,000 miles Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits Maximum Age/Mileage Less than 6 years old/less than 80,000 miles Basic Warranty Terms 12 months/12,000 miles Powertrain 7 years/100,000 miles Dealer Certification Required 172-point inspection Roadside Assistance Yes cars.com
  11. Notable Features in 2018 Sedan and four-door hatchback body styles Manual or dual-clutch automatic transmission Turbo three-cylinder engine option Sync 3 multimedia system available Performance-oriented ST and RS versions Price Range $8,611–$24,382 Consumer Rating (4.7)167 reviews MPG (Miles Per Gallon) 29-34 Body Styles Hatchback, Sedan The Good Attractive styling Fuel economy Advanced electronic safety systems Handling The Bad Tight interior space Options get pricey Visibility not the greatest Automatic transmission performance What it is: The Focus serves as Ford's entry in the compact car class; it's available in sedan and hatchback body styles. Most models come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, but the SE sedan offers a turbocharged three-cylinder engine. Competitors include the Chevrolet Cruze, Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Nissan Sentra and Toyota Corolla. The hatchback is also sold as the Focus Electric, which is covered separately in the Cars.com Research section, and as the sporty ST and performance RS. New for 2018 There are no significant changes. Focus ST The Focus ST is a sportier version of the hatchback. Power comes from a 252-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 270 pounds-feet of torque. A six-speed manual is the only transmission offered. What’s Special 18-inch alloy wheels with summer tires Honeycomb grille Sport suspension with firmer shocks and springs Available Recaro sport seats Warranty New car and certified pre-owned programs by Ford New Car Program Benefits Bumper-to-Bumper 36 months / 36,000 miles Powertrain 60 months / 60,000 miles Roadside Assistance 60 months / 60,000 miles Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits Maximum Age/Mileage Less than 6 years old/less than 80,000 miles Basic Warranty Terms 12 months/12,000 miles Powertrain 7 years/100,000 miles Dealer Certification Required 172-point inspection Roadside Assistance Yes cars.com
  12. Notable Features in 2019 New ST-Line trim level Sedan and four-door hatchback body styles 120-hp four-cylinder standard Manual or dual-clutch automatic transmission High-performance ST model Sync 3 multimedia system available Price Range $14,260–$21,340 Consumer Rating (4.6)53 reviews MPG (Miles Per Gallon) 28-30 Body Styles Hatchback, Sedan The Good Handling Fuel economy Cabin quality Fun to drive The Bad Smaller cabin than some competitors Modest cargo space Uncomfortable seats Unrefined dual-clutch transmission What Is the 2019 Ford Fiesta? The five-seat Fiesta is Ford’s subcompact car, and it’s available in sedan and four-door hatchback body styles. Power comes from a 120-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that pairs with a five-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The Fiesta competes with the Honda Fit, Nissan Versa Note and Hyundai Accent. A high-performance Fiesta ST features a 197-hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder that teams with a six-speed manual. What’s New on the 2019 Ford Fiesta? A new ST-Line trim level joins the lineup for 2019. It features a blacked-out roof, large rear spoiler, a honeycomb grille, black 16-inch alloy wheels, dual exhaust tips, embroidered sport cloth seats with red stitching, and other cues. What Features in the 2019 Ford Fiesta Are Most Important? The Fiesta sedan is offered in S and SE trim levels, while the hatchback comes in SE, ST-Line and ST trims. Standard features in the S include manual air conditioning, manual windows, a CD stereo, remote keyless entry, power door locks and 15-inch steel wheels with plastic covers. Available features include cruise control, power windows, the Sync 3 touchscreen multimedia system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, navigation, automatic air conditioning, heated front seats and a power moonroof. Should I Buy the 2019 Ford Fiesta? The subcompact Fiesta is one of the more entertaining small cars to drive — particularly the high-output ST — but shortfalls include uncomfortable seats and an unrefined dual-clutch automatic transmission. The Fiesta’s cabin is also a bit tight, even by small-car standards. Warranty New car and certified pre-owned programs by Ford New Car Program Benefits Bumper-to-Bumper 36 months / 36,000 miles Powertrain 60 months / 60,000 miles Roadside Assistance 60 months / 60,000 miles Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits Maximum Age/Mileage Less than 6 years old/less than 80,000 miles Basic Warranty Terms 12 months/12,000 miles Powertrain 7 years/100,000 miles Dealer Certification Required 172-point inspection Roadside Assistance Yes cars.com
  13. Ford Motor Company is an American multinational automaker that has its main headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. It was founded by Henry Ford and incorporated on June 16, 1903. The company sells automobiles and commercial vehicles under the Ford brand and most luxury cars under the Lincoln brand. Ford also owns Brazilian SUV manufacturer Troller, an 8% stake in Aston Martin of the United Kingdom and a 32% stake in Jiangling Motors. It also has joint-ventures in China (Changan Ford), Taiwan (Ford Lio Ho), Thailand (AutoAlliance Thailand), Turkey (Ford Otosan), and Russia (Ford Sollers). The company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and is controlled by the Ford family; they have minority ownership but the majority of the voting power. Ford introduced methods for large-scale manufacturing of cars and large-scale management of an industrial workforce using elaborately engineered manufacturing sequences typified by moving assembly lines; by 1914, these methods were known around the world as Fordism. Ford's former UK subsidiaries Jaguar and Land Rover, acquired in 1989 and 2000 respectively, were sold to Tata Motors of India in March 2008. Ford owned the Swedish automaker Volvo from 1999 to 2010. In 2011, Ford discontinued the Mercury brand, under which it had marketed entry-level luxury cars in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Middle East since 1938. Ford is the second-largest U.S.-based automaker (behind General Motors) and the fifth-largest in the world (behind Toyota, VW, Hyundai-Kia and General Motors) based on 2015 vehicle production. At the end of 2010, Ford was the fifth largest automaker in Europe. The company went public in 1956 but the Ford family, through special Class B shares, still retain 40 percent voting rights. During the financial crisis at the beginning of the 21st century, it was close to bankruptcy, but it has since returned to profitability. Ford was the eleventh-ranked overall American-based company in the 2018 Fortune 500 list, based on global revenues in 2017 of $156.7 billion. In 2008, Ford produced 5.532 million automobiles and employed about 213,000 employees at around 90 plants and facilities worldwide. wikipedia.org
  14. Notable Features in 2019 RTL and RTL-T trims now have power rear window and moonroof Crew-cab pickup truck V-6 engine standard Front- or all-wheel drive In-bed trunk standard Integrated speakers in bed available Price Range $29,990–$43,420 Consumer Rating (4.8)120 reviews MPG (Miles Per Gallon) 21-22 Body Styles Crew Cab The Good Refined ride Potent V-6 drivetrain Fuel efficiency Comfortable front and rear seats Useful cabin storage Innovative cargo box and tailgate The Bad Full-throttle kickdowns take a moment Heavy payloads tax the drivetrain Poor touchscreen multimedia system usability Spare tire inaccessible when bed is loaded Active safety features reserved for high-end trims No low-range transfer case What Is the 2019 Honda Ridgeline? After a two-year hiatus, the Honda Ridgeline returned for the 2017 model year. Sharing several design strategies with the Honda Pilot SUV, the Ridgeline is a five-seat, mid-size pickup truck. It's powered by a 280-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine that works with a six-speed automatic transmission. Front- and all-wheel-drive versions are offered. Competitors include the Chevrolet Colorado, Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma. What Features in the 2019 Honda Ridgeline Are Most Important? Unlike other mid-size pickup trucks, the Ridgeline has a trunk built into the floor of its cargo bed and its tailgate can either flip down or open from the side to provide easier access to the cargo bed. Cargo-bed speakers are available, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity. Available active safety features include a collision mitigation braking system, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist and lane departure warning. Should I Buy the 2019 Honda Ridgeline? If you're looking for a pickup truck that rides well, is quiet and has useful storage areas in both the cab and cargo bed, the Ridgeline is worth a look. However, if you need a mid-size truck that can tow heavy loads and venture far off-road, competing models are better positioned for those duties. Warranty New car and certified pre-owned programs by Honda New Car Program Benefits Bumper-to-Bumper 36 months / 36,000 miles Powertrain 60 months / 60,000 miles Roadside Assistance 36 months / 36,000 miles Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits Maximum Age/Mileage HondaTrue Certified: More than 1 and less than 6 years/more than 12,000 miles; HondaTrue Certified+: Less than 1 year/less than 12,000 miles Basic Warranty Terms HondaTrue Certified: 12 months/12,000 miles; HondaTrue Certified+: 24 months/50,000 miles Powertrain 7 years/100,000 miles Dealer Certification Required 182-point inspection Roadside Assistance Yes cars.com
  15. Notable Features in 2019 Restyled for 2019 Seats up to eight people in three rows Front- or all-wheel drive One engine, two available transmissions Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity available Available hands-free power liftgate Price Range $31,450–$48,020 Consumer Rating (4.7)179 reviews MPG (Miles Per Gallon) 21-23 Body Styles SUV The Good Honda Sensing active safety systems standard Cabin quietness Smooth highway ride High-quality interior materials One-touch, sliding second-row seats available Numerous storage spaces The Bad Handling Soft brake pedal Captain’s chairs available only on higher-end trims What Is the 2019 Honda Pilot? Honda’s three-row SUV, the Pilot, is a reliable family hauler packed with standard and optional features. With seating for up to eight occupants, the current Pilot was redesigned for 2016 and is powered by a 280-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 that teams with either a six-speed automatic transmission or, on higher-priced models, a nine-speed automatic. Competitors include the Chevrolet Traverse, Ford Explorer, Hyundai Santa Fe, Nissan Pathfinder and Toyota Highlander. What’s New on the 2019 Honda Pilot? The biggest news for 2019 is that Honda Sensing, a suite of advanced safety systems, is now standard on all models. Outside, the Pilot gets a slight refresh thanks to a new front-end design, new bumpers, new taillights and standard LED low-beam headlights. The interior's trim has slightly changed with a revised instrument cluster and upgraded available Display Audio system. Newly optional technology includes Honda’s CabinControl, which allows passengers to control the Pilot’s rear entertainment system and climate controls, and CabinTalk, which gives front-row occupants the ability to communicate with rear-seat passengers through the rear speakers and wireless headphones via a small microphone. Wireless smartphone charging and an in-car 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot are now offered. There’s now an optional hands-free power liftgate that opens when you kick your foot under a certain area of the rear bumper. Upper-level models with the nine-speed automatic get revised transmission tuning for smoother shifts, according to Honda. The fuel-saving auto stop-start system has also been updated to be smoother and provide quicker restarts. What Features in the 2019 Honda Pilot Are Most Important? Families will love the available second-row seats that, with one touch, slide to allow easy access to the third row. The newly optional hands-free power liftgate will be important to some shoppers, too. Significantly, the now-standard Honda Sensing system brings a host of active safety features including forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist. Should I Buy the 2019 Honda Pilot? With a complete redesign a few years back followed by a refresh for 2019, the Pilot is a solid and sound choice we’d recommend when shopping for a three-row SUV. With sharper exterior styling backed by an impressive array of standard safety features, a quiet and refined ride, new high-tech options and lots of practicality, the Pilot gives families many of the things they want in an SUV. Warranty New car and certified pre-owned programs by Honda New Car Program Benefits Bumper-to-Bumper 36 months / 36,000 miles Powertrain 60 months / 60,000 miles Roadside Assistance 36 months / 36,000 miles Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits Maximum Age/Mileage HondaTrue Certified: More than 1 and less than 6 years/more than 12,000 miles; HondaTrue Certified+: Less than 1 year/less than 12,000 miles Basic Warranty Terms HondaTrue Certified: 12 months/12,000 miles; HondaTrue Certified+: 24 months/50,000 miles Powertrain 7 years/100,000 miles Dealer Certification Required 182-point inspection Roadside Assistance Yes cars.com
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