Posts from ‘Ford’
As you may have taken note while reading our 10 Fastest Cars of 1973 post, ’73 was a fairly entertaining year for the editors of Consumer Guide. Not only did my predecessors have the opportunity to evaluate a DeTomaso Pantera, but that year’s docket also included a cadre of “mini buses” and sport-utility vehicles as well.
DETROIT—Ford rolled out a significantly updated version of its best-selling full-size pickup at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The 2018 Ford F-150 gets a new 3.0-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel V6 engine, a new 3.3-liter V6 base engine, expanded availability of the 10-speed automatic transmission that debuted for 2017, an available 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, and available Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection.
Class: Midsize Crossover
Miles Driven: 483
Fuel Used: 21.9 gallons
By Don Sikora II
Note: The following story was excerpted from the August 2016 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.
Introduced for 1983, the Ford Ranger compact pickup’s first major redesign didn’t come until 1993. The previous truck’s simple, straight lines were replaced with smooth, subtle curves, but overall the Ranger still resembled a smaller-scale F-150. Then Ford added more style later in the ’93 model year with the addition of the Ranger Splash.
According to the National Weather Service, 39 U.S. states saw more than ten inches of snow least year. Now, that snow isn’t especially well dispersed across each state. Here in Illinois, snowfall totals up near Chicago are far higher than they are down near St. Louis, but it’s a safe bet most Illinoisans have at least a passing familiarity with the white stuff.
Today, most wagons are luxury-brand wagons. By our count, there’s just one non-luxury, non-crossover wagon available for sale in the U.S., and that’s the Volkswagen Jetta.
The weekend before Thanksgiving is a great time to be in the Chicagoland area if you’re a car guy, because that’s when the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals rolls through town. The 2016 edition of MCACN took over the Donald E. Stephens convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois, last weekend, bringing with it a bevy of amazing all-American machinery.
LOS ANGELES–Ford finally steps into the thriving subcompact crossover SUV market with the 2018 EcoSport. Ford’s smallest SUV has actually been on sale in some global markets for several years now (in fact, the second-generation model debuted for 2013), but the company is now set to bring it to our shores—with numerous revisions and updates likely for the American market.
Fast is a relative term. For 2017, there are a number of vehicles that will make the mad dash from a dead stop to 60 mph in three seconds or less. Count the Chevrolet Corvette Z06, Ferrari 488 GTB, and Porsche 911 Turbo among them.
Big is a relative term. In regards to American passenger-car engines, “big” in the early Seventies meant 460 cubic inches from Ford; 440 cubic inches from Chrysler; and 454, 455, and even 500 cubic inches from General Motors.