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Everything You Need To Know About Buying A Ford SUV

SUVs or Sports Utility Vehicles are a popular choice for many different drivers. Being higher offer the ground they provide a good view of what is going on as, well as safety for the passengers and drivers. Of course, their ability to go off-road due to their four or all-wheel drive can also help those folks that have some difficult terrain to cover on a daily basis as well.

Many brands make SUVs, and one, in particular, Ford has created some rather interested models lately. To find out more about these and get some advice on purchasing a Ford SUV keep reading.

Ford Kuga SUV

Firstly, the slightly old-fashioned bubble shape of the Kuga exterior needs to be commented on here. Its pretty dated and make the Kuga stand out in a bad way. If you’re more of an engine that a chassis person then it might not matter too much, especially if you can get a good deal. But, for those wanting the looks and brawn package, it may them think twice.

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However, if you are more concerned about engine performance, then the Zetec Diesel model with 148bhp, 2.0-litre engine is more than adequate. Although the automatic gearbox has a few issues detracting from the fun of the driving this machine.

In addition to the gearbox problems, the Kuga is also criticized for not being as easy to maneuver as its counterparts. Also, the sheer number of buttons in the interior makes you feel like you are manning a station at nuclear power plant or learning to fly a rocket!

Having said that, as a family car its is spacious, and comes with that four wheel drive, so snow days, and torrential rain shouldn’t have too much of an effect on your ability to travel when necessary.

Ford Edge SUV

Next, let’s take a quick look at the Ford Edge. It’s a mid-sized SUV, perfect for couple or family use. It also has five seats which make its spacious enough for a road trip with friends, or the kids, or perfect for transporting the dogs to your local hiking ground.

Negativity, this model has been criticized for its plastic style interior which detracts from the class of the car. Something you don’t really want if you are paying a considerable amount of money for it.

It’s also been accused of being a boring ride, but I suspect that only true petrol heads will worry about this, with mom’s dropping their kids off at school, glad of an uneventful journey.

With all the negatives out of the way, we can start to focus on the positive things about this model. The space in the back is constantly remarked upon, even though it only has five seats. Safety also features proximately in all of the reviews of this car, and you can expect to find Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) as standard. You can have inflatable seatbelts put in as addition safety for the back seat passengers.

The Edge also scores well on fuel efficiency, and although a four by four drives in a similar fashion to a normal family car. Giving it a wide appeal across all markets.

Ford Explorer

Of course, no Ford SUV review would be complete without taking a peek at the Ford Explorer. In truth, the judges are still out on this one. Some slate this model, while other clearly adore it. To help you decide though, you need to know the following things.

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First off this baby is fast, like 5.8 seconds 0-60 fast. That is pretty impressive for a large vehicle like this. Of course, that may have something to do with its twin turbo engines that bang out 365HP. It even has a top speed of over 100 MPH, just in case you were wondering.

However, some folks while praising its exterior says that it drives like a cow, and although you want a bit of oomph behind you with an SUV it’s is nice for it to actually go where it’s pointed.

Its also important to note that all wheel drive isn’t standard on these models and you have to select it as an additional option. Making you question why you would invest in such a huge car without this option unless it was a vanity buy?

Buying secondhand

Now you know a little about the top Ford SUVs on the market, you also need to brush up on the info and skills you will need to purchase one.

For many folks, buying secondhand from local vendors is the best way to go. Of course, you have to remember that used cars are not something you should pay the ticket price for.

In fact, with a little reasonable negotiation, you can often knock the price down or get some sweet added features thrown into the deal. To help you, bear in mind that a slightly reduced sale on the assistant’s record is better than no sale at all. Much better in fact.

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Or you could go for a private sale, but first, make sure you shop around to get the best price possible. Start with a site that has a lot of stock to look over like Car America’s used car inventory, where you can make an offer and even value your current vehicle for a trade.

Lastly, you may want to push the boat out and go for a brand new model off of the forecourt. This will, of course, be a pricier option. Although with the hire purchase deals that are now available it might make sense for you. Especially if you plan on replacing your vehicle every three years or so.

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When buying a new car from a brand like Ford, ensure that you go to a verified dealership. As they will know more about the inner working of the car. As well as be able to help you more quickly if any does go wrong. Don’t forget the benefits of getting a brand verified warranty either.

As this can seriously help your peace of mind when pushing a new car. and you should be covered by their own warranty for peace of mind.

Seeing Red: Ford Focus RS Limited Edition Comes in Red or Blue, Adds Front-Axle Limited-Slip Differential

2018 Ford Focus RS Limited Edition

The Ford Focus RS is pretty sweet right out of the box. With a trick electronic all-wheel-drive system and 350 horsepower under the hood, there’s not much more we could want from the Blue Oval’s flagship hot hatch. But an open front differential and a lack of color options left some enthusiasts wanting more. That’s where the Focus RS Limited Edition comes in.

The Focus RS Limited Edition adds two major features that many early adopters of the hatchback thought it should have—a limited-slip differential for the front axle and available red paint called Race Red. The Limited Edition is meant as a send-off for the Focus RS, which will end production at the end of 2018.

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Also available in Nitrous Blue, the Limited Edition features black mirror caps, a black roof, a black spoiler, and a host of interior carbon-fiber trim pieces. The optional 19-inch forged wheels become standard on the Limited Edition, and so does the RS2 package, which consists of heated power Recaro seats, heated mirrors, a heated steering wheel, and voice-activated navigation.



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Ford says 1500 RS Limited Edition cars will be made for the North American market, 1000 for the United States and 500 for Canada.

This story originally appeared on Road & Track.


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Fording New Waters: More Leadership Changes at Ford

Newest Innovations In Consumer Technology On Display At 2015 International CESFollowing the departure of former Ford CEO Mark Fields and the appointment of Jim Hackett to the position, Ford is continuing to revamp its leadership team. Behind the bombshell news of Fields’s ousting and Hackett’s welcoming were the appointments of Jim Farley, Joe Hinrichs, and Marcy Klevorn to the respective roles of executive vice president and president for global markets, executive vice president and president for global operations, and executive vice president and president for the Ford Smart Mobility subsidiary.

Now Ford is revealing more about the individuals who will report to this quartet of executives. Notably, Raj Nair (photo above) now holds the position of executive vice president and president of Ford North America, a good sign if you ask us because Nair notably served time on the engineering team for the 2005 Ford GT supercar and was a key figure in developing the latest GT. He also played major roles in performance products such as the Mustang, the Focus RS, and the F-150 Raptor. While autonomy may be the future of the automotive industry, Nair’s new role gives us hope that Ford’s North American operations won’t completely forfeit enjoyment behind the wheel on the way to our inevitable self-driving future.

Helping shape that future will be Sherif Marakby, who will serve as the VP of autonomous vehicles and electrification. Marakby rejoins Ford after jumping ship last year to take on the role of vice president of global vehicle programs at Uber. Both men will report to Jim Farley, with Nair’s role becoming effective as of June 1 and Marakby’s as of June 12.

Meanwhile, Nair’s old job, executive vice president of global product development, now will be occupied by Hau Thai-Tang. He will report to Joe Hinrichs beginning June 1. Thai-Thang is no amateur in the world of product development, either, as he’s served more than a quarter-century as a member of Ford’s product-development team, eventually helping bring to fruition the 2005 Mustang as the vehicle’s chief engineer.

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Assisting Marcy Klevorn in shaping Ford’s future in the mobility industry are Jeff Lemmer and Neil Schloss. Lemmer takes on the role of vice president and chief operating officer for information technology, while Schloss will serve as the vice president and chief financial officer of Ford’s mobility program. Both are career employees at Ford, with Lemmer’s appointment effective as of June 1 and Schloss’s as of August 1.


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