Posts tagged "Ford"

Today's Rant: 2013 Ford Escape navigation

Today's Rant: 2013 Ford Escape navigation
I’m hoping it was just a glitch in the test car. If not, Ford has a serious problem on its hands. During the test week, the navigation in the all-new Ford Escape was not only underwhelming but also picky. The first time I noticed the cranky temperament, I was trying to enter an address on... Read more »

Video: 2013 Ford Fusion Energi preview

At the Chicago Auto Show, I had the chance to take a look at the all-new Ford Fusion Energi, which is the plug-in hybrid version of the midsize car. Ford estimates the hybrid model will get 47 mpg on the highway and in the city (I averaged below 40 mpg combined in a wintery Chicago,... Read more »

Video: 2013 Ford C-MAX

Video: 2013 Ford C-MAX
I recently had the chance to test the all-new 2013 Ford C-MAX hybrid, and I have to say I really liked it. It drove well. It stores a lot of stuff. It’s comfortable. And for a wagony-crossovery-typey vehicle, it gets decent fuel economy. My primary complaint, however, is that the EPA estimated 47 mpg is... Read more »
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Chicago Auto Show: Today is Women's Day

Chicago Auto Show: Today is Women's Day
Today at the Chicago Auto Show is all about women. In addition to some female-focused programming, women get in for half-price ($6 instead of $12). This show is the largest consumer auto show in North America, so with more than 1,000 cars on the showroom floor, it’s a great opportunity to sit in back-to-back cars... Read more »

Photo Gallery: Ford Flex

Retro quirk. That’s how my sister describes the 2013 Ford Flex. And, when you think about it, that’s just about right. The elongated form and faux side paneling give it an air of a different age. But all the tech gadgets inside show the SUV’s true colors. My sister says retro, I say just plain... Read more »

Today's Rave: Cavernous headroom in Ford Flex

Today's Rave: Cavernous headroom in Ford Flex
I love a good functional test in one of my cars. So, whenever I can, I bring friends into the process because, like it or not, there are some things that a single, petless, petite driver just can’t test. Last night, I took the Ford Flex out to Northbrook so that a pair of friends... Read more »
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Today's Rant: Hands-free mic in Ford Taurus

Today's Rant: Hands-free mic in Ford Taurus
Those of you who read me regularly know that I make no secret of the fact that I’m petite. In auto-speak, I am the fifth percentile female, which means I’m at the 5-feet-tall mark. So, I do occasionally have rants that might not apply to the 6-feet-tall among you. This is likely one of them.... Read more »

Today's Rave: Ford Taurus nav screen

Today's Rave: Ford Taurus nav screen
OK, I’m a sucker for shiny objects. There. I just admitted it outright. Which is why I positively loved the nav screen on the Ford Taurus. I was dropping my sister off for work, traversing the underground maze that is lower Wacker and Michigan. I always get lost in the underground maze. So, when I... Read more »

Today's Rant: Keyless fob doesn't always equal hands-free

Today's Rant: Keyless fob doesn't always equal hands-free
One of my favorite features on cars these days (aside from heated seats) is the keyless key fob. And not just any keyless fob; I’m talking about the ones you can put in your purse and leave there. You can open doors and start cars … all with that little fob nestled (OK lost) in... Read more »
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Do you have an inner Mustang?

I love sharing a good car commercial, and this is one of my current faves. The best part is the end with the little girl in the pink ballerina outfit. Yep, everyone has an inner Mustang. … Especially if it’s a 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, which comes out this summer. Sigh.