Most disappointing new car at NAIAS: the 2018 Ford EcoSport. Ford dragged its feet on importing this small crossover from India (a first for the U.S. market). But the segment has become so hot that, like Chevrolet with the Trax, it decided it had to offer it. Ford claims to have thoroughly upgraded the EcoSport to make it suitable for… More →
From the emails I receive, quite a few people have decided that their next car will be either a Ford Fusion or a Mazda6. Might price play much of a role in their decision? I’ve added pricing and features data for the 2014 Mazda6 to TrueDelta’s pricing database to enable a thorough comparison.
Over the years minivans have gotten larger and larger, to the point that they’re far from “mini.” If a more compact van were available, with more agile handling, better fuel economy, and a lower price, would people buy it? The Mazda5 hasn’t done especially well. But maybe the 2014 Ford Transit Connect, arriving later next year, will fare better. What… More →
As noted in my review, I really like driving the new Ford Fusion. I even find its rear seat the most comfortable in the midsize sedan segment. But I’m only 5-9, and even I can tell that the Fusion (top photo) doesn’t have nearly as much legroom as the VW Passat (bottom photo). Ford’s official specs (displayed here until we… More →
Ford offers the new 2013 Fusion with four different engines, a 175-horsepower 2.5-liter, a 178-horsepower turbocharged 1.6-liter (1.6T), a 240-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo (2.0T), and a Hybrid. With the mid-grade SE, you also have the option of adding either a sporty Appearance Package or a Luxury Package. In choosing among the engines and packages, a buyer might want to know how… More →
For 2013 Chevrolet, Ford, Honda, and Nissan have all redesigned their midsize sedans. Toyota and Volkswagen did the same last year. Is any of them clearly a better value than the others? Maybe the new Accord? Honda claims to have added “thousands of dollars in new standard features” to the 2013. Or, as is often the case in highly competitive… More →
Not long ago, Ford relied on low prices (even lower after hefty incentives) to sell its cars. But in the last few years it has sought, with a fair amount of success, to take a big step upmarket. The average transaction price of the 2012 Ford Focus has been about $5,000 higher than that of the 2011. Are they attempting… More →
Inputting the interior dimensions for the redesigned crossover, the combination of 43.1 inches of front legroom and 36.8 inches of rear legroom surprised me. I’ve been in the new Escape, and its rear seat is considerably tighter than most in the segment. Yet these specs from the brochure (and various popular car sites) suggest it should rank among the roomiest.… More →
Last night I input pricing for the Ford Focus Electric. So, how much more does it cost than a regular gas-powered Focus? And how does its price compare to those of other electric cars?