Ford's latest RS could be about as close to perfect as they come.
Henry Ford didn't invent the automobile, but his assembly line techniques made cars affordable for the masses, an ethos the company retains to this day. Now Ford produces a full line of vehicles, from compact sedans to large SUVs, and the best-selling vehicle for 32 years running in the US, the F-150 pick-up truck.
The Escape's 1.5-liter engine may sound too small, but with 179 horsepower it moves this small SUV along just fine.
With its fast response times, easy-to-use navigation and audio, and support for Apple CarPlay and Android Audio, Sync 3 is a huge boost for Ford cars.
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The updated 2016 Explorer remains a top contender among three-row crossover SUVs, even with newer competitors joining the fray. Families will find all the space, thoughtful placement of numerous USB and power outlets, and neat features like the hands-free liftgate to come in handy.
The 2016 Ford Escape exhibits all the practicality of a small SUV and offers an excellent driving experience, with get-in-and-go ease. The new Sync 3 infotainment system responds as well as any tablet or smartphone, and its AppLink feature promises interesting future capabilities from third-party developers.
Redesigned for the 2015 model year, the Ford Edge is a classy-looking crossover with cabin materials that elevate it into premium territory. Engine choices and ride quality emphasize practicality, making it a top crossover if you can ignore the fussy infotainment interface.
The 2015 Ford Mustang GT is not only an excellent and powerful entrant to a historic model line, but also a very fine example of a modern sports coupe, leaving out cabin electronics that fall behind the competition.
Ford's popular Fusion sedan is getting some cutting-edge safety and convenience tech, along with a boatload of power in its new V6 Sport model.
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Half of the fun of the Ford Transit van is dreaming up cool things to do with the reconfigurable chassis and options. As presented here, the Transit 150 XLT is fairly well equipped to be a workhorse people and cargo carrier, but techie van fans will want to scope a 2016 model with Sync 3 infotainment.
The 2015 Ford Flex is the missing link between wagons and SUVs, with loads of volume and a car-like ride. Aging tech, however, makes the upper reaches of its price range feel like a big pill to swallow.