Ford Hopes Focus EV Price Cut Sparks Sales

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If you've noticed automakers like Nissan, Honda and GM reducing the prices of their electric vehicles in recent months, then Ford's plan to slash the 2014 Focus EV's price won't come as a shock. Despite Ford's insistence that it would not follow suit, the Detroit automaker is now wooing mainstream buyers with a $4,000 discount on the EV for 2014, according to the Detroit News.

The new base price for the Focus EV is $35,995, including a $795 destination charge. That's down more than 10% from the previous base price, though still more than $6,000 costlier than the Nissan Leaf, the newspaper noted. A $7,500 federal tax credit knocks the price down to $28,495, including destination; in California, an additional state tax credit takes the price down another $2,500.

By Matt Schmitz | July 11, 2013 | Comments (0)

Cars.com's Issues With MyFord Touch

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The news today that Ford is rethinking its capacitive touch-heavy MyFord Touch multimedia system isn't a shock to our team of editors. Since we first tested it in a 2011 Ford Edge there has been a nearly unanimous cascade of criticism from our team.

Ford to Add More Physical Buttons to MyFord Touch

"While there's plenty to like about the 2011 Ford Edge, its electronics remind me of my not-so-smart phone: bedazzling in theory, befuddling in practice," editor Kelsey Mays said in that first review. "A number of editors got behind the wheel, and the verdict among them was unanimous: MyFord Touch needs a lot of work, and it's worth sticking to an SE or lightly equipped SEL trim to avoid it."

That was in January 2011, a year after Ford introduced MyFord Touch to raves prior to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Our disdain has carried on to the most recently upgraded system found in the redesigned Ford Fusion. "The Sony system is busier with many more capacitive buttons — none of which feature an audible click or send a pulse of feedback through the panel to confirm you've actually achieved the desired result of your finger pressing," said Managing Editor David Thomas in his review.

By David Thomas | June 17, 2013 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2013 Ford C-Max, Focus and Escape

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Ford is recalling 5,675 model-year 2013 versions of the C-Max, Focus and Escape due to faulty child safety door locks, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It's the first recall for Ford's new C-Max hatchback.

The affected vehicles were manufactured from Nov. 16-21, 2012 (check your vehicle's build date on a sticker on the driver-side doorjamb). In these vehicles, the child lock mechanism on the door may not engage, increasing the risk of accident and injury if a child is able to get the door open. Ford reports that there have been no injuries associated with the defect.

The automaker will notify owners later this month, and dealers will inspect and replace the affected parts for free. Owners can call Ford at 866-436-7332 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info. 

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By Jennifer Geiger | March 12, 2013 | Comments (0)

Ford to Quadruple Plug-in Dealers

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Ford announced today it will sell plug-in vehicles across all 50 states by spring, with more than 900 dealers certified to sell the cars — about a third of all Ford showrooms. That's up from 200 dealers in November 2012, which were largely in California and New York.

Ford's plug-in stable includes the C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid and an all-electric version of the Focus. A plug-in Fusion Energi hybrid will arrive soon: "We have said that we would start sales of Fusion Energi early in 2013, but have not specified a particular month," Ford sales analyst Erich Merkle told Cars.com.

Dealer certification involves installing at least two charging stations and training dealer staff on EVs, with demo versions of the C-Max Energi and Focus Electric available at all times.

By Kelsey Mays | February 6, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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Perhaps using its imposing makeover for 2013 to scare off competitors, the Toyota RAV4 continued its reign of terror atop our list of most-read reviews of the week. The compact crossover's nearest opponent, the 2013 Ford Fusion, generated a little more than a third of RAV4's reader interest. Maybe newcomers to the list, including the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid (No. 6) and the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid (No. 10), will gain enough confidence in coming weeks to face down the RAV4.

Until then, check out what was popular this week:

1. 2013 Toyota RAV4
2. 2013 Ford Fusion
3. 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
4. 2013 Ford Explorer
5. 2013 Ford Escape
6. 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid
7. 2013 Toyota Avalon
8. 2013 Nissan Altima
9. 2013 Nissan Pathfinder
10. 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid
By Matt Schmitz | February 3, 2013 | Comments (1)

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid

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The Ford Escape Hybrid may be gone, but Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid is a credible replacement, offering seamless gas-electric power and decent fuel economy. The tall hatchback is the first vehicle to directly compete with Toyota's Prius v; the C-Max offers less cargo room but better fuel economy than the Prius v.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 28, 2013 | Comments (13)

2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid Video

In the 2013 C-Max Hybrid, Ford has given us a worthy, if middle-of-the-road, opponent for the Toyota Prius. Though substantially shorter than the Prius, this wider, taller hybrid hatchback still manages a hefty appearance with fuel-efficiency ratings and cargo space ranking between those of leading competitors, says Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays. The C-Max Hybrid succeeds in driving dynamics, but struggles with some interior issues. Does it have what it takes to pose a serious threat to the Prius? Watch the video and decide for yourself.

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By Matt Schmitz | January 22, 2013 | Comments (2)

2013 Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ, Mercedes-Benz C-Class Join NHTSA's Five-Star Club

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Several new vehicles joined the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's five-star club today, earning the top score of five stars overall in crash tests performed by NHTSA. New inductees are the 2013 Ford Fusion, 2013 Lincoln MKZ and the 2013 Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Meanwhile, the all-new 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid and redesigned 2013 Nissan Sentra didn't fare as well, with both having to settle for four stars overall.

The Fusion's and MKZ's front-, all-wheel-drive and hybrid models all received five stars in the frontal crash test and four-star ratings in side and rollover crash tests. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class' rear- and all-wheel-drive models scored five stars in the side crash test and four stars in frontal and rollover crash tests.

Both the C-Max Hybrid and Sentra fell short, receiving five-star scores in only the side crash test and four stars in the other two tests.

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By Matt Schmitz | January 18, 2013 | Comments (0)

2013 Ford C-Max: Car Seat Check

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Fans of the Ford Escape hybrid may lament the fact that it's no longer available, but Ford's new-for-2013 C-Max easily takes its place. The tall hatchback has seating for five and gets a combined city/highway EPA rating of 47 mpg. Small families should have little problem installing two child seats in the hybrid's second row thanks to visible Latch anchors and a decent amount of space.

For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide 30 rear-facing infant-safety seat, a Britax Roundabout convertible child-safety seat and Graco high-back TurboBooster seat.

By Jennifer Geiger | January 3, 2013 | Comments (14)

Plug-in Ford Fusion EPA Rated at 108 MPGe

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In the midst of a fuel-economy controversy involving hybrid versions of the Ford C-Max and Fusion comes a bit of good news for the blue oval brand. The plug-in version of the Fusion is EPA rated at 108 miles per gallon equivalent in the city. In highway and combined driving, the Fusion Engergi is rated at 92 and 100 MPGe, respectively.

Ford calls it the most fuel efficient sedan in America, and it bests hatchback competitors like the Toyota Prius Plug-in (95 MPGe combined) and the Chevy Volt (98 MPGe combined).

The Energi uses a version of the Fusion Hybrid's powertrain: a 2.0-liter four-cylinder paired with an electric motor and a continuously variable automatic transmission. It's quite a bit more expensive, however. The Fusion Hybrid, which is EPA rated at a controversial 47/47 mpg city/highway, starts at $27,995, including a $795 destination charge. Base SE Luxury versions of the Energi start at $39,495 and topline Titanium versions at $40,995, excluding any state or federal tax incentives.

When the Fusion Energi goes on sale later this month, it'll be the third plug-in Ford has recently introduced. It follows the Focus Electric and C-Max Energi.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 2, 2013 | Comments (2)

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