What's the Most Affordable Car in 2014?

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Shoppers may face legitimate sticker shock when they're shopping for a new car. TV and radio advertisements may lead them to believe that new cars all get at least 35 mpg for less than $15,000, but the price of entry for even a modestly equipped new car is well above that.

Related: What's the Most Affordable Compact SUV for 2014?

That's why we've taken the cars with the lowest sticker prices and added a dose of reality. A vast majority of buyers never consider buying a car with a manual transmission (often the standard equipment on inexpensive new cars), so right out of the gate the car they're shopping for costs significantly more than they thought it would. Opting for an automatic transmission can cost $1,000 or more.

By David Thomas | July 21, 2014 | Comments (7)

2015 Ford Edge: First Look

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Competes with: Jeep Grand Cherokee, Nissan Murano, Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

Looks like: The current Fusion's styling, stretched to fit the new Edge

Drivetrain: Turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, turbocharged 2.7-liter V-6 or a 3.5- liter V-6; six-speed automatic transmission; front- or all-wheel drive

Hits showrooms: Early 2015

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Ford Motor Co. has unveiled the next-generation 2015 Ford Edge at a special event at the company's headquarters in Dearborn, Mich. The crossover moves to a new platform that also underpins the latest Ford Fusion and gains an all-new suspension, two new engines and a host of safety and convenience features to make the midsize SUV one very technologically advanced family vehicle.

By Aaron Bragman | June 24, 2014 | Comments (14)

Ford Escape Again Walks Away With 'Most-Stolen' Title

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As stolen SUVs go, crooks are still most likely to abscond with the Escape. Once again, the Ford Escape topped the National Insurance Crime Bureau's list of most-stolen SUVs and crossovers. The Des Plaines, lll.-based nonprofit today released the 2014 SUV hot list, which examines model-year 2011-13 SUV and crossover thefts that occurred between Jan. 1, 2010, and Dec. 31, 2013.

Ford Escape Tops List of Most-Stolen SUVs

According to the NICB, a total of 21,711 SUVs and crossovers were reported stolen in that time; that's up from just less than 20,000 on the list released in February 2013. The consistently coveted Escape did its share in making up the difference in the increase. At 1,421 thefts, the Escape logged 407 more thefts than reported in the 2013 list, a nearly 29 percent spike. Ford also dominates the balance of the top three, with 1,140 Edge thefts and 958 Explorer thefts.

By Matt Schmitz | June 16, 2014 | Comments (2)

2014 Ford Edge: Car Seat Check

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Editor's note: This Car Seat Check is repurposed from our test of the 2013 Ford Edge, but our results apply to the 2014 model.

One of six participants in the $38,000 Midsize SUV Challenge, the 2013 Ford Edge finished in the middle of the pack. However, it scored well in our Car Seat Check, thanks to its roomy backseat.

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How many car seats fit in the second row? Two, but three child-safety seats nearly fit.

By Jennifer Newman | March 25, 2014 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2012-13 Ford Edge

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 27,933 model-year 2012-13 Ford Edge crossovers equipped with 2.0-liter engines; only vehicles manufactured between Sept. 2, 2010, through April 25, 2013.

The Problem: Due to faulty manufacturing, a part of the fuel line housing could crack, leading to a possible fuel leak; this poses a fire risk. Ford said that as of November 2013, it is aware of 24 warranty claims related to a fuel leak. There have been no reported accidents, injuries or fires related to the recall, Ford said in a statement.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect and replace the fuel line for free.

What Owners Should Do: Ford will notify owners starting Feb. 28. Owners can call Ford at 866-436-7332 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 20, 2014 | Comments (7)

Ford Edge Concept: Up Close

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A couple miles east of the Los Angeles Convention Center, home to the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, I got a good look at the Ford Edge concept. Ford showed the concept, which should closely resemble the next-gen Edge, to journalists a day before Wednesday's press-conference bonanza.

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Like the current Edge, which design manager Kevin George called "very modern in its slab-sidedness," the Edge concept has a lot of sheet metal below the windows. George said Ford wanted to turn the "heavyweight boxer" image into a "sprinter" with the concept. It's sleek, but there's still a lot of perceived weight.

By Kelsey Mays | November 20, 2013 | Comments (0)

Ford Edge Concept at the 2013 L.A. Auto Show

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Looks like: BMW X5 + Hyundai Santa Fe Sport + Ford grille
Defining characteristics: Hexagonal grille, LED lights aplenty
Ridiculous features: Self-parking via remote, nubuck leather dashboard
Chance of being mass-produced: Count on it; Ford says this previews the next-gen Edge

On the eve of the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, Ford unveiled an Edge concept that likely gives a solid idea of what the successor of the midsize SUV will look like. Like many concepts, it boasts a tour de force of technology, from an obstacle-avoidance system that can brake and swerve around a potential collision — dubious as that may sometimes be — to fully automated parking that would allow you to pull up to a narrow parking spot, get out and let the car park itself, all at the push of a keyfob button. It does not, unfortunately, escape thugs with rockets or deployable metal spikes while you sit in the backseat.

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Technology aside, the Edge concept looks fairly close to production. Mechanical technology includes active grille shutters, engine shutoff at idle and adaptive steering that can change ratio and assist. The last is a technology popularized by BMW’s Active Steering and, no doubt recognizing the point, Ford marketing director Jacques Brent said it would be “the ultimate driving experience in terms of steering.”

By Kelsey Mays | November 19, 2013 | Comments (2)

Ford Updates Multimedia Systems, Again

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Ford’s latest update to its Sync and MyFord Touch systems aims to streamline voice recognition, enlarge on-screen buttons and simplify smartphone pairing. The updates also apply to MyLincoln Touch from Ford’s luxury division.

The Sync updates should simplify some of the system’s multistep voice commands, and MyFord Touch/MyLincoln Touch will get larger touch-sensitive areas along the four-quadrant home screen to reach specific menus (navigation or audio, for example), the Detroit News reports. Ford should unveil the free online download next week for Ford and Lincoln drivers with the system, the newspaper said.

It’s the latest in a string of updates Ford has sent to owners, either through mailed USB drives or online updates, for its MyFord Touch and MyLincoln Touch systems. The largest came in November 2011, when Ford tried to simplify the system’s fonts and reduce lag with a major software update. We tested the new system, and it didn’t live up to its billing.

The updates come as Ford weathers criticism — from ours to J.D. Power and Associates’ quality scores — over its touch-capacitive controls. The automaker announced in June it would bring more buttons to future versions of MyFord Touch and MyLincoln Touch that would follow the layout in Ford’s F-Series pickup trucks. That system retains most buttons, as opposed to the button-avoidant panels in the Explorer and Edge SUVs.

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

2013 Ford Edge: Car Seat Check

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One of six participants in the $38,000 Midsize SUV Challenge, the 2013 Ford Edge finished in the middle of the pack. However, it scored well in our Car Seat Check, thanks to its roomy backseat.

By Jennifer Newman | July 11, 2013 | Comments (0)

The $38,000 Midsize SUV Challenge: State of the Midsize SUV

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A lot has changed in the midsize SUV segment in the last 10 years. What once was a class dominated by truck-based models has given way almost entirely to car-based versions with a high seating position and styling that helped make SUVs popular, but offer improved ride and handling, fuel economy and interior space.

The class took a hit to its popularity around the first time gas prices reached $4 a gallon, but lately sales have been roaring back. Jeep's Grand Cherokee is Chrysler's second-best-selling vehicle this year after the Ram 1500 pickup truck, and it's a reason the joint venture with Fiat is booming. Ford's Edge, while not as successful as sister SUVs Explorer and Escape, still outsells Ford's largest and smallest cars, the Taurus and Fiesta.

By Mike Hanley | July 8, 2013 | Comments (11)

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