2015 Ford F-150: Car Seat Check

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The redesigned 2015 Ford F-150 is now at dealerships and is quickly becoming one of the fastest-selling vehicles on the market. This full-size pickup truck has an aluminum body and a redesigned interior that ekes out a bit more passenger space in the cabin. Our test truck, a SuperCrew cab, easily fit our three child-safety seats, joining the 2015 Ram 1500 in family-hauling capabilities.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Three

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By Jennifer Newman | February 26, 2015 | Comments (0)

Trucks' Tether Anchors Are Often Tricky to Find, Use

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Tether anchors, a critical part of a car's Latch system, often go unused by parents and caregivers. In sedans, where the tether anchors are easy to find on the rear shelf behind the head restraints, they're used only 52 percent of the time, according to one study. In pickup trucks, where the anchors are difficult to locate, that number drops significantly.

Related: Five Things Families Should Look for in Pickup Trucks

In a 2014 study of tether anchor use and misuse conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, it found that parent volunteers with car-seat-installation experience had the most problems correctly using the loop-style tether anchors found in some pickup trucks. These volunteers installed the tether strap correctly only 11 percent of the time in the trucks. In other cars, volunteers used the tether anchor correctly 57 percent of the time.

While many may not consider a pickup truck a family vehicle, the full-size versions make easy work of hauling three kids in car seats. To help truck-owning parents, caregivers and prospective parents, we've combed through owner's manuals and crawled through pickup trucks to show the different styles of tether anchors and how to correctly use them.

By Jennifer Newman | February 23, 2015 | Comments (0)

2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility Vehicle Video

Most people don't ever want to find themselves getting up close and personal with a police car, but Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays gives us an inside look at Ford's Police Interceptor Utility vehicle, which is based on the Ford Explorer.

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By Jennifer Geiger | February 16, 2015 | Comments (0)

The Concept Cars of the 2015 Chicago Auto Show

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Car shoppers at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show will be able to get an up-close look at the year's newest vehicles, but it's not all business. This year's crop of concept cars is sure to catch a few eyes, from Buick's stunning and stylish Avenir sedan to Kia's hybrid off-road-ready Trail'ster.

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This year's show starts Feb. 14 and continues until Feb. 22 at the McCormick Place convention center. Click here for tickets and times and here for a show floor map. Check out some of our favorite concept cars ... and a couple new production models that sure look like concepts.

By Jennifer Geiger | February 13, 2015 | Comments (0)

Ford GT Photo Gallery (24 Photos)

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Ford took the wraps off its supercar at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit this year, and the sleek and sporty GT is making the auto show circuit.

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The GT on Ford's stand at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show is two tones of silver, which highlights the car's extreme angles and carbon-fiber body accents. Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | February 13, 2015 | Comments (2)

2015 Ford Expedition Review

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"Updates to the 2015 Ford Expedition create one of the nicest-driving big SUVs ever, but the disappointing lack of cosmetic updates means few people are likely to notice," says Cars.com reviewer Aaron Bragman.

2015 Ford Expedition Expert Review

Cars.com photo by Aaron Bragman

By Jennifer Geiger | February 9, 2015 | Comments (0)

Ford's New Focus RS Packs Power, All-Wheel Drive

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Competes with: Volkswagen Golf R, Subaru WRX STI, Audi S4, Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG

Looks like: A Ford Focus with a gaping mouth and bigger wheels

Drivetrain: More than 315-hp, turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder, all-wheel drive, six-speed manual transmission only

Hits dealerships: Late 2016

Ford Motor Co. unveiled its latest high-performance version of the Focus compact, slated to be introduced as a global model sometime next year. The new Focus RS (which will be either a 2016 or 2017 model, Ford would not specify) will be built in the company's Saarlouis, Germany, manufacturing plant but sold in all markets around the world including the U.S.

Related: $30,000 Cheap Speed Challenge

The RS will sit above the Focus ST in Ford's small performance-car lineup. Ford also sells a smaller Fiesta ST; both ST models are equipped with front-wheel drive.

By Aaron Bragman | February 3, 2015 | Comments (2)

2015 Ford Expedition: Car Seat Check

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Why mess with a good thing? Ford has updated a few things in its 2015 Expedition — an updated look for its front end and a new turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine — but for the most part, this three-row SUV remains unchanged. When it comes to families and child-safety seats, that's a plus.

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The Expedition joins our growing list of cars that can fit three car seats across its second row. It nearly fit three across the third row too; while we could fit three car seats back there, the space was too narrow — 50.2 inches of hip room compared to the second row's 59.9 inches — to allow a child's hand to reach between the car seats to buckle the booster's seat belt.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Three

How many car seats fit in the third row? Two, but nearly three

By Jennifer Newman | February 3, 2015 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014 Ford Transit Connect

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Vehicles Affected: About 16,000 model-year 2014 Ford Transit Connect vans built from Nov. 6, 2013, to Sept, 20, 2014.

The Problem: The seat belt fasteners might not have been properly tightened and could loosen over time, increasing the risk of injury in a crash.

The Fix: Dealers will replace and tighten the seat belt fasteners and cargo area’s cargo tie-downs. Both fixes will be done for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Ford at 866-436-7332 for more information.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Jennifer Newman | January 28, 2015 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2010-13 Ford Taurus, Lincoln MKS and Ford Police Interceptor

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 195,000 model-year 2010-13 Ford Taurus sedans built from Dec. 1, 2009, through July 31, 2010, and from Feb. 1, 2011, through Nov. 30, 2012; certain model-year 2010-13 Lincoln MKS sedans built from June 2, 2011, through Oct. 31, 2011; and certain model-year 2010-13 Ford Police Interceptor sedans built from Dec. 1, 2009, through July 31, 2010, and Feb. 1, 2011, through Nov. 30, 2012.

The Problem: In the affected vehicles, the spring that controls the interior door handles could become unseated. If this happens, the door could become unlatched during a side-impact crash, increasing the risk of injury. Ford is unaware of any accidents or injuries related to this issue.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect all four interior door-handle assemblies and repair or replace as necessary, free of charge.

What Owners Should Do: Owners should call Ford at 866-436-7332 for more information.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Jen Burklow | January 28, 2015 | Comments (0)

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