2016 Ford Explorer: Base Model Price Unchanged, New Platinum Trim is $53,495

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The refreshed Ford Explorer may have a new face, but it doesn't have a new base price: The 2016 Explorer starts at $31,595, according to Ford's consumer site, the same as the outgoing 2015 version; all prices include a destination charge. Ford plastered a bolder face on the 2016 SUV and added new features, a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine and addressed tech complaints on the inside by replacing touch-sensitive controls with tactile buttons.

Related: 2016 Ford Explorer: First Look

Other trim levels see an increase in pricing this year given the new content like a hands-free power liftgate, heated steering wheel and dual cameras included on the Limited model. Perhaps most interesting, however, is the pricing of the new luxury-oriented Platinum trim level.

By Joe Bruzek | November 25, 2014 | Comments (5)

2015 Shelby GT350 Mustang Video

Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says the new Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang is definitely a pony of a different stripe.

Related: More 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show Coverage 

Not only does it pack a more aggressive look thanks to a sculpted aluminum hood and racing stripes, but under that hood is Ford's most powerful naturally aspirated V-8; its 5.2-liter engine boasts more than 500 horsepower. Check out the video for more.

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By Jennifer Geiger | November 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

2016 Ford Explorer Video

Ford wowed the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show crowd with the new Shelby GT350 Mustang, but it also provided some meat and potatoes in the form of the refreshed Explorer SUV. In this video, Kelsey Mays explains the changes to this popular family mover and if you should check it out under the auto-show lights.

By David Thomas | November 19, 2014 | Comments (1)

Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang Photo Gallery (34 Photos)

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The muscle car so tough it refuses to date itself with a model year — hopefully dairies don't follow suit with cottage cheese use-by dates — debuted today at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. A year after the redesigned-for-2015 Ford Mustang made its presence known to the world, the Shelby GT350 Mustang is ready to throw its weight around.

Related: More 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show Coverage

The standard pony car's high-performance variant generally doesn’t stray far from the family tree, but distinguishes itself by ditching the 'Stang logo from the front grille and adding subtle carbon-fiber details to the lower bumper in addition to a double body stripe, Shelby cobra badging and 19-inch wheels. Inside the cabin are GT350-specific Recaro cloth racing seats, a flat-bottom steering wheel and a toned-down gauge treatment aimed at minimizing driver distraction.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | November 19, 2014 | Comments (0)

2016 Ford Explorer Photo Gallery (51 Photos)

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Ford made over its three-row SUV for 2016 with blockier styling in-line with its new F-150 pickup truck. A more squared-off grille up front is complimented by new LED headlights and fog lights.

Related: More 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show Coverage

Inside, buttons make their triumphant return to the Explorer's control panel, and the new top Platinum trim (pictured) gets classed-up materials like real ash wood and aluminum along with Nirvana leather.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 19, 2014 | Comments (2)

2016 Ford Explorer: First Look

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Competes with: Hyundai Santa Fe, Toyota Highlander, Dodge Durango

Looks like: An Explorer with Kia Sorento grille

Drivetrain: 290-hp, 3.5-liter V-6; 270-hp, turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder; 365-hp, turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 (all hp numbers estimated); six-speed automatic transmission; front- or all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Summer 2015

Three-row SUVs are a hot-ticket item and just about every automaker has an entry in the field. Ford's seven-passenger Explorer is one of the continual best-sellers and has been overdue for a redesign. While not as thorough of a retooling as when the Explorer switched platforms to a car- based chassis in 2011, the 2016 model receives more than a face-lift with numerous areas massaged, inside, outside and under the hood.

Related: More 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show News

Possibly one of the user-friendliest changes is the addition of real buttons to the multimedia system; they replace touch-sensitive ones within the screen, a techy trend Ford is quickly reeling back in favor of tactile controls. A new Platinum trim level hopes to inject more luxury in the popular SUV to compete with luxury trims like the Jeep Cherokee Summit and GMC Acadia Denali.

By Joe Bruzek | November 19, 2014 | Comments (2)

2016 Ford Explorer: Up Close

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Ford redesigned the Explorer for the 2011 model year, so a 2016 refresh is actually somewhat overdue. The latest model has been unveiled at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, and now includes a new range-topping Platinum model. The most obvious change is to the front and rear styling, but it's not so great a change that the Explorer becomes unrecognizable.

Related: More 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show coverage

The same overall silhouette remains, and the doors, roof and windows all carry over unchanged. But the nose and fenders are new, bringing the new Explorer's style more in line with the boxier, more angular look of the 2015 Ford F-150 pickup truck. The LED headlights and fog lights up front are bright and distinctive, and the large 20-inch wheels of the new top-trim Platinum looks quite good.

Inside, the new Explorer looks pretty much like the old one, but the devil is in the details.

By Aaron Bragman | November 18, 2014 | Comments (3)

Shelby GT350 Mustang: Up Close

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The door rolled up and in thundered the meanest looking Mustang to come out of a Ford studio in years: the Shelby GT350 Mustang, Ford's newest high-performance version of an already high-performance muscle car. This is a car with more history and pedigree than most successful show dogs, stretching back to the original version in 1965 that was never meant to be a road car, but was sold to the public in order to satisfy racing regulations.

Related: More 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show Coverage

This new Shelby GT350 is just as much a racer as the old one, but the visual changes from the regular Mustang GT 5.0 are fairly subtle. The most obvious change is at the nose; all of the sheet metal forward of the windshield pillars is completely new. The fenders and hood are now made of aluminum and have been sculpted to optimize cooling airflow to the new 5.2-liter V-8 under the hood. It's an aggressive look, but not all that different from the already-aggressive GT. You'd have to know exactly what you're looking for to recognize this as the Shelby model. The two bold stripes on the top do help.

By Aaron Bragman | November 18, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Ford Mustang GT Video

"For 2015, the redesigned Ford Mustang enters the modern carscape with an all-new suite of technology both mechanically and electronically," says Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek. "But with all of this new technology aimed to increase the refinement and sophistication, has the Mustang lost its edge?" Watch the video for Bruzek's answer.

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By Matt Schmitz | November 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

New Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang: First Look

Competes With: Chevy Camaro Z28

Looks Like: The new Mustang didn't wait long to get more power

Drivetrain: More than 500-hp, 5.2-liter V-8, rear-wheel drive, six-speed manual transmission

Hits Dealerships: 2015

When a new Mustang debuted last year, it was only a matter of time before the first high-performance variant showed up. The Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang is that variant and it's a doozy. This is much more than just bolted-on, track-ready parts; it houses an all-new V-8 under the hood that is the most powerful naturally aspirated engine Ford has ever put into the muscle car.

Related: More 2014 L.A. Auto Show Coverage

The star of this show is definitely the 5.2-liter V-8 engine, which is not the 5.0-liter we've grown familiar with over the past few years. This V-8 is what's called a flat-plane where the connecting rods attach to the crankshaft at 180 degree intervals instead of 90 degrees. It's a different approach and used in the European market.

But obviously the engine is not the only change.

By David Thomas | November 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

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