2014 Ford C-Max Energi: Car Seat Check

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The Ford C-Max Energi hatchback is a fun-to-drive hybrid that Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman said "delivers comfort, style and efficiency," but warned that it "compromises cargo capacity." That's not all that the 2014 C-Max Energi has had to compromise.

Parents who purchased the C-Max Energi hoping for convenient car-seat installation might be disappointed with it. Although the 2014 version earns a couple of A's for the easy install of our booster and infant seats, the rest of its report card looks like the answer sheet of a high school student guessing on every question of a multiple-choice test: C, C, C ... see what we mean below.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Matt Schmitz | October 14, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014 Ford Focus, Escape and 2015 Lincoln MKC

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Vehicles Affected: More than 300 model-year 2014 Ford Focus compact cars manufactured between May 1 and May 24, and Escape compact crossovers manufactured on June 6, and model-year 2015 Lincoln MKC luxury compact crossovers manufactured between June 4 and July 7

The Problem: The fuel delivery module may crack between the filter body and the filter cap, possibly resulting in low fuel pressure and increasing the risk of a crash

The Fix: Ford began notifying owners in September, and dealers will replace the fuel delivery module for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Ford at 866-436-7332, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

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

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By Matt Schmitz | October 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Ford F-150: First Drive

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As a term in the automotive lexicon, "all-new" often is applied subjectively to original and updated vehicles, but used to characterize the redesigned-for-2015 Ford F-150 pickup truck, "all-new" is as accurate as it can be. PickupTrucks.com Editor Mark Williams marveled: "As near as we can tell, there isn't a single aspect to this truck that hasn't been reengineered, reimagined or redesigned." Perhaps most notable among the best-selling F-150's newfangled features is its record-setting abundance of weight-saving aluminum. However, Williams noted, even if that were not the case, the 2015 F-150's technology and other segment-first features would still be revolutionary. Read more about PickupTrucks.com first drive of the F-150 here.

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By Matt Schmitz | October 2, 2014 | Comments (0)

Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: September 2014

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The kids went back to school, the leaves began to change colors and car shoppers in September sent new-car sales from the largest seven automakers up about 10 percent versus a depressed September 2013. That made for some significant reshuffling in the top 10 sellers. As Toyota Camry shoppers await the updated 2015 model, the Honda Accord spent its second month as America's best-selling sedan, and the Ford Escape broke in to the top 10 sellers for the first time since March 2014.

Related: What's the Most Worry-Free Car You Can Buy?

Honda, Chrysler, GM and Nissan led major automakers with double-digit sales gains. Ford sales fell 2.7 percent as the F-Series had its second straight month of declining sales ahead of the redesigned F-150 hitting dealerships. Pickup-truck shoppers apparently preferred the F-Series' competitors: Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra and Ram pickup sales combined to gain 39.8 percent.

By Kelsey Mays | October 1, 2014 | Comments (5)

2015 Ford Edge Video

During Cars.com's visit to the State Fair of Texas last week, reviewer Aaron D. Bragman remarked that "while we expected to find great big trucks, what we didn't expect to find was this," the redesigned-for-2015 Ford Edge. Now sharing a platform with the Fusion sedan, the crossover has new looks, new interior features and some new stuff under the hood. Watch the video for more.

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By Matt Schmitz | September 30, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2013-2014 Ford C-Max, Fusion, Escape and Lincoln MKZ

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 750,000 model-year 2013-14 Ford C-Max hatchbacks built at the Michigan Assembly Plant between Jan. 19, 2012, to Nov. 21, 2013; Fusion sedans built at the Hermosillo Assembly Plant in Mexico between Feb. 3, 2013, and Aug. 24, 2013; Escape crossovers built at the Louisville Assembly Plant between Oct. 5, 2011, and Nov. 1, 2013; and Lincoln MKZ sedans built at the Hermosillo Assembly Plant between April 25, 2012, and Sept. 30, 2013

The Problem: The restraints control module may experience a short circuit; if this occurs, the airbag warning indicator will illuminate. Depending on the location of the short circuit, the deployable restraint systems (airbags, side curtain airbags, pretensioners) may not function properly in a crash, increasing the risk of an injury. In addition, the short circuit may affect the function of other systems that use data from the restraints control module, including stability control, in which case the corresponding warning indicator would also illuminate. Ford, which announced the voluntary recall today, said it is unaware of any accidents or injuries related to the problem.

The Fix: Ford will notify owners and dealers will replace the restraints control module for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Ford at 800-392-3673 for more info.

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

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By Matt Schmitz | September 26, 2014 | Comments (3)

Ford Talks More Details on 2015 Edge

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When the 2015 Ford Edge goes on sale in spring 2015, it will start around the same price as the 2014 ($28,995) but swap the available engines. A turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder will serve as the base engine, with a 3.5-liter V-6 optional, said Ford officials at a Midwest Automotive Media Association lunch on Friday. That's the opposite of today's 2014 Edge, which carries a standard V-6 and optional EcoBoost 2.0-liter.

Related 2015 Ford Edge: First Look

"You will pay more for the V-6," Ford utilities spokesman Mark Schirmer said. "We're going to try and steer people toward the 2.0-liter."

But that isn't the same 2.0-liter found in the outgoing Edge. The new EcoBoost four-cylinder employs a twin-scroll turbo and other refinements to make an estimated 245 horsepower and 270 pounds-feet of torque — up 5 hp with no change in torque versus the last 2.0-liter EcoBoost. The new 2.0-liter also accommodates up to 3,500 pounds of towing capacity when equipped as well as optional all-wheel drive, two things the last 2.0-liter Edge did not.

By Kelsey Mays | September 22, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Ford Mustang: First Drive

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Things that don't happen every day: moon landings, royal births, Supreme Court nominations — and an all-new Ford Mustang. This year is one of those rare times in which we get to experience at least one of those events as Ford brings its completely redone pony car to be tested for the first time ever.

Related: 2015 Ford Mustang Photo Gallery

On paper, the 2015 Ford Mustang looks like it's got the goods to go global: an optional, fuel-efficient, high-powered turbocharged four-cylinder engine; a completely new all-independent suspension; even forthcoming right-hand-drive models for British and certain Asian markets. Will what plays well in Des Moines, Iowa, also prove popular in Dusseldorf, Germany? Is the new Mustang improved enough to unseat the Chevrolet Camaro and fend off the redesigned 2015 Dodge Challenger?

By Aaron Bragman | September 18, 2014 | Comments (5)

Recall Alert: 2005-2008 Ford Escape, 2006-2008 Mercury Mariner Hybrids

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Vehicles Affected: More than 70,000 hybrid crossovers, including model-year 2005-08 Ford Escape hybrids manufactured between Oct. 13, 2003, and June 20, 2008, and 2006-08 Mercury Mariner hybrids manufactured between June 10, 2005, and June 20, 2008

The Problem: The coolant pump for the hybrid system may fail, resulting in the hybrid electronics overheating; if this happens it may shut down the powertrain, resulting in a stall-like condition and increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Ford will begin notifying owners Oct. 27, and dealers will inspect and replace the original motor electronics coolant pump with an improved, brushless pump for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Ford at 866-436-7332, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

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

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By Matt Schmitz | September 12, 2014 | Comments (1)

2014 Ford Fiesta SFE Three-Cylinder: Real-World Fuel Economy

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Small engines and small cars go hand in hand, but the available direct-injected turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder in the 2014 Ford Fiesta SFE is positively miniscule, dropping 0.6 liters displacement versus the standard four-cylinder engine. Its small size has the fuel economy ratings to match with EPA-rated 31/43/36 mpg city/highway/combined compared to the 1.6-liter SFE's 28/38/32 mpg.

Related: 2014 Ford Fiesta EcoBoost SFE: Quick Drive

The EPA ratings are impressive for a non-hybrid, but ratings don't mean much if they can't be duplicated on real roads. Cars.com's observed fuel economy over a few weeks of testing was right on par or higher than the Fiesta SFE 1.0-liter EcoBoost's ratings.

By Joe Bruzek | September 9, 2014 | Comments (13)

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