2015 Ford Mustang: Photo Gallery (46 Photos)

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After the 2015 Dodge Challenger — and particularly its obscenely powerful Hellcat variant — hogged much of the muscle-flexing spotlight during the past year, the all-new Ford Mustang is poised for a pose down in 2015. Included in the pony car's redesign are the performance-focused GT and fuel-efficient EcoBoost versions. The turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder of the EcoBoost makes an impressive 310 horsepower and 320 pounds-feet of torque while getting a reported 32 mpg on the highway. The GT, meanwhile, is good for a chest-rumbling 435 hp from its V-8. Exterior styling changes from the outgoing car include a hexagonal grille, lidded headlights and sloped tri-bar LED taillights. The interior, meanwhile, is retro, roomy and racetrack ready.

Check out the gallery below featuring the white GT and the Compeitition Orange EcoBoost models; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | November 12, 2014 | Comments (3)

2014 L.A. Auto Show: What to Expect

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If you like luxury vehicles, SUVs or sports cars — and even luxury SUVs that perform like sports cars — you're gonna love the lineup of debuts at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show later this month. Organizers say there will be 60 premieres, 30 of them global and nearly two-thirds will be luxury and performance offerings.

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Set to bow at the 107-year-old event — the last major auto show of the calendar year and the first of the new auto-show season — are a host of SUVs, from compact crossovers to midsize models. Performance coupes, convertibles and sedans also abound from automakers ranging from Scion to Cadillac.

And perhaps fitting for the Southern California city famed for its air of affluence, nearly half of the anticipated entrees on our list of what to watch for are from luxury automakers. Among those are SUVs and sports cars from the likes of Audi and BMW. Moreover, during the Connected Car Expo on Nov. 18, Volvo's "Drive Me" autonomous vehicle will make its North American debut, at which time executives will discuss the automaker's driverless technology.

Here's what we'll be looking for as Cars.com covers the L.A. auto show from the event floor:

By Matt Schmitz | November 5, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014 Ford Flex, 2009-2014 F-150

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Vehicles Affected: More than 113,000 model-year 2014 Ford Flex SUVs manufactured between March 1 and May 31 at the Oakville Assembly Plant in Ontario, 2014 F-150 pickup trucks manufactured between March 1 and May 31 at the Dearborn Truck Plant in Michigan, 2014 F-150 pickup trucks manufactured between March 1 and May 31 at the Kansas City Assembly Plant in Missouri, and 2009-14 F-150 pickup trucks serviced with a suspect seat track assembly between Feb. 17 and Oct. 31

The Problem: A passenger seat sensing issue could result in non-deployment of the passenger-side airbag in certain frontal crashes if an adult is in the passenger seat, increasing the risk of an injury. Ford said it is unaware of any accidents or injuries related to the issue.

The Fix: Ford will notify owners, and dealers will widen the gap between the manual seat frame seat track assembly, then calibrate the seat occupant classification system for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Ford at 866-436-7332 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 | November 4, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014 Ford F-150

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Vehicles Affected: More than 600 model-year 2014 Ford F-150 pickup trucks manufactured between March 1 and March 13 at the automaker's Dearborn Truck Plant in Michigan, and between March 3 and March 13 at the Kansas City Assembly Plant in Missouri

The Problem: A brake pedal position switch may be incorrectly adjusted, possibly resulting in a delay or a non-illumination of the brake lights when the brake pedal is depressed, increasing the risk of an accident. Ford said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the condition.

The Fix: Ford will notify owners, and dealers will remove and reinstall the brake pedal position switch for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Ford at 866-436-7332 for more info. The automaker noted that additional brake pressure may be necessary to disengage the cruise-control system, so customers are advised not to use cruise control until the vehicle is repaired. The cruise-control system off switch on the steering wheel will continue to disengage the system, Ford said.

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 | November 4, 2014 | Comments (0)

2005-2011 Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 38,600 model-year 2005-2011 Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car sedans. The vehicles being recalled include certain 2005-2011 Ford Crown Victoria vehicles built at St. Thomas Assembly, March 23, 2004, to Aug. 30, 2011; certain 2005-2011 Mercury Grand Marquis vehicles built at St. Thomas Assembly, March 23, 2004, to Aug. 30, 2011; certain 2005-2007 Lincoln Town Car vehicles built at Wixom Assembly, March 8, 2004, to June 5, 2007, and certain 2008-2011 Lincoln Town Car vehicles built at St. Thomas Assembly, Aug. 28, 2007, to Aug. 30, 2011

The Problem: Ford is reporting that these vehicles were previously recalled due to an issue with the lower intermediate steering shaft and may not have been properly repaired. If not correctly repaired, a potential loss of steering control could result. Ford said it is aware of one accident and no injuries related to this recall.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect and replace the upper intermediate steering shaft, and inspect the steering column lower bearing and install a bearing retainer kit if necessary.

What Owners Should Do: Ford has not released an owner notification schedule. 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 Geiger | November 4, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Ford Fusion: Car Seat Check

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There's a lot to like about the Ford Fusion, from its turbocharged four-cylinder engine to its distinctive looks. However, after installing child-safety seats in the 2015 Fusion equipped with optional inflatable rear seat belts, I can't say that I like the Fusion's lower Latch anchors.

The lower Latch anchors sit nearly 3 inches into the seat cushions. Other automakers place their anchors either out in the open or about an inch into the cushions. Occasionally, I'll encounter anchors that are 2 inches into the cushions; this deep placement makes it difficult to connect to the anchors. Trying to reach the Fusion's anchors was, well, trying, but what made them even more difficult was the lack of space around them, so maneuvering was challenging. While I had some trouble connecting to the 2013 Fusion's Latch anchors because of seat belt buckle interference when I last tested this car, it was nowhere near this difficult. The 2013 Fusion had a traditional rear seat belt, while the 2015 test car had the optional inflatable seat belts. Perhaps that explains the difference.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Jennifer Newman | October 30, 2014 | Comments (0)

2016 Ford Explorer to Debut at 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show

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Update: 2016 Ford Explorer at the 2014 L.A. Auto Show

Ford announced this week that a redesigned Explorer will bow next month at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show in advance of the popular SUV's 25th anniversary. The 2016 version of the SUV will make its debut Nov. 19, during the media-only days of the auto show, which opens to the public Nov. 21-30. Ford said the SUV will arrive in U.S. showrooms in 2015 with a new look, added capability and additional driver-assist technology.

Related: Is This the Next Ford Explorer?

There's no official word yet on the extent of the revisions the Explorer will receive. The last time the SUV had a full redesign was in 2011, when it went from a truck-based platform to a unibody one. For the 2014 model year, it received upgrades to its brakes, additional standard equipment and new available exterior colors.

By Matt Schmitz | October 30, 2014 | Comments (2)

Recall Alert: 2007-2008 Ford Edge, Lincoln MKX

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 205,000 model-year 2007-08 Ford Edge crossovers and Lincoln MKX luxury crossovers manufactured between June 15, 2006, and Sept. 22, 2008, at Ford's Oakville Assembly Plant in Ontario, Canada, and registered in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Washington, D.C.

The Problem: Rust under the reinforcement brackets where the fuel tank is mounted could cause a fuel odor, leak or check engine light, and increases the risk of a fire, according to The Detroit News. Ford said it is aware of one fire related to the condition, but no accidents or injuries have been reported.

The Fix: Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the fuel tanks and repair or replace them for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Ford at 866-436-7332 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 29, 2014 | Comments (1)

Ford Adds Auto-Braking, Pedestrian Detection to Collision-Warning System

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Ford plans to add pedestrian detection and auto-braking to its forward-collision warning system with a network of radars and windshield-mounted cameras. Dubbed Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, the technology debuts on the 2015 Ford Mondeo in Europe and will roll out to "other Ford and Lincoln products around the world," the company said Thursday in a press release.

Related: Ford's Driving Skills for Life Makes Big Impression on My Teen

Pre-Collision Assist reads a lot like Subaru's EyeSight system, which uses a pair of windshield-mounted cameras to detect pedestrians, lane markings and other obstructions. EyeSight, which includes auto-braking, scored the highest in a 2013 test by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety of various collision-warning systems for the 2013 and 2014 model years.

At the time, IIHS also tested the optional forward-collision warning systems in the Ford Edge, Explorer, Flex and Fusion, as well as the Lincoln MKT, MKX and MKZ. Since then, the institute tested systems in the Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKS, but without auto-braking capabilities, all nine cars earned a basic rating — the lowest of three grades — under IIHS' frontal-crash prevention scores. Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker confirmed to Cars.com that Ford's forward-collision warning system today still lacks auto-braking.

PCA will change that.

By Kelsey Mays | October 24, 2014 | Comments (6)

Ford's Driving Skills for Life Makes Big Impression on My Teen

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While my 14-year-old daughter isn't old enough to drive yet, I jumped at the opportunity to take her to Ford's Driving Skills for Life, an internationally touring program that teaches teen drivers and their parents about road perils that may not be addressed in traditional driver's education programs. I figured there was no better time to start exposing her to some life-saving lessons.

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There was one lesson in particular that my daughter learned at the event, and it wasn't even a lesson the program intended to teach: Among the modules that teens rotate through in this half-day program, drivers get behind the wheel wearing "fatal-vision" goggles. They're designed to simulate the effects of impaired driving, and participants wear them while attempting to navigate at low speeds through a driving course. Since my daughter couldn't drive the course, she got into the backseat while I drove.

By Kristin Varela | October 24, 2014 | Comments (1)

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