Goodbye, MyFord Touch; Hello, Sync 3

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MyFord Touch, maligned for its unintuitive touch-sensitive buttons, tiny touch-screen icons and overall lag, will finally head into the sunset. This is exactly 1,800 days since we first reported on the system, which appeared in the restyled 2011 Ford Edge and its 2011 Lincoln MKX sibling.

Related: 2015 Ford Fusion Review

Four years, 11 months and 5 days later, meet Sync 3. The third generation of Ford's Sync system (the automaker already markets Sync 2 in Europe), Sync 3 promises conversational voice recognition, less complexity, smartphone-like pinch and swipe touch-screen motions, better app integration and over-the-air updates through home WiFi networks, according to Ford.

By Kelsey Mays | December 11, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Lincoln Navigator: Real-World Cargo Space

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The 2015 Lincoln Navigator's list of changes includes a new engine with improved fuel economy, a high-end Reserve Package and mild interior and exterior styling updates. What hasn't changed, however, is the Navigator's cargo space of which there are two sizes: the standard wheelbase model and supersized extended-wheelbase Navigator.

Related: 2015 Lincoln Navigator: First Look

The standard-wheelbase Navigator we tested offers 18.1 cubic feet of storage space behind the third row, 54.4 cubic feet behind the second row and a grand total of 103.3 cubic feet of cargo room with the seats folded. We found the 18.1 cubic feet small given the Navigator's massive exterior size and that many crossover SUVs with a smaller footprint provide similar space in the back. However, the Navigator still offers more space than the Chevrolet Tahoe's 15.3 cubic feet, and folding the third row flat is easy thanks to its power operation. Extended-wheelbase Navigator L models provide a huge leap with 42.6 cubic feet behind the third row.

See how well common items fit in the standard-wheelbase Navigator's cargo area below.

By Joe Bruzek | December 11, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Lincoln Navigator: Car Seat Check

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Lincoln's largest SUV got refreshed for 2015, but the Navigator's passenger and cargo volume are unchanged this year. Seating for eight is standard again, but our test model's optional second-row captain's chairs reduced capacity to seven. Accessible Latch anchors make the second row car-seat friendly, but the third row’s tether anchor position and lack of room complicated installation of our booster and forward-facing convertible.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

How many car seats fit in the third row? Two

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By Jennifer Geiger | December 9, 2014 | Comments (0)

Lincoln to Debut Revel Audio in Next-Gen MKX

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You'll have to wait until 2015 to see the redesigned Lincoln MKX, but Ford's luxury division unveiled details of the forthcoming SUV's audio systems. Thanks to a 10-year deal that Lincoln inked with home-audio brand Revel, the next MKX will have two available Revel premium stereos. Eventually, Lincoln's whole lineup will offer Revel audio in place of today's available THX stereos.

Related: Lincoln MKX Concept Photo Gallery (22 Photos)

Revel is one of many brands under audiovisual giant Harman International Industries, whose other properties include Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. You probably recognize a few of those names, which appear in Lexus, Toyota, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz and BMW stereos. But Revel, formed in 1996, markets home audio systems based on "science-based speaker architecture," Lincoln says. This marks the brand's automotive debut.

By Kelsey Mays | December 5, 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)

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)

Top 10 Features for Showoffs

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Prefacing any great show-off moment is the phrase, "Hey, watch this." That's what Cars.com editors imagined when picking the greatest show-off features in new cars. What's surprising is the sheer number of over-the-top features surely wild enough to impress even the most non-interested parties. Want to set off car alarms in a parking garage or attract the attention of everyone who sets eyes on your car up to a mile away? This list has what it takes to be the center of attention.

By Joe Bruzek | October 13, 2014 | Comments (3)

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)

Infiniti Q70 Excels, BMW 5 Series, Lincoln MKS Falter in Latest IIHS Crash Tests

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released its most recent crash test results for midsize luxury sedans and found that Infiniti's Q70 sedan scored well across the board in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, which earned it the group's Top Safety Pick+ designation.

Related: 2014 Infiniti Q70 Expert Review

The safety organization also tested the BMW 5 Series and Lincoln MKS, which did not perform nearly as well, ranking at the bottom of seven cars tested in the class. The BMW garnered a marginal score in the small front overlap test, which replicates hitting another vehicle or object like a pole at 40 mph at an offset angle, not head-on.

By David Thomas | October 3, 2014 | Comments (2)

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 (4)

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