Recall Alert: 420,000 Ford Sedans, SUVs


Ford is recalling more than 420,000 model-year 2013 sedans and SUVs to check for fuel-tank leaks that could result in a fire; affected models include the 2013 Ford Fusion, Flex, Explorer, Taurus and Police Interceptor sedans and SUVs, as well as the 2013 Lincoln MKZ, MKS and MKT. In addition, Ford also announced two more separate recalls to address problems with engine-block heater cords in 500 model-year 2013 Lincoln MKZ sedans and steering gears in a small number of 2013 Ford Fusion sedans.

In the largest of the recalls, as of March 31, Ford had received 600 consumer complaints pertaining to potential leaks in the vehicles' fuel-delivery module, which could result in a fire. Ford said there had been no reports of fires or injuries as a result of the leaks.

"The condition could result in customers detecting an odor of fuel, or in some cases, observe evidence of a fuel leak on the ground," said Kelli Felker, Ford safety communications manager, in a statement. "While a fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire, there have been no reports of fires. We are not aware of any accidents or injuries attributed to this condition."

By Matt Schmitz | June 3, 2013 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 3,037 Ford and Lincoln Sedans and SUVs


Ford is recalling 3,037 model-year 2012 Taurus and 2012 Lincoln MKS sedans and 2013 Ford Explorer SUVs due to leaky fuel tanks, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The affected vehicles were manufactured between July 19, 2011, and March 15, 2012, and their fuel tanks may have a marginally sealed side seam, which may not be strong enough in an impact. This could cause the tanks to leak, increasing the risk of a fire.

Ford will begin notifying owners on April 22, and dealers will inspect the fuel tanks and replace them as necessary for free. Owners may call Ford customer service at 866-436-7332 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236; for more info, go to

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By Matt Schmitz | April 1, 2013 | Comments (0) Podcast: 2010 Lincoln MKZ, MKS EcoBoost

The current state of Lincoln as a brand is debated among the editors as they discuss two of its recent sedans that visited the offices. Mike Hanley, David Thomas and Joe Wiesenfelder discuss the redesigned 2010 Lincoln MKZ and the 2010 Lincoln MKS with the twin-turbo EcoBoost engine. Can either or both help a brand struggling to define itself in a competitive environment?

Download the podcast via iTunes here or listen in a browser here.

By David Thomas | August 24, 2009 | Comments (4)

2010 MKS With EcoBoost Engine Starts at $47,760

Lincolnmkseco This year, Ford will begin selling its much-talked-about twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V-6 powertrain in select vehicles, with debut honors going to the 2010 MKS.

The 2010 MKS with EcoBoost will cost $47,760, which is exactly $5,000 more than the naturally aspirated MKS with all-wheel drive ($42,760). The price bump for the MKT with EcoBoost is about the same. Destination adds another $825.

For that price, you get a 355-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 with 350 pounds-feet of torque. The MKS is able to achieve that sort of power through the use of twin turbochargers and direct injection — in Ford marketing speak, that’s referred to as EcoBoost.

The MKS with EcoBoost has all-wheel drive standard and has achieved 17/24 mpg city/highway in preliminary testing. The non-turbo 3.7-liter MKS with all-wheel drive is rated at 16/23 mpg.

The 2010 MKS with EcoBoost competes with more expensive high-performance sedans like the turbo Audi A6 ($50,100) and BMW 535i xDrive ($53,400). The 2010 MKS with EcoBoost goes on sale this summer.

By Colin Bird | May 18, 2009 | Comments (27)

Up Close: Ford's Self-Parking System


Have an aversion to parallel parking? Your ship has arrived: No longer the domain of just Lexus and Toyota, a self-parking system will debut for the 2010 model year on the Lincoln MKS sedan and MKT crossover and will probably spread throughout Ford’s lineup thereafter. On the Cobo Center’s rooftop parking lot at this week’s Detroit auto show, Ford let us put its Active Park Assist through its paces.

By Kelsey Mays | January 15, 2009 | Comments (8)

Ford Reveals EcoBoost; Bests Segment in Mileage, Power


Ford will show the 2010 Taurus for the first time this morning, but it has already dropped the veil on one of the most anticipated engines in years. Seriously. The new 3.5-liter turbocharged V-6, called EcoBoost, will be used in cars, crossovers and, in the future, even trucks. Power numbers for the first application of the engine, in the Ford Flex, are 355 hp and 350 lb.-ft. of torque.

Mileage is estimated at 19/24 mpg city/highway. That’s pretty amazing when you consider that that surpasses every standard V-6 in the segment — see chart below — in terms of fuel efficiency, adding nearly 80 hp. Wow. Not only that, the EcoBoost only comes in Flexes equipped with all-wheel drive. We still have to confirm that these mileage numbers are for an all-wheel drive Flex, which would make the mileage numbers simply astounding. And yes, it uses regular gas. Not premium.

The Ecoboost V-6 will be available in the 2010 Ford Flex first, going on sale mid-year, followed by the 2010 Lincoln MKT crossover to be revealed tomorrow.  The Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKS will also receive the engine.

By David Thomas | January 11, 2009 | Comments (2)

Ford's Automated Parallel Parking System


Like Stockton to Malone, Ford wants to give its buyers an assist — at least those who purchase a 2010 Lincoln MKT or MKS. In mid-2009, both vehicles will come equipped with Ford’s new Active Park Assist system, which parallel parks the vehicle automatically. The MKT is an all-new crossover that will debut at the Detroit auto show next month.

The system strongly resembles the one on the Lexus LS 460 (check out our own Joe Wiesenfelder putting it to the test). Rather than cameras, though, the system utilizes Ford’s ultrasonic-based sensing system.

Ford claims key advantages over Lexus’ version of the technology: Ford’s system can be used in downhill parking situations, and the American automaker also claims it has vastly improved on reliability and speed in parking situations.

While this certainly may be true (we won’t know until we get our hands on a ’10 MKT or MKS), we have yet to meet anyone who truly craves this technology. If you have a different opinion, feel free to let us know in the comments.

Update: Video by Ford is below. Beware, it is kind of dry, but shows the system in action.

By Stephen Markley | December 30, 2008 | Comments (5) Faceoff: 2009 Hyundai Genesis, 2009 Lincoln MKS, 2008 Buick Lucerne Super


They're big, they're comfortable and they're pricey. The full-size sedans that came under the scrutiny of our team of reviewers all have their advantages and winning features, but, alas, only one could come out on top. Mike Hanley, Joe Wiesenfelder and David Thomas pit the 2008 Buick Lucerne, 2009 Hyundai Genesis and 2009 Lincoln MKS against each other in a test of fuel economy, drivability and, of course, country-club cred. To find out which pampering bad boy comes out on top in their book, check out the full faceoff on

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By Stephen Markley | September 2, 2008 | Comments (8) Reviews 2009 Lincoln MKS


Lincoln hasn't exactly overwhelmed car shoppers lately, with products that have failed to match competitors from Lexus and Infiniti, but reviewer David Thomas sees promise in the all-new 2009 Lincoln MKS. Distinctive and a good value compared to the competition, the MKS seems to have found a niche that it’s already exploiting; it was Lincoln’s best-selling model in July. Thomas points to an expansive interior, improved technology and its relative value as the primary factors in the MKS' early success. Click on the link to read his full review.

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By Stephen Markley | August 15, 2008 | Comments (6) Videos: 2009 Lincoln MKS, 2009 Hyundai Genesis, 2009 Ford Flex


2009 Lincoln MKS: The all-new sedan’s styling is a hit, and the MKS delivers on its good looks with a lot of value for its $37,655 starting price tag, reviewer David Thomas says.

2009 Hyundai Genesis: Hyundai does the impossible, wowing senior editor Joe Wiesenfelder with its first foray into the “luxury” car market.

2009 Ford Flex: The large crossover offers lots of legroom in its spacious cabin, but Joe says the Flex is missing some key interior features.

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By Jennifer Newman | August 14, 2008 | Comments (2)

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