If you’re engaging in an online search for ‘Ford Dealerships Near Me’ it goes without saying that you might be in the market for your vehicle. If you count yourself as a Ford loyalist or have completed extensive research to determine your ideal vehicle, you probably don’t need any help in fine-tuning your selection. But if you’re still in ‘research mode’ rest assured that there are plenty of options to choose from.
Whether you’re seeking the modest footprint of an eco-friendly car, an accessibly-priced-yet-versatile crossover, or the capability of the best-selling truck series of all times, here are our picks for 8 current model year offerings from Ford, that you might want to consider. Here they are, in no particular order…
Ford Focus / Electric
The Ford Focus kicks things off with an accessible price point starting at $17,950 MSRP. Sporty in design, ambitious in terms of fuel economy (30 mpg combined) the fun and funky Focus comes in more than one form. The standard Focus features either a 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbocharged EcoBoost engine or its 2.0-liter equivalent. That said, there’s also the EV variant of the Focus priced to start around $29,120 MSRP. You might be hesitant to embrace a fully electric vehicle but consider for a moment the possibilities opened up by an electric vehicle with an equivalent mpg of 118 miles per charge. If that’s appealing the EV version of the Focus might be exactly what you’re looking for.
Ford Fusion Hybrid / Energi SE
The Fusion follows a similar model, offering three versions: standard, hybrid, and Energy SE variants. The base Fusion is a traditional five-seating sedan that begins at around $22,840 MSRP and offers an EPA-estimated 30 mpg combined. A $4,000 jump in price introduces the Hybrid SE which offers an efficient 42 mpg combined.
Ford’s recent announcement that they’d be overhauling their entire lineup of cars (with the exception the iconic Mustang) creates a certain scrutiny when examining their offerings as they stand. The possible exception is the Taurus which has saved as a staple of the lineup for too many years to count. Priced to start at $27,690 MSRP the Taurus is about as reliable a traditional sedan as one could expect. Capable-powered, well-equipped and designed with an eye to upmarket luxury offerings, the 2018 Taurus feels bittersweet; but that’s simply because we’ll be saying goodbye to it in the coming model year. And with a similar jump in price, the Energy SE offers up to 104 miles per charge, making it a great compromise of fuel economy and sedan comfort.
Ford Focus RS
Okay, we might be jumping in price-point here, but it seems apropos considering that we’re moving away from Ford’s car offerings, and already mentioned the Focus above. As a limited edition, the Focus RS is designed with the street-racing enthusiast in mind. Aesthetics aside, a 2.6-liter EcoBoost engine churns out 350 horses and the Limited Slip Differential and torque vectoring enable the RS to make a performance driver’s dreams come true. Factor a sporting design philosophy which echoes through every curve and angle, the RS is bound to be worth the $41,120 starting price point for its fast and furious-enamored customer base.
If good things are supposed to come in small packages, the Ford EcoSport might be first on the shortlist of vehicles to represent that ideal. Accessibly priced to start around $19,995 MSRP the EcoSport offers hatchback convenience to a comfortable four-door cabin that seats five. In terms of fuel economy, 28 mpg combined is nothing to shake a stick at. Served up in five trim levels, the EcoSport is well-worth a closer look and might just catch your eye by surprise.
But all due respect to the EcoSport, the Escape feels like the start of Ford’s more versatile. crossover SUV offerings. Priced to start around $23,940 MSRP the Escape offers modest seating for five, but delivers 29 highway mpg making it enticing to the economic commuter. Factor in the benefits of Ford Safe and Smart Package, which enhances the safety and driver-assist features of the Escape and it’s hard to argue why it’s been so warmly embraced.
Barring the (significantly higher-priced) Expedition, the Explorer serves as a perfect bookend to Ford’s SUV offerings beginning with the equally compelling Escape, as listed above. Priced to start at $32,140 MSRP the Explorer offers seating for seven and the kind of versatility one would expect of a three-row SUV. That said, it also steps confidently into the luxury arena providing a passenger-centric design complimented by a smooth and superior ride quality.
Ford F-150 Raptor
Okay, fine…you don’t need to go ‘full Raptor’ to make it a win, but what can one say about the F-150 that hasn’t already been said a million times. The F-Series reigns, not only as the best-selling truck lineup of all times, but as the best-selling vehicles of all time, and atop the list sits the F-150. One might argue that it was the perfect platform to build an aggressively styled, hi-po’d off-roader upon and (judging by sales) the consumer base agrees. Starting at $50,675 MSRP (and infinitely customizable) the Raptor is no small investment, but the high-output 3.5-lite V6 EcoBoost manages to outperform its 6.2-liter V8 predecessor. Channeling a staggering 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque, it has nothing to prove and leaves little to question.
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Which is the right choice for you? Only you can decide for sure, but your local Ford dealer will certainly be able to help. Take your time and weigh out the options, and compare your favorites against direct competitors from other automakers. Car-buying is, after all, one of the most significant types of purchases that we make. Never settle, and empower yourself to be satisfied with your final decision.