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Ford: Always One Step Ahead

Why Shop Ford?

If you’ve been looking for a new Ford car, truck, or SUV, now is the time to check out your local Ford dealer. This year, Ford has released an even more impressive lineup than years prior, and 2021 is looking even brighter. Out of our current vast selection of new Ford models, we have picked a few different ones to compare to one another in an attempt to discover why Ford is the manufacturer of choice for countless drivers everywhere. When making our choices, we made sure to pick a few offerings, each one a different style, we chose an SUV, a truck, and an electric hybrid variant. Our SUV of choice was the 2020 Expedition, an SUV with an impressive feature set and great performance that differentiates itself from its competition. The truck we’ve decided to highlight is the 2020 F-150, which produces some fantastic performance for both off-roading and towing, especially for the higher trim levels. Lastly, our hybrid of choice is none other than the 2020 Fusion Hybrid, an extremely fuel-efficient offering from Ford.

2020 Expedition SUV

A white 2020 Ford Expedition is towing an Airstream on a mountain road.

The 2020 Expedition is an SUV that emits a lot of promise. A term that tends to go hand-in-hand with this vehicle is “Best-in-Class” as Ford claims the new Expedition leads the charge in more ways than one. With a best-in-class EPA-estimated fuel economy rating for an SUV as well as best second and third-row legroom amongst a seating arrangement for eight passengers means this SUV surely aims to impress. The Expedition features a best-in-class maximum towing capacity when equipped with the proper Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow Package, which increases the capacity to an impressive 9,300 lbs. The base 2020 Expedition starts at an MSRP of $52,810, and from there, you can browse higher trim levels and add-ons to your heart’s content, but today we’ll be focusing on the base model.

The engine that comes standard with the base 2020 Expedition is a 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine with the ability to give this SUV a power output of 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. This is definitely ample performance for a vehicle of this caliber and with a 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission, ensuring smooth and responsive acceleration. In terms of fuel efficiency, the Ford Expedition gets an EPA-Estimated rating of 17 MPG in the city and 23 MPG on the highway.

In addition to its performance, the 2020 Expedition is also jam-packed with various features such as a Sync 3 infotainment system with built-in enhanced voice recognition plus the implementation of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, allowing you to connect your phone in a simple process, allowing you to access features such as media controls, contacts, and a dedicated app store. A 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot is also present, meaning your passengers can connect their wireless devices to your vehicle’s connection and stream movies or browse the web with a fast and stable internet signal.

2020 F-150 Pickup Truck

The F-150 is a fan favorite for many and simply contains the things we love most in a pickup truck. With an impressive towing ability plus being constructed with the sturdiest frame and body amongst its competition, this truck is a work of art, to say the least. Ford claims the F-150 is the only truck built with a military-grade aluminum-alloy body and high-strength steel frame in its respective class, which is a remarkable feat. The base F-150 starts at an MSRP of $28,745, and even at the base level, we still see some astonishing results.

Higher trim levels will give you more powerful engines as there are a total of four that can be fitted inside of this truck. The base F-150, however, contains a 3.3L Ti-VCT V6 engine, which has variable valve timing along with a 6-speed automatic transmission. This transmission has three selectable modes for the task at hand, including Normal, Tow/Haul, and Sport. In terms of general performance, this 3.3L V6 engine can produce 290 hp with 265 lb-ft of torque. This engine achieves respectable fuel efficiency as it nets an EPA-estimated rating of 19 MPG in the city, 25 MPG on the highway, and 22 MPG combined.

Inside of the F-150, you’ll find an instrument panel display that can show your rearview camera and even comes included with Dynamic Hitch Assist to assist you in lining your vehicle up to a trailer. This truck also comes standard with AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control (RSC), which will work alongside your engine and brakes to keep all four wheels planted on the ground when a sharp turn or swerve is detected thanks to its two implemented gyroscopic sensors. With RSC comes Curve Control, which will dynamically slow your vehicle down if it detects an oncoming curve at fast speeds. Lastly, with the addition of four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes coming standard with every F-150, we can confidently say we are pleased with the safety features found on the base model.

2020 Fusion: A Hybrid With Potential

A white 2020 Ford Focus is parked under a blue sky.

Lastly, if you’re interested in a hybrid, then look no further than the 2020 Ford Fusion. Starting at an MSRP of $23,170 for the base model, the Ford Fusion is classy as much as it’s efficient. Due to the hybrid nature of this vehicle, it uses an engine paired alongside an electric motor to produce its power. The Ford Fusion also contains an impressive number of features in regards to entertainment and safety, making it a solid contender against its contemporaries.

The engine found inside of the base 2020 Ford Fusion is a 2.5L i-VCT engine paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The motor to coincide with the engine is an 88 kW Permanent Magnet AC Synchronous Motor powered by a 1.4kWh Lithium-Ion battery. The engine itself produces 175 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque, but where it lacks in power, it makes up for it with admirable fuel-efficiency. The base Fusion gets an EPA-Estimated rating of 21 MPG in the city, 31 MPG on the highway, and 24 MPG combined. But, for those who purchase a higher trim level, the included 2.0L Atkinson-Cycle I-4 hybrid engine has an impressive EPA estimate of 43 MPG in the city, 41 MPG on the highway, and 42 MPG combined.

Going Forward with Ford

One of the main reasons we appreciate Ford is because of their dedication to manufacturing vehicles of multiple classes, all of which stand tall when stacked up against fierce competitors they see in the market today. Competition is much more of a prevalent thing in 2020 than it was when Ford opened its doors in 1903, and Ford never sought to fall behind in the midst of an ever-expanding industry. Every year, Ford builds upon its lineage and provides drivers with vehicles that become increasingly impressive each year.

Visiting your local Ford dealership is a great way to learn more about what kind of Ford you should be driving. Many Ford dealerships contain a well-trained and professional sales representative who has the answers to all of your questions. To make your decision easier, plan a test drive with your local dealership to get an idea of which Ford vehicle suits you the best. People follow Ford for a reason, and that reason is built upon the trust they form coming from a century-old company with a long history of satisfying people everywhere with quality vehicles. If you’ve yet to drive a Ford, you owe it to yourself to take one for a test drive and experience, and by the end of your drive, you’ll be asking how you can take it home.

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