Ford Delivers the Goods With 2016 Lineup
An appealing 2016 Ford lineup highlights continuing evidence of a resurgence in American automobile sales, with the previous model year being particularly successful for Ford. The car company, in fact, looks to build on a winning model lineup to produce increasing sales with what it calls “the best Ford vehicles ever.” A quick glance at the automaker’s offerings reveals active players in every model segment, from subcompact cars all the way up to heavy-duty pickup trucks and everything in between.
Cars in All Sizes
Henry Ford got his start by mass producing one of automotive history’s most famous cars, the Model T, and passenger cars have always been one of the automaker’s strong suits. Size-wise, Ford offers autos that range from the subcompact Fiesta up through the full-size Taurus. All Ford cars also offer a combination of value, fuel economy and performance. Here’s a look at a couple of Ford autos for 2016:
- Ford delivers performance in spades to the 2016 Focus by bringing the RS to U.S. showrooms. Equipped with all-wheel drive and what the automaker says will be “315-plus horsepower,” Focus RS promises to make most “best Ford vehicles” lists. Production of the RS will be highly limited, though, and dealers are compiling waiting lists.
- Ford Taurus is the company’s flagship sedan, and it’s been a winner since its mid-1980s introduction. For 2016, Taurus deals a full array of comfort, technology and convenience features across its lineup. Three different engines ranging from 237 horsepower up to 365 horsepower move the Taurus, which also comes with a standard front-wheel drive or available all-wheel drive.
Crossovers and SUVs
Six different models make up Ford’s crossover and SUV lineup, including the Escape, Edge, Explorer and big Expedition. Ford also offers the Transit Connect, which resembles a minivan, as well as the station wagon-like Flex. To compare Ford vehicles, regarding whether they’re a crossover or SUV, look at size, purpose and capabilities.
- 1. Ford’s Escape is a compact crossover SUV, or “small SUV,” with seating for five that offers:
- Three different engines; a normally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, and a 240-hp 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder.
- Front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive capability.
- A nicely equipped base model S, up to full-on luxury Titanium trim, complements the lineup.
- Six-speed automatic transmission.
- Choice of a front-wheel drive, or an all-wheel drive powertrain.
- Models ranging from affordable all the way up to premium near-luxury.
- The base engine in the Explorer is the 290-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6. A new 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder with 280 horsepower as well as 310 pound-feet of torque is also available.
- Explorer Sport and Platinum offerings receive the mighty 3.5-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 that kicks out 365-hp and 350 pound-feet of torque.
A Wealth of Trucks
Ford’s F-150 has been the best-selling vehicle in the United States for more than three decades, and that’s because it does so many things right. It’s obvious that the automaker has dedicated significant resources to making the F-Series, comprising the F-150, F-250 and F-350 truck models, as capable and value-packed as possible.
- Ford’s F-150, the light-duty truck in the lineup, impresses with its cargo volume and carrying capacity along with towing capabilities. It comes in everything from regular cab up to four-door “SuperCrew” cab and with rear-wheel-drive or optional four-wheel drive. Engine choices, including regular and turbo V-6s and a V-8, and model selections range from work trucks to premium luxury Platinum trims.
- F-250 and F-350 are Ford’s medium and heavy duty trucks respectively. Both are built for serious chores though both can also be equipped with many luxury amenities as well. An array of engines, including serious diesel capability, power the F-250 and F-350.
It’s About Market Share
Compare Ford vehicles to their American and foreign competitors and it quickly becomes apparent that the Dearborn automaker is serious about growing its market share. The 2016 Ford lineup looks both broad and profound, with the automaker declaring that even more vehicles will be on their way in the future. Doubtless, Ford’s ongoing success is sure to be loudly celebrated in Detroit, the Motor City.