2019 Ford Buyers Guide

11 Jan 2019 | 468 views | No Comment
  It's that time of the year again:  New model introductions. And we are unveiling our 2019 Buyers Guide starting today! We will be publishing articles on the most interesting lineups, giving you photos, basic information and a few highlights that should please you whether you are buying a vehicle this year, or just an auto and truck enthusiast. The 2019 product lineup is looking pretty exciting, and we thought we would start with Ford Motor Company.    Enjoy! Don Hammonds, executive editor and publisher, Automobile Journal.   Ford may be in the midst of a dramatic reshaping and reconfiguration of its product lineup, but that doesn't mean there's not plenty to watch for and look at in 2019. Biggest news can be described best in one word:  Ranger. Ford's midsized compact pickup is back after a long absence, selling for between about $21,000 and$36,000, and available in Supercab and SuperCrew versions. It is powered by a 2.3 liter, 280 horsepower twin turbocharged four cylinder engine. Warranty is three years, 36,000 miles. And now, for the car that  shouts "FORD" to everyone who sees it on the road: Mustang. 2019 will prove to be an interesting and exciting year for fans of the Ford Mustang. First, the beloved California Special version of the Mustang is coming back, and the company is unveiling a special edition Mustang Bullitt, which honors the 50th anniversary of the 2968 Bullitt" movie, an icon flick for car lovers. And...if performance is your game, wait until you see the new Shelby GT500 with its supercharged V-8 that puts over 700 horses out there on the street.  This car becomes the most poewerful production car that Ford has aever built. But there are other Mustang Shelby models out there to take a look at as well, including the one shown below: To improve the new Ford Mustang Shelby® GT350 driver confidence and lap times, Ford Performance leveraged its Mustang road course racing programs and all-new upcoming Shelby® GT500, infusing GT350 with the very latest in track and street technology.First, for Shelby enthusiasts, Ford is all about getting those explosive performance genes going in the 2019 Shelby GT350.  For Ford, that means focusing on things like a new rear spoiler that provides improved aerodynamics that reduce drag and adds downforce with new available Gurney flap, new custom Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, and more chassis and antilock brake tuning. But Ford knows it's got to focus like a laser beam on its other big product, the 2019 Ford F-150.  Why? you might ask.  Well, for starters, Chevrolet is introducing an all-new Silverado, and Chrysler-Fiat, not to be outdone, has pulled the covers off of its all-new Ram pickup. And to add insult to injury, the respected Motor Trend Magazine has named the Ram the 2019 Truck of the Year. So....,.y0u might say Ford has its work cut out for it. But have no fear F-150 lovers.  Ford has plenty of four wheeled tricks up its truck sleeves:   For starters, Ford is introducing its very first diesel version of the F-150, with a 3.0 liter turbodiesel V-6 that produces 250 horsepower and 440 lb-ft of torque. Economy figures according to EPA re 20 city, 25 highway and 22 overall. Expect to pay somewhere in the mid-forties for a diesel powered F-150 Lariat Crew, for instance. Another F-150 model coming in for some new stuff is the sporty, off-roader Raptor, which gets better shocks, a crawl control system, and upgraded dampers along with some cool Recaro seats. Other changes: the 2019 Ford F-150 Limited gets a high output 3.5 liter, 450 horsepower EcoBoost V-6, and an updated interior that uses a new Camel Back two-tone color offering that incudes heated, ventilated and massaging leather front seats, kgenuine ash swirl wood trim, premium aluminum-wrapped bezels and some new detailing in the interior. Price range for the entire F-150 lineup is around $30,000 to $63,000. Basic warranty for the F-150 is 3 years/36,000 miles. The Rest of the Ford Lineup and  Big Changes: Listen Up It's well known that Ford is dropping all of its car lines except Mustang this year, and concentrating on trucks,  SUVs and CUVs--all products in fields in which Ford certainly excels. But if you still want to buy a Ford sedan of some sort, you can still get them, but not for long because they are all going out of production this year. Focus:  If this is what you want, Ford's compact sedan and hatchback, you're out of luck unless you see one for sale on a dealer lot. Focus went to the car graveyard last May. Fiesta:  Ford's little subcompact always was a favorite of ours, and if it's a favorite of yours too--you better get going. They go out of production in May, 2019. Fusion:  The mid-sized Ford, a high quality, well-built and formidable competitor in the mid-sized sedan market, is likely to continue to be available for a couple more years. In our view, this is a sensible, wise decision on Ford's part. Nissan, Hyundai, Kia, Toyota and other foreign car makers  may well torpedo the financial bottom lines of American car makers over the next couple of years by snapping up all buyers who can't stand SUVs and CUVs, and there are many people who fit that description. Even GM and Chrysler, though they may drop sedans themselves, are hedging their bets and keeping sedans in their product mix. Ford, which has a much more drastic plan to cut sedans out of its future,  may be able to redeem its customers, at least those looking for a mid-sized sedans, by continuing to offer the Fusion. So..for 2019, n the 1.5 liter, 1891 horsepower turbocharged four cylinder engine, is standard on the SE trim and the remainder of the lineup. Meanwhile, all of Ford's driver-assist technologies, including lane keeping assist and automatic emergency braking, are now standard equipment across the board. EPA ratings for Fusion are 17 to 43 city and 26 to 41 on the highway, depending on models you buy.  The Hybrid Fusion is the model that has the above listed ratings in the 40s for fuel mileage. Fusions carry three year, 36,000 mile warranties. Both the Ford Escort and Ford Expedition SUV models are completely unchanged for 2019 for good reason:  Ford is bringing out all-new versions of those SUVs in 2020. The Ford Edge for 2019 has a much sportier, performance  ambiance as a result of some modifications to styling like the front end and around back, and the interior also has a more performance orientation too .  Edge also gets its first performance SUV in the Edge ST, which has a a twin turbocharged 2.7 liter V-6 that produces 335 horsepower.    

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