2012 F-150 FX4 Review

F150 FX4

2012 Ford F-150 FX4

2012 Ford F-150 FX4 SuperCrew 4×4 Review
by: Michel Deslauriers
via: auto123.com

“If you really want to improve your social life, get a pickup truck like the 2012 Ford F-150 FX4 SuperCrew. You see, rationally not many people should buy a pickup, but it’s so damn handy that your friends and family will frequently be in touch with you, if only to borrow it… Ford is currently selling crateloads of F-150s equipped with their twin-turbo 3.5L V6. This mighty mill produces 365 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque at a low 2,500 rpm, figures that trounce the FX4’s standard-issue 5.0L V8. This F-150 is quick. The 3.5L EcoBoost can also tow up to 11,100 lbs when equipped with the Max Trailer Tow Package, more than what the big 411-hp, 6.2L V8 can handle. Not bad for a V6.” [Read more]



2012 SVT Raptor Review

2012 Raptor

2012Raptor Off-Roading

2012 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor SuperCrew First Test
by: Christian Seabaugh
via: motortrend.com

“The 2012 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor is a one-of-a-kind truck. It’s built to bash in dunes, crawl over rocks and conquer mother Earth from the factory. For 2012, Ford added even more off-road gear to make the Raptor even more capable. But just because the 2012 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor SuperCrew may more adept at off-roading, doesn’t mean we are. I say that because the Raptor is ultimately so comfortable off-road that it causes hubris, as I discovered at California’s El Mirage Dry Lake Bed.” [Read more]

Review: 2012 Focus SE Hatchback

2012 Ford Focus

2012 Focus Hatchback

2012 Ford Focus SE Hatchback Manual
by: Jared Gall
via: CarandDriver.com

“But our initial impressions of Ford’s new no-longer-smallest-but-still-pretty-tidy car in 2011 convinced us we wanted to drive it, and after its performance during our 2012 10Best testing, we concluded that its ratio of how much we want to drive it and how useful and efficient it is to its sticker price was among the 10 highest in the land. After crowning the Focus one of the year’s 10Best cars, we added one to our long-term fleet. Various 2012 Focuses have also proven themselves with three comparison-test wins.” [Read more]


Review: 2012 F-150 Harley Davidson

F150 Harley Davidson Black

2012 Ford F-150 Harley Davidson

2012 Ford F-150 SuperCrew Harley-Davidson Edition First Test
by: Melissa Spiering
via: trucktrend.com

“The lonely rider is no fashionista, but this F-150 truck is dressed to the nines in a super-metallic tuxedo black with classic hot-rod-inspired snakeskin-texture side graphics. A unique six-bar billet-style bright-chrome grille, front fascia, retractable side steps, black-out headlight trim, and chrome bedside Harley-Davidson badging separate this F-150 from the rest of the wolf pack. Ford keeps up with the latest automotive fashion by giving the truck new standard 22-inch 5-spoke machined-aluminum wheels with a flat-black face and Harley-Davidson logo center caps and wrapped in 275/45R22 112V Pirelli Scorpion Zero all-weather tires.” [Read more]

Focus Electric Charges Faster and Goes Further

2012 Ford Focus Electric

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Faster Charging a Major Advantage for Ford EV
by: Joe Wiesenfelder
via: blogs.cars.com

Ford‘s biggest selling point for its 2012 Focus Electric ($39,600) is that it charges twice as fast as other electric vehicles when using a Level 2 240-volt supply. Having tested a Focus Electric for a couple of days, I can confirm that the claim is both true and a compelling advantage indeed.

In the simplest terms, a depleted Focus battery can be fully recharged in about four hours compared with about eight hours for a Nissan Leaf. The Mitsubishi i-MiEV, which I recently reviewed, uses a smaller battery and takes closer to seven hours. But it’s not just about full charges; it’s about how many miles you can drive in a given day, and some other less obvious advantages.” [Read more]

Focus Electric: There’s an App for That

2012 Ford Focus Electric AT&T MyFord Mobile app hands-on
by: Chris Burns
via: slashgear.com

“The application you’re about to take a peek at here will be released for both iPhone and Android in the very near future as the 2012 Ford Focus Electric hits the streets. You’ll find this application remote starting the vehicle, checking the battery life it’s got at the moment, and projecting your plans for the vehicle with its given power in the near future. This application is like seeing the guts of your car without having to open it up – and controlling how they act with a tap as well.” [Read more]