Archives for August 11th, 2013

2014 Ford Fiesta Earns 41 MPG Highway

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The 2014 Ford Fiesta has earned best-in-class highway fuel economy, making it the only car in the subcompact class to get more than 40 mpg highway. The new Fiesta also receives 30 mpg city, and 34 mpg combined. However, these numbers were achieved on the Fiesta SE with the Super Fuel Economy package. The new Ford Fiesta will be arriving at dealerships soon, ...

2012 Ford F-150 Lariat 4×4 EcoBoost Long-Term Update 4

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When the F-150 was used as the tow vehicle for the Tesla test -- the one where Motor Trend editors drove the Tesla Model S from the Los Angeles area to Las Vegas -- we were reminded that at some point soon, the truck should really get a trailer brake controller. Since we weren't towing a heavy load that day, the truck's brakes would suffice, but that wouldn't always be the case, and we probably ...

Mercedes-Benz Consults With Ford to Figure Out How to Make a Good 3-Cylinder Engine

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Remember how we told you that in recent history, automakers have made a handful of three-cylinder engines, and all but the one in the 2014 Ford Fiesta 1.0-liter EcoBoost were terrible? One of the culprits was the Smart Fortwo, which is a joke of a car made even worse by its underpowered engine and jerky transmission. Apparently, Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz ...

BMW V8-powered Ford Model A is the definition of Hot Rod

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Today, hotrodding has a pretty staid definition. Take one classic American car, add one classic American V8, sprinkle with tire smoke and you pretty much have every hot rod to roll out of a shop in the last 40 years. Mike Borroughs knows it wasn't always this way. Once upon a time, getting your bucket to go faster meant grabbing whatever parts were lazing about the yard, bolting them together with a bit of ingenuity ...