Tag archives for Crossover/SUV

February Crossover Sales: Ford Escape Leads, Equinox 19 Units Behind CR-V

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The Ford Escape and Honda CR-V usually duke it out in monthly sales for the compact crossover segment, but as the Escape took the lead with 24,110 units last month, that left the Honda CR-V and Chevrolet Equinox battling for second, and it was a close race.  The bowtie branded CUV fell behind its top Japanese competitor by only 19 units. With 20,668 units sold in February, the CR-V barely took the runner-up position while the ...

Top 10 Slowest 0-60 MPH Vehicles Motor Trend Tested in 2012

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Many of the vehicles we tested in 2012 made the 0-60 mph sprint feel more like a leisurely Sunday cruise. Not ever vehicle we test has an ultra-complex launch control system, but whether we’re talking about a small hybrid hatchback or an all-wheel-drive crossover, plenty of Motor Trend-tested vehicles took their time down the drag strip from 0-60 mph, by modern standards. As we did last year, we’re taking a look back at the hundreds of ...

Ford Issues Urgent Voluntary Recall for 1.6-liter Escape, Fusion Models

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Ford’s recall-prone 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine is once again causing problems for Dearborn, with almost 90,000 Escape and Fusion models equipped with the engine subject to the latest voluntary recall. Escapes equipped with the 1.6-liter EcoBoost have already been subject to three recalls since its introduction, including for fuel leaks and engine fires. The latest recall concerns engine overheating, with warning messages appearing in the vehicle information display, and some reports of engine fires. Ford is urging ...

Nov. Compact Crossover Sales: Honda CR-V On Top, RAV4 Slips Below Rogue

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The Honda CR-V took the lead in the November sales battle in the compact crossover segment with 22,333 units sold, beating the second-place Ford Escape by a margin of more than 1300. The CR-V edged out the Escape by less than 1000 units during the month of October. Meanwhile, the Chevrolet Equinox, with 16,821 units sold, completes the top three. While there was a pretty sizable gap separating the crossovers in the top-three spots, the battle ...

Your Say: Top 10 New Cars That Would Make the Best Santa Sleigh

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Earlier this month we asked readers what new vehicle would make the best Santa sleigh, if he wanted to upgrade his nine-reindeer-powered sleigh for a newer, more modern car, truck, van, or SUV. Readers could choose from any new 2013 or 2014 model with these basic requirements: More than nine reindeer power to move him swiftly through the night Room to haul all the toys to good girls and boys Good fuel economy, if possible, to minimize costs Long ...

Top 10 Best-Selling Vehicles of 2012

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The Ford F-Series had an explosive end to 2012, and remains the only vehicle line (F-Series includes F-150 and heavy-duty models) to pass 500,000 sales in 2012. And while the Honda Civic outsold every other vehicle on our chart for December, the Toyota Camry held its spot in 2012 as the best-selling car in the U.S. The best-selling vehicles in the U.S. for the 2012 calendar year came from the segments you might expect: full-size (and ...

Lincoln Navigator to Drop V-8 for EcoBoost V-6, Expedition May Get V-6 and V-8

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Motor Trend has confirmed with global Lincoln director Matt VanDyke that the Navigator SUV will survive the brand shakeup and will feature EcoBoost V-6 power. While the upcoming Navigator could go without an available V-8. the mechanically related Ford Expedition, however, may well hang onto its V-8. Expect Ford’s successful 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 under the hood of the next-generation Lincoln Navigator, likely in 365 hp and 410 lb-ft spec, a nice bump from the existing truck’s 310 ...

Honda CR-V Untouchable in 2012 Compact Crossover Sales, Ford Escape 20,000 Units Behind

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Things heated up between the Honda CR-V and Ford Escape a couple months ago, as the compact crossovers battled for year-to-date sales supremacy. Now that the dust has settled, we can see that the CR-V dominated the segment with 281,652 units sold. The Escape was about 20,000 units behind, but we’ll be interested in seeing how the new 2013 Toyota RAV4 shakes up the segment. Meanwhile, the Chevrolet Equinox was third best-selling CUV in 2012 with ...

Thread of the Day: What New Car Would Make the Best Santa Sleigh?

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With Christmas just around the corner, Santa Claus is readying his sleigh to deliver presents around the globe. When the reindeer get tired, though, what if Santa temporarily upgraded his sleigh to a newer, more modern vehicle? A modern sleigh would have to meet Santa’s requirements like having more than nine reindeer-power to move him swiftly through the night without being seen, room to haul all the toys for the good boys and girls, and if ...

Ford Announces Software Fix for 2013 Fusion, 2013 Escape Fire Risk

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Ford has announced that it has a fix for models of the 2013 Fusion sedan and 2013 Escape crossover equipped with 1.6-liter turbo-four engines. The vehicles were recalled because the EcoBoost engine could overheat and catch fire due to a flaw in its cooling system. The fix is a software update that will allow the cars’ computers to better cope with engine overheating conditions. Ford says that the cars’ original programming couldn’t deal with a loss ...