Blending the comfort of 4-door cars with the practicality of SUVs, crossovers have taken the place of traditional sedans, station wagons and even minivans when it comes to transporting families. Built on car platforms, they are easy to drive while offering a high seating position that provides great visibility. All-wheel drive also adds to driver confidence. Ford has a complete range of crossovers to choose from including subcompact, compact and midsize models to meet the needs of families and empty-nesters alike.
FordEcoSport: The smallest of the Ford crossovers, the subcompact EcoSport has made a name for itself in Europe for more than a decade. With a cabin reminiscent of its relatively bigger brother, the Ford Escape, it is capable of carrying people and things around town and as a bonus, being able to squeeze into virtually any parking space.
FordEscape: A redesign has made the Ford Escape new again, with a fresh look, new features and technologies that are designed to satisfy nearly every new buyer. A 1.5-liter three-cylinder is the base powerplant, while a 2.0-liter turbo and not one, but two hybrid systems are also available. With the demise of the compact Focus hatchback, sedan and wagon, Ford is counting on the more car-like execution of the all-new Escape to appeal to traditional car buyers.
FordEdge: The Ford Edge now features the brand's CoPilot360 safety suite of features as well as available Ford Sync3, 4G LTE connectivity, post-collision braking, and FordPass Connect. Power comes from a base 2.0-liter EcoBoost Turbo 4-cylinder or in the Ford Edge ST with a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine and standard all-wheel drive. This is one of the earliest entrants in the 2-row crossover SUV segment.
FordFlex: One of the most distinctive vehicles in the Ford fleet, the Flex has been discontinued for the 2020 model year. That means that 2019 was the last year for the 11-year-old 7-passenger crossover that's more wagon-like than SUV in its look. In its final year, there are a few new colors and a 110-volt power outlet.
Ford will continue to add to its crossover fleet, particularly in the area of hybrids and electrics. While it has dropped the people-moving C-Max plug-in hybrid, an exciting crossover electric with Mustang styling cues is promised in the near future. In addition to these car-based models, Ford continues to offer a full-suite of traditional SUVs, including an all-new Explorer and recently redesigned full-size Expedition and Expedition XL.
The Ford Motor Company has a long, storied and innovative history of building cars, going all the way back to 1913, when the Ford assembly line started rolling. The Ford-pioneered assembly line took the average build time from more than 12 hours per car to roughly two hours and 30 minutes. There was a car for everyone, primarily full-size sedans and station wagons.
Flash forward a hundred years or so, and people are still driving, but their tastes have changed. While they once favored sedans, they have transitioned to crossover SUVs and trucks as their vehicles of choice. Consumers cite higher driving position, more passenger seating and cargo capabilities as a few reasons for the change.
Ford's decision to drop both small and full-size sedans from their lineup reflects the buying public's love affair with SUVs and trucks. Stable fuel prices and the improving fuel economy have also furthered the shift toward this new generation of car-based crossover SUVs.
FordMustang: One of the few surviving cars in the Ford lineup, Ford will continue to manufacture the iconic Mustang in all trim levels, including models with 4-cylinder, V6 and V8 models in various states of tune. Rumors that had Ford planning to expand the Mustang family to include a 4-door never materialized, but a crossover SUV with pony car styling inspired by this icon is currently in development.
FordFusion: While Ford has largely exited the sedan market, it does plan to continue producing the Fusion mid-size entry at least through the 2020 model year. The Fusion is available in four trim levels, from S up through Titanium. Also, the Fusion remains a stalwart in Ford's hybrid lineup, offering both a conventional and plug-in hybrid models. These electrified versions of the sedan may also play a role in keeping the sedan around well past 2021.
Dropped from the model range in 2019 were the compact Ford Focus and full-size Taurus. The subcompact Fiesta, which is still being sold still as a 2019, won't survive into 2020. It is still available, however, in hatchback and sedan body styles. As closeout models, shoppers may be able to find some bargains on showroom lots.
Powerful and full of capabilities, the Ford family of Sport Utility Vehicles is a mixture of car- and truck-based vehicles that haul people, cargo or both. Though the Blue Oval brings many different Sport and Crossover Utility Vehicles (CUV) to market, these are the true SUVs in the fleet. And just to confuse the issue, an SUV is usually a body-on-frame arrangement, while the CUV is of unibody construction, the way many cars are made today. But not always.
FordExplorer: This unibody-based SUV features a base 2.3-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine capable of 300 horsepower. Available in three trim levels, buyers can start with the entry-level XLT model with rear-wheel-drive. Step up to the Limited model with a 3.3-liter V6 engine with electric hybrid motor generator producing 318 horsepower. All-wheel drive is an available option with these models, while those selecting the fully-loaded Ford Explorer Platinum will get standard all-wheel drive and a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 that produces 365 horsepower.
Enthusiast drivers can take advantage of the Ford Performance-tuned Explorer ST with a 400-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine. In addition to more power under the hood, performance upgrades include a tuned suspension and larger brakes. The Explorer ST is capable of towing up to 5,600 pounds.
FordExpedition: Redesigned for the 2019 model year, the Ford Expedition is a body-on-frame large SUV based on the Ford F150. Like its truck sibling, the Expedition is built using a weight-saving all-aluminum body. It offers standard or long-wheelbase MAX versions, in base XLT, midlevel Limited and top line Platinum trims with seating for up to 8 passengers. Power for the Expedition comes from Ford's EcoBoost twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine producing 375 horsepower in most models (400 horsepower in the Platinum models). Rear-wheel drive is standard, but an all-wheel drive package is also available. With the Heavy Duty Trailer Tow Package, the Expedition MAX can tow up to 9,000 pounds.
Regardless of which powertrain package is under the hood, the engine is mated to a well-sorted 10-speed automatic transmission.
In addition to these more rugged SUVs, Ford also offers a complete lineup of crossovers including the subcompact EcoSport, the compact Escape, midsize 2-row Edge and midsize 3-row Flex.
The best-selling vehicle in America for the past 42 years is a pickup truck: The Ford F Series, which traces its roots back to 1948. The company is building on that heritage with a wide range of products that go beyond the traditional half-ton pickup into heavy duty and now the reinvigorated midsize pickup segment with the Ranger. These body-on-frame vehicles have engines ranging from turbocharged 4-cylinders up through robust V8 gas and diesel engines ideally suited for hauling payload in their cargo boxes and towing trailers.
FordRanger: The Ranger returns after an absence of nearly a decade. An excellent choice for first time pickup buyers, it features class-leading payload capacity, a bevy of tech and safety features and the ability to tow 7,500 pounds. A variety of cabs, bed lengths and other options help sweeten the lineup.
FordF-150: Still the best-selling full-size pickup in America, the F-150 stays ahead through constant improvement and updated features. Innovative in the use of an aluminum body, 10-speed automatic transmission and other features, the F-150 continues to define the segment. Power choices include V6, V8, turbocharged gas and turbodiesel engines. Towing capabilities extend up to 13,200 pounds, and Pro Trailer Backup Assist makes backing easier.
FordF-250: Built for those needing more than a half-ton pickup, the F-250 Super Duty truck is the choice for towing heavy trailers and other hardcore work details. An already plush interior can be luxed-out with leather everywhere, and there is even a King Ranch version that rivals many luxury cars in amenities. Power choices include a 6.2-liter gasoline V8 or 6.7-liter turbodiesel V8 with 935 lb-ft of torque and the ability to tow up to 18,000 pounds using conventional tow methods.
FordF-350: The F-350 is the ultimate work truck. Depending on how it is equipped, with the 6.2-liter gas or 6.7-liter turbodiesel engine and the trailering you do, your capabilities range from 15,000 to 18,000 pounds using conventional towing methods and up to 34,000 pounds using fifth-wheel or gooseneck hitching. Order the interior as spartan or as plush as you like, with top-line Limited trim levels and an available 1,000-watt Bang & Olufsen audio system.
Ordering a pickup truck is a personal affair, and no two truck owners are exactly alike. Customization is king and many Ford dealerships can help tailor a Ford pickup to your exact needs and specifications.
From its famous Mustang sports car to the best-selling F-150 full-size truck and GT supercar, Ford has a proud heritage of building iconic American vehicles. Now the Blue Oval is moving away from building traditional 4-door sedans because Americans increasingly favor trucks and sport-utilities like the revived Ranger, family-friendly Explorer, and performance-tuned Edge ST.