The Ford F-250 Super Duty Is The Longest-Lasting Truck On The Road

According to a data analysis by, the Ford F-250 Super Duty is the longest-lasting truck on the road, with as many as 6 percent of all examples still in service having 200,000 miles or more on the clock.
(Here, we’re using “trucks” to mean both pickups, and Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs). -Ed.)
That percentage places the Ford F-250 Super Duty at the top of a Forbes list of the ten longest-lasting trucks on the road, just ahead of the Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD with its 5.7 percent 200,000+ mileage rate. Also on the list, in fourth place, is the Ford Expedition full-size SUV, of which 5 percent in service today have racked-up 200,000 miles or more.
The data off of which this list was based looked at some 12 million vehicles on the road today. Since 1998, the Ford F-250 has been part of the Super Duty line of trucks, which uses heavier-duty ladder frames, powertrains, suspension parts, and brakes than the more pedestrian F-150. The truck’s placement on this list is a testament to the quality and longevity of the line.


Ford F-Series Trucks Experience Fewer Driver Fatalities Than Average

No one much likes to talk about traffic accidents, especially when that talk is reduced to morbid statistics like “deaths per million registrations.”

So forgive us, but we thought it might be of interest to note that many Ford vehicles – and especially F-Series trucks – score comparatively well per capita in terms of driver lives lost at the wheel. Drawing from the results of an IIHS report released last Thursday, website reports that several variations of the 2011-2014 Ford F-150 placed near the top in the expansive “large pickup” segment, while the Ford F-350 Super Duty SuperCrew 4WD finished at the very top, with just 13 driver deaths per million 2011-2014 trucks registered.

The Ford Expedition, Explorer, and Escape also had relatively few driver deaths per million registrations in their respective segments.

“We are glad to see strong results for F-150, Explorer, Expedition and Escape,” said Ford Spokesperson Elizabeth Weigandt of the results. “Ford is committed to advancing safety technologies and crash performance to help our customers stay safe on the road.”

The IIHS report looked only at vehicles from model years 2011 through 2014, with 100,000 or more registrations in the US. The segment average for pickups was 26 deaths per million, while the average for SUVs was 21 per million. The passenger car segment had the highest overall average, with 39 driver deaths per million registrations. Passenger deaths were not observed by the report.


2017 Ford F150 Shelby Super Snake

Behold the Shelby Super Snake F-150. Who needs a 707 horsepower Challenger Hellcat or a 707 horsepower Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, when you have a pickup truck with 750 supercharged horses? Adding a blower to the good-old 5.0-liter Coyotte V8 to produce this massive amount of power and putting it into a truck is as American as watching a monster truck do a flip while gobbling a giant turkey leg.

The Shelby F-150 Super Snake is purely a street burner. It has a lowered suspension and it rolls on 22-inch wheels. Shelby added custom touches throughout the truck. This includes the exterior body kit and interior appointments.

Unlike the Shelby Mustang Super Snake, the the F-150 can be had in either 2WD or 4×4. So you can either roast the rear tires, or have more traction with all four wheels clawing at the pavement.

All this loud and fast goodness is available at a starting price of $96,680. If you have the means to get one of these, you better hurry because only 150 of these trucks will be made.

If you want to see another fast Ford truck, check out this 2017 Ford Raptor vs. 2014 Ford Raptor drag race.

Ford offers three ways to Escape

Now in its third generation, the Ford Escape (2017 Titanium model shown) remains one of the most popular compact crossovers on the market. 

What’s Best: Smart styling, lusty engines and good highway fuel economy.

What’s Interesting: The new Ford SYNC 3 system that takes connectivity up to the next level.

I’d be hard-pressed to think of any manufacturer that offers as many ways to configure a compact crossover then Ford does with the Escape.

For instance, the 2017 Escape is offered in three trim levels each with its own specific engine with standard front-wheel-drive or optional all-wheel-drive, not to mention a bevy of packages plus eight wheel choices (based on model).

Ford did this when it revamped the Escape last year to meet the mushrooming demand for compact crossovers and the associated increase in utility/connectivity/luxury expectations of buyers.

At the press launch of the 2017 model last year, Ford officials said SUV/CUVs were exceeding a third of sales in the U.S. and Canada with the prediction this will grow to 40 per cent by 2020.
There are three Escape trim levels, starting with the base S with a 2.5-litre inline four-cylinder producing 168 hp and 170 lb/ft of torque driving the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel rating is 11.1/8.1L/100 km city/highway.

There are two new EcoBoost engines available for the mid-trim SE and top trim Titanium. Standard on the SE and Titanium is stop/start technology, which Ford says improves fuel economy by 4-6 per cent.

The 1.5-litre EcoBoost direct injection engine on the SE produces 179 hp and 177 lb/ft of torque, while the 2.0-litre EcoBoost direct injection unit on the Titanium makes 245 hp and 275 lb/ft of torque, both with a six-speed automatic transmission and paddle shifter.
Front-wheel-drive is standard with all-wheel-drive available.
Fuel consumption on the 1.5-litre (FWD/AWD) is 10.2/7.9L/100 km and 10.7/8.3L/100 km respectively city/highway. 

With the 2.0-litre it is 10.6/8.0L/100 km and 11.5/8.7L/100 km respectively. The base 2.5-litre engine is 11.1/8.1L/100 km in FWD.

Approved tow rating is 1,588 kg (3,500 lb) and requires the 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine and the $500 trailering package which includes anti-sway control.
Cargo volume is 964 litres (34.0 cu ft) behind the second row seat and 1,926 litres (68.0 cu ft) with the second row folded.

Ford revamped the 2017 Escape’s appearance inside and out with the focus on ergonomics — for example, the shifter is moved back to improve access to the climate controls with an added storage bin with USB port for charging cellphones.

The centre console gets cupholders (ambient illuminated on the Titanium) designed for all kinds of containers, bins in front and behind the cupholders, added storage, “swing-bin” glove box and an all-new steering wheel and easy-to-work buttons to control audio, adaptive cruise control and SYNC three-voice command systems.
The exterior features a redesigned hood and raised trapezoidal grille with low-beam projector headlights.

The Escape now has Ford SYNC 3 that is a major improvement over the previous system and allows interaction by voice control or tapping on the upper centre stack screen. It also offers music search and control, voice recognition and SIRI seamless integration.

Walking up to it, the Escape is immediately recognizable as a Ford by its now signature grille designed by Ford styling director Moray Callum. It replaces the old “three bar” look and is a major improvement.

Get in and the sense of bigger than expected passenger volume is partly due to the higher ceiling, although it does not appear so from outside.

The instrument panel layout contains much of the same switchgear from the Focus hatch and sedan, not surprising, as the Escape shares the same platform.

The accessible USB port for your cellphone that was not shoehorned away in a cubbie where our big fingers couldn’t fit to plug it in.
Being a Titanium model, it was packed with amenities such as rear camera with sensors to help watch for cross traffic flow, which I recommend because the rear liftgate restricts rear vision.
On the Titanium I drove, the liftgate was powered and had a proximity function that lets you open it with a swipe of the foot under the rear bumper.

The 2.0-litre punches way above its weight. For instance, its 275 lb/ft of torque is almost identical to the 3.7-litre normally aspirated V6 (278 lb/ft) found in some of Ford’s bigger vehicles like the Lincoln MKX mid-size SUV.

I also used the SYNC 3 navi/info system. All I had to do was key in the city/town, street name and number in one line and the system located it and set me unerringly on my way. Over a week and more than 600 km, we could see how Ford, like just about every other maker in this segment, can’t rest and is constantly upping its game.
Drive something like the 2017 Ford Escape and you too will see why it is so attractive to so many in Canada.

I also used the SYNC 3 navi/info system. All I had to do was key in the city/town, street name and number in one line and the system located it and set me unerringly on my way. Over a week and more than 600 km, I could see how Ford, like just about every other maker in this segment, can’t rest and is constantly upping its game.
Drive something like the 2017 Ford Escape and you too will see why it is so attractive.

2017 Ford Escape Titanium
BODY STYLE: Compact five-seat crossover
DRIVE METHOD: Front-engine, front- or all-wheel-drive with six-speed automatic transmission. No manual available

ENGINE: 2.5-litre inline four cylinder (168 hp, 170 lb/ft); 1.5-litre direct injection twin-turbo four-cylinder (179 hp, 177 lb/ft); 2.0-litre direct injection twin turbo (245 hp, 275 lb/ft)
CARGO VOLUME: 964 litres (34.0 cu ft) behind the second row; 1,926 litres (68 cu ft) behind front seats
TOW RATING: (Requires 2.0-litre engine), 1,588 kg (3,500 lb) with $500, Class II Towing Package

FUEL ECONOMY: (Regular) FWD, 2.5-litre, 11.1/8.1L/100 km city/highway; 1.5-litre (FWD/AWD) 10.2/7.8L/100 km and 10.7/8.3L/100 km respectively; 2.0-litre, 10.6/8.0L/100 km and 11.5/8.7L/100 km respectively.

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Ford Reveals Minor Changes to the 2018 Explorer

The Ford Explorer’s popularity continues to remain high. Since its release in 1990, Ford sold close to seven million models, according to the USA Today. Because of this, Ford understands the Explorer is an in-demand vehicle. Instead of making drastic changes, the manufacturer smartly opted for simplicity when refreshing the SUV’s design.

New Design Details

The 2018 Ford Explorer features small stylistic changes. The most prominent change is the new front grille that will enhance the SUV’s muscular profile. Along with a new grille, the 2018 Explorer comes with redesigned fog lamps, five new wheel options, and four fresh color choices.

The changes are far from drastic, but they elevate Ford’s focal point as it comes to the Explorer: it doesn’t have to make huge adjustments. If customers enjoy the SUV and evidenced by the Explorer’s steady sales numbers this is the case, then why change a good thing?

Additionally, Ford included several new technological features to appeal to modern buyers.

Technological Upgrades

The 2018 Ford Explorer appeals to the tech savvy too. One way it hopes to entice prospective buyers is with the 4G modem installed in the 2018 Ford Explorer. This provides the SUV with a WiFi hotspot connection for up to 10 devices. It also possesses a powerful signal, so you could be up to 50 feet away from the vehicle and still enjoy a fast connection. This is perfect if you are doing activities such as tailgates and need the flexibility to move around.

Another innovation found on the 2018 Explorer is Sync Connect with FordPass. This gives you access to your SUV through the use of your smartphone. With this you can lock or unlock your SUV, access its location, check its fluid levels, remote start it and more. These levels of controls provide seamless functionality.

Overall, the changes made should enhance the SUV’s impressive profile. While it will be awhile before the 2018 Ford Explorer arrives at dealerships, you can experience the 2017 model now.

Versatile Capability

The 2017 Ford Explorer offers a wide range of performance options including three engine choices. Whether you want a high level of efficiency or the power to boost up steep inclines while towing, Ford has the engine for you.

3.5L-Ti-VCT V6 Engine

This is the standard offering on the Explorer, but there’s nothing mundane about it. The engine achieves an impressive amount of power. To demonstrate, it cranks out 290-horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque, allowing the SUV to tow up to 5,000 pounds.

3.5L EcoBoost Engine

Ford’s EcoBoost engines deliver a good pop of power, with its best-in-class 375-horsepower output. What’s more, this V6 engine generates 350 lb-ft of torque to increase its acceleration and towing capacities.

2.3L EcoBoost Engine

This powerful engine generates 280-horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, providing you with ample power for a wide variety of tasks. If you plan to tow items, you can pair this engine with the Class II Trailer Tow Package.


A trademark of any reputable SUV is its ability to handle different tasks while maintaining smooth handling. Here are some of the features that allow the Ford Explorer to achieve this:

Trailer Sway Control

When hauling a larger item like a watercraft, it’s important to keep things uniform concerning lane location even when navigating winding turns. To keep handling controlled, Ford equipped the Explorer with the Trailer Sway Control Feature. How this works is it reads road conditions, then makes adjustments such as throttling down the engine or applying the brakes to maintain smooth control.

AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control

To help you keep control of the SUV when it traverses over snowy, icy, or rocky terrains, the AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control uses two gyroscopic sensors to measure roll and yaw rates. If it senses wheel slip, it can send power to the other wheels to help you maintain handling. Another benefit of this feature is it uses Curve Control to measure how fast you approach curves. If it detects you are approaching a curve too fast, it will slow your SUV down–by as much as 10 mph per second– to give you better handling when cornering. It accomplishes this by throttling down the engine and applying four-wheel braking. The best part of this feature is it’s standard on all Explorer models. 

Intelligent 4WD with Terrain Management System

This adaptable system conforms to your driving environments by allowing you to choose between four settings. This allows the SUV to maintain steady handling over a variety of road surfaces including grass, snow, gravel, and mud.

Another feature found in this four-wheel-drive system is Hill Descent Control. This allows you to set and maintain a constant speed as your SUV moves down a steep incline. Not only will this help you as it pertains to handling, it can maximize your SUV’s fuel economy.

Interior Functionality

The Ford Explorer possesses a spacious interior with the capacity to seat seven passengers comfortably. In addition, there’s plenty of room to store your gear, as the SUV has 21 cubic feet of cargo room behind the third-row seat. If you need more room, both the second and third-row fold down to provide a flat load surface, which is perfect if you need to transport longer items.

Safety Additions

Ford equipped its Explorer with a full complement of driver-assist technologies. You can add available options like the BLIS with Cross-Traffic Alert and the Adaptive Cruise Control and Forward Collision Warning with Brake Support. How this system works is when activated, it mirrors traffic in front of you by slowing down when other cars do. If it detects an imminent frontal collision, it initiates a heads-up display with brake lights to help you react quickly. If you don’t react in a quick manner it becomes proactive by pre-charging the brakes to enhance stopping power.

Overall, what you will find is the Ford Explorer features some of the most useful handling and safety innovations available. Because of this, Ford doesn’t want to change a good thing too much, and we certainly can’t blame them.

The Ford Ranger FX4 Is Back! Sort of…

Special edition Ranger FX4 makes us want the American Ranger — now!
While we Americans continue to wait (and wait, and wait) on the return of the Ranger, our pals on the other side of the globe are getting yet another version of the mid-size pickup. The Ranger FX4 is nothing new, of course, having debuted in the U.S. back in 2002, but now Ford has brought the moniker back, though with a twist. 

Back in 2002 the FX4 package came with additional goodies which enhanced off-road driving. They included a 4.10:1 geared limited slip rear end, 31″ BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO tires, Bilstein shocks, heavy-duty springs, tow hooks, and a beefier front skidplate. The same holds true with the current F-150 FX4, which comes with things like skidplates and specially tuned shocks.

So it only stands to reason that the new Ranger FX4 would come with at least a couple of off-road goodies, right? Unfortunately, that isn’t the case, as the new special edition truck is merely an appearance package. Albeit a nice one, at least.

Checking off the FX4 box nets you special black 18″ wheels, a custom grille, and embroidery in the leather seats. You also get a host of black external bits – side mirrors, foglight bezels, sports bar, roof rails, side steps, and door/tailgate handles. That black theme carries over to the inside, where you’ll find the hue on some dash parts and the special floor mats.
The FX4 package is available in crew cab, four-wheel drive configuration with the 3.2-liter diesel engine. You can opt for either a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission, and the package limits you to four color options – Frozen White, Ingot Silver, Magnetic, and Shadow Black.

If you live in Australia, that is. Otherwise, you’re still waiting for the regular old Ranger, let alone any sort of special edition. Until then, we wait patiently(?) while we watch our Aussie friends have all the fun!