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  • Top Cars in Our Road Tests | Best & Worst Cars - Consumer Reports
    Jeff Bartlett

    Top Cars in Our Road Tests | Best & Worst Cars - Consumer Reports

    Each vehicle is put through a battery of tests at our track to determine its performance and some models stand out while others do not. Our list highlights the overall top-scoring vehicles in our...

  • Aki Sugawara

    The 750-horsepower 2016 Shelby Terlingua Mustang: First Look

    Shelby has already wowed the muscle-car world with the GT350, a flat-plane-crank V8 wonder that screams to a stratospheric 8200 rpm redline. For those who think those 526 ponies gets overshadowed by the 707-horsepower Hellcat, Shelby brings back Terlingua Racing Team Mustang to raise the stakes.

  • Is a Regular BMW 3 Series Better Than a Vintage M5? Comparison Review
    Aki Sugawara, Joel Villareal and Craig Rice

    Is a Regular BMW 3 Series Better Than a Vintage M5? Comparison Review

    “The new M5 does not need go-faster cosmetics,” said BMW Motorsport Chief Engineer Thomas Ammerschlager. On big bumps the 340i does seem to float more, but overall it inspires more confidence, even if it keeps the road at a detached distance.

  • Ford recalls: Ford F-150, Explorer, Mustang, Expedition, Fusion, Taurus, Lincoln Navigator, more
    The Car Connection

    Ford recalls: Ford F-150, Explorer, Mustang, Expedition, Fusion, Taurus, Lincoln Navigator, more

    Ford Motor Company issued five recalls today, with most affected vehicles being Ford-model trucks and SUVs. Combined, the recalls affect roughly 285,000 vehicles in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.  If you believe that you own one of the vehicles listed below, we encourage you to call Ford Customer Service at 800-392-3673 or Lincoln Customer Service at 800-521-4140 for additional details. Recall notices will be sent to owners of affected vehicles by mail. RECALL #1:  2011-2012 Ford F-150, 2012 Ford Expedition, Ford Mustang, and Lincoln Navigator UNITS AFFECTED: 201,900, including 184,000 in the U.S. and 17,900 in Canada This recall stems from a transmission problem--specifically, an issue with the output speed sensor on the transmission's lead frame. The underlying problem appears rooted in the software associated with the powertrain control module, which could cause vehicles to downshift suddenly. According to Ford: "Under certain conditions, the transmission controls could force a temporary downshift into first gear. Depending on the speed of the vehicle at the time of the downshift, the driver could experience an abrupt speed reduction that could cause the rear tires to slide or lock up. This condition could result in loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash." CHECK OUT: Jeep Renegade Vs. Kia Soul: Compare Cars Three accidents have been potentially linked to the problem, but no injuries. Ford says that dealers will inspect the powertrain control module and upgrade the software if there are no diagnostic trouble codes found. The upgrade will prevent the vehicles from downshifting into first gear if a fault with the output speed sensor takes place. Ford also says that it will replace the lead frame on vehicles that have logged fewer than 150,000 miles.   The recall is limited to vehicles equipped with 6R80 transmissions that were manufactured on the following dates: 2011-2012 Ford F-150 vehicles built at Dearborn Assembly Plant and Kansas City Assembly Plant between August 19, 2011 and March 9, 2012 2012 Ford Expedition vehicles built at Kentucky Truck Plant between August 19, 2011 and December 19, 2011 2012 Ford Mustang vehicles built at Flat Rock Assembly Plant between August 19, 2011 and February 21, 2012 2012 Lincoln Navigator vehicles built at Kentucky Truck Plant between August 19, 2011 and December 17, 2011 RECALL #2: 2014-2015 Ford Explorer and Ford Police Interceptor Utility UNITS AFFECTED: 81,036, including 75,364 in the U.S., 4,615 in Canada, and 1,057 in Mexico This recall is meant to address a problem with the SUVs' suspension systems. Ford says poor weld quality could cause the left and right rear suspension toe links to crack. Depending on the severity of the fracture, owners might hear noise coming from the rear of the vehicle, have difficulty steering, or experience loss of steering control. READ: Is Minnesota's alcohol breath test law legal? We're about to find out Ford has received a report of one accident and one injury related to the problem. The recall affects vehicles built on the following dates: 2014-2015 Ford Explorer vehicles built at Chicago Assembly Plant between January 17, 2014 and May 31, 2014 2014-2015 Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicles built at Chicago Assembly Plant between January 21, 2014 and May 13, 2014 The repair will involve dealers replacing the left and right rear suspension toe links and aligning the rear suspension. RECALL #3: 2007-2012 Ford Flex, Ford Taurus, Lincoln MKS, and Mercury Sable UNITS AFFECTED: 199 , all registered in the U.S. This small recall is meant to repair a problem with the cars' driver-side airbag. According to Ford, a crucial element of that device may be missing, and as a result, the airbags might not deploy as intended during collisions. Thankfully, Ford knows of no accidents or injuries related to the problem. The recall affects vehicles built at Chicago Assembly Plant and Oakville Assembly between December 13, 2007 and October 6, 2011. Dealers will replace the driver-side airbag module at no cost to owners. RECALL #4: 2016 Ford Fusion UNITS AFFECTED: 39, all registered in the U.S. The vehicles affected by this recall may suffer from a problem with the driver seat track assembly. According to Ford, the bracket that mounts the seat to the track rail might not have been properly welded, which could increase the risk of injury to drivers. However, Ford says that it's received no reports of associated accidents or injuries. ALSO SEE: Long-Term Test Drive: Which 2016 Honda Pilot trim level should you buy? The recall is limited to vehicles manufactured at Hermosillo Assembly Plant between March 10, 2016 and March 16, 2016. Dealers will replace the Fusion's driver seat track assembly at no charge. RECALL #5: 2016 Ford F-Series Super Duty UNITS AFFECTED: 2,596, including 2,288 in the U.S., 271 in Canada, and 37 in Mexico  Ford says that the sidewalls of tires on some of these vehicles might have been damaged during the assembly process. If the damage was severe enough, the tires could rupture while the vehicle is in motion, increasing the risk of a crash. However, Ford has no reports of accidents or injuries related to the problem. The recall affects vehicles manufactured at Kentucky Truck Plant between April 5, 2016 and April 10, 2016. Ford says that dealers will inspect the tires on those vehicles for inboard sidewall damage and replace tires, as necessary.

  • Listen to How Beautiful This Viper ACR Sounds With Straight Pipes
    boldride.com

    Listen to How Beautiful This Viper ACR Sounds With Straight Pipes

    If you’re looking for one of the quickest ways to improve your lap times around a track, simply put—buy a Dodge Viper ACR. The legendary “American Club Racer” series has been renewed for 2016, following a six year absence, but the recipe surely hasn’t been lost during its time away.  The new Dodge Viper ACR […]

  • Porsche Dishes Out New 718 Cayman, Starts at $53,900
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    Porsche Dishes Out New 718 Cayman, Starts at $53,900

    A fresh face and a new name is more than enough to get the presses moving if your name is Porsche. The 2017 718 Cayman follows in the footsteps of its 718 Boxster sibling, adopting the new moniker, and adding a more powerful engine and some minor design tweaks. The most noticeable tweak not coming […]

  • Why Clint Bowyer Is the Saddest Man In NASCAR
    The Drive

    Why Clint Bowyer Is the Saddest Man In NASCAR

    Except maybe for his crew.

  • 959-HP Ford Mustang ‘Espionage’ Makes Other Muscle Cars Look Tame
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    959-HP Ford Mustang ‘Espionage’ Makes Other Muscle Cars Look Tame

    In movie history, the Ford Mustang fastback has traditionally been the hero’s car—think Bullitt, Gone in 60 Seconds (both of them), even Need for Speed. The rationale makes sense. It’s a gorgeous design, a potent performer, heck who wouldn’t want the Mustang to win?  This Ford Mustang however treads a fine line between hero and […]

  • How Fast Is Fast? 214 MPH In A Ferrari LaFerrari
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    How Fast Is Fast? 214 MPH In A Ferrari LaFerrari

    Very few people get to experience what it’s like to get behind the wheel of a supercar on an empty runway, and simply floor it. I can only assume it’s quite the sensation, especially in the $1.4 million dollar Ferrari LaFerrari. While the driver doesn’t reach the limit of 217 mph, (or the claimed 215 in […]

  • Mustang vs. Mustang: Can a Supercharged GT Outrun a Shelby GT350?
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    Mustang vs. Mustang: Can a Supercharged GT Outrun a Shelby GT350?

    Two Mustangs enter, only one leaves victorious. That’s the premise of this week’s drag strip battle, where a supercharged Mustang GT and a tuned Shelby GT350 take to the quarter mile. From the factory, the 2016 Mustang GT puts down an already impressive 435 horsepower. The Shelby, on the other hand, cranks out 526-horsepower from […]