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  1. The first review did some of that, but I could see plenty of customers comparing a high level Explorer vs a base Aviator at their local Ford-Lincoln dealer. The other reviews only mentioned it was based on the Explorer. Is that a lie?
  2. Oh and go Fusion. The best midsized sedan that Ford ever built... then forgot... Cue the funeral home music.😪
  3. Ok maybe we can settle for "a hasty re-fresh" instead of "hack job" for the US and Canada markets. Don't get me wrong I've been wanting a T6 Ranger since 2012 so I'm thrilled to be driving one, but if you're in a late model '15+ Colorado/Canyon or '16+ Tacoma there's nothing about the Ranger that would entice you to get one. Sure the powertrain beats the Tacoma hands down, but the Colorado has competitive powertrain options. The Colorado has a more refined driving experience and nice little features like a split fold rear seat. The Tacoma sells on brand name alone. No matter what you do you'll never get more than a handful of Toyota customers to ever consider a FoMoCo product.
  4. A hack job might be a little harsh, but it does come across as a rushed compromise product. Ford spent most of their time and money on fitting a new powertrain into the Ranger and not much else was done. The interior is 95% RoW LHD Ranger. It has slightly different fabrics, a different 4WD switch, a little storage tray on the dash above the radio unit, and a speedo that reads in MPH. I can understand using the same basic T6 interior, but how about taking a few development dollars and make the rear seat in the SuperCrew a 60/40 flat fold split. Everyone else in the market has that feature. The exterior has steel bumpers, different wheels and updated LED taillights at least on the XLT and Lariat models otherwise it's basically RoW Ranger. I guess the frame is supposed to be upgraded, but otherwise it's the same. The one thing they could have put more time into is shock and suspension calibration. At least with the FX4 it's too floaty and bouncy. It floats on a slightly heaved interstate at 75 like a 2000 Buick LeSabre and if you stop quickly it has serious nosedive. Brakes also have too much pedal travel and a strange feel, but stop pretty well. Powertrain is strong and smooth. The 4WD system is excellent and I like the seat comfort and overall style. It's quick and nimble in traffic and easy to park compared to the F150 I had before it. I don't regret getting it and I enjoy it, however it doesn't really stand out from it's competitors. In most reviews both magazine and independent folks the Chevy Colorado comes out on top and having driven both I'd agree with that assessment. With that said, I'm a Ford guy and won't drive a Chevy so I'm happy with my Ranger. It's one of my favorite vehicles I've ever gotten even if I know it's not class leading.
  5. I like my new Ranger and got it because I wanted a midsized truck and I only will drive a Ford. It's a good product to draw in brand loyal people, but probably not the best to pull in conquest sales from the Tacoma or Colorado. The powertrain is very good, but the rest is pretty average for it's class. Ford also offers a lot of discounting on F-150s so if you don't specifically want a smaller truck the F-150 doesn't cost much more. Sales might pick up a bit when end of model year discounts come depending on how much unsold inventory is sitting around by then.
  6. Doing some brand extensions is good, but you don't want to get carried away like Oldsmobile did back in the day when they put Cutlass as a prefix on everything below the 88. That dilated the brand and ruined it in the end.
  7. 2005Explorer

    2021 F-150 Spotted

    Why have all the manufacturers gone so back and forth on amber rear turn signals over the years? I had a '93 Tempo in college that had amber rear turn signals, but when Ford replaced that car with the Contour it was all red. Mustangs went back and forth, Taurus went back and forth, Explorer went back and forth, Ranger went back and forth. Was it just to change the taillight style or cost cutting? It seems like a good idea because they are more noticeable than all red. My Ranger has them, but I just figured that was due to it being part of the Australian designed T6 truck family.
  8. 2005Explorer

    New Ford 7.0 L....?

    With that group shifting so radically left and the few moderate sane ones being ignored I doubt you have to worry about much until at least 2024. Anyhow I think too much political talk will get you in trouble around here so I'll leave it at that. Enjoy your V8s while you can!
  9. 2005Explorer

    New Ford 7.0 L....?

    Hey I just figured people might get the sarcasm, but next time I should use an emoji. I have read enough posts on this place over the years calling for Ford to discontinue all gas V8s and make everything V6 and smaller EcoBoost that I had to make the comment. The gas V8 certainly still has a place in the F250+ and I'd argue the 5.0 still has a place in the F150 as well. The 7.3 should be a great addition to the SuperDuty.
  10. 2005Explorer

    New Ford 7.0 L....?

    It has less HP and TQ then the 3.5 V6 EcoBoost. It's pointless. They should just put the 3.5 in the SuperDuty.
  11. 2005Explorer

    Baby Bronco spotted testing

    Isn't the Edge pretty much a Fusion "Outback" already? I don't see the point.
  12. 2005Explorer

    Baby Bronco spotted testing

    There were a lot of people disappointed in the more urban and feminine style of the 2013 and newer Escape versus the boxy 2012 and older models so this baby Bronco should appeal to those people. I always thought the '08-'12 Escapes were quite handsome little SUVs.
  13. 2005Explorer

    Baby Bronco spotted testing

    Those spy shots make it look close in size and greenhouse shape to this right here.
  14. 2005Explorer

    New lawsuit $1.2B

    My Ranger has a combined rating of 22 and I get a little under that in mixed driving, but I have always considered EPA figures to be the best case scenario. If you go easy on it (65-70) and aren't bucking a wind or pulling a trailer it would make the EPA rating. Once you start running 75+ the MPG starts dropping quickly.
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