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Ford Raptor for 2017 is rough, ready and cushy

Ford’s F-150 has been America’s bestselling truck for 40 straight years, and its bestselling vehicle for 30. Despite all the Accords and Priuses that dominate the West Coast, this is the country’s most popular mode of transportation.

The Raptor is the high-performance, off-road version of the F-150. It’s not a monster truck, but it’s a truck, and it’s a monster.

Ford introduced the first Raptor in 2010 and has held off the second generation until now. It was worth the wait, and the weight: Using new principles that Ford developed for its entire line, the 2017 F-150 Raptor is quicker, more powerful and 500 pounds lighter than its predecessor.

The new Raptor has shed the old V-8 and is now powered by a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6. Smaller in size and heft than the earlier engine, it makes 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque — up from 411 horsepower and 434 pound-feet of torque.

The more powerful punch increases the truck’s towing capacity by 2,000 pounds and increases the fuel economy by 23 percent, according to Ford. The company says there’s a 22 percent increase in the torque-to-weight ratio, too.

A drive around town reveals some of the Raptor’s talents. Although it sits higher and wider than the traditional F-150, the Raptor Supercab has a shorter wheelbase. It accelerates easily — thank you, torque — and corners well. Equipped with a lot of glass and a very good rearview camera, it’s even easy to parallel park.

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2017 Ford: Subtle styling tweaks and new interior offerings

Fusion: The Fusion is already incredibly popular, but now there’s a way to get more luxury. A new top-trim Platinum level adds quilted leather that is just like Lincoln’s Black Label offerings. While the exterior changes to the mid-size Fusion sedan are hardly noticeable, the interior refresh adds some nice optional elements as well as enhancing tech offerings. The gas and hybrid powertrains stay put with one exception: the Fusion Sport gets a 325-horsepower, 2.7-liter twin-turbo V-6 with 350 pound-feet of torque and standard all-wheel drive.

F-150: While all anxiously lick their chops waiting for the Raptor to come, the F-150 is now available as a four-door SuperCrew or the smaller SuperCab, which puts all pickups claiming a “lively performance” to shame. A new 10-speed automatic connects to a heavily revised twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 (410 horsepower; 450 pound-feet of torque). Base model F-150s will get the 10-speed automatic transmission but a different version of the redesigned twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 (375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet).

Fiesta: The 2017 Ford Fiesta gets a new hatch that gets new front and rear styling, while the sedan gets only the front-end refresh. Sometimes a little is just enough.

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Ford Introduces Pedestrian Detection Technology in 2018 Mustang

If you’re scared of the dark, you’re certainly not alone. Even as kids, we heard stories of the boogeyman and the monsters under our beds. But what are adults scared about?

To find out, Ford’s European division decided to conduct a survey. After thousands of people responded, it was determined that over 80% of drivers surveyed are scared to drive at night. Ford believes that drivers are insecure to drive at night due to the lack of visibility, but what is even more shocking is that 20% of the people worried to drive at night are concerned that they may strike a pedestrian who isn’t paying attention to their surroundings.

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The 2018 Ford Expedition

The all-new 2018 Ford Expedition’s high-strength aluminum-alloy body and redesigned steel frame shave up to 300 pounds off the full-size SUV’s total weight, depending on the trim level, but Ford says it maintains its off-road capability.

The aluminum-body SUV, which will hit showrooms this fall, is the second time Ford has taken the lead in aluminum: The redesigned 2015 F-150 was the first pickup with an aluminum body. Despite some initial concerns about durability, the F-150 has proved to be a rugged best-seller. The Expedition is based on the same platform as the F-Series.

The fourth-generation Expedition made its global premiere at a private event in Dallas ahead of its public unveiling at the Chicago Auto Show later this week.

The eight-passenger family hauler is bigger — four inches longer and an inch wider — and loaded with more features than the current full-size SUV.

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