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 |  Jun 21 2014, 9:02 AM

These are the most commonly stolen utility vehicles


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Crossovers and SUVs aren’t just rising in popularity with consumers – thieves are noticing them as well. 

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 |  Jun 20 2014, 2:21 PM

The 2011 Explorer on the all-media drive in San Diego, California

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is looking into a series of complaints that allege that 2011 through 2014 Ford Explorer SUVs have an exhaust leak. 

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 |  Jun 16 2014, 8:02 PM

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Ford has recalled 195,527 Explorers for a possible power steering glitch.

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 |  May 22 2014, 10:32 AM

Terms of Endearment


Top 10 Worst Vehicle Nicknames

Like ‘em or not, nicknames are a way of life. Perhaps you were called four eyes as a child because of your glasses. If your teeth were bedazzled with braces train tracks may have been a more appropriate term of endearment.

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 |  Apr 08 2014, 7:02 PM

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The Ford F-150 might not be the only vehicle in the American automaker’s lineup to make generous use of aluminum.

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 |  Mar 25 2014, 8:02 AM

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If you’re being pulled over or put in cuffs, there’s a good chance Ford will be assisting in the arrest. 

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 |  Jan 27 2014, 12:32 PM

3-Rows and Lots of MPGs



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In the market for a three-row SUV but want to know what will get you the best fuel economy? AutoGuide has compiled the top 10 most fuel-efficient three-row SUVs available today based on their combined MPG rating.

 |  Jan 03 2014, 1:51 PM

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Two’s company but three’s a crowd. More may be merrier in certain situations but undoubtedly not in every circumstance. Sure, having more flavors of ice cream to choose from or more paid vacation time is like hitting the jackpot at your local Native American tribal casino. Bingo was indeed his name-o.

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 |  Oct 30 2013, 7:28 PM

10. Ford Taurus (3.5L EcoBoost)


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If you’re shopping for a new car and reliability is at the top of your list of priorities, you might want to avoid the following vehicles found on this top 10 list.

Based on Consumer Reports‘ reliability studies and surveys, these are the top 10 least reliable new cars on the market right now with the rankings based on survey results covering 17 potential trouble spots. 

Kicking off the list is the Ford Taurus 3.5-liter EcoBoost model. The American automaker’s sedan is good for 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque from the 3.5-liter turbocharged EcoBoost V6. That specific model (SHO) starts at $40,695 while getting 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. The SHO model comes with a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle activation with 19-inch wheels as standard.

You can read AutoGuide‘s review on the Ford Taurus here.

 |  Oct 21 2013, 6:02 PM

Ford-Police-Interceptors-Main-ArtStrong acceleration is important, it’s useful when merging onto a crowded expressway or towing a heavy trailer through the mountains. Speed is especially important for police vehicles as it gives law enforcement officers the power to take down bad guys. But who has the fastest cop car?

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 |  Sep 24 2013, 9:15 AM

Top 10 Cheapest SUVs


 

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With the growing crossover segment, the Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) market is slowly dying. Still, it’s got life in it yet and no cute-ute can replace the pure utility of a go anywhere, do anything body-on-frame Sport Utility Vehicle.

If you’re in the market for one and the Cadillac Escalade is a bit out of your budget, AutoGuide has compiled a list of the top 10 cheapest SUVs available today. True, they’re not all strict SUVs. Nonetheless, these are all seriously capable machines.

 |  Jul 12 2013, 10:01 AM

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God blessed Texas with His own hand

Brought down angles from the Promised Land

Gave ‘em a place where they could dance

If you want to see heaven, brother, here’s your chance…

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 |  May 16 2013, 12:01 PM

Survey Says...


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Since its founding in 1936, Consumer Reports has become the go-to source for shoppers. From new refrigerators to bottles of wine, Blue-ray players to homeowner’s insurance, if it’s on the market it’s likely the non-profit organization has scientifically tested it. Of course the consumer watchdog is probably most famous for its vehicle reliability ratings.

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 |  Apr 01 2013, 8:01 AM

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Ford has issued a recall for 2012 model year Taurus and Lincoln MKS models along with the 2013 model year Explorer for a fuel tank issue.

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 |  Mar 11 2013, 5:43 PM

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Over 1.5 million Ford SUVs have been cleared in a government probe that examined allegations they were at risk of rolling away.

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How Technology Makes You a Better Driver, and a Safer Driver Too

Driving a Ford Explorer Sideways has Never Been So Educational

 |  Mar 07 2013, 1:45 PM

“First thing I do when I get in my car is turn off the stability control and traction control”.

Many of us have heard someone, at some point, utter this. Or maybe we ourselves are the guilty party. When asked why it was turned it off, the typical response is along the lines of “’cause I’m a real driver,” or, “it gets in the way of driving”.

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 |  Mar 04 2013, 10:01 AM

All-wheel drive-equipped vehicle sales have increased in recent years with sales growing 53 percent since 2009 based on data from R.L. Polk. Continue Reading…

 |  Feb 27 2013, 9:31 AM

20. BMW 7-Series


In the market and shopping for a used car? Consumer Reports has released a list of 20 used vehicles to stay away from as they have a reputation for causing trouble. Listed is a top 20 list of used cars from 2003 to 2012 model year to avoid in alphabetical order. These vehicles had multiple years of much-worse-than-average overall reliability, according to Consumer Reports’ Annual Auto Survey.

SEE ALSO: Used Car Reviews

The BMW 7-Series may be the German automaker’s luxury flagship, but used models aren’t without their issues. From 2001-2008, the 7-Series featured the good ‘ol “Bangle Butt” and sported some highly controversial styling. Early production of that generation was overwhelmed with issues even causing BMW to purchase back some of the vehicles back in 2002-2003. BMW of North America even extended its warranty on all 2002-2003 model year 7-Series vehicles to six years/100,000 miles from the original four years/50,000 miles.

According to Consumer Reports, the BMW 7-Series ranked “worse” in the categories of Engine Major, Engine Minor, Transmission Major, Transmission Minor, Body Hardware, and Audio System.

 |  Feb 20 2013, 1:33 PM

Third-Row Legroom


Welcome back to the all-you-can-eat Top-10 buffet! You know you want more, and AutoGuide’s happy to serve up another heaping helping of facts, neatly garnished with a sprig of fun. Grab a plate, load it up and tuck in to another generous portion of automotive infotainment.

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 |  Jan 17 2013, 2:04 PM

AutoGuide’s last installment of “Under the Hood” investigated traction control; today it’s time to look at another safety feature. This one has nothing to do with gripping the road and everything to do with keeping your vehicle shiny-side up.

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 |  Jan 09 2013, 6:02 PM

Traction is important; it’s the difference between moving forward and sitting still. Without any friction between your vehicle’s tires and the road surface you’d never make it to work in the morning, let alone to that Grand Funk Railroad concert on Saturday night.

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 |  Oct 19 2012, 5:02 PM

Joining the already impressive lineup of customized Ford vehicles at the 2012 SEMA Show will be a pair of custom Ford Escapes and a Ford Explorer Sport.

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 |  Aug 23 2012, 1:34 PM

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded a five-star crash test rating to three Ford vehicles today: the Taurus, Explorer and Lincoln MKS.

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 |  Jun 22 2012, 9:40 AM

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened preliminary investigations today into two vehicles, the 2011 Ford Explorer for power steering issues, and the 2011 Chrysler 200 for engine stalling. 

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