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 |  Dec 26 2013, 8:54 AM

10. 2013 Ford Fusion vs. 2014 Mazda6


This year was a busy year for AutoGuide as we put dozens of vehicles to the test in hopes of making your purchasing decision not only easier, but well informed. As we head into 2014, let’s take a look back at 2013′s most watched videos.

Starting off the list is our comparison video pitting the Ford Fusion against the new Mazda6. Both vehicles are stylish, efficient and fun family sedans that have quite the history together. In 2006, the two automakers were producing the Fusion and Mazda6 on the same platform as Ford held a one-third ownership stake in Mazda. But times have changed and the Mazda6 and Ford Fusion are now standing on their own. How do the two compare against one another?

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 |  Sep 22 2013, 12:11 PM


This week, AutoGuide‘s viewers took interest to our new 2014 Cadillac CTS and 2014 Mazda3 reviews. And if you’re in the market for a vehicle in either of those segments, you can catch our review videos below. Meanwhile, the popular Ford Mustang Boss 302 vs Mitsubishi Lancer Evo video has now become AutoGuide‘s most watched video ever!

Watch our most popular videos of the week below.

2014 Cadillac CTS Review

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2014 Mazda3 Review

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Ford Mustang Boss 302 vs Mitsubishi Lancer Evo

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 |  Jun 23 2013, 12:01 PM


Each week, we recap the most popular videos from AutoGuide‘s YouTube channel just in case all seven days passed you by and you missed out. This week, AutoGuide fans are shopping for their newest sports car, with plenty of viewers seeing how the Ford Mustang Boss 302 stacks up against the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR.

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 |  Jun 02 2013, 12:01 PM


Recapping the most watched videos from AutoGuide‘s YouTube channel this week, here’s a chance to catch up on what everyone else is talking about. This past week, AutoGuide took a deep look at the 2014 Acura MDX while some old favorites are seeing plenty of new attention.

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 |  May 12 2013, 1:58 PM


Each week, we recap the most popular videos from AutoGuide‘s YouTube channel just in case all seven days passed you by and you missed out. This week, AutoGuide travelled out to Texas to check out and review the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado.

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 |  Apr 13 2013, 3:01 PM


Each week, we’ll recap the most popular videos from AutoGuide‘s YouTube channel just in case all seven days passed you by and you missed out. This week, it’s no surprise that our first look at the Subaru WRX Concept from the 2013 New York Auto Show garnered the most views.

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 |  Sep 07 2012, 9:31 AM

Top 10 Track Specials Under $60,000

Driving is a mundane task for some people, but for others it’s a sport, and there’s no better proving ground than a track.

Automakers see that opportunity as well, and love to offer up cars that are designed specifically with track use in mind. Take a look at the latest offering from Subaru and Scion, the BRZ/FR-S twins. Both cars were designed with a priority on light-weight, and achieves an impressive weight balance. In true sporting fashion, it’s rear-wheel drive and can be had with a slick-shifting six-speed manual, or quick automatic with race-inspired paddle-shifters.

The FR-S isn’t the only car out there with racing in its veins. Here’s a list of factory-customized machines designed for time at the track.

 |  Aug 06 2012, 8:28 PM

Earlier, we reported that Ford Mustang Race Teams sat out at the SCCA World Challenge race at Mid-Ohio as an act of protest, and the series has now spoken out regarding the issue.

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 |  Aug 06 2012, 3:45 PM

At the recent Mid-Ohio SCCA World Challenge race, Ford Mustang Boss 302 race teams staged a protest against the series by parking all of their race cars in pit lane after the initial formation lap.

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 |  May 17 2012, 3:32 PM

10. Chevrolet Camaro ZL1: $54,095

Today’s cars all seem to be focused on delivering fun driving experience that’s still friendly on gas. Those two elements are often an important factor in a car purchase, but sometimes you just want to feral thrill of a big, loud engine.

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 |  Dec 24 2011, 10:00 AM


Even though we recently had the pleasure to review and enjoy Ford’s 2012 Mustang Boss 302, we didn’t lose sight of the classic Boss 302s that put the famed model on the map. Now it’s nice to see a contrasting classic 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302, restored from the frame-up to immaculate form, available for you to purchase.

This classic Boss 302 was originally built in September of 1969 out at Ford’s Dearborn, Michigan plant. Over 40 years later, it got a complete restoration by Daniel’s Hot Rods & Body Shop out in Jarretsville, Maryland. It sports a completely original, rust-free body on every panel except its front fenders. After the previous owner found some small inner-patches on the stock fenders, he tracked down NOS replacements and had them installed to showroom alignment.

Then the vehicle got its statement making paint job in Grabber Blue along with a flat black rear deck lid,  spoiler and expertly-applied Boss side stripes. The result? A classic Boss 302 that could rival a brand new 302 in the looks department bumper to bumper.

Under the hood is a numbers-matching small block 302 V8 Winsor powerplant with 290-hp. The fully restored classic has 52,169-miles on the odometer and has an asking price of $89,900. Combine the immaculate exterior and the perfectly-running engine with the pristine black vinyl interior and you’ve got a near-perfect retro resale.

GALLERY: 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302


[Source: RK Motors]

 |  Aug 11 2011, 6:30 PM

Here’s a perk that those lucky Ford Mustang Boss 302 owners get: a free track day with Ford Racing at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah. And now that dates have been announced and the phone lines now open for registration, those owners should better clear their calendars.

The two-day experience begins with a private dinner and tour at the track’s Larry H. Miller Total Performance Museum, where owners will bone up on their knowledge of Boss heritage. The next day consists of classroom sessions with instructors, then a chance to practice vehicle techniques behind the wheel of their Mustangs. After lunch comes exercises around the entire track with instructors and then by themselves. Upon completion, owners get a special graduation pack and the bragging rights of their entire neighborhood.

Fifteen sessions are now available, starting now until the end of the year. Dates and registration are available on the Boss Track Attack website or by calling 435-27-SPEED. Participants can also stay an extra day or bring a guest, which reminds me: my own schedule’s clear for the rest of the year, as a matter of fact. Hint, hint.

[Source: Mustangs Daily]

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 |  Feb 23 2011, 11:28 AM

Ford is serious about the performance of the new Mustang Boss 302, and they want the new owners to be able to get the most out of their cars.

So much so that Ford is now offering a full track day experience to those who have bought the track ready Boss 302. Called the ‘Boss Immersion’ track experience, this program has been put together by Team Mustang and Ford Racing. The events will take place at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah.

While you will need to cover your travel and hotel stay in Utah, Ford will pay for the track time and will even bring their own cars. The day before your track time, an evening reception will be held to get everyone acquainted with each other and learn more about the technical details of this normally-aspirated, 5.0-liter, V8 monster, which produces 440-hp.

Jamie Allison, the director of Ford Racing said, “There’s nothing like the experience of being behind the wheel of a high-performance car on a dedicated track. It’s the environment that breeds incredible machines like Mustang Boss, and for owners who want to experience all these cars are capable of, we can promise an unforgettable event.”

So if you weren’t decided about buying the new Mustang Boss 302, maybe this added track benefit will help make your decision a lot easier.

 |  Dec 09 2010, 5:23 PM

Ford‘s Mustang FR500S died a quiet death recently, but the race-ready pony car is back in the form of the Boss 302S. While the Boss 302R is widely campaigned in Grand-Am sports car racing, the 302S is designed for club racers with deep pockets who want something they can take to an SCCA or NASA race, and be sure that they will walk away with a $5 plastic trophy.

At $80,000, the Boss 302S is probably a good deal, considering the parts and labor that would be required to prep a standard Boss 302 Laguna Seca edition, which starts at $47,990. The 302S gives you all that, plus a roll cage, a Recaro seat that’s compatible with a HANS device, an adjustable suspension, Brembo brakes and the massive front splitter/rear spoiler package. We’re also assuming that Ford has not only stripped the car entirely, but taken the time to make sure there’s no exposed wiring or sharp edges, unlike your local race shop’s foreman, who isn’t always thinking about quality control.

Only 50 will be available from Ford Racing, but if our home equity loan comes through, there may only be 49 by the time you read this.

[Source: Ford]

 |  Nov 19 2010, 3:15 PM


The Ford Mustang Boss 302 will start at a base price of $40,995, placing it between the already excellent Ford Mustang 5.0 and the over-the-top Ford Shelby GT500.

Buyers will be able to choose from options like a Torsen limited slip differential, Recaro seats and special paintwork. The Laguna Seca, package, which eliminates the rear seats and adds a number of track-ready modifications, will retail for $47,990.

While the Boss 302 is a lot of money for a Mustang, the sheer competence of the new pony cars leads us to believe that this one will be worth every penny.

[Source: Autoblog]

 |  Nov 11 2010, 12:44 PM

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Ford has announced that their upcoming Mustang Boss 302 will feature a special key that allows owners to change the engine mapping parameters and enable a launch control system to be activated via the steering wheel.

Dubbed the TracKey, one ford exec claimed that “From an engine management standpoint, we’ve done just about everything possible to give TracKey users a full race car experience.” Considering that most race cars have an systemic inability to idle at anything approaching low rpms, we wonder if we’ll be treated to a horde of TracKey using douchebags who must incessantly rev their Boss 302s at stoplights to keep the cars from stalling. More likely, the TracKey will provide a reasonable facsimile of the racecar experience.

Also of note is Ford’s offer of an advanced driving course at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah for Boss owners. Customers must make their own travel arrangements, but everything else will be comped by Ford. Again, we expect the take rate to be inversely proportional to the (high) amount of poseurs who purchase the seemingly capable Boss.

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[Source: Ford]

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 |  Sep 03 2010, 12:27 PM


Ford‘s Australian division tends to get a lot of awesome product that we’re not privy to, like the rear-drive, V8 powered Falcon. The newest Falcon GT will get a supercharged version of the 5.0 Coyote V8 featured in the upcoming 2012 Boss 302 Mustang, which puts out 440 horsepower in naturally aspirated form.

The new supercharged V8, codenamed “Miami” is only up by 9 horsepower from the Coyote, but torque is way up, at 420 lb-ft compared to 380 in the regular motor. Ford Performance Vehicles, Ford Australia’s tuning arm, spent nearly $40 million developing the engine, and is eager to offset some of the cost. Exporting the motor to America is said to be a favored method of making some money on the engine.

“I would be hopeful that our brothers in North America could look at it and decide it would be appropriate for some of the vehicles they have up there,” said Bryan Mears, managing director of Prodrive Automotive Technology Asia Pacific, which owns a majority stake in FPV.

While no vehicle has been cited as a potential recipient of the motor, there’s always the possibility that a future Mustang variant could receive the engine during a mid-cycle upgrade.

[Source: GoAuto]

 |  Aug 13 2010, 11:24 AM

Ford’s 2012 Boss 302 Mustang is destined to excited enthusiasts everywhere, but the car has been a poorly kept secret for fans of Grand-Am racing, who have watched Ford unveil a Boss 302R race car and slowly develop it into the 2012 Boss 302 road-going variant.

With a re-worked 5.0L V8 making 440 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque, the Boss packs significant power upgrades over the standard 5.0 model. A re-worked exhaust and intake system are standard, with the exhaust using trick quad pipes that exit out of the back bumper as well as just before the rear wheels. The side pipes are mostly there to give an added boost in V8 rumble, but engineers have made the exhaust to be tunable via a set of discs that can alter the sound, and made the installation process for a set of aftermarket dump valves designed to be a matter of undoing a couple of bolts. An upgraded clutch and 3.73 rear end put the power to the ground, while a limited-slip differential is optional as are Recaro seats.

Adjustable shocks and stiffer springs underpin the chassis, with drivers able to choose from one of five settings but turning a knob on the shock towers. The steering feel (which can be utilized in Comfort, Normal or Sport modes selected by the driver) and traction control systems have also been optimized for high performance driving. 19×9″ wheels in front and 19×9.5″ wheels wrapped in Pirelli PZero rubber, while Brembo brakes with 14″ rotors and a special compound brake pad help bring the car to a halt.

For those who are even more hardcore, a Boss 302 Laguna Seca model will be offered that deletes the rear seats but adds lightweight wheels, R-Compound tires, brake ducts, a front splitter and a rear wing. The Laguna Seca is apparently capable of pulling 1.03 lateral Gs and should make a potent competitor in sports car racing series across North America.

Gallery: Ford Mustang Boss 302


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[Source: Ford]

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