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2016 Ford Edge lauded for reliability, powerful engines

For 2016, Ford stocks its Edge SUV with more technology, including an adaptive steering feature and park assist that can handle even perpendicular spaces.

The five-passenger Edge also gets a Sync 3 touchscreen infotainment system that’s easier to use, responds faster than its predecessor, and has two slick, customizable dashboard displays.

The Edge’s dimensions and three engine choices haven’t changed, retaining its comfort and a range of power. It’s a recommended buy of Consumer Reports, which projects the vehicle’s reliability will be ‘‘good,’’ and it earned an overall five out of five stars in the federal government’s frontal and side crash tests for occupant crash protection.

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Ford Fusion Energi is a platinum-grade plug-in

Ford Motor Co. has added another plug-in hybrid passenger car to its growing fleet of alternative fuel vehicles. It’s a Fusion Platinum Energi, which joins Ford’s Fusion, C-Max and Focus family of fully or partly electrified vehicles. Taking the company’s hybrid effort to a new level of luxury, it’s now the leading edge of a fleet of 13 new electrics Ford says it will put on the road by 2020.

Ford boasts that the Platinum Energi’s 610-mile combined gas and battery power range, up from 550 miles on the 2016 model, is the industry’s highest. It’s almost triple the range, Ford crows, of the highly anticipated Tesla Model 3 and its proposed 215 miles of all-electric range.

Ford says the Energi can travel 21 miles on battery electric power before the gasoline engine kicks in. An overnight plug-in is required to bring it back to full power.

The industry pitch on hybrids is simple: You can drive around on battery power, and cover most of your driving needs, then recharge while your car sits idle at work or at home. Many drivers will be able to complete their daily commutes without ever having to visit a gas station.

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Ford F-150 review: America’s best-selling vehicle still delivers

For 34 consecutive years, the Ford F-150 has been the best-selling vehicle in the United States and the best-selling truck for even longer.

The Limited Supercrew also can be had with a 5-liter V-8 engine — though Ford doesn’t offer it in a diesel configuration — and can be ordered with a 6.5-foot or 8-foot bed.

With the standard power plant, it’s capable of carrying close to two tons of payload and towing 12,200 pounds of trailer.

On the road, the Limited is like driving a cloud — quiet, powerful, comfortable. Accelerating from 65 mph to 85 mph or more produces no discernible increase in engine, tire or road noise.

The truck also helps keep itself in line, literally. The lane-keeping assistance will nudge the steering wheel gently if you stray — unless you’ve hit the turn signal, and told the truck you’re changing lanes on purpose.

Off-road, it’s almost as smooth as on the pavement, with the suspension easily soaking up ruts and washboard.

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2017 Ford Super Duty First Drive: Fetes of strength

Looking back at it, we’ve grown a lot in 17 years. But some things are better left behind.

The Great Recession can stay right where it is—in history. Samesies for toe shoes.

About 17 years ago, Ford split off heavy duty trucks from its F-150 lineup and created one of the most lucrative lineups for the brand. Its timing couldn’t have been better. Gas prices have see-sawed, but the Super Duty lineup for Ford has been, excuse the mob parlance, a good earner.

Despite three generations and hundreds of thousands pickups sold across North America, the Super Duty series hasn’t changed all that much. Sure, new grilles, trims, toys, and engines have come and gone, but the bones in those behemoths have been the same since the Clinton days. (We mean Bill—for now.)

Now for 2017, Ford has significantly overhauled the Super Duty for the first time since it was new. It’s not lip-service here either.

The Super Duty’s frame is all new, bones and all. Ford ditched the open C-channel frame it had in the last generation in favor of a fully boxed frame with 95 percent high-strength steel, up from 15 percent in the previous generation. Two new crossmembers join the party to make up to 10 ladder steps to climb all the way up to the Super Duty’s max hauling capacity: up to 20 tons.

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