Vehicles that last a long time offer us a value that extends well beyond the loan you might have gotten on the car. When you take a vehicle and start driving from the time the vehicle is new until it has well over 200,000 miles on the odometer you’re likely going to have driven this vehicle for a long time and for many years past the time when you’re paying the bank for the car you love.
Whether you think a copycat of something else is annoying or want to find out if the new version is actually better than the previous one the curiosity might get the better of you. Think about it, how many Spider-Man movies have we had, how many times can they remake Batman and do we really need more Star Wars? Movies aren’t the only place where we see things copied in an effort to have more technology than before. Even the more powerful versions of the cars we love have been repeated and copied over time.
If you need a van for work or to transport passengers during your job but you don’t need one that big and brawny because you work in a large city with small streets and alleyways, the right choice for you is the Ford Transit Connect. This is a work van that’s actually smaller than most traditional minivans and it offers you the size and capability you need when you’re looking for a great van to get the job done for you. The Ford Transit Connect is strong enough to get the job done and has 128 cubic feet of cargo space in the cargo van configuration but also has the ability to accommodate up to seven people when you need to make this your people hauler.
You might think the new Ford Raptor that’s coming back for 2017 would be enough for everyone to enjoy and it certainly will be for most of us. A truck that has a V6 and produces 450 horsepower is quite an achievement and the way Ford has added off road bits, larger wheels and a dramatic appearance should make this truck the perfect built where no one is trying to make it bigger, better and stronger. Fortunately, we live in the US and we never settle for anything being enough when there’s no reason not to add more wherever you can.
There have been some rumors and some grumblings. Ford has hinted at the possibility of a 400 horsepower Ford Focus RS that will be the hot hatch for all others to chase around Nurburgring, but this hasn’t come to fruition at all so far. In fact if feels as if Ford has put this project on the back burner for the time being which leaves those of us who are anxious for this power in our Focus with a bit of an unsatisfied feeling. What can we do to have the power we want in the hot hatch we love?
We’ve seen many automakers working to have some outstanding performance come from their smaller vehicles and that makes perfect sense. While the drive of a 707 horsepower Hellcat sounds like a lot of fun, it’s not very practical at all. Instead, you can choose a hot hatch that will be perfect for your driving needs and give you the ability to know it’s a practical choice to drive on any road and make into your daily driver. Two of the most admired models on the market today are the Ford Focus RS and the Volkswagen Golf R which both offer some amazing performance and the drive you want to enjoy on the road, but which one will be right for you.
Ford brings us back the Raptor for 2017 and it’s time for those of us who love to take a great Ford truck off road to celebrate. This truck took a hiatus for a couple years but comes back to us as a truck that we can love with a lighter build and more athletic performance than before. This new Raptor will be powered by a 3.5-liter turbocharged V8 engine to give you over 411 horsepower and make full use of the new ten-speed automatic transmission. This isn’t even the most interesting part of the truck though; it will have six different drive modes for you to choose from.
Automakers are an interesting bunch. Even when they give you something new they are often looking to the next iteration of that item to keep the lineup and models fresh in your mind. If you drive the Focus RS and enjoy all the power that a small turbocharged four-cylinder engine can give you along with the dynamics of the nearly flawless AWD system that has been admired as one of the best you might not think there is anything that could top this vehicle. Even though the Focus RS is new to the market, Ford is already discussing the possibility of something even better.
When faced with this dilemma the first thing you have to know is what your lifestyle calls for. Do you spend most of your time driving in traffic before and after work? Do you work in an office and wear a suit to work? Sounds like you should choose the luxury car right? Maybe not. What if you like the idea of having a pickup truck with the added space of a truck bed that can be the perfect extended trunk? Are you going to give up a great deal of comfort in a pickup truck versus a luxury car, do you really have to make a choice like this?
In what list would you ever have a Pagani Huayra and a Chevrolet Spark? Not very many at all, but this list is different than most. While we all love to talk about the horsepower a car has the torque is just as important and in some cases more important than the horsepower. With that in mind how many cars will bring you more torque than horsepower? Only a few will bring you numbers that are higher for the twist than for the forward grunt, but this list shows you those cars and the fact you can find a car in many categories that offers the drivability torque provides.