Price Range (MSRP): $14,580 (Fiesta) to $48,145 (Expedition EL)
For 2016, Ford has made its SYNC 3 infotainment system available on most of its models. SYNC 3 has a new interface and new features to complement Ford’s next generation of voice-activated technology.
The smallest of Ford’s offerings is the diminutive Fiesta subcompact sedan and hatchback. The Fiesta also comes in ST trim (like the Focus), which offers plenty of driving fun in a small, five-door package. It features a 197-hp, 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine and a six-speed manual. The Fiesta ST is our favorite performance bargain as well, starting at just $21,460.
The Focus is one of the more flexible vehicles in Ford’s lineup, coming in both sedan and hatchback varieties, as well as a Focus ST version of its own that serves as an older brother to the peppy Fiesta ST. Watch for the new Focus RS, which will probably debut as a 2017 model with more than 315 hp, AWD and a six-speed manual transmission.
The Fusion mid-size sedan continues into 2016 mostly unchanged, with a few new options packages available. The Fusion is also sold as a Fusion Hybrid which offers 42 combined mpg and the Fusion Energi, a plug-in hybrid with all-electric operation.
The stunning Mustang coupe and convertible were completely redesigned last year with a fully independent rear suspension (replacing the old live axle) and a sleeker design. Enthusiasts will rejoice at the introduction of the Shelby GT350 and GT350R with a powerful 5.2-liter eight-cylinder engine.
An emphasis on family friendly fuel economy spawned the development of the C-Max Hybrid hatchback, which offers comfortable seating for five, lots of cargo room, and excellent fuel economy of its own (47 combined mpg). There is also the C-Max Energi which gets larger batteries and offers 19 miles of electric range before the engine kicks in.
The Taurus, Ford’s full-size sedan, continues to offer family comfort with plenty of legroom and three engines to choose from.
Ford also offers an extensive lineup of SUVs, starting with the compact Escape, which offers plenty of technology, including a powered rear liftgate that can be opened by waving your foot beneath the rear bumper. It’s no wonder that this is one of the best-selling small SUVs in the country.
The five-seat Edge was redesigned last year and has been selling strongly, offering a good balance of sportiness and utility.
The uniquely styled Flex SUV looks like a big wagon and offers plenty of seating and cargo capacity. It adds a new Appearance package for 2016, with blacked out door handles, window sills, roof, liftgate trim, front grille and standard 20-inch rims.
Ford also offers several options for those looking to haul more than five passengers in the Explorer, Expedition, and the even larger Expedition EL. This year, the Explorer received a substantial makeover, and all-wheel drive is now available on all trims. Platinum trim offers a slew of luxury features, including massaging front seats.
The F-150 was extensively redesigned in 2015, with a change to an aluminum body instead of steel) which shaves up to 700 pounds on some models. Look for an all-new Raptor high-performance trim debuting later this year as a 2017 model.
The heavy duty F-250 and F-350 work trucks soldier on mostly unchanged for 2016 with XL, XLT and Lariat variants.
Rounding out the lineup is Transit family of work vans, which consists of the Transit Connect, Transit-150, Transit-250, and Transit-350.