Price Range (MSRP): $14,455 (Fiesta) to $43,845 (Expedition)
2015 brings big changes to two of Ford’s signature vehicles, the iconic Mustang and the F-150, the best-selling vehicle in America.
We’ll start with the smallest of Ford’s offerings, the diminutive Fiesta subcompact. The Fiesta also comes in ST guise (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. It’s our favorite performance bargain as well, starting at just $21,400.
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. For 2015, the Focus gets revised exterior styling that includes a new grille which more closely matches the rest of Ford’s lineup and the three-cylinder EcoBoost engine is now optional.
The Fusion adds standard features for the new model year including a rearview camera and 16-inch wheels. 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.
One of the most anticipated cars of the year, the Mustang got a full redesign for 2015 which includes a fully independent rear suspension (replacing the old live axle) and a sleeker design. This will be the first Mustang to be offered globally as well and it adds a four-cylinder EcoBoost to its engine options, alongside the traditional V-6 and V-8 offerings.
An emphasis on family friendly fuel economy spawned the development of the C-Max Hybrid, 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 uniquely styled Flex returns sans major updates, but with plenty of seating and cargo room.
Ford also offers an extensive lineup of SUVs, starting with the compact Escape. The Escape offers plenty of technology, including a powered rear liftgate that can be opened by waving your foot beneath the rear bumper.
The five-seat Edge gets a redesign for the new model year and is set to debut in spring of 2015. It will be a slightly smaller, sleeker Edge that will offer two EcoBoost engines and new technology, including a new self-parking system.
Ford also offers several options for those looking to haul more than five passengers in the Explorer, Expedition, and the even larger Expedition XL.
The F-150 gets a complete redesign for 2015 that includes a change to an aluminum body (instead of steel) which shaves up to 700 pounds on some models. There are also updated powertrain options and new styling, and Ford hopes these changes are enough to keep the F-150 at the top of pile.
Last year, the heavy duty F-250 and F-350 were the first vehicles in the Ford lineup to get its update MyFord Touch infotainment system. Ford’s engineers have heeded customer complaints and have added more physical controls to the system to make it easier to use, a welcome addition. For 2015, the pair adds a new diesel engine option.
Rounding out the lineup are a few more commercial offerings. Ford offers two series of work vans, the Transit and the E-series. The Transit family consists of the Transit Connect, Transit-150, Transit-250, and Transit-350.
The E-series has more conventional work van styling and is offered as the E-150, E-250, and E-350 Super Duty.