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Explorers, Fiestas, and Fusions, oh my: choosing the best car for you
by Canvas • October 18, 2018

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With so many makes and models available on the market, choosing the right car can be a daunting decision. When you’re looking at the pros and cons of cars, you really have to factor in a lot of different information. A good car comparison should focus on a certain make and model, with an explanation of why it might have advantages over comparative types. Additionally, a thorough car comparison should identify specific car features that might set one particular model above the competition.

With this in mind, here’s a quick look at the pros and cons of some of the most popular Ford models (with a Lincoln luxury model thrown in), as well as an overview of the benefits of leasing versus actually buying a car.

Ford Focus (2018, Standard)

What’s Great:

  • Easy handling

  • City/Highway EPA averages around 24/35

  • Cold Weather Package that includes heated front seats and heated steering wheel

  • Optional high-tech touchscreen infotainment system

  • Available in electric/hybrid models

What Needs Improvement:

  • Interior could be roomier

  • Limited cargo space

  • Several features (such as map pockets and CD players) have been cut from some 2018 models

  • Price - MSRP ranges from $17,950 (Sedan) to $41,120 (Focus RS)

Ford Fusion (2018, Standard)

What’s Great:

  • Three modes — gas, electric or a combination of both

  • Optional high-tech touchscreen infotainment system

  • Six-speed automatic transmission is standard on all models

  • Optional luxury leather interiors

  • 325-hp offers one of the most powerful family sedans on the market

What Needs Improvement:

  • Hasn’t been updated for 2018

  • Expensive when compared to similar cars

  • Price - MSRP ranges from $22,215 (Fusion S) to $39,400 (Fusion Energi Platinum)

Ford Escape (2018, Standard)

What’s Great:

  • Optional turbo-charged 2.0 liter engine

  • Optional high-tech touchscreen infotainment system

  • Smooth ride

  • Optional driver assistance package with blind spot monitoring

What Needs Improvement:

  • Not the best fuel economy (EPA 21/29)

  • Limited rear seat/cargo room

  • Price - MSRP ranges from $23,940 (Ford Escape S) to $32,140 (Ford Escape Titanium)

Ford Edge (2018, Standard)

What’s Great:

  • Roomy and comfortable interior

  • Optional high-tech touchscreen infotainment center

  • Impressive towing capacity

  • Engine choices range from four-cylinder turbo to twin-turbo V-6

What Needs Improvement:

  • Warranty could be better

  • Mediocre crash test ratings

  • Active safety tech packages are expensive

  • Price - MSRP ranges from $29,315 (Edge SE) to $40,770 (Edge Sport)

Ford Explorer (2018, Standard)

What’s Great:

  • Optional EcoBoost V-6 engine

  • Lots of cargo space

  • Optional high-tech touchscreen infotainment system

  • Optional safety features (such as forward-collision warning)

  • Expensive look and styling (similar to Land Rover)

What Needs Improvement:

  • 365-hp V-6 engine is only available on the pricey Platinum

  • Critics say the build quality is mediocre

  • Price

  • MSRP ranges from $32,140 (Explorer) to $53,940 (Explorer Platinum)

Ford F150 (2018, Standard)

What’s Great:

  • Wide selection of engines, ranging from 3.3-liter V-6 (265 lb-ft) to 5.0-liter V-8 (400 lb-ft)

  • Huge towing capacity

  • Optional high-tech touchscreen infotainment system

  • Optional features such as adaptive cruise control and automated emergency braking system

What Needs Improvement:

Ford C-Max (2018, Standard)

What’s Great:

  • Comfortable, roomy interior

  • Spacious cargo hold

  • Optional high-tech touchscreen infotainment system

  • Optional leather seating and heated front seats

  • Optional rear cross-traffic alert and self-parking features

What Needs Improvement:

  • Tests show that fuel economy could be better

  • Some of the optional features are expensive

  • Safety features need to be updated

  • Price - MSRP ranges from $24,120 (C-Max Hybrid SE) to $27,275 (C-Max Hybrid Titanium)

Ford Fiesta (2018, Standard)

What’s Great:

  • Excellent, crisp steering

  • Secure control around corners

  • Standard 120-hp, 1.6 inline-four engine (optional six-speed automatic is available)

  • Optional high-tech touchscreen infotainment and navigation systems

  • Optional sunroof

What Needs Improvement:

  • Passenger space is limited

  • Cosmetic quality issues such as inconsistent trim alignment and panel gaps

  • Lots of interior plastic that can break easily

  • Price - MSRP ranges from $14,205 (Fiesta S Sedan) to $21,285 (Fiesta ST)

Ford Mustang (2018, Standard)

What’s Great:

  • Attractive modern/retro design

  • High performance options that range from a standard 310-hp, turbocharged four-cylinder engine to a 460-hp V-8 engine with 10-speed automatic transmission

  • Optional features include adaptive suspension, an active exhaust system and Brembo brakes

What Needs Improvement:

  • Fuel economy could be better

  • Interior materials are of a mediocre quality

  • Price - MSRP ranges from $25,680 (Mustang EcoBoost Fastback) to $64,740 (Mustang Shelby GT350R)

Lincoln MKX (2018, Standard)

What’s Great:

  • Elegant exterior

  • Optional luxury leather interior

  • Optional 19-speaker Revel audio system

  • Optional twin-turbo 2.7-liter, 335-hp V-6 engine

  • Extremely quiet engine and smooth ride

What Needs Improvement:

  • Sluggish steering

  • Brake pedal should be more responsive

  • Luxury interior offset by too much vinyl and plastic

  • Price - MSRP ranges from $39,035 (MKX Premiere) to $54,230 (MKX Black Label)

The Lowdown on Car Subscriptions

Still not 100% sure about which car would be the best fit for you? Car subscriptions can be a great option because you are not committed to your one car forever. With Canvas, you can choose a car to try out for a while and swap it out whenever you are ready to try out another make or model! If you enjoyed driving your Focus, but you’d love to try a Mustang a couple of months later, no problem. This is a great benefit if you enjoy trying a variety of different vehicle types and models without having to wait for a long-term lease to expire. It’s also an awesome thing to take advantage of if you don’t have your heart set on one specific vehicle.

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