2017 Ford Ranger XLT
Its not the cheapest dual-cab ute on the market but there are good reasons why fords ranger remains one of the most popular pick-ups in the country. Priced just shy of $ 60, 000, the up-spec ranger XLT is powered by a 147k w and 470 nm, 3. 2-litrefive-cylinder engine that excels under most driving conditions. The 2. 2 tonne ute is particularly impressive towing a big caravan, while our judges loved the way it handled a big load in the tray. A credit to ford australia, the ranger is one of few utes that ride and handle wellloaded up or not, and the spacious and practical cabin plus a rear tub with 12-volt socket and two built-in lights is hard to beat.
The electric-assisted steering and forgiving ride also make it a front runner for day-to-day driving duties. A measure of its under-stressed performance is one of the best fuel economy figures on test 13. 1L/ 100km. The ranger also scored points for its user-friendly SYNC 3 infotainment system, dual-mode reversing camera and driving aids like radar cruise control that are unavailable on most of its rivals. But if we had to criticise, it would be for the penny-pinching cloth upholstery and manual seat adjustment in XLT grade, while some of the driver aids can be over-sensitive in traffic. Ranked in the top three of all judging categories, with the exception of interior and cost of ownership, the ranger was only narrowly pipped by the amarok V 6 for overall honours
2018 Ford Expedition
Ford's full size SUV gets a renew for 2018and managed to shed some weight along the way. Following in the footsteps of ford's popular F- 150 pickup truck, the new expedition gets an aluminum body and other lightweight componentsto shave about 300 pounds of its previous chunky frame. The new expedition also piles on new comfort, convenienceand safety features. The updated 3. 5 liter eco boost V 6 gets a start/stop system to save fuel, such as when you're sitting at a stoplight.
The engine automatically turns off. The new expedition's also going to be offered with rear wheel drive or four wheel drive hooked up to a new 10 speed automatic transmission. Inside, there's seating for seven or eight. Ford also says there's more room in the third row seat. Infotainment upgrades include available sync 3 with android auto and apple car play compatibility. Available safety equipment includes automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control.
All of these updates are likely to do wonders for the expedition. The last one we tested got a paltry 14 miles per gallon overall in our testing, and had a cheap interior. And it also felt really outdated compared to the more modern competition from general motorsincluding the chevrolet tahoe and suburban. The expedition's strengths include strong towing performance and high marks from owners for satisfaction and reliability. Expect to see the new expedition in showrooms this fall.