Ford is among the best-selling automakers in the world. From track-ready performance cars to adventurous pickup trucks, you’ll find several exciting vehicles in its 2018 lineup.
2018 Ford Fiesta
The 2018 Ford Fiesta remains one of the most impressive subcompact cars on the market. Responsive handling and strong fuel economy make it a great option for commuting. Although some drivers may prefer the sedan, the hatchback body style rewards you with more cargo space.
While the 120-horsepower Fiesta isn’t quick, you’ll have no problems keeping up with city traffic. Fuel economy stands at a combined 31 mpg. If you have a need for speed, step up to the racy Fiesta ST. Its turbocharged four-cylinder engine develops an exciting 197 horsepower and 202 pound-feet of torque. From a performance standpoint, the Nissan Versa and the Toyota Yaris aren’t even in the same league as the Fiesta ST. It offers the driving excitement of a car that’s far more expensive.
For 2018, all trims now come standard with a helpful backup camera. Boasting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Ford’s top-rated Sync 3 infotainment system is offered as an option.
2018 Ford Focus
In terms of size, the compact Ford Focus is a notch above the Fiesta. Drivers like its sporty styling and pleasing performance. Although no changes were made to the 2018 model, it still proves to be a terrific value.
The Focus is a lot more entertaining to drive than the underpowered Toyota Corolla. Its base four-cylinder engine produces a competitive 160 horsepower while returning up to 38 mpg. Featuring a smaller 1.3L EcoBoost engine, the SE sedan is specifically geared towards conserving fuel. When fitted with a manual transmission, it can deliver a combined 34 mpg. Ford also offers two high-performance versions of the Focus. While the Focus ST pumps out 252 horsepower, the electrifying Focus R packs a class-leading 350 horsepower.
Parents will appreciate Ford’s standard MyKey feature, which allows them to set a speed limit for their teenagers. Available as an option, the Active Park Assist system helps you to easily maneuver into tight spots. Blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, and rear cross-traffic alert highlight the available safety technologies.
2018 Ford Fusion
You can compare the 2018 Ford Fusion to the best mid-size family sedans on the market. An optional AWD system gives it a key advantage over the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry. Although the Fusion is due for a redesign, its sleek styling still turns heads.
Rated to develop 175 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque, the Fusion’s base four-cylinder engine gets the job done. Although the optional 1.5L EcoBoost engine doesn’t offer more performance, it does increase fuel economy to a combined 27 mpg. To experience stronger acceleration, opt for the bigger 2.0L EcoBoost engine. It pushes out 240 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. You’ll still be able to average more than 30 mpg on the highway. Atop the performance ladder sits the potent Fusion Sport, which unleashes a thrilling 325 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque.
If you aren’t satisfied with the Fusion’s standard equipment, there are plenty of worthy upgrades available. While smartphone users will like Ford’s intuitive Sync 3 interface, music fans will be drawn to the powerful Sony sound system. Aside from boasting a five-star overall safety rating, the new Fusion offers driver assistance features like adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning.
2018 Ford C-Max
The 2018 Ford C-Max is a fuel-sipping hybrid that will appeal to a lot of drivers. Not only is the new C-Max spacious enough for families, but it’s also sportier than rivals such as the Toyota Prius. Meanwhile, European styling gives this eco-friendly hatchback an especially sharp appearance.
Tuned to develop a total of 188 horsepower, the C-Max’s gas-electric engine is perfect for daily driving. When merging onto a busy interstate, you’ll certainly appreciate its rather strong acceleration. Drivers also like the C-Max’s natural steering feel. Most importantly, a combined fuel economy rating of nearly 40 mpg enables you to save money at the pump.
Several cool features are available for the new C-Max. Ford’s nifty SmartGauge teaches you how to drive in the most efficient manner. Some of the nice upgrades include an 8.0-inch touchscreen, a premium sound system, and a hands-free lift gate. Although the C-Max does not offer automatic collision braking, its optional blind-spot monitor will lower your stress levels on the freeway.
2018 Ford Mustang
Since the 1960s, the Ford Mustang has been keeping drivers excited. This year, Ford’s popular muscle car benefits from a few updates. Longtime Mustang fans will immediately notice the 2018 model’s new grille, which gives the entire car a more aggressive attitude. To enhance the Mustang’s sound, Ford equipped the GT model with a new two-mode exhaust system. Although the Chevrolet Camaro is equally as fun to drive, it can’t match the Mustang’s everyday comfort.
While Ford no longer offers the Mustang with a V6 engine, its turbocharged four-cylinder engine was tweaked to develop more power. The 2.3L EcoBoost engine now develops 310 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. Along with the additional muscle comes a new 10-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy tops out at an economical 32 mpg. For the drivers who really want to get their adrenaline flowing, Ford offers the V8-powered Mustang GT. It’s been recalibrated to develop a monstrous 460 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. You can also take advantage of the 526-horsepower Mustang GT350, which is specially engineered to deliver a blistering performance around the track.
Even the base Mustang comes loaded with goodies such as a fun Track Apps feature and a backup camera. Available as an option, the all-new digital gauge cluster can be customized to your liking. Featuring advanced driving aids such as pedestrian detection and blind-spot monitoring, Ford’s new Smart and Safe package provides drivers with an extra measure of confidence.
2018 Ford Taurus
While the 2018 Ford Taurus hasn’t received any big changes, it still deserves to be mentioned among America’s top full-size sedans. You’ll grow to appreciate its well-cushioned ride and quiet interior. This is an especially great car for the drivers who love to travel. When equipped with all-wheel drive, the Taurus will get you through rough winters. Rivals, such as the Nissan Maxima and the Chevrolet Impala, only come with a front-wheel-drive setup.
The base V6 engine’s 288-horsepower production will be enough for most people. Featuring a sports-tuned suspension and stickier tires, the optional performance package transforms the Taurus into a better-handling machine. According to the EPA, you can expect the Taurus to average a combined 21 mpg. The twin-turbo Taurus SHO delivers even more performance. It develops a smile-inducing 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque.
Excellent crash-test scores make the Taurus an ideal family car. Lane departure intervention and blind-spot monitoring are also found on the higher trim levels. Meanwhile, the automated parallel parking system is a must-have feature for city dwellers.