2017 Oxmoor FORD F-150 RAPTOR FIRST TEST

2017 Ford F 150 Raptor front three quarters

Oxmoor Ford F-150 Raptor

The F-150’s cooking-grade 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 puts down 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque, and the departed 6.2-liter V-8 pushed out 411 hp and 434 lb-ft. But at 450 hp and 510 lb-ft, the Raptor boasts a healthy margin over both. It’s a big contrast from when the original SVT Raptor came to market in 2009—when buyers received a 310-hp Triton 5.4-liter V-8 with three valves per cylinder. That experiment lasted only a year. We expect this generation will have no such stage fright.

The new Raptor certainly causes a commotion. With a distinctive, deep bellow (credit the unique dual exhaust setup), the truck sounds fast—and it is. With the new combination all-/four-wheel-drive system dialed to 4A (automatic 4×4), the Terrain Management System set to Sport (the other modes are Normal, Weather, Mud/Sand, Baja, and Rock/Crawl), the stability control turned off, and the transmission left in drive, the Raptor efficiently put its power down without a lick of wheelspin on its way to 60 mph in a thundering 5.2 seconds. As you pin your right foot to the firewall, you feel the engagement of each gear shift on the way to clipping the quarter mile in 13.9 seconds at 97.3 mph. By breaking into the 13s, this truck stands head and shoulders above any bygone SVT Raptor—the fleetest of which nailed 60 in 6.5 seconds and completed the quarter mile in 15.1 seconds at 91.3 mph.

 

2017 Ford F 150 Raptor interior view 02

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It’s a lot of power for a lot of truck, but the Raptor manages itself well in varied circumstances. In the Ocotillo Wells area in the Southern California desert, Ford drew out a 50-odd-mile course through narrow trails, deep ruts, sandy tracks, and wide-open washes. To settle the truck in this environment, and to calm down the rear end in particular, the tire pressures were knocked down from the on-road recommended 38 psi all around to 28 psi up front and 23 psi in the rear. The route served to highlight the suspension’s control and the grip of the 315/70R17 BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires. It also highlighted the Raptor’s thirstiness: The 26-gallon fuel tank’s gauge needle dropped from three-quarters full to just above one-quarter after one pass. The EPA fuel economy numbers may have upgraded to 15/18/16 mpg city/highway/combined from the 2014 SVT Raptor’s 12/16/13 but the new truck will still go down into the single digits if you’re on the gas enough.

The upshot is you can chase your buddy’s Trophy Truck during the Baja 1000 faster than before. The Raptor can top out at a bit over 100 mph if the terrain is packed solid enough and sending the right signals, but in the always-uncertain off-road environs, you spend most of your time assessing the truck’s feedback. Different earth surfaces elicit an array of driver responses. One moment you’re burying the accelerator to preserve momentum in soft sand. The next you’re hunting for the zone where the truck flies nice and level, where one more mile per hour merely leads to greater fidgeting with the steering wheel.

2017 Ford F 150 Raptor interior view 02

2017 Ford F 150 Raptor overhead controls 12017 Ford F 150 Raptor interior 12017 Ford F 150 Raptor gear shifter 12017 Ford F 150 Raptor engine 1

The Raptor makes for easy reading of the topography. The most violent high-frequency washboards feel like they’ll shake your kidneys loose, but the coil springs in the front corners and leaf springs in back, paired with Fox’s nine-stage bypass shock absorbers and BFG rubber, keep the suspension feeling limber. The nine stages refer to internal damping regions that respond according to how brutal the tires are being hit – five within the compression zone and four for rebound. Bonus: It’s a much more comfortable truck on-road than the one other 2017 F-150 (a Platinum 4×4) we’ve tested to date.

Four years ago, we praised the last SVT Raptor we tested for its steering precision. (For a trip down memory lane, change the YouTube channel to Head 2 Head episode 14, “Ford Raptor vs. Ram Runner!”) A trait that’s often the first to vanish when the words “truck,” “lift,” and “big tires” appear in the same sentence, the Raptor’s front-end accuracy was surprisingly apparent from the moment the steering wheel was turned. The excellent initial response on road imbues a sense of playfulness in the 86.3-inch-wide monster, but road holding is ultimately stunted by the KO2s, which only generate 0.71g lateral grip (matching the old Raptor). But it’s hard to fault the lack of stickiness in tires that are also tasked with slinging hectares of mud and snow. At least our figure-eight time improved, lowering the Raptor’s all-time best lap from 29.3 to 28.2 seconds.

Yes, the truck can still be launched into the air (within reason) with wheels in full droop, and it’ll land without drama and then continue to go about its business. We’ve been waiting four years to experience this again in a Raptor. There’s a heroic sensation to being flung vertically within the driver’s seat as a truck easily eats up the landscape. It makes you want to take the long road to wherever you are going.

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor
BASE PRICE $49,520
PRICE AS TESTED $62,335
VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, 4WD, 5-pass, 2+2-door truck
ENGINE 3.5L/450-hp/510-lb-ft twin-turbo DOHC 24-valve V-6
TRANSMISSION 10-speed automatic
CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 5,661 lb (55/45%)
WHEELBASE 134.2 in
LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 220.0 x 86.3 x 78.5 in
0-60 MPH 5.2 sec
QUARTER MILE 13.9 sec @ 97.3 mph
BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 140 ft
LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.71 g (avg)
MT FIGURE EIGHT 28.2 sec @ 0.60 g (avg)
EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON 15/18/16 mpg
ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 225/187 kW-hrs/100 miles
CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 1.20 lb/mile

See today at Oxmoor Ford Lincoln in Louisville KY.  Oxmoor Ford is part of the Oxmoor Auto Group, including Oxmoor Toyota, Oxmoor Mazda, Oxmoor Chrysler and Oxmoor Hyundai.

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Oxmoor Auto Group’s Oxmoor Chrysler of Louisville and the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica

The all new 2017 Oxmoor Chrysler of Louisville’s new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica to replace the 2016 Chrysler Town and Country.

2017 Oxmoor Chrysler of Louisville Pacifica

This is not simply a model change, but a game changer in the minivan battle, which has been largely between the Honda Odyssey and the Toyota Sienna.  The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica will be changing all of that, and will be coming to Oxmoor Chrysler this Spring!

Interior of the 2017 Oxmoor Chrysler Pacifica

See you soon at Oxmoor Auto Group‘s Oxmoor Chrysler of Louisville!

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2013 Ford Explorer Sport stakes claim on luxury crossover SUV market, aims for Land Rover

The Oxmoor Ford of Louisville Explorer may not have a long history of being an outstanding sports utility vehicle, but with the 2013 Explorer Sport, Ford seeks to take on the foreign luxury heavyweights. With the Land Rover Evoque, BMW X-class, and Lexus RX 350 all in its crosshairs, the Explorer Sport offers high-end performance, smooth handling, and a luxurious interior.

The 2013 Ford Explorer Sport is top-of-the-line Explorer, starting at $40,780.

 

Let’s face it, even if you closely examine the 22 year history of the model, the 2013 Ford Explorer Sport has no competition for the title of “Most Exciting Explorer.” This is certainly not an attempt to damn the new model with faint praise, it is more a condemnation of all of the uninspiring Explorers which came before.

As with most original SUV nameplates that are “evolving” into more fuel efficient crossovers, the Explorer started off as a rather elemental body on frame truck and became bigger and heavier over time. In 2010, the Explorer was recast as as unibody and won the 2011 North American Truck of the Year.

The 2013 Ford Explorer Sport is the fullest expression of the nameplate as a crossover. There have been Explorer Sport models before, mostly denoting a model with coupe style doors and a rear hatch. Now the Sport is a standard bodied five door model which actually brings higher performance to the table. By being the stud of the stable, the new Sport model is priced accordingly, slotting right into the very top price segment of the model, with a nearly $41,000 base price.

What you get for your money is a vehicle with the hidden gem of all of Ford’s new “Ecoboost” turbocharged engines—the all aluminum, 3.5L twin turbocharged and intercooled, direct fuel injected DOHC 24 valve V6 making 365 BHP and 350 ft-lbs. of torque. If this engine seems the least bit familiar to you, it’s because you recognize it as the power plant lifted from the Taurus SHO sports sedan. This engine is capable of hauling the 2.5 ton Explorer from 0-60 mph in a shade over six seconds while still returning a respectable 16/22 mpg city/highway.

Ford has focused on providing a more upmarket experience within the Explorer Sport, giving its interior more foreign-luxury-car-inspired styling.

Ford has focused on providing a more upmarket experience within the Explorer Sport, giving its interior more foreign-luxury-car-inspired styling.

Those performance figures reveal the Explorer Sport’s corporate mission as Ford’s CUV import fighter. The market is crowded with upmarket German, Japanese, and British CUV offerings. This version of the Explorer stakes out Ford’s claim for the near and full luxury segment that sees vehicles such as the Land Rover Evoque, Mercedes M-Class, the BMW X-class, Lexus RX 350, and Acura MDX slugging it out for sales.

Though the latest Explorer has mutated from a rear wheel driven truck chassis to a front wheel drive/AWD platform, the new Sport does not suffer much in the way of torque steer upon take off. Ford’s very competent and versatile AWD system makes the power always drive the wheels that have the best traction. Unlike many of its competitors, Ford also serves up some engineering magic that allows the new Explorer take on road conditions in something approximating true 4WD. By taking full advantage of electronic differential management, and aggressive automatic wheel baking, the Explorer Sport can not only deliver 100 percent of the available power to just one wheel, but through the assistance of a dedicated cooling unit, can also run in a lower geared AWD setting indefinitely without overheating.

If you want a domestic crossover with the styling and performance of its foreign competitors, and then some, test drive an Explorer Sport.

Stop in to Oxmoor Ford of Louisville to see and drive the all new Ford Explorer Sport.

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2014 Toyota RAV4 Review at Oxmoor Toyota of Louisville

The 2014 Toyota RAV4 available now at Oxmoor Toyota of Louisville

Full 2014 Toyota RAV4 Review

What’s New for 2014

A new Technology package for the Limited model bundles last year’s blind-spot monitoring system with a lane departure warning system and automatic high-beam control. Otherwise, the 2014 Toyota RAV4 is unchanged.

Introduction

Small crossover SUVs like the 2014 Toyota RAV4 have become popular with a broad population of shoppers. And it’s little wonder: In spite of their relatively compact dimensions, these vehicles provide useful space for small families and singles alike. They’re easy to drive in crowded cities, and they typically return at least respectable fuel economy (and oftentimes better). In short, small crossovers are very nearly the perfect vehicle for modern Americans on the go. Although the Toyota RAV4 isn’t a hands-down favorite in this class, you’ll probably find that it checks off most of the boxes on your list.
Space is the five-passenger RAV4’s biggest asset. Driver and passenger room are excellent up front, and a pair of adults will be content in the backseat on short trips. Further, buyers traveling with dogs or bulky gear will appreciate the Toyota’s large cargo bay, low load floor and, on the Limited model, power liftgate (still a relatively rare convenience on SUVs in this class). With the rear seats folded down, the RAV4 has one of the largest cargo capacities in its class with 73.3 cubic feet.
On the move, the Toyota RAV4 is easy to see out of, and it feels steady around turns and comfortable cruising the highway. Its acceleration is merely average for a compact crossover SUV, though, and unlike with many competitors, there’s no optional engine upgrade if you want more oomph than the standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder has to offer. Likewise, the RAV4’s fuel economy ratings are good, but not class-leading.
Given the quality of the competition in the small crossover class, it’s worthwhile to check out a few alternatives. When it comes to all-around versatility, the 2014 Honda CR-V dominates the class. There’s nothing truly remarkable about driving this Honda, but it’s comfortable, quiet and fuel-efficient, and its roomy cabin is loaded with clever storage areas and handy conveniences. If you really enjoy driving, the 2014 Mazda CX-5 is one of the more entertaining compact crossovers, though its interior, while spacious, isn’t quite as functional.
Another very good option is the 2014 Ford Escape, which gives you a choice of three engines and has a higher-end interior than you usually see in this class. Finally, if you have any desire to drive off-road and have at least a fair amount of capability to back it up, the new Jeep Cherokee can accommodate, and it’s also one of the few models available with a V6 engine.
Although the 2014 Toyota RAV4 doesn’t have significant advantages over its rivals, it’s a capable small crossover SUV that will meet the needs of most shoppers.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2014 Toyota RAV4 is a five-passenger compact crossover offered in three main trim levels: LE, XLE and Limited. The LE comes standard with 17-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights, power folding mirrors, keyless entry, rear privacy glass, full power accessories, air-conditioning, cruise control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a 60/40-split and reclining second-row seat, a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, and a six-speaker sound system with a 6.1-inch touchscreen, a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack and an iPod/USB audio interface.
The XLE adds 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals, roof rails, a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, sportier front seats, a cargo cover and extendable sun visors. The audio system is upgraded on the XLE to include satellite radio, HD radio, traffic and weather. An option package allows you to add a navigation system and Toyota’s Entune smartphone app integration to the XLE.
The top-level Limited comes with all of the above plus 18-inch alloy wheels, a height-adjustable power liftgate, keyless entry and ignition, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat with memory settings, heated front seats and premium synthetic leather upholstery. Options on the Limited include a navigation system bundled with a premium 11-speaker JBL audio system. The Technology package adds a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alerts, a lane-departure warning system and automatic high-beam control for the headlights.

Powertrains and Performance

The 2014 Toyota RAV4 is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 176 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, and the RAV4 is available with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
In Edmunds testing, an all-wheel-drive Oxmoor Toyota of Louisville Toyota RAV4 needed 9.2 seconds to hit 60 mph, an average time for a small crossover with a base four-cylinder engine.
The front-drive RAV4 is EPA-rated at 26 mpg combined (24 mpg city/31 mpg highway), which are good, but not class-leading numbers for a small crossover. The AWD model is rated at 25 combined (22 city/29 highway).

Safety

Standard safety equipment on every 2014 Toyota RAV4 includes antilock disc brakes, a rearview camera, stability control, traction control, whiplash-reducing front head restraints, front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. A driver knee airbag is also standard. A rearview camera is standard across the board, while the optional Technology package on the Limited provides blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts and lane departure warnings.
In Edmunds brake testing, the RAV4 stopped from 60 mph in 128 feet, which is longer than average.
In government crash tests, the Oxmoor Toyota RAV4 received four out of five stars for overall protection, with four stars awarded for frontal protection and five stars for side-impact protection. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests, the new RAV4 earned a top score of “Good” for its protection of occupants in moderate-overlap frontal-offset, side-impact and roof strength tests. Its seat/head restraint was also rated Good for whiplash protection in rear impacts. However, the RAV earned a Poor rating (the lowest) in the Institute’s small-overlap frontal-offset crash test.

Interior Design and Special Features

The 2014 Toyota RAV4 features an interior design that shares motifs with the current Camry and Avalon. Pronounced angles and lines form a streamlined and modern-looking dash. Overall, though, the RAV’s design and materials are average for the compact crossover class, and a few of the audio and climate controls feel slightly flimsy. The cupholder count is adequate in the Toyota RAV4, but there aren’t as many useful storage slots as in the CR-V.
Although all of the RAV4’s audio systems have Toyota’s Entune branding this year, only XLE and Limited models with the navigation system include the Entune suite of smartphone-connected services, among these the Bing search engine, Pandora streaming radio and traffic, sports and stock information. There’s quite a bit of functionality here, but getting started with Entune can be a hassle: You have to install an app on your phone and register for an account, plus you always need an active data connection to use its features. The touchscreen interface has straightforward menus, but it’s sometimes unresponsive to user touch (curiously, we’ve found the more basic touchscreen in the LE better in this regard). On the upside, all the conventional controls in the 2014 RAV4 are easy to use.
Rear-seat passenger comfort is hampered slightly by a low-mounted backseat, but space is nevertheless abundant enough even for taller adults. We also like how the seat reclines to an impressive degree.
The cargo bay measures 38.4 cubic feet and opens up to a generous 73.3 cubes when the second row is folded: one of the largest capacities in the class. There’s also a payoff for that low-mounted rear seat: a very flat floor and low load-in height, both of which help minimize the strain of loading large items or even a couple of large dogs. The Limited model is especially convenient, as its liftgate is power-operated and height-adjustable.

Driving Impressions

Most small crossover shoppers will find the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine adequately powered for most tasks and sufficiently fuel-efficient. The six-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly, but if you tend to drive assertively, you’ll find it slow to downshift in passing situations. Additionally, when climbing steady mountain grades, we’ve observed that the transmission has a tendency to hunt between gears (rather than picking one gear and sticking with it). Both of these issues are a consequence of Toyota’s efforts to tune the drivetrain for maximum gas mileage.
The 2014 Toyota RAV4 handles well and feels refined and comfortable when cruising down the highway. A potential exception is the Limited model, which can get a little jittery on rough or broken pavement due to its big 18-inch wheels. In spite of that, the cabin remains very quiet, making Toyota’s crossover a good option for families with young children who sleep in the car.
Overall, the RAV4 is similar in personality to Honda’s CR-V, and more demanding drivers might find it less enjoyable to drive than sportier crossovers like the Escape and CX-5, which have more responsive steering. If comfort is your overriding priority, though, the Toyota should do right by you. Additionally, if you need to venture off the beaten path, the RAV4’s available AWD system quickly applies power where it’s needed for optimum traction and actually gives it a decent amount of off-road ability.
Stop in today to see and drive the 2014 Toyota RAV4 at Oxmoor Toyota of Louisville, serving Louisville, Lexington, Frankfort, Elizabethtown, Nicholasville and Clarksville Indiana.
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Ford Widens U.S. Sales Lead Over Toyota on Hybrid Models

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Oxmoor Ford Lincoln   Oxmoor Ford Hybrids

Oxmoor Toyota Scion  Oxmoor Toyota Hybrids

Ford Motor Co. (F) said U.S. sales for its main brand will surpass 2.4 million vehicles this year, as record demand for its Fusion sedan and hybrid models helps extend a lead over Toyota Motor Corp. (7203)’s namesake line.

The Ford marque entered December ahead of Toyota by 388,825 cars and light trucks, heading for its fourth straight year as the top-selling U.S. auto brand. In 2012’s full-year tally, the margin was 322,521.

The brand title reflects Chief Executive Officer Alan Mulally’s strategy that the second-largest U.S. automaker would flourish by narrowing its focus. He sold off the Jaguar, Land Rover, Aston Martin and Volvo luxury lines, shuttered Mercury and pushed the namesake brand to complement its strengths in pickups and sport-utility vehicles with more competitive cars.

“We are not overly reliant on any one segment,” John Felice, the Dearborn, Michigan-based company’s vice president of U.S. marketing, sales and service, said in a statement today. “With 16 launches next year, we’re looking to keep our sales momentum going.”

Demand for Fusions and hybrids such as the C-Max will boost Ford-brand sales to retail buyers to the highest since 2000, the automaker said.

The Toyota division is on pace to beat the Ford brand this year in light-vehicle retail sales, which exclude fleet customers such as rental companies, Bill Fay, group vice president for U.S. Toyota sales, said in a Dec. 5 interview. Toyota-brand sales include Scion vehicles.

“That’s been a result of the recovery of the brand and the division the last couple years,” Fay said. “It’s not one of our stated goals. We’re more focused on trying to sell our plan, satisfy our customers and support the dealers’ business model.”

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The ALL NEW 2015 Ford Mustang is almost here at Oxmoor Ford in Louisville KY

The ALL NEW 2015 Forf Mustang soon at arrive at Oxmoor Ford in Louisville KY!

It’s the 50th anniversary of the Mustang and Ford is celebrating with a rebirth of the model, unveiling the biggest step forward the iconic pony car has seen in decades. A turbocharged, 2.3 liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine joins the traditional V6 and V8 options, while the quarter-mile-friendly live rear axle is finally being deleted in favor of a proper, independent setup. The new car is lighter, lower, leaner and, we think, very nice to look at.

The 2015 car’s roofline sits 32mm lower, while the rear track is pushed out 70mm, 15mm at the front. It’s an incredibly muscular posture and the sculpted body is far more modern than the outgoing fifth-generation, which now looks a bit clumsy by comparison. This new sixth-gen still has the retro flair that a Mustang buyer will want — long hood, tri-bar tail lamps, analogue dials on the dashboard — while still looking quite progressive.

The engine choices are forward-thinking, too. Well, one of them is. The 3.7-liter V6 returns, basically unchanged, while the 5.0-liter V8 has received a host of subtle performance tweaks to bring it closer to the Boss 302 power plant, like forged con-rods and improved valve springs. (Ford isn’t quoting exact power or efficiency figures just yet, but is projecting over 420 horses.) That all sounds good, but the new 2.3-liter I4 is likely to get the most attention.

The last turbo-four on a Mustang came in the ’80s, a motor not fondly remembered. That churned out just 132hp, but this new EcoBoost unit will deliver more than 305 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. That means the same power and more torque than the current V6 while, presumably, being lighter and more efficient. It’s also the only motor of the three to offer direct injection. A twin-scroll turbo and three-port header are designed to reduce lag, while reinforced internals should set this unit apart from Ford’s other EcoBoost offerings. All motors will be available with six-speed automatic or manual transmissions, paddle shifters available on the former. No fancy double-clutch systems yet.

The other big change is that integral-link independent rear suspension. Aluminum knuckles and lower arms help keep the weight of this new setup down. The front suspension has been re-engineered as well, moving to a double-ball-joint MacPherson system that moves the steering knuckle closer to the subframe. This makes room for bigger brakes, starting with a two-piston system for the V6 and EcoBoost. The V8 will get a new four-piston system, available as an option on the EcoBoost car. Finally, a new, Brembo-branded six-piston system will be made available for the V8, with calipers and rotors similar to what’s found on the current GT500.

The interior is also wholly new. Sit in there and everything feels comfortable and familiar, but take one look back at the current-gen Mustang and you’ll see what a massive step forward it is. Materials are all far better, using real aluminum and chrome in place of painted plastics. The dash has a simple, symmetrical layout, dominated in the higher-spec models by a large, central touchscreen LCD running MyFord Touch. Another small LCD is slotted between the analog speedo and tach, situated behind a slightly smaller steering wheel.

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