Kia Sorento, Lexus RX, Ford F-150 take Consumer Reports’ top honors

CONSUMER REPORTS’ 2016 ANNUAL TOP PICKS:  KIA SORENTO & LEXUS RX ARE BEST SUVs
Ford F-150 named top pickup truck for first time in 17 years

YONKERS, NY — Seven new vehicles made Consumer Reports’ 2016 Annual Top Picks list—the Mazda MX-5 Miata, Kia Sorento, Toyota Sienna, Toyota Camry, Lexus RX, Honda Fit, and Ford F-150¬—in each of their respective categories.

The redesigned Ford F-150 was named best Pickup Truck, thanks in part to its fuel economy, quiet and spacious cabin, and much-improved infotainment system. It’s Ford’s first win in the category since 1999 and its first overall Top Pick honor since 2012.

Consumer Reports’ 2016 Top Picks list, Car Brand Report Cards and more from the Annual Auto Issue were released at a press  conference today before the Washington Automotive Press Association (WAPA) in Washington, D.C. For more details and videos of the Top Picks, visit ConsumerReports.org.

 “This year several automakers have really hit the mark with their redesigned vehicles,” said Mark Rechtin, Consumer Reports’ Cars Content Development Team Leader.  “This year’s Top Picks include refreshed models, like the Lexus RX, that have vaulted back to the top of their respective categories after lengthy absences.”

The Toyota Camry notched its fifth Top Pick honor in the 20-year history of the list in the Midsized Car category, and its first in four years. There was a time when Honda Accord had a solid edge over the competition in this ultra-competitive category, much of the past decade, but this marks its second straight year out of the top spot.

Subaru’s Forester and Impreza models are Consumer Reports’ Top Picks for Small SUV and Compact Car, respectively.  It’s the fifth consecutive award for the Impreza, and the second in a row for the Forester. Both are noted for their reliability, ride comfort, and suite of available safety technology.

The Chevrolet Impala repeated as the Top Pick in the Large Car category, proving that an American automaker knows how to make an outstanding car for the masses. The Impala joins the Ford F-150 as the only domestic winners this year.

Consumer Reports’ Top Picks must rank at or near the top of their respective classes in CR’s road-test score. Models must also have an average or better predicted reliability rating based on problems reported by subscribers  for  the  740,000  vehicles  in  CR’s  2015  auto  survey.  Also  taken  into  consideration  is  owner satisfaction, which CR obtains by surveying subscribers about their happiness level regarding the 230,000 vehicles in their garages. Finally, and importantly, Top Picks must perform effectively in crash or rollover tests conducted by the government and insurance industry (if tested).

Consumer Reports’ 2016 Top Picks By Category:

MIDSIZED CAR: Toyota Camry ($24,089-$32,603) The Camry’s no-fuss driving experience – great outward visibility, controls that fall easily to hand, a roomy interior – may not be the most thrilling in its class, but it’s far from plain. The solid Camry delivers year after year of outstanding reliability, which when combined with impressive crash-tests results, make it a near-perfect sedan.

SUBCOMPACT CAR: Honda Fit ($19,025) The Honda Fit is thrifty with fuel, returning a competitive 33 mpg overall, and its nimble handling beats expectations. It has remarkable interior space for such a tiny footprint, with second-row seats that elegantly stow away or flip up to hold more cargo. Road noise does boom in, and its rough ride can be tiring on long drives. Still, its crash-test scores have improved over its predecessor.

COMPACT CAR: Subaru Impreza ($21,345-$22,345) Despite its compact size, the Impreza’s ride and comfort will surprise. It has expansive window glass, lots of interior space for a car of its size, intuitive controls, a suite of available safety technology, great crash-test results, and an available hatchback version to haul bulky cargo. And with the added benefit of superb all-wheel-drive traction, the Impreza is a smart, practical car.

LUXURY SUV: Lexus RX ($51,630-$57,565) Lexus created the luxury crossover segment almost 20 years ago, and its dominance hasn’t diminished since. Though the exterior now features origami styling and a new “Predator” grille, it still boasts a quiet and comfortable cabin, effortless power delivery, a smooth ride, and a tastefully done interior fit and finish. The hybrid version gets an impressive 29 mpg overall.

SPORTS CAR <$40K: Mazda MX-5 MIATA ($29,905) The MX-5 Miata combines lithe, precise handling with a crisp manual stick and a zoomy engine—that gets an enviable 34 mpg—to create the perfect car for the enthusiast driver and weekend racer. It’s reliable, too. With its jumpy, firm suspension, loud cabin, and tight quarters for taller drivers, the Miata isn’t a commuter car. But given a sunny day and a winding road, none of that matters.

SMALL SUV: Subaru Forester ($27,145) The Forester is roomy, rides comfortably, and handles unflappably. Its AWD system routed the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V in CR’s snow-driving evaluations. Fuel economy is among the class leaders. It also has the best sight lines from the driver’s seat of any model on the market.

MIDSIZED SUV: Kia Sorento ($37,915) The Sorento is a great SUV hiding in plain sight. It offers class-above elegance at mainstream prices. It’s a shade smaller than its midsized competitors, but that allows it to be city-friendly while still offering the space and features of a larger vehicle.

MINIVAN: Toyota Sienna ($35,810-$38,201) The Sienna is super-reliable transport with all of the modern features an active, connected family would want. Its spacious and multifunctional interior, with available seating for eight, mates well with the Sienna’s magic carpet ride and energetic powertrain.

PICKUP TRUCK: Ford F-150 ($45,750-$46,755) By eschewing traditional steel body panels, Ford created a pickup that weighs less, enabling it to be quick off the line and fuel-efficient. The cabin is extremely quiet and spacious. The intuitive Sync 3 infotainment system is a welcome update from the MyFord Touch. The F150 has the best predicted reliability of any domestic truck.

LARGE CAR: Chevrolet Impala ($39,110) The Impala is dynamic and comfortable, combining a cushy ride with responsive handling, beating some elite luxury sedans at their own game. The controls are refreshingly intuitive, without resorting to overcomplicated interfaces. There’s enough cabin space to fit five comfortably.

Complete details on Consumer Reports’ Top Picks for 2016, Car Brand Report Cards, Best and Worst Lists and other key findings are available in the Annual Auto Issue of Consumer Reports on newsstands March 1st or visit Consumer Reports’ 2016 Autos Spotlight page on ConsumerReports.org.

Consumer Reports’ testing procedures are the most comprehensive of any U.S. publication or Web site. More than 50 individual tests are performed on every vehicle, including evaluations of braking, handling, comfort, convenience, safety, and fuel economy. Roughly 6,000 miles of general driving and evaluations are racked up on each test car during the testing process. CR buys all its test cars anonymously from dealers. Other reviewers base their evaluations on press cars that are hand-picked by the automakers.

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Power Wheels Ford F-150 available for $349.99

Fisher-Price Power Wheels F-150 - 13

Power Wheels 2015 F-150

BY GERRY MILES

Admit it: If you were still (a small-sized) kid…you’d want one of these.

Instead we had Little Red Wagons that were fun until you steered too hard in one direction, aka the Wrong Direction, and were unceremoniously tossed out sideways.

Pedal cars were fun, but once you grew, slapping your kneecaps atop the metal “dash” and the extra energy required for a) longish treks and b) hills diminished the “fun factor” quickly.

Today’s modern kid “has everything” and to that possible list of motoring offerings from Fisher Price comes the 2015 Ford F-150. Fisher-Price Power Wheels F-150 - 33

  • Features a roomy truck bed, working tailgate and eye-catching “chrome” wheels and grill
  • Proven tough, Monster Traction™ drive system allows kids to drive on hard surfaces, wet grass and bumpy terrain
  • 12-volt battery combines dynamic raw power with efficiency – no biodiesel, flex fuel or pulling up to the pump required.
  • The kids can listen to tunes via a working FM radio and MP3 jack or sound effects
  • Check out the full Power Wheels F-150 lineup and place your pre-order now at www.powerwheels.com/f150

And get ready to ride off into the sunset.

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Ford’s heavyweight F-150 lightens up with aluminum

2015 Ford F-150

2015 Ford F-150

BY GERRY MILES

A lot of us like to get lighter and leaner after the New Year, often making a resolute to lose the pounds that Christmas cookies, punch and egg nog packed upon us. Few will stick to the regimen, however.

In Detroit, Ford Motor just raised the bar in the ongoing truck wars, announcing that its vaunted F-150 full-sized picked has been given an all-new high-strength steel frame, high-strength aluminum-alloy body as well as a proven 2.7-liter EcoBoost® engine.

While you may wish to shed say 15-20 pounds, the aluminum saw the Ford drop 700 pounds and become strong to shopping cart dings and dimples at the mall. Eight through-welded crossmembers provide increased stiffness, while staggered rear outboard shocks provide greater stability.

The new 2.7-liter EcoBoost comes with start-stop, a feature if it’s in four-wheel-drive or towing. The new feature’s start-stop, a first in the F-150. The system will automatically shut off the engine to save fuel when the vehicle is stopped, except when towing or in four-wheel drive. The engine restarts in milliseconds when the brake is released. A manual override is provided.

Engine power

A range of four engines provides more power to meet almost any customer need.

A new 2.7-liter EcoBoost with standard Auto Start-Stop
A 3.5-liter V6 engine with twin independent variable camshaft timing join the proven 3.5-liter EcoBoost and 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8.

The large 6.2-liter V-8 will no longer be offered in the F-150 lineup.

TRIM LEVELS

The  F-150 will be sold in five primary trims: XL, XLT, Lariat, Platinum and King Ranch. Chrome appearance packages are in:  XL, XLT, Lariat and King Ranch.
Monochromatic sport appearance packages are available with XL, XLT and Lariat.
The FX4 off-road package can be added to most four-wheel-drive models, improving trail capability with an electronic locking rear axle, skid plates and off-road-tuned shocks.

Ford F-150

2015 Ford F-150

Several groundbreaking new productivity features debut in the all-new F-150, including many class-exclusives. They include:

  • 360-degree camera view, using exterior cameras to create a bird’s-eye view of the truck to help the driver park, maneuver in tight spots and navigate down narrow roads and trails
  • Integrated loading ramps, which enable easy loading of ATVs, motorcycles and mowers
  • BoxLink™, which is a combination of metal brackets and custom cleats used to secure a variety of accessories in the cargo box, from ramps to storage bins to bed dividers
  • LED headlamps and taillamps, which provide excellent nighttime visibility
  • Trailer hitch assist, a new rear view camera feature that adds a dynamic line based on steering wheel angle in the display to help customers line up truck and trailer without requiring a spotter or having to get out of the vehicle
  • Smart trailer tow module, using an all-new smart trailer tow wiring harness that helps identify and inform the driver of potential trailer connectivity issues, burned or unlit trailer marker lamps, and brake light and trailer battery faults
  • Remote tailgate, allowing for the tailgate to be locked, unlocked and released with the key fob – eliminating manual locking and increasing convenience and security. The tailgate also is damped, dropping down, hands-free, to a flat position when opened
  • High-wattage power outlets (400 watts, 110 volts) in the cab, allowing drivers to easily charge corded tools, battery chargers or mobile devices on-site or while driving
  • LED spotlights on sideview mirrors, which provide powerful, durable and bright lighting around the truck exterior
  • Latest EcoBoost® technology in an all-new, even more efficient 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine that features extremely high output and lightweight design
  • Next-generation tailgate step, which is now fully integrated inside the tailgate and virtually invisible when not in use

Other smart innovations include:

New 8-inch LCD productivity screen in the instrument panel, which includes updated truck apps – from fuel economy to towing tips – and the ability to create a customized home screen for customers to access their most frequently used apps in one place

LED lighting embedded in the walls of the cargo box, which brightly illuminates the box interior to help customers quickly find tools or other items

Rear under-seat storage in F-150 Super and Crew cabs, providing hidden storage for valuables. Two storage bins also are located underneath the rear seats

Boxside step, now available for the short 5.5-foot box

They join available driver aids, including SYNC® with MyFord Touch®, hill start assist, MyKey®, rear view camera, reverse sensing, trailer brake controller and extendable tailgate step.

F-150 features segment-first technologies that automatically assist drivers. They include:

Second-row inflatable safety belts, which work like a traditional belt but include a tubular airbag that inflates in the event of a crash and distributes the force of the impact across a wider area of the passenger’s chest

Curve Control, which automatically provides more aggressive four-wheel braking when the truck is going into a corner too fast

Adaptive cruise control, allowing drivers to set a cruising speed and use radar technology to monitor traffic ahead and maintain a safe distance between vehicles

Lane-Keeping System, which is designed to help avert unintentional drifting of the vehicle outside the intended driving lane by automatically detecting the left- or right-hand road lane markings using a camera mounted between the windshield and interior rearview mirror

Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert, which uses radar hidden in the taillamps to detect a vehicle entering a driver’s blind spot while driving or backing up.

2014 Ford F-150

2015 Ford F-150

It will be interesting to see what the economy numbers on the engine performance are in the future as well as the prices, which were not released.

Stay tuned, the truck wars just got more serious if that can even be possible.

Lexus, Toyota, Acura snare top spots in Consumer Reports’ 2013 reliability issue

Audi, Volvo & GMC Secure Spots in Top 10

BY GERRY MILES

In what is an annual make or break day for many automakers, Consumer Reports has released its posting of the most reliable vehicles that will be the consummate reference periodical for most car shoppers this year.

Japanese automakers Lexus, Toyota and Acura grabbed the top three spots while Volvo, GMC and Audi also broke into the top 10.

Toyota’s Camry, RAV4 and Prius V, some of the Japanese makers most popular and top-selling models didn’t make the coveted car collection because the vehicles scored poorly in an insurance industry crash test.

CR survey’s findings are based upon subscribers’ experiences with 1.1 million vehicles. Consumer Reports uses the survey data to compile reliability histories on vehicles and predict how well new cars that are currently on sale will hold up.

Audi moved up four places this year to finish fourth overall—the top European manufacturer in the survey. Three Audis, the A6 sedan, Q7 SUV and Allroad wagon, have “much better than average” reliability.
Volvo, now owned by Chinese firm Geely, jumped 13 places to seventh.
GMC emerged as the top domestic brand, finishing ninth—three places higher than last year.
The top predicted-reliability score went to the redesigned 2014 Subaru Forester SUV, which hadn’t been on the market for very long when CR conducted the survey.
Ford’s C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid got the worst score, and the regular C-Max Hybrid wasn’t much better. Only Ford’s vaunted pickup truck, the F-150, was a recommended model.
In addition to GMC, Buick climbed nine slots to 12th place over last year. All Buicks except the V-6 LaCrosse were average or better. The only dark spots for Chevrolet are the Camaro and Cruze, both of which earned below-average reliability scores.
Japanese brands took seven out of the 10 top spots in the survey. Nissan sank to 22nd among the 28 brands in the rankings. As a group, the nine Japanese brands in the survey still produce a remarkable number of reliable cars. Of the almost 100 models, 90 percent were average or better and almost a third ofthem received top marks. Ten of those highest scorers were Toyotas. Of the eight Lexus models in CR’s survey, six got top marks. All Lexus and Acura models earned an above average reliability score while all Infiniti, Mazda, and Toyota models earned an average or better reliability score.
Two popular models, the redesigned 2013 Honda Accord V6 and the 2013 Nissan Altima, scored too poorly in the survey for Consumer Reports to continue Recommending them. Last year, CR had predicted that both vehicles would have at least average reliability.
Mazda slipped from fourth to fifth. The redesigned Mazda6 debuted with above-average reliability.
Subaru and Scion, which also typically rank well in reliability, were torpedoed by their twin sports cars, the Subaru BRZ and the Scion FR-S, which scored below average. This dropped Subaru to 10th place, from last year’s fifth. Scion, for which CR had only two models with sufficient data, sank from first place to 11th this time.
One of the key problem areas in Consumer Reports’ survey centers on in-car electronics, including the proliferating suite of audio, navigation, communication, and connected systems in newer cars.
Of the 17 problem areas CR asks about, the category including in-car electronics generated more complaints from owners of 2013 models than for any other category. The survey revealed touch-screen infotainment systems have been buggy, with screen freezes, touch-control lag, or a reluctance to recognize a cell-phone, an MP3 device, or a voice command.
Hybrids and electric cars continue to do well. The Toyota Prius, Lexus ES 300h, Toyota Prius C, and Honda CR-Z hybrids, as well as the Nissan Leaf electric car, were among the top models. Ford’s C-Max and Fusion hybrids were the only exceptions.
The Tesla Model S electric car performed well enough in the survey to earn a Recommendation from CR for the first time. CR gathered data on more than 600 2012 and 2013 models. Owners of the 2012 model reported very few problems, although 2013 owners reported quite a few more. Problem areas included wind noise, squeaks and rattles, and body hardware (including the sunroof, doors, and locks).
Of the 31 Ford models in Consumer Reports’ survey, only one, the F-150 pickup with the 3.7-liter V6, was above average. Seven achieved an average score. Ford’s challenges don’t end with the historically problematic My-Touch systems. Several EcoBoost turbocharged V6 models have poor reliability as well. Almost two-thirds of the 34 Fords and Lincolns in our survey got scores that were much worse than average.
Chrysler’s bright spy was the 300 C with above average scores. Jeep’s 2014 V-6 Grand Cherokee received below average reliability.
Hyundai and Kia slipped a bit in the 2013 survey, with Kia ranking midpack and Hyundai slid to 21st place.
Complete reliability report and results for all models are available at http://www.ConsumerReports.org  and in the December issue of Consumer Reports, on newsstands November 5.

Silverado tops Ram 1500 by 3 points as CR’s top truck; Ram ride’s better as daily driver

2014 Chevy Silverado in High Country trim.

2014 Chevy Silverado in High Country trim.

BY GERRY MILES

In one of the closest finishes reported, Chevy’s Silverado earned three more points than the Ram 1500 to earn Consumer Reports “Top Truck” title and an “Excellent” road-test score as well. A small consolation for Dodge will be CR’s testers deemed the 1500 a better daily driver.

Both outscored the previously-tested Ford’s F150 XLT, which 3.5-liter EcoBoost turbo V-6 and 5.0-liter V-8 versions ranked third and fourth respectively.

The Silverado edged the Ram in several areas important to pickup truck owners:

  • It has a much larger cargo bed
  • several hundred pounds greater payload capacity
  • it can tow a heavier trailer—up to 11,200 pounds
  • lower step-in height than Ram 1500
  • more agile handling
  • best-in-class EPA, 16 mpg overall (+1 mpg over Ram).

“The reality is that you can’t go wrong with either one. Both are capable trucks that get decent gas mileage and are as quiet inside as a good luxury car,” said Jake Fisher, director of automotive testing for Consumer Reports.

Consumer Reports opted to test the Silverado’s widely sold 355-hp, 5.3-liter V-8 4WD version that had great acceleration but not the thrust of the Ram or Toyota Tundra.

For daily use, CR found the Ram a comfy place to spend time with better front seats and friendlier layout and the ride is supported by its rear coil suspension.

Consumer Reports tested the Ram with Chrysler’s 5.7-liter Hemi V8, four-wheel-drive, and a new eight-speed automatic transmission that’s smooth and efficient. Consumer Reports found that combination delivered seamless and effortless power, while returning a relatively good 15 mpg overall. Acceleration is quicker than the Silverado and the Hemi feels much brawnier in real-world driving.

Complete tests results for the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and Ram 1500 can be found on www.ConsumerReports.org  and in the November issue of Consumer Reports.

F-150 Tremor to set the pace at NASCAR Truck Series Michigan race

Ford gets a nice shot of PR in the arm with its 2014 sport truck, the F-150 Tremor chosen as the pace truck for this Saturday’s NASCAR Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway.
“Michigan International Speedway is one of the fastest tracks on the NASCAR circuit, so the vehicle pacing the field also needs to be fast,” said Jamie Allison, director, Ford Racing. “The 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor, with its light-weight configuration, EcoBoost engine and launch-optimized performance, is well-suited for this job.”
The only change to the pace truck is the required light bar and safety lights ordered via NASCAR. The rest of the truck is standard fare.
Power is delivered from the 3.5-liter, 365 hp, EcoBoost engine, which generates 420 lb.-ft. of torque at 2,500 rpm. Also, Tremor owns a launch-optimized 4.10 rear axle – the shortest final drive ratio offered in an EcoBoost F-150 – to help with takeoff power.

An electronic locking rear differential that’s standard for both two- and four-wheel-drive versions helps deliver the power to the pavement by improving traction during takeoff.

IMG_3096_HR The FX Appearance Package features stealthy, flat-black accents that include unique 20-inch wheels, stylized bodyside graphics and black badges with red lettering.Tremor is the only regular-cab F-150 offering a flow-through center console and bucket seats. Interior touches include black leather seating surfaces with red piping, brushed-metal accents and a red-stitched steering wheel. Alcantara® seat inserts add texture and style as well.The 2014 F-150 Tremor also comes standard with SYNC® with MyFord Touch®, which includes a large 8-inch LCD color touch screen mounted in the center stack.
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2014 Ford F-150 can be ordered to run CNG in half-ton pickup

CNG Ford F-150

The 2014 CNG Ford F-150

  • CNG averages $2.11 per gallon of gasoline equivalent, and $1 in some of USA

BY GERRY MILES

The news may seem new, at least for the F-150, but it’s not to me.

Years ago, Ford brought around modified Crown Victorias – OK, it was a long time ago – with CNG tanks tucked neatly in the trunk behind the rear seat backs if memory serves and offered the same fuel-efficient options now being proffered.

Also, years ago, Volvo – then not under the Ford umbrella – and in conjunction with the Biosphere 2 Project out in Arizona where folks lived under a huge dome and grew what they ate and sustained them within their own contained system (think TV’s Big Brother but in a more socially friendly place-setting and an eco-friendly challenge to sustain them all).

In both cases above, the cars could switch or be switched seamlessly between CNG and conventional gas from the fuel pump without any discernible sacrifice in power. The chief problem, with rules that prohibited CNG travel under bridges, tunnels and the like in Boston from the fire department at the time (I’ve no idea what it’s like now with the Big Dig structures in place) were chiefly a lack of infrastructure to support a move to CNG or LPG.

And this was way, way before GM had its famed/failed EV1 and TV stars like Ed Begley and Alexandra Paul to want the mothballed electric cars before they were crushed. And that’s long before Al Gore invented the internet, wrote Love Story or tried to blamed young boys who liked climbing tree and perhaps building a tree fort were blamed for the alleged demise of tree owls in the Northwest. But I digress…

The 2014 Ford F-150 with 3.7-liter V-6 engine will be available this fall with a factory-installed, fuel prep package that includes hardened valves, valve seats, pistons and rings so it can operate on either natural gas or gasoline through separate fuel systems.

Ford notes that an F-150 with the CNG engine package has an estimated driving range over 750 miles, depending upon the tank size, averaging 23 highway mpgs.

CNG fuel tank

CNG fuel tank in pickup truck bed.                                                                                      (Ford Photo)

The F-150 can be up-fit with 3 CNG capacities:

  • 8.9 GGE
  • 15.7 GGE
  • 21.2 GGE

A Ford rep said the 750-mile range was a middle line estimation, referring to a 26-gallon unleaded gas fuel tank on the F-150, plus a 15.7 GGE tank.

A larger, 36-gallon unleaded fuel gas tank is also available instead of the standard 26-gallon gas tank, thereby extending cruising range by quite a bit.

“Businesses and fleet customers have been asking Ford to make F-150 available with CNG capability to take advantage of the fuel’s low price and clean emissions,” said Jon Coleman, Ford fleet sustainability and technology manager. “With the money saved using CNG, customers could start to see payback on their investment in as little as 24 to 36 months.”

CNG/LPG engine prep from the factory costs approximately $315 before the customer chooses a Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier to supply fuel tanks, fuel lines and unique fuel injectors. Up-fits run $7,500 to $9,500 depending on fuel tank capacity.

CNG conversions can provide stability against fluctuating fuel prices as well as lower vehicle operating costs for fleet administrators. CNG sells for an average of $2.11 per gallon of gasoline equivalent, and is as low as $1 in some parts of the country, compared to the national average of $3.66 for unleaded regular.

In the next year, Ford will offer eight commercial vehicles with a gaseous-prep option, a number no other full-line manufacturer can match:

  • Transit Connect van and wagon
  • Transit van, wagon, cutaway and chassis cab
  • E-Series van, wagon, cutaway and stripped chassis
  • F-Series Super Duty pickup and F-350 chassis cab
  • F-Series Super Duty chassis cab (F-450, F-550)
  • F-650 medium-duty truck
  • F53 and F59 stripped chassis
  • 2014 F-150 light-duty pickup
CNG F-150

CNG F-150

Since the reintroduction of this  option in 2009, Ford says it’s on pace to sell more than 15,000 CNG/LPG vehicles this year, an increase of more than 25 percent from 2012.

AT&T recently purchased 650 F-350 chassis cabs with the CNG-prep option.

“We’re almost halfway to our company-wide goal of deploying 15,000 alternative-fuel vehicles by the end of year 2018,” said Jerome Webber, AT&T vice president, global fleet operations. “Vehicles such as CNG F-350s from Ford have helped us avoid purchasing 7.7 million gallons of gasoline over the past five years while reducing our fleet’s emissions.”

CNG

Compressed natural gas is mainly composed of methane. It is stored and distributed in hard containers at approximately 3,600 psi. About 85 percent of the CNG used in the United States is produced domestically. According to the EPA, CNG usage can reduce greenhouse emissions up to 30 percent.

National rollout

The program is offered nationally through Ford.