When you have a van in your stable of vehicles and have the imagination to figure out what can be done with that vehicle, the possibilities are endless. Once many of us pull our minds out of the gutter and forget about putting a bed and the 1970s crushed velvet and beads all around the van, we can often think of great ideas and ways to make a van work in a ways that you might not have ever thought of. In case you missed it or just overlooked them because they were vans, the two offerings from FCA at the SEMA show that came in van form were pretty cool this past year.
The Chrysler 200 has found itself a bit of a niche in the market. When paired up against its direct competitors, the Honda Accord, Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata and Chevrolet Malibu, the 200 offers more for a similar price than all these models. When you choose a 200 that is fully loaded, you reach up as close to a luxury model as you can get without actually having a luxury car, which makes the Chrysler 200 one that is full of everything you want with none of the stuff you don’t need. Continue reading
Minivans have for many years been the vehicle of choice for growing families to offer the security of the safety offered for all rows of seats. We have all felt safe and secure on the road in a minivan knowing these vehicles were built to help keep our loved ones secure in case of a collision and offer the features needed to help avoid possible damage with on board warning and signals to let us know we might be heading into a dangerous place with the van. What if the feeling of security was taken away from the minivan?
In recent months the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tested four minivans in the small overlap front crash test with some very disturbing results. For the vehicles we have all utilized for decades as the right and safe family hauler, four minivans were tested and all four performed fairly poorly in the test. In fact, three of the four were rated at poor rating and the four gained and acceptable rating, but for a vehicle that is meant to carry the precious cargo of the future of our families even an acceptable rating is just not good enough.
As the current leader in full size sport utility vehicles Ford has unveiled at the Dallas-Fort Worth Auto Show a new look and feel on an old friend. The 2015 Ford Expedition is a beautiful vehicle with a ton of cargo and person space as always, but now features the advanced technology car buyers are looking for these days.
Now offering a platinum series of the Expedition, this beast of a sport utility truck offers blind spot information system, cross traffic alert and SYNC with MyFordTouch on the touch screen information system. To go along with this the Expedition brings the same fuel efficiency and power in the engine that is now found in many of the F-Series model full size trucks. This 3.5 liter Ecoboost driven engine gives the Expedition everything an owner desires in power and fuel economy from a full size truck, but in a sport utility vehicle.