It’s an exciting time in the world of Ford as their plan to ax cars from their yearly lineup continues to move forward. At first, this came as a shock to many, almost like an April Fool’s joke (albeit at the end of the month), but today you can see that there are no plans to continue with the Ford Fiesta, Focus, Fusion, or Taurus. So, what exactly can you still find at your local Ford dealership?
A lot, actually.
Since Ford decided to move away from producing sedans, their focus has ended up on the SUV and truck market. These markets have proven increasingly popular, and there are a lot of familiar faces in this crowd, especially when it comes to the Ford brand. There’s also at least one face that hasn’t been seen in a while but will surely be welcomed.
Let’s see what’s new at your local Ford Dealership for 2020.
SUVs & Crossovers
Starting with a large part of the future of Ford is their SUVs & Crossovers lineup. In 2018, SUV sales made up a large portion of Ford’s total vehicle sales in the United States, hitting a little over 870,000 of about 2.5 million total sales. Below are three of Ford’s popular 2020 SUVs.
2020 Ford Edge
The new 2020 Edge is available in four different trims: SE, SEL, Titanium, and ST. The 2020 Ford Edge has a starting MSRP of $31,100.
As you increase in trim level, you can expect a general increase in standard features and available options, but as you make the jump to the ST, the game changes quite a bit. With the 2020 model, you’ll find a few big differences, including a 2.7L V6 EcoBoost Engine (compared to a Twin-Scroll 2.0L EcoBoost Engine) and Intelligent All-Wheel Drive (compared to Front-Wheel Drive). Your mileage will suffer a bit because of these changes, but for those looking into performance vehicles, that’s not usually an issue.
The new 2020 Explorer is also available in four different trims: XLT, Limited, ST, and Platinum. The Explorer starts at a low MSRP of $36,675.
All trims come with the option for Intelligent 4WD, but it becomes a standard feature at the ST and Platinum levels. Interestingly, the Limited trim is available with a Hybrid Powertrain option. If you’re looking for fuel savings, the payback period on upgrading to a hybrid is usually 2-5 years.
All models have seating for up to seven passengers, although the standard seems to be second-row captain chairs with E-Z entry and step-over center console, which allows up to six passengers. Adding in the second-row 40/20/40 bench with armrest seats for seven passengers is $495.
The new 2020 Ford Expedition is available in a whopping eight different trims: XLT, XLT MAX, Limited, Limited MAX, King Ranch, King Ranch MAX, Platinum, and Platinum MAX. The 2020 Ford Expedition starts at $52,810.
All Ford Expedition models come standard as 4×2 vehicles, but each trim also has the option to add on Intelligent 4WD. As you may have noticed above, for every trim level you have a MAX trim to match it. The biggest difference between a normal Expedition and an Expedition MAX is the MAX is almost a foot longer than the normal version. This equates to an additional 16.9 cu.ft. of cargo space, which means even more space to fit everything you could want and/or need.
As you move up trim levels, you’ll find a lot more of the technological advances become standard additions. The base model Expedition XLT may have a Push-Button Start, but it’s missing out on the Remote Start System and various pieces of Ford Co-Pilot360 Technology, like Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go and Blind Spot Information System. All three of those options (plus other options) are standard on trims such as the King Ranch MAX and Expedition Platinum MAX.
All Expedition models come with a 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Engine with Auto Start-Stop Technology.
Not too much is known yet about the returning Ford Bronco, but the anticipation is high for this extremely popular and rugged 4×4.
The Bronco was discontinued in 1996 after a 30-year run, but 2020 will see this iconic SUV return. Obviously, a lot has changed in the automobile industry since 1996, but there’s one thing that’s for certain — SUVs are extremely popular. It seems like the perfect time for a new and improved Bronco to hit the streets (and many, many trails) and drive straight back into the hearts and minds of Bronco fans worldwide.
As stated on the Ford website, the Bronco is “Back and badder than ever.”
Trucks & Vans
Trucks have been a staple of the Ford brand for a very long time, and they won’t be moving on anytime soon. Vans have also been a longtime staple, and their inclusion in the lineup is also no surprise.
The F-150 is coming back strong, offering seven trim levels: XL, XLT, LARIAT, King Ranch, Platinum, Limited, and Raptor.
The F-150 isn’t changing a lot with this new year, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s time-tested but doesn’t seem old-fashioned. In fact, with many options available in these trucks that you would find in any modern SUV or sedan, the lines between work, play, and comfort have become blurred. You can easily find the perfect customization for hauling your toys, heading on a road trip (space for up to six passengers), or getting some work done in the field. You really won’t feel out of place in any of those situations.
2020 Super Duty
The 2020 Super Duty is being marketed as “New Look. New Options. New Super Duty.” Although the full lineup hasn’t been updated on Ford’s website, you can expect “a new powertrain option as well as new driver-assist technologies.”
Largely seen as a business-minded vehicle, Ford’s line of, “Your business has evolved. So has Transit” really reflects that. This is a versatile van that can only help propel your business to new levels. Also, “new available driver-assist features help to make the 2020 Ford Transit the smartest Transit ever.”
Yes, there are still cars available in the 2020 Ford lineup. Some of them have fallen along the wayside, but there’s still at least one hanging on and another seeming to do just fine.
“I’m not dead,” shouts the Ford Fusion as its time slowly ticks down. It’s true, the Fusion is still here, with a 2020 release no less, but this appears to be the end of a fourteen-year production run. There have been rumors that the Fusion could live on in another form, but so far, that remains to be seen.
An American classic, the Mustang was first produced in 1964, and production still continues today, with no signs of stopping in the foreseeable future. Amazingly, the 2020 Mustang is available in 11 different models. Here they all are:
- EcoBoost Fastback
- EcoBoost Premium Fastback
- EcoBoost Convertible
- GT Fastback
- EcoBoost Premium Convertible
- GT Premium Convertible
- GT Premium Fastback
- Shelby GT350
- Shelby GT350R
- Shelby GT500
The models are separated into three distinct categories: the Fastback, the Convertible, and the Shelby. The BULLITT is only available as a Fastback, and the three Shelbys are the most expensive by a large margin. As you increase in trim level, you won’t notice a huge difference in the general styling and looks, but the more unique models (BULLITT and Shelby) will also have their own unique additions.
The BULLITT has a unique Dark Highland Green paint that sets it apart from any other Mustang while the Shelbys feature the Cobra icon on the front grille instead of the Mustang. Also, the engines on the BULLITT, Shelby GT350 (and 350R), and Shelby GT500 are all just a bit different, which adds a personal touch.