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I was given the privilege of driving a brand new 2014 Ford Focus Titanium edition for a few days this past week and it was certainly something anyone would enjoy. Before you even get into the car you can forget about fumbling for your keys to unlock the door. The touch sensitive entry system and push button start are two things that really make life easy once you have them. The leather seats in the car are spot on for road trips or just cruising around the city. They make you feel relaxed, at ease and comfortable and with the heated leather they can help make those Minnesota winters more tolerable.
Once you start driving the car you notice that it’s quiet, like really quiet inside. Minnesota is known for having some terrible pothole filled roads and being in the thick of pothole season I had no problem with potentially jarring my teeth loose cruising around. My phone connected up to the MyFord Touch and the Sync System plus the Sony stereo system immediately starting playing Pandora on my favorite station. I was hesitant that the voice activation wouldn’t be able to recognize my voice because I’ll be the first to admit I mumble, bad. Sync really didn’t have any issues at all which was nice for changing the climate, radio stations or making calls by name.
The overall best part had to be the fuel economy. The 2 liter 4 cylinder with the ecoboost was getting insanely good fuel economy. I drove around for about an hour and the distance to empty range went from 167 miles left to 165 left. I know that can be taken with a bit of hesitation but I believe with just city driving I was somewhere in the 30-32 mpg range. I was certainly not use to getting such good mileage and that was a very welcomed change.
I would have to say that if I was in the market for a compact sedan I would head over to Morrie’s Minnetonka or Buffalo Ford and at the bare minimum take one for a spin. Not to mention the fact that I wouldn’t be paying for car washes for the rest of my car ownership isn’t such a bad deal either.
From the moment you twist the key and fire up the 302 cubic inch V8 residing under the long, sculpted hood, a smile spreads across your face. You not only hear the all-American rumble of the engine, but feel it pulsing through every inch of your body. Each controlled explosion seems to match your heart beating in your chest. This 1967 Ford Mustang GT is a pure, unadulterated muscle car. Slide the shifter into gear, feed in some revs and you’re off!
The thin-gauge steering wheel feels delicate, if not exactly precise, in your hands. The seat feels like a perfectly broken in catcher’s mitt. Everything looks, feels, and smells like it was built by hand and with pride in the good ‘ol US of A. As you gaze over the long hood, watching it shake softly, it’s a somewhat imposing view but on the move, the size of the car shrinks around you. It feels warm, inviting, and full of character. Unlike modern cars that are crammed full of sound deadening and electronics, things that isolate you from the drive, this ’67 Mustang invites you into the experience and makes every drive so much more than just going from Point A to Point B.
As you cruise around town in this automotive icon, you’ll begin to realize just how much attention you get. Unlike expensive Italian exotics that receive equal parts stares and scowls, this bright red beauty gets an unequivocally positive reaction from everyone who sees it. When you drive this Mustang, you’ll see waves, smiles, and thumbs up from nearly every man, woman, and child out there. Everyone seems to love this thing! And how could you not? The fastback styling is sleek and sexy. The bright red paint dazzles in the sunlight. The scoops and louvers draw your attention to all the right places.
Pick a sunny day, roll the windows down, and you’ll never want to stop driving it. And that’s because it drives beautifully. The ride is supple yet communicative; the rumble of the engine is both methodic and soothing. Although times have changed, the Mustang has managed to stay timeless. From the word go, this car transports you back to simpler, more carefree times. Push your foot to the floor and let the roar of the engine melt your cares away. When prodded, the Mustang’s V8 springs to life and rockets you forward like it’s on a mission. It’s truly an aural delight.
The 1967 Mustang is a one of those iconic vehicles that car guys dream about driving. Now, thanks to Morrie’s vintage rental car program, that dream can become a reality.
Guest blog post written by: Alex Bellus – a well-known automotive photographer in the Twin Cities area and a frequent attendee of MN C&C at the Automotorplex. He is an Automotive Analyst for IHS Automotive and has a wide range of automotive knowledge. Keep your eye out for his next Blog Post where he will highlight another popular Morrie’s vehicle!
It was a real treat trading in my 2000 Chevrolet Impala for a fully loaded 2014 Kia Forte for 24-hours this past weekend. I wasn’t sure what to expect but I can truly say it was a delight to drive this sporty new sedan. I enjoyed it so much; I didn’t want to return the keys.
The 2014 Kia Forte is a great fit for younger drivers looking for a safe and attractive compact sedan with all the bells and whistles for an affordable price. Features that I got to enjoy included air conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity, a USB input and power windows and locks. But you can expect to find all of those standard features on the base model in the Kia Forte. The EX model that I had the pleasure of driving also included a power sunroof, push button start, a six speaker audio system, cruise control, fog lights, remote keyless entry, power mirrors and the updated generation of the Kia UVO system.
This fully loaded Kia Forte was equipped with a 2.0-liter engine allowing the vehicle to achieve 173 horsepower and 154 lb/ft of torque, and believe me; you can feel the power in this vehicle when you’re cruising around town.
The handling on the new Forte was extremely impressive thanks to the all-new electrically assisted steering capability, which allowed me to be in complete control of the vehicle at all times. The braking and acceleration were also an upgrade for me, as the response time from action to delivery was much quicker than what I was used to in my Impala. All in all, I felt safe and in control while behind the wheel of the 2014 Forte.