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    New Car Selection

    My company is allowing me to trade my old '09 fleet vehicle in for one of the following below, and was wondering if anybody had some helpful comments.

    I'm inclined to go for the 3.5L selections just because of the need of extra Hp while running the AC here in Houston.....

    2013 Vehicle Selections Ford Fusion SE 4 door FWD Sedan - Engine 1.6L Ecoboost
    Ford Taurus SE 4 door FWD Sedan - Engine 3.5L V6 Duratec
    Ford Taurus SEL 4 door FWD Sedan - Engine 3.5L V6 Duratec
    Ford Escape SE 4 door FWD SUV - Engine 1.6L Ecoboost I-4 DOHC
    Ford Escape SEL 4 door FWD SUV - Engine 1.6L Ecoboost I-4 DOHC


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    Re: New Car Selection

    got an 07 5-speed fusion se

    love it and get great milage... not sure what you're looking for, but I don't see how you can go wrong with any of those choices




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    Re: New Car Selection

    Having lived in Houston many years with a 17 mi commute one way on north beltway, I'd suggest something with as much sheetmetal armor as possible and the ability to accelerate to 80 in 2 seconds. Turn signals optional. Get the Sirius/XM radio option for when you're crawling home for an hour and a half.



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    Re: New Car Selection

    If you want to sit up higher get the Escape, guessing the other two would be a smoother ride.



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    Re: New Car Selection

    Quote Originally Posted by Bamacyclone View Post
    Having lived in Houston many years with a 17 mi commute one way on north beltway, I'd suggest something with as much sheetmetal armor as possible and the ability to accelerate to 80 in 2 seconds. Turn signals optional. Get the Sirius/XM radio option for when you're crawling home for an hour and a half.
    Yup. I'd say go with the SUV with the 3.5L. I'm assuming you have a job where you interact with clients (i.e. lunches, etc) just based on your company providing your vehicle. SUV gives a little more room for hauling stuff and people around if that's what you indeed do.

    And as noted above, you need the 3.5 down here so you don't get run over getting on the interstates with the A/C on.

    EDIT: OK, just reread the OP and there's not a 3.5L SUV. So pick on of the vehicles with the 3.5L.


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    Re: New Car Selection

    I'll admit I'm a car junkie. You can read a review on the '13 Fusion at Motor Trend where they compare it to other midsized cars. Finished 3rd and was the best domestic of the bunch (Accord and PAssat finished ahead). Gorgeous looking car. Taurus is a great looking car with lots of room inside and a huge trunk. Drove one while my car was in the body shop and absolutely loved it. Obviously go for the higher trim level (SEL). You can check trim differences at 2013 Ford Taurus Sedan | Innovation That Never Stops | Ford.com
    I love the new Escape but it has been recalled a couple of times already. It and the Fusion are brand new models so you don't know what you are going to run into with no established track record. The Taurus has had its midlife refresh and is more refined at this point.
    2013 Ford Taurus Review: Car Reviews
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    Re: New Car Selection

    3.5L Taurus SEL. Escape and Fusion doesn't offer the 3.5L and I wouldn't get the Fusion when a Taurus is an option.

    I love the new Escape but it has been recalled a couple of times already. It and the Fusion are brand new models so you don't know what you are going to run into with no established track record.
    This is something I always consider too. Wait until a few years into the new designs to monitor reliability. Nothing worse than having to drop your vehicle off for repairs.


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    Re: New Car Selection

    Impressed by the new look of the '13 Fusion. Also, have a 2010 Fusion and it drives flawlessly.

    Keep in mind, 4 cyl these days aren't the 4 cyl of old. These new ones pack a decent amount of punch... and still get great gas mileage.


    Taurus is a sexy car too. Brother in law and Father in law both have the new design and love them.

    Have a '12 Escape here at work. It's a nice vehicle too.



    Taking them all into consideration, you can't really go wrong with any of the options you listed. Do you want power or economy? What's your favorite? Those are the only two questions you really need to answer.


    Ford is really pumping out some nice vehicles right now. Been a lifer GM owner up until this latest vehicle and I can't complain.


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    I would go with the Taurus. The new ones remind me of a Lincoln. Definitely not the same Taurus we grew up with


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    Quote Originally Posted by MNCYWX View Post
    Impressed by the new look of the '13 Fusion. Also, have a 2010 Fusion and it drives flawlessly.

    Keep in mind, 4 cyl these days aren't the 4 cyl of old. These new ones pack a decent amount of punch... and still get great gas mileage.


    Taurus is a sexy car too. Brother in law and Father in law both have the new design and love them.

    Have a '12 Escape here at work. It's a nice vehicle too.



    Taking them all into consideration, you can't really go wrong with any of the options you listed. Do you want power or economy? What's your favorite? Those are the only two questions you really need to answer.


    Ford is really pumping out some nice vehicles right now. Been a lifer GM owner up until this latest vehicle and I can't complain.
    Agreed have a brand new Equinox that is 4 cylinder and it has more than enough power.



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    If your going to buy a Fusion, get the 2013. If you get a Taurus or Escape, get used since their resale sucks donkey.

    I nw see that someone else is paying. I'd probably get the Taurus sel.



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    Check the price of a one or two year old Taurus and Escape and you will see you are way off on this comment. The resales of each are very good.




    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    If your going to buy a Fusion, get the 2013. If you get a Taurus or Escape, get used since their resale sucks donkey.

    I nw see that someone else is paying. I'd probably get the Taurus sel.



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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveMouw View Post
    Check the price of a one or two year old Taurus and Escape and you will see you are way off on this comment. The resales of each are very good.

    Your right, it has been better with the latest Taurus. Escape is about mid pack. Better but were not talking about Honda resale here. You're still going to lose over 65% of the value in 5 years.



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    Re: New Car Selection

    Thanks for all the helpful comments. I really would like to go for a Cross-over, but if I can't get it in more than a 1.6L, I feel I'm gonna be disappointed. Running the AC a lot in Houston, plus carrying 1-2 passengers seems like it would overwhelm the smaller engine.


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