Its been recognized as one of the top 10 iconic vehicles of the decade by the AutoFOCUS awards. The dynamic Ford F-150 has yet another award to once again add to its tally of accolades.
The 2017 Ford F-150 is taking home the Kelley Blue Book KBB.com “Best Buy” of the Year for trucks award, marking the third year in a row F-150 has won the honor.
The 2017 Ford F-150 – the toughest, smartest, most capable F-150 ever – introduces an updated powertrain lineup with the debut of its all-new 3.5-liter EcoBoost® and Ford-built 10-speed automatic. The powertrain provides 50 lb.-ft. more peak torque, and features improvements across all three EPA fuel economy ratings – city, highway and combined – of 1 mpg over the 2016 model.
Also new for the 2017 F-150 is the return of the STX Appearance Package bundling numerous exterior and interior features that aren’t normally available to give F-150 customers a great value truck. For comfort and convenience, BLIS®with cross-traffic alert now includes trailer coverage, while SYNC® Connect with FordPass® allows drivers to lock, unlock and locate their vehicle remotely. Customers can also schedule starts and check the fuel level remotely via the FordPass smartphone platform.
Besides it incredible towing attributes, impressive content and technology and drive quality, the Ford F-150 is simply fun to drive. That adds up to a consistently recognized vehicle that continues to get better each year.
With the Honda Odyssey, its what’s inside that counts
Versatility, comfort, and interior space are top priorities for minivan shoppers. I should know, I’m one of them. The 2016 Honda Odyssey is at the top of the minivan heap food chain. Its design flair and driving joy puts it ahead of most other three-row competitors. With 248 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque from a 3.5-liter V-6, and a 6-speed automatic transmission, this front-wheel-drive minivan delivers strong passing, even with a full load. Odyssey manages to combine ride comfort and handling prowess better than most family-haulers.
Inside, the Odyssey is quiet and refined. Active noise cancellation and active engine mounts both eliminate vibrations from excess road noise. An available split second row allows for the two outboard seats to be moved toward the doors for adults sitting side-by-side. The second and third row can also adjust for comfort and access. There are five official LATCH connections,so you get a lot more flexibility in where child safety seats can be placed. There’s also a 650-watt sound system with hard-disk storage, the ultra-wide-screen system, theater surround sound, and a standout 16.2-inch wide-screen entertainment system, which can even split the screen in half to display two separate inputs (including HDMI).
Whether you’re a parent like me, a regular carpool driver, or a grandparent with family-hauling duties, the Odyssey can handle your needs. With both the second and third rows folded, there’s cargo floor enough for just about anything. I found that the media drawer with damped motion, a cooler compartment is so handy.
The IIHS calls it a Top Safety Pick, and the Odyssey has all the safety-feature bases covered. The base Odyssey LX includes Bluetooth hands-free calling, Honda’s intelligent Multi-Information Display, and an 8.0-inch screen, in addition to a USB audio port and 2 GB of audio storage and a USB audio port; but many of the most desirable features remain the exclusive domain of the Touring and Touring Elite models. Not only is the Odyssey safe in an accident, but also both its handling and visibility are excellent, which can both aid in accident avoidance.
Although the Odyssey isn’t tuned for performance driving, its variable-displacement power-steering system has great weighting and even a little road feedback, and it’s far better than the electric power steering systems that Honda has installed in its smaller CR-V and Civic models
The 2016 Honda Odyssey is offered in LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, and Touring Elite trims. Many of the most desirable features remain the exclusive domain of the Touring and Touring Elite models. All Odyssey models offer standard Bluetooth as well as a rearview camera, while the LaneWatch sideview camera—which shows a camera view along the right side of the car when the right turn signal is activated—comes on all but the base LX model.
At the very top of the lineup, Touring Elite models add to a blind-spot monitor, a 650-watt sound system with hard-disk storage, theater surround sound, and HID headlights. Those in the back for long car rides will appreciate the 16.2-inch wide-screen entertainment system, which can show one source or split the screen in half to display two separate inputs (including HDMI). The top model also gets HondaLink, which allows owners to use a smartphone app to access Aha internet-based entertainment, or hear Facebook and Twitter updates via text-to-speech.
The HondaVAC system, that’s available only on the Touring Elite, was co-developed with Shop-Vac. This powerful integrated vacuum cleaner is located on the left side of the cargo compartment, with accessories and nozzles included. It’s hard-wired to the vehicle’s electrical system, so it never needs to be charged or plugged in.
EX-L trims and above include advanced safety features, including active lane-departure and forward-collision warning systems. A power tailgate is also included at this level and beyond. Heated leather seats, a cooling box, power moonroof, and a utility tray are among the additions, and the EX-L models equipped with navigation include 15 GB of hard-drive space. The navigation system has an especially clear, intuitive display, and we like the controls better than the systems in some of Honda’s other models; it has a built-in Zagat guide, a huge point-of-interest database, a high-contrast VGA display, and free FM-based traffic information.
The Odyssey achieves ratings of 19 mpg city, 28 highway, 22 combined—which rank high among its competitors including the Toyota Sienna and Kia Sedona, but slightly lower than the Nissan Quest’s 23 combined rating.
Sure, its pricey and you can expect alot of ROI – esp[ecially is your up for a dynamic, spacious, comfortable multi-pusporse minivan, this mighht be worth a look.