For more than a century, Ford has been a driving force in the American automotive landscape and across the globe. Its life history revolves around iconic builds such as the Mustang and the all-American red-hot F-150 pick-up truck. Yet again, Ford is making history that is bound to move the automotive world; it’s abandoning production of sedans and hatchbacks and focusing on SUVs and crossovers.
The result is a string of attractive designs and mechanical tweaks that are quickly winning the hearts of automobile fans with models such as the Ford Explorer and Ford Escape. Ford has even gone back to its archives and resurrected the Ford Ranger. In case you are wondering, here are ten of the best Ford models of the decade.
10 2019 Ford Explorer
The 2019 Ford Explorer has a deceiving nature, on the surface, it borrows from some of the best SUVs on the planet, from authentic styling to ultra-unique body curves. However, a closer look at the 2019 Explorer will reveal its true nature. It's friendly, it's durable, and not all that upscale.
All its tech goodies, including an infotainment touchscreen, Wi-Fi, and driver-assist features are optional, something that’s available on all its rivals. Some of the goodies it packs include a refined V6 twin-turbo that offers a comfortable and quiet ride. The 2019 Explorer is also capable of towing up to 5,000 pounds.
9 2018 Ford Transit Connect
It’s unfortunate that Ford no longer makes minivans, and a lot of the Ford Transit fans are sad to see it go. However, the 2018 Transit Connect combines the best of both worlds in a compact package. Prospective buyers could get this unit in two variations a short or long wheelbase in a stripped-out cargo van or configurable passenger van.
The Ford Transit Connect came standard with a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine making 150hp and 144 lb-ft of torque. It also features an eight-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. The Ford transit can carry a maximum payload of 1570 pounds with a towing capacity of 2,000 pounds.
8 Ford Focus ST
For those who prize speed and agility who were not able to afford the Ford Focus RS, the Focus ST was a viable option. While it might not live up to the charm of the RS, the Ford Focus ST is a blast drive with the versatility of a four-door hatchback.
The ST comes with a gutsy 2.0L turbocharged engine making 252hp. It also comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission system. It offers exceptional power and despite its front-wheel drive setup and can do zero to 60 in 6.3 seconds.
7 2019 Ford Super Duty
There are a few terms that can describe the agility of the Ford Super Duty such as its brute power and a mammoth payload rating. The 2019 Ford Super Duty still holds these sentiments. It features modern aluminum construction and is perhaps the most you can get from a truck in the U.S.
Whether you are looking to get a luxury truck pampered for family trips, a cute picnic in the country or a stripped-down truck to run your oil wells, the 2019 Ford Super Duty is your ultimate choice. It comes standard with a 6.2L V-8 making 385 hp and 430 lb-ft of torque. There's also a 6.7L power stroke diesel variant that produces a monstrous 935 lb-ft torque with the ability to tow 32,000 pounds.
6 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500
The Ford Shelby GT 500 is the prized baby of Ford, and for one reason. It is the quickest and most powerful Mustang to blast out of Ford manufacturing plants ... ever. The GT 500 is a blend of modern sports car performance with an iconic muscle car appearance. It runs on the same track worthy chassis as the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350, but with an extra 234hp, it’s a monster on wheels, with a bad reputation on the drag strips.
The GT500 comes with a 5.2L V-8 engine making 760 hp, with the capability of doing zero to 60 in 3.5 seconds. The GT500 has a few rivals, among them the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat (797hp) and the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 (650hp).
5 2019 Ford Fiesta
It's easy to put off the Ford Fiesta due to its tiny body size, but its still a mighty fierce car. Unfortunately, the Ford Fiesta will not get a new version in North America until after 2019. The 2019 Fiesta is available in both hatchback and sedan formats. It comes with an engaging 5-speed manual transmission with a 1.6L 4-cylinder engine making 120 hp.
There an optional 6-speed automatic transmission, but it's not as fun to drive as the manual. It has responsive steering but doesn’t offer any speed setting. It can do zero to 60 in 9.1 seconds. The Fiesta makes an awesome city car; it's great on corners and urban maneuverability, and good on your pocket too.
4 2020 Ford Escape
Like most manufacturers, Ford is slowly getting rid of its hatchbacks and sedans, and the new Ford escape has been given the sole mandate to appeal to both its car and SUV buyers simultaneously, which frankly, isn’t an easy task. To achieve this vision, the 2020 Escape comes in four variants, with two hybrid versions.
The result is positive, and the Ford Escape makes quite the appealing choice in the compact SUV segment. There are several engine variants, including a 1.5L 3-cylinder engine making 181hp, a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbocharged variant making 250hp, and two hybrid variants with a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine with two plug-in electric motors.
3 2015 Ford GT350
After the 1966 running of Le Mans, Ford left its closest rival, Ferrari, to focus on muscle cars. This move paid, and drove the point home. Its long-lived rivalry reignited when the Ford GT was unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show in 2015. This car practically pushed the supercar envelope as no GT car had done in history.
Ford avoided the easy route with a V-8 or V-12 engine; instead, they picked a 3.5L Ecoboost V6 paired with twin turbos generating 650hp. It came with space-age materials to keep its weight in check while still justifying its $500,000 price tag.
2 2015 Ford Focus RS
After the 2002 Focus RS version, Ford began injecting steroids into the RS. The earlier versions were forbidden fruits in the U.S since you could get them anywhere but here, and perhaps it was because they were allergic to American roads – we might never know.
But soon enough, a model fit for the American market was produced, and it was well worth the wait. The 2015 Ford Focus RS came with a 2.3L 4-cylinder engine making 350 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. It also came with an all-wheel-drive powertrain that helps it bolt into forward motion.
1 2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
The Ford F-150 is perhaps the most popular truck in the U.S; it was so popular that Ford decided to keep it in its production for the 13th generation truck. The pioneering high-performance Raptor first came out in 2009. It was a dedicated off-roader, with a powerful V-8 engine.
The Raptor first sold with a 5.4L V-8, and in 2011, it came with a larger 6.2L V-8. This change increased its power to 411 hp and 434 lb-ft of torque. The 2011 Ford Raptor comes with 4X4 traction systems with a maximum towing capacity of 8,000lb. The 2011 version came in both extended and double cab variants.