It’s the New Taurus MT-5!

2016 Ford Focus SE

There will be a more in depth post to come, but for now, welcome to the fleet, Mr. 2016 Ford Focus SE. Yes, I am a sucker for a deep red clearcoat Ford.  Yes, I still love my ’88 Festiva and ;06 Mustang. Yes, I also support orphan cars – this 1.0L EcoBoost Focus (2016 only). See: Fiat 500L. See also: 1971 VW 411, 1973 Plymouth Fury, 1973 Honda CB350 – Four, 1979 Futura, 1990 Suzuki Swift (remember those?!), 1993 Geo. 2008 Scion.

I get it from my dad. He always wanted a 1980s Maxima wagon with a stick. And a Taurus MT-5. No one remembers MT was a nod to Motor Trend for being named car of the year. POS orphan car with a big 4 and a stick, so of course.

Likewise this car – no one makes performance mods for this specific model: a classy car with a Geo Metro motor on speed. No worries. I am content (for now) with it not sticking out.

2016 Ford Focus SE-1-3
Faster than the 1988 Festiva, with similar mileage. Way more responsible than the 2006 Mustang. #SuckerForARedFord

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If I Were Human…

2014 Fiat 500L Trekking
Live long and prosper – somewhere else.

“…I would say, ‘Go to Hell.’ If I were human.” – Commander Spock

This is Leonard. Much like Mr. Nimoy, Leonard has moved on. Not like my old Festiva, ripped away from me. More like the star-crossed, brake-eating Flex. Or the Jeep. Buh-bye.

This too was star-crossed. The numbers were right, when I needed to get rid of the Flex, it’s running expenses, looming repairs, and checkered history.

The Mileage was right in both senses. It started with just 40 on the clock. That meant the 51K  mIles I put on it were almost entirely under warranty. (More on that in a minute.) The miles per gallon, on average, was 35-50% better (27, spirited, vs. 18 driving normal or 20 as a wannabe hypermiler).

I loved the styling of the “Trekking” model. What a difference a fascia and a real color make. See for yourself.

It came loaded with swag: alloys, Beats audio, nav, two-panel moon roof (and the usual windows, locks, cruise). All for $16K (because they couldn’t sell it as new).

It was the master of long-distance road trips, swallowing the 12 hours between my kid’s home and school without a sweat, even over the Rocky Mountains. And all those windows to soak up all the scenery.

Chicks dug it.

On the other hand…

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Best Mustang Ever?

2015 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350
2015 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350

As much as I love, love, love a 1969 Boss 429 or a 1970 Boss 302, this car is Boss-er. And similarly rare.

This particular one was on  display at the 2016 Windgate Festival of Speed, an annual charity show in Scottsdale.