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Review: 2012 Ford F-150 XLT

2012 Ford F-150 XLT Front 2While the 2013 F-150s have been on sale for a few months now, there are many leftover 2012s, and some used ones are hitting the dealership lots as well.  A couple of months ago, my own F-150 was involved in an accident (no fault of my own), which gave me the opportunity to drive a rented 2012 Ford F-150 XLT for 11 days while my truck was being repaired.  The rental experience included some quality time with Ford’s relatively new 5.0-liter V8, code-named Coyote.  The V8 gives the F-150 a very different personality from my own truck, which is equipped with Ford’s EcoBoost twin-turbocharged V6.  Read on for more details and my review.

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Ford Announces Changes for 2013 F-150

While Ford revamped the engine lineup for its F-150 in the 2011 model year, they focused on the truck’s hardware for 2012, including an All-Wheel Drive (AWD) option for its more luxury-oriented trim levels as well as 36 gallon fuel tanks for EcoBoost-equipped trucks.  For 2013, the venerable F-150 is getting some styling and technology updates, before a complete redesign is expected to show up for the 2015 model year.  Continue reading for a slew of pictures, details and my impressions.

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Video: Ferrari FF Plays in the Snow

Last week, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, forecasting another 6 weeks of winter for us in the continental US.  I don’t normally post about any Ferrari-related, but I’m giving an exception to this video.  Click past the jump for a primer on the Ferrari FF and a 2-minute, 46-second video of it being handily driven around a prepared snow track.

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Super Bowl XLVI Ads: Chevy Silverado Takes on the Apocalypse

GM is breaking out the big guns for this year’s Super Bowl, with an ad directly aimed at the Ford F-150.  The ad claims that the Chevrolet Silverado is the “… most dependable and longest lasting full size truck on the road…” and that if you drive an F-150, you won’t survive for the post-apocalyptic world.  This brought to mind another video I’ve seen on YouTube, wherein a Ford F-150 drives away after being involved in a dealership fire.  Click past the jump for Chevrolet’s ad and the F-150 video I found.

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Super Bowl XLVI Ads: Matthew Broderick and His Honda CR-V

It’s the last week before Super Bowl XLVI, and while the Patriots and Giants are readying themselves in Indianapolis, automotive manufacturers are leaking their upcoming ads via YouTube.  So, all this week, Road Reality will feature those ads, and of course anything else that I’d regularly report on.  Click past the jump for Honda’s CR-V commercial, starring Matthew Broderick, reprising his role as Ferris Bueller.

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The 2011 Ford Explorer … in the snow! (w/Video!)

It’s winter time in the United States, and for a great number of us, that means snow!  While the white stuff is pretty look at, it wreaks havoc with our road system.  Further, many drivers simply don’t know how to adjust their driving habits for foul weather, and end up playing bumper cars.  Click past the jump to see how well the 2011 Ford Explorer helps its driver stay on course.

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