Dodge Durango

Base Price: $30,000-$44,000*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: A new Rallye appearance pack for 2013. Available with the V-6, the Rallye pack includes R/T appearance with V-6 fuel economy. R/T models are now available with heated and cooled Nappa leather seats and new safety tech. Second-row captain's chairs are available with two center consoles, including one with walk-through capability.

Cool Fact: The Durango shares its underpinnings with the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Mercedes-Benz M-Class

Sum Up: One of our favorite seven-seat crossovers.

Star Rating: ****


Dodge Durango
Base Engine 3.6L/290-hp/260-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine 5.7L/360-hp/390-lb-ft V-8
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/AWD, 5A/6A
0-60 MPH 7.3-9.0 sec
Tow/Payload 6200-7400/1300-1450 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 13-16/20-23 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags 6; rear cam: O, BMS: O


Dodge Grand Caravan

Base Price: $20,990-$30,990
Body Type: Minivan

What's New: The base Grand Caravan AVP gets a $1000 price drop. Topline Grand Caravan Crew and R/T models get Blu-Ray players with screens in the back of the driver and front-passenger headrests as a segment first. The Blu-Ray player includes HDMI inputs for video game systems and can play DVDs as well as Blu-Ray discs.

Cool Fact: A Grand Caravan R/T beat a Dodge Avenger in Autocross during our 2012 Car of the Year program.

Sum Up: The man van gets cheaper and manlier.

Star Rating: ****


Dodge Grand Caravan
Base Engine 3.6L/283-hp/260-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD, 6A
0-60 MPH 8.1 sec
Seats/Foldaway 7/2nd, 3rd row
EPA Econ City/Hwy 17/25 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O, BMS: O


Dodge Journey

Base Price: $19,990-$29,990
Body Type: SUV

What's New: Just minor changes for 2013. Dodge drops the price of the Crew by $200 and adds premium leather along with heated front seats and steering wheel. Range-topping R/T models get a $1000 price drop plus standard perforated leather seats, heated steering wheel, red interior stitching, and a performance suspension. All 2013 Journeys now have a max air conditioning climate control setting.

Best Buy: The V-6 to avoid the I-4/4A combo.

Sum Up: Low on price, high on content.

Star Rating: ****


Dodge Journey
Base Engine 2.4L/173-hp/166-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine 3.6L/283-hp/260-lb-ft V-6
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD, 4A/6A
0-60 MPH 7.5-9.0 sec*
Tow/Payload 1000-2500/1200-1600 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 16-19/24-26 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O, BMS: N/A
* Estimated


Ford C-Max/C-Max Energi

Base Price: $25,995-$33,745
Body Type: Minivan

What's New: The C-Max Hybrid and its plug-in hybrid variant, the C-Max Energi, are new to the U.S. Already available in Europe with conventional powertrains, these hybrid mini-minivans are Ford's attempt to steal some of the Prius' thunder. Ford expects the C-Max Hybrid to net 47 mpg in the city and the C-Max Energi to net 95 mpg-e combined with a 550-mile highway range.

Cool Fact: C-Max Energi can travel 20 miles purely on electricity.

Sum Up: Gunning for the Prius V.

Star Rating: (not rated)


Ford C-Max/C-Max Energi
Base Engine 2.0L I-4 + elec, 188 hp*
Opt Engine 188-hp elec + 2.0L I-4*
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD, CVT
0-60 MPH 9.0-10.0 sec*
Seats/Foldaway 5/2nd row
EPA Econ City/Hwy 47/47 mpg, 95 mpg-e combined*
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles*
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O, BMS: O*
* Estimated


Ford Edge

Base Price: $28,350-$37,935
Body Type: SUV

What's New: The Edge gained the 2.0L EcoBoost I-4 last year, so not much changes for 2013. All-wheel drive is added to base SE models, and the 6A transmission is now available with a sport mode. The Edge SEL gets unique leather and Alcantara seats, a body-color grille, and exclusive 20-inch wheels. The 305-hp Edge Sport is unchanged.

Best Buy: If fuel economy is your priority, the Edge EcoBoost gets 21 mpg city/30 mpg highway.

Sum Up: Ford's larger-than-life crossover stays the course.

Star Rating: ***1/2


Ford Edge
Base Engine 3.5L/285-hp/253-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine 2.0L/240-hp/270-lb-ft turbo I-4; 3.7L/305-hp/280-lb-ft V-6
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A
0-60 MPH 7.1-8.5 sec*
Tow/Payload 2000-3500/900 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 17-21/23-30 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O, BMS: O
* Estimated


Ford Escape

Base Price: $23,295-$31,195
Body Type: SUV

What's New: The 2013 Ford Escape is all-new and features attractive styling, two new engines, and many new tech features. Highlights include two new turbocharged EcoBoost I-4s: a 1.6L unit and a 2.0L mill. The Escape also gets MyFord Touch and Sync, as well as industry-first features like an optional tailgate that opens with a kick of the foot.

Best Buy: The 1.6L EcoBoost-equipped Escape is our favorite compact crossover.

Sum Up: The new segment leader.

Star Rating: ****


Ford Escape
Base Engine 2.5L/168-hp/170-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine 1.6L/178-hp/184-lb-ft turbo I-4; 2.0L/240-hp/270-lb-ft turbo I-4
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A
0-60 MPH 6.8-9.5 sec*
Tow/Payload 1500-3500/N/A
EPA Econ City/Hwy 21-23/28-33 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O, BMS: O
* Estimated


Ford Expedition/EL

Base Price: $38,595-$50,425
Body Type: SUV

What's New: Limited and King Ranch models get 20-inch chrome wheels and offer a dual headrest-mounted rear-seat DVD system. King Ranch models get a chrome roof rack and side mirrors standard. An integrated trailer brake controller is now included in the Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow Package. There are three new colors.

Look For: An updated Expedition with EcoBoost power in the coming years.

Sum Up: Dinosaurs aren't extinct...yet.

Star Rating: *1/2


Ford Expedition/EL
Base Engine 5.4L/310-hp/365-lb-ft V-8
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/4WD, 6A
0-60 MPH 8.1-8.7 sec
Tow/Payload 8700-9200/1550-1650 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 13-14/18-20 mpg (EL: N/A)
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O, BMS: N/A


Ford Explorer

Base Price: $29,695-$41,545
Body Type: SUV

What's New: Ford is expanding the lineup for 2013 with the new Explorer Sport, which gets the automaker's 3.5L EcoBoost twin-turbo V-6. Other Sport upgrades include a stiffer chassis, sport-tuned steering, unique 20-inch wheels, and a unique blackout grille. All 2013 Explorers get the latest version of Ford's Sync with MyFord Touch infotainment system.

Cool Fact: The California Highway Patrol has selected the Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility as its next cruiser.

Sum Up: Big on the outside, small on the inside.

Star Rating: **1/2


Ford Explorer
Base Engine 3.5L/290-hp/255-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine 2.0L/240-hp/270-lb-ft turbo I-4; 3.5L/350-hp/350-lb-ft twin-turbo V-6*
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A
0-60 MPH 6.0-9.2 sec*
Tow/Payload 2000-5000/N/A lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 17-20/23-28 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O, BMS: O
* Estimated


Ford E-Series

Base Price: $30,000-$44,000*
Body Type: Full-size Van

What's New: No major changes for 2013 model year. All-new 2014 T-Series vans based on European Transit due later in calendar year 2013. Ford's Sync system was added in 2010, and Ford Work Solutions was first offered in 2009.

Cool Fact: Ford plans on briefly selling the E-Series side-by-side with the new Transit, giving its customers a choice in full-size vans.

Sum Up: The curtain is starting to come down on this staple of Ford's lineup for more than 50 years. America, get ready for the new, more efficient, more versatile Transit.

Star Rating: **


Ford E-Series
Base Engine 4.6L/225-hp/286-lb-ft V-8
Opt Engines 5.4L/255-hp/350-lb-ft V-8, 6.8L/305-hp/420-lb-ft V-10
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD, 4A/5A
0-60 MPH 10.0-11.0 sec (est)
Tow/Payload 5600-10,000/2820-3920 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 12-13/16-17 mpg 
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags 2; rear cam: O, BMS: O


Ford F-150

Base Price: $24,500-$50,000*
Body Type: Pickup

What's New: A new grille on most models, Sync with MyFord Touch, and available HID headlights. Ford adds the new upmarket Limited trim level this year: unique 22-inch wheels, box-side lettering, full-grain leather, and high-quality trim pieces. Besides HIDs and Sync, the SVT Raptor gets optional beadlock-capable wheels and a desert camouflage color.

Cool Fact: The take rate on the 3.5L twin-turbo EcoBoost V-6 is more than 40 percent.

Sum Up: 2012 Motor Trend Truck of the Year gets updated.

Star Rating: ****1/2


Ford F-150
Base Engine 3.7L/302-hp/278-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine 3.5L/365-hp/420-lb-ft twin-turbo V-6; 5.0L/360-hp/380-lb-ft V-8; 6.2L/411-hp/434-lb-ft V-8
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/4WD, 6A
0-60 MPH 6.2-7.4 sec
Tow/Payload 5500-11,300/920-3120 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 11-17/16-23 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O, BMS: N/A


Ford Flex

Base Price: $31,710-$45,155
Body Type: SUV

What's New: The refreshed Flex gets a distinctive new nose that updates the old boxy design, plus new headlights and dual chrome exhaust tips. Inside, the 2013 Flex gets the newest version of MyFord Touch, and new seats, steering wheel, and instrument panel. Though engines are mostly unchanged, the Flex's 6A now has select-shift capability.

Driver's Choice: Despite its price, the 365-hp twin-turbo Flex Limited EcoBoost is hard to turn down.

Sum Up: Why buy a minivan?

Star Rating: ***1/2


Ford Flex
Base Engine 3.5L/287-hp/254-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine 3.5L/365-hp/350-lb-ft twin-turbo V-6
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A
0-60 MPH 5.9-8.3 sec*
Tow/Payload 4500/N/A lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 16-18/23-25 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O, BMS: O
* Estimated


Ford Super Duty

Base Price: $30,000-$65,000*
Body Type: Pickup

What's New: Ford's Super Duty pickup lineup gets a minor update for 2013 in the form of the new Platinum trim level. The luxury variant includes a satin chrome grille and chrome trim throughout the exterior. Inside, the Platinum gets premium leather and real wood trim. A new truck-specific version of Sync with MyFord Touch also becomes available.

Cool Fact: A lightly modified diesel F-250 topped out at 182 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats.

Sum Up: Blue-collar truck gets a little luxury.

Star Rating: ***1/2


Ford Super Duty
Base Engine 6.2L/385-hp/405-lb-ft V-8
Opt Engine 6.7L/400-hp/800-lb-ft t-diesel V-8
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/4WD, 6A
0-60 MPH 8.3-9.2 sec
Tow/Payload 12,000-24,700/3000-7200 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy Not Rated
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O, BMS: N/A


Ford Transit Connect

Base Price: $23,200-$24,825
Body Type: Van

What's New: The Ford Transit Connect Electric is no longer available. The sole powerplant is the 2.0L I-4, which runs on gasoline but can be converted to use Compressed Natural/Liquefied Petroleum Gas. Otherwise, the Transit Connect, available as a traditional van or as a "wagon" with seating for five passengers and their luggage, remains unchanged.

Look For: A stylish new Transit Connect with a modern transmission and EcoBoost engines in the next few years.

Sum Up: In a class of one until the Nissan NV200 debuts.

Star Rating: ***


Ford Transit Connect
Base Engine 2.0L/136-hp/128-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD, 4A
0-60 MPH 12.3 sec
Seats/Foldaway 2-5/2nd row
EPA Econ City/Hwy 21-22/27 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 4; rear cam: O, BMS: N/A