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2012 Ford Edge SEL Review

I am very into cars and I love every opportunity I get to review a new car.  Recently I got an opportunity to review the 2012 Ford Edge and I am very happy that I did.  I want to start by saying I love Ford.  We have owned a Ford since 2005 which Melinda drives and we have had no problems with it what so ever.

The 2012 Ford Edge that we got to review came loaded and there is nothing better than a car that has everything you would want like leather seats, satellite radio, GPS and the list goes on and one.  I was very happy and impressed with the pickup of the Edge and it also had very nice acceleration due to the 2.0L I-4 EcoBoost engine with 6-speed automatic transmission. The 18″ Painted Aluminum Wheels provided a very smooth and comfortable ride which was a really nice change from my car which doesn’t provide the smoothest of rides.

Once I sat inside the Ford Edge I realized just how awesome this vehicle was.  At first it was a bit overwhelming due to all of the controls but most new cars seem to be until you learn all of its features which didn’t take me very long.  The first things I looked for were satellite radio, GPS and backup camera which the Edge had.  It also came with leather seats, Ford SYNC services, ambient lighting a ton of other features that would take way too long to list in this post.  I also loved how spacious the Edge was.  Being a family of five we need a vehicle that is big enough to hold all five of us as well as our gear.

Here are a few of my favorite features that I enjoyed:

  • Rearview Camera
  • SYNC® with MyFord Touch
  • Ambient Lighting
  • Dual-zone Electronic Automatic Temperature Controls (DEATC)
  • SIRIUS® Satellite Radio
  • Voice-Activated Navigation System

Above are just a few of the things that I really enjoyed.  For a full list of options that are available on the Ford Edge click HERE.

We got to keep the Edge for a week and I will admit it wasn’t long enough for me.  It was such a treat and it really made my commute to work a lot more bearable.  The one thing I was a little bummed about was the gas mileage because I didn’t get as much as I would have liked but that may have been because I pushed the accelerator a little too hard at times, LOL.

Overall I must say that I was thrilled to drive the 2012 Ford Edge and I could see myself buying this vehicle if I had a couple of extra bucks laying around the house.

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Everything Has a Place in the New Ford Escape

I remember when car companies thought lighted mirrors were an attraction for women.  When I bought my Ford Taurus many years ago the salesman pointed out safety and comfort features to Rob and pointed out the DUAL visor mirrors to me as if I’d be impressed.  Today the clever cargo features offered in the new Ford Escape can be appreciated by moms and dads alike.

I’m the kind of mom that transports a first aid kit, blankets, games, reusable bags and more in the car for the just in case moment.  Having 3 kids can make one realize the surprises that may creep up on you.  The new Ford Escape offers little features with big impact for families on the go.  Personally I love the umbrella spot.  There is nothing worse than having a wet handbag or shoes because your wet umbrella doesn’t have it’s own space.  A Handsfree Liftgate is awesome too. While the liftgate isn’t hard to open on my Ford Freestar there are always those time when getting the keyfob out proves difficult because of a sleeping child, hands full of bags or purse left in front seat.

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Unique storage spots include:

  • Overhead visors with ticket holders for parking or toll tickets
  • Hidden storage bin under the 2nd row floor
  • Small umbrella holders on both the driver and passenger seat trim panels
  • A card holder below and a stowage bin above the center of the instrument panel
  • Center console space to hold a 1-liter bottle, MP3 player or  CDs
  • Eight cupholders overall – four in the front and rear doors, two in the front center console and two in the optional folding 2nd row armrest
  • Rear cargo management system
  • Convenient USB ports in the center console and 110-volt inverter located at the back of the floor console for easy plug-in of laptops, cell phone chargers or other electronics

Check out what the Ford Escape has to offer for your family.

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Box Tops for Education and Ford Partnership

This past summer I spent some time learning all about the Box Tops for Education® (BTFE) program at Box Tops University and how easily schools can earn extra cash to fill the budget gaps. Since 1996 schools across America have earned more than $400 million for things like new textbooks, playground and gym equipment and class trips. This was done by students and their families and friends clipping little BTFE coupons from some of our favorite brands like General Mills, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury and Avery.

On October 3, 2011, Ford announced they were partnering with General Mills to provide even MORE earning opportunities for the BTFE Program. Jim Farley, Group Vice President, Ford Global Marketing and Sales and Services shares his thoughts, “We are delighted to be the first automotive company to partner with General Mills on Box Tops for Education because it provides us a unique way to reach and help students across the whole country”. This is the first partnership of its kind and teaming together can only be a benefit for the schools involved.

By purchasing a Ford vehicle, ordering a brochure or watching a product video, consumers will be able to raise money for schools of their choice. During the two-month “Ford Drives Box Tops” Sweepstakes, Ford will provide sweepstakes winners with eBoxTops, which will be automatically credited to the school of their choice. Five 10,000 Box Top prizes worth $1,000 and one 200,000 Box Tops prize worth $20,000 will be given to the BTFE-eligible school of the winner’s choice at the end of the Sweepstakes. Schools can use the money in any way they choose.

Ford estimates it will provide more than $1 million dollars to schools during the two-month program through box top redemptions. This partnership will offer the necessary additional funding schools are lacking to provide quality education and activities to students around the US.

Learn more about the program and get your school involved in the “Ford Drives Box Tops” Sweepstakes.

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This Car Looks Good In Our Driveway

A little while back Melinda and I had a chance to drive the Ford Flex Titanium while heading to Reviewers Retreat 2011 in the Poconos. First reason I was excited was because we currently own a Ford and love it and the second reason was because the Flex is awesome.

The Ford Flex comes right off the assembly line with 20 inch polished aluminum wheels which makes the cars ride smooth as could be and we didn’t feel the road at all. Another awesome feature of the Ford Flex is the 3.5L EcoBoost twin turbo charged, direct-injected V6 engine which delivers the fuel economy of a V6 with the power of a V8. Trust me when I say even though the Flex is a large car it gets up and goes and yes I tested the engine to see what it could do and I was extremely impressed.

The outside of the Ford Flex is something to look at for sure but the inside of the car is where it’s at. The Ford Flex Titanium comes with voice activated navigation system, SYNC in car connectivity system, Sony audio system, ambient lighting, rear view camera and active park assist. In addition to all of the things I mentioned the Flex we drove had dual head rest TV/DVD players which were awesome because Shaun and Shae could each watch whatever movie they wanted and didn’t have to fight over the movie that was selected. We also tested the navigation system on the way to the Poconos and it worked great and was simple to use as well as the SYNC. I like SYNC because the car’s stereo is the phone’s Bluetooth allowing you to drive safely while talking. The leather heated seats were awesome and the ambient lights inside were cool because the kids liked that is could be orange or purple or blue inside the car.

One of the biggest features for us as a family of five was the spacious interior.  It had a third row with plenty of room and all the way in the back behind the third row was a huge space for all of our luggage for a three day trip.  Shaun and Shae had a ton of room in the second row to relax with their stuffed animals and blankets and Sabreena has more then enough room in the third row.  Overall the Ford Flex was a blast to drive and we received a lot of comments on how nice it looked.  It drove and handled like a dream and had every feature plus  a lot more that you would want on the inside of your vehicle if at a ll possible.

The Ford Flex is a fast sporty vehicle that any person at any age would love to drive.

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2010 Ford Taurus Test Drive Opportunity

Last week we received the 2010 Ford Taurus SEL for review from Ford Motor Company to be Ford Bloggers. We are Ford lovers to begin with and in the past we owned a 2002 Ford Taurus but traded it in for a Ford Freestar minivan because we needed the space. We loved our Taurus but we also love our Ford minivan.
I was sad a few years ago when Ford announced they were no longer going to be producing the Taurus because I felt it was a great family car and it had a five star crash rating and to me that is the most important feature of any car. After a few years they came back with the redesigned Taurus and left me tell you they didn’t disappoint. When I can home the first day the car was delivered to my house I was wowed. It looked sharp with a very sleek and sporty look. The interior was totally redesigned with the driver in mind. When sitting in the driver’s seat I felt like I was in the cockpit of a airplane. All of the controls are within reach which makes for a very comfortable trip.

The Taurus I had for review had leather interior with duel front heated seats, cruise control, Microsoft Sync, Sirius Radio, rear backup camera and the list goes on and on. Check out my video below and our hashtag on Twitter #fordtestdrive for a firsthand look at the vehicle that we got to test drive for the week.

If you are in the market for a new vehicle that you will be excited to drive everyday check out Ford and give the Taurus a drive. You will be happy you did and you will never look back.

This is a sponsored post but the opinions and descriptions presented belong solely to LookWhatMomFound…and Dad too! Your experiences and reactions may differ from ours.

2010 Ford Taurus – Awesome Car!

Today the 2010 Blue Steel Ford Taurus we are reviewing was delivered to the house and let me tell you I was very excited.  As soon as I got home from work the first thing I wanted to do was take the car for a test drive but we needed to eat dinner first.  After dinner we hopped in the Taurus and headed to Cold Stone for some ice cream.

Today we are heading to Washington, D.C to attend the Smithsonian 44th annual Kite Festival and will get to really test drive the car.  We are really excited to see how it treats us on our trip but from I can see so far it should do just fine.

Ford’s are not new to us as we are already Ford lovers.  We own a 05 Freestar and have owned a Taurus in the past.  I would love to get rid of my 07 Chevy HHR and replace it with the Taurus I am driving right now.

We will be doing more posts about the car and our adventures we take in it.

Stay tuned.

This is a sponsored post but the opinions and descriptions presented belong solely to LookWhatMomFound…and Dad too! Your experiences and reactions may differ from ours.