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2020 Ford Explorer ad features adorable puppies

Ford's new commercials feature adventures you can have at home and across the world (and beyond).

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To infinity and beyond! Ford's latest Explorer ad campaign serves to remind Americans that you don't have to go to another planet to be an explorer. Some of the best adventures, it reminds us, happen a little closer to home.

In a series of three spots that are voiced by actor Bryan Cranston, the Explorer story is told through the eyes of three adventurers. "Nighttime Adventure" features the 2020 Ford Explorer ST and a marine biologist who goes from the sea to grabbing froyo with her family at a local stand that could be nearly anywhere in small town America.

The 2020 Ford Explorer ST: Nighttime Adventures | Explorer | Fordwww.youtube.com

"Hybrid Civilization" focuses on a dog carer who starts the tale atop a mountain covered in snow, in harsh weather conditions, surrounded by her huskies. When the dogs protest to the weather conditions, she loads them into her Explorer and they head downhill, with the 2020 Ford Explorer Limited Hybrid pulling a trailer, ultimately ending up at their local pet resort and spa.

The 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid: Civilization | Explorer | Fordwww.youtube.com

In a touching move, Ford has included a father retuning home from extraterrestrial adventures to tasks most fathers will recognize as being a different type of adventure like shoe shopping and making it to school in time to pick up the kids in the carpool line. "Journey Home" features the 2020 Ford Explorer Platinum.

The 2020 Ford Explorer Platinum: Journey Home | Explorer | Fordwww.youtube.com

The Ford Explorer is facing increasing competition as SUVs that are used for mundane daily driving tasks are becoming more capable off-road thanks to the prevalence of torque vectoring technology and all-wheel drive. These Explorer commercials show that the model isn't just keeping up. It's striving to stand out.

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Honda announces freshened HR-V for 2023

The new HR-V is based on the Civic.

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With the release of the all-new Civic and its performance variants, Honda's lineup grew more exciting this year. Even so, the automaker can't forget about its bread and butter models, which in the United States means SUVs. Its smallest, the HR-V, is getting an overhaul for 2023 with fresh styling and a more responsive powertrain. Honda hasn't elaborated on pricing or given out an exact release date for the HR-V, but we know the SUV is coming this summer.

2023 Honda HR-VThe new HR-V gets fresh styling and a more responsive powertrain.Honda

The 2023 HR-V gets a new grille with a longer hood and sweeping roofline. Honda notes that the new HR-V is based on the Civic, so while we don't have full powertrain and tech details for the new SUV, we can draw some inferences from that information. The new Civic comes standard with a 158-horsepower four-cylinder engine and a CVT, which would be a reasonable choice for the HR-V. As it did in the Civic, the base will likely also bring a lively driving experience and confident handling to the HR-V.

2023 Honda HR-VThe HR-V will hit the streets this summer.Honda

Honda says the HR-V features a large greenhouse with door-mounted mirrors and a low cowl for better visibility. LED headlights and tail lights are standard, and the new rear-end design features a more rounded, grown-up shape than the previous model.

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The Everglades adds off-road upgrades to the already rugged Bronco.

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The Ford Bronco remains one of the most difficult to find vehicles around, months after its release. Though it doesn't need any help generating demand for the rugged SUV, Ford just released an Everglades Special Edition model with unique features and improved off-road capability.

The Special Edition 2022 Ford Bronco® Everglades™ | Fordwww.youtube.com

The Everglades is available as a four-door model, and comes with everything in the Sasquatch package plus a snorkel, winch, and more. Ford says the snorkel runs on the passenger-side A-pillar, and features an adjustable inlet to change the direction based on conditions. The intake also allows the Bronco to ford deeper water without fear of drowning the engine. Further bolstering the SUV's aquatic abilities, both axles, the transfer case, and transmission all feature modified vents to increase fording depth. Together, the Bronco Everglades' upgrades give it a water fording depth of 36.4 inches.

Using the Bronco's modular design, the Everglades features a Ford Performance bumper with a Warn winch and modified fenders with squared wheel arches. The winch offers a 10,000-pound capacity and a 100-foot line to pull the SUV out of hairy situations, while the wheel arches are squared instead of rounded, and feature Everglades graphics.

Ford Bronco EvergladesA 12-inch touchscreen is standard.Ford

The Bronco Everglades gets a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine making 300 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. It's paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel drive, and a 67.1:1 crawl ratio. Ford says it will offer the Everglades in five colors: Model-exclusive Desert Sand, Eruption Green, Area 51, Shadow Black, and Cactus Gray.

Orders for the new Bronco Everglades open in March, but is reserved exclusively for existing reservation holders. Pricing starts at $54,495, including a $1,495 destination charge.

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