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Ford Performance introduces new leveling kits for F-150 and Ranger

Ford is giving the Ranger and F-150 available off-road leveling kits.

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    Going off the beaten path is about to get more comfortable for Ranger and F-150 owners thanks to new Ford Performance off-road leveling suspension kits.

    "Truck customers are asking for options for increased capability and customization, and the new leveling suspension kits for Ranger and F-150 deliver on that need," said Eric Cin, global director, Ford Vehicle Personalization and Accessories.

    Most Ford trucks are purchased with four-wheel drive. The new kits add increased ground clearance, improved off-road performance, and parts that are covered by a factory warranty and does not void your current vehicle warranty upon installation.

    2019 Ford Ranger & 2019 Ford F-150

    2019 Ford Ranger and 2019 Ford F-150 off-road leveling kit

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    Ford is selling new Ford Performance off-road leveling suspension kits for the Ranger and F-150.

    Each kit includes:

    • New aluminum FOX shock bodies are designed to provide ample cooling capacity over rough terrain
    • New front coilover springs deliver optimal spring rate
    • Vehicle-specific upper front mounts with polyurethane bushings work to help isolate noise and vibration
    • 2-inch front lift levels the truck from front to rear
    The kits also improve the brake-over angle of the trucks. According to the automaker, Ranger gets an approximately 21 percent increase in approach angle and a 10 percent increase in breakover angle. F-150 has its approach angle increased by 22 percent and its breaker angle increased by 7 percent.

    Before the cost of installation, Ford is selling each kit for $1,495. Kits are designed to be installed at dealerships. Sales begin later this fall.

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    The Ascent got updated styling and fresh tech.

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    Subaru's lineup is full of useful, adventure-ready vehicles, but most are not accommodating for full-size families. The Ascent solved that issue for the automaker a few years ago, and has been a popular family option since. It got a mild update for 2023 with a facelift and new tech. The Ascent comes in five trims: Base, Premium, Onyx Edition, Limited, and Touring. It's expected to go on sale in fall 2022.

    The Subaru comes with a new front fascia design that adds a new grille and aggressive styling up front. Lower air ducts help improve aerodynamics, and in higher trims the components come with chrome trim. The SUV's C-shaped taillights got a refresh as well, and now feature a sharper shape to better match the vehicle's overall styling.

    2023 Subaru AscentThe new front fascia design is more aggressive than before. Subaru

    The Ascent's powertrain remains in place, which is a turbocharged 2.54-liter four-cylinder making 260 horsepower. It sends power to all four wheels through a continuously variable transmission that offers a simulated eight-speed manual shifting mode. Subaru's X-Mode driving mode comes standard, which alters throttle response and other vehicle behavior to maintain traction in slippery conditions. Torque vectoring, which allows the vehicle to shift torque between wheels that need it most, also comes standard.

    A new Onyx Edition trim joins the Ascent line for 2022. It brings a standard 11.6-inch touchscreen with navigation, a Harman Kardon sound system, power seats, and a panoramic sunroof. The base Ascent comes with features such as 18-inch wheels, USB inputs, tri-zone automatic climate controls, three rows of seating, and a whopping 19 cupholders. Subaru also offers an optional Cabin Connect system, which allows the driver or front passenger to communicate to people behind them through the stereo using a front-cabin-mounted microphone.

    2023 Subaru AscentThe Ascent's interior is available with great tech, such as an 11.6-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Subaru

    Subaru EyeSight safety equipment comes standard with every Ascent. The system is improved for 2023 with a wider field of vision and new software. A new wide-angle camera joins EyeSight's existing two-camera setup to provide better pedestrian and cyclist detection when approaching intersections. Blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, and lane change assist are available.

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    The 2023 Crosstrek starts at $23,645.

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    Subaru is one of the best at listening to its customers' needs, and the Crosstrek is a great example of that mindset. It's a useful vehicle with plenty of interior space and enough ground clearance to take its passengers well of the beaten path. Today, Subaru announced pricing for the 2023 Crosstrek and Crosstrek Hybrid. The duo will go on sale this summer.

    Subaru CrosstrekThe Crosstrek's cabin is adventure-ready and packed with great tech. Subaru

    The standard Crosstrek starts at $23,645 before destination and the Crosstrek Hybrid starts at $36,845. Five trims are available for the standard model, including Base, Premium, a new Special Edition, Sport, and Limited. The Hybrid comes in a single trim level. All Crosstrek variants get all-wheel drive with active torque vectoring and 8.7 inches of ground clearance.

    The Base, Premium, and Special Edition trims come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 152 horsepower. The Sport and Limited trims get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder making 182 horsepower. Most models come with a continuously variable transmission, but the Base and Premium trims come standard with a six-speed manual gearbox. The Crosstrek Hybrid comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder paired with two electric motors. The plug-in system can deliver 17 miles of electric range.

    Subaru CrosstrekThe Crosstrek delivers 8.7 inches of ground clearance.Subaru

    True to Subaru form, the Crosstrek comes with a full suite of advanced driver aids, including automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, lane departure alerts, adaptive cruise, and more. These features are only available for CVT-equipped models. The Limited trim and the Crosstrek Hybrid add automatic high beams, reverse automatic braking, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alerts.

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