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2018 Ford Mustang, F-150 Will Feature Night-Vision Pedestrian Detection System

The 2018 Ford Mustang and 2018 Ford F-150 pickup will be available with a new pedestrian detection system that includes night-vision capability.

Ford already offers forward collision warning with automatic braking and pedestrian detection on some models, but this will be the first time night vision is included.

The system uses bumper-mounted radar and a camera in the windshield to collect information and compare it to a database of common pedestrian shapes. If the processor determines that a collision with a pedestrian could occur, it first alerts the driver with sound and visual signals. If the drivers fails to respond, the system then automatically applies the brakes.

Ford says the camera is able to capture 30 snapshots every second and the processor can distinguish pedestrians from such objects as trees and road signs, even when the road is illuminated only by the vehicle's headlights.

"We know some drivers find hitting the road at night a stressful experience. Especially driving in towns and cities, pedestrians — sometimes distracted by mobile phones — can without warning step into the road, leaving even alert drivers very little time to avoid an accident," said Gregor Allexi, active safety engineer for Ford of Europe, in a statement. "Day and night, Pedestrian Detection is designed to help identify people already in — or about to step into — the road ahead."

While developing the new system, Ford engineers conducted testing at night using life-sized dummies, first on test tracks and then on public roads in busy European cities, including Paris and Amsterdam. The system will be introduced on the new 2018 Ford Fiesta in Europe before it becomes available in North America this fall on the 2018 Mustang and F-150.

To find some other vehicles equipped with forward collision warning and pedestrian detection with automatic braking, along with other advanced safety features, check out the Edmunds lists of the safest sedans of 2017 and safest SUVs of 2017.

Ford Mustang Review

About as popular a household automotive name as you'll find, the Ford Mustang is the longest surviving of the affordable breed of classic American muscle cars. Always available as a coupe and, in many years, a convertible and 2+2 fastback as well since its mid-1964 introduction, the Ford Mustang is the only one of the original pony cars to enjoy an uninterrupted production run. It hasn't been easy either as oil crises, tightening emissions standards and corporate budget cuts have put the Mustang's future in doubt on more than one occasion. Ultimately, its iconic status within the Ford lineup and popularity with consumers have seen it through.

Of course, any car enthusiast worth his 10W-40 would love to have a classic Mustang in the garage. But even more recent vintages have plenty of appeal, and the latest Mustangs offer all the style and performance any car buff could want. The current-generation Ford Mustang in particular is easily the best ever from the standpoints of performance, refinement, features and day-to-day livability. It pairs the classic name with modern engines, suspension, comfort and technology.

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The Ford Mustang is a comfortable, well-appointed coupe or convertible with a range of powerful engines that offers a lot of fun-per-dollar. While the engines might be the stars, it's worth noting that the Mustang is also an easy car to live with and offers all the modern technology buyers expect, making it a very appealing package. Fully loaded, the Mustang can give European luxury two-doors a run for their money.

The Mustang is available in V6, EcoBoost, EcoBoost Premium, GT, and GT Premium trims — each a step up in performance and interior trim. The base V6 trim receives a 3.7-liter V6, making 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Few upgrades, either performance or interior, are available for the V6. Moving up to the EcoBoost equips the car with a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder that produces 310 hp and 320 pound-feet of torque while returning an EPA-estimated 23 or 24 mpg combined (depending on transmission). Finally, the GT's roaring 5.0-liter V8 packs 435 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. All engines are available with a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic with paddle shifters, and all trims are rear-wheel-drive only. The EcoBoost and GT can be had in Premium trim, which adds luxuries such as leather, the Sync 3 infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen, adaptive cruise control and ventilated seats. Both also have optional performance packs that add performance-oriented tech such as upgraded brakes and differentials.

We definitely like the Mustang's performance, and its interior has a classy vibe to it. The standard 4.2-inch central display isn't very appealing and offers more limited functionality, so we definitely recommend the Sync 3 upgrade. The V8 promises a lot of fun for the money, but the EcoBoost four-cylinder engine is a strong performer and makes for a lighter, and therefore better-handling, car. Neither is a bad choice. There's not much of an argument to be made for the V6 anymore, especially since opting for that engine limits other upgrades.

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Introduced for 2015, the current-generation Ford Mustang marked the model's 50th anniversary with a complete redesign. In addition to the expected V6 and V8 engines, the available turbocharged four-cylinder engine debuted. This new generation received the Mustang's best interior yet, with improved materials and quality as well as Ford's latest technology. Notably, it's also the first Mustang giving all models an independent rear suspension. There haven't been any major changes for this generation Mustang, although the '15 car had the older and generally unloved MyFord Touch infotainment system rather than the newer (and superior) Sync 3 system.

The 10th-generation Mustang was produced from 2010 through 2014. Although still heavily related to the previous generation, this version had more modern styling, a higher-quality cabin, improved handling, standard stability control and new features such as Sync, an available glass roof and a rearview camera. There was a choice of V6 or V8 power and four corresponding trim levels: V6, V6 Premium, GT and GT Premium. A Boss 302 and limited-edition Boss 302 Laguna Seca were also offered within this run.

Initially, the powertrains were essentially carried over. As such, the 4.0-liter V6 made just 210 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque, while the GT's 4.6-liter V8 produced 315 hp and 325 lb-ft. Either could be matched to a five-speed manual or a five-speed automatic transmission. The 2011 model year, however, brought substantially more muscle under the hood, and we would stick with used Mustangs from this year or later. The 3.7-liter V6 produced 305 hp and 280 lb-ft, and the new 5.0-liter V8 was good for 412 hp and 390 lb-ft. Either way, one could choose between a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic transmission. For 2013, the GT's V8 got a slight boost to 420 hp, with torque remaining at 390 lb-ft.

Standard feature highlights for the base V6 included 17-inch alloy wheels, air-conditioning, and a sound system with a CD player and auxiliary audio jack. The V6 Premium added leather upholstery, a power driver seat, Ford's Sync system and upgraded audio. The base GT was similar to the base V6 but with a V8 engine, 18-inch alloys, automatic headlights and a rear spoiler. The GT Premium echoed the V6 Premium's upgrades. Option highlights included suspension and brake upgrades, xenon headlights, a premium sound system and a navigation system.

In addition to the aforementioned powertrains, 2011 also brought larger brakes, revised suspension tuning and, for the GT convertible, a stiffer structure. The following year, the ultra-high-performance Boss 302 coupe debuted, packing a 5.0-liter V8 with 444 hp and 380 lb-ft. It also had 19-inch wheels, Brembo brakes, adjustable shock absorbers, a suede-wrapped steering wheel and retro-themed body stripes. There was also the limited-edition Boss 302 Laguna Seca (named after the famous American racetrack) with track-ready upgrades such as race-compound tires, a stiffer suspension and a rear seat delete.

For 2013, this Mustang received another, less significant makeover, with a Shelby-inspired grille, restyled front and rear fascias and updated taillights. That year also brought available Recaro sport seats, 8 more horses for the GT, hill start assist (for cars with manual transmissions) and manual-shift control for automatics. There were no changes for 2014 other than the Boss 302's disappearance from the lineup.

In reviews, we noted that the 2011 and later V6 versions offered very spirited performance and entertaining handling. The V8 models, especially 2011 and later, provide thrilling acceleration that could give considerably more expensive sports machines a run for the money. And although better than the previous generation, the Mustang's interior still wasn't anything special given its abundance of hard plastic trim. There's also no telescoping steering wheel, which could make finding a comfortable seating position a bit tricky for some drivers. But with its variety of trim levels, choice of coupe and convertible body styles, and plentiful punch under the hood, this Mustang has something for everyone. In general, any 10th-generation Mustang would make a fine choice for a used muscle car, though we'd advise going with a 2011 or newer model in light of the aforementioned updates.

Completely redesigned for 2005 and running through 2009, the ninth-generation Mustang moved to an all-new chassis after a 25-year run on the late '70s-era Fox-body platform. Ford's pony car still used rear-wheel drive and a fairly basic solid-axle rear suspension, but ride quality and handling were more precisely controlled than on any previous Mustang. The car's styling paid homage to the famed Mustangs of the 1960s. Many materials were low in quality, however, as Ford sought to keep the price tag low as well. This version debuted with either a 4.0-liter V6 or a 4.6-liter V8. The underwhelming V6 produced 210 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque. It was coupled to a standard five-speed manual or an optional five-speed automatic transmission. The V8 produced 300 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque.

Key updates included the availability of an auxiliary audio jack, satellite radio and a navigation system for 2007. The following year marked the introduction of the Mustang Bullitt, which added firmer suspension calibrations, high-performance brake pads, 18-inch wheels, mild styling tweaks and Highland Green or black paint. Its V8 produced 315 hp. Other changes for '08 included standard side airbags, while in 2009 the Mustang gained a glass roof option and standard satellite radio, among other items.

The eighth-generation Mustang was sold from 1999 to 2004. This is the best of the Fox body-based Mustangs, and like the current car, it offers a good blend of performance, fun and affordability. Downsides include rather crude handling characteristics (a consequence of the aged platform) and a cheap interior with an awkward driving position.

If you're shopping for an eighth-gen Mustang, our pick would be a GT from any year since it offered a healthy 260-hp V8. If you're seeking something faster and rarer, consider the limited-edition Mach 1 (305-hp V8) or supercharged SVT Cobra (390-hp V8), which were sold in 2003 and 2004. The Cobra is the only Ford Mustang ever fitted with an independent rear suspension; it was also sold in '99 and 2000 but wasn't supercharged. Even rarer is the 2000 Cobra R, a race-ready, 385-hp Mustang coupe stripped of its rear seats and air-conditioning.

Going even further back are the seventh-generation Mustang coupes and convertibles, sold from 1994 to '98. This car is very similar mechanically to the eighth-gen Mustang; the main difference is exterior styling. If you're thinking of buying one, 1996-'98 GT and SVT Cobra models might be preferable because the '96 model year brought a new 4.6-liter SOHC V8 that was much smoother than the outgoing 5.0-liter V8. Although horsepower held steady in the GT, the Cobra jumped from 240 to 305. The most collectible Mustang of this period is the '95 Cobra R, a 300-hp coupe without a backseat.

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