(Posted on Dec 31, 2018 at 12:16PM by Kelsey McDonald)
It seemed impossible that the legendaryFord Escapecould be any better, but then 2019 came along and we saw stellar updates! Let’s take a look at some of the big changes to the compact SUV.
First of all, roof crossbars are now available on all trim levels as a factory invoiced accessory. This gives immeasurable practicality to the vehicle by allowing you to transport large, bulky items such as adventure gear, luggage, or even furniture! What's more, the company has also made engine block heaters up for grabs in all states (previously, it was limited to only 7). These are useful in cold regions because it warms up the motor so it’ll start easier and increases the temperature of the cabin quicker! As for aesthetics, the following new vibrant colors were added to the palette: Agate Black, Baltic Sea Green, and Sedona Orange.
Regarding technology, the SE model gets SYNC 3 and 4G Wi-Fi as standard. The former is an intuitive infotainment system that boasts a cutting-edge navigation program with maps in plan and perspective views. Additionally, you can control the audio, climate, and make hands-free phone calls from the touchscreen monitor.
Does the new Escape deserve a spot in your garage? Give us a call at Sound Ford in Renton, Washington today, and we’ll schedule you an appointment.
(Posted on Dec 30, 2018 at 07:49PM by Kelsey McDonald)
There’s a lot of talk about the new 2019 Ford Ranger, but have you heard about the detailed taillights? The distinctive design has the word RANGER in a bold script and, what’s more, at the bottom there’s a radar-like logo. The latter is a special touch the company added to indicate that the truck has a Blind Spot Information System to detect and alert you if objects or cars are at the end of the trailer. BLIS isn't the only cool gadget that comes standard in this vehicle because you get a myriad of active safety features included in the CoPilot-360. Let's take a look at some of the things you get!
First of all, it's equipped with Lane-Keeping which determines your position on the road between the lines and warns you if you begin to drift out of your path. You also get the nifty Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking that scans the proximity of other automobiles and pedestrians; if there’s a potential for a crash, it’ll signal you and if you don’t react then it will start to decelerate. Lastly, Adaptive Cruise Control keeps the steady pace you set and can ascertain if traffic has slowed down or stopped then adjust accordingly.
If you want to be the first among your friends to own this mighty machine then give Sound Ford in Renton, Washington a call today, and we’ll schedule you an appointment.
(Posted on Dec 28, 2018 at 05:03PM by Kelsey McDonald)
Ford has launched a new, free-to-use ridesharing pilot program to help the impoverished residents of Detroit get to and from two local food banks using the brand’s 2018 Transit Connect. It’s similar to the successful GoRide initiative which takes poverty-stricken citizens (predominantly seniors and individuals with disabilities) to their doctor's appointments.
Since the project began in November, the company has assisted over 100 people in just over a month. The goal is to address the underlying issue of the correlation between income inequality and transportation. According to studies, the latter needs to be reliable and affordable to ensure new and better economic opportunities.
The van has a standard seating capacity of two passengers (with optional add-ons available) and a maximum cargo volume of 128.6 cubic feet. This is perfect for commercial use when you have to haul a lot of goods or when you need a vehicle that is wheelchair accessible. What’s more, although it’s a big vehicle with a length of 189.7 inches and a width of 72.2 inches, you won’t need to stop and fill it up frequently because the EPA gave it an impressive estimated MPG of 20 in the city and 27 on the highway.
(Posted on Dec 23, 2018 at 11:32PM by Kelsey McDonald)
We’ve got some excellent news for you: Ford Motor Co. has confirmed Thursday that the cutting-edge 2020 Ford Explorer will be unveiled on January 9th at the brand's domed stadium in downtown Detroit (unfortunately, it’s invitation-only). The reveal will take place before the North American International Auto Show at the Cobo Center where approximately 30 automobiles are going to be debuted. The famous vehicle manufacturer said, “[it’s] our most advanced and adventure-ready version ever.” Their newest addition is expected to be available on the market next year and share mechanical systems with the upcoming Lincoln Aviator.
If you’re looking for something awesome now then why not check out the 2019 Ford Explorer Base? This beauty has got it all - performance prowess and state-of-the-art technology! Under the hood rests a 3.5 L V6 engine that cranks out a substantial 288 horsepower at 6,500 revolutions per minute and 254 lb.-ft. Of torque at 4,000 rpm. It also has a 6-Speed SelectShift transmission which allows you to choose between two drive modes: conventional automatic shifting or semi-automatic shifting sport.
Does this SUV sound like your dream car? If the answer is yes, then give our dealership a call today, and we’ll schedule you a test spin!
(Posted on Dec 23, 2018 at 04:55PM by Kelsey McDonald)
If you live in a major metropolis, then you know how much of a hassle it can be to find a parking spot. According toFordauthority, people all around the United States spend approximately 17 hours a year searching for a place to leave their car! The 2019 EcoSport is the solution to this problem. It’s a compact vehicle which has a length of only 161.3 inches and a width of 69.4 inches so it's perfect for squeezing into spaces along crowded streets.
The sleek crossover has a practical shape that affords it a bigger cargo area (20.9 cubic feet) than its competitors the Buick Encore or the Mazda CX-3 - it’s 7 inches shorter than both of them as well! Additionally, this beauty is proof that big things come in little packages as evidenced by the 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine. It cranks out an impressive 123 horsepower at 6,000 revolutions per minute and a whopping 125 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,500 rpm. It also has a six-speed automatic transmission for seamless shifting and front wheel drive to maintain traction. Lastly, the EPA estimates a combined fuel economy of 28 mpg (27 city/29 highway).
Give us a call at our dealership today, and we’ll gladly answer any more questions you might have about the new EcoSport!
(Posted on Dec 20, 2018 at 10:35AM by Kelsey McDonald)
It’s tradition to ring in the new year with fireworks and most people love the colorful spectacle. However, it can be a stressful experience for our canine friends as they possess much better hearing than us and the big bangs scare them. That’s why Ford is using the noise-canceling insulation found in their vehicles to create kennels for pooches to put them at ease during the festivities. How does it work? Microphones inside the doghouse will be able to detect the commotion and transmit opposing frequencies from speakers. The concept of utilizing automotive technology to solve everyday problems is part of a Ford initiative called “Interventions.”
Of course, you don’t need an animal to benefit from state-of-the-art gadgets - you just need the 2019 Fusion V6 Sport. Under the hood rests an impressive 2.7L EcoBoost that cranks out a whopping 325 HP and 380 lb.-ft of torque. And you don’t have to think twice about tearing down the highway because it's got a ton of safety features. For example, blind spot monitoring is designed to identify other cars flanking you, and in the case that one is, an indicator light on the side-view mirrors illuminates to help prevent an accident!
(Posted on Dec 16, 2018 at 09:45PM by Kelsey McDonald)
Have you heard about the Ford Police Interceptor Utility? it's a vehicle specifically built to protect officers on duty. It has a set of unique features that differentiate it from normal cars, such as livery, lights, steel wheels, and a divider between the two seating rows. However, its greatest asset is the high-tech ballistic panels (bulletproof doors) that are used to shield the occupants from gunfire. What's more, they can easily make a clean getaway because this crossover is a sprinter: it can go from 0 to 60 in 6.4 seconds and up to 100 in just 16 seconds.
The SUV isn’t available for civilians but you can get your hands on a 2018 Ford Explorer XLT, which is the unmodified version. Its 3.5L V6 engine cranks out 290 horsepower at 6,500 revs per minute and 255 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm. As for top-notch safety features, it’s got Advancetrac with Roll Stability and ESC. This improves handling to maintain control and reduces the chance of skidding on all dangerous driving surfaces (especially snow, ice, gravel, and rain-covered roads).
(Posted on Dec 16, 2018 at 12:11PM by Kelsey McDonald)
The results are in: the 2019 Ford Ranger is the most fuel-efficient midsize pickup (that isn’t an EV) in the United States. Tests were conducted by the EPA, who gave it an estimated gas economy of 23 mpg combined (21 city/26 highway) for 4×2 trucks. The other factor that makes this vehicle a first-class industry leader is the standard 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine. It cranks out 280 HP at 5,600 revs per minute and produces 310 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,000 rpm (the best within its category!)
Of course, those numbers mean nothing if this beauty doesn’t have some cool technology to back it up; fortunately, it does. The magnificent machine has the option of a Tech Pack, which adds many nifty tools designed to assist you. For example, the inter-urban AEB with pedestrian detection uses radars and cameras to advise you if cars, objects, or people are too close so you can avoid collisions; traffic sign recognition notices things like “speed limit" or "turn ahead” and acts accordingly; and the driver attention monitor continually assesses your behavior to aid in determining whether you’re becoming inattentive and should take a break.
Give our dealership a call today, and our team will gladly answer any questions you might have about the Ford Ranger.
(Posted on Dec 15, 2018 at 12:44PM by Kelsey McDonald)
Winter driving is known to be treacherous - but is it any easier in the fall? Ford engineers took it upon themselves to figure out which season causes a more hazardous surface: is it slush or layers of wet leaves? Let's dive into their findings!
In Belgium, an experiment was conducted using a device which analyzes friction to show how slippery the ground becomes when it's covered in lots of damp foliage. The results were compared to data retrieved from similar tests done with vehicles in snowy Scandinavian locations. The conclusion is that in certain situations, autumn can be equally perilous as the worst day in January. The research will assist in improving designs for future automobile safety features.
If you'd like to put your mind at ease while operating your car in dangerous circumstances, then check out the 2018 Ford Focus SEL! It has many great security accessories created to help you navigate nature at any time. It comes equipped with fog lamps which shine downwards and illuminate the road under low-lying clouds. It also has an anti-lock braking system and traction control to adjust the torque (power) to the wheels to maximize grip and reduce the chance of skidding.
(Posted on Dec 9, 2018 at 01:32PM by Kelsey McDonald)
The brand new 2019 Ford Focus is one of the first vehicles to receive a perfect five-star safety rating in Europe. The prestigious ranking comes from their $17.6 million crash sled facility in Cologne, Germany, where they’ve developed a new and rigorous testing protocol designed to enhance the security of everyone within the car. It was found that the intelligent technologies are intuitive and straightforward, creating a balance between supporting the user and giving them a feeling of full control over their experience.
Unfortunately, this model won’t be available here in the United States until next year — but don’t fret because you can still get the fantastic 2018 Ford Focus SE! This sedan has similar upper-tier features to ensure total protection. It's equipped with a Back-Up Camera which assists you when reversing by allowing you to see what you normally can’t. This beauty aced its side and front collision subtests (which we can attribute to the standardized steel door beams). Moreover, it hosts a multitude of airbags: curtain 1st and 2nd row, dual stage driver and passenger, and side-impact.
Does the Ford Focus SE sound like the right fit for you and your family? Call our dealership today and we’ll schedule you an appointment!