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2017 ford f-250 seattle washingtonRecognition from one auto authority is commendable, but how many brands can say they've received two accolades simultaneously? The Blue Oval team can, as of late. After filtering out segment contenders from Nissan, Ram and General Motors, experts from PickupTrucks.com and Cars.com dubbed the 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty King Ranch pickup the “Best Premium Three-quarter Ton Pickup of 2017."

The award is impressive, but not surprising. The re-engineered 2017 Super Duty trucks have been highlighted in the media recently, thanks to their combination of luxury and sheer power.

“Like a great all-around athlete, the new Ford F-250 King Ranch has the powertrain of a bulldozer, and the interior features and technology of a luxury hotel room,” Mark Williams, a pickup truck expert at Cars.com, said.

To seal its status, the F-250 endured various evaluations and tests to measure its payload and towing capacity, braking and acceleration, comfort, and more. According to Ford's truck group marketing manager, Todd Eckert, the F-250's prevalence demonstrates its lasting influence in the three-quarter ton segment.

Don't hesitate to stop by Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today and test-drive the F-250 Super Duty King Ranch for yourself!

Wondering which Ford vehicle is the perfect fit for your lifestyle? The company's report of its first quarter revenue was just released, reinforcing the staying power of the Ford F-150 and Super Duty in tandem. Watch more below!


As stated in the report, revenue for the first quarter of 2017 was up 4 percent year over year; big contributors to that increase were customers eager to optimize their F-150 and Super Duty trucks for the road and beyond. Overall, average transaction prices domestically climbed up $1,971 since last year, proving that drivers across the nation appreciate both large and smaller trucks, so long as they're high-quality and able to lift heavy. On top of that, international business is also turning a profit. North America, Europe and Asia Pacific sales all performed strongly in the first quarter.

With the debut of the all-new Ford Ranger confirmed for 2019 and the new F-150 slated to go on sale this fall, the Blue Oval's truck performance in the first quarter is only a mere indicator of the success that lies on the horizon. Stay tuned to learn more, and visit Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington to test-drive one of the revered trucks on our lot today.

2017 ford escape for sale seattle washingtonNot sure which Ford vehicle from Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington should be the next one in your garage? You can't go wrong with the all-new Ford F-Series Super Duty or the 2017 Ford Escape, both of which were launched last year. The two vehicles were listed amongst 11 total new Ford vehicles that made their debut last year, as detailed in the Blue Oval's recently released 2016 annual report. The global launch of nearly a dozen new vehicles in one calendar year supports the company's progress towards becoming an auto and mobility leader.

The new Super Duty loses up to 350 pounds of weight without compromising its durability, thanks to a high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy and an upgraded, fully boxed frame. A 6.7L Power Stroke® Turbo Diesel V8 is also available for drivers who need the paragon of pulling power and torque. The 2017 Escape also offers engine power, with three engine options (2.5L, 1.5L EcoBoost iVCT, and 2.0L EcoBoost) that provide Auto Start-Stop Technology to preserve fuel. The Escape also has the capacity to tow up to 3,500 pounds.

Discover the best vehicle for your needs at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today!
They say there's safety in numbers. With the 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty Crew Cab 4x2, the number five - which represents the truck's crash star rating - holds especially true. Thanks to the Blue Oval's expert engineering, the F-250 recently earned the notable rating; five stars is the government's highest score possible. The accolade reinforces the F-250's reputation within the Super Duty family as the most capable, smart and tough truck yet.

Not feeling starry-eyed about the F-250 just yet? Consider that the 2017 F-Series Super Duty stands alone as the only heavy-duty pickup truck to claim ownership of the highest safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. With its sturdy design, innovative materials and top-of-the-line safety features, the 2017 model also picked up five-star overall vehicle scores in the agency's New Car Assessment Program and for frontal driver crash tests. It also maintained its five-star ratings for both the front and rear. Catch a SEMA preview of the F-250 in the video below:



Contrary to assumption, the Super Duty's superiority against potential road threats isn't due to a weight advantage. In fact, Ford improved the Super Duty's performance by enabling up to 350 pounds of weight savings, thanks to high-strength aluminum alloy that's incorporated in the box and body. The material decreases weight without sacrificing effectiveness; if anything, it improves the truck's protective capacity.  

There's no need to 'weight' - come by Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington and take a spin in the Super Duty trucks currently available.
Ford F-Series celebrates 40 years as best-selling truckWhat do chia pets, the high five, the Star Wars franchise and the Ford F-Series have in common? They're all celebrating 40-year milestones this year - the former three made their debut in 1977, and the F-Series began its consecutive reign as America's top-selling truck. Overall, Ford has sold over 26 million F-Series trucks since January 1977; that staggering number of trucks could circle around the world over three times. 

The momentous year marked the sixth generation of the F-Series, which caused a sales wave for the Blue Oval. The brand new F-150 light-duty pickup, introduced at the time, sported an upgraded 351-series V8 engine, an extended SuperCab offering, and standard front disc brakes. Despite the resounding success and popularity of the F-Series, Ford's engineers refused to settle, celebrating their accomplishments while working hard at an all-new, seventh-generation lineup that eventually set truck sales records and became the overall best-selling vehicle nationwide by 1982.

As James Wagner, a historian and author, reflected, “The 1980 model was a breakthrough generation for Ford. It was all new – probably the greatest change in 40 years.”

Considering that 1977 also signified the start of a divide for F-Series into two separate platforms - namely, the 10th-generation F-150 on one and the new F-250 and F-350 Super Duty trucks on another - it goes without saying that 1977 was the beginning of an era. Learn more about the award-winning and beloved F-Series trucks at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today.


Ford Super Duty trucks
No job is too big for the 2017 Ford Super Duty, a truck capable of handling jobs ranging from forestry to manufacturing and beyond. Drivers in heavy-duty industries can rest assured knowing that the Super Duty is best in class with regard to towing and hauling; muscles aside, it offers a plethora of smart driver-assist features for safety and efficiency on the road as well.

Although the standard Super Duty is more than sufficient for most towing needs, Ford also offers the opportunity for truck enthusiasts to customize pickups and chassis cabs; this special option guarantees that there is a Ford-friendly solution for every hauling or towing demand. In efforts to validate this claim, the Blue Oval recently let a handful of real-world truck drivers put it to the test, designing their idealized pickups and chassis cabs with all the configurations, engines, smart technology features and more.

Stacey Nelson, a senior fleet manager at Black Hills Energy in South Dakota, was one of the lucky drivers. For her driving needs - she oversees a fleet of 3,200 trucks - durability and value were key components she considered when building her dream Ford F-250 Super Duty. She selected the roomy SuperCab model with 4x4 and added extra features to emphasize comfort in challenging terrain and environmental conditions, such as a medium-duty battery and a rear wheel well liner. 

“The weight Ford saved and reinvested into strengthening the Super Duty frame should result in a truck that lasts longer and is more durable,” Nelson said in a statement released by Ford. “A more durable truck translates into lower costs for us – which we can pass on to our customers.” 

For Jack Mills, the owner of Pum Contracting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he wanted a truck with heavy hauling capacity that could still maneuver well. Due to the range of projects he manages, such as building bridges and culverts, moving large loads efficiently is essential.  

“My trucks are always loaded to capacity with the crew, their 
tools and equipment for any situation that might develop at a job site that could be as far as 300 miles from home base,” Mills shared in the same release. “Plus, they always are towing a trailer or piece of equipment.” To make his vision a reality, Mills picked a F-350 XL work truck with 4,340 pounds of payload capacity and a towing capacity of 18,000 pounds. The latter number confirms the Ford Super Duty as the top choice among fleets in the heavy-duty construction industry, given its market share of 48 percent.

And over in Rochester, New York, Tim Pope crafted 
a F-350 Super Duty that is fully equipped to serve the needs of Terry Tree Service, of which he is the CEO. The truck notably features factory-installed amber LED warning strobe lights for the fleet, which serves the residential tree care, commercial land clearing, storm disaster reclamation and wood resource recovery projects that Pope oversees. 

“We need the 11,400-pound GVWR rating to transport tools and equipment for our job sites, and we chose the transfer case and fuel tank skid plates for our off-road, right-of-way work,” Pope says in the same release. Thanks to the variety of features that Ford offers for its Super Duty trucks and beyond, it's no wonder that Ford Super Duty is the top pickup choice among fleets in the forestry industry.

Learn more and see how you can customize your own Super Duty at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today. 
Ford F-250With all of the new innovations that Ford's engineers keep rolling out, it can be hard to track and anticipate which ones will become standout trends. Luckily, the folks at Ford are able to accurately analyze data and confirm which technologies are at the top of customers' lists - and when it comes to trucks, buyers are more aware of and invested in efficiency-boosting features more than ever. Whereas basic driving capability was the primary concern before, now, truck enthusiasts desire more variety in exclusive technologies to heighten the driving experience. 

Now available for the first time with the Ford Super Duty truck series - which already ranks high on lists with 925 lb-ft of torque, 7,630 pounds of payload and 32,500 pounds of gooseneck towing capability - here are the top five class-exclusive technologies favored amongst Ford truck drivers:

1. Adaptive Steering - Ford's technology for towing enables trailer backup into a parking area simple; drivers will also enjoy ease with navigating narrow, low-speed maneuvers that normally require a great deal of steering effort.

2. Trailer Reverse Guidance - Drivers who are towing can now view trailers in action, thanks to Ford's SYNC screen that monitors trailer status on-the-go.

3. Adaptive cruise control with collision mitigation - Towing heavy? The usual grievances that come with towing are no longer an issue; the Blue Oval's new system intuitively helps drivers avoid traffic accidents using the smart engine brake.

4. BLS with cross-traffic alert and trailer tow - Drivers can better anticipate upcoming obstacles and traffic with this new technology, particularly in regard to tight spots and parking lots.

5. Lane-keeping alert: A strategically mounted camera placed between the windshield and rearview mirror helps spot accidental truck drifting.

These features and more, arguably, are contributing to the 2017 Super Duty's increase in sales in recent months - sales were up 24 percent and retail sales increased by 33 percent in November, according to a Ford release.
 Learn more and test-drive trucks from the Super Duty family at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today.

Department stores across the nation are already decorating with holiday colors of red, green and gold. But at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida, the colors in question were red, white and blue on November 19th when Ford's 2017 Super Duty claimed the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS ™ title for the World’s Largest Banner Pulled by a Moving Vehicle. The Super Duty sealed the deal by pulling a 45-foot by 92-foot (4,124 square feet total) U.S. flag over four laps on the Speedway's 1.5-mile track. The record could only be validated by pulling the flag a minimum of 100 meters without it touching the ground.

The Blue Oval stole the reputable title from Chevrolet, which took the designation earlier this year at Texas Motor Speedway with the debut of its new Silverado truck. The Super Duty ensured that Chevrolet's accomplishment was fleeting by upping the ante - one that was five feet wide and 12 feet long. Watch the Super Duty in action as it takes the title in the video below:




With 925 pound-feet of torque that warrants its 21,000-pound tow rating, the Super Duty made short work of the massive flag. Andrew Krok, of CNet.com, writes, "The flag was probably quite heavy, but something tells me it falls well within the capabilities of the Super Duty."

Truck enthusiasts eager to see the Super Duty flex its muscles in person can take a test-drive at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington. Although there aren't any oversized American flags on-site to tow, it isn't necessary - the Duty's strength can speak for itself.

Diamonds are the product of intense heat and pressure, forged in less-than-glamorous conditions. Rather than crumble from what other elements can't handle, the revered gemstone manifests itself with greater value than before. In the same way, the Ford Super Duty trucks recently emerged as diamonds in the rough - the family of trucks shined amongst a slew of vehicles to take Motor Trend's Truck of the Year award, which was decided after thorough testing and scrutiny.

As Scott Evans wrote for MotorTrend.com, "An Of The Year contest plays out one of three ways: There’s no clear winner right up to the end; there are two to three potential winners and a nail-biting vote; or there’s a clear winner early on and the rest becomes a coronation. In this year’s Truck of the Year competition, we knew by the halfway point which truck would win." Despite the competitive qualities of the other contenders, which included the Honda Ridgeline and the Nissan Titan, the Super Duties swept the title thanks to an aggregate of award-winning features. Evans added, "Indeed, the Fords’ ability to remain cool under our extreme pressure, regardless of the circumstances, made it all the 
more clear they deserved this award." See the trucks in action in the video below:


In regard to aesthetics, the Blue Oval's family of Super Duties struck the sweet spot with their eye-catching exteriors that took efficiency into account. Although the Super Duties are distinguishable from a distance, they put function front and center. Panels and lines are incorporated strategically and take the design a step forward, without leaving Ford's signature in the dust. The Super Duties also outperformed the Ram trucks with ease when compared for fuel efficiency; the Fords returned 11.0/16.4/12.9 mpg city/highway/combined versus 9.2/15/11.4 reported from the Rams. Considering that the Super Duties shine when it comes to brute physical labor - more than any other class of non-commercial vehicle - drivers are sure to flock to the Super Duties for their efficiency alone. 

For those more concerned with how the Super Duties adapt to heavy loads, never fear. Even when filled to its 7,630-pound max payload capacity, the Duties perform well. The F-350 Super Duty, in particular, touts success that is attributable to its 925 lb-ft of torque, which causes the truck to start rolling forward at idle despite over 40,000 pounds of gross combined vehicle weight. Additional standout features include muscle from 14-inch rotors in the front and rear, as well as a strong exhaust brake.

The cherry on top of the Super Duty sundae is the variety of work-focused technologies, such as the ability to extend blind-spot detection, which Ford integrated to make trailering less of a stressful endeavor. The attention to detail for better usability shows and shines with the Super Duties, and Motor Trend took notice.

Motor Trend already anticipates the Ford Super Duties to raise the bar for other comparable vehicles. Take a drive in any of the Duties at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today and find out why the experts at Motor Trend are so confident in their assessment and prediction.