The Blue Oval's F-Series trucks are on the lot at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington and ready to go. Come by and find the perfect new or used truck for you today - from F-150 classics to Super Duty behemoths, you can't go wrong with the Series. For that reason, Kelley Blue Book recently awarded the Ford F-Series its 2017 Brand Image award for the fourth consecutive year.
KBB Brand Image Award recipients are based on annual perception data aggregated from new-car buyers. The Ford F-150 truck, in particular, skewed the Blue Book judges' favor with its best-in-class towing, purpose-built cab, state-of-the-art technology, payload capacity and more. Watch more below!
“Superior product lineups and compelling marketing communications from automakers continue to influence consumer opinion, driving interest in particular brands, and, most importantly, positively affecting vehicle consideration,” Rick Wainschel, the vice president of customer analytics and insights for Kelley Blue Book, said. Ford's truck group marketing manager, Tom Eckert, also added that the recognition is indicative of the brand's dedication to providing what customers truly need and want: strong, capable and smart trucks.
Bring home your next Ford F-Series truck from Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today!
'Tough' and 'reliable' are two apt terms to describe the Ford F-Series trucks lineup, which encompasses everything from the classic F-150 to the F-750 medium-duty vocational trucks and beyond. The former sports up to 450 horsepower with a towing capacity of up to 10,500 pounds - plenty of grit for the average truck driver - and the rest of its family even more.
That's why it's no surprise that the F-Series is celebrating its best-selling status for 40 years in a row, and giving a nod to utility and communications infrastructure contractor HENKELS & McCOY Group as of late. The contractor recently reached a notable milestone of 94 years as a loyal Ford truck customer. It's one of the longest recorded customer relationships industry-wide.
Stay tuned to learn more about this historic relationship, and test-drive our F-Series trucks at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today.
Over 200 companies within Ford's Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) program share in the automaker's dedication to amending its broad commercial vehicle family for multiple consumer applications - not limited to emergency services, school buses, motorhomes and more. The recent updatesto the QVM program, revealed at The Work Truck Show, build upon its established parameters for safety and quality.
The upgraded process (eQVM), which was preceded by the achievements of the Advanced Fuel QVM program from 2010, incorporates on-site assessments at each participant's location to confirm adherence to manufacturing, customer service, assembly and other component standards - vehicles modified by a Ford QVM that comply with the guidelines hold on to their factory warranties.
Developers for the eQVM program are XL Hybrids, Motiv Power Systems and Lightning Hybrids.
• XL Hybrids: Provides a hybrid electric drive system for Ford Transit, E-350 and E-450 chassis, F-250 to F-550 Super Duty trucks, F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks and F-53/F-59 stripped chassis; a plug-in hybrid upfit for the F-150 pickup is also available. • Motiv Power Systems: Services the Ford E-450 and F-59 chassis with an all-electric powertrain. • Lightning Hybrids: Available to the Ford E-350 and E-350 chassis, F-350 to F-550 Super Duty trucks, F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks and F-59 chassis is a non-electric hydraulic hybrid energy recovery system.Learn more at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington.
One could argue with confidence that the new 2017 Ford F-350 is both the best in show and the best in tow.
Earlier this year, the Blue Oval announced that the F-350 Super Duty is the Heavyweight Towing Champion of the World, surpassing the previous title holder (the Dodge Ram 3500) by 800 pounds. With a maximum towing capacity of 32,000 pounds, the F-350's newest accolade certainly isn't one to take lightly - both in the literal and figurative senses of the word. See a preview of the F-350 at this year's SEMA in the video below:
Doug Scott, the truck marketing manager for Ford, summed it up with a superlative. "This is the best heavy-duty truck we've ever made," he shared on EquipmentWorld.com. The website also reports that the Super Duty F-350's maximum payload is 7,630 pounds, and on the F-350 single-rear-wheel, the towing capacity is an impressive (and class-leading) 18,000 pounds.
The F-350's towing superiority is notably attributed to its modern and upgraded features, which help accommodate for challenging terrain and heavy loads. As Jason Cannon reports for Equipment World, "For 2017, Super Duty becomes the first truck to offer adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support for heavy trailers, allowing truckers to traverse steep mountain grades while maintaining speed—even with a maxed out trailer load."
For truck drivers on the hunt for both muscle and ease, the F-350 offers perks that ensure both. While a centered stop lamp camera allows cargo box visibility - something especially useful when gooseneck and fifth-wheel trailers are part of the equation - Ford's Ultimate Trailer Tow Camera System utilizes multiple high-definition cameras to give drivers complete 360-degree visibility around the vehicle. In addition, the Trailer Reverse Guidance feature and factory-available trailer camera (a custom option) assist with trailer backup, increasing towing efficiency and safety. Further optimizing the driving experience is the Blind Spot Information System with trailer tow, a feature that's optimized for the Super Duty; it incorporates radar sensors in the tail lamps to detect areas beyond the driver's range of visibility.
With its unbeatable power and all-new features, the 2017 Ford F-350 is a paragon amongst trucks. Learn more and take a test-drive at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today!
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.
With 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.
As one of the middle siblings in the Ford F-Series family, the 2017 F-250 may not immediately come to mind when considering which truck to purchase. But that doesn't negate its capabilities on - and off - the road. Sporting both a lightweight body and some notable muscle for heavy lifting, it's a viable option for drivers with a variety of hauling needs.
Offering a 6.2-liter V-8 engine with 430 lb-feet of torque and a six-speed automatic as its standards, the F-250 may prove to be a happy compromise between the F-150 and the F-450. It also comes with an all-new TorqShift-G transmission, which allows for upgraded capability.
Buyers looking for more than the base engine option can also satiate their wishes with a 6.7-liter turbo-diesel V-8 with 925 lb-feet of torque and a max tow rating of 32,500 pounds; configurations include regular, SuperCab, and Crew Cab in addition to 6.75-foot and 8-foot truck beds. As stated on CarandDriver.com, "Brutish power and payload capacity remain key traits of the F-250, while aluminum construction brings it into the 21st century." But while any selection provides more than enough heft to appease drivers with varying needs, comfort is not sacrificed - the interior is notably quiet, despite the engine power.
Interested in seeing the F-250 in action? Catch it in the video below:
The F-250 also shines when it comes to towing. With a maximum payload of 4,200, it surpasses towing capabilities of its competitors with ease. More precisely, it can tow over 600 pounds in comparison! Add on the Trailer Tow Package, and you'll be set to tow 18,000 pounds at the receiver hitch.
There's no need to wait to bring the 2017 Ford F-250 home. Stop by Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington and drive away from the dealership in your all-new towing machine today.
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.
This year's recent SEMA show showcased a lot of dream cars, as well as one Nitemare.
The semi-official Ford tuner, Roush, gave show attendees a glimpse into the dark side when it revealed its 2017 F-150Nitmare, complete with a supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 for 600 hp, as well as 557 lb-ft of torque. 2017's model carries the torch lit by Roush's exhibited Nitemare at last year's SEMA, which sported a supercharged 5.4-liter V-8 that clocked in a 445 hp and 500 pond-feet of torque. But drivers desiring a vehicle light on its toes (or wheels), have no fear - the 2017 Nitemare has a supercar-esque output and lightweight aluminum construction, giving it the wings it needs to fly across the road. As Viknesh Vijayenthiran reports for FoxNews.com, Roush's tuner claims that the new-gen Nitemare will reach 60 mph from rest in only 4.2 seconds, the "quickest factory street truck in the world." Take an exclusive look at the 2017 Nitemare in the video below:
The aforementioned features are among a slew of others that were introduced at this year's SEMA. The modifications include 20-inch forged wheels made out of performance rubber, a specialty front bumper cover and grille, and a high-flow exhaust system. There are also options for customers who favor two- or four-wheel drive, and even more detailed upgrades - such as a full Fox suspension system and Mickey Thompson tires - to maximize off-roading.
Although details on availability and pricing are to be determined, enthusiasts can drop by Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington to take a spin in any of our F-150s in stock and learn more about what's on the horizon.
Feeling rapt with anticipation for the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor? Wait no longer. Ford is beginning production on the brand new 2017 Raptor this month, to the delight of Raptor enthusiasts nationwide. Reports reveal that the lists of orders are already long, and dealerships are preparing to sell out quickly. Representatives for the Blue Oval say that the Raptor Build and Price configurator has already received nearly 100,000 hits after its first 10 days, a record for Ford. Data from the configurator shows that the most popular options include the SuperCrew (91 percent), Luxury Group (90 percent), and the Technology Package (77 percent). As Rob Rosenbach, an F-150 brand manager reported to Jason Siu of AutoGuide.com, "Site traffic on the Raptor pages is currently more than five times our other performance vehicle lines and dealer demand is far ahead of expectations." Watch the Raptor in action in the video below:
The high level of interest isn't unwarranted. The 2017 Raptor shines with its high-strength, military-grade aluminum alloy, which marries durability with agility. Its frame is also high-strength boxed steel. Additionally, the Raptor sports an all-new, twin-turbo DOHC 24-valve, high-output 3.5L EcoBoost with direct fuel injection, as well as a 10-speed automatic transmission with manual-shifting mode. Off-roaders will especially appreciate the new Terrain Management System, which offers six preset modes to easily adapt the truck for any driving environment - street, Baja, mud, sand, and more. Performance on and off the streets is made possible with class-exclusive beadlock-capable wheels.
Don't end up at the bottom of the waiting list. Visit Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today and order your 2017 Raptor today!