2020 Ford Escape Wins Awards from J.D. Power and Wards

2020 Ford Escape | Sour Lake, TX

In July, both J.D. Power and Wards recognized the 2020 Ford Escape compact SUV for its excellent user experience and overall design. The Escape earned top spots on both the J.D. Power APEAL Study and the Wards 10 Best User Experiences List.

The Ford Escape is all new for 2020, with a new sleeker look, new hybrid options, and more technologies and amenities than ever. Sporting selectable drive modes for a wide range of driving situations, available AWD Disconnect that lets you switch between AWD and FWD to save fuel, and tons of standard infotainment tech, the new Escape perfect for everyday driving and weekend trips.

The 2020 Escape took the top spot for small SUVs in the J.D. Power APEAL Study (Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout Study). This study, which is in its 25th year, looks at owners’ emotional attachment to their newly purchased vehicle across 37 factors and assigns the vehicle an index score.

The Escape also made the Wards 10 Best User Experiences List. Wards praised the model’s available 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, SYNC 3 infotainment system, and blue backlighting, as well as intuitive driver assist features like the Lane-Keeping System.

Celebrate the Escape’s achievements when you take one for a test drive here at Sour Lake Ford.

Ford Teams With TomTom for Next-Gen Navigation

2021 TomTom Navigation | Sour Lake, TX

Starting with the 2021 model year, you can enjoy the exceptional navigation skills of TomTom in select Ford vehicles. Ford Motor Company and TomTom recently signed a multi-year contract that will allow the former to add the latter’s next-gen navigation in upcoming models.

The first Ford vehicles to showcase the new partnership will be the 2021 Mustang Mach-E and the 2021 F-150. These models will feature the new SYNC® 4, the next generation of infotainment from Ford. By using TomTom through SYNC® 4, drivers will be able to adjust their navigation routes based on traffic to help avoid delays due to congestion.

The next-generation SYNC® 4 is said to offer two times the computing power of previous generations. This new system paired with TomTom navigation will keep up with real-time traffic and construction updates to provide the fastest routes on the fly. Drivers will also be able to use SYNC® 4 for help with parking, as the navigation shows information on parking spots and prices.

TomTom navigation and other SYNC® 4 features can be controlled with natural voice recognition. By using an easy, conversational tone, drivers can pull up directions, find restaurants, or send text messages, all while keeping their hands on the wheel.

For more exciting developments from Ford, contact us at Sour Lake Ford. Or stop by to test drive one of our shiny new Ford models to experience this brand’s latest technologies for yourself.

Ford Reveals Escape Plug-In Hybrid Fuel Economy

2020 Ford Escape | Sour Lake, TX

The all-new 2020 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid is making its appearances in showrooms this summer. Upon its release, it will be the segment’s most efficient vehicle thanks to its 100 MPGe, as well as its 37-mile fully-electric range.

The original Ford Escape was the world’s first hybrid SUV. The all-new Escape Plug-In Hybrid shows how far the automaker has come. The new SUV will have more power and more passenger space than the Fusion Energi Plug-In Hybrid, and the cargo volume behind the second-row seats will be four times greater than the Fusion’s.

A 2.6-liter Atkinson-cycle hybrid engine will power the 2020 Escape Plug-In Hybrid. It works along with a liquid-cooled 14.4-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery, which is placed beneath the second-row seats. Using just gasoline, the 2020 Escape Plug-In Hybrid will provide you with 41 mpg combined, already making it one of the most efficient vehicles on the market.

Four driving modes empower the driver to optimize your experience and efficiency: Auto EV, EV Now, EV Later, and the brand-new EV Charge Mode, which builds up electric mileage in the hybrid system as you drive. And the Level 1/Level 2 AC charging port allows you to reach a full charge in just 3.5 hours.

Find the right eco-friendly Ford model for you when you stop by Sour Lake Ford. We’ll help match you with the vehicle of your dreams.

Summer Car Care Tips in Sour Lake, TX

Ford Service Technician Replacing Car Battery | Sour Lake, TX

With the hot summers we experience in Texas, it’s important to perform summer car care. There are a range of things to keep in mind, such as checking electrical equipment, checking the coolant levels, and maintaining the tires, among other things. Here are some car maintenance tips to make sure your vehicle stays healthy this summer and for many seasons to come.

One of the most important things to do in hot climates is to check the battery and the electrical system. Heat is more harmful to the battery than cold weather, as it can cause the fluid to evaporate and internal corrosion. Check the charge of your battery, make sure it’s securely mounted and clean off any corrosive buildup from the battery terminals and clamps.

Check your coolant levels. Most vehicles have “hot” and “cold” levels, as the fluid change levels depending on whether your engine is warm, and be sure to use a 50/50 mix of water and antifreeze. If you haven’t flushed the cooling system in the past two years, do so now.

Finally, make sure that your tires are properly inflated. Heat causes air pressure to rise, which can overinflate the tires and cause added wear. The proper tire pressure should be listed on the driver’s side door jamb.

Keep auto care easy when you schedule a service appointment at Sour Lake Ford. We’re here to help ensure that your summer travels are as safe as they are fun.

How to Help Sour Lake Local Businesses

Helping Sour Lake Local Businesses | Sour Lake, TX | Sour Lake Ford

Sour Lake, Texas, is populated by an assortment of fabulous local businesses. Unfortunately, those businesses are facing financial hardship due to COVID-19. Still, if the future viability of these businesses is important to you, there are several ways you can help them out during this tough time.

Ordering Supplies via Delivery

While many of the brick and mortar store locations in Sour Lake are currently still in the process of being reopened, there are several local stores that are actively delivering goods and supplies. Continuing to order supplies from them will help them maintain a profit during this time, while providing you with the goods you desire.

Tip a Little Extra

Restaurants have been especially affected by COVID-19. While tipping is a practice that restaurant guests should engage in throughout the year, it is especially important to servers and delivery workers right now.

Purchase a Gift Card or Certificate

Many of the local businesses in Sour Lake offer gift cards and gift certificates for their stores. Purchasing one of these is a great way to help produce some revenue for store right now, even if you won’t redeem those gift cards until a future date.

Here at Sour Lake Ford, we are proud to serve a community filled with people that come together to help each other out during even the most trying of times. Remember to contact us for any questions about caring for your Ford this season. 

Upcoming Ford Compact Pickup to Start Under $20K

2020 Ford Ranger SuperCab | Sour Lake, TX
2020 Ford Ranger SuperCab | Sour Lake, TX

We’ve all seen compact cars and subcompact SUVs, but how about a compact pickup truck? Well, you can soon expect such a thing to head down the line. After the recent redesign of the Ranger a few years back, Ford is re-entering the small truck segment. The upcoming Ford compact pickup truck’s codename is P8758, though it might possibly adopt the moniker of “Courier,” the truck design that the Ranger replaced back in the 80s. Whatever the model’s name, this will be the first time in a long while that Ford has a small pickup in the U.S. market. The “Courier” is slated to be built on a unibody frame.

Ford CEO Jim Farley articulated that the company is “investing in more affordable versions of our truck business.” It plans to produce over 100,000 of these compact pickups priced under the $20,000 mark — that’s about $5K cheaper than the current Ford Ranger. This will give Ford a nice four-truck lineup to offer to drivers.

It’s not the only upcoming Ford development to anticipate, however. You can start getting excited over the expected redesigns for the Ranger and F-150, as well as new hybrid and all-electric F-150 models. Word on the street also has it that Ford might design an off-roader based on the Bronco platform, to further extend the brand’s truck lineup.

Stay tuned for more details on the upcoming compact pickup truck. In the meantime, test-drive our current Ford trucks here at Sour Lake Ford.

Great Barbecue Restaurants in Houston

Gatlin's BBQ - Kitchen Sink Sandwich | Sour Lake, TX
Gatlin's BBQ - Kitchen Sink Sandwich | Sour Lake, TX

Barbecue is a Texas tradition. You won’t find more tender meats or more delicious sauces anywhere outside of Texas. Houston is America’s fourth-largest city and it is located just over an hour west of Sour Lake. Space City is home to some of the country’s best barbecue joints. If you take your Ford out to Houston for a weekend, be sure to check out some of these great barbecue restaurants:

Killen’s Barbecue

Beef ribs, brisket, bone-in pork belly, fried chicken and more come together in Chef Ronnie Killen’s famous smokehouse. Stop by Killen’s on a Tuesday for the brisket tacos, on a Sunday for the sought-after fried chicken, or any day for the dry-aged brisket. For dessert, grab a slice of cake or pie, or try the banana or bread pudding.

Gatlin’s BBQ

Greg Gatlin’s restaurant is known for its ribs, and they promise not to leave you disappointed; only wanting to come back for more. Dishes range from St. Louis-style spare ribs and wings to pulled pork and burgers. Sides include cucumber salad, creamed corn, baked beans, and collard greens.

Jackson Street BBQ

The fried mac and cheese and the dirty rice side options alone are enough reason to chow down at Jackson Street BBQ. Try the smoked brisket, German-style sausage, or barbecue chop salad paired with jalapeno cheddar biscuits or cole slaw. Conclude it on a sweet note with a slice of pie or a chocolate chip cookie.

For more local dining suggestions, contact us at Sour Lake Ford. We’ll be happy to recommend more of our favorite dining venues near Sour Lake. 

Top 5 Homemade Valentine’s Day Gifts

Hand Holding Valentine Box | Sour Lake, TX
Hand Holding Valentine Heart | Sour Lake, TX

At a loss for Valentine’s Day gifts? These five suggestions aren’t your typical choices — they can all be made at home. Opt for handmade Valentine’s Day gifts this year.

Custom Candy Box

Tired of store-bought boxes of chocolate? If your loved one has a sweet tooth, surprise them with a homemade mix of all their favorite candies. You can even create the box and decorate it yourself if you want to.

Date Night Jar

Brainstorm lots of different, unique date ideas for you and your partner. Once you have a list, write all those ideas on Popsicle sticks and put them in a jar. Decorate how you see fit, and now, you and your partner have a gift that can be used all year long.

Bath Essentials

Did you know it’s easy to make bath products at home? Make things like homemade bath bombs or sugar scrub for your loved one’s skin. They’ll feel refreshed knowing you made them their own custom goods.

Pop Up Card

3D cards will never get old. Try your hand at making a Valentine’s Day card with pieces that will pop up when your partner opens it.

Coffee Sleeve

Have a knack for knitting? Try hand-making a custom coffee sleeve for your significant other’s travel mug. They can get their morning coffee fix knowing you helped protect their hands from getting scorched.

Need a brand new vehicle to impress your beloved with this holiday? Stop by Sour Lake Ford to fall in love with one of our shiny 2020 models.

Places to Boat or Paddle near Sour Lake, Texas

2019 FOrd Ranger with Boat Accessories | Sour Lake, TX
2019 Ford Ranger with Boat Accessories | Sour Lake, TX

If you are looking for a place to spend your day boating or paddling on a different watercraft, consider visiting one of the many scenic areas near Sour Lake, Texas. The area offers a number of spots, where you can enjoy the view with your loved ones.

Village Creek State Park

Located in Lumberton, the Village Creek State Park sits within the Big Thicket National Preserve. As such, you can expect to see cypress swamps, yaupon trees, and river birch trees. If you keep your eyes peeled, you may also catch sight of white-tailed deer, snapping turtles, herons, and egrets. You can make the most of your experience here cruising down the 21-mile Village Creek Paddling Trail and stopping at popular swimming or picnicking spots.

Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge

The Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge is a great place in Anahuac to go fishing, whether you want to wade in the water or relax on your boat. You could catch southern flounder or speckled trout and potentially spot an alligator or bobcat.

Pleasure Island

Stretching from the Sabine Causeway to the Neches River, Pleasure Island has lots of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy. You can go sailing or fishing off the island. When you’re not on the water, you can also play basketball, hike or pitch a tent.

We at Sour Lake Ford hope you have an incredible time boating or paddling around Sour Lake, Texas. Be sure to head into our service department for any necessary maintenance before driving to these fun locations.

Ford Unrolls Roadside Assistance Program Updates

Mechanic charging battery | Sour Lake, TX
Mechanic charging battery | Sour Lake, TX

For Ford, customer satisfaction has always been a top priority. It’s not totally surprising then that 88 percent of customers rated the brand’s service as good or excellent.

Ford recently revealed Roadside Assistance Program updates to further boost client satisfaction. For starters, it’s made its call service even more efficient, cutting the time drivers spend on hold by half, while streamlining the process. Ford is also offering a Spanish language option for Latino customers, to save them time and make it easier for them to get answers to their auto-care questions.

Ford’s Roadside Assistance program covers the first five years of ownership, or up to 60,000 miles traveled — whichever one comes first. The program provides services such as lock-out assistance, tire changes, jump starts, and fuel/fluid delivery. It also offers towing service to a nearby Ford dealership within a 35-mile radius.

“Roadside assistance is one of the most meaningful touchpoints we have with our customers, aside from selling them a vehicle,” said Sterling Black, manager of Ford and Lincoln Roadside Operations. He says it’s important that staff creates an experience that fosters a sense of trust with the customer.

Celebrate Ford’s emphasis on customer contentment when you stop by Sour Lake Ford to test-drive a shiny new 2020 model.