Mustang Mach-E Tears up the Track at Talladega

Mustang Mach-E

In April, the all-new Mustang Mach-E appeared at the Geico 500 from Talladega Superspeedway, making it the second Ford electric vehicle to make its debut at a NASCAR Cup Series race. While the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E did not compete, it served as the pace car, setting an electrifying tone for the race.

The electric Mustang Mach-E leading the way must have been a good omen for the Ford team, as Team Penske’s Brad Keselowski ultimately win the race in overtime. Ford driver Matt DiBenedetto helped set Keselowski up for the win with a last-minute move, opening up the bottom lane in the last lap. This race marked Keselowski’s first win of the 2021 season and his sixth overall at Talladega Superspeedway, as well as Ford’s tenth victory out of the last 12 races at Talladega.

After DiBenedetto had a chance to drive a Mustang Mach-E, he praised the EV’s impressive power and throttle response. According to DiBenedetto, “It was something that I 100 percent wanted to own for myself or my wife because when you hop in the car it’s nice and quiet… It was a blast.”

If you want a new vehicle that offers the same thrill that impressed a professional NASCAR driver, check out our inventory at Sour Lake Ford.

Ford F-150 Is the 2021 Free Press Truck of the Year

2021 Ford F-150 SuperCrew | Sour Lake, TX

The new 2021 Ford F-150 has already proven itself to be a capable, tough, and award-worthy model. After already taking home the 2021 North American Truck of the Year title, the F-150 has now earned the 2021 Detroit Free Press Truck of the Year award as well.

The 2021 Ford F-150 surpassed its competitors and won the prestigious Freep award, thanks in part to its best-in-class 14,000 pounds of towing capacity and its class-exclusive 3.5-liter PowerBoost™ Full Hybrid V6. This available engine delivers 430 horsepower and 570 lb-ft of torque, while also being fuel-efficient.

Freep also appreciated the technologies of the 2021 F-150, like its future Active Drive Assist hands-free system and the segment-exclusive Over-the-Air Updates of its SYNC® 4 system. The truck’s available Interior Work Surface and comfortable Max Recline Seats also gave it a leg up over competitors.

In addition, author Mark Phelan noted that the F-150 has some features that, despite being overlooked by the competition, ultimately helped the truck win the award. These include a tailgate with a built-in measuring stick and c-clamp receivers as well as longer running boards that go behind the cab to provide easier bed access.

If you’d like to drive the award-winning 2021 Ford F-150 around Sour Lake, Texas, schedule a test drive today at Sour Lake Ford.

Ford Expedition Accessories to Add to Your Vehicle During the New Year

2019 Ford Expedition | Sour Lake, TX

2021 isn’t just a new year for you, but a new year for your vehicle as well. If you own a 2021 Ford Expedition, one of the best ways to ring in the New Year is to upgrade your ride with a whole collection of accessories. Listed below are just a few options for the Expedition.

Roof Rack

Perhaps it’s a New Year’s resolution of yours to explore the outdoors more in 2021. If you’re bringing a bike or boat during your rugged adventures, a roof rack will make it far easier and safer to bring supplies with you on the road.

SUV Tent

Speaking of the wild outdoors, you won’t have to set up camp far away from your vehicle when you purchase an SUV tend for your 2021 Ford Expedition. Best of all, these tents are simple to set up.

Sunscreen

We might be in the middle of winter right now, but it’s never too early to start preparing for the hot summers that affect the area around Sour Lake, Texas. If you want to avoid a smoldering-hot cabin during the summer months, consider investing in a sunscreen for your Expedition.

To learn about even more accessories for your 2021 Ford Expedition model, feel free to reach out to the team here at Sour Lake Ford.

2021 Ford Bronco Sasquatch™ Package

The 2021 Ford Bronco has off-road enthusiasts buzzing as the iconic SUV is set to make its long-awaited return. Many fans were specifically clamoring for combining the Sasquatch™ Package with a seven-speed manual transmission, and their persistence paid off.

Sasquatch Package | Sour Lake Ford | Sour Lake, TX

“The Bronco community spoke and we heard them. Our team moved quickly to add Sasquatch with a manual transmission- another example of our focus on giving customers the best possible off-road vehicles and accessories that we can,” said Ford Bronco consumer marketing manager Mark Grueber.

The Sasquatch™ is offered on every 2021 Ford Bronco Trim and comes standard on the Wildtrak and sold-out First Edition. It uses 35-inch Goodyear mud-terrain tires, 17-inch black-painted beadlock-capable wheels, Bilstein shock absorbers, electronic-locking front and rear Dana axles, and a 4.7:1 final drive ratio for supreme off-road balance and performance. When the package is paired with both the manual and 4×4 system, the Bronco achieves a maximum crawl ratio of 94.75:1.

The Sasquatch™ Package, complete with the seven-speed manual, will be available in late 2021. Per Ford, the first group of new Broncos will come out in spring of 2021. Contact us at Sour Lake Ford in Sour Lake, TX to pre-order a new 2021 Ford Bronco of your own.

Upcoming F-150 Raptor Might Outperform Ram 1500 TRX

2020 Ford F-150 Raptor | Sour Lake, TX

The upcoming Ford F-150 Raptor is expected to be an even more powerful and off-road capable vehicle than the current generation. In fact, rumors suggest that this rugged truck will have a spirited engine that surpasses even the engine of the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX.

The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX comes with a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that delivers best-in-class 702 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. However, the next generation of the Ford F-150 Raptor may soon take away the Ram truck’s best-in-class titles with its new engine.

The F-150 Raptor might add the supercharged 5.2-liter V8, which could pump out anywhere from 725 horsepower to 750 horsepower, making for a more enjoyable drive than the Ram 1500 TRX offers. This engine currently comes standard on the athletic 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500®.

Other rumors suggest that the F-150 Raptor will have an updated coil spring setup in place of its leaf spring suspension. This would allow the truck to better compete with the Ram 1500 TRX, which has a five-link coil suspension.

The Ford F-150 Raptor may have limited availability in the 2021 model year or arrive in the 2022 model year. Stay tuned to our blog for more updates on this truck, or give us a call at Sour Lake Ford in Sour Lake, Texas, if you’d like to get your hands on the current F-150.

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.

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.

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.

Best Ford Vehicles to Tailgate in For Football Season

2019 Ford Expedition | Sour Lake, TX
2019 Ford Expedition | Sour Lake, TX

Football has returned and there’s no better way to celebrate than by going tailgating. Ford vehicles make great tailgating companions. Here are just two models that make hosting your next party more convenient.

Ford F-150

The Ford F-150 boasts many tailgating-friendly features. The bed comes in different configurations — 5.5-, 6.5-, and 8-foot lengths — to accommodate different tailgating setups, whether you’re hosting a party with just few friends or your extended family.

It also has available LED lighting in the bed and on the side mirrors to illuminate late-night games. Still not enough? The F-150 has best-in-class towing so you can bring a grill station or a huge camper to maximize the party. You can also set up a projector to watch the big game outside thanks to the available 120-volt in-bed outlet.

Ford Expedition

For those who prefer an SUV profile, the Expedition offers plenty of space for people and things, while delivering the latest tech perks. Pack in the whole crew with up to eight seats. Or, load all the gear you need in the capacious trunk area that expands to 104.6 cubic feet of space when you collapse both back rows.

Wi-Fi hotspot capability provides a strong signal for 50 feet and enables you and your friends to connect up to 10 devices so you can stay up-to-date on team scores. Or watch the game inside of the Expedition if the weather gets chilly, via the display screens of the Dual-Headrest Rear Seat Entertainment System.

Contact us at Sour Lake Ford if you’re in need of a new Ford to help make this tailgating season the best one yet.