Ford Bronco Sport, Mustang Mach-E Shine in J.D. Power APEAL Study

Ford Bronco Sport Crossing River

The J.D. Power 2021 APEAL Study results are in — Ford continues to excel in its innovative and thoughtful vehicle design. Ford’s all-new Ford Bronco Sport and Mustang Mach-E beat out their competitors in their respective segments, offering the most emotional attachment and level of excitement to their owners.

The Ford Bronco Sport wiped out its rivals in the Small SUV category, while the Mustang Mach-E dominated the Compact SUV segment as the highest-ranking model. From their ability to convey excitement through their exhilarating power to the premium comfort owners feel as soon as they enter the cabin, these Ford vehicles earned the top spots by delivering precisely what owners are looking for.

The study also recognized Ford as the automaker with one of the youngest portfolios in the industry at the moment. The mass-market age is 3.1 while Ford has an average vehicle age of 1.5. Its fresh lineup helps the brand appeal to families and auto enthusiasts alike. According to J.D. Power, the Ford brand has also improved by five index points thanks to its high-quality high-performance vehicles in its lineup. With this recognition, Ford continues to stand out from its competitors with its historic lead over the mass market average.

You can get your next Ford Bronco Sport or Mustang Mach-E when you stop by and visit us at Sour Lake Ford in Sour Lake, Texas

Ford Increases 2022 F-150 Lightning Production, Adds Jobs

2022 Ford F-150 Lighting Lineup

The all-electric future of Ford is coming faster than you think. The incredibly popular 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning has entered pre-production at the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center, and Ford is supporting demand by boosting production output.

Ford in September announced that it will invest an additional $250 million across three production facilities in Michigan to support increased F-150 Lightning output. This will lead to the creation of 450 direct jobs and allow Ford to build 80,000 electric trucks each year.

“We knew the F-150 Lightning was special, but the interest from the public has surpassed our highest expectations and changed the conversation around electric vehicles. So we are doubling down, adding jobs and investment to increase production,” said Ford Executive Chair Bill Ford.

It’s easy to see why Ford is doubling down. Since its debut earlier this year, the all-electric F-150 Lightning has seen reservations well over 100,000 from across the country. Americans in Texas and elsewhere are ready for a powerful, Built Ford Tough® electric truck, and it shows.

By increasing production, Ford ensures that more Texans can enjoy the many benefits of its groundbreaking F-150 Lightning when it launches in spring 2022. You can reserve your 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning at Sour Lake Ford today and be one of the first in Truckville to show off in the pickup of the future.

Ford Bronco Sport Tops KBB List of Coolest Cars for Dads

Dear old Dad has done just about everything for you. He changed your diapers, put up with you as a bratty teen, and kept you laughing with his corny jokes. Why not repay him for his sacrifices with a brand-new car like the Ford Bronco Sport?

Ford Bronco | Sour Lake Ford | Sour Lake, TX

Kelley Blue Book, one of the most trusted consumer resources for new car shopping, recently named the Ford Bronco Sport the coolest car for dads. The capable Bronco Sport outperformed all of the competition because of its family-friendly practicality that is matched only by its sense of adventure.

The KBB praised the Bronco’s off-road-ready capabilities, which include standard 4×4 capability, 23.6 inches of water fording ability, and a cool 8.8 inches of ground clearance. Your dad will love taking the grandkids on a camping adventure in the Bronco Sport, which offers accessories like a roof-mounted tent that can support up to 150 pounds.

The Bronco Sport Goes Over Any Terrain in with its powerful G.O.A.T. Mode™ selector that allows you to choose a traction setting that works for sandy, slippery, or normal terrain. Steel bash plates will keep Dad from damaging his Bronco Sport’s underbody when he’s off-roading, while the SUV’s best-in-class 65.2 cubic feet of cargo room lets him bring along all the tackle he wants on his next fishing trip.

Bring Dad to Sour Lake Ford to test drive the all-new Ford Bronco Sport today.

6 Tips to Get Your Vehicle Ready for Spring

2021 Ford F-150 SuperCab SuperCrew | Sour Lake, TX

There’s plenty to do around Sour Lake — especially when warmer weather arrives. Here are some tips to get your vehicle ready for spring.

1. Spring brings warmer weather to Texas, so make sure your air conditioning is working before higher temperatures hit. It also brings rainy weather, so you’ll want to inspect your windshield wipers to make sure they’re in good shape. 

2. Make sure your tires are properly inflated. High temperatures can impact tire pressure, which in turn can hamper your vehicle’s performance and fuel economy.

3. Hydration is also important when it comes to prepping your Ford vehicle for spring drives. For instance, you’ll want to check the radiator coolant level in your Ford F-150 before hitting the road.

4. Keep your Ford running smoothly with regular oil changes — and have the brakes on your Ford Super Duty® inspected before spring starts. 

5. It is a good idea to test your car’s battery, especially if it is a few years old. This will reduce your chance of getting stranded on the side of the road during your spring commutes and road trips.

6. Make sure your emergency kit is well stocked with items like a first-aid kit, flashlight, and a phone charger.

Whether you drive a Super Duty® or an Escape, one of the easiest ways to prepare your Ford for spring is to take it into Sour Lake Ford for a seasonal service appointment. Call us today to help ensure that your spring travels are as safe as they are fun.

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.

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. 

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.

Our Favorite Fall Events in Southeast Texas

Favorite Fall Activity | Sour Lake, TX
Favorite Fall Activity | Sour Lake, TX

Whether you’re a Texas native or just passing through the state this fall, one thing is for sure: there is no shortage of awesome autumnal events in Southeast Texas to enjoy. From Terrifying haunted houses to family-friendly festivals, here are some of our favorite events you shouldn’t miss this season.

Texas Maze of Terror

If you’re looking for a hearty scare this fall, be sure to visit Vidor’s Texas Maze of Terror. Considered one of the spookiest haunted attractions in the area, the Maze of Terror is not recommended for young children. Open every Friday and Saturday in October as well as Halloween night.

Scarecrow Festival

On Oct. 12 and 13, the Chappell Hill Scarecrow Festival is a great small-town fall festival that the entire family will love. Featuring more than 250 exhibitors, local vendors and food, and much more, this charming festival should be on every Texan’s calendar.

Art Museum of Southeast Texas Boos and Brews

For adults 21 years of age and older, the Art Museum of Southeastern Texas will host the 4th annual Boos and Brews Monster Mash. This costume-friendly event will feature live music, seasonal beers, and festive fall foods.

We here at Sour Lake Ford hope to see you at one or more of these fun events. And remember to give us a call if you need to schedule a fall service appointment for your vehicle.

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.