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.

Ford and State Farm Team Up to Reduce Insurance Rates

Ford and State Farm have struck a new partnership that can help you save money on car insurance and reduce insurance rates and overall vehicle ownership costs.

Reduce Insurance Rates On New 2022 Ford F-150 lightning | Sour lake Ford | Sour lake, TX

After a one-year pilot program, the two companies determined that drivers insured by State Farm saved up to 20 percent when they drove vehicles equipped with the Ford Co-Pilot360™ suite of advanced safety features, which now comes as standard equipment on many new Ford vehicles.

The technology, which is capable of automatically braking for cars and pedestrians to avoid a frontal collision, gave Ford and State Farm better insight into the driving habits of Ford owners. This information, which the automaker calls Vehicle Build Data, gives State Farm a comprehensive understanding of how advanced driver assistance systems impact claims, such as how often they occur and how severe they are.

“Our new build data API piloted with State Farm is another way we’re using data to help our customers get the most out of their Ford, at a lower total cost of ownership,” said Tim Meek,  digital insurance manager for Ford.

Ford and State Farm plan to roll out the program to Ford, Lincoln, and even Mercury vehicles going as far back as the 2010 model year so that even second and third owners can benefit from reduced insurance rates.

If you’re interested in saving up to 20 percent on car insurance, check out our new and used Ford models at Sour Lake Ford in Sour Lake, Texas!

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.

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.