The 2020 Ford Escape has landed top spots on two major industry award lists. With the all-new generation of the Escape garnering acclaim from drivers, it’s easy to see why it took the top position for its segment on the J.D. Power 2020 APEAL Study, as well as being on the Wards 10 Best User Experiences list.
The APEAL study, or Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout Study uses 40 different factors over 10 situations to evaluate a customer’s emotional attachment to their vehicle. It tied for first with the 2020 Mazda CX-5 for compact SUVs. The Escape’s appeal, along with the Ford Mustang’s strong performance, gained Ford fourth place as a top-ranking brand among mass-market automakers, one spot higher than 2019’s placing.
The Escape’s position on the 10 Best User Experiences list from Wards is further proof of its status as one of the best SUVs for drivers and families. Thanks to its rich details and lack of glare, the Escape’s 12.3-inch digital cluster display earned the adoration of the judges. They also lauded its responsive smartphone pairing, voice command, human-like Lane-Keeping System, and other details like its blue ambient backlighting.
But the standard Ford Co-Pilot360™ technologies really clinched it. Not only is it an innovative feature at such an affordable price, but it helped make the 2020 Ford Escape a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Experience the award-winning 2020 Ford Escape for yourself by scheduling a test drive at Pegues Hurst Ford today.
Leaving your vehicle idle for a long period of time may save you gas money, but it could cost you more down the line. Cars are supposed to be driven, and letting them sit for too long causes serious maintenance problems. Consider these tips to keep your stationary car in the best shape possible.
Watch the tires
In as little as 30 days of inactivity, your tires can develop flat spots. This is as easy to prevent as rolling the car forward or backward so that it sits in a different position, or just driving it for a short while. Older tires can develop cracks or bulges, so always check your tires before taking it out of storage.
Check the battery
If you run your vehicle regularly, batteries usually don’t need extra maintenance. But if you’re planning on storing the car for a long period of time, consider a trickle charger. It provides a small amount of electricity to keep the battery topped off and prevents it from dying.
Measure the oil
Water condensation can build up in your engine oil over time. Instead of using a mileage-based oil change schedule, switch to a time-based one. Change the oil every six months or drive the car around every week or so to get it up to temperature. That will burn off the extra water condensation.
Get a car cover
Purchase a car cover if your vehicle is sitting outside. This will protect the interior, the paint job, and the tires from harsh UV light.
As spring came to a close, Mustang fans received some exciting news. Ford has officially announced that it’s bringing back the iconic Mustang Mach 1 for the 2021 model year. The special edition made its debut this June, marking a triumphant return for an exciting model that’s been on hiatus since 2004.
The new 2021 Mustang Mach 1 features a powerful 5.0-liter V8 under its hood, delivering an estimated 480 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. A newly-designed front end makes the Mach 1 the most track-ready 5.0-liter Mustang to date.
Its capabilities are further enhanced with Ford Performance parts taken straight from the Mustang Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT500 models. The standard Tremec™ 3160 6-speed manual transmission comes from the Shelby GT350, and is paired with the GT350 oil cooler system. There’s also an available 10-speed SelectShift™ designed with an improved torque converter. An available Handling Package provides even greater control at exhilarating speeds.
On the front end, a new fascia and grill make a bold statement while providing better aerodynamics and cooling. The new Mustang Mach 1 pays visual homage to its legacy with familiar-looking, black-accented stripes that run down its hood and sides.
Stay tuned to the Pegues Hurt Ford blog for more information, and be sure to tell us how excited you are for the new Mustang during your next maintenance visit.
Thanks to an influx of smart new technology, safe towing has never been easier. But when dealing with loads of up to 13,000 pounds, it’s still vital to be fully aware of safety tips and important precautions. From your friends at Pegues Hurst Ford, here are some tips for safely towing with your Ford truck.
Before you tow
Before you tow anything with your Ford truck, it’s important to drive the truck at least 1,000 miles. This will make for safer conditions when you tow for the first time, as you will know your vehicle better and feel more comfortable behind the wheel.
Know your GCWR
The Gross Combination Weight Rating, or GCWR, is the maximum weight your Ford truck can handle. It combines the weight of the truck, the passengers, the fuel, and your trailer. You need to memorize that number and ensure you’re always under it.
Load approximately 60 percent of the cargo weight in the front half of the trailer with the remaining 40 percent in the rear. Make sure the load is evenly balanced from side-to-side to make for optimal handling and minimal tire wear.
Always allow yourself more distance to brake when towing. If you’re equipped with a manual brake controller, lead with trailer brakes when possible. Lower gears will help when braking downhill.
By remembering these important tips, you can tow in confidence behind the wheel of your Ford truck. For more information and a look at our lineup of the latest Ford trucks, visit us as Pegues Hurst Ford today.
Have you ever been shopping for a new family vehicle and
found yourself confused about what makes a crossover different from an SUV? The
answer is really quite simple. Here’s how to tell the difference between
crossovers and SUVs.
By definition, a crossover’s build is based on a “unibody” design. This means that, like all sedans that have the same structure, the body and frame are one piece. SUVs, however, use a separately constructed body and frame on a truck chassis. Assembling the two halves creates what is known as a “body-on-frame” design.
The body-on-frame technique dates all the way back to the assembly of the Ford Model T. The same design style is used today on Ford’s trucks and SUVs because of its ability to withstand twisting and contortion far better than the crossover’s unibody frame. SUVs with body-on-frame construction like the F-150 and Expedition are also better for towing than their unibody counterparts, and are favored among off-road enthusiasts for their durability.
While not as structurally strong, the unibody design results
in better fuel economy and allows for more interior room for passengers and
cargo. Vehicles with unibody construction like the EcoSport and Escape also tend
to be safer than body-on-frame vehicles due to specially engineered “crumple
zones.” Due to this, however, damage in accidents tend to be a little more
extreme in unibody designs.
For more information to look at our lineup of Ford crossovers and SUVs, visit us at Pegues Hurst Ford today.
A used car has the potential to offer you much more than a
new car can. This includes a more affordable price tag, more options to choose
from, and a cheaper way to enjoy features, tech and cabin amenities that could
be cost-prohibitive in a new vehicle. However, a lower price tag doesn’t mean
that you don’t need a plan for affording your new ride. The following tips can
help you establish a realistic used car budget.
Used car calculations
Before heading into the dealership, you need to know exactly what you can afford – and what you are willing to pay – for a used car. Sometimes, the two do not equal the same amounts. Experts suggest keeping these stats in mind:
A maximum 20 percent of your take-home pay
should account for your monthly car payment. If you prefer to calculate
according to your gross pay, don’t exceed 15 percent.
Put down a minimum 20 percent at purchase.
Do not sign up for a car loan that exceeds 48
Why shop used at
Pegues Hurst Ford
Shopping for a used car means more options, and at Pegues
Hurst Ford, we offer an extensive inventory of high-quality used vehicles from
a variety of automakers and in a range of model years and price points. Plus,
our dedicated sales staff will work with you to get you behind the wheel of a
car that fits your budget.
Truck maintenance is key to keeping your vehicle running smoothly, as regular service prevents breakdowns as well as extends the life of your pickup truck. In Longview, Texas, there are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to maintenance, such as tire care, proper alignment, fresh air filters, and oil changes. First and foremost, be sure to change the oil and oil filter regularly. Check your car’s owner’s manual for the proper mileage — some trucks may be able to go as long as 7,500 miles before an oil change is necessary. While you won’t necessarily notice it if you miss one oil change, It can come back to haunt you in the long run. Change the air filter every 15,000-30,000 miles, as the intake can get clogged with dust, debris, and chemicals. Without proper airflow, you could be sacrificing fuel economy and power, and in some cases it can lead to carbon buildup. Even if you don’t need to change the filter yet, you can clean it using compressed air. Keep the wheels aligned properly, as this can reduce tire wear and ensure optimal handling. The alignment is more significantly affected by harsh terrain and potholes, so you should check the alignment if you drive off-road. Even if you don’t, the alignment will move out of place over time from general wear and tear. Tire care is key, as the tires are the only component that actually touches the road. Be sure tire pressure is correct — it tends to be affected by changes in temperature — and make sure there are no bald spots, cracking, or bulges in the rubber, each of which are signs you need new tires. Armed with this knowledge, your truck will surely cruise the terrain of Longview for years to come. If your truck needs new tires, an oil change, or seasonal service, bring it to Pegues Hurst Ford.
The Ford Mustang has become a cultural icon over the decades, being a best-seller year after year. Now, Ford is bringing a new member to the Mustang family. Releasing in late 2020, the all-new, all-electric Mustang Mach-E SUV is sure to be an immediate classic.
The first thing you notice on the Mach-E is its sleek,
futuristic curves that harken to the vintage American style of the Mustang. But
underneath the hood, the Mach-E is definitely modern. It will come with two
battery options: a standard and extended-range battery, the latter getting up
to 300 miles on one charge. Efficiency didn’t take away from power, though, as
it can produce 332 horsepower and 417 lb-ft of torque.
The innovative navigation will route you to any of the
12,500 public charging stations.
Two special editions are on the docket for customers. The GT
edition will have a 0-60-mph acceleration under 4 seconds, which is faster than
the Porsche Macan Turbo. The enhanced GT Performance Edition will be within the
mid-3-second range, comparable to a Porsche 911 GTS. The output of these
beauties will be around 459 horsepower and 612 lb-ft of torque.
Reservations for the new Mustang Mach-E are now open, and you can contact Pegues Hurst Ford to claim one of the first.
For decades, trucks like the Ford F-150 Raptor have utilized leaf spring suspensions for their simplicity. However, in recent years, new suspensions have been introduced to a variety of different work vehicles. According to reports, Ford could be getting ready to utilize one of these new suspension methods.
So why would Ford switch out suspensions for this vehicle?
As effective as the leaf spring suspension setup is for most trucks, those
built for off-roading, like the Raptor, would find coil springs to be more
This wouldn’t be the first time that Ford has utilized coil
spring suspensions for its off-road truck. Internationally, the Ford Ranger
Raptor model makes use of this suspension type, and has done so for quite some
However, this doesn’t mean that all of the Ford F-150 models
will lose their leaf spring suspensions. In fact, leaf spring suspensions are
perfect for vehicles that have to tow and haul heavy loads, meaning that
standard models of the F-150 will likely keep this suspension setup.
If you’d like to learn even more about the Ford F-150 or its off-roading variants, feel free to speak with our team of truck experts at Pegues Hurst Ford.
The Ford Bronco is
back and better than ever. For the 2020 model year, Ford is building on the
legacy of one of its most iconic SUVs.
The 2020 Bronco design
will feature a striking, adventure-ready exterior, a powerful engine, and the
latest high-tech features. Plus, the new Bronco may have a removable-door
design, which means you can open up the cabin like never before.
According to AutoGuide, Ford recently filed a patent for a new Bronco
design with removable doors, including intelligent safety systems like a
collapsible rod to provide protection even if the doors are taken off. While
few details are confirmed about what exactly the 2020 Bronco looks like, a
removable-door design will certainly appeal to off-road enthusiasts.
The Bronco will also
likely come with the 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine found on the
Ranger model, as well as a 10-speed automatic transmission with a two-speed
“The Ford Bronco is
back by popular demand. The iconic SUV was one of the world’s leading 4×4
vehicles for three decades, from the mid-sixties until the mid-nineties,” states
Ford in a press release. “This new generation Bronco boasts the latest in smart
technology and a bold new look while remaining true to its rugged roots.”
The Bronco, which was first introduced in 1965, was taken out of the lineup in 1996. However, the 2020 model promises to bring back the unforgettable durability and design. We look forward to having it at Pegues Hurst Ford for you to buy.