The Detroit Free Press (FREEP) has named the 2021 Ford F-150 as its 2021 Truck of the Year, giving the light-duty pickup truck its second major award of the young year. The F-150 also recently won the North American Truck of the Year award against competitors like the Ram 1500 TRX and the Jeep® Gladiator Mojave.
A best-in-class towing capacity of 14,000 pounds is one factor that helped the 2021 F-150 clean up in early 2021. The PowerBoost™ Full-Hybrid V6 scored points for its efficiency and power, and the Max Recline Seats earned praise for their innovative ability to fold nearly flat for supreme relaxation during a tiring day on the jobsite or a long family road trip.
Segment-exclusive over-the-air update capabilities help you always stay connected in your 2021 Ford F-150. An available Interior Work Surface makes it so paperwork doesn’t have to be done on the hood of your truck. The upcoming Active Drive Assist hands-free system is a futuristic addition that’s sure to catch many eyes.
Small details like the built-in measuring stick, cell phone holder, c-clamp receivers on the tailgate, and the longer-than-normal extended running boards also helped the 2021 Ford F-150 stand out to the judges behind the awards.
You can experience the award-winning 2021 Ford F-150 for yourself when you schedule a test drive at Pegues Hurst Ford in Longview, Texas, today.
Ford fans have known for a long time that the Bronco was cool, but Kelly Blue Book has now made it official. The all-new Ford Bronco Sport came out on top of the KBB.com list of the 10 Coolest Cars Under $30,000 for 2021.
The cool factor
What makes a vehicle like the 2021 Bronco Sport cool? According to KBB.com, the Bronco Sport is made for people who enjoy an outdoors lifestyle, and designed with classic styling plus the safari-style roof, multiple vibrant color options, and available accessories like a bottle opener in the cargo area. The off-road 4×4 capability is definitely a plus, too. The Bronco Sport is also smaller than the Bronco, making it easier for daily driving.
The Mustang makes the grade
Ford has a long history of producing cool cars, with the Ford Mustang leading the way. KBB placed the 2021 Mustang at number 4 on list, making Ford the only brand with two of the coolest cars under $30,000. The Mustang made the list because of its level of technology, great powertrains, and independent rear suspension. Other cars with long-standing cool reputations like the Dodge Challenger, Volkswagen Golf GTI, Chevrolet Camaro, and MINI Cooper were also on the list.
You can test drive the certified-cool 2021 Ford Bronco Sport today when you visit Pegues Hurst Ford in Longview, Texas.
The J.D. Power Initial Quality Study surveys new vehicle owners after their first 90 days of ownership in an attempt to find the most reliable vehicles during their first few months. The 2020 Ford Ranger topped the midsize pickup truck class to take home the prestigious award.
The 2020 Ranger beat out both the Chevrolet Colorado and Honda Ridgeline for the award. The hard-working truck joined two other Ford models that stood atop their respective classes: the 2020 Ford Mustang and 2020 Ford Super Duty. The 2020 Ford Fusion received second place in its class and the F-150 ranked third in the large light-duty pickup segment.
The 2020 Ford Ranger also won a silver ranking in the J.D. Power Plant Assembly Line Quality Awards, reflecting Ford’s dedication to safe and pleasurable working conditions.
The 2020 Ranger offers up to 7,500 pounds of towing capacity to go along with a best-in-class 1,860-pound payload rating. Its 2.3-liter EcoBoost® generates more gas torque than any other midsize truck at 310 lb-ft. The class-exclusive 10-speed SelectShift® automatic transmission provides you with smooth and easy control over the raw power.
Adventure is waiting thanks to technology like the electronic-shift-on-the-fly system, which enables you to switch between 4×4 high, 4×4 low, and 2WD.
Experience the power of the 2020 Ford Ranger for yourself when you schedule a test drive here at Pegues Hurst Ford in Longview, Texas, today.
Ford is leading the way for standard safety with its innovative Ford Co-Pilot360™ Technology suite. To improve the effectiveness of its driver-assistive safety features in the future, Ford is expanding its partnership with Mobileye to leverage the company’s advanced devices and software.
Mobileye, an Intel company, produces the EyeQ® family of devices. Next-generation Ford vehicles will exclusively use EyeQ® computer chips and software to improve camera-based features like Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking and Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control. Mobileye innovation will also power Active Drive Assist, the hands-free driving technology that debuts in 2021 on the all-new Ford Mustang Mach-E and F-150.
“It is a privilege to extend and expand our long-standing collaboration with a company that is so committed to safety on behalf of its global customer base,” said Professor Amnon Shashua, president and CEO, Mobileye. “We look forward to working closely together to bring these functionalities to market in the full Ford product lineup.”
Ford Co-Pilot360™ Technology is standard for several new vehicles available at Pegues Hurst Ford, including the powerful and imposing Expedition and the rough and rugged Explorer. Ford plans to make its suite of features standard across its entire lineup over the next several years and will continue to expand offerings with even more advanced safety-focused features.
If you want to learn more about Ford Co-Pilot360™ Technology and how it can make your driving experience safer and easier, check out the wide selection of intelligent vehicles available at Pegues Hurst Ford in Longview, Texas. We’ll be happy to fix you up with a test drive and demonstrate what Ford Co-Pilot360™ can do for you.
Ford customers looking to get the most out of their money are bound to be excited over the announcement that Ford Motor Company and the First National Bank of Omaha are teaming up to offer the FordPass™ Rewards Visa Card. This new credit card will let you save on Ford products and accumulate high points when you do so.
David Loffin, the manager of Customer Experience at Ford, had this to say in a recent statement: “Not only does this card match the features of other major players in the credit card space, it offers customers a means to reduce the cost of ownership by redeeming Points to purchase, lease, or service their vehicle.”
No annual fee is attached to the FordPass™ Rewards Visa Card. Spend more than $499 at a Ford dealership like Pegues Hurst to qualify for zero-percent introductory APR for your first six billing cycles from the purchase.
Earn 10 percent back in points when you service your Ford, five percent back for other products at Ford dealerships, and three percent back for auto insurance, parking, gas, dining, and tolls. All other purchases receive one-percent cash back. Spend $3,000 within the first three billing cycles to receive a $100 statement credit and spend $6,000 in your first 12 straight billing cycles for a $200 annual statement credit.
For more information on how to save with this new Visa, pay us a visit at Pegues Hurst Ford today.
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.