The Best SUVs for Vacation

Best SUVs for Vacation
The Ford Expedition’s three roomy rows make it an ideal SUV for vacations

When you’re going on a family vacation, there can be a thin line between a great trip and a catastrophe. That’s why it’s especially important to take the right vehicle, an SUV like the Escape, Explorer, Edge, or Expedition. Each of these model has tons of storage, a comfortable interior, great entertainment options, and a fuel-sipping powertrain.

Parents.com argues that space is very important—one reason you should always pack light. Many Ford models come with tons of space for storage and legroom, making them ideal models for long road trips. Below is a list of SUVs and their storage space and seating:

  • 2016 Ford Edge – 73.4 cu ft –  seating for five
  • 2016 Ford Escape – 67.8 cu ft –  seating for five
  • 2016 Ford Explorer – 80.7 cu ft – seating for seven
  • 2016 Ford Expedition – 108.3 cu ft – seating for eight

Depending on the size of your family, you can select the right Ford model for you. You’ll always have room for bags, as well as plenty of space for seating.

Ford models also come with great features for keeping the kids entertained. These include the advanced Ford SYNC with MyFord touch system, helping you to stay better entertained than ever before. Rear seat DVD systems are available, as well as integrated Wi-Fi and premium audio systems.

Best of all, Ford models are renowned for their fuel economy. The Edge and Escape get up to 30 highway mpg, while the Explorer gets an impressive 28 highway mpg. Finally, the Expedition can get up to 21 mpg—incredible for a full-size SUV. It’s undeniable that Ford models are the best SUVs for vacation.

The Road Trip of a Lifetime: Flaming Gorge-Uintas Scenic Byway

Photo by Ken Lund
Photo by Ken Lund

Hop in your new car and check out the Flaming Gorge-Uintas Scenic Byway. This 68-mile drive consists of three different roadways, starting in Vernal, UT. Cutting right through the Ashley National Forest, you can experience a range of terrains, winding roads, and scenic views like nowhere else.

According to My Scenic Drives, this route is consistently voted one of the top drives in the region. Sometimes called the “drive through the ages,” you can see what the world was like before settlers arrived. The Byway goes through arid desert, aspen forests, and red canyon rocks, showing you the best of Utah.

Along the way you can see some truly fascinating exhibits and make some exciting stops. The Dinosaur National Monument is one of the prime sources for dinosaur bones in North America. With a visitor center and displays all across the canyon, you can see dinosaurs frozen in time right in the rock wall. Plus, there are scenic overlooks and whitewater rafting in the area.

The Byway will also take you past the Jones Hole Scenic Byway, a route that circles past a 2,000-foot-deep gorge. There is also a massive fish hatchery, hiking, and petrified forests in the area as well.

Whether you are a visitor or a Utah native, the Flaming Gorge-Uintas Scenic Byway is a must for any road trip. Simply get in your car and discover what makes this region so great.

Make Life Easier with Ford Commercial Vehicles

Ford commercial vehiclesFord commercial vehicles offer a range of options and designs to meet virtually any need. Depending on your job or situation, a commercial vehicle may be right for you. These include models like the Ford Transit, E-Series, Chassis Cab, Super Duty, F-650, and F-750. These models are tough and durable, as well as convenient and practical.

Who would benefit from a commercial vehicle? These models make great work vehicles, perfect for plumbers, electricians, and other skilled workers. For example, the Ford Transit Connect has a maximum payload of 1,620 pounds, up to 178 horsepower, and it can tow up to 2,000 pounds. It is also efficient and spacious, great for small businesses and contractors. Plus, you can put your business logo right on the side.

For construction workers or jobs that require heavy lifting, check out the F-650, F-750, and the Chassis Cab. The F-650 and F-750 come with massive engines and heavy-duty transmissions, capable of towing up to 37,000 pounds. According to Ford, these models have the only gas engines offered for Class 6-7 trucks. The Chassis Cab has a class-exclusive live-drive power takeoff system, and it can tow up to 26,600 pounds.

Need something for your team or club? Check out the Ford Transit Van. This model comes with a massive variety of configurations, up to 4,650 pounds in maximum payload, and a maximum GVWR of 10,360 pounds. With an affordable price and durable design, you’ll love the new Transit Van.

Advantages of OEM Parts

Advantages of OEM PartsHaving a car part break down and fail on you is an unfortunate occurrence, but it is also common. Therefore, it is important to replace that part as soon as possible. One of the best ways to do so is by using OEM parts. OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer, which means that OEM parts come straight from the automaker who designed your vehicle. That creates a number of benefits. The following are some of the advantages of OEM Parts.

Quality

Automakers want to use the best parts to ensure their vehicles function properly. Therefore, when you order OEM parts, you are obtaining vehicle parts that are more likely to possess a higher quality of build and design for your vehicle.

Longevity

Not only are OEM parts designed to have high quality. They are also built to last! By using OEM parts, your vehicle will need fewer part replacements down the road.

Compatibility

OEM parts are the original parts for your vehicle. Therefore, they are much more likely to work together well with the other parts that originally came equipped with your vehicle.

For all of the Ford OEM parts you need, stop by the L&L Motors service department.

Ford Recycles Enough Aluminum to Make 30,000 Ford F-150 Trucks

Recycled Aluminum A lot has already been said about the Ford F-150’s unique aluminum body. The aluminum alloy helps make the Ford F-150 the toughest truck in the automotive industry! What might be less obvious is that the F-150’s use of aluminum makes it one of the greenest vehicles in the industry as well. Ford recycles enough aluminum in a month to make 30,000 Ford F-150 trucks.

Each month, Ford recycles a total of 20 million pounds of aluminum. That aluminum is then repurposed to create a new fleet of Ford F-150 vehicles.

How does Ford save so much aluminum to be reused? Using the closed-loop system at Dearborn Stamping Plant, Ford is able to repurpose unused aluminum in their vehicle manufacturing.

That’s good news for the environment, especially because the use of recycled aluminum avoids 95 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions that result from primary aluminum production.

For a truck that is guaranteed to keep you and the planet safer, go for the aluminum standard of the Ford F-150.

How to Remove Paint Scratches

remove paint scratches

Getting a scratch on your car, whether on the road or removing items from your trunk, flat out sucks. If the scratch is noticeable, it’s just that much worse. Even if it isn’t too noticeable, once you see it, you can never forget about it. While you can come into our repair shop for major scratches, you can also fix little ones yourself. Here’s how to remove paint scratches.

Before you get started, you’ll want to take a good look at the scratches you’d like to fix. If you can catch your fingernail on them, they be too deep for an at-home job. Additionally, the scratches will be easier to fix the lighter they are. Attempting to fix deep scratches could result in a worse-looking paint job.

Once you’ve identified the scratches you think you can fix, clean them then grab a soft cloth and dampen it. Next, head to the bathroom and pick up your toothpaste. Add a few dabs of toothpaste to the cloth then rub it onto the scratch in a circular motion.

After a few rotations lift the cloth. If the scratch is gone, you’re done! If not, keep going.

2017 Ford GT Undergoing Road Tests

Spotting prototypes is like bird watching to auto enthusiasts, especially those with a need for speed. The latest sighting puts a 2017 Ford GT undergoing road tests for the first time. Considering spotting any form of a Ford GT, old or new, is a rarity, it’s no surprise the latest Ford GT spotting made headlines.

While the spotting doesn’t tell us much, it looks like the GT rides just as low as it looks in the pictures Ford has previously released. On top of that, it’s a little easier to judge just how long, wide, and high the car is based on other vehicles around it.

Ford began taking applications – yes, applications – from potential buyers not long ago in an effort to weed out those who are looking to resell the car. Questions included how active the applicant is on social media, how many Fords they’ve owned, and how often they’d drive the 2017 Ford GT.

Even if someone looking to make a profit does have their application accepted, Ford is also including a legal document that states the owner can’t sell the car for a specific amount of time.

The 2017 Ford GT will feature a gorilla glass windshield, a first in the industry. Under the hood is a 3.5-liter twin-turbo engine that bursts onto the road with over 600 hp thanks to its carbon fiber construction.

Tips for Road Trips with Kids

Tips for road trips with kidsRoad trips can be fun, but if you have young kids, they tend to be exhausting. But before you spend money on plane tickets to avoid the car ride, first consider these tips for road trips with kids:

Print Out Games

It’s a classic fix, sure, and won’t last the whole time. But it’ll definitely keep them from asking, “Are we there yet?” for a couple of hours. About Travel provides you with a couple of links to printable games.

DIY Car Sick Bag

Kids can have upset tummies pretty easily, and even if they don’t, they might think they do. Make a do-it-yourself car sick bag with saltines, Gatorade, motion sickness meds, Tums, and Clorox Wipes and a plastic bag (just in case somebody gets sick in the car.)

Car Pulley System

This makes passing things to and from the front and back easy and fun. Tie a rope between the front and back handles on the ceiling of your car, then tie a bucket to the rope ends. Just shimmy the bucket back and forth! See how it works here.

Snacks!

Seriously, never underestimate the power of snacks so you don’t hear “I’m hungry” every five seconds. Pack your own snack bag with plenty of snacks and drinks.

Ford Driving Skills for Life Introduces Drugged Driving Suit

Drugged driving suit

Ford Driving Skills for Life is in its 13th year, taking its driving clinic all around the U.S, and to 34 other countries. This program is intended to increase awareness of pedestrian safety, the dangers of drowsy driving, and the risks associated with not wearing your seat belt. But this year, Ford Driving Skills for Life introduces the Drugged Driving Suit.

The Drunk Driving Suit debuted in 2013, but for the first time, the program offers a Drugged Driving Suit, too. Those attending ride-and-drive events will wear both suits to show them just how impaired they can be when driving drunk or high. The suits give students the same effects as drugs and alcohol, like slow movement, reduced coordination, blurred vision, and difficulty with normal tasks.

“Our new Drugged Driving Suit is intended to complement our Drunk Driving Suit, giving students a critical eye into the consequences of impaired driving,” said Jim Graham, manager of Ford Driving Skills for Life. This program offers crucial experience to make students, particularly teens, aware of the dangers of risky driving.

Teens are still the highest victims of car crashes, but with programs like Ford’s, awareness is increased and lives can be saved.

Ford Gives 5 Customers a Behind-The-Scenes Look at the Ford Super Duty

Super Duty Insiders Frame ReviewFord customers are some of the most loyal customers around! They’ve come to rely on Ford to help them with their lives and their businesses. Now, Ford is giving a select group of loyal customers the experience of a lifetime. The American carmaker is giving five customers a behind-the-scenes look at the Ford Super Duty.

Ford reached out to five customers who use the F-Series Super Duty every day to assist them with their jobs and businesses. These five customers will be part of a campaign that gives them an insider look at how the durability of the Super Duty fleet of vehicles is tested.

“We’re taking these customers behind the scenes to witness what goes into development and testing of the new Super Duty,” said Craig Schmatz, Ford F-Series Super Duty chief engineer. “Every day these customers work hard and rely on our trucks. They know better than anyone what it takes to get the job done and how Super Duty can make that happen.”

Only Ford can claim to have both the toughest vehicle and the most loyal customers. Once you’ve discovered everything a Ford vehicle can offer, you’ll become a loyal customer too!