Here’s How to Get Your Ford Ready for Summer Road Trips

get your Ford ready for summer road trips

School’s almost out, the days are getting longer, and the weather’s warming up, which means it’s time to get on the road and explore our country with a good old-fashioned road trip. But is your car, truck, or SUV ready for the vacation? Here’s how to get your Ford ready for summer road trips:

Oil Change and Tire Rotation

 Before putting long miles on your Ford, make sure it has fresh oil for optimal engine performance and recent tire rotation for even tire wearing. If you service at L&L Motor, we can also let you know of any other maintenance items that are due, and we’ll do a full inspection to make sure your Ford is operating safely before your trip.

Clean Inside and Out

 Car washes and waxes are important for preserving your car’s exterior, especially after a winter filled with snow and road salt. But you should also clean out the inside of your Ford before your trip — and bring along trash bags to keep it clean during your vacation.

Check the Basics

Before heading out, make sure that your tire pressure is correct, your windshield wiper blades aren’t leaving streaks, all your headlights are working, and your AC is operating correctly. This will save you unexpected troubles during your trip.

Contact us at L&L Motor to schedule a pre-trip maintenance appointment for your vehicle.

2020 Ford Escape Is Best-Performing Version Ever

2020 Ford Escape

Last month, Ford announced that the new 2020 Ford Escape would be the best-performing Escape that the Blue Oval has ever produced.

For starters, the 1.5-liter EcoBoost, which will come standard on S, SE, and SEL models, will produce 180 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque and enable towing of up to 2,000 pounds. For the first time ever, this EcoBoost engine will feature cylinder deactivation for more efficient driving.

The other gas engine is the 2.0-liter EcoBoost, available on the Titanium, which will crank out 250 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. This engine will also launch the EcoBoost from 0-60 mph in 10-percent less time than the outgoing 2.0-liter Escape engine and will enable towing up to 3,500 pounds.

The Escape became the world’s first hybrid SUV back in 2005. For 2020, Ford is offering two alternative-fuel powertrain options; the Ford Escape will be available as a hybrid or as a plug-in hybrid. No matter which powertrain the Escape is set up with, Ford estimates that the Escape will manage at least 400 miles between fill-ups. The standard 2020 Ford Escape hybrid with front-wheel drive should achieve a best-in-class EPA-estimated range — more than 550 miles on a single tank.

Contact us at L&L Motor for the latest updates on the 2020 Ford Escape.

Ford EcoSport Makes Parking Easy

Ford EcoSport

Whether you live in a city or a suburb, the struggle to find a parking spot for your vehicle is real. Even here in Vernal — especially if you head into one of the popular businesses lining Main Street — you might find it difficult to find a spot where you want it to be. The Ford EcoSport is here to change that. In fact, when you’re behind the wheel of the EcoSport, you should be able to find what Ford calls EcoSpots — parking spots that are prefect for the EcoSport’s short body.

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2019 Ford Ranger Is Most Fuel-Efficient Gas-Powered Midsize Pickup in America

This just in: The all-new 2019 Ford Ranger, the most recent addition to the Ford lineup, has been rated the most fuel-efficient gas-powered midsize pickup in America, beating out competition like the Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon, and Toyota Tacoma.

So just how efficient is the new Ford Ranger? According to EPA estimates, the Ranger achieves up to 21 miles per gallon in the city, 26 on the highway, and 23 combined. That comes from the 2.3-liter EcoBoost® gas engine on 4×2 models. Even 4×4 Rangers are highly efficient with this engine, at an EPA estimated 20 miles per gallon in the city, 24 on the highway, and 22 combined.

This engine earns more than class-leading fuel economy, however. At 310 lb-ft, the EcoBoost engine also boasts best-in-class torque and it also offers best-in-class towing capacity at 7,500 pounds.

“Midsize truck customers have been asking for a pickup that’s Built Ford Tough,” remarked Todd Eckert, Ford truck group marketing manager. “And Ranger will deliver with durability, capability, and fuel efficiency, while also providing in-city maneuverability and the freedom desired by many midsize pickup truck buyers to go off the grid.”

Ford has already begun production on the new mid-size Ranger at the Michigan Assembly Plant. Test-drive it when it arrives on our lot at L&L Motor. You can also take a whirl in one of our other shiny new 2019 models.

*EPA-estimated city/hwy mpg for the model indicated. See fueleconomy.gov for fuel economy of other engine/transmission combinations. Actual mileage will vary.

Is a Four-Door Mustang Sedan in the Works?

four-door Mustang sedanJust last month, Mustang6G shared that Ford may have let the cat (or pony, as it were) out of the bag at a recent dealer event about a new four-door Mustang sedan on the horizon. If we are to believe the rumors, this new Mustang will take its power from a turbo V8 and compete directly with models like the Audi A7 and the Porsche Panamera.

This is the second big Mustang rumor we’ve heard recently. Other reports suggest that we will see a Mach 1 all-electric performance SUV within the next three years; this model will fuse together the Ford Mustang and Ford Explorer into one high-performance SUV.

It is interesting for Ford to hint at this upcoming sedan, since earlier this year the Blue Oval announced that it would be phasing out its sedans entirely. The Fiesta will continue for the 2019 model year, and the Fusion will stick around awhile longer, but the rest will be disappearing in favor of electric vehicles and SUVs. Yet here comes a brand new four-door Mustang sedan.

Nothing, of course, is official yet, but we’ll keep our ears to the ground for more Mustang rumors and confirmation directly from Ford in the coming months. Contact us at L&L Motor to find out about the latest developments from Ford.

Ford F-150 Hybrid Production Confirmed for 2020

Earlier this fall, Ford confirmed something major for America’s favorite pickup truck: Ford F-150 hybrid production will begin at the Rouge complex in Dearborn, Michigan, in 2020. The Rouge complex this year celebrates its 100 year anniversary; its history dates back to 1918, when workers built Eagle Boats during World War I for the United States Navy.

It is fitting that the new Ford F-150 hybrid will be produced at this location. Since its inception, Rouge has been about producing innovative vehicles that lead the market.

“Just as the Rouge has been a harbinger of progress for a century, Ford is committed to ensuring our trucks continue to power the world in a sustainable way — whether they are powered by EcoBoost engines, hybrid powertrains, or are fully electric,” according to Ford.

Rouge will certainly be doing the environment a favor by producing a new hybrid pickup. But this won’t be the complex’s only environmental achievement. In fact, the plant recently earned zero-waste-to-landfill status and is currently working to remove potable water from its manufacturing process.

Ford F-150 hybrid production will also involve a $45 million investment in the Advanced Manufacturing Center in Redford and a $35 million investment in the Allen Park UAW-Ford training facility.

Stop by L&L Motor to test-drive your favorite Ford model.

Here Are Five Vehicle Features We Are Thankful For

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so we at L&L Motor have been talking about what we are thankful for. One of the big things? Advances in vehicle safety. Here are five vehicles features we are grateful for this year:

All-Wheel Drive 

When the roads get wet from rain or snow, we are happy to rely on our vehicles’ all-wheel drive systems, which provide or traction. But all-wheel drive is only half the battle — you also need tires that provide adequate grip.

Rearview Cameras

Rearview cameras are now an industry standard — and thank goodness for that. Rearview cameras make it much easier to see when reversing and keep pedestrians in parking lots and on sidewalks much safer.

Forward Collision Warning 

This modern safety feature alerts you if you are approaching a frontal barrier, like another car, too quickly. Some cars even have systems that will apply brakes for you if you do not react quickly enough.

Blind Spot Monitoring

Blind spots have long been the biggest pain about driving, but with blind spot monitoring/warnings, you have a better idea of what is around you.

Adaptive Cruise Control

Cruise control is great until the car in front of you inexplicably slows down. Adaptive cruise control maintains a consistent distance from the traffic ahead of you.

Stop by L&L Motor to test-drive one of our new Ford models equipped with some of these safety features.

Ford Will Reduce Platforms, Add Vehicles by 2023

Big things are coming from the Blue Oval. In fact, just last month, Ford announced that it will reduce platforms for its vehicles. Instead of the nine platforms that currently underpin its vehicles, Ford will soon have just five. At the same time, Ford will add nine new nameplates to its lineup by 2023. That will bring its total vehicle count to 23, which is three more than it currently offers.

So what are the five platforms that will remain? According to The News Wheel, they are the unibody for FWD and AWD, unibody for RWD and AWD, unibody for battery-electric vehicles, unibody for commercial vans, and body-on-frame for RWD and AWD. This decision will help evolve the One Ford Concept that former CEO Alan Mulally originally developed. More importantly, this will save Ford $7 billion and will get new Ford models into dealerships faster.

Though Ford plans to add nine new vehicles within the next five years, it will also be retiring the Fusion, Taurus, C-MAX, Flex, and Fiesta. In doing so, Ford will drop the average age of vehicles in its lineup from 5.7 years to 3.3 years.

“It’s like selling fish and vegetables,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford’s head of product development and purchasing. “The fresher it is, the better they do.”

For more updates from Ford, contact us at L&L Motor. We can also set you up with a test drive of your favorite Ford model.

Ford Is Paying Driver’s License Fees for Female Drivers in Saudi Arabia

While we fight for equality for women here in America, we must also remember that women and their male allies throughout the world are also fighting that same battle. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Saudi Arabia where, for the first time, women have earned the right to drive.

Ford hopes to make a difference in this monumental policy change. Thus far, Ford has offered special driving courses to female drivers in Saudi Arabia and even bestowed a brand new Ford Mustang to a women’s rights activist. Ford’s latest move is to fund the driver’s license fees for women in Saudi Arabia via its vehicle distributor, Al Jazirah Vehicles Agency Co.

Though it seems small, this is a huge gift from Ford, as getting licensed in Saudi Arabia costs nearly $700. Any Saudi Arabian women who want to take advantage of this assistance need only to submit a receipt for the fees by September 30.

“Ford is committed to delivering the best products, services, and we are in turn committed to helping out female customers in getting the best overall ownership experience in the Kingdom,” remarked Mohammed Al Kraidees, CEO, Al Jazirah Vehicles Agencies Co. “AJVA will pay the cost of obtaining a driver’s license, and we hope that this will further facilitate this process and help more women to get behind the wheel of their dream Ford car as soon as possible.”

We here at L&L Motor would like to congratulate Ford for helping the women of Saudi Arabia gain their driving independence. This time is long overdue.