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
Oil Change and Tire Rotation
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
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
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
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.
Are you worried about your new teen driver’s safety behind
the wheel, especially when you’re not in the car to monitor? Then try out one
of the four apps for safe teen driving, recommended by The News Wheel:
Focus by TeenDrive
To use this app, you will also need to
purchase a beacon to install in your car and create an account online. When
your teen’s phone is within 20 feet of this beacon, it will sync with it,
meaning that when the car is in motion, all text and social media notifications
will be blocked. Drivers can still utilize navigation and music apps.
While Focus requires that you purchase a beacon, MOTIVATE
operates just with the app on the phone — and teens may be more eager to use
this one. That’s because MOTIVATE is an incentive app that rewards teens for
safe driving. MOTIVATE pauses app notifications when the teen is driving and
awards them points for prizes for safe driving.
When your teen’s vehicle is in motion, the phone
automatically locks. And if they unlock it? You’ll get a notification so you
can talk to your teen about safe driving.
Currently, Drivemode is available only for Android users. It
uses voice command, reads texts aloud, supports Google Maps, and more. Most
importantly? It turns off notifications.
If you and your teen are starting to shop for their first vehicle, stop by L&L Motor. We’ll help match you with the right Ford model to suit your budget and preferences.
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.
Finding fun ways to entertain your children during Utah’s
winter can be difficult — but we have a few ideas for you. Here’s a look at
some fun indoor entertainment centers in Utah that you can take your whole
family to for an exciting day out.
Love is in the air, and Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Looking to spend the day with your loved one in a unique way? Vernal residents should try out one of these unique Valentine’s Day getaways in Utah:
Salt Lake City
The capital city of Utah is the epicenter of culture and fine dining. Take your significant other to explore a museum, take in the natural beauty of Red Butte Garden, and enjoy a nice dinner somewhere in Temple Square.
If you and your loved one enjoy “roughin’ it” together, rent a cabin out in Arches National Park in Moab. The views are incredible, and you can quench your thirst for adventure with a day of cross-country skiing at La Sal Mountain before relaxing in your cozy romantic cabin with a hot tub and bottle of champagne.
Are you and your significant other avid skiers? The best place to spend the long Valentine’s Day weekend is in Park City, which is home to three world-class ski resorts, several fine-dining establishments, the Blue Sky Ranch for scenic horseback rides, and a delicious whiskey tasting at the High West Distillery.
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.”
Just 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.
Whether it’s the winter blues or just holiday indulgence, it can be difficult to stay as fit in the colder months as it can be in the summer. Luckily, we have a few ideas as to how to stay active this holiday season:
Get into snow sports
Living in Vernal gives us great access to awesome winter sports, like skiing, snowboarding, skating, and snowshoeing. Try one out this winter season.
Go for a walk
Winter walks can be beautiful and quite cozy when you bundle up appropriately. They’re also a great way to maintain heart health and they don’t require too much stamina. Just make sure the walkways aren’t icy before heading out.
Play active games
f you have kids at home, try playing hide-and-seek indoors or, better yet, get out the old Wii and play your favorite Wii sports.
Take a class
If working out at the gym by yourself just isn’t enticing to you, sign up for a class, like yoga or cycling. Better yet, skip the gym and sign up for a beginner’s dancing or karate class.
Build a snowman or go sledding
Outdoor activities don’t have to be strenuous. Just getting out of the house to make a snowman or go sledding with friends and family will brighten your spirits and boost your endorphins.
For more pastimes to enjoy during the holidays, contact us at L&L Motor. We’ll be happy to share more of our favorites.
Are you ready to get into the ho-ho-holiday spirit? Then check out one of these exciting holiday events near Vernal, Utah, this winter.
Annual Vernal Community Holly Days Festival
This free holiday event is perfect for the whole family. This year, we are celebrating the 15th year of the Holly Days Festival, and the theme is North Pole Fantasy. The festival includes a number of free events — including the parade, Grinch look-alike contest, Jingle Bell Show & Glow, and gingerbread house contest — as well as food for purchase and will be held on Nov. 23 from 12-8 p.m. Learn more here.
ESA’s 54th Annual Holiday Bazaar
Head to nearby Rangely, Colorado, for the ESA’s 54th Annual Holiday Bazaar. The event will be held on Nov. 11 at Parkview Elementary. If you are a vendor, you can purchase a space for $25, with funds supporting St. Jude Children’s Cancer Research Hospital. And if you’re just in the market for unique Christmas gifts, stop by and support a local vendor! Get more info here.
Trees for Charity
This is the season of giving — so give back at the annual Trees for Charity gala event. Learn more here.
For more family-friendly pastimes in the area, contact us at L&L Motor. We’ll be happy to share our recommendations.