Monday, February 20, 2017

2017 Ford F-150 - How technology is making truck ownership better

2017 Ford F150 truck for sale at Gresham Ford

Everyone knows what a F-150 looks like and most of us have owned one or at least been in one before.  No surprise because the Ford F-150 has been the best selling truck since 1977.   Ford claims that all this success is rooted in its purpose built design.  The F150 was built from the ground up to be a durable, capable and easy to use work truck.  

Yep, that's right it just plain looks cool.  The 2017 F150 delivers an impressive combination of power, capability and efficiency; from the advanced materials that enhance durability to breakthrough pickup box innovations.   This is the absolute smartest F150 that Ford has ever built. In vehicle technologies like Active Park Assist and wiper activated headlamps just start the new technology list.  
2017 Ford F150 for sale at Gresham Ford pulling a boat

  • Enter It - Driver Entry Technologies include things like Global Opening  Windows.  This feature comes in handy when you've taken your buddies out for lunch and they all chose the chili cheese dog special and you need to get the windows rolled down fast while you are stuck in traffic trying to get back to work.  Ford thought about it and added features for you.   Intelligent access with push button start allows you to keep the key in your pocket or purse and and just grab the door handle in order to open the truck.  The F150 senses that you are near the car and allows you to enter.  This also comes with push button start which makes so much sense in Oregon, especially right now as we are looking at another stretch of snowpocalypse.  This is also a safer option as opposed to the traditional warming up your vehicle.  The push button start actually locks your vehicle, starts it and keeps it running for 10 minutes.  That way if your plans change you don't have to worry about your truck running out of gas in the driveway.  Memory driver's seats have saved many a relationship. They allow you to save your exact drivers seat position with the push of a button on the door.  There are 3 saved positions in the 2017 F150 - that way you and your beloved both have your exact saved position ready to go at the push of a button.  The keyless entry pad is also a life saver.  If you lost your keys, left them in the car - that sort of thing, Ford has provided you with a keyless entry pad on the B pillar of the F150.  This way you just enter your six digit customized code and gain access to your vehicle.  No AAA needed.  And to round out the list of driver entry technologies, Ford has included an universal garage door opener.  This way you can program your truck to the garage door and don't have to keep track of the clicker ever again.  Ford engineers love their own trucks and have added all this technology to help make your F150 owning experience a better one.  
    2017 F150 Crew Cab Interior for sale at Gresham Ford
  • Drive It - Driver Assist Technologies.  Ford has not scrimped on this group of bells and whistles at all.  First is the 180 degree camera system located on the instrument panel which allows toggling thru various camera views: while in park, neutral or drive and with just a press of the button you can display front images.  The front normal view provides an image of what is directly in front of the vehicle.  You can access this by pressing the camera button.  As you can imagine this comes in very handy when parallel parking and avoiding impact with the tiny Prius parked in front of you. The Front Tri-Panel View provides an extended view of what is in front of the vehicle to provide a cross-traffic view on oncoming vehicles, people, bikes, dogs, etc.  This is also accessed by pressing the camera button but from the normal view screen.  You can also probably imagine this coming in handy when driving downtown and trying to inch out of an alley or onto a street with large vehicle parked on either side.  Ford engineers really love the F150 and drive it themselves.   
    F150 Crew Cab Sunroof for Sale at Gresham
  • Enjoy It - Driver Convenience Technologies. One of the things that is universally loved by everyone who purchases the F150 is the AC Power Outlets.  Just consider the possibilities.  Besides powering all your other phone charger you can use all your multimedia and electronic devices.  If you are the camping type consider all the kitchen appliances that could now be powered in your backseat.  Besides having all that access to power you will also enjoy the Sony audio system that provides speakers throughout the F150 cabin and includes a dedicated Sony amplifier that provides an enhanced audio experience.  You can listen to your music with the radio, CD, USB, Sirus, and Bluetooth audio streaming too.  You have a world of choices.  Not all of our features that you will truly enjoy are inside the truck.  Especially in Oregon and East County we hate to scrape our windshields.  The F150 has been built with QuickClear Electric Windshield Defroster technology that clears the windshield of snow, ice more quickly thus reducing the need to scrape.  The heated side mirrors also help keep your vision true and clear the snow and ice.  And the biggest thing you will enjoy are the heated and cooled seats in the F150.  Ask for a demonstration - it will change your life.  
  • Maintain It - Driver Peace of Mind Technologies.  Ford has also tried to make maintaining your truck easier.  The first time you fill up your pickup don't panic.  You have an Easy Fuel Capless Fuel Filler.  That's right, no more gas caps to lose.  It also makes your fuel tank practically syphon proof.  Ford Engineers really have thought of everything.  The Intelligent Oil Life Monitor alerts you when your oil is reaching the point it needs to be changed.  Important information especially if your oil change sticker falls off your windshield like mine does.  Your F150 pickup also comes standard with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System.  This technology tells you when your tire has fallen below the recommended amount of air.  We all know how important the correct tire inflation is to extending the wear life of our tires and this technology helps.       
Interior Storage in the 2017 F150 for sale at Gresham Ford

Ford has also included Connected Car technologies like Sync, MyFord Touch, Ford Pass and Apps - they all make your life easier and keep you connected. Ford Engineers have worked hard to make the 2017 F150 the most tech friendly truck to date and have firmly hit their mark.  For more information about Ford trucks visit Gresham Ford located at 1999 East Powell Blvd in Gresham Oregon.   

Saturday, January 28, 2017

What's at the 2017 Portland Auto Show

  The reviews are in and the Portland Auto Show is worth the price of admission.  Ford has brought some of the best selling cars in America and even the new Ford Eco Sport.  

2017 Ford Escape at the Portland Auto Show
You can visit the Portland Auto Show at the Oregon Convention Center January 26th to Sunday January 29th.  10am to 10pm Thursday to Saturday and 10am to 7pm on Sunday.  Admission is $12 for adults, and $7 for kids 7 to 12 years old.  Kids under 6 are free.  

2017 Ford Escape exterior view at the Portland Auto ShowThe Ford Escape that is being presented this year has the unique black exterior details including the wheels, roof rack, grille insert and side mirrors.  This is a preferable alternative to those who chrome details don't stir the soul.  You can pile the whole family into the Escape to make sure it fits and get a chance to ask questions with many Ford Product Specialists on hand - even a few from Gresham Ford

2017 Ford Edge at the Portland Auto Show

Another SUV shown off this year is the 2017 Ford Edge that showcased an amazing bold design that really grabs your attention.  You have a compelling choice of three engines to meet every Portlanders needs.  One you climb behind the wheel at the Convention Center you will find yourself surrounded with technology that make driving a pleasurable experience again.  The voice activated next generation Sync Hands Free technology allows you to access navigation, change the radio station and use the phone all hands free.  We wouldn't want anyone getting a ticket now.  
2017 Ford Transit Full Size Work Van

The Ford Transit is the work van that Dodge Sprinter owners have been waiting for.  This is the same van that dominates markets overseas and in Europe because of it's undeniable reliability.  This work van is just as big and tall as the Sprinter but without all the problems.  The Gresham Ford Fleet department has switched many business owners over to the new full size Ford Transit and they are very happy with the reduced cost of operation and maintenance required. With three different roof heights and two different wheel bases not to mention many different window and door configurations - this is the work van you have been wanting.  
Interior view of the 2017 Ford Transit Passenger Wagon
Even I was a little surprised about the amount of traffic that wanted to see this van up close and personal.  Ford brought the passenger van to the Auto Show this year and as you can see this 6'3" man (I asked) has lots of room to walk around inside and there's still room for luggage.   

Our Fleet Managers have had a number of hotels and taxi companies purchase these vehicles because of their superior room and again reduced overall vehicle expense.  Did we already mention the Transit is less expensive than the Dodge Sprinter?  

But if work vans are what gets your blood rushing Ford also brought out the much anticipated 2018 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 with the 5.2L V8 engine that provides 526 horsepower and 429 pound feet of torque.  That's more than enough power for anyone to get into trouble.  Ford Performance even added more standard features like Track Package; it's standard now.  

There is also a drive simulator, just like last year but the lines appear to be shorter.  Like we said there is a lot to keep your attention this year.  

So if you aren't planning on visiting the Portland Auto Show you may still be interested in what the new 2018 Ford Ecosport looks like.  It's smaller than the Escape but appears to have the same height clearance.  

2018 Ford EcoSport at the Portland Auto Show

It's proportioned a little differently than the C-Max and a bit larger in our opinion.  It is very similar with its rounded corners and larger bold grille.  

2018 Ford EcoSport Passenger Side View

Ford hasn't released pricing yet but we are eager to get more information.  This is a very appealing compact SUV that would compete well with the Kia Soul and the like. 

2018 Ford EcoSport Drivers Side View

Maybe I'm just reading too much into the styling but it looks like a zippy little SUV.  The Escape is an incredibly versatile vehicle and the Eco-Sport appears that it will have the same 60 40 split 2nd row bench seat allowing many configurations to accommodate bikes, dogs and strollers.  
2018 Ford Eco Sport Rear View

Many parents really like the EscapeFlex and Explorer because it is a lateral movement to get your kids into their car seats. Back pain and discomfort are never fun but when you have little wiggly ones and groceries it's even worse.  We think the Ford EcoSport will be a popular affordable SUV option for those Oregonians who want AWD at an affordable price.  

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Five Reasons You Should by a new Ford F-150 NOW

Ford F150 for Sale at Gresham Ford
Here is a down and dirty list of reasons why you should just now and buy that Ford truck you have been eyeing all year. 

#5 - POWER: No matter who you are or how you drive, everyone loves having power beneath their feet especially when merging onto interstate 84.  The 2017 F-150 equipped with the 2.7L EcoBoost V6 engine provides 325 horsepower and 375 lb-ft. of torque.  Ford Engineers have calibrated this truck specifically for truck applications - that means this is the work truck you have always wanted.  There is a reason that the F-150 is the best selling truck for 40 years in a row - it gets the job done!
#4 - Fuel Efficiency: The Ti-VCT (Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing) engine provides outstanding MPG plus has been paired with Ford exclusive technology like aggressive deceleration fuel shut-off (ADPSO) and Active Grille Shutter System.  The active grille shutter system automatically opens and closes shutters to help maximize aerodynamic efficiency of the grille opening and to help maintain ideal engine operating temperature.  The shutters adjust to 16 different positions in order to maintain the ideal engine operating temperature.  All that means that when you drive the RWD automatic Select Shift 2.7L EcoBoost V6 F-150 you get 19MPG in the city like driving downtown Portland and 26 MPG when driving exclusively on the highway like interstate 5 and 22 MPG combined when you drive everywhere.  
2017 F-150 Pro Trailer Backup Assist
#3 - Pro Trailer Backup Assist: Now I don't know about you but backing up is not my strong suit and when you add a trailer my abilities go downhill fast.  Once again Ford has your back and provides a dial on the center stack instrument panel that works with the rear view camera and display screen in your center stack.  All you do is control the gas and brake and the truck controls the steering wheel.  This option is available with any of the trailer tow packages but is not compatible with gooseneck hitch systems.  Sorry gooseneck people, you are still on your own however, the rear view cameras are still really nice when trying to line up your truck to the trailer; even if you do have to work the steering wheel.
2017 F150 2.7L EcoBoost V6 Durability Testing
#2 - Durability: Ford is known for being #BuiltTough and aren't ready to let go of that reputation.The Ford Engineers submitted the #2017FordF150 to extreme thermal cycling at peak power all the way from 25F to 230 degrees Fahrenheit.  The engine was also run at peak torque and peak power and high engine speeds for 17 straight days.  They started and stopped the engine 240,000 times; that took over 917 hours.  These engineers are dedicated.  Not lastly but the last test I will share with you is the the trailer tow cycles over the entire engine speed band up to 6500 rpm.  Needless to say this engine has been tested and pushed to its limits so that you can be confident that your work truck will keep you on the road where you belong.
The #1 reason to get a new F150 with the 2.7L EcoBoost V6 engine is dollars and cents.  There are three different options that all provide phenomenal savings making this a fantastic time to purchase a truck at Gresham Ford.
2017 F150 for Sale at Gresham Ford
  • $10,273 in total Value PLUS $500 Ford Credit Bonus Cash PLUS $750 Owner Loyalty rebate cash. Total value includes $2,250 Customer Cash (PGM #12996) + $2,500 Bonus Cash (PGM #13000, #13008) + $300 2.7L V6 EcoBoost Bonus Cash (PGM #13006) + $750 Owner Loyalty (PGM #35838) + $2,000 302A XLT Luxury Chrome or Sport National Discount Pkg. (PGM #97448) + $3,223 Average Dealer Discount + $500 Ford Credit Bonus Cash (PGM #12998) which requires Ford Credit financing; not all buyers will qualify. Owner Loyalty available to customers who currently own or lease a 1995 or newer Ford/Mercury vehicle. Customer must have owned the vehicle for a minimum of 30 days prior to sale date of new vehicle. Trade-in not required. Average dealer discount based on a sales survey of average discounts offered by Ford dealers regionally. Discount may vary; dealer determines price. For all offers, take new retail delivery from Gresham Ford stock by 4/3/17. See Gresham Ford Sales Staff for qualifications and complete details. Offer Details    
  • $299/mo for 24 months with a Ford Credit Red Carpet Lease with $4959 cash or trade due at signing.  Security deposit has been waived by FMCC but tax, title and license fees are extra.  With Equipment Group 302A. Not all buyers will qualify for Ford Credit Red Carpet Lease. Payments may vary; dealer determines price. Cash or trade due at signing is after $2,300 total cash back including $500 Customer Cash (PGM #50386) + $300 2.7L V6 EcoBoost Bonus Cash (PGM #13006) + $1,500 Bonus Cash (PGM #13008). Lessee responsible for excess wear and mileage over 21,000 miles at $0.20 per mile. Lessee has option to purchase vehicle at lease end at price negotiated with dealer at signing. Take new retail delivery from dealer stock by 4/3/17. See dealer for qualifications and complete details. Vehicle shown may have optional equipment not included in payment.  
  •  0.0% APR for 60 months when financed with Ford Credit PLUS $4800 in total savings PLUS $500 Ford Credit Bonus Cash PLUS $750 Owner Loyalty Rebate. $2,500 Bonus Cash (PGM #13000, #13008) + $300 2.7L V6 EcoBoost Bonus Cash (PGM #13006) + $750 Owner Loyalty (PGM #35838) + $2,000 302A XLT Luxury Chrome or Sport National Discount Pkg. (PGM #97448) + $500 Ford Credit Bonus Cash (PGM #12998) which requires Ford Credit financing. Not all buyers will qualify for Ford Credit financing. 0% APR financing for 60 months at $16.67 per month per $1,000 financed regardless of down payment (PGM #20782). Owner Loyalty available to customers who currently own or lease a 1995 or newer Ford/Mercury vehicle. Customer must have owned the vehicle for a minimum of 30 days prior to sale date of new vehicle. Trade-in not required. For all offers, take new retail delivery from dealer stock by 4/3/17. See dealer for qualifications and complete details. Offer Details
 To see more New Ford Specials and Lease Offers visit - http://www.greshamford.com/specials/new.htm
2017 F150 available at Gresham Ford for sale