Updated 2018 Ford Explorer Revealed

2017 Ford Explorer shown. 2018 Ford Explorer will recieve minor updates to design and technology.

2017 Ford Explorer shown. 2018 Ford Explorer will receive minor updates to design and technology.

The refreshed 2018 Ford Explorer was revealed last month, with updates to the grille and fog lamps as well as five new wheel choices and four new color options: Burgundy Velvet Tinted Clearcoat, Cinnamon Glaze, Platinum Dune Tricoat, and Blue Metallic.

The new Explorer was just refreshed mid-cycle for the 2016 model year, so the updates to the 2018 model are fairly minor, but it does have several technology updates that will have drivers gunning for the new model. The Explorer will have a 4G LTE hotspot with Wi-Fi connectivity that can support up to 10 devices with a range of 50 feet around the vehicle, and drivers can use it to lock and unlock the vehicle remotely as well as start it with the FordPass phone app.

The biggest addition to the Explorer is the Safe and Smart Package, which includes tons of active safety features like adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, and more. It will keep the same engine options, which include a 3.5-liter V6, a turbocharged inline-four, and a turbocharged V6.

You can look for the 2018 Ford Explorer in dealerships this fall. Get more information about the upcoming Explorer today at Friendly Ford!

Check Out the All-New Ford F-250 at Friendly Ford

Serious work calls for a serious truck, and the all-new 2017 Ford F-250 is the best of the best. It follows in the footsteps of the F-150 by using high-strength, military-grade aluminum body panels. However, it is stronger and smarter than ever.

The new truck starts with a high-strength steel frame and adds stronger axles, springs, and suspension to be the toughest and strongest Ford Super Duty truck yet.

“Ford Super Duty is the truck America’s hardest-working men and women trust and depend on,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, The Americas. “We are helping these customers build a better world by delivering a new generation of pickups that set new benchmarks in capability, performance and efficiency.”

2017 Ford F-250 at Friendly Ford

Along with its superior strength, the Ford F-250, including 16 class-exclusive available features, including adaptive cruise control, LED lighting, an in-cab trailer tire pressure monitoring system, and more.

Buyers can choose from two, more powerful engines this year. The familiar 6.2-liter V8 delivers more power with 385 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque. And, the available 6.7-liter turbodiesel V8 has also been updated and is rated at a phenomenal 440 horsepower and 925 lb-ft of torque.

Experience the all-new Ford F-250 at Friendly Ford today. We think once you take it out for a test drive, no other truck will do.

Ford Commercial Vehicle Center Program

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Commercial Vehicles

If you need a work truck or a cargo van for your business, there’s no better brand than Ford. For 31 years, Ford has been the best-selling brand of commercial vehicles, in part thanks to the Ford Commercial Vehicle Center Program. This program focuses on building strong teams of educated, knowledgeable members who can help buyers choose and build the best commercial vehicle for their business. These teams are put together at Ford Commercial Vehicle Center dealerships. Friendly Ford is happy to say that we are one of those dealerships.

Ford Commercial Vehicle Center Program

The Ford Commercial Vehicle Center Program aims to offer the very best customer service to potential buyers. Expert dealers can answer questions about the various Ford commercial vehicles and their different configurations. These experts are even able to discuss upgrade options, helping each buyer find his or her perfect vehicle for the job. Ford Commercial Vehicle Center dealerships come equipped to answer questions about financing. When you search for a commercial vehicle at one of these centers, you’ll feel informed and in control along the way.

We’re Here to Help!

If you’re ready to find the best commercial vehicle for your job and your lifestyle, contact us at Friendly Ford. We offer the best service possible to everyone who walks through the door. We look forward to setting up with one of America’s favorite commercial vehicles!

Ford Creates 700 US Jobs with New Ford Plant in Michigan

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Ford has canceled its plans to open a new plant across the southern US border in Mexico and will instead invest in Michigan, creating 700 new jobs for US workers, CNN reported. Ford CEO Mark Fields says the move is a “vote of confidence” in the pro-business environment of the new administration.

The new Ford plant will cost $700 million to build and will be located in Flat Rock, Michigan. It will primarily produce electric and self-driving cars. Ford believes these will outnumber gas-powered cars within 15 years. Ford has a number of new electric and self-driving vehicles in the works to be released in the next five years, including a hybrid version of the Mustang.

Canceling the Mexico plant is a big change for Ford, as they were ready to invest $1.6 billion in Mexico and move production of the Ford Focus there. Now, they will move production of the Focus to a plant in Mexico that already exists and instead invest the money in expanding on US soil. Ford is still moving the Focus to Mexico in order to cut costs, since the Focus and other small cars are losing popularity in favor of larger vehicles like SUVs and trucks.

If you want to hear more news about Ford, just visit us at Friendly Ford today!

Car and Driver Names Ford F-150 Best Full-Size Pickup

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The pickup truck segment has a ton of popular contenders, especially in the American market, so it can be difficult to pin down the best of the best. That’s why Car and Driver made your job easier by naming the Ford F-150 the best full-size pickup. Offering consumers an affordable blend of sophistication and capability, the F-150 is a great truck for drivers who want a bit of everything without sacrificing the toughness associated with the full-size segment.

Car and Driver cites the Ford F-150’s incredible power and smooth ride as a major reason for its selection – the available 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 under the hood cranks out 450 HP and 510 lb-ft of torque, making it the most powerful in its segment. Plus, the inclusion of an exclusive 10-speed automatic transmission puts it at the forefront of innovation. However, even without the extra bells and whistles, the $27,735 base model can’t be ignored thanks to its combo of upscale refinement and capable performance.

There’s a reason the Ford F-150 is the best full-size pickup, and that’s because it offers all kinds of standard and available features. With all the additional equipment, the F-150 easily swerves into luxury territory. Don’t forget about the all-new F-150 Raptor either, with its cutting-edge off-road capability.

The F-150 truly has something for everyone.

Tips for Winter Driving: Proper Maintenance

car tire in snow - tips for winter drivingWinter is here, which means you’ll need to get used to driving in cold weather. From ice to snow, driving conditions simply get worse when the thermometer dips. That’s why it’s important to stay prepared. Read on to learn more about tips for winter driving.

To begin with, check your tires. If you haven’t already considered buying winter tires, now is the time to get them. These tires are made with special rubber compounds that stand up in cold weather. They also have thicker treads to help with slippery surfaces, and special trenches divert water to prevent hydroplaning. In cold weather, it’s also important to check tire pressure, as the psi dips when the temperature lowers.

According to Market Wire, you should also be sure to add antifreeze.

Thwindshield on winter drive - tips for winter drivingough water works well as coolant during the summertime, it can freeze and crack the engine in the winter. Antifreeze prevents this—usually a 50/50 blend works best. In fact, many technicians find that a blend works better in lower temperatures than pure antifreeze. In short, follow the directions.

Finally, change your oil. Cold weather usually calls for a less viscous—or less thick—oil. Plus, by the end of the year, it’s likely that you need to change your oil anyway. Opting for a thicker oil will help coat the engine and provide a better layer of lubrication, extending the life of your car.

In conclusion, check your tire pressure, add antifreeze, and be sure to change the oil. These are the best tips for winter maintenance you’ll find anywhere.

Top Gifts for Mustang Owners

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Looking for a gift for that special someone? Have no fear. We’ve developed a list of the top gifts for Mustang owners. You’ll find everything you need to make this a memorable holiday seasons, whether you’re getting a big or small gift.

According to Car Covers Direct, one of the top gifts for Mustang owners is a Ford thermos set. You can get durable alloy thermos and cups with the branding right on the front. You can also find a Ford thermos with camo or special decals as well, something that’s both practical and thoughtful.

If money is no obstacle, consider buying a Ford Mustang golf cart. You heard right. You can buy specially designed golf carts that resemble your favorite car, down to the decals. In fact, some of these golf carts are crafted so well, it can be difficult to tell them apart from the real thing.

Naturally, a car care kit is ideal for any car enthusiast, especially Mustang lovers. Be sure to get carnauba wax, interior detailer, Windex, tire shiner, a microfiber cloth, and tire gel. Each of these will make your vehicle shine like never before. Plus, Mustang owners tend to love taking care of their cars, so this is a gift nearly anyone can enjoy.

These three gifts are just the tip of the iceberg. You should also consider a car cover, radar detector, sunshade, and more. Each of these will provide you with great gifts for any Mustang lover.

Could a New Ford Bronco Hit Dealerships by 2020?

The rumors are true: the Ford Bronco will make its triumphant return, sometime very soon. In fact, we have reason to believe that a brand new edition of the Ford Bronco could be on the road as early as 2020.

Talk of the upcoming Ford Ranger pickup has been accompanied by details of the new Ford Bronco, with both vehicles likely fitting into two release slots previously confirmed by Ford: 2018 and 2020.

New FordThe last edition of the Ford Bronco ended production in 1996, so this return has been a long time in the making. This previous model was based on the Ford F-150, but we think it’s likely that both the new Ford Ranger and new Ford Bronco will be built on the same base.

No official specs or details have been revealed about the new Ford Bronco yet, and it’s hard to speculate exactly what its price would be. We think it’s safe to say that – at the rate Ford models escalate each year – a 2020 Ford Bronco would be incredible.

Would you be interested in an all-new Ford Bronco? Come visit us anytime at Friendly Ford to learn more or to check out our currently available models!

Check Out These Thanksgiving Events in Chicago This Year

Here at Friendly Ford, we are so thankful to be just a short drive away from the amazing city of Chicago – the perfect place to be this Thanksgiving season. Whether you are looking for a place to practice your favorite tradition or something new, there is no shortage of Thanksgiving events in Chicago this year:

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  • Thanksgiving Parade – This one is a no-brainer; if you can manage to wake up in time and get a good spot, you will treasure an in-person viewing of the Thanksgiving Day Parade.
  • Turkey Day Run – All donations for this Turkey Day Run, which includes multiple races, go to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
  • ZooLights – It’s no secret to Chicagoans that the Lincoln Park Zoo is perhaps the best free zoo in the country, and that’s certainly the case during the winter season, when the zoo is dressed up in holiday lights.
  • Mac & Cheese Fest – Lastly, you may not consider macaroni and cheese to be a Thanksgiving staple, but after you attend this delicious, cheesy festival, you are sure to change your mind.

Be sure to drive safely this holiday season, and if you would like to take your next family road trip in a brand new car, visit us anytime at Friendly Ford.

How to Tell if You’re Due for Car Service

Properly maintaining a vehicle is a priority for every driver who intends on staying on the road for years to come. Unfortunately, keeping up with your car can be difficult, especially if you have a busy lifestyle. On the upside, there are a couple of tell-tale signs you’re due for service. Trust us here at Friendly Ford; here’s how to tell if you’re due for car service!

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  • Dashboard Lights – The dashboard warning lights aren’t just for show. Those lights indicate that there’s a problem in some part of the car and it should be dealt with sooner rather than later. There are some lights that mean you should pull off the road and turn off the car to avoid damaging the mechanical parts. Other lights simply mean minor things, like low tire pressure. Consult your owner’s manual for more information on warning lights.
  • Feel – If your car’s ride feels bumpy or rough, consider having it checked by a professional technician. Before you head to the dealership, check your tire pressure to see if that’s the problem. If your tire pressure is low, inflate your tires. Stop in at the dealership if the ride is still rougher than normal.
  • Sound – Any odd noise coming from under the hood isn’t good. There’s little need to tell most drivers that if they hear something unusual, like a bang or clang, under the hood, stop the car and contact the service department immediately.