How to Find the Best Vehicle for a Young Driver

2016 Ford Focus

2016 Ford Focus

Finally allowing your teen to drive on his or her own can be a nail-biting experience. It’s not that they are incompetent but you can’t control all of the other drivers out there.

One thing that you can do to help is to get them a great car, one that has all of the important features to keep them safe and sound. The best vehicle for a young driver should have the following features.

Mild Horsepower

A lot of horsepower may tempt your teen to test the limits of the vehicle. On the other hand, healthy acceleration is actually essential to safety. In those rare times you need it, it should be there.

No Minicars

Just as you would imagine, cars that are extremely small simply do not perform as well as their larger counter parts.

Safety Ratings

By far the most important feature is safety. Both the IIHS and NHTSA test all of the vehicles on the market. You should look for top-scoring vehicles. In fact, the IIHS compiles a list of the Best Used Vehicle Choices for Teens every year. Check it out here!

 

Millennial Car Shopping: The Young and Active Are Ditching Cars for Crossovers

Millennials are growing up. Gen Y (people born anytime from the early 80s through the early 2000s) are turning in their compact cars that got them through college and their first jobs, and upgrading to something bigger.

millennial car shopping

2015 Ford Explorer

Crossovers and SUVs are taking over this generation’s top car choice, and it makes sense. Sports, active lifestyles, adding pets, and even starting families make a roomier car an ideal choice. Millennials are looking for cars they can see themselves growing into the next phase of their lives in. An SUV is great for throwing their bikes in now, and loading their babies in later.

The older Millennials are about 32, and that means they are more often holding down stable jobs with higher incomes than the generation behind them. Purchasing a new SUV or crossover is not such a far reach for people falling into this category.

A study conducted by Maritz Research surveyed 122,000 participants and found that cars remain top choices for Millennials overall, but the percentage considering a small car has fallen from 13.2 percent in 2008 to 9.7 percent.

According to the data compiled by Maritz Research, Ford has climbed to the top of the list in sales consideration among millennials – meaning that regardless of whether or not Millennials actually have the means to buy a Ford, the automaker is their top choice over any other brand.

millennial car shopping

2014 Ford Flex

“The trend of millennials starting families comes at the same time Ford is updating or replacing nearly its entire product lineup,” said Amy Marentic, Ford global car and crossover marketing manager. “These fastest-growing segments – like small utilities – coincide with Ford’s product strengths.”

Friendly Ford has an entire lineup of best-selling crossovers and SUVs. The Escape, Explorer, and Edge are ideal cars for an active lifestyle.

A Ford SUV Makes a Perfect Family Vehicle

Ford SUV

2014 Ford Edge

Do you and your family take road trips? Do you use your car to store cargo or to take your children to basketball practice or gymnastics? If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, a Ford crossover or SUV may be just the right vehicle for you and your family.

Ford has plenty of crossover or SUVs to choose from. If you are looking for something a little bigger than a sedan, but not too big you may want to check out a 2014 Escape or Edge. These two vehicles are capable of seating five passengers with plenty of room left over for luggage and cargo. Both are rated to tow up to 3,500 lbs.

If you need something bigger than an Edge, the FLEX and Explorer are the next step up! These two vehicles can seat 6-7 passengers. The FLEX can tow up to 4,500 lbs while the Explorer is rated for up to 5,000 lbs.

Ford SUV

2014 Ford FLEX

Finally the largest Ford SUV is the Expedition. This full-size vehicle can seat up to 8 passengers and is able to tow an astounding 9200 lbs. The Expedition is available in six trim levels so you can choose just the right amount of features for you and your family.

A Ford SUV will make your life easier by being able to haul large objects or passengers from here to there. To learn more about a new Ford SUV, stop by Friendly Ford in Roselle, Illinois. Our experienced staff will help you choose just the right vehicle!

Ford at NAIAS

Have you seen all of the great new Ford vehicles and concepts that debuted at NAIAS over the past week and a half? The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), also known as The Detroit Auto Show, ends this Sunday the 26th and the team here at Friendly Ford wants to show you some of our favorite cars from the show.

NAIAS is celebrating its 25th Anniversary of being an International Show, although the show itself traces its roots all the way back to 1907. Originally the Detroit Auto Show was regional. In 1989, a group of Detroit auto dealers got together to make the show more globally recognized. Since 1989, 1,359 vehicles have been introduced at NAIAS and more than 18 million people have visited the show.

Ford is showcasing everything from the 2015 Mustang to the all-new Raptor. Let’s take a look at Ford at NAIAS.

Which of the Ford vehicles that debuted at NAIAS do you like the most? Be sure to come by Friendly Ford in Roselle to see some of the cars from the show in person!