Behold the Newly-Expanded Ford Escape’s Storage Space!

Sometimes, it seems like no matter how much storage you have in your car, you always need more. Auto manufacturers are always looking for new ways to optimize storage space for drivers looking to get a little extra out of their vehicle. Recently, Ford did that exact thing with the new Ford Escape’s storage space. Featuring an entirely redesigned exterior, the 2017 Escape is said to have 25% more storage in the front row and 15% more storage overall compared to the previous model year.

2017 Ford Escape

2017 Ford Escape

The most drastic change is that of the center console, which is now 50% larger and is designed to be more comfortable and ergonomically efficient for the driver’s right arm. Additionally, the all-new electronic parking brake system freed up space in the interior for two new storage areas, a larger media bin with power ports, a new glove-box, and improved cup holders.

Ford senior Interior designer Zulf Ali said, “That whole center console area is what we call ‘Manhattan real estate’ because it’s valuable. It isn’t a lot of space to work with, but as a designer, those constraints are exciting. It’s a challenge that forces you to be more creative–to ask yourself, ‘OK, how can we get clever with this?’”

Last year, the Escape—Ford’s #2 best-selling vehicle—tied for first place on J.D. Power’s highest-ranked compact SUV of initial quality. However, designers and engineers who worked on the new Ford Escape are confident that the dramatic changes to the SUV’s interior and technology will help solidify its standing. The 2017 Escape is already available in showrooms with the spacious redesigns and extra storage.

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!

 

2016 Escape Equipped with Ford SYNC 3 Connectivity System

2015 Ford Escape

2015 Ford Escape Interior

The all-new 2016 Escape will be equipped with the Ford SYNC 3 Connectivity System that will provide quicker performance, voice recognition, and a touchscreen that’s easier to use than ever before. The new technology will also debut on the Ford Fiesta.

SYNC 3 will also include AppLink, which provides control over smart phone apps, as well as enhanced 911 Assist, Wi-Fi software updates, and Siri Eyes-Free capability for iPhones.

Mark LaNeve, Ford Motor Company Vice President of US Marketing, Sales and Service, said, “SYNC always has been about providing a safer way for our customers to connect their smartphones in order to keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.”

Ford introduced SYNC to its lineup first in 2007 and continues to update it with the latest technology to provide the best in-car connectivity available. If you’re interested in learning more about Ford’s all-new SYNC 3 technology, visit us at Friendly Ford.

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!

Ford Takes Competitive “Edge” at LA Auto Show

The Ford Motor Company brought along the new second-generation Ford Edge—in the form of the Ford Edge Concept — to the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, which runs from now till December 1. The new Edge comes with much more technology than its predecessor, especially in the form of autonomous driving. The Edge Concept can park itself and avoid obstacles in its path thanks to systems currently under development by Ford Engineers.

“The original Ford Edge offered customers in North America a fresh, compelling choice for an accommodating, efficient and safe medium utility vehicle,” Joe Hinrichs, executive vice president and president of The Americas for Ford, said. “The next-generation Edge—previewed in the Ford Edge Concept—will build on these cornerstones to create a global vehicle with technology to make life easier, and design and craftsmanship to appeal to customers around the globe.”

The Edge Concept comes with more than just new technology, though. Ford has redesigned the exterior to be sleeker and more aerodynamic, while it also ups the ante in fuel efficiency and capability too.

With such a strong showing just for the concept vehicle, Ford is in line to remain the best-selling utility brand for the third consecutive year. Come see us at Friendly Ford and we’ll show you why Ford has such an Edge over the competition today.

KBB Tips Hat to Ford Escape with Best SUVs list.

Kelley Blue Book recently unveiled another interesting “10 Best” vehicles list, this time the category is for the 10 Best SUVs Under $25,000. Once again, KBB.com tipped their hat to Ford while including a popular Ford SUV in the 3. The editors of KBB.com chose these vehicles based on things such as style, practicality, features, size, and of course, price. Ford is proud to announce that the 2013 Ford Escape came in at number 3 on the list.

The Escape has always been known to have a boxy look to it as part of its exterior design. It was a bold move this year by Ford when they decided to change things up a bit and went for a swoopier look with sleeker curves on the 2013 model. The feedback has been very positive though, as many really enjoy the new look. The new Escape also offers several new features and plenty of room on the inside, all at an affordable price.

“The latest Ford Escape represents a dramatic departure from the flavorless crossover it replaced for 2013 ,” said Kelley Blue Book. “Chock full of class-exclusive technology and luxury-like trimmings, the affordable yet stylish Ford Escape adds an unexpected splash of zest to the compact SUV segment.”

The stylish and affordable 2013 Ford Escape is available at Friendly Ford, located in Roselle, IL. We’ve got an enormous selection of Escapes so stop over today and check them out.

Friendly Ford Offers Zero Percent Financing

Right now at Friendly Ford we’re offering some bonus cash back and 0% financing on the purchase of many of your favorite Ford vehicles. These deals going on right now are simply too good to pass up.

Now when you purchase the powerful, new 2013 Ford Escape, receive $500 cash back and 0% financing for up to 60 months.  The same deal goes for the stylish and fuel efficient, new 2013 Ford Fiesta. Also, get $500 cash back and 0% financing when purchasing the world’s best-selling car, the Ford Focus.

We’re also offering $1,750 cash back on the purchase of a new 2013 Ford Taurus. The classic and dependable Ford Taurus has been around for quite some time but still continues to improve every year.

Get 0% finance offers for up to 60 months are also good for the spacious 2013 Ford Explorer. America’s favorite pickup truck, the Ford F-150 is also available with 0% financing for up to 60 months. The same offer applies to the vehicle that has been racking up award after award, the new 2013 Ford Fusion.

Be sure to come out to Friendly Ford and take advantage of these amazing 0% financing offers while they still last.

Six Fords Named Best Cars for the Money

For the second year in a row, US News & World Report recognizes Ford as the automotive leader, as six Ford vehicles were named as “2013 Best Cars for the Money.” US News & World Report determines the winner in each of 21 categories based on expert opinion, reliability attributes, and vehicle safety.

With its stylish looks, smart driving technology, 285 horsepower, and unsurpassed highway fuel economy, the 2013 Ford Edge was chosen as the best 2-row midsize SUV. Another stylish SUV that delivers the best fuel economy in its class is the 2013 Ford Escape which was named the best compact SUV for the money.

As far as cars, the vehicle that has been generating the most buzz is the innovative Ford Fusion, which boasts a top safety rating from the NHTSA and was named by The Car Connection as the “Best Car to Buy 2013.” So it’s no surprise the Fusion was named as one of the best cars for the money in midsize category. In addition to that, the Fusion Hybrid was named best hybrid car thanks to its best in class fuel economy of 47 city/47 highway/47 combined mpg.

One of the best selling cars in the world, the Ford Focus was named the best compact car and the always popular Ford Taurus was picked as the best large car for the money.

All six of the 2013 Best Cars for the Money are available at Friendly Ford. Come over today and check them out!