Take a Road Trip to Visit the Famed Cherry Smash Ice Cream Shop

Cherry Smash ice cream | Tropical Ford Blog | Orlando, FL

Let’s say you stopped by our dealership at Tropical Ford and now you have a brand new set of wheels. Where do you take it? Treat yourself to a road trip by visiting one of the most popular old-fashioned ice cream parlors in Florida. The Cherry Smash ice cream shop treats its visitors to striking decor and old-timey nostalgia that is sure to delight every guest before they’ve even tried the ice cream itself.

With black and white checkered floors, wooden counters, neon lights, and Hollywood memorabilia, Cherry Smash is the place to go if you’re looking for a vintage ice cream shop experience. Famous for its massive and delicious ice cream sundaes, Cherry Smash won’t leave you wanting. Try signature treats like the Cherry Smash Sundae, the Elvis, or the Brownie Sundae. There are other nostalgic treats on the menu like a banana split or root beer float, too!

The Cherry Smash ice cream shop might even surprise you with its age. The store isn’t even ten years old, having opened its doors back in 2010. So if you’re looking for a place to drive your new Ford, head to Coral Springs to try some good old-fashioned ice cream sundaes at Cherry Smash.

Need maintenance before hitting the highway? Check out our service department at Tropical Ford.

European Market Welcomes New Ford Transit Sport Van

Ford Transit Sport van

The Ford Transit has long been a staple of the commercial vehicle market thanks to its awesome cargo and passenger capacity. Now, Ford is surprising its European market with new additions to the Transit lineup — three models under the Ford Transit Sport van name. The Custom Sport, Courier Sport, and Connect Sport offer changes like racing stripes, bolder wheel arches, and different powertrains for a more spirited driving experience.

Under the hood, all three variants of the Ford Transit Sport van offer diesel and gasoline engines, though their power output differs depending on the model itself. High-tech connectivity features like Ford Connect and Ford SYNC® 3 are available on the vans, with the Custom Sport capable of connecting up to 10 devices. Also, partial leather seats, a variety of body sizes, and updated semi-autonomous driver assist and alert safety systems allow for even more customization, comfort, and reassurance.

There’s a reason the new Ford Transit Sport van is coming to the European lineup rather than the U.S. market. Ford sells well over twice as many Transit vans in Europe as it does in the United States, with 2018 yielding over 380,000 units sold. With sales continuing on the rise, the introduction of new, sportier models may give those numbers even more of a boost.

Considering a Ford Transit for your fleet? Take a test drive at Tropical Ford.

Built Ford Tough: the Ford F-350 with Over One Million Miles

Ford F-350 with more than one million miles  | Tropical Ford Blog | Orlando, FL

We know that Ford has pushed the limits on “possible” for quite some time, but even we can’t quite believe this most recent tale of automotive reliability from Ford — a 2002 Ford F-350 with more than one million miles on it.

The Ford in question belonged to Debbie Conner, who, along with her husband Norman, was in the business of transporting trailers and campers back-and-forth across the country. This profession is exactly how she was able to rack up just over 1,071,000 miles on her Ford truck between 2002 and 2018. That’s like driving to the moon and back nearly four and a half times.

Most truck owners would balk at such a high mileage, but it was a badge of honor to the Conners. It was a bittersweet moment for them both when they traded in their trusty F-350 for a 2011 Ford Super Duty F-350 in September. Currently, their new Ford is floating at around 90,000 miles and it’s doing just fine.

Gone are the days of the 100,000-mile death sentence — for Ford owners, at least.

Now, how did the Conners coax their 2002 Ford F-350 into earning more than one million miles? According to Norman, just by “doing what Ford says” and faithfully following the automaker’s suggested maintenance schedule.

 “If you want to get the miles out of it,” says Norman. “You have to take care of the truck.”

See what it means to be Built Ford Tough — check out our selection of vehicles at Tropical Ford.

The Ford Ranger Raptor Earns 4×4 of the Year in Australia

4x4 of the Year | Tropical Ford Blog | Orlando, FL

We know what it takes to take on the off-roads here in the States, and apparently so do our friends down under — the Australian Motoring Awards recently announced that the Ford Ranger Raptor is Australia’s 2019 4×4 of the Year.

The Ford Ranger Raptor features a 210-horsepower 2.0-liter Bi-Turbo diesel engine paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission, Fox racing shocks, BF Goodrich All-Terrain tires, and Ford’s advanced Terrain Management System. 4×4 Australia, the magazine responsible for selecting each year’s winner,says that the Ford Ranger Raptor is an “enormously fun-to-drive, competent, and capable” off-roading vehicle, perfect “on any back road — the rougher the better — or any 4×4 track.”

Unfortunately, the all-new Ford Ranger Raptor is still unavailable in the United States, but it’s been causing a ruckus across Australia, Europe, and Asia since its release last year. You can expect to see this innovative off-roader on American back roads — and here at Tropical Ford — in the next few years, likely with the release of the next generation of Ford Ranger trucks.

Coming in a close second for the 2019 4×4 of the Year was another Ford Ranger model, the Ford Ranger XLT Bi-Turbo. The last time the title went to a Ford vehicle was in 2015, when the Ford Everest snared the top prize.

Check out Ford’s tough and rugged truck lineup at Tropical Ford.

New Ford Mustang Hybrid Could Receive V8 Engine Option

new Ford Mustang Hybrid | Tropical Ford Blog | Orlando, FL

The iconic Mustang is the latest well-known model to get a hybrid variant, but it plans to leave preconceived notions of what a “hybrid” is in the past by delivering fast, fun thrills. Much about the new Ford Mustang Hybrid is still shrouded in secret, save for the brief glance of what might be the new car during the recent “Future is Built” commercial. Still, there is one place we can look for more information about what might be coming from Ford — the company’s patents.

Ford recently filed a patent for a hybrid vehicle twin motor system, in which twin electric motors would power the front wheels while a more traditional engine powers the rear wheels. Though not specified in the patent itself, the illustration that goes along with the patent depicts a V8 engine.

That’s where speculation around the aforementioned commercial comes in – if you pause the video at just the right moment, viewers get a glimpse of what’s under the hood, which looks suspiciously like the diagram in the patent.

Experts are wondering if more information on the new Ford Mustang Hybrid will come out on the muscle car’s 55th anniversary this April. Until then, only rumors and patents can give us any insight to what the 2020 hybrid variant will offer.

While the new hybrid Mustang isn’t released yet, check out the rest of the Ford lineup here at Tropical Ford.

Plan a Vacation to This Underwater Hotel in Florida

underwater hotel in Florida | Tropical Ford Blog | Orlando, FL

So, you’ve just gotten your dream car from here at Tropical Ford, but you have nowhere to drive it. Why not pick out a totally unique place to go for your next vacation? There’s a hotel nearby that’s unlike any other found in the world. Jules’ Undersea Lodge is a totally underwater hotel in Florida, where visitors can spend the night feeling like they’re in a submarine.

Jules’ Undersea Lodge is the only hotel of its kind. Twenty feet under the surface, this hotel invites guests to rent rooms from 3 hours to 24 hours at a time, so you don’t even have to stay the night if you don’t want to. You can even enjoy the lodge’s famous pizza lunch, where an employee delivers a pizza to you underwater in an airtight container.

This location is also perfect for diving. If you like to scuba dive, Jules’ Undersea Lodge is a great place to head out with friends for some fun underwater exploration. Afterwards, you can all retire to your rooms and look out the round, 42-inch windows into the ocean.

Drive your new Ford to this underwater hotel in Florida for an experience you’ll never forget and won’t be able to find anywhere else!

At Tropical Ford, we’re proud to be a part of the Orlando community.

Ford F-150 Limited One of the Fastest Trucks Ever Produced

2018 Ford F-150 Super Crew XLT | Tropical Ford Blog | Orlando, FL

When you think about the fastest trucks on the road, you might imagine the truly impressive Raptor. However, even that truck is not as fast as the 2019 Ford F-150 Limited. It is powered by a twin-turbocharged V6 with 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque.

Car and Driver recently put this luxurious truck to the test and got some astounding results. With its 450-horsepower engine, it achieves a 0-60 mph time of just 5.1 seconds, which makes it one of the fastest trucks ever produced. It also takes on the quarter mile run in just 13.7 seconds.

Along with its incredible speed, the F-150 Limited has impressive stopping power, too. With its 22-inch Pirelli Scorpion Zero Asimmetrico all-season tires, it can come to a full stop in just 168 feet.

Inside, the F-150 Limited is just as impressive. It comes standard with upgraded leather upholstery, wood and aluminum trim details, a navigation system, heated and ventilated front seats, 8-inch touch screen with Ford SYNC® 3, FordPass Wi-Fi® capabilities, Android Auto™, Apple CarPlay™, a sunroof, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

Besides speed and technology, the Ford F-150 Limited also comes well-equipped with advanced safety features to boost your confidence on the road. Just some of these available tools inclue BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross-Traffic Alert, Rear View Camera with Dynamic Hitch Assist, and AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™ (RSC®).

Stop by Tropical Ford to experience the 2019 F-150 Limited for yourself.

Make Parking Easier with the Ford EcoSport

2018 Ford EcoSport | Tropical Ford Blog | Orlando, FL

With the ever-growing size of many American cars, parking can sometimes be a nightmare, especially if you are in the city. According to INRIX, a transportation analytics organization, drivers spend an average of 17 hours a year looking for parking. This number maxes out at 107 hours a year for drivers in New York City.

If you live in a crowded urban area, you might want to consider investing in a compact Ford EcoSport. Per Ford, the EcoSport is the most compact SUV in North America.* So while many parking spots are too small for some SUVs, they’re just the right size for the EcoSport. Ford calls these spots “EcoSpots.” The EcoSport measures only 161.3 inches in length, while still offering lots of interior space for passengers and cargo.

In fact, the EcoSport is 8.5 inches shorter than a Mini Countryman, but still has more cargo area. It is also more than 7 inches shorter than the Buick Encore while still having more cargo space. The EcoSport also boasts versatile cargo space thanks to flip-and-fold second-row seats and an adjustable cargo floor.

In addition to its compact size, the EcoSport comes well-equipped for a practical and connected driving experience. Standard features include Bluetooth® connectivity, two USB ports, a rearview camera, and a cargo cover.

Stop by Tropical Ford to test-drive the delightful EcoSport for yourself.

*https://media.ford.com/content/fordmedia/fna/us/en/news/2018/12/18/ford-ecosport-creates-ecospots-parking-spaces.html

Yakima Adventure Accessories Available for 2019 Ford Ranger

2019 Ford Ranger Yakima Accessories | Tropical Ford | Orlando, FL
2019 Ford Ranger

One of the most highly anticipated vehicles of the year, the all-new 2019 Ford Ranger is set to reclaim the throne amongst midsize pickups early this year. Boasting best-in-class torque with the 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine, best-in-class EPA-estimated gas mileage, and best-in-class gas payload and towing capability, midsize truck enthusiasts are already enthused about the return of the Ranger.

To make the 2019 Ranger even more appealing, Ford has announced that Yakima adventure accessories will be available for the Ranger directly from dealerships.

Ford has designed the 2019 Ford Ranger to be a true companion for outdoorsy adventures. Yakima accessories are tailor-made to enhance the model’s driving experience. Accessories include the BedRock Heavy Duty truck bed rack and a 78-inch crossbar (that allows drivers to carry bikes, boats, and more above the bed). The LongArm bed extender lengthens the truck bed by up to 4 feet and can carry approximately 300 pounds.

With the availability of high-quality Yakima accessories right through the dealership, drivers can more conveniently customize their new 2019 Ford Ranger to suit their lifestyle and needs.

Test-drive the 2019 Ranger when it arrives on our lot here at Tropical Ford. Until then, visit us to test-drive one of our other shiny new 2019 models.

*Class is Midsize Pickups based on Ford segmentation; EPA-estimated rating of 21 city/26 hwy.

Visit Florida’s Epic 850-Foot Lazy River in your New Ford

Lazy river - Omni Hotel and Resort | Tropical Ford | Orlando, FL

In Florida, you’re always close to some incredible nature, the weather’s beautiful year-round, and you’ll never find a shortage of amazing things to do. If you’re not a Florida resident and are getting a bit weary of the winter cold, this state is an excellent getaway destination. The Omni Hotel and Resort, featuring an 850-foot lazy river, is the perfect spot for the entire family to get away from winter stir-craziness for a while.

From golfing to simply relaxing by the pool, the Omni Hotel and Resort offers a true respite from the lack of sunlight characteristic of winter in other states. The real start of the show, though, is the epic 850-foot lazy river, something parents and kids alike will enjoy.

Florida is also an ideal road-trip destination, featuring countless things to discover and explore along the way. Fortunately, Ford has an SUV and truck for families of all sizes in search of an escape from the cold. From the capable and technology-laden 2019 Ford Escape to the incredibly versatile and spacious 2019 Expedition, Ford’s 2019 lineup of SUVs and trucks has everything you need to enhance your family’s next excursion.

If you’re in need of a new vehicle to transport you to the Omni Hotel and Resort, or other fun sites in Florida, contact us at Tropical Ford. Or, better yet, stop by to take one of our shiny new 2019 models for a test drive.