If adventure is calling to you and you’re looking to have some fun with the whole family, we know the perfect Florida road trip for you. Located a couple hours away from Orlando, Myakka River State Park is one of Florida’s oldest and largest parks. In terms of views and beautiful Floridian landscapes, the park is unparalleled. Particularly notable is the park’s canopy walkway, which will give you views like nothing you’ve ever seen before.
Myakka River State Park presents an array of wildlife for you to explore, including wetlands, pine forests, and prairies. Although the landscapes of the park are impressive in their own right, they are even more impressive when experienced from above via the Myakka Canopy Walkway. The path suspends 25 feet above the ground and gives you a perfect vantage point for observation, allowing you to explore the local wildlife in a whole new way. You can also head to the tower on the walkway, which is an area that gives you a birds-eye view of the park.
If you’re in need of a new vehicle to transport you to and from this picturesque location, stop by Tropical Ford to browse our inventory of shiny new 2019 models.
The 2019 Ford Ranger is almost here, and we can’t wait. From its strong performance to its trail-ready capability, the Ranger makes a stunning entrance into the midsize pickup truck segment.
The Ranger will be produced at the newly updated Michigan Assembly Plant, which has been producing Ford vehicles for six decades. This adventurous pickup will come equipped with a standard 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine that delivers 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, offering you smooth power and capability for whatever terrain you choose to traverse. In fact, the Ranger offers the most torque of any midsize pickup out there, so you can feel cool and confident while behind the wheel. The engine comes paired with a class-exclusive 10-speed automatic transmission, which further elevates the feel of your ride, and features Auto Start-Stop technology that works to optimize efficiency.
Remarkably, the Ranger also boasts best-in-class towing and payload. When equipped with the Trailer Tow Package and trailer brake controller, the spirited 2019 Ranger can tow up to 7,500 pounds. Rick Bolt, the chief engineer of the Ford Ranger, expressed pride in the model’s enhanced brawn. “Think of Ranger as the biggest and most capable backpack for your gear. With 1,860 pounds of maximum payload, Ranger can haul nearly a ton of gear to enable your next adventure.”
Stop by Tropical Ford to test-drive the 2019 Ranger for yourself.
The Ford Focus is a versatile compact car, offering both hatchback and sedan styles and plenty of room inside despite its petite size. But with the new generation of Focus, Ford has made this popular car even more family-friendly by adding extra room to the backseat.
The Ford Focus backseat space will increase significantly with the new model. Backseat passengers can enjoy an additional 1.97 inches of knee room and 2.4 inches of shoulder room.
But Ford didn’t just want more seat space. The company also wanted the Focus to feel more open and comfortable, which is why the new Focus will have wider side windows with that stretch further backward. It will also offer an available panoramic sunroof, to open up the cabin to the outdoors.
The improved rear space in the Focus is only one of the changes introduced in the new generation of Focus. The brand has restyled the 2019 Focus with a sleeker, more fluid exterior, as well as modern LED lighting and a new grille.
The manufacturer has also revamped the interior of the Focus. The cabin boasts a revised infotainment system and cleaner, more streamlined dashboard thanks to a new screen design. Next-generation Ford SYNC with smartphone connectivity completes the package, making the Focus modern, comfortable, and stylish both inside and out.
Stop by Tropical Ford to test-drive the 2019 Focus for yourself.
Just because fall is here and school and work are back in full swing, that doesn’t mean you have to give up fun road trips. One of the most charming destinations to visit with your kids is Hunsader Farms, a pumpkin farm right in the heart of Bradenton.
Located about an hour south of Tampa, Hunsader Farms is the perfect place for a weekend day trip with the family in your new Ford vehicle. Hunsader Farms opens at the end of September and celebrates its 27th year this year with all kinds of special events throughout the season in addition to regular pumpkin patch visits.
The biggest Hunsader Farms activity is the Pumpkin Festival, which will take place over three weekends in October: the 13th and 14th, 20th and 21st, and 27th and 28th. The festival features a craft show, live music, games, hayrides and pony rides, a corn maze, and tons of food from homemade ice cream to pumpkin pie.
No matter when you visit Hunsader Farms, though, whether it’s during fall or not, this idyllic farm has fresh fruit to pick and delicious food to try. Use fresh pumpkin, squash, and more for pumpkin carving and fall-themed dishes, visit the farmers market for all kinds of fresh produce, or pick your own year-round.
For more sites to explore in the Bradenton area, contact us at Tropical Ford.
Ford is full of surprises — and the automaker is proving it with the reveal of the new Ford Ranger Raptor at a surprising venue: Gamescom, Europe’s largest video game convention.
Gamescom is a huge celebration in Cologne, Germany, and the perfect opportunity for major debuts. Although it’s primarily dedicated to celebrating the latest video games, Gamescom’s 350,000+ visitors make it a great place to give the new Ranger Raptor lots of attention.
There’s a specific reason why Ford chose the Ranger Raptor debut for Gamescom 2018: the new truck will appear in the newest Forza Horizon release, set to roll out October 2. Between two Ranger Raptor models at Ford’s booth, the automaker also invited visitors to experience its 4D racing simulator and eight immersive gaming pods.
“Since the Ford GT graced the cover of Forza Motorsport 6 in 2015, millions of gamers have driven Ford performance cars on Forza’s virtual roads, experiencing these impressive cars at their limits in Forza’s world-class simulation engine,” said Dan Greenawalt, creative director of the Forza Racing Franchise “Almost 700,000 unique Forza drivers already added the F-150 Raptor to their virtual garage, and there’s little doubt the Ranger Raptor will be just as coveted.”
We at Tropical Ford are excited to see the Ford Ranger Raptor finally debut publically, and can’t wait for it to arrive at our showroom. Contact us if you’d like to receive notice once the rugged truck becomes available.
If you’re looking for your next food adventure in your Ford, the perfect place to go is the Dandee Donut Factory, home of the world’s best donut.
Dandee has been around since the 80s — and it’s been satisfying donut cravings ever since. No matter what kind of donut you’re in the mood for, you can get it here. That’s because Dandee Donut Factory has over 50 varieties of donuts.
All of these donuts are delicious and some are unlike any you’ve tried before. The folks at Dandee only use high-quality ingredients to ensure that every bite is irresistible. The shop makes each donut from scratch, so that means you get a unique donut, fresh out of the oven, each time you place an order.
If you have a long commute, stop by Dandee for a donut (or six…) and some coffee. The venue offers both iced and hot beverages, depending on your preference.
Dandee Donut Factory has three different locations — Hollywood, Pompano Beach, and Deerfield Beach — with the latter two being open 24 hours, 7 days a week! Visit one of these joints to have an impromptu donut picnic in the bed of your Ford F-150, or in the front seat of your Ford Focus.
For more dining suggestions in the Orlando area, contact us at Tropical Ford. We’ll be happy to recommend other favorite locations.
Potholes can feel like the unavoidable bane of any driver’s existence — they’re easy to find and hard to miss. But a new pothole detection technology might change that. The new Ford Focus will spotlight this new technology that will minimize the damage that a pothole might cause.
The new Ford Focus will feature a new advanced suspension technology that will adjust to potholes when the system detects them. This technology comes with the Ford Focus’ Continuously Controlled Damping system. The pothole detection technology was tested on the ultimate pothole challenge — a test road at Ford’s Belgium test facility which is built with extreme potholes and other hazards on the road. If the pothole technology succeeded on this challenge, it’s sure to make a big difference when used on the average road.
The 2019 Ford Focus compact car should go on sale sometime in 2019. The brand will likely offer it as both a four-door sedan and a five-door hatchback. In addition to its advanced pothole detection technology, it boasts an attractive new design, a more spacious interior, and additional driver-assist technologies.
For more information about this creative Ford contribution to driving safety, contact us at Tropical Ford.
If you’re living near Tropical Ford in Orlando, Florida, you may have been busy this summer taking weekend trips to the beach or spending days at Disney World or Universal Orlando. Extend the fun this season when you pack up your Ford for a family road trip. If you’re looking for a unique destination, you won’t be disappointed with a trip to the Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale.
This museum offers Summer Sea Turtle Walks where visitors of all ages can get an amazing look at the life of sea turtles. Each year between spring and fall, sea turtles come out of the ocean to build nests on the beaches of Florida. Here they lay eggs at night time and return to the ocean while the eggs remain protected in the nests for an incubation period. Once the eggs have hatched, the baby sea turtles journey from their nests to the ocean.
The Summer Sea Turtle Walks at the Museum of Discovery begin in the evenings with a presentation on the life of sea turtles. From there, visitors are lead for a night walk on the beach by expert guides who will show the nesting grounds of sea turtles. Often times these walks feature breathtaking sea turtle sightings, but even when they don’t this unique Florida activity is worth the day trip.
For more road trip destinations to explore in Florida, contact us at Tropical Ford.
Thanks to our beautiful weather, we get motorcyclists all year round here in Florida. Unfortunately, all across the United States, motorcyclists die in collisions with other vehicles. In fact, motorcycle fatalities are on the rise. Ford is working on a new technology that could help make motorcyclists safer.
This technology, which is not in official production, would add a safety measure to vehicles that would help them detect lane-splitting motorcycles. Lane-splitting is when a motorcyclist drives between two lanes of stopped or slower moving traffic, it is also called white-lining. This maneuver can be dangerous and is illegal in Florida along with many other states. It is, however, legal in California, and not specifically outlawed in 12 other states.
Autoblog discovered a patent filed by Ford titled, “Detection of Lane-Splitting Motorcycles.” This technology would use a camera and sensor system to look out for motorcyclists and would warn the driver if it detects any lane-splitting riders.
This technology would be relatively easy to incorporate into the modern Ford lineup since it utilizes existing sensor technology that is already present in many models. It would also help drivers who aren’t usually on the lookout for motorcycles riding up between by warning them of their presence.
For more news about Ford developments, contact us at Tropical Ford. You can also stop by to test drive our latest models.
Modern hybrids are often more powerful than their gasoline-only counterparts, thanks to the additional torque gained from the electric motors. This benefit is why Ford is planning to release a 2020 Ford Mustang Hybrid.
While we don’t know much about this planned Mustang hybrid, it is fun to imagine the power you could get from the combination of the 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbo, a 10-speed automatic transmission, and a pair of electric motors. With this powertrain blend, we will likely see an output of at least 400 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque.
It is possible that Ford will utilize the same hybrid technology it is planning for the next-generation Ford Focus RS. Industry reports indicate that the Focus RS Hybrid will use a 48-volt starter system that will boost its output to around 400 horsepower and cut about 0.4 seconds off of its current 0-60 mph time.
Along with its improved output, the Mustang Hybrid should see a boost in efficiency, too. While fuel economy isn’t expected to go up significantly, it should at least boast a better rating than the gasoline-only models.
Stop by Tropical Ford to find out more information about the upcoming 2020 Mustang Hybrid. You can also take your favorite Ford model for a test drive.