Get to Know the Electric Ford Mustang Cobra Jet 1400

The Ford Mustang has been an iconic staple of American roads since 1964. It has been thrilling us all with its sharp styling and incredible performance for over 50 years. Now, the Mustang is meeting the future in the form of the electric Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 prototype.

When electric cars were first introduced into the mainstream market, they were somewhat boring and slow. Now, however, as electric technology has gotten more sophisticated, electric cars have the potential to be the fastest vehicles on the road. In fact, this Mustang Cobra Jet concept may be the most powerful Mustang ever.

Just look at the electric Mustang Cobra specs. Its electric powertrain is rated at 1,400 horsepower and 1,100 lb-ft of torque, which gives it a quarter-mile top speed of 170 mph.

Dave Pericak, Global Director, Ford Icons, said, “Electric powertrains give us a completely new kind of performance and the all-electric Cobra Jet 1400 is one example of pushing new technology to the absolute limit. We’re excited to showcase what’s possible in an exciting year when we also have the all-electric Mustang Mach-E joining the Mustang family.”

This electric Mustang is the latest addition to the lineup of Ford electric vehicles that includes the 2021 Mach-E, 2020 Fusion Hybrid, 2020 Escape Plug-in Hybrid, and others. If you’d like to learn more about the Mustang or any other Ford, contact us at Tropical Ford in Orlando.

Ford Ranger Raptor Named the Best Vehicle for the Apocalypse

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2020 Ford Ranger

Though the world isn’t ending anytime soon, life nowadays can feel a bit apocalyptic. To help cope with some of that stress and let our imaginations run wild, Rob Gill, an automotive writer for The Sun, recently called the Ford Ranger Raptor, “the perfect bug-out vehicle for the end of days.”

In a true apocalypse, we can imagine the world being a rough and rocky place with destruction everywhere. You would want a vehicle that could conquer any terrain that comes in its path and the Ranger Raptor is that truck.

According to Gill, the truck’s off-road capabilities are “truly epic” thanks to its ability to tear up gravel roads at more than 100 mph and take on big jumps with ease. You also won’t have to worry about running out of fuel in the future apocalyptic world and siphoning fuel as often because it offers about 26 mpg.

When you are ready to return to civilization after living out your apocalyptic daydream, the Ranger Raptor makes it easy with breadcrumbs navigation. It drops a navigational pin every second so you can follow them on your way back home.

The only downside to the Ranger Raptor is that it is not yet available in the United States; however, according to some sources, it could arrive sometime in 2022.

Looking for the ultimate getaway vehicle? Check out the Ford Ranger at Tropical Ford.

Study Reveals Ford Bronco As Most Anticipated Vehicle of 2020

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Drivers in 19 states, including Michigan, New Mexico, Texas, Wisconsin, New Mexico and Arkansas cannot wait for the reveal of the 2021 Ford Bronco. A study conducted by PartCatalog shows the Bronco leading the charge as the Most Anticipated Vehicle of 2020 based on Google search data.

The Bronco isn’t the only Ford model drivers are eager to learn more about, though, according to the study. The most-searched-for new car for drivers in the Gem State (Idaho) is the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E. With the Bronco and Mustang, Ford is the only automaker to have two models in the study.

“It’s something both our fans love and our staff [loves],” said Alan Marek, the owner of PartCatalog. “We started doing [trends maps] a few months ago when the Cybertruck was announced and have continued to do them, with a different spin each month.”

The 2021 Ford Bronco’s original debut was set for March 17, 2020, but it was delayed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. As of now, Ford has not released a new date for the Bronco’s official debut.

We at Tropical Ford are eager to see the new Bronco, too, along with all the new Ford models. Until then, we are here to talk about the current lineup and answer any vehicle inquiries you have.

Ford Driving Skills for Life 2020

Teen Boy In Red Car | Ford Driving Skills for Life 2020 | Orlando, FL

Ford Driving Skills for Life is a program developed by Ford designed to educate new and younger drivers on the safest driving techniques for the many decades they will spend behind the wheel. The Manheim Auto Auction in Orlando was the first stop in the tour, which visited 18 cities and made 80 stops from Orlando all the way to Alaska.

Teen drivers attended FDSL classes which focused on a range of driving skills: vehicle handling, speed, hazard recognition, and the dangers of distracted driving.

Ford’s educational program started in 2003 and has since helped over 1 million drivers across the United States and 46 other countries learn the skills that will help keep them and others safe on the road. This year, the course expanded to 30 countries across all continents except Antarctica.

Smartphone usage has created a new demand for programs such as FDSL. A 2019 study conducted by the program found that 62 percent of Generation Z drivers admitted that they have used their phones while driving, even though roughly the same amount believe that using your phone while behind the wheel should warrant severe punishment.

Given that drivers are using their phones more than ever, Ford Driving Skills for Life has never been more necessary.

Want a safe and reliable vehicle? Check out our new and used inventory at Tropical Ford.

Ford Explorer XLT Sport Appearance Package Back for 2021

2020 Ford Explorer | Ford Explorer XLT Sport Appearance Package Back for 2021 | Tropical Ford in Orlando, FL

The bold, aggressive styling of the 2021 Ford Explorer is set to receive an option that complements, embellishes, and emphasizes the iconic mid-size SUV. The XLT Sport Appearance Package is returning for 2021 and promises to make your 2021 Explorer even more stylish and commanding.

The 2021 Ford Explorer XLT Sport Appearance Package will give you a Carbonized Grey grille, skid plates, an Explorer hood badging, dual chrome exhaust tips, 20-inch wheels, and ActiveX Light Slate two-tone seats complete with premium accent stitching.

History indicates that the XLT Sport Appearance Package will be popular among 2021 Explorer owners; when the package was previously available, 25 percent of all Explorer XLTs were equipped with the stylish add-ons. Young customers, who account for 18 percent of those purchasing a 2020 Explorer, particularly gravitate towards the XLT Package due to its exciting, bold features.

The Ford SUV Marketing Manager Craig Patterson expanded on the excitement surrounding the Sport Appearance Package, saying, “Our Sport Appearance Package offers a new styling dimension for Explorer XLT customers. It has always been a favorite among our younger customers looking for a more energetic design and feel at a great value.”

The 8 millionth Ford Explorer was sold in January, a fitting start to the SUV’s 30th anniversary. It’s easy to see why this iconic SUV is so popular. If you’d like to learn more, contact us at Tropical Ford.

Here’s What the Limited FX4 Package Adds to the 2020 Ford Expedition

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Just when you thought the 2020 Ford Expedition couldn’t get any better, the brand decided to add the Limited FX4 Off-Road Package. Much like the package by the same name on the Ford Ranger, the latest Expedition FX4 bundle will come with off-road features such as Terrain Management, tuned shocks, skid plates, and other rough-and-tumble features.

The Expedition Limited FX4 is rugged, and it’s perfectly designed for your next adventure. The Expedition seats seven people comfortably — which means you can bring plenty of friends along — while the 32-inch all-terrain tires grip virtually any type of terrain you’re bound to encounter. Paired with a smart suspension, underbody protection, and a limited-slip differential, the Expedition will let you leave the beaten path with greater ease.

“There’s a growing trend in people looking to enjoy rugged terrain without having to give up the refinement, comfort or convenience of getting there,” said Devin McParlane, Ford Expedition consumer marketing manager.

The Terrain Management System adds even more off-road potential by selecting the proper power transfer, engine control, and gear ratios for the type of environment in which you’re driving. The Expedition can also tow up to 9,200 pounds and can easily haul all of your camping, hunting, and fishing gear with the spacious interior and foldable seats.

Looking for an off-road adventure machine? Look no further than the 2020 Ford Expedition, available at Tropical Ford.

Drive Safely with the 2020 Ford Escape

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The 2020 Ford Escape was recently named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which means the Escape is an ideal SUV for families. Offering exceptional protection, the 2020 model scored well in both crashworthiness and collision mitigation categories of crash testing.

The all-new Escape comes with a standard Ford Co-Pilot360™ safety suite, which includes Pre-Collision Assist and Automatic Emergency Braking. These technologies use sensors to detect potential car accidents and apply the brakes if necessary. During IIHS testing, for instance, the Escape avoided collisions at 12 mph and 25 mph — earning the vehicle a Superior rating.

To earn the Top Safety Pick award, the Escape scored “Good” in all six aspects of the crash tests, including driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, head restraint, and passenger-side small overlap front tests.

What else is distinct about the Ford Escape’s safety features? The Escape Titanium comes with LED reflector headlights to optimize visibility, and the model scored exceptionally well when it came to child seat anchors. You’ll also find a Blind Spot Information System to monitor hard-to-see areas, available Active Park Assist to make parking easier than ever, and available Adaptive Cruise Control to keep you at a safe following distance.

Test drive the Escape at Tropical Ford today to learn more about its advanced safety systems.

Meet the Ford F-750 EarthRoamer

Ford F-750 EarthRoamer

Ford makes a massive variety of vehicles, from the fuel-efficient Escape to the burly F-350 pickup truck. The automaker recently expanded its portfolio by creating the Ford F-750 EarthRoamer XV-HD, a four-wheel-drive F-750 chassis that supports a tiny home capable of sleeping six people. If you want to go on expeditions with your family without relying on a bulky RV with no off-road capabilities, the Ford F-750 EarthRoamer XV-HD is calling your name.

Besides containing sleeping room for six, the F-750 EarthRoamer boasts a bathroom with a shower, another bathroom with a toilet, a fully functional kitchen, a dining area, and a bed lofted above the cabin.

A 6.7-liter Powerstroke engine generates 330 horsepower and 725 pound-feet of torque. Plus, the EarthRoamer XV-HD ensures a smooth ride with massive 46-inch wheels, rear air suspension with shocks, hydraulic leveling, and LED lights, just to make sure other drivers can spot your house on wheels.

Tyler Tatro is the President and Chief Operating Officer of EarthRoamer and his words reflect the buzz and enthusiasm surrounding the revolutionary vehicle. “The HD is our most innovative product yet,” he stated. “It utilizes state-of-the-art construction and systems to bring comfort and functionality to the next level.”

While no dealership offers the F-750 EarthRoamer yet, Tropical Ford offers a massive selection of Ford models. We’ll be happy to help you find the perfect Ford for your lifestyle.

How to Log Your Business Miles

If you own a small business and regularly put miles on your vehicle for business purposes — or even if you are an employee at someone else’s business and use your vehicle for regular business trips — you should be claiming those miles on your tax returns. But you must be able to prove every mile driven to the IRS, or else you’ll face potential hefty penalties.

Should you take the deduction for business mileage on your taxes, be ready to prove your mileage in the event of an audit. The IRS accepts proof in two forms: a daily log kept by you, as long as it has lots of information, or a mileage app that does the admin work for you.

If you’re creating a log of your business mileage, keep a journal in your car and immediately log each trip after the drive. You will need to include the date, your odometer reading at the start and end of the journey, along with the number of miles you’ve driven, and the business reason for the trip. It is also helpful to include the starting address and the destination address.

If you would rather rely on your smartphone, you can download one of several business apps for such a purpose. Many apps even let you log your personal and business miles separately. At Tropical Ford, you can find a massive selection of fleet vehicles to suit all of your small business needs.

Design Your Own 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 with This Online Configurator

Have you been dreaming of driving your own 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500? The time has come to make that dream more tangible by configuring your ideal model using the new GT500 configurator launched on Ford’s site.

By using the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 configurator online, you’ll be able to play around with different design elements, like color and stripes, as well as tack on different packages. You’ll then get the price for the specific Mustang you’ve designed.

For 2020, the colors include Ford Performance Blue, Grabber Lime, Iconic Silver, Kona Blue, Magnetic, Oxford White, Race Red, Rapid Red, Shadow Black, Twister Orange, and Velocity Blue. Rapid Red and Twister Orange come at additional costs. You can also add a painted black roof and/or tape side stripes in either Ebony, Kona Blue, or Bright White. For an additional fee, you can get racing stripes in either Kona Blue, Oxford White, or Absolute Black.

The Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is available with a few packages: the Carbon Fiber Track Pack adds multiple exposed carbon fiber elements and gets ride of the rear seat; the Handling Pack, which can’t be purchased alongside the Carbon Fiber Track Pack, adds a couple of features, including the Gurney flap rear spoiler. For advanced interior tech, go with the Technology Package.

Want to see the 2020 Mustang in real life? Take it for a test drive at Tropical Ford.