The 2018 F-150 awards are coming in left and right, including the recent Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) award. Scoring top marks at the Texas Truck Rodeo hosted by the TAWA, the new F-150 impressed judges with its competitive design and precision-tuned EcoBoost® engine options. The F-150 Raptor also took first place in the Off-Road Pickup Truck category.
According to Ford, the TAWA panel at the Truck Rodeo consists of more than 70 journalists who are experts in the auto industry, all of whom test pickups for more than 300 hours. Believe it or not, the Ford F-Series has won 14 other times throughout the history of the TAWA awards.
“With the new 2018 F-150, we’re honored to earn back-to-back Truck of Texas awards for F-Series, a recognition that speaks to the truck team’s dedication to our hardworking customers,” said Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president and president, North America. “That’s especially true in Texas—truck capital of the world.”
The new F-150 has new features like an Auto Start-Stop feature for all engines, which helps to preserve gas, and an all-new 3.3-liter V6 option. The Raptor is built for off-road trails, offering a high-output engine, a Terrain Management System™, BF Goodrich KO2 tires, and upgraded FOX shocks. You can test the new F-150 and the F-150 Raptor at Tropical Ford today.
There’s no other pickup like the Ford Raptor. This truck was built for off-roading through and through. From its powertrain to its suspension to every little detail, the rugged terrain is this truck’s destiny. If you’re taking a Ford Raptor or another Ford truck from Tropical Ford out off-roading for the first time this summer, use these helpful tips for off-roading to stay safe and have the most fun.
Read the Manual
Before you go off-roading, you need to make sure you understand everything about your vehicle. Read your owner’s manual to learn about things like traction control and the four-wheel drive system to get a basic understanding of its capabilities.
The Ford Raptor delivers exceptional handling and excellent grip on mountain roads and twisty, rocky surfaces. But before you take the Ford Raptor out for the real deal, get a little practice in on a smaller scale first. Find small creeks, steep inclines, and gravel roads where you can get a feel for how the truck handles so you’ll be more prepared.
Bring the Right Tools
Don’t just head out empty handed. Not only should you bring with you a first aid kit for your safety, but you’ll need tools for your truck’s safety too. Look into purchasing the type of tools that will help you recover should you get stuck, like a quality winch, which can pull you out of a muddy situation.
Ford made headlines earlier this month at the 2017 Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, where they revealed their plans to add electric work vehicles and electric trucks to their line-up, which can cut costs for business owners while also lowering the negative effects of the vehicles on the environment.
Namely, Ford mentioned the F-150, F-250, and F-550 Super Duty pick-up trucks; the F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks; the Transit and E-Series vehicles; and also the F-53 and F-59 stripped chassis trucks as models that would get either electric or hydraulic hybrid variants.
The changes will take place courtesy of Ford’s Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) program, which is being expanded and sometimes referred to as “eQVM” – hinting towards its electric interests. The Ford eQVM program will be adopting XL Hybrids, Motiv Power Systems, and Lightning Hybrids for the various models it plans to expand.
Of course, the Ford F-150 and much of Ford’s truck lineup already represent the most efficient vehicles in their class – but even better efficiency couldn’t hurt!
Currently, we don’t know much else about the electric Ford trucks and when they would hit dealerships. But in the meantime, if you’d like to check out our enormous selection of Ford pick-up trucks and Ford work trucks, visit us anytime at Tropical Ford!
Ford is often celebrated as the best pickup manufacturer in the world. It’s hard to contest this claim when the brand has had the best-selling vehicle—not just the best-selling truck—in the world for decades. The F-150 is just one of many truck offerings available from Ford, each of which has distinct features and perks you won’t find elsewhere.
Why buy a Ford truck? These pickups are dependable. There’s a reason the F-150 is so popular. This model is built with high-strength military-grade aluminum. Not only does that cut weight by over 750 pounds, increasing performance and efficiency, but it also strengthens the design. Plus, the F-150’s aluminum body doesn’t rust—one perk you won’t find on trucks like the Silverado or Tacoma.
According to Ford, these models are also among the most powerful in their segments. Take the Ford Super Duty for example. The available 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 Turbo Diesel can generate a whopping 860 lb-ft of torque. That means you can tow up to 26,500 pounds in the F-350 4×4 when properly equipped.
Ford trucks are also great off-road as well as on the highway. The upcoming 2017 F-150 Raptor is bred for dirt tracks and snow, with a suspension made by Fox Racing Shox™ and an intelligent Terrain Management System. Mechanical-locking four-wheel drive, fat all-terrain tires, variable damping, and skid plates are just some of the features that make this model great. The new F-150 Raptor is the ultimate off-road truck.
These are just some of the many reasons to consider buying a Ford truck. Check out the Ford pickup lineup today at Tropical Ford.
The beach is the ideal place to go this summer. Do something a little different and truck camp on the beach this year. If you don’t know how to go about truck camping on the beach, here are some simple steps to follow:
- Bring your F-150
The Ford F-150 will fulfill all of your towing needs. With a towing capacity of up to 11,800 pounds and a best-in-class payload capability, you’ll be able to bring all your camping equipment to the beach.
- Bring the right equipment
A heavy duty tow strap, a vehicle jack, plywood board, a shovel, air pressure gauge, electric air compressor, fire extinguisher, and first aid kit are all essential truck camping equipment.
- Wax everything
Be sure to wax your truck and your trailer to protect your vehicles from salt air exposure.
- Have proper tire pressure
Make sure to have slightly lower air pressure than normal since you’ll be driving on the sand. Tires should be lowered to as low as 17 psi and as high as 25 psi.
- Drive carefully
Once you’re on the sand, make sure to take your foot off the gas so as not to drive your vehicle into the sand and put your truck in four-wheel drive.
Here are some places you can go:
Canaveral National Seashore
The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor participated in the Best in the Desert Mint 400 Off-Road Race, making it the first full-size truck in this class to race in this category. The Raptor finished in 23rd place overall after racing in nine different classes, and was one of just 19 teams in the limited group that finished the race out of 68 entries.
The Raptor completed the two laps on the track in 9 hours and 10 minutes, while the first, second, and third place winners of the unlimited class race were all modified Ford trucks.
The 2017 Raptor is lightweight thanks to its aluminum body, which allows it to use an EcoBoost engine that’s smaller, more powerful, and more fuel efficient than the average. Its suspension is improved from other F-150 models and it comes with off-road tires. The EcoBoost engine is paired with a 10-speed transmission and a torque-on-demand transfer case.