BlueCruise Brings Hands-Free Driving to Ford Lineup

If you’re anything like us, you’ve dreamed of the day when you could own a car that practically drives itself. Thanks to Ford and its innovative BlueCruise hands-free driving feature, that dream is now a reality.

BlueCruise is an all-new technology developed by Ford to ensure safe hands-free driving on the highway. When you’re in a BlueCruise Hands-Free Zone, which covers more than 100,000 miles of highways across North America, you’ll be able to engage the system and take your hands off the wheel.

This incredible technology isn’t even something of the near future — it’s now. The feature is being offered on the all-new 2021 Ford F-150 and the all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E. If you own one of these vehicles equipped with the Ford Co-Pilot360 Active 2.0 Prep Package, you’ll be able to download BlueCruise software via Ford Power-Up over-the-air updates.

To help ensure that BlueCruise hands-free technology is up for the task, Ford sent 10 test vehicles out last year to cover 110,000 miles of testing across 37 states and five Canadian provinces. Putting the system to the test in all different weather, traffic, and road conditions, the test vehicles demonstrated that BlueCruise is ready to turn the self-driving car from myth into truth.

And if you’re one of the thousands upon thousands who’s preordered the incredible new 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning electric truck, worry not — it’s getting BlueCruise technology, too. You can expect this feature to roll out even more across the Ford lineup in the years ahead, meaning your favorite Ford vehicle could put the power of self-driving technology in your hands (or, more appropriately, let you take your hands off the steering wheel).

If you’re curious about BlueCruise hands-free tech, Tropical Ford can help. We’ve got the 2021 Ford F-150 and Mustang Mach-E in stock, and we can tell you everything you’ll need to know to enjoy hands-free driving in Orlando, Florida.

Ford BlueCruise hands-free in Orlando, FL

What to Do If Your Car Overheats in Hot Weather

Overheating is rare in new vehicles, but it’s not entirely impossible with skyrocketing summer temperatures in Orlando, Florida. If you’re out for a summer drive and notice that your vehicle is overheating, don’t panic. Knowing what to do if your car overheats will help you stay in control of the situation and get the issue taken care of quickly.

Turn on the heat. If you have the AC on, turn it off immediately. Roll the windows down, turn on the heat, and set the blower high. Depending on your situation, this might be enough to return engine temperature to normal and allow you to complete your drive.

Pull over in a safe place. Should the temperature continue to rise, you’ll want to pull the car over in the safest spot possible. Sit there for 15 minutes or more, giving things time to cool off. If you’re near Tropical Ford and you want to play it safe, you can get a quick tow to our service bay to get the issue addressed quickly.

Check for signs. Once the vehicle’s had at least 15 minutes to cool off (or maybe even more depending on the temperature outside), you can look for signs of what might be causing the issue. If you see coolant underneath the vehicle or smell something like maple syrup under the hood, you might have a leak.

Add coolant and water if you have it. If you have extra coolant and water handy, you can manually refill your radiator enough to get home safely. It’s imperative that you’re careful when doing this — if the vehicle is still warm, opening the radiator cap can cause burns. You may want to avoid trying this unless you have gloves or a towel that you can use to open the radiator cap enough to release pressure.

If your car overheats and you’re not sure what to do, turn to the experts at Tropical Ford in Orlando, Florida. We can help get your vehicle to us safely so that we can fix the issue and get you back on the road quickly.

What to do if your car overheats in Orlando, FL

Your 2021 Ford Bronco Can be as Unique as You

The original Bronco was beloved by its dedicated fans for its athletic performance and its open-air philosophy, so many people had high expectations when Ford announced it was resurrecting the iconic nameplate for 2021. Luckily for long-time Bronco lovers, the revived 4×4 is just as adventurous as before – and even more customizable.

You’re probably familiar with the fact that the Ford Bronco has removable doors and roof panels to promote an open-air feel. However, you might not know that truly adventurous souls can basically remove any part of the Bronco’s exterior parts (including mudguards and fenders) to swap them out for something else depending on your mood. You’ll be able to adjust the appearance and functionality of your Bronco nearly as easily as you switch between G.O.A.T. modes™.

On top of allowing you to make your vehicle as unique as you are, the modular nature of the Ford Bronco gives you an affordable way to refresh your vehicle over and over again. Per the chief Bronco designer, Paul Wraith, the Bronco’s mix-and-match design philosophy “gives [owners] the opportunity to create the perfect 4×4 for their unique needs without requiring a lot of mechanical expertise or experience.”

The adventurous 2021 Ford Bronco will be available at Tropical Ford before you know it, so keep an eye on our online inventory.

2021 Ford Bronco in Orlando, FL

Exciting Updates Coming to 2022 Ford Super Duty

As if Ford’s most powerful pickup isn’t impressive enough already, the powers-that-be have decided that the 2022 Ford Super Duty is due for some powerful updates. Keep reading to learn what new features you can look out for on the updated Super Duty.

SYNC®4: The SYNC®4 infotainment system is Ford’s most advanced set-up yet, which makes it unsurprising that the manufacturer saw fit to put it in the most intelligent Super Duty ever. Available for Lariat (and higher) trim levels, the SYNC®4 system brings wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ capabilities to the powerful truck. The SYNC®4 system is also compatible with wireless, over-the-air updates, which means you’ll always have the latest version of infotainment software.

Appearance Updates: In addition to gaining some new capabilities, the 2022 Ford Super Duty will also see updates to its appearance. Not only is there a spiffy new Atlas Blue color available to adorn your Super Duty’s body with, but you can now choose a Baja and Light Slate interior on some trims. An exciting Lariat Sport Appearance Package is also available, and it swaps out the chrome accents on your mirror, grille bars, and bumpers for body-colored ones.

For updates on when the 2022 Ford Super Duty will arrive at Tropical Ford, contact us or stop by our dealership in Orlando, FL.

2022 Ford Super Duty (2017 Model Pictured) in Orlando, FL

3 Ford SUVs Make US News’ List of Most Fuel-Efficient Hybrids

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When it comes to fuel-efficient hybrid vehicles, it’s hard to top Ford’s lineup. With an SUV like the Ford Explorer Hybrid, the Ford Escape Hybrid, or the Ford Escape PHEV at your disposal, you’ll spend less money on gas during a busy commute. U.S. News and World Report agrees, and recently added all three Ford hybrids to their list of the 12 Most Fuel-Efficient Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid SUVs for 2021.

Topping the list was the all-new 2021 Ford Escape PHEV, which is set to hit the lot of Tropical Ford in the near future. U.S. News had this to say about the efficient SUV: “The Escape PHEV has an all-electric range of 37 miles, and it’s highly efficient whether you’re using gas or electric power.* With almost 40 miles of all-electric range on tap, many drivers won’t have to fill up the gas tank very often.”

Next on the list was the 2021 Ford Escape Hybrid, which earned an impressive USN Overall Score of 8.3/10. “Choosing the hybrid will save you about $300 per year over the base non-hybrid Escape,” says U.S. News.

Last but not least is the 2021 Ford Explorer Hybrid, which impressed U.S. News with its powerful engine and towing capability. According to the publication, opting for the hybrid version of the Explorer “will save you an average of $150 per year on fuel.”

If you’re looking to take your next daily drive to a whole new level, make the smart choice for your wallet and drive an efficient Ford hybrid. Schedule a test drive at Tropical Ford in Orlando, Florida, today.

*EPA-Estimated Ratings FWD (Actual mileage will vary)

2021 Ford Bronco Sport Named Coolest Car Under $30K

2021 Ford Bronco Sport - Coolest Car Under $30K | Tropical Ford Blog | Orlando, FL
2021 Ford Bronco Sport

Everybody loves a cool car, and Kelley Blue Book’s Coolest Cars list is a great resource for drivers looking to add an extra bit of awesome to their garage. KBB has just released its latest list of the industry’s coolest cars under $30,000. Unsurprisingly, the exceedingly cool 2021 Ford Bronco Sport came in at number one.

KBB had this to say about the 2021 Bronco Sport’s victory: “If you like to camp, bike, hike, or enjoy a day in the countryside, the Bronco Sport is one of the coolest ways to get there.”

A quick look at the 2021 Bronco Sport makes it clear why KBB awarded it with the top spot. From its classic Bronco styling to its athletic design, this is a vehicle that knows how to look as cool as possible. Add in a selection of vibrant color options and a safari-style roof, and you have an adventurous ride that’s guaranteed to turn heads.

The 2021 Bronco Sport’s coolness extends far beyond its visual appeal. This highly capable ride also sports standard 4×4 capability and G.O.A.T. Modes for off-roading supremacy, plus a mountain of accessories you can use to take your next road trip to a whole new level.

The affordable 2021 Ford Bronco Sport is available to test drive right now at Tropical Ford in Orlando, Florida.

Ford Drivers in Orlando Can Now Get Usage-Based Insurance

Ford Drivers in Orlando Can Now Get Usage-Based Insurance | Tropical Ford Blog | Orlando, FL

Looking for an alternative to the usual form of car insurance in Orlando, Florida? A great way to get coverage while saving money is usage-based insurance, and now the Ford Motor Company is offering it.

Underwritten by trusted provider Nationwide, Ford Insure offers user-based coverage policies for drivers of eligible vehicles. With this type of plan, you can save money on coverage the less you drive or the more safely you drive.

The company keeps track of this using telematics data from compatible vehicles, which means you need to drive an eligible Ford from Tropical Ford to enroll in this plan, such as a new Ford Explorer. If you already drive a qualifying vehicle, all you need to do is access the FordPass™ app and switch over to Ford Insure.

This is a great financial solution for drivers in the Orlando area who want to save money without compromising on the extent of their vehicle coverage.

Another way to save money is to buy an affordable new Ford truck or SUV from Tropical Ford. We strive to connect our community with the latest and best-priced Ford models in the area. Talk with our finance team about how you can own and insure your next vehicle through Ford.

2021 Ford F-150 Raptor Coming Soon to Tropical Ford

2021 Ford Raptor Overview

Interested in driving the most adventurous vehicle in the Ford lineup? Check out the F-150 Raptor.

Equipped to traverse muddy bogs, sand dunes, and rocky terrain, this pickup truck is an off-roading beast. For the latest model year, the Raptor has been fully redesigned and sports a slew of exciting upgrades. Here’s a quick spotlight on the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor that you’ll soon be able to buy here at Tropical Ford.

The highlight of this new Raptor is its all-new five-link rear suspension that boosts its off-road performance to new levels. Bolstered by next-generation FOX™ shocks with Live Valve™ technology and first-in-class 37-inch tires (optional upgrade), the 2021 F-150 Raptor is ready to explore the most scenic areas of Florida.

Under the hood is a powerful 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine that specializes in peak low-end torque. What does that mean for drivers in Orlando? The 2021 Raptor is also a great truck for towing your boat or RV, as well as loading up with lumber to rebuild your front porch. Plus, it delivers a positively monstrous sound through its class-exclusive active valve dual exhaust.

If you’re interested in knowing more about the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor — and its cutting-edge SYNC® 4 system — contact Tropical Ford in Orlando, Florida.

Ford Bronco Earns Award from Popular Science

2021 Ford Bronco Sport | Tropical Ford Blog | Orlando, FL

The new 2021 Ford Bronco is gaining recognition for its exciting capabilities, earning a spot on Popular Science’s Best of What’s New 2020 list. PopSci gave out 100 awards across 10 categories to some of the top innovations of the year, including AI-powered Virtual Visor and Bosch’s self-tinting. On the 2021 Ford Bronco and Bronco Sport, that top innovation happens to be the new G.O.A.T. Modes.

The G.O.A.T. Modes pair with the Bronco’s Terrain Management System™ to offer some modes to assist with off-road explorations, such as Mud/Ruts, Slippery, and Rock Crawl. The rugged capability of the Ford Bronco makes it an extreme competitor for tough terrains. The 2021 Ford Bronco is also equipped with a class-exclusive seven-speed manual that assists with its handling and capability.

With a spirit that lives up to its tagline, Built Wild, the 2021 Ford Bronco enhances the rugged lifestyle experience for outdoor enthusiasts. The 2021 Ford Bronco and Bronco Sport are perfect for adventurous families, delivering impressive off-road performance thanks to standard 4×4 capabilities and powerful engines. The Ford-exclusive G.O.A.T. Modes give Bronco drivers the ability to navigate and conquer any terrain, which is why this innovative system deserves the recognition it earned from PopSci.

You can pre-order the Ford Bronco at Tropical Ford in Orlando, FL

Ford Wins 2020 WEC Gold Medal Award for Sustainability

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The World Environmental Center awarded the Ford Motor Company with the 2020 Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development. With this achievement that recognizes Ford’s commitment to sustainability and addressing environmental issues, Ford becomes the first automaker to receive the WEC Gold Medal in the 36 years it’s existed.

Michigan congresswoman Debbie Dingell presented WEC’s Gold Medal to Ford during a virtual ceremony on December 15. Ford CEO Jim Farley and Chief Sustainability, Environment, and Safety Officer Bob Hollycross accepted the award that recognized Ford’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint.

In his pre-recorded acceptance speech, Farley highlighted ways that Ford has taken the lead in environmental areas, such as meeting California’s emissions standards and keeping within the framework of the Paris Climate Agreement. Ford also revealed its plans to be carbon neutral by 2050 in its annual Sustainability Report released in the spring. The eco-friendly automaker plans to eliminate the use of single-use plastics and move manufacturing to 100 percent renewable energy by 2035.

The WEC Gold Medal is not the first green medal Ford has received. The automaker was recently recognized by CDP for its commitment to water conservation and fighting climate change, earning its sixth straight spot on the A-List for water security and second straight A-List honor for climate change. Looking for an eco-friendly daily driver? Consider the new Ford Escape, which offers a hybrid powertrain. You can find this efficient, sporty ride at Tropical Ford in Orlando.