Ford F-150 Lightning Gets More Horsepower, Higher Max Payload

All-New Ford F-150 Lightning

The Ford F-150 Lightning, the brand’s first fully-electric pickup truck, has started shipping out to early buyers. And according to Ford, its electric battery range, payload, and horsepower are all higher than the initial projections.

When it was announced in May of last year, the brand new F-150 Lightning was estimated to put out 563 horsepower with the extended-range battery pack, and 426 horsepower with the standard-range battery. The payload was 2,000 pounds, and the battery range maxed out at 300 miles on a full charge.

Those numbers are nothing to sneeze at. But the final version raises that number quite a bit, to 580 horsepower with the extended range pack and 452 horsepower with the standard-range battery. The F-150 Lightning delivers the horsepower needed for big towing and hauling jobs.

The payload is the biggest difference. The F-150 Lightning has a payload of 2,235 pounds, up from the original estimate of 2,000 lbs. And the XLT and Lariat trims see an increase in their estimated battery range, from 300 to 320 with the extended-range battery.[1]

Regardless of whether you opt for the standard- or extended-range battery, you’ll get 775 lb-ft of torque, the highest torque on a Ford F-150 ever. The F-150 Lightning is just as reliable for towing and hauling as the gas version, with the benefit of at-home charging and a super long range that makes stopping for gas a thing of the past.

The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is all but sold out, so if you want to get your hands on the next batch of this amazing truck, contact the team at Tropical Ford in Orlando, Florida.

[1] Excludes Platinum models. Based on full charge. USA EPA-targeted range reflecting current status based on analytical projection consistent with US EPA combined drive cycle. Actual range varies with conditions such as external environment, vehicle use, vehicle maintenance, lithium-ion battery age and state of health.

Get a Closer Look at the High-Powered 2022 Ford Edge ST

2022 Ford Edge ST

The 2022 Ford Edge ST is the performance-driven SUV you need for daily driving, weekend adventures, and everything in between. With its powerful engine, abundant safety tech, and expansive cabin, the Ford Edge ST is a versatile, affordable option that doesn’t skimp on features.

The Ford Edge ST comes standard with a 2.7-liter V6 EcoBoost® engine, which delivers 335 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. Plus, the ST offers an available ST Performance Brake Package that adds 21-inch wheels, summer tires, performance brake pads, and more.

And you’ll love all the amenities that add comfort and convenience to your ride when you’re tearing down the highway. Ambient interior lighting makes the cabin feel homey and inviting, for instance, and the available cooled front seats are perfect for hot summer days. Intelligent Access with Push-Button Start lets you get on the road without touching your keys. There’s even an available wireless charging pad.

Ford has also packed the 2022 Edge ST with plenty of safety and driver-assist tech. Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert and the Lane-Keeping System are both standard. And you can opt for the Enhanced Active Park Assist System, which includes Forward and Side Sensing Systems, Reverse Perpendicular Parking, and Parallel Parking.

Interested in riding tall in one of the most exciting new SUVs available today? You can custom order your very own 2022 Ford Edge ST and take delivery right here at Tropical Ford in Orlando, Florida.

Ford Reveals Results of First Human Rights Report

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The 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E

Ford is always striving to make the world a better place. The automaker is leading the charge towards vehicle electrification, cutting carbon emissions, and achieving sustainability. And to keep track of these strides, the brand has released the latest installment of its Integrated Sustainability and Financial Report, which now includes the inaugural Ford Human Rights Report.

In these annual reports, the brand voluntarily discloses its progress towards its environmentally conscious goals, such as achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. This year, Ford achieved a few impressive milestones. The brand has cut its water consumption by 78% since the year 2000, and recently joined forces with Redwood Materials to help drivers recycle their EV batteries.

Along with the Integrated Sustainability and Financial Report, Ford released a Human Rights Report — a first for both the brand and the U.S. automotive industry. This report details how the automaker sources its materials, as well as how the brand manufactures components and manages its labor force.

Recent triumphs include the creation of diversity, equity, and inclusion goals to increase gender and racial diversity within the company’s senior ranks, along with initiatives to improve access to nutrition and medicine in underserved communities at home and abroad.

At Tropical Ford, we also put our community first. Whether you’re buying, leasing, trading in your old vehicle, or seeking quality automotive repairs, we’re proud to provide the best customer service in Orlando, Florida.

2022 Ford Bronco Sport, Explorer Win Top Safety Pick+ Award

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The 2022 Ford Explorer

Driving a smart, safe vehicle doesn’t mean compromising on fun and capability. The 2022 Ford Bronco Sport and 2022 Ford Explorer are tangible proof of that fact — both of these rugged SUVs recently earned Top Safety Pick+ awards from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The Top Safety Pick+ designation is the organization’s top rating. In order to achieve this prestigious designation, the Bronco and Explorer had to earn top marks for six crashworthiness evaluations. Plus, the models’ front crash prevention system needed to earn a grade of “advanced” or  “superior” in both vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian tests. And to top it off, every trim level of the model is required to come with highly-rated headlights for optimal visibility.

The Bronco Sport and Explorer weren’t the only winners in the eyes of the IIHS. Five other models also earned the Top Safety Pick designation: the Escape, Edge, Mustang Mach-E, F-150 SuperCab, and F-150 SuperCrew®. So no matter what kind of vehicle you’re looking for, you can drive confidently knowing that your Ford is designed to protect what matters most.

You can find these smart, safe models — and more — at Tropical Ford in Orlando, Florida. Check out our selection online and contact our team when you’re ready to take a test drive.

Get to Know the 2023 Ford F-150 Rattler

The 2023 Ford F-150 Rattler | Tropical Ford in Orlando, Florida
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Ford recently revealed the brand-new 2023 Ford F-150 Rattler. Designed with adventurous — and value-conscious — drivers in mind, the Rattler accessory package adds custom styling and off-road-oriented features to the entry-level Ford F-150 XL.

Every 2023 Ford F-150 Rattler offers confident handling courtesy of standard with all-wheel, an electronic rear-locking differential, and Hill Descent Control. The Rattler accessory package also armors your truck’s underbody with skid plates and provides a confident ride with all-terrain tires and tailor-made shock absorbers.

In addition to its adventure-ready accessories, the F-150 Rattler boasts rugged styling features. On the outside, you’ll find exclusive badges, custom rattlesnake-inspired graphics, a dual exhaust system, and bold 18-inch aluminum wheels. The cabin is just as bespoke, with burnished bronze accents, sleek Onyx seating, and a custom color palette.

According to Ford truck group marketing manager Todd Eckert, the 2023 F-150 Rattler strikes a balance between off-road capability and budget-friendly pricing. “This truck builds off the F-150 off-road legacy while allowing us to introduce new customers to the right blend of styling and value in the F-150 lineup,” Eckert explained.

Want to be one of the first drivers in Orlando, Kissimmee, or Hunter’s Creek to drive home in one of these adventure-ready pickups? Contact us at Tropical Ford for the latest updates on the 2023 Ford F-150 Rattler. Or check out our great selection of F-150 trucks and stop in for a test drive.

2022 Ford Maverick Wins Two Cars.com Awards

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Looking for versatility, efficiency, and unbeatable value? Cars.com would like to refer you to the 2022Ford Maverick — after all, it was the publication’s pick for both the Best Pickup Truck of 2022 and the Best of the Year award.

The experts at Cars.com heaped praise upon the Maverick for its impressive value, capability, and ample accessory options. Editors also noted its fun exterior color options, convenient climate controls, and modern good looks. Plus, the judges appreciated its 191-horsepower hybrid powertrain, which earns an EPA-estimated 42 mpg in the city, 37 mpg combined, and 33 mpg when cruising down the highway.[1]

On top of being the most efficient pickup truck on the market, the Maverick can tow up to 4,000 pounds or haul a maximum of 1,500 pounds. And best of all, it’s the most affordable full-hybrid vehicle on the market with a starting price just under $20,000 MSRP.[2]

The Cars.com wins aren’t the only triumphs for the Maverick. This incredible compact pickup also earned the 2022 North American Truck of the Year™ award in January.

Don’t miss out on this efficient and versatile truck. Custom order your very own 2022 Ford Maverick through the Tropical Ford website today and get ready to turn heads as you cruise around in Hunter’s Creek, Orlando, and Kissimmee.

[1] EPA-estimated rating of 42 city/33 hwy/37 combined mpg. Actual mileage will vary.

[2] Current MSRP for base vehicle. Excludes destination/delivery fee plus government fees and taxes, any finance charges, any dealer processing charge, any electronic filing charge, and any emission testing charge. Optional equipment not included. Starting A, Z and X Plan price is for qualified, eligible customers and excludes document fee, destination/delivery charge, taxes, title and registration. Not all vehicles qualify for A, Z or X Plan. All Mustang Shelby GT350® and Shelby® GT350R prices exclude gas guzzler tax.

Ford Wins Big With 5 KBB 2022 Best Buy Awards

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The Blue Oval has done it again. Five vehicles in the 2022 Ford lineup won KBB Best Buy Awards, including heavy hitters like the all-new Maverick and F-150.

In fact, the amazing 2022 Ford Maverick — the first pickup in America with a standard hybrid engine — won two top KBB Best Buy Awards. Not only is the Maverick the best bet among compact pickup trucks, but the experts at Kelley Blue Book ruled the Maverick the Best New Model overall.

“There aren’t many vehicles out there that offer this level of capability, fuel economy, and features for such a low price,” writes KBB.com’s Allyson Harwood. “Ford hit it out of the park, developing a small truck that will appeal to everyone, not just truck buyers. That’s why the Ford Maverick is Kelley Blue’s Best New Model for 2022.”

The Maverick was not alone in victory. Joining the compact pickup in the winner’s circle are the Ford F-150, Ford Expedition, and Ford Mustang Mach-E. These vehicles won for full-size pickup truck, full-size SUV, and electric vehicle, respectively.

When you’re talking about the 2022 Ford lineup, there’s no shortage of great options. In addition to the 2022 KBB Best Buy Award winners, you have options like the family-friendly Escape, rugged Bronco and Bronco Sport, and sporty Mustang fastback and convertible.

Looking to upgrade to a new ride this year? Check out our great selection of new Ford vehicles at Tropical Ford in Orlando, Florida.

Ford Gets Tropical With 2022 Bronco Everglades

2022 Ford Bronco Everglades | Orlando, FL

Orlandoans know a thing or two about seeking and finding adventure. So does Ford. The 2022 Ford Bronco Everglades is perhaps the most ideal model for Florida fun, boasting all the tools you’ll need to make the most out of your next run through the wetlands.

Perhaps the coolest upgrade you get with the Bronco Everglades is a class-exclusive signature snorkel. Running up along the A-pillar on the passenger side, this snorkel helps the SUV perform in tough conditions like deep water and heavy dust.

“Bronco enthusiasts demand style as well as performance, so we challenged ourselves to create a snorkel with high-end function and a look that really suits the vehicle,” said Ryan Olsson, design manager. “What really sets the Everglades snorkel apart is the head and reversible intake. It completely changes the way a snorkel can look and function.”

Speaking of look and function, the 2022 Ford Bronco Everglades serves both purposes nicely. It stands out even from other models in the Bronco lineup thanks to its Carbonized Gray grille with gloss black Bronco lettering and exclusive Desert Sand color option. And it gets to work with features like a 300-horsepower EcoBoost® engine and an advanced 4×4 system.

The 2022 Ford Bronco Everglades arrives this summer, but it will likely be very hard to get your hands on one if you don’t already have a Ford Bronco reserved. But don’t fret! The Everglades is just one of the many models available in the Bronco stable. Check out our selection online or start your custom order with Tropical Ford today.

Tips for Driving Safely in the Rain in Orlando

Spring has returned, and that means you can expect a lot of the wet stuff around Orlando in the months ahead. Before you head out during a downpour, keep in mind some key tips for driving safely in the rain.

Take your time

The worst thing you can do when the roads are slick is go too fast. If you are worried about running late, leave 10 minutes earlier than normal to give yourself time to get where you’re going. Driving too fast increases your risk of losing control of your vehicle and can put you in jeopardy.

Know how to handle a worst-case scenario

Say you hit a large pocket of water and your vehicle begins to skid. It’s crucial that you know what to do when your vehicle is hydroplaning. AAA recommends two basic steps: looking and steering in the direction you want your car to go and being very light with the brakes. If you handle this situation coolly, you can get back on the road like nothing ever happened.

Make sure your car is up to snuff

Tackling adverse weather with bad tires, old brakes, or ineffective windshield wipers is not ideal. If your vehicle is due for maintenance heading into spring, be sure to bring it into Tropical Ford and we’ll get you all squared away.

Be safe out there and remember to contact Tropical Ford for all your vehicle needs in Orlando, Florida.

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Trick Out Your Truck with These Ford Accessories

Whether you’ve got the multipurpose Maverick, rugged Ranger, fearsome F-150, or powerful Super Duty, you’ve already made a great choice by opting for a Built Ford Tough® truck. If you want to build on that smart investment, take your pick of some great Ford truck accessories available at Ford’s website and through Tropical Ford in Orlando, Florida.

Bed products

One of the best things you can do to ensure the longevity of your Ford truck is protecting the bed. Ford offers several different truck bed accessories including liners, tonneau covers, and cargo management options like ramps and storage boxes.

Seat covers

If you’re out and about in Orlando soaking up the sun, salt, and surf, you may want to invest in some high-quality seat covers to protect yourself. Ford carries Covercraft products for its trucks, ensuring a pleasant mix of style and toughness — just like the trucks themselves.

Bike products

If you like biking around Orlando for fun, the Ford truck lineup is available with accessories to help make it easier to embrace your passion. With options like Yakima hitch-mounted swing racks and lockable rack-mounted bike carriers, you can easily put together a big biking outing for your whole crew.

There are tons of ways to accessorize your Ford truck. Tropical Ford in Orlando, Florida, can help you make the right choices, place your order, and easily install your new accessories so that you can start planning how to put your truck to the test.

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