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

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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

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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.

Meet the Ford Puma ST

The new Ford Puma ST marks the first Ford Performance SUV to launch in Europe. This athletic model is boldly styled and delivers exhilarating performance.

Motivated by a 1.5-liter EcoBoost—the same one found under the hood of the sporty Fiesta ST—the exciting-to-drive Puma ST serves up 197 horsepower and balances it out with impressive fuel economy. Performance is the top focus for the Ford Puma ST, which boldly wears an upgraded chassis with retuned dampers, a twist-beam, and anti-roll bars, as well as a limited-slip differential for a smoother ride.

Speaking of smooth, the new Ford Puma ST rides on Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires. Capable of reaching high speeds, the Puma ST benefits from 17% larger brakes and a 25% faster steering ratio.

But while we could talk about the Puma ST’s performance all day, one of its truly standout features that we find most exciting is its range of eye-catching exterior colors, including Mean Green, Desert Island Blue, and Fantastic Red.

For now, Ford has no plans to bring the Puma across the pond to here in the States (neither as the regular or ST variant). But if you’re ever in Europe on holiday and have your choice at the rental office, we highly recommend taking a spin in the Puma ST.

You find the rest of the Ford lineup right here at Tropical Ford in Orlando, Florida.

Get Comfortable in the F-150’s New Max Recline Seats

Max Recline Seats - Ford F-150 | Tropical Ford | Orlando, FL

Ford recently launched its new Max Recline Seats for the Ford F-150, part of America’s best-selling pickup truck line for 43 years. These ergonomic seats make it easy for passengers to get comfortable, making the F-150 perfect for long shifts on a jobsite and family road trips.

These new available Max Recline Seats fold down to nearly 180 degrees for an almost flat lounging experience. According to Ben Kulhawik, a seat designer at Ford, the new Max Recline Seats were “inspired by those adjustable beds you see on TV.”

“We know the folks who work on construction or mining sites use their truck cab for naps during downtime, and we learned everyday owners do, too,” explained Jackie DiMarco, Ford truck product line director. “When I would take my daughters to hockey tournaments, between games, one would be sleeping in the back seat while the other would be on the floor of my truck, and it reinforced the idea that, ‘We need to fix this!’”

These seats are truly ingenious—and quite comfy. According to Ford, the design of the seats allows the seat bottom to rise to provide greater back support. You can also rotate the upper seatback forward to improve neck comfort.

You’ll be able to opt for the Max Recline Seats on the 2021 Ford F-150, specifically on King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited models.

Find the 2021 Ford F-150 at Tropical Ford in Orlando, FL.

Ford Announces Bronco Wild Fund for Conservation

Ford Announces Bronco Wild Fund for Conservation | Horses in a field | Tropical Ford | Orlando, FL

Just like the majestic animal the SUV gets its name from, the recently-revived Ford Bronco – and newly-minted Ford Bronco Sport – were Built Wild™ to roam free and find adventure at every turn. In honor of the resurrection of the Bronco, Ford has created an endowment to help protect the rugged terrain we all love to explore.

The all-new Bronco Wild Fund is expected to raise as much as $5 million each year from the sale of Ford Bronco and Bronco sport vehicles as well as licensed apparel and other merchandise. The Bronco’s Brand Marketing Manager, Mark Grueber, explains that the goal of the initiative is to allow Bronco lovers to “connect with the outdoors on a deeper, more personal level – ultimately enabling them to become responsible stewards of our nation’s treasures.”

The first recipient organization of funds from the Bronco Wild Fund is the National Forest Foundation, which is expected to use Ford’s contributions to plant one million trees before 2022 in continued reforestation efforts. The second Bronco Wild Fund beneficiary is Outward Bound USA, which will use the funding to empower youth while instilling in them a love of the great outdoors.

Reserve a 2021 Ford Bronco or Ford Bronco Sport from Tropical Ford today to make your contribution to the Bronco Wild Fund.

Ford F-150 PowerBoost® Hybrid Powertrain

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Ford is constantly pushing the limits of what its powerful F-Series pickup trucks can do on the jobsite and on the trails, but its most recent innovation is one for the history books. The new 2021 Ford F-150 has something no other pickup in its class has: a full hybrid powertrain.

The 2021 Ford F-150 PowerBoost® Hybrid is the first-ever hybrid pickup commercially available in America, but don’t think the truck lacks power because of its more efficient engine. The 3.5-liter PowerBoost® Hybrid powertrain delivers the highest torque ever seen on the F-150, clocking in at a whopping 570 lb-ft of torque.

The F-150’s hybrid variant, which delivers 430 horsepower and can tow up to 12,700 pounds, was subjected to extreme durability and “torture testing” to ensure it was reliable for Ford customers. This extreme battery of assessments included a 3,500-foot climb over just 11.4 miles with a maxed-out 12,700-pound trailer capacity in the punishing heat of the Mojave Desert at a 6-percent grade.

Per the Chief Engineer for the Ford F-150, “Just because it’s a hybrid doesn’t mean we treated PowerBoost with kid gloves. We have one standard for quality and durability.”

The 2021 F-150 with PowerBoost® Hybrid Powertrain will be on sale soon at Tropical Ford in Orlando, so follow us to be the first to test drive the first-ever hybrid pickup.