Ford F-150 Lightning Makes Tailgating Easy with Mega Power Frunk

The list of cool features for the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning seems as wide as it is long, but one of the features that stands out most lies under the hood. No, we’re not talking about an engine — the F-150 Lightning is all-electric, so there’s none there to be found. Instead, the space under the hood is what Ford calls a Mega Power Frunk — the largest front trunk space in the auto industry today.  

When designing the F-150 Lightning, the teams at Ford listened to drivers to make sure that the Mega Power Frunk more than lived up to its superlative name. To achieve this, the frunk offers 14 cubic feet of storage that’s lockable, drainable, and easily cleaned. That makes the already awesome F-150 Lightning ideal for tailgating in Orlando, Florida.

Even better? It features four 120-volt electric outlets that work with the truck’s Pro Power Onboard built-in generator. You can use these power sources for everything from TVs and consoles to refrigerators so that your pre-gaming ritual is limited only by your imagination.

“The F-150 Lightning pickup’s Mega Power Frunk is one of those features that reshape what vehicles can provide for customers,” said Ford F-150 Lightning Chief Program Engineer Linda Zhang. “Its sheer size, ample power supply, drainable floor, and open and close system that opens with the touch of a button make it frunking awesome!”

Frunking awesome, indeed. Everything about the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning fits that description, and that’s why Ford has already sold out of its first run of reservations. Don’t miss out the next time around — contact your friends at Tropical Ford in Orlando and we’ll make sure you get your reservation in the next time this electrifying truck is up for grabs.

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Iconic Ford Ranger Splash Is Back

One of the most iconic appearance packages of the 1990s is back. The 2022 Ford Ranger Splash™ Package puts your personality on full display with a vibrant orange color and unique black body-side graphics that truly pop whether you’re cruising down the highway or parked on the curb.

“Ranger customers love to personalize their trucks — more than 80% customize their Ranger with an appearance package — and with Splash, we’re giving them something exclusive,” said Chad Callandar, Ford Ranger marketing manager. “Every few months, we’re going to roll out another exterior color for Ranger that will be offered one time only and in very limited quantities.”

Splash will come in two different styles: Splash Package and Splash™ Limited Edition. The former will be available for the entirety of the 2022 model year and feature body-side orange and black graphics, special 12-spoke wheels finished in matte black, exclusive seats with orange contrast stitching, and unique carbon grain with tuxedo stripes.

Meanwhile, Splash Limited Edition trucks will be revealed only every few months, and just a few hundred models will be made available. The first of these will be a Ranger Splash – Snow Edition model, which has yet to be unveiled. Make sure to call Tropical Ford in Orlando, Florida, to be one of the lucky few owners of this truck when it launches.

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New Ford Expedition Timberline Is More Capable Than Ever

The 2022 Ford Expedition has launched with a new Timberline series that sets a new bar for off-road capability. It competes directly with the Jeep® Wagoneer and, as you’ll find out, wins that matchup pretty handily.

Ready For Conquest

The new Ford Expedition Timberline comes straight out of the factory with the best available ground clearance in its class.[1] With 10.6 inches of ground clearance, it beats the Wagoneer by 0.6 inches. It also has a better power-to-weight ratio than its rival, in part thanks to a high-output EcoBoost® engine producing 440 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque, and in part because it weighs 4% less than the Jeep SUV.

Deep departure and approach angles, combined with the same Trail Turn Assist feature already offered on the Ford Bronco™ SUV, make the Expedition Timberline a force to be reckoned with when the asphalt runs out. It also has 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler™ all-terrain tires, a two-speed transfer case, and underbody shielding.

The new Ford Expedition has more to offer than just the rugged Timberline model, though. It also has a new Stealth Edition Performance Package and debuts the Ford BlueCruise hands-free highway Driver-Assist Technology. It’s available with a 15.5-inch smartphone-like touch screen and a 22-speaker sound system by Bang & Olufsen.

Truly, the 2022 Ford Expedition means business. Learn more about its features and the Timberline model at Tropical Ford in Orlando, Florida!

[1] Available 10.6 inches on Timberline trim. Class is non-premium large traditional utility

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Ford Introduces New Standard Refresh95 Air Filter

Ford will be adding the all-new Ford ReFresh95 cabin air filter to its lineup. Almost every Ford model will come standard with this advanced filter by the end of 2023. Take a look at how this new component can improve the air quality in your car.

Reduced allergens and particles

The Ford ReFresh95 cabin air filter can prevent as much as 99 percent of certain allergens, like dust particles and common pollens, from reaching the interior. It can also keep out some airborne concentrations of particles the size of bacteria.

Filtered out particulates

In an area with lots of rush-hour traffic — like Orlando, Florida — it can filter out the particulate matter in soot and smog. The Ford ReFresh95 can even stop air particles that are 30 times smaller than one human hair. These include a minimum of 95 percent of 2.5-micron size traffic exhaust, metals, organic material, and road dust particles.

Tested thoroughly

The Ford ReFresh95 went through plenty of testing at a third-party lab, so you can trust its effectiveness. For instance, the filter excelled in pressure drop testing, showing it can last during your recommended service interval. Select models will offer the filter later this year. If you want to get your hands on a reliable and safe Ford vehicle, check out our inventory at Tropical Ford

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New Ford Maverick Pickup Truck Coming to Tropical Ford

If you want an efficient, versatile pickup truck for your daily commutes and weekend adventures in Orlando, Florida, but think the Ford Super Duty and F-150 are too big, you’re going to love the compact Ford Maverick that’s coming to Tropical Ford.

The brand-new Ford Maverick pickup truck is a game-changer in the brand’s truck lineup, being the first standard full-hybrid pickup ever released in America. Its small dimensions, 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder hybrid powertrain, and continuously variable transmission yield a fuel consumption rate that’s around 40 mpg in cities like Orlando.* You’ll be hard-pressed to find a pickup in Florida that achieves comparable efficiency.

The Maverick is also unique because it has a unibody construction, whereas other Ford trucks have the typical body-on-frame construction that make them more suitable to rough off-roading. What does that mean for drivers like you? The Ford Maverick is more suitable to hauling and towing small loads in urban areas like Orlando, making it a better option for crowded cities and suburbs than the F-150 or Super Duty.

While it’s not the most powerful truck in the Ford lineup, it’s definitely the most efficient and most tech-savvy. Plus, it’s versatile to suit your particular lifestyle here in central Florida, offering innovations like the FLEXBED™ system, Ford Co-Pilot360™ technologies, and the Ford Integrated Tether System

Plus, the Maverick has an incredibly low starting price that rivals the cost of many economy sedans you’ll find on the market.

If the new Ford Maverick sounds like the truck for you, contact Tropical Ford. We’ll be glad to reserve one for you when it arrives at our dealership.

*Actual mileage will vary. Final EPA-estimated ratings available later in the 2021 calendar year.

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3 Signs Your Car Needs Service

Your car is a sophisticated machine, but sometimes, when something is going wrong, it won’t activate the “check engine” or other dashboard warning lights. If your car sends you any of the following signs, it is time to make a car maintenance appointment at the service department at Tropical Ford.

Weird noises

Your vehicle produces a bevy of sounds. You know what noises are normal and what are not. If you hear strange, unfamiliar sounds such as banging, rattling, grinding, squealing or anything that does not fall into the “normal” spectrum of your car, including clicking, it’s time to head to the service bay at Tropical Ford where our technicians can discover the source of these troubling noises.

Unpleasant aromas

If you notice an unpleasant stench wafting from your vehicle, and you can’t blame it on the forgotten fast food sack in the back, something is wrong with your car. Your air conditioning system may be failing if you smell mildew. The catalytic converter is in serious decline if you smell rotten eggs, and your health and safety are at risk if your cabin smells like exhaust.

Troubled shifting

Your transmission needs attention if your car is lacking its regular get-up-and-go quality when you are shifting gears or if it is outright stalling.

For all your car maintenance needs, contact the service department at Tropical Ford in Orlando, Florida.

Signs Your Car Needs Service | Tropical Ford | 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.

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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.

Strange Car Smells and What They Mean

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You loved the smell of your car when you first bought it. Many people fall in love with that “new car” smell. However, later in its life, your car might not have that same fresh scent. There are many strange car smells that don’t originate from dust and debris gathering in the cabin. Some could even mean that your car is having serious problems.

Gasoline

You are guaranteed to smell this after filling up the gas tank, but if you’re smell gas when you’re between visits to the pump, it could mean that your vehicle has a gas leak. It’s a good idea to have the fuel system inspected by a professional.

Rotten Eggs

This unmistakable smell indicates that your car’s engine is running poorly and due to problems with your catalytic converter. If you don’t get the problem resolved, it could ruin your catalytic converter and lead to costly repairs.

Burning Carpet

If you get a whiff of something burning when you press on the brakes, it could mean that your vehicle is having brake problems. Get them inspected as soon as possible.

Musty Basement

If turning on the heater or air conditioning yields a musty smell, you probably have mildew growing inside the HVAC system. A simple remedy is to swap the air conditioning for the fan, turned on high. This will help dry out any condensation. If you have persistent issues, your vehicle may need a new air filter.

Need a little extra help maintaining your vehicle? Bring it to our service department at Tropical Ford.

Differences Between Types of Oils

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Your engine oil is one of the most important fluids in your car. That is why it’s critical to get regular oil changes as part of a routine maintenance program. One thing you need to remember is that there are three different kinds of oils for different kinds of engines in addition to different weights for each type. Here are a few differences between the types of oils.

Conventional

This is the least expensive type of oil as well as the most commonly used. It is a byproduct of the crude oil refining process. It deteriorates quickly and gives off more pollutants than the other types of oils.

Synthetic

As its name implies, synthetic oil is a man-made product from chemical compounds. It is more expensive than conventional oil; however, it lasts a lot longer and is a lot cleaner.

Synthetic Blend

This type of oil is a combination of both conventional and synthetic. It gives you many of the benefits of fully synthetic oil, but it keeps the costs closer to that of conventional oil. It is made from conventional oil, but it has additives that give it a cleaner burn and help it last longer under high temperatures.

Want to learn more about what kind of oil is best for your vehicle? Give us a call or stop by our service center at Tropical Ford.