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.

Ford Windshield Wipers | Tropical Ford | Orlando, FL

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.

2019 Ford Ranger Bike | Tropical Ford | Orlando, FL

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.

2019 Ford Ranger | Tropical Ford | Orlando, FL

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

2022 Ford Expedition Timberline | Tropical Ford | Orlando, FL

2022 Ford Explorer Makes Big Changes to ST, Adds ST-Line

There are big changes in store for the 2022 Ford Explorer, arriving soon at Tropical Ford in Orlando, Florida. Namely, the sportiest model in the lineup — the Explorer ST — will now come standard with rear-wheel drive.

Performance enthusiasts have been clamoring for a Ford Explorer ST with RWD since its debut. Now, Ford is delivering.

“No two SUV drivers use their vehicles the same way, so our goal is to meet the needs of as many as possible,” said Lee Newcombe, Ford Explorer marketing manager. “Four-wheel-drive capability is great if you need it, but if you don’t, you shouldn’t have to pay for it.”

And if you want the sporty look and feel of the Explorer ST but don’t need the 400 horsepower its 3.0-liter EcoBoost® twin-turbo makes, you can now opt for the 2022 Ford Explorer ST-Line. The Explorer ST-Line keeps the aesthetic of the ST but swaps in a still-robust 300-horsepower 2.3-liter EcoBoost®.

Other major changes to the 2022 Ford Explorer lineup include the 3.0-liter EcoBoost® becoming the standard engine for the King Ranch and Platinum trims. You can also opt for a second-row bench or captain’s chairs at no added cost, and the Timberline is now available with a second-row bench.

The 2022 Ford Explorer is a great choice if you love to get down and dirty around Orlando. If you’d like to take one for a spin, contact the team at Tropical Ford.

2020 Ford Explorer ST | Tropical Ford | Orlando, FL

Ford Shows Off Beach-Ready Bronco Riptide Concept

Love heading to the beach? In Orlando, how could you not? Ford loves the beach, too, and it’s showing off how much with the new Bronco Riptide project vehicle.

The Ford Bronco Riptide demonstrates how customizable the all-new Bronco SUV is. Based on a Bronco four-door with the ultra-rugged Sasquatch™ Package, the Riptide adds on must-have accessories like a Bestop® mesh Bimini top, Yakima® bike rack, and RIGID® LED lightbar. The Bronco is one of the most customizable vehicles on the road today with over 200 factory-backed accessories.

Ford makes sure the Bronco Riptide looks ready for a beach day with tubular doors, a bright Velocity Blue exterior, and a durable and stylish marine-grade vinyl-trimmed interior.

“Thanks to the Bronco modular design, we were able to outfit the vehicle with adventure gear that allows for freedom and versatility,” said Bronco Color and Materials Designer Missy Coolsaet. “Whether heading off to the mountains or along the California coast, the Bronco Riptide custom vehicle is ready for adventure.”

The Ford Bronco Riptide is well-suited for Florida adventuring, too. Available through Tropical Ford, the all-new Bronco two-door and four-door are a loving homage to the past that brings the Blue Oval’s reputation for off-road excitement into the 21st century. Wanna see what all the buzz is about with the all-new Ford Bronco? Contact your friends at Tropical Ford and we’ll put you on the path to sunny days.

2021 Ford Bronco | Tropical Ford | Orlando, FL

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

Standard Refresh95 Air Filter | Tropical Ford | Orlando, FL

Ford Mustang Mach-E Is the Car and Driver EV of the Year

Car and Driver recently evaluated 11 vehicles to find out which is the EV of the Year. Because it’s a fun-to-drive and value-oriented model and makes EVs a more desirable choice for drivers, the Ford Mustang Mach-E took home the coveted title.

An electrifying performance

Car and Driver was impressed by the Mustang Mach-E’s performance. The 2021 model has an EPA-estimated range of 305 miles, so you won’t have to search for a charging station often.* Once it’s time to charge, you can do so while relaxing at home or through the FordPass™ Charging Network.

The Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition can go 0-60 mph in only 3.5 seconds, and its powertrain delivers 480 horsepower and 634 lb-ft of torque.** This model proves that EVs can be just as thrilling as their gas-powered counterparts.

A comfortable cabin

The interior of the Mustang Mach-E is also plenty spacious, noted Car and Driver. The driver’s seat sits up high, providing plenty of visibility, and you’ll have lots of legroom too since the battery is under the floor. There are even 4.7 cubic feet of storage space in the front trunk that’s ideal for muddy or wet gear.

Learn more about the features that make the Mustang Mach-EV the top EV when you call Tropical Ford in Orlando, Florida.

*Based on full charge.  Actual range varies with conditions such as external environment, vehicle use, driving behaviors, vehicle maintenance, lithium-ion battery age and state of health.

**Ford test data based on typical industry methodology using 1-ft. rollout. Your results may vary.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E | Tropical Ford | Orlando, FL

Ford F-150 Lightning Pro: The Electric Work Truck for Your Business

If you need a powerful yet efficient truck for your business in Orlando, Florida, check out the all-new 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning® Pro.

What makes the Lightning® Pro different from all other F-150 models produced by Ford thus far is that it’s an electric work pickup truck designed for commercial use. The Ford Lightning® Pro is the latest addition to the automaker’s lineup of capable, efficient all-electric work-ready models, alongside vehicles like the E-Transit.

If you own a business in Orlando, Florida, you should consider buying this pickup truck for your fleet. While using an eco-friendly electric vehicle as a work truck may seem unorthodox, the F-150 Lightning® Pro proves that it can do what gas-powered trucks can do — sometimes even better.

This 2022 truck coming to Tropical Ford boasts a power output of 426 horsepower — or 563 horsepower on the extended-range version. The EPA-estimated travel range on a single charge is 230 miles on the standard 4×4 F-150 Lightning® Pro or 300 miles on the extended-range version.

The F-150 Lightning® Pro runs only on electricity, leaving room under the hood for extra storage space. This truck features the first-ever Ford Mega Power Frunk, which boasts 14.1 cubic feet of lockable storage space.

There’s plenty more that the 2022 F-150 Lightning® Pro offers for your business in Orlando, but you’ll have to come to Tropical Ford to learn about them in person. Come to our dealership to discuss how Ford can provide zero-emission fleet solutions for your company.

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Pro | Tropical Ford | Orlando, FL

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.

New Ford Maverick | Tropical Ford | Orlando, FL