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

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

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

How to Log Your Business Miles

If you own a small business and regularly put miles on your vehicle for business purposes — or even if you are an employee at someone else’s business and use your vehicle for regular business trips — you should be claiming those miles on your tax returns. But you must be able to prove every mile driven to the IRS, or else you’ll face potential hefty penalties.

Should you take the deduction for business mileage on your taxes, be ready to prove your mileage in the event of an audit. The IRS accepts proof in two forms: a daily log kept by you, as long as it has lots of information, or a mileage app that does the admin work for you.

If you’re creating a log of your business mileage, keep a journal in your car and immediately log each trip after the drive. You will need to include the date, your odometer reading at the start and end of the journey, along with the number of miles you’ve driven, and the business reason for the trip. It is also helpful to include the starting address and the destination address.

If you would rather rely on your smartphone, you can download one of several business apps for such a purpose. Many apps even let you log your personal and business miles separately. At Tropical Ford, you can find a massive selection of fleet vehicles to suit all of your small business needs.

Design Your Own 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 with This Online Configurator

Have you been dreaming of driving your own 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500? The time has come to make that dream more tangible by configuring your ideal model using the new GT500 configurator launched on Ford’s site.

By using the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 configurator online, you’ll be able to play around with different design elements, like color and stripes, as well as tack on different packages. You’ll then get the price for the specific Mustang you’ve designed.

For 2020, the colors include Ford Performance Blue, Grabber Lime, Iconic Silver, Kona Blue, Magnetic, Oxford White, Race Red, Rapid Red, Shadow Black, Twister Orange, and Velocity Blue. Rapid Red and Twister Orange come at additional costs. You can also add a painted black roof and/or tape side stripes in either Ebony, Kona Blue, or Bright White. For an additional fee, you can get racing stripes in either Kona Blue, Oxford White, or Absolute Black.

The Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is available with a few packages: the Carbon Fiber Track Pack adds multiple exposed carbon fiber elements and gets ride of the rear seat; the Handling Pack, which can’t be purchased alongside the Carbon Fiber Track Pack, adds a couple of features, including the Gurney flap rear spoiler. For advanced interior tech, go with the Technology Package.

Want to see the 2020 Mustang in real life? Take it for a test drive at Tropical Ford.

Fun Things to Do in Orlando

Everyone knows about Orlando’s famous theme parks, but the truth is that Orlando has a whole lot more going for it than Disney. Teeming with culture thanks to its proximity to Central America and one of the most populous, tourist-friendly places in the country, Orlando is the perfect place to visit even if you don’t like theme parks.

One of the best attractions of Orlando is International Drive, an 11-mile thoroughfare in Orlando that takes you through the main tourist strip of the city. You can even ride a trolley through the streets to get the authentic Orlando experience!

Then there’s the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, a beautiful theater where you can catch a musical or a concert. If you’re more of a history and science person, visit SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology, where you can see over 500 skeletons.

If you want to do something outdoors to enjoy the beautiful Orlando weather, stop by the Harry P. Leu Gardens, where you can see beautiful rose gardens full of butterflies and other wildlife. Of course, these are just a few of the best tourist attractions in Orlando—visit the Visit Orlando website to find out much more!

The staff at Tropical Ford can’t wait for your visit.

New Ford F-150 Raptor is Reaching a Global Audience

Check out the new Ford F-150 Raptor, a special trim that’s headed around the world thanks to its recent popularity. This model has unparalleled off-road capabilities, offering a thrilling ride and athletic styling. The Raptor was also part of the first-ever official export program, sending the F-150 to places such as China.

According to Ford, the F-150 Raptor is made for off-road trails, with a special exterior design and added performance. This model comes with up to 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque. There are also added features like Terrain Management, a widebody design, hood vent, and BF Goodrich All-Terrain tires, among other things.

Two 2017 F-150 Raptors parked next to each other in the desert
The all-new Ford F-150 Raptor

“Ford is one of America’s top exporters, and F-150 Raptor’s appeal and unmatched off-road performance has earned the truck a loyal following around the globe,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, The Americas. “Export to China enables us to bring a new group of enthusiasts into the Ford family.”

What else is so special about the Ford F-150 Raptor? This special model also comes with Ford’s signature military-grade alloy to help reduce weight and save on gas. Plus, with TORQUE-ON-DEMAND and 3.0-inch FOX Racing Shox, you can tackle virtually any terrain. It’s easy to see why Ford has been able to ship this pickup across the globe.