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Why You Should Buy a 2017 Ford Explorer

2017 Ford Explorer

If you are on the lookout for a new SUV for your family, one of the most popular choices has long been the Ford Explorer. Below, you’ll find five reasons why you should buy a 2017 Ford Explorer.

 

  1. Wide range of trim levels. Whether you are aiming for a basic model, something sportier, or even something more luxurious, the Explorer has what you want. There are five different trim levels: Base, SLT, Limited, Sport, and Platinum.
  2. Three rows of seats. Depending on the model you choose, the Explorer will be able to seat six or seven passengers in three comfortable rows. With the available sliding second-row seat, you can maximize leg room where you need it most.
  3. Excellent engines. Buyers have three engine options to choose from, making it easy to find the right combination of power and efficiency.
  4. Adventure capable. With the available all-wheel drive package, you will be able to head off-road. Its 7.8 inches of ground clearance will allow you to drive over obstacles that would leave other vehicles behind.
  5. Good safety record. The Explorer gets good results in many crash tests and has some available advanced safety technology too.

 

See what else the 2017 Explorer can do for you at Sanderson Ford today.

Ford Celebrates 25 Years of the Explorer with 2016 Model

The world of 1990 was truly a different place from where we are today. Then, the Internet was just a baby and not many people were using it. It was also the heyday of the minivan—something that was about to change.

Introduced as a 1991 model, the Ford Explorer filled a space in the automotive market that many Americans were searching for. It offered enough interior space to haul large families, just like a minivan, but had a dynamic design and had the capabilities to head out on adventures. Now, 25 years later, the Ford Explorer is still America’s best-selling SUV.

Ford celebrated 25 years of the Explorer at the Los Angeles Auto Show by showing off the 2016 model, which features more technology, such as front and rear cameras with washers to give you a clear view, enhanced active park assist, smart-charging USB ports, a hands-free liftgate, and Active Grille Shutters.

The new Explorer also comes with an all-new EcoBoost engine—a 2.3-liter four-cylinder that delivers at least 270 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. This engine will be available on the base, XLT, and Limited models. This engine is expected to maintain the Explorer’s position as a gas mileage leader.

Another addition to the Explorer lineup is a new Platinum series that adds the premium amenities customers are looking for – from multi-contour front seats with Nirvana leather to brushed aluminum finishes.

We’re expecting the 2016 Ford Explorer to arrive at Sanderson Ford sometime next summer.

25 Years of the Explorer

Fords are Your Best Buy with Lowest Ownership Costs

2013 Ford MustangEveryone knows that there is more to the cost of a car then the initial price, and if you don’t buy the right one, you could find yourself blowing through more money than you expected.  Thankfully, Kelley Blue Book (KBB.com) is here to help with the 5-Year Cost to Own Award.  Three Ford models won the award this year, further proving they are the best way to go!

The 2013 Ford Mustang GT was the winner for the high performance category.  This year’s model has a more aggressive appearance and an amped up horsepower of 420 hp.  For the full size/crossover category, the 2013 Ford Explorer took the win.  This is a great SUV for adventures with your family and friends, since it carries up to seven people and has an impressive 350 horsepower with the ecoboost engine.  Winning the sports car category is the new, fun and efficient 2013 Ford Mustang.  It will give you a powerful driving experience with 306 hp under the hood and a host of new styling upgrades.

This award recognizes that each of the winning models offers the lowest projected ownership cost.  The costs that are included in this evaluation are KBB fair purchase price, projected depreciation, financing costs, insurance costs and state fees.  An estimated cost of fuel and scheduled maintenance and repairs are also included.

If you want to reduce your cost of ownership, check out the KBB 5 Year Cost to Own Award winners at Sanderson Ford!

EcoBoost 2013 Ford Explorer Offers Best-in-Class Fuel Economy

The 2013 Ford Explorer is set to debut with best-in-class fuel economy, thanks to Ford’s revolutionary EcoBoost technology.

Powered by a 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, the 2013 Explorer returns 16 mpg city and 22 mpg highway, which ranks it 3 mpg city and 2 mpg highway better than its nearest competitor.  Don’t think that best-in-segment fuel rankings take away from performance, because that is the beauty of EcoBoost technology.

The 2013 Explorer’s EcoBoost engine generates 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque, enough power to tackle any job.  The seven-passenger Explorer also boasts a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission with paddle shifters for increased driving dynamics and control.

Ford also delivers drivers with the technology they crave in the 2013 Explorer.  The 2013 Ford Explorer is equipped with SYNC with MyFord Touch which allows the driver to control just about everything in the vehicle with just the sound of their voice.  From making phone calls and selecting music to controlling the climate of the vehicle, this Explorer listens and delivers.

The 2013 Ford Explorer will also be available with other new technologies including, active park assist to aid in parallel parking, a Sony Premium Audio System with HD Radio and advanced navigation.

MyFord Touch Upgrade Coming Soon

Ford customers said MyFord Touch could be faster and feature simpler graphics that are easier to use and that’s exactly what Ford plans to deliver with a broad set of performance upgrades to the system – launching first on the new 2013 Ford Escape, Flex and Taurus.

Available early next year – and offered at no charge to existing MyFord Touch owners – the software upgrade enhances the ownership experience as it was developed by listening and responding to customer feedback.

 “SYNC has clearly been a game-changing technology and now we’re changing the game again, showing how quickly we can deliver more of what customers really want,” said Graydon Reitz, director, Ford Global Electronics and Electrical Systems Engineering. “Our strategy to create the SYNC software platform and add the customizable screens of MyFord Touch gives us a level of flexibility and speed to respond to customer input like never before seen in the auto industry.”

 The new touch-screen interface features simpler graphics and controls that are easier to use. Customers will also experience significantly faster touch-screen response times, one of the top requests from owners.

 New features include support for tablet devices and Audible.com audiobooks, improved navigation maps and enhanced voice recognition interaction.

 For a video demonstration of the improvements, please visit: http://youtu.be/c3k4iDZyhYE

 Listening to customers

Since MyFord launched last fall, Ford has held four customer clinics in which hundreds of owners talked directly to Ford engineers about their experiences with the new technology. Owner feedback was clear and consistent, revealing that MyFord Touch was a key purchase reason.

 A survey of 2011 Ford Edge owners shows that four of the top seven purchase reasons were elements of the MyFord Touch system: the touch screen, steering wheel controls, voice recognition and dashboard styling.  While owners reported that they love the system, there were distinct areas where they wanted improvements. Earlier this year, Ford started delivering on their requests, beginning with more instructions and information on how to best utilize the capabilities of the system.

Ford launched two programs modeled after what consumers experience when purchasing a new electronic device. First, the company added a new MyFord Touch owner support website featuring how-to videos at www.syncmyride.com. Second, free “SYNC My Ride” personalized training sessions for new owners are now offered through Ford dealers – scheduled at customers’ convenience.

 “The keys to continuous improvement are simple: Listen, learn and respond. That’s how we’re going to keep our customers happy,” said Gary Jablonski, manager, SYNC Platform Development. “Evolving the software with meaningful enhanced features was part of our plan from the very beginning. It’s no different than the experience with our smartphones and laptop computers – except now, it’s your car that gets better.”

 Upgrade your ride

All of the new improvements will be offered to existing owners of MyFord Touch-equipped vehicles, including the 2011 and 2012 models of Ford Explorer and Edge and the 2012 Focus.  

“We’re seizing the opportunity to continuously improve the Ford ownership experience, and revolutionize what it means to own a car,” said Reitz. “Introducing new technology is only one step in our journey to become known as a technology company. Consistently improving it based on what our customers are telling us marks another milestone in that journey.”

 Early next year, owners located in the U.S. will be mailed a USB flash drive with the software upgrade for installation that they can do at their own convenience. If they prefer, owners may also visit their local Ford dealer for the software installation. The upgrade mailing will include instructions informing owners how to simply plug the USB flash drive into the MyFord Touch Media Hub’s USB port in order for installation to automatically begin.

 New look

The visual enhancements to MyFord Touch are based on simplifying the graphics with larger, bolder fonts, removing low-priority visual content, and designing screens based on a consistent pattern. More than 1,000 screens in total have been updated with the improved look.

 “Our goal when designing the upgrade was to simplify the screens and give customers a fast and easy way to get information at any given moment,” said Jennifer Brace, User Interface Design engineer for Ford. “That meant removing buttons, relocating high-use controls closer to the driver’s reach, simplifying tasks and improving font size.”  The new fonts are as much as 40 percent larger on some redesigned screens. The fonts also are wider and bolder to provide easier legibility, particularly among the rapidly increasing number of drivers age 60 and older.

 New features

Ford also took the opportunity to update the performance of the system and add new features for customers to help them keep pace with the fast-moving consumer electronics market.

Faster touch-screen response time, for example, was a key request from owners. Initial testing shows that touch and voice response is at least two times faster than the current system.

 Also, the software upgrade includes the following enhancements:

  •  Improved voice recognition experience
  • Quicker voice recognition and faster command prompt when the voice button is pushed
  • Voice commands used in conjunction with navigation are simplified through elimination of the need to provide street direction, e.g., “Main Street” instead of “North Main Street”
  • Music requests are simpler by removing the need to include the additional song, album or artist information
  • Customers can find their favorite sports team in action via new Sirius Game Finder simply by saying a command such as “Tune to Detroit Lions game”
  • Tablet device compatibility
  • Music and other media content from most popular tablet computers like the Apple iPad can now be accessed through a simple USB connection
  • Audible.com audiobook support
  • Listen to Audible.com content using voice commands or the easy-to-use touch-screen controls
  • Connected navigation powered by TeleNav features new map data by NAVTEQ
  • Updated map views are richer and feature more 3D landmarks
  • Views of freeway junctions and signs are enhanced through photorealistic screen images
  • Smart routing options are provided based onhistorical traffic patterns
  • Phone compatibility
  • Automatic Bluetooth connection upon vehicle entry has been improved
  • Noise and echo cancellation during phone calls has been improved
  • Gracenote® album cover art database
  • Inclusion of the latest music metadata available enhancing the music playback experience
  • Improved voice recognition for music search allowing drivers to pinpoint artists with hard-to-pronounce names or nicknames

Ford Teams Up With CBS to run “The Amazing Race”

This fall, Ford will again sponsor CBS’ global adventure show, “The Amazing Race.” Ford’s sponsorship includes on-air components featuring four of its top models – Explorer, Fiesta, Focus, and Mustang.

During the season premiere, teams will start their race in a new Ford Explorer and drive to the L.A. airport before departing on their first leg to Taipei, Taiwan. Ford Fiesta, Focus, and Mustang vehicles will make their way across the globe in additional episodes throughout the season. One lucky team will win two new Ford Mustangs for finishing in first place in an upcoming leg. The winners will also be given the opportunity to customize their Mustangs using Ford’s new Mustang Customizer Website.

“As the exclusive automotive partner, we are proud to be providing vehicles that play a vital role in helping the contestants navigate and accomplish their near-impossible tasks,” said Crystal Worthem, Ford Brand Content and Alliance Manager.

“The Amazing Race” sends 11 teams on a trek around the world with the first team to arrive at the final destination winning $1 million.

2012 Explorer EcoBoost Receives 28 MPG

Last week, we told you all about the 2012 Ford Edge with EcoBoost receiving 30 MPG.  Now, we bring you more good news!  The 2012 Explorer SUV, last year’s North American Truck of the Year, will also be available with the EcoBoost engine and is expected to achieve 28 MPG.

With the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, the Explorer has received an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 20 city/28 hwy MPG.  The real benefit of the EcoBoost engine is that consumers do not have to sacrifice power to achieve great fuel economy.  A gasoline injection, twin independent variable camshaft timing, and a unique 6F35 6-speed automatic transmission allow the Explorer to output 240 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque while still receiving class-leading fuel efficiency.

Sport Utility Vehicle used to be synonymous with gas guzzler, but not anymore.  Ford, along with the EcoBoost engine, is changing the way we think of SUV fuel economy.

Car Show Season Starting

 

Car show season is getting revved up in Phoenix finally.  When the weather starts to cool off and you can actually stand to be in your garage again, it’s time to pull the car covers and start polishing! 

Sanderson Ford has several shows to offer this coming season.  In October, we’ll have 2 big ones.  On the 1st, we are bringing back the All Ford Show.  It will be a judged event and all Ford (and sister makes) are invited to enter.  We are also providing the venue for the Arizona Deuce Day 5 show on the 29th.

We have moved the location for all shows to the north side (Maryland Ave) of the dealership.  We will have our 50’s stainless steel diner open for all events.  Just like the Fonz, you’ll be able to get a cheeseburger and a real malt right here.  Depending on the spaces needed, we can accomodate up to 300 show vehicles in a secure environment.  Spectator parking is provided for free, on the north side of Maryland Ave. by the Valley Pentecostal Church. 

We are also sponsoring 2 big shows in February and March.  The Arizona Hobbyist Council is still unsure of the Feb. date and we’ll let you know as soon as it is firmed up.

The Wild West Mustangs of Arizona are having their big show here on March 24th, 2012.  This will be their 3rd event and they keep getting better each time.

Registration and info for the All Ford Show can be found HERE.  See you there.

Ford Reveals Buyer’s Tastes

Ford data reveals   about buyers around the US.  Who would think, looking around, that white was NOT the favorite Ford color in Arizona.  Would you guess Molten Orange?  Gold, silver, and finally, white round out the top colors. 

Seattle and San Francisco must have problems getting lost and parking their cars because they are tops in; BLIS, rear view cameras, active park assist, and navigation. 

You would think us Arizonans would own the air conditioned seat category, but we didn’t even rank in the top 5.  Would you have guessed Seattle, Denver, and San Francisco.  How about heated seats?  Can you believe Atlanta and Charlotte are in the top 5. 

Rainy and cold Seattle is also tops in moon roofs.  I guess better for watching the storm clouds!

Hybrid vehicles are #1 and #2 in Seattle and San Francisco, but Phoenix is #5 on this list.  Thanks 43 mpg with AC Fusion Hybrid.

In Arizona, we prefer diesels, hybrids,and  manual transmissions, but have no preference on gas engine size.

Those areas of the country looking for V-8 power include; Orlando, Memphis, Charlotte, Houston, and Seattle.  The economically minded (4 cylinder) people live in Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Detroit, Boston, and Denver. 

Coastal cities like muted colors while the Midwest has an affinity for red.  The east coast is definately green. 

New Yorkers consume the most vehicles with rear seat DVD systems.  Turns out Sponge pants Bob really is an effective babysitter.

The national pick-up truck capital is still shared by Dallas and Houston.  This is also the area with the highest demand for tow packages.  95% of Super Duty customers tow with their trucks. 

Using the data Ford collects allows it to maximize the model mix and deliver vehicles that actually meet customers need regionally.  The imports should try to figure this out.

Of course, if you want an east coast color, with Seattle options, Denver seats, and Texas towing capability, all you need to do is drop by Sanderson Ford.  If we don’t have it, we’ll be happy to order it for you!

Ford SYNC Adds Live Operators

  • Ford is beta testing an Operator Assist feature for the cloud-based network of SYNC Services, giving all registered Services users complimentary access to a live operator for help with business searches and address entry for turn-by-turn directions.  About 70 percent of calls to SYNC Services are for business searches and/or directions
  • SYNC Services provides access to more than 14 million business listings.  
  • Getting directions or finding a business using SYNC Services has become even easier thanks to a new feature called Operator Assist that allows users to instantly connect with a live person. 
  • Operator Assist is only a voice command away, making it part of the growing list of cloud-based driver aids offered by Ford Motor Company. The new feature provides customers with the ability to safely connect with a live person who can quickly access information databases to help drivers get where they’re going.  

Operator Assist is currently in a beta test trial phase and being offered as a complimentary feature for registered users of SYNC Services. No additional software or hardware is needed.   

“Ford is committed to continuously improving the ownership experience and delivering the level of connectivity that customers want,” said Doug VanDagens, director, Ford Connected Services Solutions Organization. “By leveraging what’s available in the cloud, we continue to innovate and improve our customers’ experience without having to touch the vehicle or inconvenience the owner.”
 
How it works
Cloud-based, on-demand, voice-activated SYNC Services provides access to information about traffic, news, sports, weather, horoscopes, stock quotes, and movie listings along with business searches and turn-by-turn directions.
 
Operator Assist is available for the directions and business search functions of SYNC Services. Seventy percent of all SYNC Services calls are for business search and directions, said David Gersabeck, product manager, SYNC Services.
 
Using advanced vehicle sensors, integrated GPS technology and comprehensive map and traffic data, the SYNC Services automated system delivers turn-by-turn directions to the user. Further, with access to more than 14 million business listings, SYNC Services’ automated system directs users to the businesses they seek.
 
Now, with Operator Assist, at any time during a business search or directions interaction between the user and the SYNC Services automated system, the user can say, “Operator,” confirm his or her request to speak with an operator, and connect to a live operator. This system gives Ford customers the choice of interfacing with a live operator or utilizing the interactive voice recognition system.
 
“Our customers asked for additional assistance in situations where their voice request was not understood,” said Gersabeck. “If you want the most reliable user experience, enabling alternative methods for customers to access information will increase success, which is where Operator Assist factors into the equation.”
 
In the event a user says an address or business that the automated system can’t identify, the user will be prompted with the option to connect to a live operator. If the user confirms he or she would like to speak with an operator for further assistance, the system automatically connects the user to the live operator.
 
When a live operator assists with a business search, the user can choose to receive turn-by-turn directions to the business, receive a text message with name, address and phone number information about the business (applies to certain phone carrier networks), or be directly connected to the phone number of the business.
 
When a live operator assists with address entry, the user can have the directions sent directly to the vehicle.
 
“We want Ford SYNC Services customers to have the peace of mind that comes with knowing they can get where they’re going or want to go,” said Gersabeck. “Being able to connect with a live person at any time contributes to that peace of mind.”
 
The live operator services are provided by MyAssist, a leading live assistance and telematics service company for individuals and businesses based in Stevens Point, Wis.
 
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