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Three Ford Vehicles Make List of Most Fuel-Efficient SUVs

2021 Ford Explorer Hybrid | Sanderson Ford | Glendale, AZ

Ford is leading the charge in showing that you can get great fuel economy out of a rugged, capable SUV. A trio of Ford SUVs — the Explorer Limited Hybrid, Escape Hybrid, and upcoming Escape Plug-in Hybrid — earned praise on the 2021 U.S. News & World Report list of the 12 Most Fuel-Efficient Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid SUVs.

That’s right — 25 percent of the most fuel-efficient SUVs on the road today wear the Blue Oval. And on top of that, the Explorer Limited Hybrid, Escape Hybrid, and Escape Plug-in Hybrid all offer other advantages. If you’ve got a mind for adventure, the 2021 Ford Explorer Limited Hybrid has the mind at might to match. It’s the only hybrid in its class capable of towing up to 5,000 pounds, and its off-road-ready thanks to Intelligent 4WD and the Terrain Management System™.

If you want to get the most bang for your buck at the pump, the 2021 Ford Escape PHEV ranked No. 1 overall on the list. According to U.S. News & World Report, the Escape Plug-in Hybrid can save you up to $750 in annual fuel costs thanks to its 102 MPGe rating and 37 miles of all-electric range.*

Looking to go green in 2021? There’s no brand better than Ford if you’re looking for the most fuel-efficient SUVs on the road. Check out the Explorer Limited Hybrid, Escape Hybrid, and upcoming Escape Plug-in Hybrid at Sanderson Ford in Glendale, Arizona.

*EPA-estimated city/hwy mpg for the model indicated. See fueleconomy.gov for fuel economy of other engine/transmission combinations. Actual mileage will vary. On plug-in hybrid models and electric models, fuel economy is stated in MPGe. MPGe is the EPA equivalent measure of gasoline fuel efficiency for electric mode operation.

Ford F-150, Mustang Mach-E Named Truck and Utility of the Year

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E | Sanderson Ford | Phoenix, AZ

Every year, independent organizations and publications give awards to the best vehicles in the automotive industry. Some of the most prestigious honors come from the North American International Auto Show in the form of Car, Truck, and Utility of the Year. For 2021, the all-new Ford F-150 and the Mustang Mach-E earned the titles of North American Truck and Utility of the Year.

The Ford F-150 last won this award in 2015 and 2009. Other recent Ford winners include the Ford Explorer in 2011 and the Ford Transit Connect and Ford Fusion Hybrid in 2010.

With its complete redesign, the F-150 now enters its 14th generation. Some of its new features include an available hybrid powertrain, the Pro Power Onboard generator system, and new advanced technology. It also boasts impressive towing capabilities.

As for the Mustang Mach-E, this is the latest in a series of awards for this innovative electric vehicle. It was recently named the Best Car to Buy in 2021 by The Car Connection and Green Car Reports. It has also been named Edmunds Top Rated Luxury EV. Both the Mustang Mach-E and F-150 were also named the 2021 Green Car and Truck of the Year by Green Car Journal.

The North American Truck and Utility of the Year awards are among the most coveted in the industry, and few brands can claim to win both of them in the same year. Check out the award-winning F-150 and Mustang Mach-E at Sanderson Ford in Glendale, AZ!

2021 Ford F-150, Mustang Mach-E Win NACTOY Awards

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Awards | Glendale, AZ | Sanderson Ford

The votes are in: the 2021 Ford F-150 and 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E win again. These two red-hot Ford vehicles came out on top of their respective segments in the 2021 North American Car, Truck, and Utility Vehicle of the Year (NACTOY) Awards™. Ford is now the first automaker to win two awards in the same year since 2014.

“This recognition for Mustang Mach-E and F-150 is validation not only for our brand, but also for our Ford team, which continues to innovate and deliver on its commitment to creating must-have products and services,” said Kumar Galhotra, president, Ford Americas and IMG. “The North American Car, Utility, and Truck of the Year Awards™ are among the most prestigious in the industry and such an honor serves as a capstone achievement for years of hard work for the Mustang Mach-E and F-150 teams.”

The 2021 Ford F-150 wins the title of North American Truck of the Year thanks to a range of incredible updates. The all-new F-150 adds gotta-have-it features like SYNC® 4 infotainment, a built-in Pro Power Onboard™ generator, and comfy available Max Recline Seats. On top of this, it’s simply the strongest and toughest truck out there, offering more max towing and payload than any other pickup in the segment.

Winning the 2021 North American Utility of the Year award is the all-new Mustang Mach-E. The first-of-its-kind electric SUV combined the performance prowess and iconic styling of America’s original pony car with exceptional zero-emissions range. The Mustang Mach-E offers up to 305 miles of all-electric range,* and the upcoming Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition offers lightning quickness with a 0-60 mph time of 3.5 seconds.**

Want to see what the 2021 NACTOY Award™-winning Ford F-150 and Mustang Mach-E have to offer? Stop by Sanderson Ford in Glendale, Arizona, and experience them for yourself.

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

**GT equipped with Performance Edition package including Extended-Range Battery and eAWD. Ford test data based on typical industry methodology using 1-ft. rollout. Your results may vary.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E First Edition is Already Sold Out

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E | Phoenix, AZ

The Ford Mustang Mach-E all-electric performance SUV may not come out for many more months, but the Mustang Mach-E First Edition is already out of reservation slots. As of December 30 of last year, some models such as the GT and Premium were still available, but that may have changed in the past few weeks.

Ford released a few pieces of data compiled from the Mach-E pre-orders, including that over a quarter of all orders came from buyers in California. There’s a small preference for all-wheel drive over rear-wheel drive — 55 percent of orders are AWD — while the extended range battery is much more popular than the standard range at 80 percent of pre-orders.

Ford first announced the new Mustang Mach-E, the first expansion on the Mustang lineup in its 55-year run, in November of 2019. The Mach-E is designed to deliver the thrilling ride of the Mustang sports car, plus the added utility of an SUV, topped off with all-electric performance that is both exhilarating and environmentally friendly.

Ford estimates that the Mach-E will have an all-electric range of around 300 miles, though EPA testing has not been completed yet. The Mach-E’s engine and electric motor combined will put out 332 horsepower and 417 lb-ft of torque, and Ford is tweaking the GT Performance Edition for leading acceleration at 0-60 mph in under 4 seconds.

Just because the Mustang Mach-E First Edition is sold out doesn’t mean you can’t get your hands on Ford’s exciting new electric SUV. Call Sanderson Ford and let us know about your interest in the Mach-E!

Ford is Best-Selling Vehicle Brand in America for the 10th Year Running

Ford is Best-Selling Vehicle Brand in America  | Phoenix, AZ

For the tenth year in a row, Ford has dominated the American auto industry as the best-selling vehicle brand in America. This year also marks the 43rd year that the Ford F Series has been the best-selling pickup truck in America.

According to a report detailing Ford sales in the last quarter of 2019, Ford truck sales were up over 15 percent from the fourth quarter of 2018, marking the best fourth-quarter truck sales for the brand in nearly 20 years. The Ranger saw its best sales quarter since its 2019 release. In total, Ford sold over 986,000 trucks in 2019.

The fourth quarter of 2019 was fantastic for Ford in plenty of other categories too. Q4 of 2019 was the best quarter for commercial vans since 1978 — that’s over 30 years — and the Expedition and EcoSport both saw significant sales increases over last year. Sales of the Explorer increased a whopping 52.4 percent over the previous quarter, and Mustang sales increased by 20.4 percent.

Ford saw minor drops in SUV sales and a massive drop in car sales, consistent with auto industry trends away from sedans and toward SUVs and trucks. It’s also significant to note that Lincoln, the luxury car division of Ford Motor Company, saw an impressive 30.9 percent increase in SUV sales.

One doesn’t become the best-selling vehicle brand in America for no reason. Visit Sanderson Ford to discover what makes Ford and its cars, SUVs and pickup trucks so great!

Ford Super Duty Performance is Best-in-Class

Ford Super Duty Performance | Phoenix, AZThe 2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty pickup truck is already living up to its predecessors with incredible capabilities. Thanks to its range of powerful engines, including a 7.3-liter V8 gas-powered engine and the 6.7-liter Power Stroke® diesel V8 engine, Ford Super Duty performance is already the best in its class in a number of ways.

  • With the Power Stroke engine, the 2020 F-Series Super Duty manages:
    • Best-in-class diesel power and torque at 475 horsepower and 1,050 lb-ft of torque.
    • Best-in-class max diesel conventional towing at 24,200 pounds.
    • Best-in-class diesel fifth-wheel towing at 32,500 pounds.
    • Best-in-class diesel gooseneck towing at 37,000 pounds.
  • With the standard gas-powered 6.2-liter engine, the 2020 F-Series Super Duty boasts best-in-class max payload capacity at 7,850 pounds.
  • With the 7.3-liter V8, the 2020 F-Series Super Duty achieves best-in-class horsepower and torque ratings at 430 hp and 475 lb-ft, respectively.

For improved towing, the Ford F-Series Super Duty is available with new technologies, including optional class-exclusive Pro Trailer Backup Assist and Trailer Reverse Guidance.

“Ford truck customers are building a better world with Super Duty, and we’re helping them work even harder with the most available diesel towing, payload, torque and power you can get in a heavy-duty pickup,” commented Mike Pruitt, Super Duty chief engineer. “We’re excited to be in the nation’s largest truck market at the State Fair of Texas announcing we’ve surpassed the kilotorque barrier and made it standard with every pickup truck featuring a Power Stroke diesel engine.”

The Ford F-Series of trucks has been the nation’s best-selling truck lineup for 42 years. With this latest iteration of the Super Duty, we don’t suspect that will change any time soon. Check out the 2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty trucks at Sanderson Ford!

Future Ford Bronco Hybrid Confirmed

Ford Bronco Hybrid | Glendale, AZMichael Martinez of Automotive News tweeted a thread of updates from the annual Ford shareholder meeting, stating in one tweet that the CEO of Ford, Jim Hackett, “confirms the upcoming Bronco SUV will come in a hybrid variant as Ford focuses on electrifying its lineup.”

The tweet sparked a lot of interest in the automotive community, especially with how little is still known about the Bronco, which is set to debut in 2020 as part of the 2021 model year. Barely any spy shots have circulated so far, and while we know that the 2021 Bronco’s styling will be boxy and retro to echo the original, we don’t know much else.

According to MotorTrend, Ford will invest $11 billion in expanding its hybrid and electric lineup over the next several years, so it’s not a big surprise that the Bronco will be part of that push for greener cars and SUVs.

Details haven’t been released on what the Bronco’s engine options will look like, but industry journalists assume it will have the same four-cylinder turbo and V6 options as other Ford SUVs, and now a hybridized option. The Ford Bronco hybrid powertrain may be the same or similar to the 2.5-liter iVCT Atkinson-style hybrid engine found on the 2020 Ford Escape.

For more information on the upcoming Ford Bronco and Ford Bronco Hybrid, watch this space. When they hit the streets, you’ll be able to find them right here at the Sanderson Ford showroom.

Ford Mustang is World’s Best-Selling Sports Coupe for Fourth Year

Ford Mustang | Glendale, AZCar enthusiasts around the globe agree: For exhilarating performance and iconic style, there’s nothing like the Ford Mustang. And to prove it, they helped make the Mustang the world’s best-selling sports coupe for a fourth year in a row.

With 113,066 units sold in nearly 150 countries, the Mustang was the world’s preferred sports coupe in 2018. The news was even better in the U.S., where the Mustang led all sports cars with sales of 75,842. Since 2015, Ford has sold more than 500,000 Mustangs.

“We broke the mold when Ford launched the Mustang 55 years ago,” said Jim Farley, Ford’s president of global markets. “Nothing says freedom, the wind in your hair, and the joy of driving like a Mustang; it’s an icon. The roar of its V8 on a spring day, there’s nothing better. No wonder it’s the most popular sports coupe in the world.”

Here at Sanderson Ford, the Mustangs in our showroom include convertibles and fastbacks, EcoBoost® models, the high-performance Shelby GT350®, and the throwback Mustang BULLITT Fastback. If you’ve always wanted to experience the thrill of driving a Mustang, or if you’d like to test the latest version, stop in for a visit and we’ll get you behind the wheel of your favorite model.

Ford Ranger Black Appearance Package Shows Off Dark Side

Ford Ranger Black Appearance Package

 

If you’re looking to make your Ford Ranger look even more aggressive, never fear — the Black Appearance Package is here. The Ford Ranger Black Appearance Package gives Ford truck drivers the opportunity to change up their truck’s look, helping the drivers match their unique style.

 

Currently, more than two-thirds of Ranger pickup trucks are leaving the dealership with the truckmaker’s current appearance packages — the Sport Appearance Package or the Chrome Appearance Package — added to their looks. The Black Appearance package just gives the consumers another option.

 

“Like the rest of their gear, Ranger customers are choosing the option that best first their adventures,” said Todd Eckert, Ford truck group marketing manager. “Having the right gear matters and so does the right look. The Black Appearance Package adds aggressive style to the adventures our customers embark on.”

 

With this package, you can opt for any Ranger body color. The package creates an intimidating look with the following standard features:

 

  • Black-painted grille
  • Body-color bumpers
  • Black running boards
  • Black spray-in bed liner
  • Black mirrors,
  • High-gloss, black-painted, 18-inch aluminum wheels with black center caps
  • Black fender vent surround
  • Black sill plate
  • Black bash plate
  • Black lower valance

 

This option is available for $1,995 (excluding tax) and can be ordered at Sanderson Ford now.

Green Car Journal Names 2016 F-150 Green Truck of the Year

At the recent San Antonio Truck Show, Green Car Journal announced the winner of the Green Truck of the Year Award – and the 2016 Ford F-150 surpassed the competition. Despite several other contenders for the award featuring eco-friendly diesel engine options, the Ford F-150 took home the title due to the pickup’s lightweight structure, EcoBoost engine option, and environmentally friendly upgrade packages.

The 2016 F-150 and its 2015 iteration both boasted a lightweight but high-strength body engineered and constructed from a combination of steel and aluminum. Paired with the EcoBoost V6 engine and the only available fuel prep package in the segment, the F-150 excels in providing customers with greener options that deliver power, performance, and capability without compromising the environment.

With an EPA estimate of 26 mpg highway, the 2016 Ford F-150 is the most efficient full-size pickup. In addition, the truck itself was created from sustainable materials and Repreve fiber synthesized from recycled plastic bottles. The thought that went into the environmental responsibility of the F-150 is what cemented the truck as Green Truck of the Year.

Green Truck of the Year

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