Tag Archive for Kelley Blue Book

Ford Named Best Overall Truck Brand

Ford trucks can now add a little more hardware to their trophy case! In the recent 2015 Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Awards, Ford claimed Best Overall Truck Brand. The all-new F-Series has captured the hearts of people everywhere, as evidenced by the long list of accolades it has already won this year.

In addition to the Best Overall Truck Brand, the groundbreaking 2015 Ford F-150 has also claimed the following awards (not all are listed):

  • 2015 North American Truck of the Year
  • 2015 Motor Trend Truck Trend Pickup Truck of the Year
  • Automobile Journalists Association of Canada Utility and Truck of the Year
  • Kelley blue Book Best Buy Truck
  • 2015 MotorWeek Best Pickup Truck
  • Texas Auto Writers Association Truck of Texas, Luxury Pickup Truck, Full-Size Pickup Truck, Best Technology Feature

The 2015 Kelley Blue Book Brand Image awards are based on customer surveys, so the award indicates that both the critics and the fans are in agreement on this vehicle. A full list of Ford truck awards can be viewed here. If you want to see what makes Ford trucks so special and award-worthy for yourself, come visit us at Sanderson Ford!

Best Overall Truck Brand

2014 Ford Focus Named to KBB.com “10 Best Back-to-School Cars”

2014 Focus for Back-to-School

2014 Focus for Back-to-School

Kelley Blue Book has just released their top 10 picks for back-to-school cars this year, and our favorite 2014 Ford Focus made the list! Coming in at #2, KBB.com editors raved about the perfect combination of form and function with innovative technologies and top safety ratings that make this sedan a great back-to-school pick.

Analysts at Kelley Blue Book take into consideration a number of things when deciding what cars deserve “Best Back-to-School” recognition each year. Each of the ten winners this year earned high grades in vehicle style, passenger safety, fuel economy, versatility and value.

“Aiming to please aspiring overachievers of all disciplines, the Focus brings together an impressive mix of form and function in sedan or hatchback configurations,” KBB.com states. “From its sophisticated ‘kinetic design’ exterior styling and contemporary cabin treatment to a sprightly 160-hp engine, Euro-flavored suspension turning and top safety ratings, there’s a lot to recommend in this well-rounded and engaging package.”

Get ready for back-to-school with the all-new 2014 Focus at Sanderson Ford!

Ford Fusion Named a Top Car Under $25,000

2013 Ford FusionThese days, most people are looking for practicality when it comes to a new car. They want a vehicle that will help them fulfill their needs, is easy to maintain, and won’t drain their bank account. To help consumers find the perfect car, Kelley Blue Book has released a list of the 10 Best Sedans Under $25,000, a list that includes the 2013 Ford Fusion.

KBB.com decided to release the list of the top 10 cars under $25,000 due to the strength of the class and the many options available to car buyers.  The Fusion earned a spot on the list thanks to its stylish design and comfortable ride. The experts also liked the Fusion’s eco-friendly options, including two different EcoBoost engines and its availability as a hybrid or plug-in model.

For more information about the 2013 Ford Fusion, stop in to our store or visit us online!

Two Ford Models Named Best Green Cars of 2013

Ford Focus ElectricJust in time for Earth Day, Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com has named the 10 Best Green Cars of 2013.  With fuel economy taking the top consideration spot for many car buyers, eco-friendly cars face fierce competition. However strong the competition may be, Ford still fared better than most, with two Ford models earning a spot on this list.

The first Ford on the list is the all-new 2013 Ford C-Max Energi.  The C-Max Energi is the most affordable plug-in hybrid on the road and offers an all-electric range of 21 miles.  The hatchback returnes an EPA-estimate fuel economy of 108 MPGe City and 92 MPGe highway and was praised by KBB.com for being one of the few EVs that can be fun to drive.

The 2013 Ford Focus Electric also earned a spot on Kelley Blue Book’s list, thanks to an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 110 MPGe city/99 MPGe highway/105 MPGe combined and its 76 mile range.  The Focus Electric has a leg up on the competition, thanks to its combination of award-winning Ford Focus style with an electric motor.

If you’re looking for a good way to go green, check out either model at Sanderson Ford!

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!

The 2013 Ford Fusion Named Best Redesigned Vehicle

2013 Ford FusionThe accolades and accommodations continue to roll in for the 2013 Ford Fusion.  The most recent comes from Kelley Blue Book who named the Ford Fusion the Best Redesigned Vehicle for 2013.

“More than a handful of vehicles made the short list of finalists for this year, but ultimately the 2013 Ford Fusion was named KBB.com’s 2013 Best Redesigned Vehicle with impressive gains in design, technology and fuel economy,” said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book.

Ford completely redesigned the Fusion for the 2013 model year.  The exterior was masterfully remodeled and has since won awards for its sleek, bold styling.  Ford added several versatile powertrain options to accommodate every driver’s needs.  KBB credited every aspect of the redesign for the 2013 Fusion’s award.

 “Outside, the new Fusion is clearly the hottest-looking car in a class with no fewer than 13 other entrants.  The interior is just as striking, and a variety of technological enhancements and choice of five powertrains is just icing on the cake.  Whatever mix of value, power and fuel efficiency you’re looking for in a mid-size sedan, the new Fusion has it,” said Nerad.

Ford Fiesta Named One of the 10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000

Every year, the experts at Kelley Blue Book’s kbb.com compile a list for car shoppers that are looking for a fun and exciting car on a tight budget. The “10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000” recognizes cars that are fun to drive and fun to own. This year, the 2012 Ford Fiesta has earned a spot on this list.

To create the list, Kelley Blue Book first narrowed the options down to vehicles that are available for under $18,000. Then, the experts rated each car based on two main criteria – fun-to-drive and fun-to-own. While subjective, the “cool factor” played the largest part in determining which ten vehicles would be named to the list.

Kbb.com liked the Fiesta’s combination of small size and bold style, namely the aggressive grille, pronounced fenders, sharp lines, and large lamps.  The stylish interior and impressive fuel economy – 38 MPG highway – also stood out to the experts.

This cool, yet inexpensive, car is currently available at Sanderson Ford!

2012 Ford Focus is Perfect for Students Heading Back to School

Kelley Blue Book has released its annual “Back to School Cars” selection, naming the top vehicles for students heading back to school. The list names 5 new cars and 5 used cars that are safe and inexpensive.  One of the five new cars to make the list for 2011 is the 2012 Ford Focus.

The experts at KBB.com use a wide variety of factors, including vehicle cost, fuel efficiency, versatility, safety, style, and how fun it is to drive when making the list.  According to the experts, “The 2012 Ford Focus is the kind of car young drivers love: It looks cool on the outside, modern on the inside, handles with more than a hint of sportiness, and offers advanced audio and information technology. Parents of young drivers will appreciate the cost-savings afforded by the Ford’s excellent fuel economy, along with the peace of mind offered by MyKey.”

The MyKey system was one of the Ford Focus’ big selling points.  This technology offers features such as Ford’s Belt-Minder system, which chimes and mutes the audio system until seat belts are buckled, a low fuel warning system that engages when the driving range is reduced to 75 miles, limits on the top speed of the car and volume of the audio system, and removing the ability to turn off certain safety features, such as traction control, park aid, and BLIS, the Blind Spot Information System.

Ford Makes Cool, Affordable Cars

The editors at kbb.com recently released the 2011 edition of the top 10 “Coolest Cars Under $18,000.”  Vehicles are first chosen based on their availability for purchase at $18,000 or less, according to the Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price.  Then, all qualifying vehicles are judged on just two factors: fun-to-drive and fun-to-own.  This year, two Ford models made the cut.

The 2012 Focus was noted for its sporty handling, head-turning looks, and an impressive standard equipment list, while also being efficient and affordable.  Voters also liked that for a little bit extra, leather seats, MyFord Touch, and a quick-shifting dual-clutch automatic transmission can be added.

The 2011 Fiesta made the list for the second year in a row.  Features that helped land the Fiesta on the list once again include its European looks, well-crafted interior, nimble handling, and sharp driving dynamics.  But the experts were ultimately sold thanks to the available SYNC infotainment center and remarkable fuel economy.

These days, everyone seems to be looking for a bargain, especially when it comes to cars.  Fortunately, Ford is one of the few automakers to produce vehicles that are fun and exciting, yet affordable.

Ford Focus and Fusion Hybrid are Top Green Cars for 2011

The all-new 2012 Ford Focus and the 2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid were named as two of the “Top 10 Green Cars for 2011” according to KBB.com.  The 2012 Ford Focus can achieve 28 mp city and 38 mpg highway with an automatic transmission.  Kelley Blue Book also mentioned that there are many other things to like about the Ford Focus, such as “excellent handling, impressively outfitted interior, sweet Euro styling and the availability of cool features like Ford’s SYNC entertainment and communications system.”  The impressive auto-park feature was also noted.

The Ford Fusion Hybrid is just as exciting, with an EPA rating of 41 mpg city and 36 mpg highway.  KBB.com mentioned that it was an easy pick and that it helped that “it delivers the driving dynamics and comfort that make the conventional Fusion so enduring, including SYNC and navigation, with the addition of a really cool LCD gauge cluster.”  The Ford Fusion includes Ford’s SmartGauge with EcoGuide that uses real-time feedback to tell the driver how to achieve better fuel efficiency.  The technology alone in the car is impressive, not to mention the incredible fuel efficiency.

It’s easy to see why the 2012 Ford Focus and 2011 Ford Fusion easily made their way onto the list of the Top 10 Green Cars of 2011.

like us on facebook

Contact Us