We are very happy with the service and support we have received from Robert. We had a lot of questions and needed some extra support with our new Mustang, and Robert was patient, knowledgeable, and efficient, doing whatever it took to make up happy. The whole team at Key West, including Nicholas Terezakis who handled our warranty purchases, have been great to deal with.
We were in good hands. Thanks everyone!
Great customer service. Every single person who was involved in our new car purchase did a top notch job. Super professional and friendly team.Highly recommended this dealership. Allen was helping us to get the best deal possible on our purchase. Thank you again for all the help
I had a very good experience dealing with everyone involved at Key West Ford and would recommend them. They were very professional and made the whole process enjoyable!
My second deal with them.Excellent customer service.Very professional.They took care of everything.Even for finance not a single issue.Thamk you again guys.Enjoying my new ride😉
Above & Beyond
This fellow is one of a kind. In all my life I’ve never had a good experience at a car dealership until I went to Key West Ford. What an amazing group of people. My focus titanium(2017) is the second purchase that I’ve made off Michael both experiences were something to write home about.
Whether you’re in the market for a Ford or any other kind of vehicle please do yourself a favour and check out the great people at Key West Ford.
Helped me find the car I want
This is my first car purchase. When I came to here, I didn't have a clear idea on what car I shall buy. Allan showed me around on several probable ways to buy my first car. The next day, he also found another car that suit my current need.
As I am new to Canada, there are a lot of differences on law, rules and regulations from the country I was in. Allan provided useful information on all of them and helped me get to a purchase solution that can fit into my short term and long term plan.
Now I have used the car for some time and everything seems good :)
2017 F150 supercrew
Great pricing, very helpful. I'm from out of town and was on a tight schedule. Jag and the rest of the folks at key west were sensitive to my time constraints and had my truck ready for delivery with no hiccups.
We had a small car budget in mind and after talking it over and trying various model we settled for something newer than expected without breaking the bank.
Very happy with my purchase and recommend to anyone looking for a used or new car to start at key West Ford.
Great experience buying my 1st Ford
I knew I wanted an Escape and had been shopping online for a few months. I found the vehicle I wanted and made an appointment for a test drive. It happened to be a Key West Ford. I made the appointment online and Jag reached out to me very quickly to set it up.
Jag was very friendly and talkative but certainly not pushy or how you've been trained to think of a used car salesperson. He answered my questions and was generally a nice guy to chat with.
I mentioned very early on what I was looking for but that I wasn't going to making a purchase that day. Even though he knew I wasn't buying he still wanted to make sure I knew everything I could about the vehicle I'd driven as well as anything else I might be looking into a vehicle for. I took his card when I left and made darn sure to get in touch with him once I'd made my decision.
I got a great deal from Jag and Key West Ford and would recommend you going to talk to him if you're on the fence about a new Ford.
Ever want to control your car remotely? With FordPass, you absolutely can!
This is an incredible technology that grants remote access to many functions of your car—like the well-outfitted 2018 Fusion Titanium—using only your smartphone. As long as your Ford has SYNC 3 connectivity, it couldn’t be easier to get started.
Here’s how it works. FordPass is an app on your iPhone or Android mobile device that makes both controlling and reading the health of your vehicle a cinch. With the technology, you can lock/unlock your auto, start and stop it, track its location, view general settings and service information, and peruse current fuel and fluid levels. Heck, you can even schedule an engine start in advance, getting the car warmed up and ready for you before you even step out from your front door!
Of course, since the app is predicated upon existing SYNC 3 technology, you’ll have voice activation convenience within your compatible vehicle, as well. As you drive, you’ll be able to place phone calls, adjust climate control, get directions to a destination, and more, all hands-free!
Sure, we all know the Ford Mustang GT stands for “fast,” but that hardly can be the whole story, right? Indeed, there’s a deeper meaning and history here that is worthy of discussion.
“GT” actually stands for “Gran Turismo.” The latter Italian phrase refers to grand touring vehicles that are built for both power and luxury across vast distances. While performance is usually emphasized, for decades these autos have also provided immense comfort with such things as leather seats, softer suspensions, and enlarged dimensions gifting passengers more room. This also makes them heavier than the average sports car. Additionally, body kits have often been used that gift them with other elements such as spoilers.
The first GT vehicles were manufactured in the early half of the 20th century for Lancia, Alfa Romeo, and Ferrari. Ford took the immediate popularity of these automobiles throughout Europe and North America and decided to run with a performance package for the Mustang in 1965. These days, the machines come with a 5.0L “Coyote” V8 capable of 435 horses. Incredible!
Whether you’re flying down Seattle roads in a new 2018 Explorer or whipping about in any other vehicle (Ford or otherwise), RPM (revolutions per minute) plays a factor. But what is it really and how does it affect your car and, potentially, the way you drive?
RPM is a measurement of how fast your automobile is operating. More specifically, it counts how many times in a minute the motor’s crankshaft completes a full rotation. Additionally, it determines how often the piston moves up and down within its cylinder. As you push down your accelerator, power is increased as engine revolutions per minute are boosted, although max performance isn’t necessarily always achieved as the highest RPM is hit.
When you’re driving an automatic, the transmission automatically shifts at the RPM that is most efficient and that provides for the smoothest transition. However, those operating a manual have to rely on the tachometer to understand when to shift so as to avoid the redline. Accelerating beyond that point (revving further) can damage the engine. Hence, in this latter case, an understanding of RPM is necessary for your car’s health.
You’ve heard the term “EcoBoost” thrown around a lot lately—particularly in reference to some of Ford’s newer vehicles like the sensational 2018 Fusion—but how exactly does the engine technology work and what is it that makes it special? We take a deep dive below!
Let’s go ahead and get this out of the way: Ford’s EcoBoost motors are expressly designed to optimize efficiency and power. They’ve been built to mimic larger displacement engines without the sacrifices; namely, these systems manage to remain relatively diminutive yet still provide incredible performance alongside an estimated 15% fewer greenhouse emissions and 30% greater fuel economy. In short, bigger isn’t always better (or even equal).
So, how does it work? Engine exhaust from the EcoBoost rotates in a turbine, saving itself from becoming waste. An almost instantaneous surge of power is created thanks to the fact that it’s coupled to a compressor that takes incoming air and pressurizes it. Further, direct injection technology sprays a fine gasoline mist into the combustion chamber, increasing efficiency by wasting less fuel.
Variable Cam Timing (VCT) was developed by Ford to enhance engine performance, improve fuel efficiency, and reduce emissions in automobiles. It’s a valve timing technology utilizing hydraulic valves to push engine oil into a camshaft’s phaser cavity. Pretty fancy sounding stuff, right? Well, the company’s newer Ti-VCT system takes things further, and it’s an acronym you’re going to see on many of the manufacturer’s modern vehicles.
Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT) makes machines like the 2018 Ford Mustang GT hum. While VCT operates only on a single camshaft, this technology features engines that can retard or advance the timing on their exhaust and intake camshafts independently. Lower engine RPMs thus yield considerably better torque and overall power. Fuel efficiency and emissions are also improved and reduced, respectively. In short, this is engineering that will result in better performance nearly across the board—it’s definitely something to keep an eye out for on a car’s spec sheet!
After a long drive, Ford understands how frustrating—and even infuriating—it can be to waste time having to find a parking spot, only to then struggle with safely guiding your car into a tight space. Thus, they’ve arrived at an answer for owners of the 2018 Edge and other recent autos in their lineup: Enhanced Active Park Assist.
So, just what is it that Ford’s new technology can do? Well, it now handles both pesky parallel parking and more commonplace perpendicular maneuvers—all without requiring you to do anything more than lifting a finger. Really!
Here’s how it works: The onboard computer first identifies a parking space on your behalf, which is shown off on your vehicle’s in-cabin display. Once you’re ready, you need only press a button on the center console. You don’t have to steer, put the car in gear, or perform any manipulation of the pedals whatsoever—the system handles all of this, including both forward and reverse motions. It all works via ultrasonic sensors that ensure that any objects in your way are avoided. If the technology encounters a potential collision, it’ll automatically stop your Edge, back up, and reposition once more in an effort to securely put your automobile into the spot. It that’s easy!
Another week, another opportunity to take a step back and really dig into the details behind some of Ford’s most incredible car technologies. Today, we’re going to focus on safety by examining how AdvanceTrac Electronic Stability Control (ESC) on machines like the 2018 Explorer works, and the resulting benefit to you and your family.
We all know that even well-paved roads can become treacherous whenever there is inclement weather. That’s where Ford’s ESC comes in. It automatically reads conditions in real-time, monitoring for skidding and considering the impact of every move you make—whether that’s a change in acceleration, alteration in steering angle, or something else. If the technology detects that wheel spinning is about to occur, the ABS system kicks in, selectively braking each tire and pulling back power to compensate. This all occurs in about 1/60th of a second on your Explorer. Wow!
In this manner, ESC manages to keep you from losing command of your car on muddy, snowy, or rain-slicked surfaces. It automatically activates whenever you start the engine, although if you like, you can toggle it off with a single button press at any time (handy for whenever you get stuck in the mud, for example).
All of you parents out there can take a deep breath.
Ford has been including their smart and savvy “MyKey” technology across the board on their latest model year vehicles, ranging from the F-150 to the Edge. Why? Well, the best reason in the world—the safety of your children.
MyKey is a parental choice for at-risk drivers, enabling all you out there to remain virtually in the passenger’s seat with your teen. It increases safety by gifting you the power to program in various driving restrictions for the user as you see fit. Imagine, for example, that your kid is off to junior prom. You can set a top-speed limiter (say, 65 MPH) before they ever head out of your house. Additionally, you may input chiming warnings for when the auto operator approaches 45, 55, 65 MPH, etc., as a reminder that they should watch their speed. Or, you can even create limited stereo volume scenarios, toggle individual radio station blocking on/off, or offer an extra early low-fuel alert at 75 miles until empty.
Setting up MyKey is intuitive. Scroll to “Settings” on the car’s menu, select the “MyKey” section, choose “Create MyKey” and then work through—and activate—as many of the configurable options as you desire. It’s a cinch!
You’ve often heard it referenced in relation to such superb Ford vehicles as the 2018 Fusion, but just what is it about the manufacturer’s adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go that makes the feature so special? We dive into the particulars below!
Adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go is both a safety and a convenience feature. It aids you in keeping a preset, consistent distance behind a car in front of you. If that vehicle slows down, the system automatically slows your automobile, as well. Once traffic ahead begins to clear, the technology brings you back up to that predefined setting. No manual use of the brake or accelerator pedal is necessary!
So, how does it work? Well, once adaptive cruise control is activated, it utilizes radar and camera technology to scan for vehicles ahead of you in real-time. Stop-and-go then kicks in whenever you’re in those jam-packed highway traffic situations that require constant adjustments to the autos around you.
This setting can be altered, too. You only need to use the cruise control switch on your steering wheel, accelerate to the speed you desire, and press the “Set” button. You can then adjust the gap setting by pushing the adjacent up and down arrow keys. Mashing “Up” enables your car to follow the vehicle ahead of it at a shorter distance, while hitting “down” does the opposite.
We use a decent amount of industry jargon whenever we write about the various Ford vehicles out on today’s market. And we’re not alone—most automotive websites do. There are a ton of acronyms thrown about and it can be difficult to really know what the difference is between, say, halogen, HID, and LED technology, beyond understanding the general pecking order. Today, we’re going to shine a light (pun intended) on the latter.
LED stands for light-emitting diode. Specifically, it’s a two-lead semiconductor source with a p-n junction diode. This probably sounds like Greek to most, but effectively, it works when an adequate current is presented to the leads—once this occurs, electrons combine with electron holes within the system, generating light energy via the creation of photons.
That may have been more technical than you would have liked but the following is the takeaway: The inclusion of light-emitting diodes on vehicles like the 2018 Ford Explorer make our roads safer. Because they increase brightness over conventional halogen and HID lamps through the easy alteration of both beam intensity and shape, LEDs improve a driver’s ability to judge distances at night. They also are extremely reliable, operate well even in elevated temperatures, and consume relatively little power.