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2017 Ford Mustang 5.0 Fastback Surprises, Impresses at U.K. MPG Marathon

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(Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 12:00PM )
The 2017 Ford Mustang 5.0 Fastback may be a stallion on the streets, but it doesn't horse around. In a surprising turn of events across the pond at this year's MPG Marathon, which took place on October 18 and 19, the Mustang came out on top with the Best Percent Improvement Award. The award, in particular, compares cars' recorded Marathon gas mileage to their officially rated fuel economy.

Not only did the 5.0 Fastback beat out other contenders from other automakers, it outdid a competitor from its own family - the 2017 Ford Mustang EcoBoost, a 2.3-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder model that many would have guessed to take first prize. Despite the inherently eco-friendly nature that the Ecoboost's name implies,  the Fastback, which sports a 5.0-liter V-8, stole the show with its average of 36.6 mpg Imperial (which translates to 30.5 mpg U.S.) across a course that stretched 430 miles long.

The Fastback's high numbers, especially given that the course winded through public roads, made the unexpected contender a clear winner at the Marathon. As stated by Stephen Edelstein of GreenCarReports.com, "The Mustang's performance was 75 percent higher than its official rating of 20.9 mpg Imperial (17.4 mpg U.S.) on the European testing cycle. That result beats the previous record for fuel-economy improvement on the MPG Marathon, a 39-percent increase achieved by drivers of a Ford Fiesta ST subcompact in 2014." Watch the preview of Ford's featured Mustangs at this year's SEMA show in the video below:



The effects of Ford's victory in the UK are already showing. For the first time, Ford's U.K. division is importing right-hand drive versions of the Mustang in notably large shipments. The increased numbers also reflect U.K. drivers' penchant for V-8 models - although many Americans would balk at the price of gas in the U.S. compared to the States, Ford reported that two-thirds of current-generation Mustangs sold in the U.K. are V-8 models.

Luckily, you don't have to book a flight to the U.K. to take the Mustang to the road. Swing by Sound Ford in Renton, Washington and take one of our models
on a test drive today!

 

Consumer Report Recommends 2017 Ford Escape in Annual Reliability Survey

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(Posted on Nov 13, 2016 at 12:00PM )
When it comes to reliability, the trusted team at Consumer Report knows that Ford's vehicles belong on their list. In its latest Annual Auto Reliability Survey, CR recommended the 2017 Ford Escape under its category for improved reliability. As stated on the Consumer Report website, the recommendations are compiled and based on "road-test scores; predicted reliability and owner satisfaction data from our Annual Auto Survey; and independent safety testing." Get more details on the 2017 Ford Escape by watching the video below:


For those new to the survey, the producers behind it do their due diligence to ensure that it is a comprehensive and informative resource for any buyer. The CR team compiles detailed data from both their digital and print subscribers on over 500,000 vehicles, and goes in-depth on the multitude of potential issues that can arise with cars of all types. From there, the problems and quirks are segregated into 17 trouble areas, ranging from minor nuisances to debilitating needs.

After running the gamut that is Consumer Report's survey, the 2017 Ford Escape has emerged in its good graces - and for good reason. The newest model of the Escape features 1.5- and 2.0-liter turbocharged engines with start/stop capability, as well as upgraded safety features for less stressful driving. Drivers will also enjoy the improved handling. Interested in taking a spin? Don't wait - come by Sound Ford in Renton, Washington today.

Ford Announces Development of Cross-Traffic Alerts for Safer Driving

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(Posted on Nov 12, 2016 at 12:00PM )
Every driver's nightmare will soon be a fear of the past. As part of its revolutionary autonomous driving technology, the team at Ford recently announced a new wave of technologies that is slated to define the future of driving. Notably, the rollout of cross-traffic alerts will provide drivers with the confidence and assurance to drive in reverse, knowing that there is nobody at risk of injury behind the vehicle. Take a closer look at Ford's plans for the future by watching the video below:


Ford's value of safety and affinity for innovation resulted in the creation of the cross-traffic alerts. Although the technology is still in development, the plans are already generating excitement. According to Engadget.com, "cross-traffic alerts will detect objects that are about to pass behind the vehicle while reversing and alert the driver with a warning sound and a wide-angle view on the backup camera. If the driver still doesn't respond, the car will automatically brake to avoid a fender bender." Additionally, the automaker stated that an upgraded pushbutton parking system will allow vehicles to parallel park and back into a perpendicular space - without driver assistance.

With this new technology, drivers of all skill levels can rest - and drive - assured that the inherent risks associated with operating a vehicle will be significantly less threatening. Until the innovations are implemented into newer models, come visit us at Sound Ford in Renton, Washington and test-drive our current Ford models today. 


The votes are tallied and the results are in, and Ford is sweeping up awards at this year's SEMA. After adding up thousands of votes cast by the exhibiting manufacturers present at the show, the Specialty Equipment Market Association presented Ford with top prizes for the hottest coupe (Ford Mustang), the hottest hatch (Ford Focus), and the hottest truck (Ford F-Series). They joined the Jeep Wrangler (hottest SUV) and Dodge Charger (hottest sedan) on the podium at an exclusive celebratory breakfast the second day of the show. According to a report by Carscoops.com, the range of awards are "designed to 'guide consumers toward the hottest-trending and most accessory friendly vehicles on the market.'" Learn more about the winning Mustang in the Ford's SEMA preview video below:


An air of deja vu accompanied the award ceremony, given that last year's event also crowned the Mustang, F-Series and Focus with the hottest car, hottest truck and hottest sport compact awards, respectively. The back-to-back prizes are impressive, but not surprising: the Mustang's scooped up awards for the past five years, and the F-Series has stolen the show in six out of the past seven years. Additionally, 2016 marks the second year in a row that one automaker reported three out of the five top awards. 

Get behind the wheel of any of these SEMA award-winning vehicles at your leisure - simply stop by Sound Ford in Renton, Washington today!

Spotted in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado: The Ford F-150, caught in the midst of high-altitude testing. Sources report that versions of the F-150 captured in the mountainous terrain were, as Carscoops.com notes, "in various states of undress: some in the production forms we've already seen, some with one manner or another of visible modifications, and one with rather heavy camouflage enveloping the entire front end."

For Ford enthusiasts, it's not entirely clear what the objective - or objectives - of the testing aims to achieve. But given the F-150's track record, it promises to deliver. 
After all, it nearly goes without saying that the F-150 is a powerhouse in the truck realm. The F-150 boasts sales results that trump the combined sales of all of the full-size trucks produced by Ford's competitors in Japan, in addition to sales that surpass Ram trucks, Chevy Silverados and GMC Sierras. Watch the F-150 in action in the video below:



The success of the F-150 is certainly warranted. Although Ford established the F-150's reputability over recent years, its team has avoided getting too comfortable. Ford's ongoing pursuit for improvement and innovation - as illustrated in its recent powertrain upgrades - is a testament to its esteemed position in the automotive world. It's a suspenseful guessing game as to what these latest improvements mean for F-150 drivers, but one's bated breath is sure to be worth the wait. Until the news is officially released, bide your time by test-driving our selection of F-150s at Sound Ford in Renton, Washington today. 

Ford Performance Gets On Track with New App

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(Posted on Nov 9, 2016 at 12:00PM )
It's time to track your time on the track. Ford Performance recently revealed its all-new data-logging app, which is tailored for drivers who prefer the track to the streets. The app, which was announced to attendees at this year's SEMA, enables users to analyze and share their on-track performance with the push of a button, harnessing the mobility and ease of smartphone technology.

The app is 
new, but draws upon established technology already utilized by Ford to enhance the driving (and tracking) experience. Ford's most up-to-date version of Sync 3, a common feature in many Ford models, lends its program to display notable track information, such as RPM, g-forces, gear, and speed. From there, the app delivers the information to the driver's phone for later review. Additionally, the app can work with one's smartphone to record video of their track day. As Joel Patel notes for Autoblog.com, "The phone, besides being used as a camera, is also in charge of recording the vehicle's location around the track, which is also displayed on the infotainment screen. Both the phone and the Sync 3 project the same bits of information and can be used interchangeably." Take note of the new features by watching the video below:


Now that its grand reveal is known to the public, Ford enthusiasts can begin testing its functionality in relation to their own track ventures. Have questions about it? Visit Sound Ford Washington today and speak to our team to learn more.  


Drivers of the Ford Focus RS have something special to anticipate: representatives at Ford Performance recently revealed that a new calibration for the 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder is in progress, offering an extra perk for those desiring a burst of additional power. Although the current model's 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder provides 350 horsepower and 350 lb-ft torque across all of its wheels, as well as a 0-60 mph time that clocks in under five seconds, the team at Ford wants to account for drivers who are willing (and eager) to push the boundaries a little further. Learn more about the Focus RS in the video below:


A look at the Ford Mustang EcoBoost upgrade provides some valuable clues as to what we may expect with the Focus RS'  new calibration, since Ford's representatives have been agonizingly quiet about the details. The Mustang EcoBoost's improved power package increases its hp and lb-ft numbers to 335 and 390, respectively; the torque, in particular, ends up only 10 lb-ft shy of the stock Mustang GT's digits. Considering that the Focus RS already boasts more torque and power than the Mustang, we can only wait in suspense to see if the improved calibration will make gains that parallel the GT's. 

Too eager to wait for the calibration upgrade? Visit us at Sound Ford Washington and test-drive the Ford Focus RS today.




Everything's bigger in Texas, according to the well-known adage. And another adage - bigger is always better - proved to apply as well at the 2016 Texas Truck Rodeo, where the Texas Auto Writers Association bestowed the 'Truck of Texas' award to the 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty. The accolade isn't the F-Series' first rodeo, literally and figuratively; this year's award is the 13th time that the F-Series has swept the title. 

Amongst a variety of other titles, the Truck of Texas award was announced by a panel of journalists just outside of Austin, TX at the 23rd annual event, which was held at the Longhorn River Ranch. With its superior combination of horsepower and torque and 6.2L gas V8, the Super Duty was a prime choice to win both the top honor and the Heavy Duty Pickup Truck award. The 2017 Ford F-150 also snagged the Best Powertrain award, and Ford as a whole won the 'Truck Line of Texas' award. 

A course setup at the rodeo provided the perfect terrain to show off the trucks' capabilities and allow the panel of judges to determine the winners. According to Andre Smirnov from TFLTruck.com, who was present at the event, "TAWA committee setup three off-road courses: Level 1 (easy), Level 2 (moderate), and Level 3 (difficult). Not all trucks and SUVS were allowed to go on the Level 3 course, but journalists were able to evaluate and compare trucks in the same class back to back and on the same courses." Get a sneak peek at TFLTruck.com's review of the Super Duty below:



At Sound Ford Washington, you'll have the opportunity to test-drive members of the award-winning F-Series family at your leisure. Stop by the dealership today and take a spin!


2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R Nabs Popular Science Award

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(Posted on Nov 6, 2016 at 12:00PM )
Adding to its growing collection of awards, Ford's Mustang Shelby GT350R recently scooped up Popular Science's 2016 Best of What's New Award in the auto division.

The competition was stiff in this year's competition - Popular Science's annual presentation of accolades accounts for reviews of thousands of new products and innovations. Only 100 winners across 10 categories walk (or in this case, drive) away with awards in hand, as well as a secured spot in Popular Science's Best of What's New issue. The fundamental criteria? The product or technology in question must represent a notable step forward in its section.

In the case of the Shelby GT350R, its ultralight carbon-fiber wheels sealed the deal. On the GT350R, its front two wheels rely on a ceramic thermal barrier coating for insulation, a technology borrowed from a similar method NASA used on a space shuttle. Compared to equivalently sized, standard aluminum wheels, each 19-inch carbon-fiber wheel weighs approximately 15 pounds less, which improves the GT350R's handling and acceleration. Not surprisingly, the wheels are the first of their kind on a production car, setting them apart and putting the GT350R on the award pedestal. Check out the GT350R in action in the video below:



"The Best of What’s New awards honor innovations that shape the future,” Kevin Gray, Popular Science's executive editor, said. “From life-saving technology to incredible space engineering to gadgets that are just breathtakingly cool, this is the best of what’s new.” See Ford's lineup of Mustangs for yourself at Sound Ford Washington today!
Give the people what they want: based on aggregated reports of customer demand, Ford's chief executive, Mark Field, recently announced that the firm is phasing out small car production in the U.S. by 2018 and will also shift its focus to SUVs and pickups – vehicles that customers are gravitating towards. For drivers who are loyal to Ford's cars, though, Fields assured that those models will still remain a part of the firm's lineup in some capacity.

Through this approach, Fields shared that Ford's lineup of available vehicles will reflect drivers' current needs and trends, rather than try to persuade them to purchase certain vehicles. Moving forward, sources indicate that Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant will be revamped to build the next-generation Bronco as well as the new Range pickup, rather than shut its doors.

“You can only go so far in terms of trying to entice customers to purchase those kinds of products. We'll focus on some of the segments where customers are migrating towards, whether it's SUVs or pickup trucks, and we're doing nicely there,” Fields told Automotive News
Watch the video below to learn more:

Despite the shift, trucks and SUVS remain a popular choice for drivers at Sound Ford in Renton, Washington. As Seattle's premier Ford dealership with an extensive inventory of new and preowned vehicles - many of which are trucks and SUVs - there are options that work with any owner's budget and lifestyle. Looking for a truck or SUV? Visit Sound Ford Washington today.