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6.7 Liter Power Stroke Diesel on the 2016 Ford Super Duty

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2nd Generation 6.7 Liter Ford PowerStroke Diesel

Ford brought their diesel engine production in-house back in 2011, which turned out to be one of the smartest moves that the blue oval automaker has made in years. These engines have proven to be far more durable and capable than anything that the competition has to offer. The second-generation 6.7 liter Ford PowerStroke diesel that is available on the Super Duty pickup trucks is an absolute powerhouse of an engine, and holds many best-in-class titles this year. We have had a lot of customers coming into our dealership to ask us questions about this impressive powertrain, so we are going to provide some insight into what makes this engine so special.

We truly believe that the available 6.7 liter PowerStroke is by far the best diesel engine of all time. It offers a best-in-class 440 horsepower rating and a best-in-class 860 pound-feet torque rating. Those best-in-class ratings mean that the PowerStroke is stronger, tougher and more capable than any competitor, which is very important to truck shoppers.

Since the torque and horsepower outputs for this engine are so high, Ford wanted to make sure it was tough enough to handle the massive amounts of power. Therefore, they designed it with the strongest, most advanced and most durable components that have ever gone into a diesel powertrain. Some of the advanced components on this powertrain include: a compacted graphite iron engine block, upgraded Garrett GT37 turbocharger, instant-start glow plugs, a high-pressure fuel injection system, and much more.

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According to Ford Engineering Manager, Joel Beltramo, “There was really good durability and really good quality on the original engine. We’ve kept that but we’ve strengthened things and built it and tailored it for the medium-duty customer.” He went on to say, “No one is ever upset if it’s more durable than they expect.”

Anyone interested in asking additional questions about the 2016 Ford Super Duty trucks should call or visit us in person at Matt Ford. We will even set you up with a test drive before you leave so that you can experience the raw power and strength of the Ford Super Duty trucks for yourself.

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How to Turn on Sport Mode on the 2016 Ford F-150

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2016 Ford F-150 Sport Mode

When most people describe the new 2016 Ford F-150 they use words like capable, tough and smart. However, sporty driving dynamics is one characteristic that probably does not come to mind. The engineers at Ford are looking to change that by adding a 2016 Ford F-150 Sport Mode to America’s best-selling pickup truck. We will be telling you all about this exciting new feature in this blog post and we’ll also explain how it works.

Ford recently redesigned the Ford F-150 and Ford Mustang in the same year. Therefore, they were actually able to implement aspects of the new Mustang’s Sport Mode feature onto the new F-150, which is very exciting. The reduced weight and wide-variety of advanced powertrain options already gave the new Ford F-150 great performance. So it made sense to blend the Sport Mode feature from the Mustang into the Ford F-150 to improve the performance even more.

According to Ford Transmission Calibration Engineer, Karl Jungbluth, “Our team realized how well the new F-150 handled and responded to acceleration due to its reduced weight. So we decided we could adapt the sport mode capabilities of the six-speed automatic transmission from Mustang to F-150 to enhance the overall driving experience for truck customers.”

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The Sport Mode feature works by effectively changing the frequency of the gearshifts. This allows the F-150 to stay in the “sweet spot” of the powerband and holds the lower gears longer to improve the overall performance and make for a more exciting driving experience.

Drivers can activate the Sport Mode on the 2016 Ford F-150 by simply pushing the tow/haul mode button twice. After that an yellow S will pop up in the lower right-hand portion of the tachometer that indicates the Sport Mode has been turned on.

Also, Sport Mode is standard on all 2016 Ford F-150 trim levels and can be used with both two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive systems.

Feel free to visit us at Matt Ford if you are interested in taking a test drive and learning more about the new 2016 Ford F-150. We would love to hear from you!

2014 Ford Escape Among the Most Capable Crossovers Available

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2014 Ford Escape Towing Capacity

One of the downsides to many of the smaller, crossover on the market is that they’re not able to provide much in terms of towing, which doesn’t make much sense considering the fact that they’re classified as SUVS. Thankfully the Ford Escape breaks from the mold and much like the other vehicles in the Ford lineup, the 2014 Ford Escape towing capacity is one of the best on the market.

When properly equipped, the 2014 Ford Escape is able to pull anything up to 3,500 pounds without a hitch—figuratively speaking, of course. The engine that provides the crossover SUV with the ability to haul such a great deal of weight is the 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder, which is made available in the higher-end Titanium trim of the Escape.

Surprisingly, the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine is not the largest of the Escape powertrain options. The crossover comes standard with a 2.5-liter Duratec four-cylinder, but as the engine found beneath the hood of the Titanium trim comes turbocharged, it’s able to produce more power than the larger Duratec engine. The 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine of the Escape SE trim also comes turbocharged to produce more power.

Despite the fact that the Duratec four-cylinder displaces more than the EcoBoost options, it’s not as capable. The engine produces 168 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque, which is impressive, but not quite as impressive as the 240 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of twist produced by the 2.0-liter EcoBoost option.

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While the S trim of the Ford Escape is undoubtedly impressive, a growing number of residents in the Kansas City area continue to opt for the more advanced trims, as their engines are able to provide more versatile performances. Plus, as both of the engines in the higher-end trims come loaded with EcoBoost technology, they’re extremely fuel efficient as well.

If you’re interested in finding a vehicle that is more than capable of striking a balance between power and efficiency, your search ends with the Ford Escape. Lucky for you, here at Matt Ford, we currently have the 2014 Ford Escape in our new car inventory, and as we have a great deal of financing options, we can assure you that nothing stands in your way of reaping the benefits of the 2014 Ford Escape, including its superior towing capacity. Be sure to get in touch with us if you have any questions at all.

How to Properly Utilize the Three Ford EV Modes

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Ford EV Auto, Now and Later Modes Explained

Many of the vehicles on the market that utilize a combination of gasoline and electric power sources just run the engine and the motor together until the battery power is drained. It can be frustrating for those who may just need to make a quick run to the grocery store and don’t want to burn any of their fuel during the trip there. Thankfully that issue has been solved with the useful Ford EV Auto, Now and Later modes.

With the addition of the button, which is currently available in electric Ford offerings such as the Fusion SE Energi, drivers now have the option to choose where they want their power to come from. As there are three options, naturally the button allows you to switch vehicle operation among three modes. Power can come from the electric motor, the gasoline engine or a combination of the two.

To make everything even more convenient, it only takes a second to select the preferred driving mode. The operations of each of the buttons is somewhat self-explanatory, but to clear up any questions that you may have about what all three of them do, we will touch on each one of the button operations individually.

The first, and arguably the most highly sought-after of the operations is the EV Now mode. This is the one that allows you to do what we mentioned earlier. If you want to drive on electricity alone, you simply have to select this mode. It will draw the vast majority of power from the electric motor, and when the battery is drained completely, the gas engine will automatically kick into action and take you the rest of the way.

In Auto EV mode, the vehicle operates as it normally does. This means that both the gas engine and the electric motor take over equal parts of the work. If you find yourself speeding up and slowing down quite a bit, this is the mode that you want to select as it is the most versatile of them all. If you plan to encounter higher speeds, however, you will find that the handy Ford EV Later button is best suited for your needs.

With the EV Later button, you can conserve all of the battery power that you have for later use. This is especially helpful if you are on the highway and will be taking your electric vehicle to battery-draining speeds. By having your gas engine to do the work, you can conserve that precious battery power. Then, when you get to your destination and move to lower speeds, you can switch into EV Now or Auto mode.

The EV Auto, Now and Later modes are just one of the aspects that continue to separate the electric Ford offerings from the rest on the market. If you are interested in learning more about each of these modes or want to put them to the test for yourself, we encourage you to get in touch with us here at Matt Ford. We would be more than happy to introduce you to the system and let you test it out each of the modes yourself. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us or to schedule a test drive if you are interested.