2020 Ford Escape Receives Both Wards and J.D. Power Awards

2020 Ford Escape | Brownsville, TX

The all-new 2020 Ford Escape brought home two huge awards during the month of July. In the J.D. Power 2020 APEAL Study, the Escape earned the top spot in its segment. It also earned a comfortable spot on the Wards 10 Best User experiences list.

The APEAL Study stands for The Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout Study, and uses 40 different factors that combine to determine a driver’s emotional attachment to a certain vehicle. This year, the 2020 Escape was able to grab the fourth spot overall and finished first among compact SUVs. The results of the study show that the Escape is popular because of the exciting driving experience it provides no matter how you intend to use it, making it a top choice for consumers.

The Escape couldn’t stop at just one award, as it was also was able to land on WardsAuto’s 2020 Wards Best User Experiences list. The Wards judges were fans of the Escape’s available 12.3-inch digital cluster display and SYNC® 3 infotainment setup. They mentioned those features as two big reasons they scored the Escape so highly.

WardsAuto judges also mentioned the number of standard features offered by Ford Co-Pilot360™ technologies, making it not only a fun vehicle but a safe one. The blue ambient backlighting, easy-to-use smartphone pairing, and voice commands are the icing on the cake for the judges. All of these features and factors are why the Escape found itself on the list.

You can experience the award-winning 2020 Ford Escape for yourself by scheduling a test drive at Tipton Ford today.

2020 Ranger Adds Three New Ford Performance Packages

three new Ford Performance packages | Brownsville, TX

The 2020 Ford Ranger is a popular truck, due to its off-road capabilities, lively engine, and family-friendly cabin. If you’re interested in driving this adventurous truck but want some additional customization, you can now add one of three new Ford Performance packages.

Ford Performance Level 1 package

This first package gives the Ranger a more stylish appearance with striking Ford Performance graphics and 17-inch Dyno Gray wheels. It also adds monotube shocks and an off-road leveling kit so the truck can better handle rough terrains.

Ford Performance Level 2 package

With this package, you’ll receive a recalibration of the 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine, which boosts horsepower by 16 percent and torque by 20 percent. Blue tow hooks and a Ford Performance stainless steel license plate frame stand out on the Ranger, while off-road fog lights give you more visibility on trails.

Ford Performance Level 3 package

The Ford Performance Level 3 package combines the features of the previous packages, minus the blue tow hooks, and also gains some new features. This package adds a Ford Performance chase rack and sport exhaust along with a 30-inch LED lightbar kit, a winch-capable front bumper, and red tow hooks.

If these exciting packages have caught your attention, give us a call at Tipton Ford. Our staff can help you select a package and find the Ranger trim level that fits you best.

The Ford Explorer ST and Sport Appearance Package

Ford Explorer ST and Sport Appearance Package | Brownsville, TX

The Ford Explorer ST performance SUV has seen explosive success, making up 21 percent of Explorer sales and inspiring luxury car owners to trade in for a more affordable – but just as high-quality – model. The ST performance trim debuted with the redesign of the Explorer for the 2020 model year, and drivers have been liking what they’re seeing.

Ford has upgraded the Explorer’s performance and on- and off-road handling, as well as the styling, towing capacity, and the power of available engines. This includes a 3.0-liter EcoBoost® engine and a trailer tow package for maximum towing power. The Explorer ST puts out 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque for thrilling performance, and can seat up to six passengers or turn into 87.8 cubic feet of max cargo space.

Ford will also introduce the new Sport Appearance Package on the 2021 Explorer that releases this summer. The Sport Appearance Package, available only on the XLT trim, adds styling cues inside and out for a more athletic look, including Carbonized Gray accents, dual chrome exhaust tips, and two-tone seats with accent stitching.

The legendary Ford Explorer celebrates its 30th birthday in 2020, having first debuted in 1990. This year also marks another major milestone for the model, as Ford sold its 8 millionth Explorer in January.

Celebrate this unmatched achievement by getting behind the wheel of a new Ford Explorer ST today! Visit your friends at Tipton Auto to schedule a look and a test drive.

Mustang Mach-E Performance Blends Excitement with Electricity

Mustang Mach-E | Brownsville, TX

For the first time in 55 years, Ford has added a new model to the Mustang family: the 2021 Mustang Mach-E.

This addition to the Mustang lineup is an all-electric SUV that boasts the same standards of style and performance to be expected in the famous sports coupe. The striking Mustang-inspired design will set the Mustang Mach-E apart from other SUVs. A long, coupe-like hood and bold headlights make a strong first-impression.

The 2021 Mustang Mach-E meets the all-electric innovations of the future while maintaining the all-American spirit of the Mustang coupe.

The Mustang Mach-E will deliver a confident all-electric ride as well as thrilling performance. The SUV should deliver an impressive range when equipped with the extended-range battery and rear-wheel drive. A Performance Edition will emphasize the influence of the Mustang, and will deliver around 459 horsepower and 612 lb-ft of torque.

The new Mustang Mach-E will also bring new in-cabin features in addition to its impressive capability. This model will debut the next-generation SYNC® infotainment system, which has machine learning capabilities that memorize the driver’s preferences, and will use over-the-air updates. The system is displayed on a 15.5-inch screen with an intuitive and simple interface and smartphone-like pinch and swipe touch-screen controls.

If you’re interested in the Mach-E, contact Tipton Ford to learn how you can order yours.

Ford F-150 Raptor: Coil Spring Suspension

F-150 Raptor Coil Spring Suspension | Brownsville, TX

One of the oldest automotive designs still in use today is the leaf spring suspension. It is currently used on the Ford F-150 and is known for its simplicity and effectiveness. However, recently, a Ford F-150 Raptor prototype was spied using a coil spring suspension.

According to Automotive News, Ford will not confirm if F-150 Raptor coil spring suspension will be a thing in the future. Coil spring suspension systems are more complex than leaf spring suspensions and often offer superior off-road performance, which would be a great addition to the F-150 Raptor.

A coil spring suspension can help give a truck a smoother, less bouncy ride. It is often the preferred choice for high-performance trucks and is a newer addition to the automotive industry. It first appeared on pickup trucks during the 1960s.

Another benefit to coil spring suspension systems is that they lend themselves well to customization with additions like sway bars and stiffer springs. You will almost always see them on highly-modified off-road trucks.

As for the current leaf spring suspension system, it still delivers trusted performance that can withstand heavy loads and is less expensive to install and maintain than a coil spring suspension. Leaf spring suspensions are the preferred setup for normal, on-road driving.

Whether you like to drive on or off road, Tipton Ford has the perfect Ford truck for you.

Get Ready for Adventure with the Ford Bronco Return

Ford Bronco Return | Brownsville, TX

Set to debut in 2020, the iconic Ford Bronco is getting ready to rock your world. Since the vehicle hasn’t been officially revealed, not much is known about this upcoming boxy, rugged vehicle. However, there are plenty of rumors involving new features and updates for the Ford Bronco return.

Regarding its powertrain, rumors suggest that the Bronco will share the Ranger’s 2.3-liter, turbocharged inline-four engine that delivers 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, channeled through a 10-speed automatic transmission. Speculation also posits that the Bronco will eventually gain an available manual transmission, a V6 engine, and a hybrid variant.

When it comes to its adventure-ready engineering, the Bronco has even more tricks up its sleeve. Reports indicate that the vehicle will boast removable doors, as well as a removable top. With its open-air design, the Bronco is the perfect vehicle for soaking up the sun, getting in touch with nature, and maybe even enjoying some muddy off-road fun.

So far, it looks like the Bronco is on track for a late-2020 release. It’s set to be built in America, at the Wayne, Michigan Ford Assembly Plant.

When the Bronco arrives, you’ll be able to find it at Tipton Ford. Until then, stop by our dealership to check out all of the other off-road-capable Ford models on our lot.

The Ford Ranger Is for Families

Ford Ranger is for families | Brownsville, TX

Pickup trucks have long been the epitome of hard work. However, more and more families across the country are choosing trucks as their family vehicles. That’s why Ford engineers incorporated innovative features to make the Ranger especially great for families.

One of these features, called Belt Monitor, is designed to let the driver know how many back-seat passengers are bucked. It also gives you a warning if any seats are unbuckled and shows which seat it was. This can be helpful for parents of young children who might not fully understand the importance of keeping their seatbelts buckled.

Ford electrical engineer Paul Kula designed this technology. He said to the Detroit Free Press, “I have been working on this for approximately four to five years. We have had customer feedback with regards to understanding who is buckled up. Children like to play with things, and they realize how to unbuckle their seat belts quite early.”

In addition to the Belt Monitor feature, the Ranger is available with a spacious Crew Cab that makes it easy to fit child car seats into the backseat. For extra family safety, all Ranger models include forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.

The Ford Ranger is for families, and Tipton Ford cares about your family. Bring them to try out the 2019 Ranger here.

Ford Mustang is Still the Best-Selling Sports Coupe in the World

Best-Selling Sports Coupe | Brownsville, TX

At Tipton Ford, April 17th, National Mustang Day, is one of our favorite holidays. This year, National Mustang Day marked the 55th anniversary of the Mustang and the fourth consecutive year that the Mustang has been deemed the best-selling sports coupe in the world.

According to data collected by the IHS Markit, the Mustang sold 113,066 cars in 2018, with sales worldwide from Australia to South America. Last year, the iconic sports car was available for sale in 146 different countries. Over the past four years, since 2015, Ford has sold over 500,000 sixth-generation Mustangs across the globe.

Not only did April 2019 mark the fourth year in a row that the Mustang has been the best-selling sports coupe in the world, it also marked its fourth year as the best-selling sports car in the United States. Ford sold 75,842 Mustangs in the states in 2018

The excellent sales over the past year have increased the market share of the Mustang in its sports car segment by 15.4 percent. This impressive success is in part thanks to the Mustang Bullitt. The iconic edition of the pony car has been a global success, and Ford has sold 25 percent more of this model than expected.

Test-drive the 2019 Ford Mustang at Tipton Ford.

Ford King Ranch® Edition: King of Pickups in the Lone Star State

Ford King Ranch Edition | Tipton Ford Blog | Brownsville, TX

While it might not come as a surprise, Texans buy more pickups than any other state in the U.S. In fact, one in every four vehicles sold in the state is a pickup, according to W.F. Strong for KUT 90.5. And, among Texas trucks, the Ford King Ranch® edition is the top of the line. 

The Ford F-150 King Ranch® edition represents the luxury model of Texas more so than any BMW or Mercedes, adds Strong; 40 percent of King Ranch® models are sold in the state, which indicates that it’s a truly special trim level.

In the 2019 Ford F-150 King Ranch® edition you’ll find an intense Ford V8 engine paired to a 10-speed transmission that delivers 395 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of toque. There’s standard LED lighting, chrome trim, and special badging. Plus, the interior has dual-zone auto climate control, leather trimmed seats, and the available B&O™ Sound System by Bang & Olufsen.

“The flagship truck for Texas appeal is Ford’s King Ranch® edition pickup. Everybody knows that The King Ranch is the most famous ranch in Texas and known throughout the U.S. as an icon of manliness,” writes Strong. “It was a stroke of marketing genius, 15 years ago, when Ford wrapped their truck in the manly ethos of the King Ranch brand. Every leather seat within the truck is emblazoned with the King Ranch Running W cattle brand. Macho sublimity.”

To learn more about the 2019 Ford F-150 King Ranch® edition, visit Tipton Ford.

New Mustang Bullitt Edition Commemorates Famous Car Chase

The 1968 movie Bullitt is best known for its epic 10-minute-long car chase scene in which police detective Frank Bullitt drives his Mustang GT through the streets of San Francisco in pursuit of criminals behind the wheel of a Dodge Charger R/T. Recently, Ford debuted the new Mustang Bullitt Edition for the 2019 model in honor of the car chase scene’s 50th anniversary.

Mustang Bullitt Edition

Heavily inspired by the film model’s original design, the Ford Mustang Bullitt Edition has been stripped of all its badges and the grille. Chrome accents and 19-inch wheels come with the model, and the color palette only includes two colors — black and Highland Green, the shade of Bullitt’s vehicle in the movie.

On the inside, modern technology and comfort mix with styling cues from the past, and the Mustang Bullitt’s 5.0-liter V8 has been returned to deliver 475 horsepower for more performance thrills.

The 50th anniversary came with perfect timing, as the film’s original model— long thought lost and destroyed somewhere in Mexico — was rediscovered and inherited by current owner Sean Kiernan only four years ago.

The new 2019 Mustang Bullitt Edition will be rolling out across dealerships this summer, so stay tuned for more news and a chance to test drive it here at Tipton Ford.