Ford Explorer Sport Generation X’s Favorite SUV

A recent study by MaritzCX surveyed vehicle customers to understand the demographics of people buying different kinds of cars. The study found that Generation Xers in particular are flocking to the Ford Explorer Sport, Ford’s mid-size SUV. The Explorer is the most popular mid-size SUV in American among Gen Xers, and in fact is more popular with them than every other car in the segment combined.

There are a few reasons for the Explorer Sport/Generation X correlation. The study also found that the Ford Explorer Sport is most commonly bought by customers with an average household income of $175,000, while most mid-size SUV buyers have household incomes of around $112,000. This reflects the exclusivity and high quality of the Explorer Sport and may indicate that Gen Xers, the generation born from 1965 to 1978, tend to earn more than other age brackets.

Ford Explorer Sport Generation XThe Explorer Sport only debuted in 2014, but since then it’s pulled an impressive 15% of total nameplate sales. According to the study, only 23% of SUV buyers are Gen Xers, but 40% of those SUV buyers go for the Explorer Sport.

Furthermore, only 17% of non-luxury mid-size SUV buyers classify themselves as “specialty professionals,” but around 25% of Explorer Sport buyers do. Explorer Sport seems to be earning itself a reputation for being a higher quality vehicle than others in the segment.

Staying Awake on Road Trips

Staying awake on road trips is one of the trickiest parts of taking long trips. It’s hard to get enough sleep and eat the right foods, so here are some tips to help you have a safer, more awake trip.

Get a good night’s sleep the night before you leave, and try to drive during hours you would normally be awake. Don’t leave at 4 in the morning if you usually wake up at 8. If your trip will be more than one day, try to stay in a hotel at night so you aren’t driving constantly. If that isn’t an option, pull over and catch a quick nap.

Staying awake on road tripsAvoid taking such a long trip without a companion if you can help it. With someone else in the car, you can switch off and get some sleep while they drive part of the way. Having another person around also helps to keep you awake because it gives you someone to talk to, play games with, and hand you food when you’re getting sleepy.

Get caffeinated, but avoid heavy drinks that are super sugary. You want to be awake, but you don’t want your stomach to be upset on a road trip. That’s just uncomfortable. Bring fresh fruit and nuts and seeds—things that give you an energy boost but are light on your stomach.

Play loud music, listen to audio books, sing—do something that will keep you engaged so that you don’t drift off. Be safe and if you need a good family car to take, check out the Ford lineup here at Webb Ford!

2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty’s Capabilities Raises the Bar

If you though the Ford F-Series Super Duty lineup was impressive, just wait until you see the all-new Super Duty’s capabilities. With a complete redesign, the Super Duty lineup delivers more towing and hauling capabilities than ever before.

With the 2017 F-450, gooseneck towing capacity has been raised to a breathtaking 32,500 pounds. In addition, fifth-wheel towing capacity has been boosted to a best-in-class 27,500 pounds and conventional towing to a class-leading 21,000 pounds. Finally, maximum payload abilities are now rated at 7,630 pounds, another best-in-class statistic.

Not only will the all-new Super Duty deliver class-leading capabilities, but class-leading power as well. The 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 turbo diesel puts out an impressive 440 horsepower and 925 lb-ft of torque. This engine and power figures apply to all Super Duty models, from the F-250 to the F-450.

Finally, the new Super Duty models come with a host of class-exclusive technology features to make towing easier and drivers more confident. These features include BLIS with trailer tow, adaptive cruise control that continues to work even with the heaviest trailers, and Trailer Reverse Guidance to help back up with a trailer attached.

The all-new 2017 Ford Super Duty lineup will be coming to Webb Ford later this fall.

Ford’s Best Used Back to School Cars

Now that August is here, your kids will be heading back to school soon. If you have any kids of driving age going to high school or college, having a car can be a big help with all of their activities. Here are some of the best used back to school cars to fit in any budget.The Ford Fiesta is one of the best used back to school cars

  • Ford Fiesta. This subcompact hatchback is a great choice for students. It combines features of both a sporty car and a sensible city car. It is responsive and delivers excellent fuel efficiency. It also has no shortage of technology and comes with a wide range of features. And, the Fiesta is always affordable, even when brand new.
  • Ford C-MAX. Hybrid cars are a great choice for frequent short trips, which is common for students. Your scholar will be able to save money on fuel and the C-MAX delivers great efficiency with tons of technology.
  • Ford Escape. If you have a college student, moving to and from apartments will be an annual event. A crossover with lots of interior space like the Ford Escape will be a boon for any college lifestyle.

If you’re in the market for an excellent used car for your student, come visit us at Webb Ford.

The Best Way to Use Your Car’s A/C

If you had to pick your absolute favorite feature in your car, one that you would hate driving without, what would it be? If you said your air conditioning, we are right there with you. Just like anything there is a right way and wrong way to use your A/C, so here are a few tips on the best way to use your car’s A/C.What are the best way to use your car’s A/C

  • Park in the shade. To help keep your car from reaching triple digit temperatures, try finding a shady spot to park. Your car will definitely still be hot, but it might just take off a bit of the burn.
  • Open the windows. Don’t immediately turn on your A/C. Open all the windows and drive around for a minute or two to let the hot air out.
  • Start low and slow. Turning your air conditioning to full blast right away could just overwork the system. Instead, gradually decrease the temperature setting and increase the fan speed until you find the perfect combination.
  • Use the recirculation mode. Once you start feeling cold air, press the recirculation button. This makes the system use the already cool air from the car instead of pulling in hot air from outside.
  • Turn off the air before you stop. Finally, before you stop your car, turn off the air conditioning, but keep the fan blowing for a minute or two before you reach your destination. This will help clear out any condensation from the evaporator and keep the system fresh.

Use these tips to keep you comfortable and your air conditioning in prime working order. If you need an A/C check, come visit us at Webb Ford.

Ford and Escape the Room Team Up for an Unforgettable Experience

One of the most popular trends among millennials is a real-life, interactive gaming experience called Escape the Room. In this game, participants are usually trapped in a room and must use the available clues to solve a puzzle and find their way out.

Ford and Escape the Room teamed up to create a one-of-a-kind experience for gamers in New York City. The Escape NYC: An Escape the Room Driving Experience was held June 23rd through the 26th. Using the aptly named 2017 Ford Escape, players had to work their way through multiple rooms at Moynihan Station—one of New York’s most iconic buildings.

Ford Smart Mobility“Ford asked if I’d be up for integrating the new Escape into an Escape the Room game, and the end result is unlike anything I’ve created before,” says Victor Blake, creator of the Escape the Room phenomenon, in a statement. “The SUV is packed with tons of advanced technology, and it was an entertaining exercise to integrate things like ultrasonic parking sensors into the puzzles and clues that are iconic to the game.”

Players were able to use many of the Escape’s features during the game, including digital music streaming from iHeartRadio, enhanced active park assist, seven-color ambient lighting, adaptive cruise control, and more.

The game had early online pre-registration and sold out more than 1,000 spots in less than 24 hours.

This sounds like it would have been a blast to participate in. Would you ever join an Escape the Room challenge?

Signature Summer Desserts to Bake

The obvious go-to dessert for the summer is ice cream! You can have in a bowl, a cone, or even a sandwich. However, if you want to mix things up, consider skipping the ice cream after your next meal and going for one of these signature summer desserts to bake!

Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberries taste their best during the months of summer, so why not incorporate them into a delicious and sweet dessert? Strawberry shortcake is a simple dessert that is very satisfying!

Key Lime Pie is on of the Signature Summer DessertsKey Lime Pie

If you prefer pie over cake, one of the best pies you can whip up during the summer is Key Lime Pie. A classic dessert, Key Lime Pie allows you to indulge in some unusual, yet delightful flavors!

Lemon Bars

Lemon Bars are some of the simplest desserts to make. They are also very delicious alongside a nice cold glass of lemonade!

Peach Cobbler

Georgia is famous for its peaches. That is why peach cobbler is one of our favorite desserts to make, no matter what time of the year it is!

Do you have a favorite summer dessert that we missed? Tell us in the comments what is your very favorite and send us a link so we can try making it for ourselves!

A Few Strategies For Eliminating Stress

Let’s face it. Driving can be extremely stressful sometimes. Aggressive drivers, traffic jams, and inclement weather—it can all spell tension on the road. This is why it’s important to develop some strategies for eliminating driving stress.

Basic Relaxation Techniques

Driving stress can turn into real anxiety. If you are prone to this affliction, learn to spot symptoms as soon as they appear. At that point, adjust your posture so that you are comfortable and can breathe freely (anxiety can cause postural issues). Then practice basic breathing exercises that work for you, like the ones described here.

Take The Road Less Traveled

If traffic is the issue, you could try avoiding it altogether! Waze is a fantastic resource for traffic management. Or you could try a different route. Even if it adds five or ten minutes to your commute, it may be worth a shot.

Make It Fun

Why not practice what neuro-linguistic programmers call reframing? Instead of seeing driving as a means to get from here to there, see it a time when you can really enjoy yourself. Use your commute to discover new music, listen to a funny podcast or a great audiobook!

strategies for eliminating stressBy pre-planning for a those stressful times, you can more easily deploy your preferred strategies for eliminating stress! We at Webb Ford know that driving can sometimes be stressful, but hopefully with these tips you can make it more enjoyable.

How to Choose the Right Tires for Your Car

Deciding on a new set of tires can be a daunting task, especially when you have a limited budget. Tires are one of the most important parts of your vehicle and are essential to buy in good quality—they’re your only point of contact with the road, and bad tires can seriously reduce your vehicle’s performance.

Choose the Right Tires for Your CarBefore you can decide what kind of tires you need, you have to determine how many you need to replace and how many you can afford to replace. If you’re just replacing one because of damage or irregular wear, you have to get a tire that has the same specs as your other tires, including brand.

If you’re replacing two tires because of uneven wear, move the tires that are still good to the front and put new tires of the same or better quality on the rear wheels. It’s when you’re replacing all four tires that you get to make some real decisions.

You’ll probably want to replace your tires with tires of similar size, so check the sidewall of the tire or your owner’s manual for the tire’s dimensions. However, changing the size of the tires can have a positive effect on performance; small cars can benefit from using smaller tires, which can improve handling. You can also upsize, which is especially popular among SUV and truck drivers.

When selecting a larger tire, make sure the tire has at least the load carrying capacity of your original tires, the rim width range is right for the tire, and there’s no rubbing of the tires against the wheels or suspension.

Finally, you may want all-season, summer, or winter tires, depending on your current or usual driving conditions. Whichever you choose, pick the highest quality tires you can afford.

If you have any further or specific questions about the tires that you need for your Ford vehicle – don’t hesitate to call us here at the Webb Ford Service Department!

2016 Ford Edge at Webb Ford and other Models

If you’re in the Northwest Indiana or Chicago areas, Webb Ford is the perfect place to buy a brand new Ford, especially the new Ford Edge. Buying or leasing the 2016 Ford Edge at Webb Ford is a hassle-free experience that includes fantastic customer service, great rebates, and amazing repair and maintenance service from our specially trained technicians.

2016 Ford Edge at Webb Ford in Highland IndianaThe 2016 Ford Edge is a boldly-designed SUV with the technology and power to match. With the available EcoBoost V6 engine, you can do big jobs and use a lot less energy, and optional features like the class-exclusive Adaptive Steering and the Blind Spot Information System make the new Edge safer than ever. You can also get one of the two Ford SYNC systems, which let you stay connected and access entertainment apps without taking your hands off the wheel or your eyes off the road.

The spacious, stylish, and practical 2016 Edge isn’t the only SUV available at Webb Ford, though—we have the 2016 Explorer for a slightly heftier option, and if you want the absolute latest in sport technology, check out our limited stock of the 2017 Ford Escape!