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February 14, 2018

Driving an SUV Brings a Whole New Meaning to Southern Hospitality

They say there's nothing like Southern Hospitality. Whoever coined this phrase probably didn't know this could also be used to describe the ease and comfort of driving an SUV. One that is warm, easy and adaptable. So, it comes as no surprise that cars like the 2018 Ford Escape or 2018 Explorer are one of the best cars to drive in South Louisiana's beautiful, yet unpredictable climate.

Just because you're on the road, doesn't mean that your passengers won't want to see the beautiful southern sky. With the 2018 Ford Escape, there's the Panoramic Vista Roof® that will allow for riders to choose their visibility settings. The natural light can flood into your car for an overall beautiful driving experience. The intelligent 4 WheelDrive comes in handy when the South Louisiana weather turns unpredictable (we all remember the unprecedented snowfall this year!). The Ford Escape monitors traction and road conditions every 16 milliseconds to ensure your smoothest and safest ride. Not to mention the heated steering wheel that will comfort you through any cold winter nights.

If you enjoy driving around the city during the week and escaping to the outdoors on the weekends, the Ford Explorer offers more of a rugged hospitality that you've been seeking. This car is designed to take you on weekend adventures in style. While the exterior looks luxurious, much like a charming southern home, the interior is built for comfort and entertainment. Whether you're taking your hound out to the mountains, or the kids to a weekend on the lake the spacious interior will get you there in style and ease.

While SUV's are often associated with the outdoors and adventure, they are also an incredibly convenient car for everyday life. Have a girl's night on the town? The 2018 Escape is roomy enough for everyone to pile in, and with the SE Sport Appearance package you all can arrive in style. If you and your crew need a playlist to get you to where you're going the Escape has SiriusXM Satellite Radio that will give you over 150 channels of commercial-free music. Never worry about commercials interrupting your night out!

Living in the south is all about keeping guests comfortable, even if it's out of the home. In the 2018 Ford Explorer, your backseat guests will have second-row bucket seating for extra comfort. Additionally, they will have access to two USB charger ports that charge up to twice as fast as regular USB ports. It's important that you keep your passengers safe, and as the hospitable host you are, you will be happy to know about the Explorer's Lane-Keeping System that vibrates if you drift to a lane marker. Just another feature to make sure you and your guests feel safe and comfortable.

You want a vehicle that's not only a kind host, but also a savvy one. With the latest and greatest technologies added on to SUV models you can ensure that you and your guests will be hosted in a car that's not just comforting, but ingenious. The 2018 Explorer comes equipped with a front 180-Degree Camera and Forward Sensing System which means when you pull into that tight parking space in the city, you can have peace-of-mind knowing you have a sidekick that will help you exit when you're ready to leave.

                SUV's are proof that you can have Southern hospitality without compromising style or technology. These vehicles are the best way to maneuver around the city, and then take the family on a weekend trip into nature. SUV's are efficient, reliable and will get you to where you need to be in deluxe comfort and elegance.


February 14, 2018

Experience the New 2018 Ford F150 Truck

 In life, it's pretty much guaranteed that you will have to make compromises. Ice cream shop out of chocolate? You have to go with vanilla. You wanted to watch the game, but she tells you the Housewives of Wherever is on. However, with the 2018 F-150 now lighter than any previous generation, with its most advanced powertrain lineup ever, compromise isn't even in the question.

You don't have time for a truck that can't keep up with demands of your job. The new features of the F-150 will make any job easier and more efficient. Needing a bigger payload? No problem. The new F-150 can now carry up to 3,270 lbs. Whether you're towing your teenager's fender-bender, or a trailer full of tools you can proudly tote up to 13,200 pounds.

Backing-up your truck with a trailer attached is difficult even if you've done it a million times. That's why the F-150 comes with Pro Trailer Backup Assist™ where you can maneuver the exact direction the trailer needs to go. No guesswork necessary.

Have work that needs to be done at night? Never worry about visibility again. Enjoy the F-150 box lighting that lets you see under a tonneau cover. It can't be more effective.

Enough about utility, let's be honest, you want a vehicle that makes the journey from point A to B, stand for Adventurous and Bold. A thrilling ride that makes taking the long road your first choice. Let the 3.5 EcoBoost® engine give you extra power and speed on and off the paved roads. With 375 horsepower and a V-6 engine, this truck will deliver the speed and function you crave when you hit the open road…or just need to make it to poker night.

Now, we're not trying to say that this truck is smarter than your honor student, but it will make your life much easier. The 8" LCD Productivity Screen can provide you with customized information including truck data and fuel economy. You can choose from six different screens, so you can get the information you want to see when you need to see it. The F-150 is a SYNC Connect®-equipped vehicle that, when connected to FordPass™ can track your vehicle location, get truck-specific information, and even start your engine remotely.

You have places to be, you don't have time to second-guess yourself on the road. Put your mind at ease, with the available BLIS* (Blind Spot Information System) which will let you know when a vehicle is detected in your blind spot.

With Auto-Start-Stop technology on all engines and a more responsible plus high-end efficient 10-speed transmission, you never have to compromise power with fuel-efficiency. The new F-150 is made of high-strength, military-grade and aluminum alloy. This is heat-treated and hardened aluminum alloy, this is the exact same high grade used in large military applications. Have pride in your truck knowing it's composed of premium materials for your sturdiest ride ever.

The 2018 F-150 offers top-notch power, smart-features and a smooth ride that will make driving the best part of your day. This model offers functionality and efficiency that makes for all comfort and zero compromise.

 

*Driver-assist features are supplemental and do not replace the driver's attention, judgement and need to control the vehicle.

 



February 5, 2018

Ford's F-150 receives an efficient and newly-developed Power Stroke turbodiesel V6 for 2018 

Spring 2018 marks the first time a diesel engine will be found under the hood of Ford's F-150 full-size truck, with the inclusion of a newly-developed 3.0-liter Power Stroke turbocharged V6 diesel engine.

For decades, the Power Stroke nomenclature has been synonymous with the Super Duty lineup of heavy-duty pickup trucks Ford produces. The new 3.0-liter Power Stroke turbocharged V6 diesel engine found in 2018 F150 models was developed by the same powertrain team as the Super Duty trucks, so it only makes sense for the powerplant to deliver a best-in-class 250 horsepower and 440 lb.-ft. of torque.

Ford boasts the Power Stroke V6 will deliver both efficiency and versatility, with an estimated highway fuel economy rating of 30 miles per gallon, as well as an 11,400-pound towing capacity and a 2,020-lb. payload capacity.

 "For every truck owner who wants strong fuel economy while they tow and haul, we offer a new 3.0-liter Power Stroke V6 engine that dreams are made of," said Dave Filipe, Ford's vice president global powertrain engineering.

Features such as a variable-geometry turbocharger and compacted-graphite iron block material construction are utilized in order to provide improved fuel efficiency, as well as strong and continuous torque delivery throughout the entire rev range. The engine also uses a mechanical engine-driven fan and dual radiator shutters to provide improved performance in high temperature and high-altitude environments. In more moderate conditions, the engine control system uses a viscous coupler to back down the fan's load, and close the two shutters on the radiator for better aerodynamic efficiency, as well as reduced parasitic engine loss.

 "We know that competing diesels with electric cooling fans have to dial back on power under extreme heat and altitude, so we decided on a viscous-controlled mechanical fan that has the capacity to move much more air across the radiator and intercooler in extreme conditions," said David Ives, Ford diesel engine technical specialist.

A 10-speed automatic transmission is standard on all Power Stroke F-150 models, and was developed exclusively for the truck. Shift points and gear ratios are maximized to optimize power, low-rpm torque and efficiency, and the transmission can non-sequentially select the right gear ratio based on the operator's needs. In order to help reduce fuel consumption and vehicle emissions during city driving, auto Start-Stop technology is standard.

The new driveline will be available in various trims and body configurations for both 2-wheel-drive and 4-wheel-drive trucks. Ford will begin taking deliveries for the 2018 F-150 with the Power Stoke V6 diesel engine beginning in January, and deliveries set to begin this spring.

If you are in the market for a well-made, powerful disel truck to drive on a daily basis, you need to check out the New Ford 150 coming out this spring. Go to BOHN FORD to try test drive.

 

By Kevin Barr


February 5, 2018

JD Powers Reviews the New Mustang in 2018

Few cars come with the storied heritage, and even baggage, of the Ford Mustang. In equal parts, the name evokes the youthful freedom and fun of the '60s, as well as the malaise of the '70s and comic pabulum of the misspent '80s. The Ford Mustang, whichever style you choose insures isn't owner is in for a fun, exciting, and powerful driving experience.

Naturally, in the 1990s, Ford attempted to recapture the original Mustang's spirit, honing the approach during the retro design fad of the 2000s to capture the style and passion of Mustangs past. Then, when the sixth-generation 2015 Mustang debuted, Ford got serious about modernizing the car in terms of handling and sophistication.

Continuing the original pony car's transformation, the 2018 Ford Mustang receives a significant facelift, along with powertrain improvements and technological enhancements to present what could be the most appealing Mustang to trot out of Detroit in a very long time.

For this review, we evaluated a 2018 Mustang GT Coupe equipped with Premium trim, automatic transmission, navigation and premium sound systems, Safe & Smart package, MagneRide suspension, active exhaust system, and the GT Performance package. What Owners Say

Before we discuss the results of our evaluation of the Ford Mustang, it's helpful to understand who buys this midsize sporty car and what they like most and least about it.

Mustang buyers are primarily men (78%) and are slightly older than the Midsize Sporty Car segment average (53 years vs. 51 years), and they enjoy a slightly higher median annual household income ($107,839 vs. $107,131). For whatever reason, compared with the segment, the Mustang is more popular with Baby Boomers (those born 1946 to 1964) (45% vs. 42%) and less popular with Gen Y (1977 to 1994) (21% vs. 25%).

Given that the segment contains only the Chevrolet Camaro, Dodge Challenger, and Ford Mustang, it is not surprising at all to learn that Mustang buyer sentiments align closely with all midsize sporty car buyers. They do, however, demonstrate a consistent, if very slight, emphasis on reliability, quality, and lower maintenance costs. Mustang buyers are also less likely to strongly agree that they prefer to drive a vehicle that stands out from the crowd (66% vs. 70%).

Buyers say their favorite things about the Mustang are (in descending order) the exterior styling, engine/transmission, interior design, driving dynamics, and infotainment system (in a tie with visibility and safety). Buyers indicate their least favorite things about the Mustang are (in descending order) the climate system, seats, storage and space, and fuel economy.

The Mustang arouses automotive passion and enthusiasm, and for 2018 Ford has made a slew of changes that enhance everything already good about the car, while improving on most of its shortcomings. Keeping the momentum going is half the battle when it comes to vehicles like sporty coupes, and there's no stopping the 2018 Mustang GT.

Come to BOHN FORD to test drive this amazing machine today. 

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