Top Ford Features

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The features on various Ford models vary depending on whether the vehicle is a pickup truck, SUV, sedan or coupe. Most models have a few trim levels. Generally, the base model features the basic equipment. You can add features or you can move up trim levels for more features depending on which features you want.

For example, you may not want heated seats, but you want a backup camera, so you might opt for a base model with the backup camera add on. The Ford models at Richmond Ford all have convenience, safety, security and entertainment features, but not all models have all of the features listed in this blog post.

Convenience Features

The best convenience features include one-touch up and down windows, a tilt and telescopic, leather-wrapped steering wheel with mounted audio and cruise controls, heated and ventilated seats, heated power door mirrors with turn signal indicators, navigation, larger touch screen displays and plenty of covered storage. Dual zone automatic climate control air conditioning is also available in many models. Some may have separate controls for rear air conditioning.

Entertainment Features

Entertainment features include premium stereo systems, Bluetooth, satellite radio, smart phone connectivity and DVD players. You may also find certain models with one or two LCD screens in additional seat rows.

Safety and Security Features

While all Ford models have several airbags, some have more than others. Usually the higher trim levels feature extra airbags including side curtain airbags. Additional top features include blind spot detection, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, forward collision avoidance, autonomous braking and adaptive headlights.

Exterior Features

Exterior features include intermittent wipers, a rear window wiper and defroster, remote entry and remote start, keyless entry, various size and types of rims, and in the case of the F-150, the new lightweight body.

Stop by Richmond Ford today to test drive your next SUV, coupe, sedan or pickup truck. If you want something with specific features, ask your salesperson to show you models with those features.

Build Your Own Ford

When you visit Richmond Ford, you can choose any of the vehicles on the lot, or you can use’s car builder to build the vehicle you want, then take the print out to our dealership where we will order your custom-built Ford.

Start by picking the type of vehicle you want. In this case, we chose the Ford Super Duty pickup. On the next page, choose Build Your Own. Enter your zip code – 23230 – and click Continue to Style. We chose the F-450. Choose Select a Model on the next page. We chose the Platinum. In our case, it comes with the crew cab and the 8-foot box only, the 6.7-liter Powerstroke engine, one transmission choice and four-wheel drive only. Click Continue to Packages.

For this model, you can select from several packages, including the Camper Package, FX4 Off-Road Package, Heavy Service Front Suspension Package, and a Snow Plow Prep Package. The Power Equipment Group is standard on this model.

Once you choose your packages, you can then choose exterior options including a fifth wheel hitch kit, fifth wheel/gooseneck trailer tow/prep package, bed mat, Cable Lock System by Master Lock, a drop in bedliner, engine block heater, exterior backup alarm, extra heavy duty alternator, gooseneck hitch kit, power moon roof, rollup tonneau cover, splash guards and many more. The exterior options that come standard on this model are already marked off.

Once you’ve chosen your exterior options, continue to interior options. As you work, you’ll notice the price below and how added options change the price. After choosing the interior options, continue to accessories. Once you’re finished, click Continue to Summary where you’ll see the price and the cost of the options you chose.

If you click Get an Internet Price, a price will show up, plus a form to email your local dealership (us!) for a price. You can fill out the form or you can print your options and bring us the print out. Our price may beat the MSRP by quite a bit depending on the specials we are running at the time.

If you don’t want to use the Build Your Own online app, you can always stop by Richmond Ford and have us build your truck or car for you.

The Ford F-150 Tops List

The Ford F-150, of which many models are available at Richmond Ford, was named the leader on the American-Made Index. It beat out the Camry, which is made in the United States with parts that are mostly from the U.S.

The American-Made Index is now 9 years old; it rates vehicles on only two pieces of information: the final assembly point and how many domestic parts are used to build the vehicle. This information is on the window sticker of every vehicle. The label, by congressional mandate, shows the percentage of parts from Canada and the U.S. The label also tells you where the engine and transmission were built.

Ford is already the top-selling truck in the U.S., and being made in America will help it keep that standing. After the Camry, the American-Made Index lists the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and the GMC Acadia.

This year, only 10 cars were eligible for the list, and that is the fewest number of cars in the list’s history. Other vehicles include the Corvette, the Honda Ridgeline and Crosstour, and the Dodge SRT Viper.

In 2014, only 13 models that were assembled in the United States had 75 percent or higher domestic parts. Three of those models were disqualified because they are being discontinued. In 2013, there were 14 cars that qualified; and in 2012, 20 cars qualified, and in 2011, 30 cars qualified.

You can get a Ford F-150 XL with a regular cab for under $18,000 at Richmond Ford. This is perfect for those who need a pickup truck for hauling things or towing a light trailer or toy hauler since you don’t have to spend a ton to get the versatility of a truck.

The 2014 Ford F-150 XL features a 3.7-lite r V-6 engine backed by an electronic six-speed automatic transmission with a tow/haul mode. The truck features ABS brakes, four-wheel disc brakes, steel wheels, all-terrain tires, variable speed intermittent wipers, an engine immobilizer, a tire pressure monitor, tinted glass, aero-composite halogen headlights, a 40/20/40 split bench seat, a tilt steering column, a transmission fluid temperature gauge, cabback insulator, 12-volt DC power outlets, an anti-theft ignition, oil cooler for the transmission, towing harness and trailer sway control.

For more information on the F-150, stop by Richmond Ford for a test drive and a full list of features and options.

Ford Replaces 2.0 Liter EcoBoost Engine

If you are in the market for a new Ford but are planning to buy or lease in early 2015, then you might want to wait for the 2015 Edge, soon to be available at Richmond Ford. The Edge will still have the 2.0 EcoBoost engine, but it will be completely redesigned. The current 2.0-liter EcoBoost had a run of only four years. The only other engine with such a short lifespan was the 3.9-liter V-8 that came in the 2002 through 2005 Thunderbirds.

The Current 2.0-Liter EcoBoost

Eventually, all other vehicles with the current 2.0-liter EcoBoost will get the newly redesigned 2.0-liter engine. This is an unusual move as an engine’s lifespan is generally about 10 years. According to Scott Makowski, Ford’s chief engineer for its inline four-cylinder engines, rapid improvements in technology led to the current 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine’s demise, even though it has the highest production rate of any other Ford EcoBoost engine.

The New 2.0-Liter EcoBoost

The new EcoBoost engine is so drastically changed that it won’t share parts with the current EcoBoost 2.0; and it is expected to “deliver a better combination of fuel economy and power,” according to Makowski.

An EcoBoost engine features turbocharging, direct fuel injection and variable cam timing, however, the current 2.0-liter EcoBoost has been found lacking in the larger vehicles such as the Explorer.

The new engine is expected to have more horsepower than the current, though Ford has not released any numbers yet. It will feature a new block, a Borg-Warner twin scroll turbocharger, a newly redesigned cylinder head, a higher compression ratio and revised fuel injectors. Even with the changes, it will weigh about 10 pounds less than the current 2.0-liter EcoBoost.

The new head now has three exhaust ports that are routed into a manifold. The new manifold takes the exhaust from cylinder 2 and 3, and 1 and 4 then routes the exhaust – separately—into each turbocharger scroll. This method allows the turbo to spool up quicker, thus giving the driver more response when he or she nails the gas.

The new Edge will have the new 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, or customers can choose from a 2.7-liter V-6 EcoBoost engine – this engine is expected to debut in the Fall of 2014 – and a 3.5-liter V-6 without the turbo.

Stop by Richmond Ford to test drive any of the vehicles on the lot if you can’t or don’t want to wait for the 2015 Edge to be released. Even if you plan on waiting, stop by anyway – you just might find something that interests you more than the Edge.

The Secret to Keeping the Ford Mustang a Safe Car

The new 2015 Ford Mustang, expected at Richmond Ford sometime in the Fall of 2014, has a secret hidden in the glove compartment. The secret is safety-related – it’s a new passenger side knee airbag, and the Mustang is Ford’s first model to offer this.

The airbag is integrated into the glove compartment – stuff between the door panels. Since it is smaller and lighter, it deploys quicker than other under-dash airbags. With the addition of this airbag, the Mustang now features eight of the safety devices. The new airbag will also be offered on the 2015 Ford Edge crossover.

The new Mustang fastback also has additional new features including a fully independent suspension, the next-generation SYNC® AppLink™, a push-button start and a choice of three different engines.

The engines include the new 2.3-liter Ecoboost that makes over 305 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque; the upgraded 5.0-liter V-8, which makes more than 420 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque; and the upgraded 3.7-liter V-6, which make over 300 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. All three engines will be backed by an upgraded six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters or the six-speed manual transmission.

Additional new features include individual tire pressure monitors for each wheel, a rearview camera system, high-intensity discharge headlights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an illuminated, locking glove box and intelligent access.

Furthermore, certain models will feature an 8-inch touch screen display, navigation, a blind sport information system, adaptive cruise control, collision warning, track apps for on-track measurements, different drive modes and an electronic line lock and launch control system for consistent acceleration at the track.

Keep an eye on this space for more information on the 2015 Ford Mustang as it becomes available. If you don’t want to wait until the Fall, you can pre-order the new Mustang from Richmond Ford now. Contact us for more details on the trim levels and release date – and to pre-order the 2015 Mustang.

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Benefits of Buying from a Ford Dealer

A Ford dealership such as Richmond Ford offers new and used vehicles – and there are many benefits to buying your next vehicle from such a dealership. Other than the obvious benefit of being able to obtain financing on the spot, a consumer has many other benefits, including buying from a reputable business instead of an individual or small business that could roll up the carpet and disappear.

Choices: When you purchase a vehicle from a Ford dealer, you have many choices. If you want a particular make and model but want an option that isn’t on a vehicle on the lot, the dealership can order the car, truck or SUV customized to your specifications.

Brand Reputation: Not only is a dealership concerned about brand reputation, but so is the manufacturer. This gives the dealership some great incentive to treat its customers with respect – and allows you to rely on the dealership to be there if you have a problem with a vehicle.

Recalls: If Ford issues a recall, you can take the vehicle back to the dealership and it will fix the recall at no cost to you.

Service: When you need maintenance done on your vehicle or it needs to be repaired, dealerships such as Richmond Ford and Richmond Ford West have large service departments and a warehouse full of parts. Because everything is located in one place, the dealership can get your vehicle fixed faster. Furthermore, the technicians are certified by Ford to work on your specific Ford model.

Familiarity: When you buy or lease a vehicle from a Ford dealer, you have established a relationship with it. When you come back in a few years later to upgrade or to turn in your leased vehicle the dealership is familiar with you, which could make the purchase go quicker.

Specials: When you buy from a Ford dealership, you also get specials. Often, a dealership will sell a vehicle with special financing and other discounts that allow you to save some money on your next vehicle purchase.

Stop by Richmond Ford today to test drive your next new vehicle. Be sure to ask your salesperson about any special financing or lease offers on the models you are interested in.

Ford Lightens Up

Ford isn’t just putting their F-150 on a diet – the Fusion is also getting a diet. For will make six of the lightweight cars for testing – two to test for corrosion, two to test for noise and vibration issues, and two for crash testing. It may be a while before you see the lightweight Fusion at Richmond Ford, but when you do, you can expect significant savings in fuel economy.

The F-150 had 700 pounds cut off its weight, and the Fusion can expect about the same. The concept version of the lightweight Fusion was unveiled recently. According to Kumar Galhotra, the vice president of engineering for Ford, creating a lightweight vehicle is “incredibly important” for better fuel economy and reducing carbon dioxide emissions. The new concept is being called the Lightweight Concept – for now. The concept was created in conjunction with Samsung.

Ford will be using carbon fiber (photo) and aluminum in its lightweight vehicles.

To drop the poundage on the Fusion, Ford used carbon fiber and aluminum. Ford is also looking for a way to replace the batteries – which are heavy lead-acid batteries – with something much lighter.

Creating a lighter body means that smaller brakes and engines, and less fuel can also lighten the load. An engine needs a certain amount of horsepower to move each pound on the vehicle. The more powerful engine needs larger and better brakes for more stopping power. And, that power needs something to fuel it. If you take away the weight, you can decrease brakes, which means less weight, and you can carry less gas, which also contributes to the weight loss.

Keep your eye on this space for more information about the lightweight Fusion as it becomes available. You can also stop by Richmond Ford for more information as it becomes available. While you’re here, consider test driving the current Fusion or another model on the lot. You can opt for a lease so you can easily trade the vehicle in if the lightweight Fusion is released within the next couple years.

The Mustang is Truly Out of this World

When you send something up, gravity dictates that it’s going to come down sooner or later. In the case of a 2015 Ford Mustang (soon to be available at Richmond Ford)sooner or later is debatable — a California dealership decided to send a 2015 Mustang up on a weather balloon.

It stayed up for 74 minutes and traveled just about 21 miles into the stratosphere before the balloon popped and gravity took over. Incidentally, Felix Baumgartner broke the supersonic jump record by jumping out of a plane at 18,000 feet in 2012. The Mustang just stole his glory.

After the balloon popped and the Mustang started descending, its parachute opened. It slowed the vehicle’s descent just enough so that the cameras were not destroyed. It still took a crew six hours to find the high-flying Mustang, even though the Mustang wore a GPS transmitter.

When the new Mustang does become available, it is expected to run around $25,000 for the base V-6 trim level, according to Motor Authority. The online magazine expects the Mustang EcoBoost to start at just under $26,000 and the Mustang GT to start at just under $33,000.

This year, Mustang is making 1,964 2015 Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition vehicles. If you haven’t reserved one yet, you need to hurry to Richmond Ford to see if there are any left.

Motor Authority also states that the V-6 is expected to put out over 300 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque; and that the EcoBoost is expected to put out over 305 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. The V-8 is expected to put out over 420 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque.

You’ll have many options and packages to choose from, including navigation, Recaro seats, adaptive cruise control, an enhanced security package and a performance package. You could also add a 50 Years Appearance Package, which includes certain items to celebrate Mustang’s 50th year.

Stop by Richmond Ford today to order a 2015 Mustang; or, if you are impatient, test drive a 2014 model.

Ford Focus Ranks Best-Selling Vehicle

Polk new vehicle registration data from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) showed that the 2013 Ford Focus was the best-selling vehicle in the 2013 calendar year. Data showed that Ford Focus registrations were up 8.1 percent from 2012. If you have been considering a Ford Focus, stop by Richmond Ford to test drive this best-seller today. You’ll find out why over a million buyers love this car.

That news comes right at the time Ford will debut the Focus four-door sedan at the 2014 New York International Auto Show. Ford also debuted the Focus three- and five-door hatchback wagon at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2014. Later this year, Ford expects to debut the performance Focus ST.

The 2014 Ford Focus four-door sedan is now available at Richmond Ford. It features a 2.0-liter engine that puts out 159 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 146 pound-feet of torque at 146 rpm. The engine is backed by a five-speed manual transmission. The sedan gets 26 mpg* in the city and 36 mpg* on the highway; and it has a combined fuel mileage of 30 mpg*.

Safety features include a driver’s knee airbag and several other airbags, ABS and driveline traction control, a low tire pressure warning system, electronic stability control, side impact beams and rear child safety locks.

Convenience features include fade-to-off interior lighting, vanity mirrors for the driver and passenger, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, air filtration, an engine immobilizer, systems monitor, a day/night rearview mirror, front and rear cup holders, concealed storage in the cargo area, front and rear door bins, a storage bin in the instrument panel, an AM/FM radio, CD player, MP3 decoder, input jack and speed-sensitive volume control.

Additionally, the floor console has covered storage and a 12-volt power outlet. The Focus also features remote keyless entry, a panic button, a six-way adjustable driver’s seat and four-way adjustable front passenger seat.

Stop by Richmond Ford today to test drive the 2014 Ford Focus sedan or any of the other versions of the Focus.


Family Friendly Fords

While most of the Ford vehicles are sufficient for families, the 2014 Ford Expedition EL, available at Richmond Ford and Richmond Ford West, is the perfect vehicle if you want the entire family to feel comfortable and to have plenty of room, especially on long trips.

The engine is a 5.4-liter V8 that runs on regular unleaded fuel. It makes 310 horsepower at 5,100 rpm and 365 pound-feet of torque at 3,600 rpm. This model gets 13 mpg* in the city and 18 mpg* on the highway. The engine will run on E85; and will get 9 mpg* in the city and 13 mpg* on the highway when running on ethanol. The engine is backed by an automatic transmission with overdrive. The Expedition EL also features four-wheel drive so you can take it just about anywhere without worrying about getting stuck. The brake system features four-wheel ABS disc brakes.

Convenience features include a perimeter alarm, an illuminated glove box, fade-to-off interior lighting, engine immobilizer, steering wheel-mounted cruise control, a systems monitor, remote keyless entry, illuminated entry, panic button, delayed power accessory, keypad locks, garage door transmitter, auto-dimming rearview mirror and a digital signal processor.

Additional features include an LCD monitor in the front, map lights in the front and rear, four 12-volt DC power outlets and one AC power outlet, separate rear heating and air conditioning, dual zone air conditioning in the front, an automatic equalizer, amplifier, sound system with a CD player and MP3 player and a full floor console with covered storage.

Additional features include leather seats, a leather gear shift knob, heated and ventilated driver and front passenger seats, two memory settings for the driver seat, mirrors and pedals, and leather door trim inserts.

Safety features include ABS and driveline traction control, several airbags, rear child safety locks, a low tire pressure warning system, electronic stability control, a rearview camera, speed limiter, volume limiter, low fuel warning, and front and rear parking sensors.

Stop by Richmond Ford or Richmond Ford West today to test drive the 2014 Expedition EL Limited and to learn more about its safety, security, convenience and entertainment features. Ask your sales person about upgrades and options.You can also choose to test drive any of the family-friendly Ford sedans.