ROAD TEST: 2019 Ford EcoSport SES

By Shari Prymak

With crossovers gaining popularity over traditional cars, Ford’s SUV and truck-only strategy seems to be proof of the brand’s eagerness to cash in on the latest market trends. Serving as the entry-point of the Ford lineup in place of the Focus and Fiesta is the EcoSport. Though largely unfamiliar to North Americans, the India-built subcompact crossover has been available overseas for many years where it was originally designed for emerging markets. Although it fills its intended role well enough, it doesn’t take long to realize that the EcoSport is more of a rushed effort to fill a niche rather than a full-baked contender.

Thanks to its Fiesta-based underpinnings, the EcoSport is the smallest crossover on the market by a good margin. The combination of a super-short wheelbase, narrow body, and a tall SUV profile inevitably result in oddball proportions. As a result of being nearly as tall as it is long, it looks a bit like a jacked-up, rolling jellybean. Taking the looks from odd to just plain comical, my tester came with an optional Black Appearance Package which adds a matte black hood decal as if this were some kind of flashy, tire-shredding, muscle car. I suppose that’s Ford’s way of convincing us that the EcoSport actually has some form of sport going on. From a functional standpoint, the most questionable design detail is arguably the side-swinging rear door which makes loading cargo a pain from one side while simultaneously leaving you wet in the rain.

Things get a bit better on the inside with an instrument panel that includes Ford’s excellent Sync3 infotainment system. The interface for the 8 inch touchscreen is clear, well-designed, and gets Apple Carplay, Android Auto, and even Waze for navigation duties. The rest of the controls are equally straightforward and easy to use, and the driver’s seat is positioned high up for a nice commanding view of the road. The use of materials and finishes are generally acceptable with a few obvious signs of cheapness here and there, but that’s far from the biggest issue. The unfortunate consequence of the EcoSport’s mini-ute proportions is serious lack of passenger and cargo space. The rear seats are especially cramped and the cargo area is smaller than that of many hatchbacks. Those looking for actual utility in the EcoSport’s sport utility vehicle designation will likely come away disappointed.

The EcoSport comes with a choice of two drivetrains. Front-wheel drive models get a turbocharged 1.0L 3-cylinder engine, producing 123 horsepower and 125 lb-ft of torque, matched to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Moving up to all-wheel drive upgrades the engine to a 2.0L 4-cylinder producing a healthier 166 horsepower and 149 lb-ft of torque. The EcoSport can certainly use every pony it can get, because, even with this upper-trim powertrain, the performance is anything but sporty. Acceleration feels sluggish especially at highway speeds where there is barely enough power to manage a simple passing maneuver. Modest power levels would be acceptable in a small vehicle such as this if, on the flip side, it were highly fuel efficient. Unfortunately, the best I could squeeze out of it was 10.5L/100km around town and about 8.5L/100km on the highway, which is worse than many larger, peppier rivals.

Although it is ironically in short supply of both eco and sport, the EcoSport is still quite a pleasant city runabout. Its tiny dimensions make it a total breeze to maneuver and park around tight city streets more so than just about any other crossover on the market. Its short wheelbase also helps give it a tight turning circle and a rather nimble feel through corners. The downside to this is a somewhat bouncy ride over broken pavement, though it is still acceptably smooth otherwise. The bigger issue with its unique dimensions, however, is susceptibility to crosswinds while travelling at freeway speeds, which can give it a tippy feel on a windy day.

The EcoSport’s MSRP ranges from $21,849 in base S trim up to $30,349 for the top-spec Titanium trim before extras. Those who want the all-wheel drive 2.0L engine combo will have to splurge for the SES trim, which goes for $28,849. Features on the SES include blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, a sunroof, navigation, 4G LTE Wifi Hotpot, and a cloth-vinyl combination seat material called “ActiveX.” Even so, it is still pricier than comparably-equipped key rivals such as the Hyundai Kona and Nissan Kicks. Moreover, active safety features such as automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control are not even available as options, which is just unacceptable for a new vehicle in this day and age.

It may sound like I’m having a serious downer on this car, which may not be entirely fair. To its credit, the EcoSport offers many desirable features and may be an attractive option for those who want an all-wheel drive crossover in the smallest, most city-friendly package available. For just about anyone else, however, it’s easily outmatched by rivals like the Nissan Kicks, Hyundai Kona, Subaru Crosstrek, and Honda HR-V. All offer more practicality, performance, safety features, better fuel economy, more agreeable styling, and some even manage to do so at a much lower price point. If the EcoSport represents Ford’s attempt at going all-in on trucks and SUVs, they better take a second look at that hand, because this is a measly two-pair at best.

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PAINT IT BLACK: FORD INTRODUCES BLACK APPEARANCE PACKAGE ON ALL-NEW RANGER

  • Ranger buyers now have another choice to customize their truck with the new Black Appearance Package; more than two-thirds of all-new 2019 Ford Ranger pickups flying out of showrooms are optioned with an appearance package
  • Ranger Black Appearance Package features an aggressive look with a black grille, running boards, accented wheels and more, making body colors like Hot Pepper Red and Lightning Blue pop
  • Ranger fans can order the Black Appearance Package for their trucks now, with deliveries starting in early summer

DEARBORN, Mich., March 25, 2019 – With the all-new Ford Ranger off to a strong start since the first trucks went on sale in January, Ford is already introducing a new Black Appearance Package, helping buyers further customize their Ranger to match their unique personal style.

More than two-thirds of all-new Ranger pickups are leaving showrooms optioned with either the Sport Appearance Package that adds unique wheels and Magnetic Gray-painted accents, or the Chrome Appearance Package with bright chrome wheels and chrome body accents.

The new Black Appearance Package gives Ranger customers a bold and stylish new option.

“Like the rest of their gear, Ranger customers are choosing the option that best fits their adventures,” said Todd Eckert, Ford truck group marketing manager. “Having the right gear matters and so does the right look. The Black Appearance Package adds aggressive style to the adventures our customers embark on.”

Available with any Ranger body color, the Black Appearance Package’s aggressive look will help the truck stand out on the beach or in the backcountry. Its standard features include:

  • Black-painted grille
  • Body-color bumpers
  • High-gloss black-painted 18-inch aluminum wheels with black center caps
  • Black running boards
  • Black spray-in bed liner
  • Black fender vent surround
  • Black mirrors
  • Black sill plate
  • Black bash plate on FX4 Off-Road Package
  • Black lower valance

The Ranger Black Appearance Package is available as an option for $1,995 (excludes taxes) and can be ordered at dealers now, with deliveries targeted to begin in early summer.

Built Ford Tough and ready for adventure

In addition to individual style, the all-new Ford Ranger answers the call from truck customers looking for an affordable, rugged and maneuverable midsize pickup that’s Built Ford Tough. Torture-tested alongside Ford F-150 trucks, Ranger quality starts with a high-strength steel frame backbone, proven Ford-built 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine and class-exclusive 10-speed automatic transmission.

Inside, Ranger blends comfort and functionality with room for up to five people, their gear and accessories. The center stack includes an 8-inch touch screen for the available SYNC® 3 system, while the instrument cluster features productivity screens for real-time vehicle and audio information plus available navigation.

Ranger incorporates advanced passenger convenience and connectivity features, plus smart driver-assist technologies including standard automatic emergency braking. Ford Co-Pilot360 technologies like Lane-Keeping System and class-exclusive Blind Spot Information System with trailer coverage are standard on XLT and Lariat trim levels. Additional driver-assist technologies including adaptive cruise control and forward and reverse sensing systems are available on both XLT and Lariat.

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company is a global company based in Dearborn, Michigan. The company designs, manufactures, markets and services a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs, electrified vehicles and Lincoln luxury vehicles, provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company and is pursuing leadership positions in electrification, autonomous vehicles and mobility solutions. Ford employs approximately 199,000 people worldwide. For more information regarding Ford, its products and Ford Motor Credit Company, please visit www.corporate.ford.com.

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Ford equips 2020 Explorer with 3 sound-reducing features for quietest ride yet

Published Friday, February 8, 2019 2:38AM EST 

Ford’s new 2020 Explorer will feature the quietest cabin in the brand’s portfolio thanks to a dual-wall dashboard, acoustic glass, and Active Noise Control technology.

The newest version of Ford’s classic Explorer is powered by a 400 hp engine capable of towing 5,000 lbs. An engine that powerful is sure to roar pretty loudly; however, thanks to three layers of sound-reducing features and technology, the brand claims this cabin is the “quietest interior ever.”

Installing a dual-wall dashboard between the engine compartment and passenger cabin is just one of three methods Ford used to keep the “vroom out of the room.” Two walls of sheet-metal with an air gap in between work to keep vibration noises out, mimicking a semi-anechoic chamber. Basically, this is similar to the insulation technique used to keep drinks hot or cold in a thermos.

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To keep the wind and road noise from entering the cabin, the glass used for the windshield and front side was doubled up and buffered with a sheet of clear plastic in between.

Lastly, Ford integrated Active Noise Control technology — only into the Explorer Limited Hybrid, though — to neutralize low and mid-frequency noise. This is a method of placing microphones throughout the cabin to pick up noises and cancel them out by “producing opposing sound waves that come through the audio system speakers.”

While the dual-wall dashboard and acoustic glass windows work together to keep noise from entering the cabin, the Active Noise Control system combats those leftover sounds that manage to get inside.

Though Ford is certainly not the first to use these noise-reducing features — Mercedes and Lexus have several models sporting acoustic glass and Active Noise Control tech, while Bose developed an in-car Active Noise Control system that can be integrated into any vehicle during development — its cabin is likely one of the most quiet out there considering that it features all three at once.

The 2020 Ford Explorer will arrive to dealerships this summer with a starting price just short of $33,000.

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Bell and Ford partner in new Connected Car initiative

Built-in Wi-Fi hotspots in Ford and Lincoln vehicles powered by Canada’s best national mobile network

MONTRÉAL, Oct. 18, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ – Bell today announced it is the first Canadian wireless service provider to enable built-in Wi-Fi hotspots in supported Ford and Lincoln vehicles with Bell’s Connected Car – Built In service. Available vehicle diagnostics services will also be supported on Bell’s national LTE network.

“Drivers and their passengers can now connect to Wi-Fi just as conveniently in their Ford and Lincoln vehicles as they do in their homes,” said Nauby Jacob, Vice President of Products and Services at Bell Mobility. “As a Canadian leader in Internet of Things innovation, Bell is proud to partner with Ford to bring car owners across the country an even better in-vehicle experience.”

Ideal for mobile workers, commuters and long family trips, Connected Car enables passengers to browse, stream and share on Bell’s broadband LTE wireless network when they’re on the road or nearby the vehicle when it’s parked. The Wi-Fi hotspot features a dedicated external antenna, supports up to 10 devices at a time, and is powered by the vehicle’s electrical system rather than the device battery.

As advancements in technology continue to connect people and enhance their lives, Ford is committed to taking the lead. In-vehicle Wi-Fi allows customers to stay connected with their friends, family and the world around them. From streaming music and driver assist technologies, to navigation and everything in between, connectivity is the key.

“Having reliable Wi-Fi on the go is no longer just ‘nice to have’ – it’s become a ‘must-have,’ and Ford recognizes that,” said Marc Vejgman, Connected Vehicle Marketing Manager for Ford of Canada. “Connecting our vehicles is part of building smart vehicles for a smart world, and we look forward to working with Bell to offer Ford customers another way to stay connected across Canada.”

Ford customers can take advantage of a complimentary wireless data trial that expires at the end of 3 months, or after 3 GB of data is used, whichever comes first. After their trial is complete, customers can stay connected by signing up for a data plan. Bell customers can share data from their Bell Share plan with Connected Car for $10 a month, with 1 GB in bonus data per month for 24 months. Bell Connected Car – Built In will be available for supported Ford and Lincoln vehicles beginning November 6, 2018.

Connected Car is the next evolution in the smart vehicle experience and part of Bell’s IoT leadership to enable the connected vehicles, homes, businesses and smart cities of the future.Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Sept 1, 2018 – Limestone City Car Classic!

Kingston’s biggest annual car show is getting bigger!   It’s time for the 6th annual Limestone City Car Classic!   We saw HUNDREDs of vehicles of all drives of vehicular life make the show from a very wide area!  These are not just our normal local vehicles you see at the Friday night cars & coffee either!

Join us at Lake Ontario Park on Sept 1 from 8am to 4pm and enjoy a nice day at a water front park with beautiful cars!  It’s $10 to register, free to spectate, and bring a few bucks for the various vendors, draws, and confection!

Check out Limestone City Car Classic website for more information:  www.limestonecitycarclub.com  

 

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Ford Expedition: Commanding the Road

At Petrie Ford, we understand you need the latest and greatest to keep you going. The completely redesigned 2018 Ford Expedition has exactly what you’re looking for. Here are some of the features that have us excited about this year’s model.

 

Under the Hood

 

Zero to 60 in 5.9 seconds sounds more like a sports car than an SUV, but that’s not the case for the Expedition. With a 3.5 liter V6 engine, you’re getting 375 horsepower in the basic trim, and a whopping 400 hp in Ford’s Platinum model. Towing is a breeze when you apply 480 pound-feet of torque, making any Bayliner feel like a Bass Boat. And with a combined fuel economy of 18 mpg thanks to Ecoboost technology, you’ll be spending more time tearing up the road than filling up the tank.

Take a Seat

 

Whether you’re treating your family to a day at the beach or loading up on construction supplies, the Expedition has you covered. The interior has enough leather-wrapped seating for eight adults with plenty of cargo capacity left over. Drop the seats down and you’ve got a cavernous space fit for lugging sheets of plywood and drywall, perfect for that big kitchen remodel. If you need even more room, the MAX trim offers you an extra 12 inches of extended wheelbase.

 

Teeming With Tech

 

The 2018 Ford Expedition comes fully loaded with the fun tech you want and the safety features you need. From wireless charging to wifi-hotspot capability, the interior can double as a mobile office, and four 12-volt power outlets and six USB ports guarantees all of your devices are charged and ready to go. With ABS standard on all models, enhanced parking assistance, lane-keeping alert, and pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, this behemoth handles like a vehicle half its size. But don’t worry, the added tow package and backup sensors ensures everyone on the road knows you can haul with the best.

 

You want a vehicle that covers all of the bases and can handle anything you throw at it. Let Petrie Ford help you take command of the road new Ford Expedition this season.Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Buy an Ecosport From Us and You Won’t Regret it

Our dealership offers a wide array of quality vehicles both pre-owned and new, and our customer service is unmatched in Canada. When buying a new car, it is customary to peruse the lot, be greeted by a sales associate, and go through all the necessary pleasantries and questions to make your decision. I assure you that at our dealership this process is streamlined and made as comfortable as possible for the prospective car buyer. At Petrie Ford we cater to your every need and our selection is unmatched.

One popular car on our lot is the 2018 Ford Ecosport. This small SUV, made by the Ford automobile company, is perfect for the busy professional that enjoys a weekend getaway to the mountains or a bustling family that needs cargo space and fuel economy to ferry the young ones to hockey practice and dance lessons. Ford has pulled out all the stops with its latest rendition of the Ecosport. It comes with a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot that allows you to take internet wherever you go and to stay connected to work and friends while on the road. All the other amenities you have come to expect from a new Ford are also included, which are sure to make this SUV a choice you won’t soon regret.

 

Financing is available at our dealership, so worry not about bad credit or lack of credit, our trained financial professionals are here to guide you through the gauntlet of loan approval and make sure that you drive away in that perfect car you’ve had your eye on. We have creative financing options for even the trickiest of clients and the roughest of financial pasts.

 

When shopping for a new car be sure to stop by our lot. We offer the best service in Canada and if we don’t have the car you want in our lot we’ll go out and find it for you.Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

What the Latest Ford Mustang Has To Offer

Personalization is the name of the game. A beacon of individuality, the 2018 Ford Mustang is designed with the unique needs of drivers in mind. From the customizable colors of the instrument panel to different drive modes, you can tame your Mustang to fit your own personal style and needs.

Get Technical

 

The instrument panel in the new Mustang is the first all-digital display ever offered on this particular make. On both GT Premium and EcoBoost® Premium, you can set your layout the way you like it and even customize the colors to suit your particular mood. It also allows you to set your preferred drive modes, such as steering preference, for optimum efficiency. The 2018 Mustang adjusts to you rather than you having to adjust to it.

 

Get Beautiful

 

This make and model’s style accentuates the signature haunch of the classic Mustang muscle car by lowering the front hood. A spacious interior does not thwart the generous storage space of the trunk. All Mustangs now come standard with LED front lighting.

 

Get Powerful

 

The power of the Mustang is typically its greatest selling point. The rumors are all true. When you test drive the new model, you can experience the same performance that you expect from a Mustang. Ford has improved on its already legendary horsepower and torque as well as its shift speed. The new and improved dual exhaust system lets you control the volume of the Mustang’s famous growl. Tone it down or rev it up as you round a curve and unleash it on a straight run.

 

The helpful staff at Petrie Ford would love to see you drive away in your 2018 Mustang. Enjoy the new technology and new comforts while still reveling in its classic feel. We are confident that once you experience it, you won’t be able to resist it. Come in for a test drive or contact us for more information.Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

What You Should Know About The 2018 Ford Fusion

As far as mid-size sedans go, the 2018 Ford Fusion continues to be a strong competitor. With a comfortable interior and user-friendly technology, we recommend you consider the Fusion if you’re in the market for a new car. Here’s what we at Petrie Ford think you should know about this car.

 

Comfort

 

Even with minor issues, the Fusion gains high ratings in the comfort category. The base model comes with comfortable cloth seats with the option to upgrade to leather seats. You can expect a smooth and balanced ride for the most part even with minor road bumps.

 

How It Drives

 

The Fusion receives an average grade in the driving category. While its acceleration falls below standards for its class, it brakes and handles extremely well. It’s easy to maneuver in city driving and overall provides an enjoyable drive.

 

Interior

 

The Fusion’s interior receives above-average grades. Most people will find it plenty comfortable and spacious. The panel controls are simple to use as they are nicely grouped together. The transmission shifter does take some getting used to due to its rotary design.

 

Utility

 

The 2018 Fusion comes with plenty of space. It boasts a large trunk that makes it great for everyday use and weekend trips. Its trunk space is larger than other competitors in its class such as the Honda Accord, Chevy Malibu, Toyota Camry, and Mazda 6. On the inside, it provides several areas for storing small items including under the front and rear center armrest.

 

Technology

 

The Fusion has been one of the more tech-friendly sedans on the market and that continues with the 2018 version. With its Sync 3 infotainment system along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, you will have plenty of options for integrating your device. With Fusion’s voice control technology, you can use natural language to complete commands such as managing navigation, playing music, and placing calls.

 

Overall, the 2018 Ford Fusion is the perfect car for anyone looking for a midsize sedan that provides a comfortable ride and has plenty of cargo room. Feel free to give us a call should you have any additional questions.

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A Sporty Crossover for the Whole Family

The Ford family of vehicles has typically delivered power, security, and driving excitement; the vehicles in this model year are likely no exception. We are proud to offer the 2018 Ford Edge and other top-quality vehicles from Petrie Ford. Visit our dealership for a wide selection of cars, trucks, SUVs, and crossovers. 

 

Powerful Performance 

 

The new Ford Edge has been designed for powerful road performance. With features such as Adaptive Cruise Control, Enhanced Active Park Assist, and the available Lane-Keeping System, this vehicle is generally filled with the technology required to keep you safe on the road. Power is delivered from the turbocharged 2.0 L EcoBoost engine with direct injection. This engine can give you an estimated 20 city/27 highway/23 combined MPG when all-wheel drive is engaged. 

 

Dependable Security 

 

Surround yourself and your family with the security offered by the new Ford Edge. Generally, this crossover has been built with safety in mind. It includes often important features, including an intelligent all-wheel drive system. This system can integrate sensors that monitor the torque of rear and front wheels, balancing forces to improve handling and traction. This special feature may be available on all Edge vehicles and come standard on the Edge Sport. 

 

Innovative Technology 

 

Advanced technology is often a feature of Ford vehicles, including the new Ford Edge. With available driver-assist features, the Edge can be safer and more dependable than ever. The Ford Smart and Safe Package includes the Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, and a front 180-degree camera. Enjoy the convenience of features such as auto-dimming driver’s side view mirror and rain-sensing wipers on the windshield.  

 

Driving Enjoyment 

 

The Ford Edge typically offers something for everyone. It can make a great family or commuter vehicle, with plenty of cargo room for hauling all your gear. Stop in to Petrie Ford today to test drive this or any other fine Ford vehicle.  Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail