The Peppy New Ford Escape is a Dream to Drive

The Ford Escape is one of the top selling compact crossovers. This vehicle has tons to offer. It is powered by a1.5L four cylinder Eco boost that boasts 179 horsepower and 177 foot pounds of torque. Its athletic driving dynamics, agile handling and front wheel drive make the 2018 FORD Escape SE make it the perfect vehicle for any adventure.

The Ford Escape is a sharp looking SUV with 17-inch silver aluminum wheels. It comes with a keyless entry keypad that lights up when touched. You can choose a select shift option that comes with paddle shifters behind the steering wheel. It comes with the option for four-wheel drive. In addition to being a good-looking vehicle, the Escape is fun to drive and comes with plenty of room for passengers and cargo. The hatchback is easy to open and reveals a surprising amount of cargo space.


The Escape is known to be one of the most engaging compact SUVs on the road with quick steering and a tight suspension. The transmission operates smoothly and feels lively around turns. If you decide to go turbo-charged, you will find yourself accelerating to highway speeds and passing slow moving traffic a breeze. With the nice acceleration Ford backed the Escape up with solid and consistent braking performance.


This little SUV trades little in the way of ride quality in return for its exceptional handling. The interior is sharp and designed for easy use. The height of the vehicle is just right for entering and exiting with no need to bend down to get in. But don’t take our word for it. Head Petrie Ford for a test drive today. It is a perfectly well-rounded vehicle. It averages about 32 miles per gallon overall and gets about 23 miles per gallon in the city. The Escape is a quality vehicle that anyone should like.


F-150 Improvements for 2018

The F-150 was one of the most popular trucks of 2016. Consumers chose it for its affordability, functionality and quality. As 2017 rolls around many are asking what is different about the 2018 model and whether the improvements warrant a purchase. We’re going to be focusing on the features of the 2018 Ford F-150 XLT as it was the most popular last year, and mention some improvements on the F-150 overall.

One of the most striking additions is the option to create a wifi hotspot in your F-150. This is a brand new feature for the F-150 and is a great option for anyone who wants to stay connected on the go. Another noticeable difference is the exterior. The 2018 F-150 can have up to fifteen different front ends, allowing for a much greater level of customization and preference when buying. There are also four additional color choices that customers can choose from as well as a variety of wheels. Under the hood, there are still similar offerings with EcoBoost and V8 options. However there is a new 3.3 Liter V6 engine that offers 265 pounds of torque and 290 horsepower with an automatic six speed transmission in the XLT. It also has three driving modes, providing versatility and functionality for everyday tasks.


Whether or not the 2018 improvements on the F-150 XLT are enough to warrant a purchase over the 2017 will ultimately depend on your needs. If you value connectivity and want a wifi hot spot as well as the ability to sync to your truck, than the 2018 can satisfy that. The 2018 F-150s also offer a greater amount of customization, and the 3.3 Liter will satisfy a large amount of customers. Feel free to visit us at Petrie Ford and take a test drive or ask questions so we can help you choose the vehicle that’s right for you.


Limestone City Car Classic – HUGE CAR SHOW – Sept 2nd

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It’s that time again Kingston! Petrie Ford is proud to be the lead sponsor for the 5th Annual 2017 Limestone City Car Classic – on Saturday, September 2nd, 2017. From 8am to 4pm.

The event has grown by leaps and bounds over the last 5 years, and this year will be no exception! Petrie Ford will be there front and centre with a few Mustangs, sport edition sedans and a classic – all original – 64′ Stang, too!

We’d like to thank the show owners and organizers for facilitating a very well organized, fun, and well thought out show at Kingston’s best venue for a car show – Lake Ontario Park! Directly on Lake Ontario, there’s lots for kids to do (with a huge playground and splash pad), and a lot more!

Food vendors, prizes, and a great time will be had by all! See you out there!

Here’s a map of its location – Pop this into your GPS!
920 King Street West
Kingston, Ontario

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Don’t Just Drive, Stand Out, With the 2017 Ford Mustang

Powerful, beautiful and superior in every way, the Ford Mustang has always been a vehicle that screams, “Look at me.” And look at it every does. With sleek lines that give the impression of strength and authority all at once, there is nothing soft about the 2017 Ford Mustang. For this reason, it requires a driver that is just as bold, daring and wild as the car itself.

Built for Adventure


With 526 horsepower and 429 lb.-ft. of torque, this mustang is designed to be kicked into high gear and hit the open road. There is no taming such raw beauty and power, something Ford knew when they build this vehicle to include pulse racing torque and a lion-like roar. If you’re ready to experience pure exhilaration, just slide behind the seat to this mustang, grip the wheel and put her in drive.


Designed for Precision


The 2017 Ford Mustang drives unlike any other vehicle on the road. With an integral link independent rear suspension, the car experiences little to no road imperfections, providing for a smooth ride and precise handling. Accelerating and braking in this bad boy is better than that of any other generation of Mustang thanks to the vehicle’s additional anti-squat and anti-lift. While Mustangs have always been designed for precision handling, this generation is by far the superior.


Classic Design


Ford hasn’t deterred much from the original design of the 1964 Mustang, but it doesn’t need to. Ford revealed the sleek, sporty aerodynamic look at the 1964 World Fair, and people fell in love. Today, the car manufacturer continues to use standard HID headlamps, the signature LED tri-bar taillamps and dual exhaust pipes. The lines of the car still remain tough and rigid, and the handling, like always, is beyond superior.


Ford Mustangs aren’t for everyone, but they are for the wild at heart. If you fell in love with the Mustang’s sleek lines and loud roar, head on over to Petrie Ford to shop our 2017 Ford Mustang collection.


The Explorer: The right Name for This Ford Truck

Whether you’re a weekend worker or a weekend warrior, you are bound to fall in love with the 2016 Ford Explorer. For this model year, this delightful truck received some handy upgrades that its predecessors lacked, some of which were cosmetic and others of which were functional and gives this particular SUV a competitive edge.



Cosmetic Upgrade


In terms of the cosmetic upgrades, this year’s model is a bit sleeker. With five different trim levels ranging from the base model to platinum, lovers of the classic Explorer will love the added exterior chrome details, which are most prominently featured in the front grill. On the interior, drivers and passengers alike will enjoy the upgraded upholstery and trim.


Tech Upgrades


Speaking of drivers and passengers, one of the many upgrades that this year’s Ford SUV offers is more USB data ports, which will make it easier for everyone in the vehicle to keep their smart phones, tablets and other electronics charged on any exploration. Another tech upgrade includes harder tactile buttons for the various vehicle functions to make them more durable. Finally, the 2016 Explorer now has LED head and rear lights, which still include daytime running lights, auto delay lighting and dusk-sensing headlights.


Engine Upgrade


For the diehard Ford fan, the most important added feature of the 2016 Ford Explorer will be interested in what the new engine has to offer. This year brings with it a larger 2.32.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, an upgrade from the previous 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder. This engine, unlike previous ones, can handle all-wheel drive. Yet for its increase, the engine in this Ford is quieter, making for a much more enjoyable riding experience.


All in all, this Ford promises to please its drivers and its passengers, whether they’re on their way to the office or the outdoors. Visit us at Petrie Ford to check out the 2016 Ford Explorer and get ready to rediscover everything you love to do.


Ford Does Its Duty: The 2017 Ford Super Duty Truck


When you hear the name Ford, many things come to mind. You think of leadership and innovation. The first Ford model ever mass produced changed the face of the automobile industry, and ever since, the company has done that with its various lines of cars and trucks. The 2017 Ford Super Duty stays in line with that innovative tradition.


Let’s talk about the Super in the title. This isn’t some tiny tot posing as a truck. This truck has height, weight and capacity. In terms of power, the available engine sizes are 6.7L diesel V8 or a 6.2L gas V8 with a 6-speed automatic engine that makes it easy to haul and tow. It also comes standard with a 48-gallon tank, the largest in its class, meant to increase productivity. Yet for all its size, it is surprisingly quiet.


Whether you want to haul some serious building material around or the family, this Ford can take it. It has a full back seat in its cab, with front and rear doors that swing out 170 degrees in the opposite direction, making it easier for everyone to get in and get out of the car. In addition, the rear seat flips up revealing an extra storage bin.


In addition to its function, it has an incredible figure, too. Some of its most stunning features are its high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy body and twin panel moon roof. It also includes a full-size outlet, along with up to 7 cameras to help you get a 360 degree view of what is around you.


The heart of the Ford Company has always been to provide great value and versatility. You can’t get more of an embodiment of that spirit than in the 2017 Ford Super Duty. Come see us at Petrie Ford for a complete lineup of trucks and find the one that’s for you.


My Charity Choice – Petrie Ford

Petrie Ford Supports Local Charities

My Charity Choice – Petrie Ford

Petrie Ford initiated a giving campaign to bring additional attention and resources to charities providing services around Kingston, ON accessible within a one hour drive or roughly 85 KM. Any non-political, non-religious charitable organization with a qualifying T3010 designation is eligible to participate or be considered for support as part of this program.


Full Rules:

In 2017, Petrie Ford initiated a program designed to support our community the way you all have supported us! Now continuing in 2017, any non-political and non-religious charitable organization with a qualifying T3010 designation is eligible to participate or be considered for support as part of this program.


The monthly outreach program by Petrie Ford will award Facebook nominated qualified charities a gift as follows:

  1. Check for $500
  2. Logo placement and/or recognition on our website.

The monthly outreach program will operate as follows:

  1. Charity must be nominated on the Petrie Ford Facebook site each month.
  2. Charity nominations are opened on the 1st of the month at 1:01am EST and closed on the 15th of each month at 6:00pm EST.
  3. Voting is opened the 16th at 1:01am EST and closed on the last day of the month at 12:59 am EST.
  4. A charity is limited to 3 awards through any 12-month period.
  5. No charity may win two consecutive months.
  6. You may vote for your charity once a day, every day until the contest ends.
  7. Petrie Ford will retain the right to ‘approve’ or ‘disapprove’ of any displays, text, writings, logos, or references to the charity that would be presented for support or placement on Petrie Ford associated sites or locations
  8. Charity or organization must provide proof of T3010 charity if applicable. Proof should be emailed prior to vote ending. Provide hard copy to dealer at time of award.
  9. Petrie Ford reserves the right to change, cancel or disqualify this program or a participant at anytime if we feel a charity or organization, its supporters or other has acted against the spirit of the program.


Award determination:

  1. Based upon votes place in support of the nomination of Facebook
  2. Vote count is based upon votes received from the 16th of the month to the last day of the month.
  3. Ultimate decision of monthly winners is determined by the management or staff of Petrie Ford, and will be approved or disapproved within 72 hours of contest’s end.
  4. The winning organization or cause can receive payment within 5-10 business days after the close of voting.
  5. Once votes are tallied, winner will be notified via Facebook, and will be contacted to set date and time of giveaway.

Petrie Ford is hoping that this effort will allow a variety of groups and organizations to get recognized for their hard work and dedication to our community. We sincerely hope that all area charities will participate and reap the benefits presented within this program. Contact us at Petrie Ford for more information.


Ford Sync 3 with CarPlay and Android Auto: Good marriage potential


Ford started something back in 2007 when it launched its Sync infotainment system, powered by Microsoft. The new-look Sync 3 also laid the foundation to support CarPlay and Android Auto, though it took the automaker until this year to announce that it would actually do so.

The 2017 Escape is one of the current Ford models offering that compatibility, giving user’s an interesting mix of useful OEM features with the deeper integration Apple and Google help enable. The marriage between the two works fairly well, even if they have to live separately most of the time.

The basics


Sync 3 represented a revamp for Ford’s aging infotainment system, explaining why the company decided to build it from the ground up with a different architecture. Unfortunately, there is no backward compatibility, so older vehicles running on previous versions of Sync have no chance of upgrading to the newer version.

That disconnected line of succession is a tough pill to swallow for consumers who bought or leased Ford vehicles, as late as 2015. And so, this year marks a new start because of Ford’s commitment to rolling out its new platform to the manufacturer’s various models.

It also marks a shift in strategy, now that CarPlay and Android Auto are being integrated, combining one of the preeminent factory infotainment systems with those two platforms. Ford is working on alternatives that might claw back some of the ground it ceded to Apple and Google here, but once the cat is out of the bag and drivers get acclimated, it’s hard to see how they may go back.

Layout and connections


Naturally, the standout change here is adding CarPlay and Android Auto to the existing system. This would have been technically possible last year in vehicles running Sync 3, but Ford predictably waited until after CES 2016 and the kickoff of this year’s Auto Show circuit to open that up.

The 8-inch touchscreen is the central part of the Sync 3 system, while the USB port at the bottom of the middle dash acts as the main conduit to interface with it using a smartphone. A 12-volt socket is to the right of that. The middle console has another USB port with an Aux-In jack.

Bluetooth is standard, along with steering wheel controls that tie in directly to whichever platform is running. Pairing an iPhone via Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free will work with a long press of the voice button on the wheel. A quick press would bring up Ford’s own voice activation system.

Ford has long been among the best in the auto industry for how that works, mainly because it allows drivers to string commands together. For example, I could say, ‘climate, set temperature, 22-degrees’ in one sequence. Most other voice systems can’t string commands together like that, presenting a back-and-forth question-and-answer process that is needlessly time-consuming instead.

There is no wireless charging in the 2017 Escape. And while car itself has Wi-Fi to connect to other networks, I didn’t have a separate data plan to use in the car that other devices could connect to.

Smartphone integration


Setting up CarPlay and Android Auto was a breeze in both cases, despite having to add my iPhone as a Bluetooth device separately. Android Auto pairs the phone automatically.

CarPlay has to be disabled in order to use apps through Sync 3. So, while Spotify is integrated into Ford’s system, that’s effectively cut off because CarPlay becomes the default platform after initial setup. The only way I was able to get away from that was to disable CarPlay completely from the settings.

The same goes for Android Auto. Once a phone has been set up to run Google’s platform, Sync 3 will always defer to it when that phone is plugged in. Mapping and navigation are also deferred. Ford’s built-in satellite GPS incurs no data charges, yet it can only be used if CarPlay or Android Auto are disabled, or the phone is connected via Bluetooth. Caching offline Google Maps now works with Android Auto, so that is a nice reprieve from draining a monthly data bucket, whereas Apple doesn’t offer that for its own mapping app yet.

Ford’s own voice control is disabled, too. When either CarPlay or Android Auto are running, pressing the voice button will always trigger Siri or Google Now. I tried a long press to see if it might go back to Sync, but no dice.

On the surface, this might seem inconsequential, except that Sync’s voice commands can do things the others can’t. Siri and Google Now can’t tap into the car’s climate control, nor can they navigate to AM/FM or SiriusXM radio. Climate was easy enough because the physical controls were there, but going to a different audio source required tapping the Ford button on CarPlay (bottom right on Android Auto) to go back to the main menu and selecting a different audio source from there.

What was kind of neat was that I could have CarPlay running, yet have music stream from an Android phone via Bluetooth. I hadn’t encountered that quirk before in other factory systems supporting both platforms.

In cases where CarPlay or Android Auto are disabled, Sync 3 can tap into contacts and music files stored on the phone by voice. Phone calls are a breeze, with contact names or numbers easily understood (though less common names can cause trouble), whereas music files are very hit or miss. Ford claimed to have substantially increased the number of words and phrases Sync 3 would recognize but that doesn’t appear to have translated as much to artists, albums and songs.

Music and phone calls


A key integration here is Spotify, primarily because neither CarPlay nor Android Auto are required for it. Setting it up to appear under Sync’s app section could be a little more obvious. I had to plug in, open the app on the phone from scratch, then wait for a prompt on the head unit screen to add the app on Sync, and then finally add it.

Though Spotify can run on Sync from the phone via Bluetooth, it only appears as an option onscreen when the app is running on the phone to begin with. Not always convenient, but at least it isn’t affected when calling or texting someone using Siri Eyes Free. Once done, the music just picks up again on Spotify thereafter.

A benefit of this integration is that Spotify can be launched by Sync’s voice activation, and that playlists are indexed, so those can be voiced, too. Siri can’t do either of those things, and Google Now can only launch the app.

With CarPlay and Android Auto, the same quirks apply, which was to be expected, given that neither has been updated since automakers began rolling them out this year. Spotify won’t play anything if the app has been frozen for too long, affecting iOS more than Android, but still happens with both. Conversely, it didn’t happen with Sync, and I suspect the reason why is because the app isn’t projecting to the head unit like it does with the other two platforms.

Nothing has changed on the third-party app front. Few music services are available, and Google’s list of compatible apps is easier to find than Apple’s. Messaging apps are also fairly limited, but I did like that WhatsApp, Hangouts and Kik are standard on Android Auto, offering alternatives to texting. Even Skype works through it. Apple has been more cautious, and thus fallen behind in the compatibility race.

Waze will be coming to the platform soon. No such luck on CarPlay.

Calling and texting is easiest with an iPhone because it works the same way if CarPlay is running or not. Using Siri in either case made it simple to do both. Sync can also handle those tasks on its own without having to use Siri at all. Android Auto is necessary to get the most out texting and messaging with an Android phone, though Sync handles calls perfectly fine without it.

Wrap up

Ford’s Sync 3 does largely play second fiddle to CarPlay and Android Auto, but it has decent capability on its own that doesn’t force drivers to switch every time. The result, at least from how it seemed here at the outset, is that this is a marriage that could work. The question is whether or not Ford can move fast enough to update the software to add more functionality the others can’t.

This will be vitally important moving forward. Customers buying Ford vehicles will want to see that Sync 3 will remain viable longer-term, because if it doesn’t, this will mark the beginning of the end for the platform. For now, the combination available works, and if all sides keep pushing each other, drivers serve to reap the benefits.