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.


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.




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.




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.




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.




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.



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.  


4 Tips for Driving More Fuel Efficiently

Fuel Efficient cars use less gas per mile – which can not only reduce harmful impacts on the environment, but will help you save on costly gas expenditures. Being conscious of your fuel economy can save you anywhere from a couple cents a gallon to a few dollars. When the miles start adding up, the difference between a few cents can really make a difference. We can help you get the most out of your fuel with these few tips.  


Driving Safely and Responsibly  


Constantly braking and accelerating can use up quite a lot of gas per mile. This is most punctuated on streets with frequent traffic lights and stop signs. Be smart in these stop-and-go neighborhoods – try to drive at consistent speeds where you can.  


Lighten Your Load 


Whenever possible, leave heavy objects at home as they can weigh your vehicle down and increase gas output. This can be especially detrimental with cargo hauled on top of the car, which will introduce aerodynamic drag. Avoid this problem by hauling the cargo on the rear of your car instead.  


Fuel Economy in Hot or Cold Weather 


When the temperature starts rising or dropping, it starts getting harder to maintain fuel efficiency. Running the AC in the summer or the heater in the winter can drive up your gas mileage, so we recommend limiting use of these as much as possible. In snowy weather, be extra vigilant of your car’s tire pressure.  


Finding the Right Model 


The best way to be fuel efficient is to find a car that is fuel efficient, and here at Petrie Ford we can help you do that. The 2018 Ford Focus is among the most efficient, with hatchback and sedan models both achieving consistently great EPA ratings without making sacrifices to comfort or usability. Whatever your preference may be, we can match you with a ride you’ll both love and save on.


Garry Bartraw – 60 Years on the Job and Still Going!

To most people – a ‘full career’ means working until you’re 60 years old.  To Garry Bartraw, a full career is working for 60 years!

This month we’re celebrating a very rare vocational achievement; and not just at Petrie Ford, but perhaps in Canada or even the World.  This month 60 years ago Garry Bartraw started work at Petrie Ford (then called Edwards Ford). His job title from the original hiring file – dated 1958 (which we still have) –  shows “Parts Salesman”.  Although his title has since changed to a more modern “Wholesale Parts Specialist”, he’s excelled at and gained notoriety in the auto industry as a tried and true professional who’s seen – and been – through it all!

Photo from ‘The Whig-Standard’ dated February 18, 1964 – Garry was 10% into his career

Make no mistake, this is NOT a retirement announcement.  Right now, as you read this, Garry is out making his rounds to our loyal wholesale parts clients.  Unless you’re reading this at night in which case he’ll be planning his next day’s client visits and cold calls.

Liz Grypma – Office & HR Manager at Petrie Ford – says about Garry’s long tenure –  “I think it’s about time we call Webster’s and have them update their definition of ‘Loyalty’ and ‘Dedication’ with a photo of Garry and his ROE (record of employment). ”

The working culture philosophy behind our highly experienced staff at Petrie Ford is simple:  Find great people who do great work and treat them like family.   Steve Petrie, President and Owner of Petrie Ford has long been known for saying – “I hire good people for life…” .   Garry (like many other highly experienced staff and managers) are proof of that sentiment, and perhaps took the “…for life…” part literally!

Of the roughly 65 full time employees at Petrie Ford,  two have worked over 50 years, three over 40 years, nine over 30 years, one over 20 years and nine over 10 years.  And with a swath of fresh young talented hires over the last 5 years, Petrie Ford is priming for the future by learning from those with literally a life of experience.  It’s this relay of unheard of experience and wisdom that has made Petrie Ford South Eastern Ontario’s choice Ford store since 1949.

They say that the next generation of workers are less focused on seniority and tenure;  but at Petrie Ford the younger staff look up to living legends like Garry as a beacon of inspiration.  We would all be so lucky to be able to work at something we love and make a long lasting career out of it.

Thank you for your outstanding loyalty, dedication and service over the last 60 years Garry!  We’ll see you tomorrow, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed!




Dedication – 54 years on the job.

Elwyn Watts has been a staple at Edwards / Petrie Ford for over 54 years.

…and after a long, successful career, Elwyn has decided to retire this year.  We’ll miss him dearly.

We have the original ‘new hire’ file folder from 1963 – the year Elwyn stared at Petrie Ford (then called Edwards Ford).    The dealership then was located downtown on Princess St.  It wasn’t until 1967 that Edwards Ford traded properties with the Pontiac dealership and moved to its current location at 1388 Bath Road (at the corner of Bath and Centennial). Much of Bath Road was dirt road at the time, and the west end was just starting to be developed.

Elwyn’s starting title – in 1963 –  was “stock clerk” according to his ‘new hire’ file.  That position evolved along with his vast knowledge of auto parts over the years.  Since those early day’s he’s long held the position of “Wholesale Parts Specialist” having catered to our business-to-business clients for decades.

He’s become a bit of a local legend in the automotive community. He’s well known and trusted as being a true expert on all things relating to automotive parts!

It’s safe to say that not many people work for over 54 years.  It’s an achievement the likes of which the current and next generation of workers will probably never see.  After such a long tenure, his retirement announcement is certainly bitter-sweet.  It’s well deserved time off, but he’ll certainly leave a hole in our Petrie Ford hearts!


All the best Elwyn. Good luck in your new chapter in life!



The Ford Flex Offers Owners Plenty of Choices

Considered a CUV, a crossover utility vehicle, the Ford Flex first hit the market in 2007 as Ford’s family vehicle alternative to the minivan. While the Flex has undergone a series of iterations through the years, prospective and current owners can delight in abundant choices in model, design and comfort features. 

3 Models 

The 2018 Ford Flex is offered in three models: SE, SEL and Limited. Across the board, the Flex offers seating for seven people and estimated miles per gallon of 16 in the city and 23 on the highway. The starting price tag is lowest for the SE model and highest for the Limited model. Accordingly, Ford offers an enhanced feature set for the Limited model, which can include active park assist, HID headlamps, interior ambient lighting and a 12-speaker Sony audio system. 

Design Details 

According to Ford, style is Flex’s dominant theme. The manufacturer highlights the vehicle’s interior wood finishes and seven colors of ambient lighting for owners to choose from. Ford’s Appearance Package and wheel choice lets owners build their Flex’s exterior to best suit their personal style. The standard and available wheels range from 17-inch painted aluminum to 20-inch high-gloss black-painted choices. 

Comfort Features 

While the 2018 Ford Flex provides standard seating for seven passengers, it also offers the one-touch PowerFold and third-row tumble seat in the Limited model. When not in use, the two-passenger seat can be folded to the floor for extra cargo space. Both the SEL and Limited models feature a dual-zone automatic temperature control, which allows the driver and front-seat passenger to choose their own comfort setting. The Limited model also features a heating steering wheel. 

The 2018 Ford Flex offers you abundant choices in model, design and comfort features—and even more choices in style, technology and convenience. When searching for the model that fits you best, review the manufacturer’s website for specification details or contact the Petrie Ford team with your questions about the Ford Flex. 


Own the 2017 Ford Super Duty F-250 SRW Platinum and Enjoy a Luxurious Vehicle

Want a truck that’s equal parts durability and luxury? Check out the 2017 Ford Super Duty F-250 SRW Platinum. It features details ranging from heated power mirrors to a satin-finished chrome grille. A remote tailgate release also adds convenience when you’re loading up the back with bulky items.

The Plentiful Reasons to Love This Truck

2017 Ford F150 Super Duty

Offering seating for six, the 2017 Ford Super Duty F-250 SRW Platinum truck has numerous perks that boost your comfort and make you feel at ease during every trip. For example, the front seats are motorized and offer numerous adjustments. Once you get a seat just the way you like it, a built-in memory feature prevents you from having to alter it again on future trips.

Also, the dual-zone automatic temperature controls allow people in two sections of the truck to take advantage of different settings. For additional climate control, activate the built-in heating and cooling functions in the front seats.

A blind spot monitoring system increases your confidence when changing lanes on busy roads. There is also a camera mounted on the tailgate that makes it possible to keep an eye on precious cargo without turning your head. In case of an accident, the post-crash alert system sends help directly to you.

Buy Your Truck From Us at Petrie Ford

We proudly assist customers in Kingston, Ontario and beyond. In 2016, Petrie Ford received the President’s Award from Ford of Canada. That distinction means we are one of 15 dealers in the region to get recognized for this top customer satisfaction-related prize.

When visiting us, you can browse through five acres of Ford products. Whether you’re sure you want the

SRW Platinum model or are thinking about other options as well, we are eager to help you make an informed decision. Plan to stop by soon and take a look at our inventory.


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.