2021 Ford F-150 Adds New Tech for Easier Towing and Hauling

Ford F-150 tech in Toronto, ON

The F-150 has always been a pioneer for innovation in the pickup truck segment — and that’s not going to change any time soon. Ford recently announced that the all-new 2021 F-150 will come equipped with new high-tech towing and hauling features that make tough jobs easier.

“We’re constantly working to deliver a continuous history of capable, strong, and smart trucks designed to make the F-150 customer even more productive,” said Todd Eckert, Ford truck group marketing manager. “This summer we’re delivering three new features all about enhancing the F-150 customer experience, while delivering even greater confidence when towing and hauling.”

For the 2021 model year, the F-150 is debuting an available Onboard Scales feature. This technology allows you to understand just how much weight you’re hauling. It estimates cargo weight in real time, indicating capacity in three ways: on the centre touchscreen, on a mobile phone through the FordPass™ app, and in graphics on the truck’s smart taillights.

The F-150 will also come available with the class-exclusive Smart Hitch. This technology measures the tongue weight of a trailer that’s being connected, allowing you to distribute your trailer weight correctly and efficiently.

Another new F-150 is controlled damping, which enhances your ride experience and handling capabilities while hauling and towing.

These features are being added to the 2021 Ford F-150 lineup in early June, with deliveries set to begin in late summer. Contact us here at Downtown Ford in Toronto to learn how you can get an F-150 with these exciting new technologies.

3 Ford Models Earn IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK Recognition

3 Ford Models Earn IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK Recognition | Toronto, ON

Ford puts safety first — and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) agrees. This prestigious safety organization recently awarded three Ford vehicles with TOP SAFETY PICK honors.

The 2021 Ford Explorer was one of 49 vehicles that earned the IIHS’s highest accolade of TOP SAFETY PICK+. The Explorer also earned this recognition in 2020, when only 23 models received this high accolade. Meanwhile, the 2021 Ford Edge and 2021 Ford Escape both earned the TOP SAFETY recognition for the second straight year as well.

“With these awards, we want to make it easy for consumers to find vehicles that provide good protection in crashes, sufficient lighting, and effective front crash protection,” said IIHS President David Harkey. “Manufacturers have stepped up to meet the challenge, and the list of great options has grown to an impressive size this year.”

To receive either TOP SAFETY PICK or TOP SAFETY PICK+, vehicles need to earn the highest possible “Good” rating in six crash-test categories: driver- and passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints.  They also must have front crash prevention technology that rate “Advanced” or “Superior.”

The TOP SAFETY PICK+ award goes to vehicles that have either an “Advanced” or “Good” rating for their headlights in all trim levels. For TOP SAFETY PICK, a vehicle’s lineup needs to have at least one set of headlights that rate “Advanced.”

Contact us here at Downtown Ford in Toronto to learn more about Ford safety features or to test-drive one of these award-winning models.

Enhance Your Bronco Sport with 5 Lifestyle Accessory Bundles

Ford Bronco Sport Accessory Bundle in Toronto, Ontario

The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport was built with your adventures in mind. As part of this, Ford has introduced five lifestyle accessory bundles that will help you get even more out of outdoor outings in your Bronco Sport.  

Each of these five accessory bundles are tailored to help you create the Bronco of your dreams. Bike, Water, Snow, Camping, and Cargo options all come with unique features to help you haul more gear on the go. Every package comes with rooftop crossbars and gear-specific accessories from Yakima™.

Here’s what the packages include:

Bike

  • Yakima™ hitch-mounted bike rack
  • Roof rail crossbars
  • Yakima™ roof rack-mounted basket
  • Ford all-weather floor mats

Water

  • Yakima™ kayak carrier with locks
  • Yakima™ awning
  • Roof rail crossbars
  • Ford all-weather floor mats

Snow

  • Yakima™ hitch-mounted ski/snowsport rack
  • Roof rail crossbars
  • Ford all-weather floor mats

Camping

  • Yakima™ Skyrise™ HD two-person rooftop tent
  • Yakima™ awning
  • Roof rail crossbars
  • Ford all-weather floor mats

Cargo

  • Yakima™ roof-mounted cargo box that holds 453 litres
  • Roof rail crossbars
  • Ford all-weather mats

If none of these packages meet your exact needs, never fear. The 2021 Bronco Sport has more than 100 vehicle accessories to choose from, and you can easily customize your own bundle.

To test-drive the 2021 Bronco Sport or add one of these accessory bundles, give us a call here at Downtown Ford in Toronto.

 

New Ford F-150, Mustang Mach-E Score 2021 NACTOY Awards

2021 Ford F-150 Mustang Mach-E NACTOY | Toronto, Ontario

The all-new 2021 Ford F-150 and Mustang Mach-E are two of the hottest vehicles in the Ford lineup today. They’re also two of the most-awarded, recently picking up a pair of 2021 North American Car, Truck, and Utility Vehicle of the Year Awards™. The double NACTOY win is just the latest example of the F-150 and Mustang Mach-E scoring side-by-side award wins.

Thanks to the F-150 and Mustang Mach-E, Ford pulls off a feat that hasn’t been accomplished in seven years. With the former winning 2021 North American Truck of the Year and the all-electric SUV nabbing the title of North American Utility Vehicle of the Year, Ford is the first to win two NACTOY awards in the same year since 2014.

It’s fair to say that the 2021 Ford F-150 and Mustang Mach-E are both on a hot streak. This dynamic duo both scored in Edmunds’ Top Rated awards, with the F-150 taking home Top Rated Truck and the Mustang Mach-E winning Top Rated Luxury EV. Both also came up big with Green Car Journal, which named the two its choice for Green Truck of the Year and Green Car of the Year.

The idea that the 2021 Ford F-150 and all-electric Mustang Mach-E shouldn’t be all that surprising. The F-150 is the strongest and most capable yet, offering up to 14,000 pounds of best-in-class towing.* With the Mustang Mach-E, Ford delivers an affordable, efficient, and stylish EV that lives up to the Mustang while delivering amazing range of up to 475 kilometres.**

Want to see what the all-new F-150 and Mustang Mach-E can do for you and your active Toronto lifestyle? Give Downtown Ford a call to learn more about both and schedule a test drive.

*Max towing on F-150 SuperCab 8’ box and SuperCrew 4×2 with available 3.5L EcoBoost, Max Trailer Tow Pkg. Class is Full-Size Pickups under 8,500 lbs. GVWR. Max towing varies based on cargo, vehicle configuration, accessories and number of passengers.

**Based on full charge when configured with optional Extended Range battery and RWD. USA EPA-targeted range reflecting current status based on analytical projection consistent with US EPA combined drive cycle. Actual range varies with conditions such as external elements, driving behaviours, vehicle maintenance, lithium-ion battery age and state of health. Final Government of Canada approved estimated ratings available in the 2020 calendar year.

Ford Debuts New Hands-Free Active Drive Assist Tech

Ford hands-free tech in Toronto, ON

You can now let Ford take the wheel out on the road. The automaker has officially introduced its new Active Drive Assist technology on the 2021 Ford F-150 and 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E, allowing for a hands-free driving on certain highways throughout North America.

On prequalified sections of divided highways — referred to as Hands-Free Zones — you will be able to take your hands off the wheel of your properly equipped Ford. You will be monitored by a driver-facing camera, which tracks your gaze and head position to ensure you’re paying attention and keeping your eyes on the road.

The technology will then adjust your steering and speed according to the road and traffic patterns, allowing you to take a break from being in control.

“As breakthroughs in new technology allow us to help reduce the stress of long highway drives, it’s important to make sure these capabilities can be enjoyed by the largest spread of people possible,” said Hau Thai-Tang, chief product platform and operations officer, Ford Motor Company. “Active Drive Assist can help improve the driving experience while ensuring people remain aware and fully in control, all for a price unmatched by our competitors.”

On the 2021 F-150, Active Drive Assist will come available as a part of the Ford Co-Pilot 360 Active 2.0 package. For the Mustang Mach-E, this feature will come standard on certain models.

The technology will be available in the third quarter of 2021 through Over-the-Air Update, which will help Ford improve vehicles over time and keep customers at the forefront of the industry.

For more information on this exciting new technology, give us a call or visit our showroom here at Downtown Ford in Toronto.

 

Fun Outdoor Winter Activities in Toronto

winter activities in Toronto

Toronto is filled to the brim with winter fun, whether you’re looking for a memorable time with your family or simply want to enjoy nature on your own. If you’re looking to take advantage of the season with some great outdoor activities, be sure to check out these safe and enjoyable winter activities in Toronto.

Skating at Nathan Phillips Square. You can skate for free at all 54 city-run outdoor ice rinks, including the one at Nathan Phillips Square. This means you can strap on your skates and really enjoy the brisk Canadian winter weather. Only 25 participants are allowed at any time, so you will be properly socially distanced as well. You must wear a face mask while you skate and reserve a spot online before heading to the skating rink.

Hike a winter trail. Toronto is filled to the brim with hiking trails, so why not take advantage? Bundle up and head to Sun Valley Trail, the High Park Trails, or the Beltline. It’s easy to stay distanced while you’re trekking, and you get to take in the beauty that is nature during the winter.

Go tobogganing. Tobogganing isn’t just for kids — it’s for the young at heart, too! There are so many great hills around Toronto for you to hit this winter, so grab a sled and go!

Here at Downtown Ford, we hope you enjoy all that winter has to offer here in Toronto. And if you need a reliable vehicle to take on snowy roads or fit all your winter sports gear, we’re here to help!

2021 Ford Edge Gets a Tech Update

2021 Ford Edge in Toronto, ON

The 2021 Ford Edge is getting even more tech-savvy. This midsize SUV has received some updates for the newest model year, increasing your ability to keep connected on the go as you drive around Toronto.

For the 2021 model year, the Edge will come with a new standard 12-inch centre touch screen, which is the largest in its class. This easy-to-use display supports your ability to multitask by splitting the screen into larger and smaller windows. For example, if you want to keep your navigation map on the screen while changing songs, you can easily do so.

Along with this new touch screen, the Edge will have the SYNC® 4 infotainment system as standard. You won’t have to plug in your mobile device with this system, thanks to wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility.

SYNC® 4 uses all-new cloud connectivity, allowing you to easily access the latest information simply by asking your system a question. You can even access a new digital owner’s manual on your infotainment system’s touch screen, including streaming how-to videos and a searchable database for simpler troubleshooting

To keep all your passengers happy and powered up, the 2021 Edge also adds two more USB ports, including a USB-C, for a grand total of four.   

Visit Downtown Ford in Toronto to check out the 2021 Ford Edge’s new technologies and take this advanced SUV out for a test drive.

 

New Ford SYNC® 4 Infotainment System Guides You to Better Parking, Fuel

Ford Mustang Mach-E SYNC 4 - Toronto, ON

Ford customers are about to discover finding parking and low fuel prices can be simple. That’s because Ford is teaming up with INRIX to equip the all-new SYNC® 4 infotainment system with the ability to find cheaper options for fuel prices and parking.

“Customers want connected vehicle technologies to work more like smartphones with real-time, personalized services – and that is exactly what SYNC®4 offers, including INRIX’s parking and fuel price innovations,” said Gary Jablonski, manager, Ford Connected Vehicle Infotainment Systems.

INRIX is a leading provider of transportation analytics and connected car services. It also offers parking and fuel services, which Ford drivers can access via the new infotainment system.

Through these services, you can discover, compare, and navigate available parking spaces throughout Toronto and across 150 countries. The services also allow you to search for the gas stations in your area, giving you the opportunity to compare and contrast pricing at each station. You can also find the best charging station for your all-electric vehicle, ensuring you will always have a charge when you need it.

The new SYNC® 4 system will offer you real-time connectivity, and will be available in the all-electric Mustang Mach-E, the Bronco models, and the all-new F-150.