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Best Reasons to Buy a Pickup Truck

Reasons to Buy a Pickup Truck

Americans love pickup trucks. In fact, the Ford F-150 is the best-selling vehicle, not just truck, in the country. If you need some convincing on why you should join the truck club, here are five reasons to buy a pickup.

  1. Move some stuff. If you ever have to move something while owning a truck, you will wonder how you ever managed before. Throw whatever you can fit into the back of your truck and repeat until you’re finished.
  2. Get some cool accessories. Trucks are some of the best vehicles when it comes to accessories. Buy a tent that connects to your truck bed, get some unique seat covers, or add some roof rails.
  3. Tow heavy things. The 2017 Ford F-150 can tow up to 10,500 pounds; that equals a mighty big boat or trailer. Heavy-duty trucks can handle even more than that.
  4. Drive through rough terrain. When you opt for the four-wheel drive version of a pickup, you will get some rugged capabilities that can help get you through deep snow, thick mud, and uneven gravel.
  5. Get the respect you deserve. People will treat you differently based on the car you drive and when you drive a pickup, people will see you as confident and down-to-Earth.

If you want to get these and many other benefits, come test drive a great Ford truck at Highway Ford today.

Your Guide to Truck Cab Types

Truck Cab Types

If you’re in the market for a new truck, you’ve probably noticed that there are so many different options to choose from. But one of the most important is which cab style you want. Here we’ll outline the truck cab types you’ll come across when shopping for your new truck. Perhaps a Ford F-150?

Regular Cab

The Regular Cab style has two doors and a single row of seating. It’s perfect for carrying or towing large loads with a maximum towing capacity of 12,200 pounds when properly equipped.

SuperCab (Extended Cab)

The SuperCab, or extended cab, comes with 4 doors and two rows of seats, doubling the rider capacity of the Regular cab. The SuperCab is ideal if you want more enclosed storage space than the Regular Cab, but not quite as much legroom for backseat passengers like the SuperCrew.

SuperCrew® (Crew Cab)

The SuperCrew, or Crew Cab, style is ideal for carrying both people and their stuff. Not unlike the SuperCab, it has four doors and can seat six. There is a slightly shorter bed, but a much more comfortable ride for your passengers.

If you’re interested in shopping for your next truck, make sure you stop by Highway Ford in DeRidder, LA today!

Most Satisfying Truck is the 2015 Ford F-150

2015 Ford F-150

Everyone wants to feel satisfied after they purchase a new truck, but that doesn’t always happen. However, if you buy a 2015 Ford F-150, you’re probably going to love your new truck. The F-150 just came away with the highest truck score ever in the AutoPacific 2015 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards. This means 2015 Ford F-150 owners are the most satisfied truck owners around.  So the 2015 Ford F-150 has been declared the most satisfying truck around!  In addition to the F-150, the Ford F-Series Super Duty truck also scored the top position in its segment.

For the 2015 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards, AutoPacific surveyed tens of thousands of new car owners and asked them to rate their satisfaction with the new vehicle in 50 categories that include performance, fuel efficiency, styling, and interior comfort.

“The Vehicle Satisfaction Awards look at the big picture, including owners’ experiences with overall quality and safety,” said George Peterson, president of AutoPacific, “but it goes deeper than that. We also take into account the heart of the ownership experience to determine those vehicles that are extremely satisfying to their owners.”

The 2015 Ford F-150 satisfies with its best-in-class towing, payload, and EPA-estimated fuel efficiency. You’ll also love the fact that it received the top 5-star Overall safety rating for all cab configurations from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. With these attributes and more, it’s easy to see why the 2015 F-150 received the second-highest score ever recorded by AutoPacific, and the highest score ever for a truck.

Ford and Tonka Collaborate on Special Dump Truck Concept

2013 Ford Tonka Truck

2013 Ford Tonka Truck from Chicago Auto Show

If you grew up playing with Tonka Trucks, it’s very likely you ended up buying a Ford pickup truck as an adult—because obviously only the best will do for you. If that describes you, then we have some news you’ll be very excited about. Ford and Tonka have collaborated on a special Dump Truck Concept. No, it’s not a toy; it’s a totally drivable, full-size truck built off the Ford F-750.

The special Ford F-750 TONKA is on display at the National Equipment Association Work Truck show in Indianapolis. Mike Levine, Ford’s chief truck spokesman, was obviously very proud of the new truck. “The people at Geneva will wish they were here instead,” Levine gloated, referring of course to the Geneva Motor Show. Indeed, it would be hard to find a vehicle as fun and unique as the Tonka truck anywhere in the world right now.

Unfortunately, there is only one of these beasts—and it looks like it will stay that way. Ford built this cool dump truck—which can haul 17,000 pounds, by the way—as a promotional vehicle to highlight their new lineup of commercial trucks. The F-650 and F-750 trucks are available in Regular Cab, SuperCab, and Crew Cab styles.

Whether you’re interested in trucks for personal or commercial use, we’ve got what you need here at Highway Ford. Come see us today to be nostalgic with us about Tonka Trucks childhood as well as to check out all the Ford trucks in our inventory right now.

The F-150 is Named Truck Trend Pickup of the Year

Awards for the new F-150 just keep coming in, including the Truck Trend Pickup of the Year. Not only is the new model tougher and more capable than ever, but it’s also one of the smartest pickups Ford has developed to date.

So what does “smart” mean? According to Ford, the 2015 F-150 features a new 360-degree camera, integrated loading rams, BoxLink™ brackets and cleats, LED headlamps, and a remote tailgate among other things. To top it off, the lightweight aluminum design and all-new engine options make it more efficient and powerful than ever.

“Ford has found a sweet spot in the half-ton pickup segment, delivering a compelling mix of efficiency and capability, while still delivering an enhanced driving experience that American consumers demand,” said Sean P. Holman, Truck Trend content director. “What we put these trucks through was nothing short of grueling, and it was the F-150 that consistently impressed our experts.”

So far the 2015 F-150 has won 16 awards – not too bad considering it’s been on the market for less than a year. Truck Trend isn’t just following suit by giving the new model the prestigious title; they recognize the incredible new design and capability of the 2015 F-150. Test drive the latest Ford pickup here at Highway Ford soon!

Ford Future of Tough Campaign Launched on New Year’s Eve

Ford Future of Tough Campaign

The Ford camp is simply abuzz with the arrival of the all-new, groundbreaking aluminum-body F150. To help get the word out about this incredible truck, Ford initiated a marketing blitz that began on New Year’s Eve.

The underlying message? The Ford F150 is the ‘Future of Tough.’ Edmunds.com explains how the commercial’s focus is on “the strength and durability of the new truck and innovative new features such as integrated ramps and a remote tailgate.” One spot in particular highlights the new F150’s capacity, showing off its 12,200 lb towing capability.

For the Future of Tough campaign, Ford is even going so far as to redesign its Built Ford Tough logo. While stalwarts may be a little perturbed by this refresh, they should know the essence of the design will remain the same. Ford just felt that it was appropriate that the logo be built out of aluminum as well.

Come out to Highway Ford today and test-drive the ‘Future Of Tough’ in 2015.

Hennessy Ford F-150 Roars Thanks to VelociRaptor Package

2015 Ford F-150

2015 Ford F-150

The new Ford F-150 is impressive in many ways—from its aluminum frame to its unprecedented mix of strength and efficiency, even to its loads of exciting new technologies. Even though the F-150 remains just as powerful and productive as ever, some people seem to be worried the new truck won’t have the can-do they need to get their jobs done.

Of course, here at Highway Ford, we don’t agree with that critique, but in any case, Texas-based Hennessy performance group has made that critique completely obsolete. A Hennessy Ford F-150, equipped with a VelociRaptor package, now gets over 600 horsepower and attaches right to the 5.0-liter V8 engine that comes with the F-150.

The package is actually called the VelociRaptor 600 Supercharged—and obviously it should put to rest any of those concerns about power that we mentioned earlier. Of course, even if you don’t decide to add the Hennessy package, you’ll still be getting a vehicle with 385 horsepower. Like we said, there’s simply no reason to worry about the new truck’s power.

There’s also no reason for you to postpone visiting Highway Ford to check out the new truck—and the rest of our inventory—today.

Ford F-150 Hybrid Pickup Development Is Underway

 

2015 Ford F-150

2015 Ford F-150

The brand-new, aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150 has already decreased its fuel consumption significantly, raising its fuel economy rating to 26 mpg—a terrific number for a big truck. But what if this number increased even more? Ford is looking to do just that with a gas-electric hybrid powertrain, which the American carmaker is currently developing as you’re reading this.

While the details concerning the F-150 hybrid pickup are currently nonexistent, Ford’s global product development chief, Raj Nair, was quoted last year saying Ford is planning on introducing the world to hybrid pickups and SUVs by 2020. Diesel powertrains are also still an option for the American carmaker, especially since Ford already has this specific powertrain in the portfolio for its larger trucks.

Do you think that a Ford F-150 hybrid pickup development would be a good choice for the brand’s next step in creating a fuel-efficient truck? Or do you believe the automaker would be better off creating a diesel powertrain for the smaller pickup? Share your thoughts with Highway Ford below!

Best Truck Fuel Efficiency: Another Reason the 2015 Ford F-150 Will Reign Supreme

2015 Ford F-150

By now, Ford’s decision to use an aluminum body for its best-selling truck, the F-150, is fairly well-documented. It was also a dramatic move not without controversy, forcing the company to revise its manufacturing process in a big way.

According to USA Today, “Ford says the 2015 trucks will get 5% to 29% in fuel economy improvements over the outgoing versions depending on engine and configuration.” The comparison on the higher end is between Ford’s EcoBoost 2.7-liter turbocharged engine and a 5-liter V-8—a fair comparison as these two engines will actually yield similar performance.

Truth be told, there is a rival truck-maker out there that produces a vehicle rated at 23 combined mpg, one mpg better than the new Ford F-150. But that contender is a diesel truck and not a practical choice for customers. “Ford, however, points out that the higher cost of diesel fuel will more than offset any potential savings.”

It doesn’t all come down to vying for the best truck fuel efficiency rates either. Ford is quick to highlight the fact that the F-150 also saw “maximum payload and towing improvements.”

Visit Highway Ford today to learn more about the revolutionary Ford F-150!

Ford Compact Pickup Truck May Be In the Works

 

2015 Ford F-150

A new Ford compact pickup truck could be based on the aluminum Ford F-150.

In 2012, we said goodbye to the Ford Ranger compact pickup truck. Less-than-stellar sales led Ford to call it quits on the practical little truck. Now, as the fuel efficient (and compact) GMC Canyon and Chevy Colorado are seeing massive success, Ford just might be re-thinking their strategy. Maybe a compact pickup is what America wants.

Ford recently hinted that it may be working on a pickup that would compete with the Canyon or Colorado – a replacement for the dearly departed Ranger. We all know that the F-150 is America’s best-selling pickup, but with high-end appointments, modern design, and new technology, a compact pickup might be just what the American people ordered.

There is certainly a place for the full-size F-150, but with consumers looking to save money at the pump and the need for a pickup that can maneuver easily on city streets and in parking garages, there is definitely a market for a smaller pickup, too.

Ford marketing manager Doug Scott told USA Today, “We’re looking at it. We think we could sell a compact truck that’s more like the size of the old Ranger, that gets six or eight more miles per gallon, is $5,000 or $6,000 less, and that we could build in the US to avoid the tariff on imported trucks.”

If a Ford Ranger replacement does find its way to the US, we’d expect for it to be a re-engineered 2015 Ford F-150, aluminum construction and all.

Here at Highway Ford, we want to know what you think. Should Ford take the plunge and create a new Ford compact pickup, or are they jumping on the small pickup bandwagon too soon?

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