Which Ford Truck is Best For Me?

If you’re thinking about buying a truck, then shouldn’t you go with the best selling truck in American history? That’s right; the Ford F-Series truck has been America’s top selling pickup truck for 40 consecutive years and the bestselling vehicle for the past 35. It’s pretty incredible really.

There are many reasons why Ford has been able to sell more than 26 million of trucks since their beginnings in 1977. In fact, Ford has sold enough F-series trucks to circle the world more than three times! Ford has consistently listened to their customers and have innovated their F-Series line to produce tougher and more capable trucks.

Ford F-Series Trucks

The Ford F-150 is a light duty truck, which means that the maximum loaded weight of the truck falls between 0-14,000 pounds. At Ford, we place a major focus on fuel economy, and in 2015 the curb weight of the F-150 model was reduced by nearly 750 pounds. This was achieved by switching the material of the body structure from steel to aluminum, and just keeping the frame itself made of high-strength steel. The standard features of the Ford F-150 include:

  • 5L Ti-VCT V6 engine
  • Peak horsepower of 282 @ 6250
  • Peak torque 253 lb-ft. For the V6
  • Towing capacities ranging from 5000 – 12,000 lbs (depending on the model)
  • Starting price of $27,380

Of course, you can customize your Ford in many ways to better suit your specific needs and desires. You can upgrade to a 5.0L Ti-VCT V8 engine, which increased the peak horsepower to 385 @ 5750 and increased the peak torque to 387 lb-ft. You can also choose from various package add-ons, such as a Class IV trailer hitch, off-road and snow plow prep packages for 4×4 models, and various appearance packages too!

Looking for better fuel efficiency?

Ford took the initiative and designed the new Ford trucks to improve fuel efficiency by switching from steel to aluminum when it comes to the body structure. However, you can also decide to make your Ford pickup truck even more fuel efficiency and environmentally-friendly. For the F-150 series, you can opt for one of Ford’s EcoBoost engines (2.7L or 3.5L). These can achieve about 30% better fuel efficiency and 15% fewer greenhouse emissions.

Ford Super Duty Series

A light duty pickup truck is useful for hauling smelly hockey and football gear, mountain bikes, ATVs for off-roading and hunting, camping equipment and your weekly grocery run. But sometimes, the terrain is a little rougher or you need to tow something a lot heavier than what the F-150 can handle. This is where the Ford Super Duty series comes in.

Ford Super Duty trucks have a distinct chassis (the chassis is the automotive frame and its working parts), and better suspension components for heavier loads and towing capacity compared to the F-150. The Ford Super Duty series includes the F-250, F-350 and F-450 models. The current 2017 Ford Super Duty features:

  • 7L Power Stroke® V8 Turbo Diesel engine
  • Towing capacity ranging from 12,900 – 41,800 lbs (depending upon the model)
  • Peak horsepower of 440 @ 2800 rpm
  • Peak torque 925 lb-ft (which increased 65 lb-ft from the previous model)
  • Starting price $32,535

 

Again, you can also customize your Super Duty model to best suit your requirements. If you prefer gas over diesel, you can choose for alternative fuel capability (6.2L 2-value V8 gas engine). You can take advantage of the towing capacities of these heavy duty trucks and add-on a snow plow prep package, camper package, off-road package or a 5th wheel/gooseneck trailer tow prep package. And for tough roads, there’s also a heavy service front suspension package.

The Future of Ford Trucks


As we move into the future and the marketplace changes, Ford won’t be left behind (which is obvious from the fact that the F-150 hasn’t failed in being America’s number one pickup for decades). Even though the current sales of electric vehicles are nowhere near that of traditional combustion engines, Ford will be ready if the market does make the switch (50% of millennials are interested in buying electric cars). Ford is currently working on a plug-in hybrid powertrain pickup truck (the F-150 series), and its debut is planned for 2020.

There is a perfect Ford truck for every interested truck buyer out there. If you’re still confused about which Ford truck is right for you, then get in touch with a Ford expert here at Seabreeze Ford in Wall Township, NJ. Call 732-681-1600 to speak to a representative from our sales team.

Tips on Protecting Your Car to Make it Last Longer

After our homes, cars are likely the most costly thing that any of us will buy. If it’s not, it’s definitely up there in terms of high investment and maintenance costs. That’s why it’s essential to take care of your vehicle in every way possible to ensure that you get the most out of your investment. The experts at Seabreeze Ford are ready to offer you some recommendations and insider tips on protecting your car to make it last longer.

 

#1: Cut down on short driving trips

This is not typically something car owners consider when it comes to ensuring the lifespan of their vehicle. However, it can go a long way to save the life of your engine. But what is meant by short driving trips anyway?

 

Well, in this case, it means a trip 10 minutes or less. Driving less than 10 minutes doesn’t allow your engine to reach its full operating temperature. Why does that matter? Well, when your car sits overnight, the water vapor produced by your engine condenses and sits in your engine and in the oil. This can cause rust and oil dilution, which shortens the engine’s life. However, on a regular trip over 10 minutes, your engine is able to fully heat up and turn the water back into a vapour.

 

A solution for frequent short driving trips include changing your oil more frequently or simply planning to walk or use a bicycle for these trips instead.

#2: Wash away salt on your car

It doesn’t matter if it’s winter or summer when you live in New Jersey, the salt will wreak havoc on your vehicle. We all know that in winter time, salted roads are necessary for safe driving conditions. This salt can cause corrosion on the underside of your vehicle, as well as eat away the paint on your car. In the summer, if you plan on spending time near the beach, ocean dew and the salty humidity can also cause rust and corrosion.

 

So, what are the best ways to get rid of salt on your car? Wash and wax the paint regularly. We’d recommend washing off the salt in winter at least every two weeks, especially if there has been a lot of bad road conditions, whereas waxing can be done every 3 months. And there is always the option to rust proof your vehicle as well. Today, rust proofing also can act to protect your car from other chemicals found on the road too.

 

#3: Use high quality, synthetic motor oil and filters during oil changes

If you want to protect your car from kicking the bucket early, coughing up the extra cash for high quality, synthetic motor oil and filters during your regular oil change is a must. As opposed to petroleum-based motor oil, synthetics are less likely to degrade at higher engine temperatures and also remain more fluid in colder ones.

Going for the higher quality oil filter is also a smart choice since they work better in removing particulates from the engine oil. If you’re not sure which products are best, simply ask your mechanic for more information or recommendations for your vehicle.

#4: Lighten your load

Not only will this increase the longevity of your vehicle, it will also save you money on gas mileage. Extra weight in your trunk can take a toll on the suspension, brakes and exhaust of your vehicle. So, reduce the amount of unnecessary stress on your car by removing heavy objects from your truck immediately after transporting.

 

#5: Cover it up

If you have access to a parking garage, that’s another great way to protect your car to make it last longer. Alas, this isn’t always the case or can be expensive depending on where you live. But there are other ways in which to cover and protect your vehicle if a garage isn’t possible. You can also invest in a carport or simply a protective car cover, which even offers UV protection!

 

#6 Get regular check-ups


Just like for your own health, your car needs regular checkups as well. It may seem like a hassle or an added expense to follow a maintenance schedule for your vehicle, especially when your car seems fine. But just because it’s operating doesn’t mean it’s operating at its best. Preventative maintenance can add 50,000 miles to your car’s lifespan, as well as prevent unnecessary accidents from occurring. When was the last time your car had a maintenance check up?

 

CTA: To schedule maintenance on your Ford vehicle, call 732-681-1600 today!

Ford Raptor vs Ford F-150

Since 1948, the Ford F-150 has been on the scene as one of the most popular vehicles sold in the United States. It was originally commissioned as a no-frills workhorse, but has since morphed into a versatile pickup truck that caters to a wide customer base. Whether you are looking for off-road performance or luxury and comfort, the F-150 has you covered.

Enter the Ford Raptor. Heralded as a Frankenstein F-150, the Ford Raptor is a force to be reckoned with, especially in its 2017 form. This off-road master utilizes much of what has made the F-150 so enticing to buyers, but there are several significant differences between the two models that are definitely worth noting. Which vehicle – the Ford F-150 or the Ford Raptor – is right for you?

Power and handling

With four engines to choose from, the Ford F-150 boasts an incredible power-to-weight performance. The standard 3.5L Ti-VCT (twin independent variable cam timing) engine optimizes power while maximizing fuel efficiency, providing over 280 horsepower, 250 lb-ft of torque, and a tow rating of up to 7,600 lbs. Upgrade options include a 5.0L Ti-VCT V8 engine for heavy-duty hauling, and a 2.7L or 3.5L EcoBoost V6 with Auto Start-Stop technology for on-demand power and fuel-saving capabilities.

The Ford Raptor has an all-new, twin turbo, intercooled DOHC 24-valve, high-output 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine with direct fuel injection, which delivers more than 450 hp, 510 lb-ft of torque, and a 12,200-lb maximum tow rating!

Both the F-150 and the Raptor have a 10-speed automatic transmission that delivers improved acceleration and performance; however, the Raptor also comes with paddle shifters that transfer into manual-drive mode and an all-new Terrain Management System that allows you to select from six pre-set modes to optimize driving dynamics. Options include Rock, Mud and Sand, Weather, Street, Baja, and Normal.

The Raptor also has a wide body, which enables long-travel suspension and superior handling. The track is actually 6 inches wider than the standard F-150!

Durability

The 2017 models of both the Ford F-150 and the Ford Raptor have fully-boxed steel frames and a class-exclusive high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body, which reduces the weight of the vehicles, increase their strength, and make them resistant to dents and corrosion. While the aluminum alloy makes the vehicles lighter, the F-150 weighs in at a little over 4,000 lbs while the much-larger Raptor is closer to 6,000 lbs.

Off-road capabilities

The F-150 has always been a great off-road vehicle because it easily shifts into four-wheel drive with electronic shift-on-the-fly (ESOF) or automatic 4WD mode. You can also add on the FX4 Off-Road Package that includes electronic-locking rear differential, Hill Descent Control, off-road tuned shock absorbers, underbody skid-plates, and even a class-exclusive 360-degree camera with split view display.

While the F-150 can hold its own off the road, this is where the Ford Raptor truly shines. In addition to everything listed above, the all-new Raptor has a variety of off-road specific perks. For starters, a TORQUE-ON-DEMAND transfer case manages the power distribution between the front and rear wheels, allowing you to enjoy the benefits of both clutch-driven all-wheel drive and mechanical-locking four-wheel drive. TORSEN front differential improves off-road capabilities by transferring torque to the stable wheel, which significantly increases the front grip and allows the Raptor to conquer steep grades.  The 3.0-inch FOX Racing Shox provide a smooth ride both on and off the road, and the class-exclusive beadlock-capable wheels and 17-inch BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A K02 tires were designed especially for the Ford Raptor.

Size options

The F-150 is a versatile truck that comes in a variety of cab and box sizes. You can choose from a Regular Cab, SuperCab, and SuperCrew with box sizes of 5-1/2’, 6-1/2’, or 8’.

The Raptor has far fewer options when it comes to size. In fact, it only comes in SuperCab or SuperCrew with a box size of 5-1/2’. In addition, the Raptor is taller, heavier, and wider than the F-150.

Price

Base price for a 2017 Ford F-150 XL 4×4 is around $32,000 while a Raptor starts at over $50,000.

The takeaway

If you are looking for the perfect vehicle to take off-roading, then the Ford Raptor is just right. You won’t find a more powerful truck with a better off-road mode anywhere else! But if you want a more affordable and versatile truck that can be customized to fit your lifestyle, you can’t go wrong with the F-150. At Seabreeze Ford, we want to help you find the perfect vehicle for your needs, so give us a call at (888) 570-3423 or stop by our dealership in Township, NJ for a test drive!