Check Out THE GLOW: A Jack O’Lantern Experience

One of the things we love about the Wexford community is our proximity to Pittsburgh, which is never short of fun things to do with your family. Looking for something unique to do this fall to get you and the kids in the Halloween spirit? Consider a trip to Pittsburgh for THE GLOW: A Jack O’Lantern Experience.

THE GLOW: A Jack O’Lantern Experience will open on Thursday, Oct 4, and will run through the remaining weekends of the month. This Halloween-inspired event will be held in Hartwood Acres Park at 200 Hartwood Acres from 5 to 10 p.m.

The family-friendly event takes you and your loved ones on a peaceful stroll through an illuminated trail with more than 5,000 hand-carved jack-o’-lanterns. Some of the most famous jack-o’-lanterns include masterpieces based on the works of Heinz, Mister Rogers, Andy Warhol, and other Pittsburgh staples. Sections of the park feature different themes, including a pirate area with a 30-foot long ship, the Pre-Historic Park with 16-foot tall dinosaurs made of jack-o’-lanterns, and a stretch with pumpkins hanging from the trees above.

Admission ranges from $10.99 to $22.99.

If you need a vehicle to get you to this Halloween-themed experience, be sure to check out our inventory at Shults Ford Wexford.

THE GLOW: A Jack O’Lantern Experience

All-New Ford Ranger Radar Makes Towing Simple

When you’re looking for the perfect pickup truck to fit your needs, it’s likely you want one that will make it easy to tow your boat, trailer, or RV. Luckily, that’s where the Ford Ranger comes into the picture. This brand-new addition to the Ford lineup will be going on sale early next year, and it’s set to provide you with some innovative towing technology that’s sure to make life a whole lot easier.

This new Ford Ranger radar technology uses the truck’s class-exclusive Blind Spot Information System to essentially provide you with an extra pair of eyes when you’re behind the wheel. When a trailer is hooked up to your Ford Ranger, cameras near the truck’s taillights help monitor blind spots all the way to the back of the trailer, letting you know when there’s a vehicle in your blind spots.

Furthermore, if you happen to have more than one trailer, the system can save up to three trailer profiles so your truck knows to provide you with warnings whenever another vehicle is driving past you.

When you don’t have a trailer attached to your truck, the Blind Spot Information System will let you know when vehicles are in your blind spots as it normally would. It will also let you know of any obstacles behind you when you’re backing out of a parking spot.

This Ford Ranger radar and Blind Spot Information System come standard on the Ranger XLT and Lariat trim levels. Learn more about the upcoming Ford Ranger and its incredible tech when you speak with our team here at Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford.

Ford Ranger Radar

Family-Friendly Ford: Why Ford is Great for Families

Ford is among the most family-friendly automotive brands globally, thanks to a number of features meant to maximize comfort, safety, and entertainment. Among the automaker’s best vehicles for families are the Ford F-150, Ford Escape, and Ford EcoSport. Below are some of the family-friendly Ford features that set the Blue Oval apart.

  • Safety: Ford vehicles are packed with the latest and most innovative features to keep you and your most precious cargo safe. Safety technologies run the gamut, including driver-activated front rain-sensing windshield wipers, a Lane-Keeping System, auto high-beam headlamps, Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Forward Collision Warning with Brake Support.
  • Comfort: Ford vehicles are engineered to offer ample head, leg, and hip room, no matter which row you are sitting in. Climate control systems also ensure a comfortable temperature throughout the entire vehicle.
  • Connectivity and entertainment: Ford SYNC® 3 technology with touch screen gives you access to your favorite apps on the go. This means you can access the best tunes to keep the whole car entertained, or, if traveling solo, you can safely provide text updates to let your family know when you will be home. Larger SUVs like the Expedition are even available with an advanced dual-headrest rear-seat entertainment system.

Find the perfect Ford for your family when you visit Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford.

family-friendly Ford

Ford Gets Its Best Score Ever in 2018 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study

When you purchase a new vehicle, you want to ensure it is of high quality, which is precisely what the 2018 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study entails. The prestigious study examines hundreds of vehicles for their quality within the first 90 days of ownership, and it recently found that Ford is the second in the industry when it comes to quality.

Ford was able to get its highest quality score ever thanks to a variety of improvements made in advanced audio, connectivity, entertainment, and navigation technology.

“Customers want a vehicle that keeps them connected whether they’re going places or just out enjoying a drive,” said Jim Van Slambrouch, Ford’s Director of Quality for The Americas. “Our improving quality scores show we are delivering smart vehicles for a smart world that are also easy to use.”

Because of the improvements Ford has made, the American automaker had more vehicle segment quality awards than any other brand. Overall, it had nine vehicles recognized in the top three of their respective segments. This included the Expedition, Mustang, F-Series Super Duty, Lincoln Continental, and Lincoln MKC.

Come explore the supreme quality of Ford’s various vehicles for yourself with a visit to Shults Ford.

2018 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study

Best Road Trip Games for Children

Spending time with family on a road trip is a fantastic bonding experience, but it can sometimes get boring — especially if you have kids in the car. Here are some road trip games for children that are sure to keep passengers of all ages entertained.

I’m Going on a Picnic: Help your kids exercise their brains with this memory game. The first player should begin by stating, “I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing…” filling in the blank with something that begins with “A”. The next person then must repeat the same phrase with the “A” word and then adding a “B” word after it. Continue this until you get to the end of the alphabet.

The Animal Name Game: Begin this game by naming an animal. The next person then has to name another animal that starts with the last letter of the previous animal named. For example, if someone says “seal” then the next player has to name an animal that begins with “L”. Keep going until everyone’s stumped, and remember — you can’t repeat animals!

21 Questions: This classic game is perfect for long car rides. Begin by having a passenger think of a person, place, or thing. Then, the other passengers must ask questions to try and guess what it is. The biggest challenge, though, is that you can only ask 21 questions total. Whoever gets it right gets to begin the next round, and if the object isn’t correctly guessed, the first passenger gets to choose again.

If you are looking for the perfect road trip vehicle, be sure to check out our lineup here at Shults Ford.

Road Trip Games for Children - 2018 Ford Explorer Sport

New Fuel-Efficient Ford Taxis Help Operators Go Green

Ford is making city life much more environmentally friendly. The American automaker has introduced two new fuel-efficient Ford taxis to its commercial vehicle lineup, giving taxi operators the chance to go green.

The first eco-friendly option is for taxi drivers that need a bit more space. The new 2019 Transit Connect Taxi is now available with a 1.5-liter EcoBlue® diesel engine, which has an EPA-estimated 30 mpg highway rating.* With seating for up to five and a flexible interior that makes it perfect for taxi-based services, this vehicle is ready to work hard no matter what you need it for.

The second green taxi option is the first-ever Fusion Hybrid Taxi. Similar to the Ford Police Responder Hybrid, this vehicle has heavy-duty chassis parts that will help improve its durability. It has an EPA-estimated fuel efficiency rating of 40 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway, which will help reduce carbon footprints throughout the United States.** It also has heavy-duty cloth seating, vinyl floors, a standard rearview camera, and a mounting plate on top of the dashboard to help you secure your taxi meters and other fleet equipment.

Both of these vehicles are available to order now, though you will have to wait if you want to opt for the diesel engine on the Transit Connect Taxi. To learn more about these eco-friendly Fords, stop by Shults Ford.

Fuel-efficient Ford taxis

*Actual mileage will vary. Final EPA-estimated ratings available early 2019.

**Actual mileage will vary.

Top Vacation Spots within Driving Distance of Pittsburgh

Whether you’re looking to head outdoors this summer or merely want a low-key weekend, there are plenty of top vacation spots within driving distance of Pittsburgh for you to enjoy. Here’s a quick look at just a few.

Washington, DC

Washington, DC is the place to go if you really want to do some sightseeing on your vacation but don’t want to travel too far (it’s only four hours away). From the White House and the National Mall to Arlington Cemetery and the Lincoln Memorial, the options are endless in this great city. Plus, there are thousands of delicious restaurants to explore if you’re an enthusiastic foodie!

New River Gorge, West Virginia

Considered the outdoor adventure capital of the East Coast and only three hours away from Pittsburgh, New River Gorge is the perfect place to go if you want to spend time outdoors. If you’re looking to take in the natural beauty of the area on a hike or you’re interested in taking on the whitewater rapids of the nearby river, you’ll want to make sure this is the destination for your next vacation.

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

If you’re searching for something a bit more relaxing, visiting Lancaster County—which is about four hours away—is your best bet. Find terrific bargains on beautiful handmade goods, discover the delicacy that is shoofly pie, and enjoy the area’s unique culture. It’s a great way to get out of the city and let your mind rest at ease.

The best way to reach your next vacation destination is behind the wheel of a brand-new vehicle from Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford. Visit us and we’ll help you get ready for your next road trip!

Top Vacation Spots within Driving Distance of Pittsburgh

2018 Vincentric Best Fleet Value Awards Go to Five Ford Models

When you’re building up your business fleet, it’s likely you’re looking for the type of vehicle that will get the job done without costing you a lot of money. That’s where Ford comes into play. Five of the American carmaker’s fleet vehicles were recently named winners of the 2018 Vincentric Best Fleet Value Awards, making them both budget-friendly and capable.

These five Ford vehicles earned recognition in the sedan, pickup, and van categories. The Taurus SE claimed the large sedan title for the eighth time while the Ford F-150 XL won the full-size, half-ton pickup truck segment for a sixth time.

The F-350 Super Duty XL took the full-size, one-ton segment for a third time. Even the Transit 150 XL low-roof passenger wagon and the Transit 150 medium-roof cargo van got in on the action, placing top spot for their segments for the fourth and second time, respectively.

Vincentric decides the winners of these awards by examining fleet lifecycle costs in eight areas. This includes depreciation, fuel, insurance, financing, repairs, opportunity costs, maintenance, and fees and taxes.

Each segment’s winner has the lowest lifecycle costs across 28 ownership and mileage scenarios, which range from 24 months of ownership (or 10,000 miles annually) to 60 months of ownership (or 40,000 miles annually).

Our staff at Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford couldn’t be happier to hear about another big win for Ford.

Vincentric Best Fleet Value Awards

Family-Friendly Activities for Memorial Day

Memorial Day is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking about what you can do with your family to help celebrate those who sacrificed so much for our great country. Here is a quick list of family-friendly activities for Memorial Day.

Attend a Memorial Day parade. Throughout the Wexford area, you will find many Memorial Day parades happening throughout the holiday’s weekend. Find one near you and enjoy watching the military veterans walking, as well as all the decorative floats. It’s a great family-friendly experience for everybody.

Plan a family picnic. If you would like to celebrate Memorial Day in your own way, then consider gathering up all the makings you need for a picnic and taking your family to your local park. You can enjoy the beautiful May weather, while also enjoying time spent with your family.

Head to Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum. What better way to honor military veterans than to learn about the wars they fought in? In downtown Pittsburgh, you will find the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum, which is considered the largest memorial dedicated to all branches of the military. In fact, the museum is holding a Memorial Day celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 28.

Everybody here at Shults Ford of Wexford hopes you and your family have a memorable Memorial Day.

Family-Friendly Activities for Memorial Day

New 2019 Ford Fusion Debuts New Drive Assist Tech, Plug-In Hybrid Model

The 2019 Ford Fusion is officially on its way – and it just might be the best version of the model yet. For the 2019 model year, the Fusion has received a number of new features that are sure to leave a lasting impression on consumers. From more standard safety tech to an improved eco-friendly powertrain, the Fusion is ready to rock its segment.

This compact car now comes standard with the innovative Ford Co-Pilot360™ technology. This is considered the most advanced suite of standard driver assistance technologies in the industry. It includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot information system, lane keeping system, a rear backup camera and auto high-beam lighting.

Along with this new safety tech, the 2019 Fusion will also have a new standard engine for the SE model and higher trim levels. This is a 1.5-liter EcoBoost® engine. That’s not the only change to the powertrain lineup, though.

An all-new Fusion Energi, a plug-in hybrid vehicle, will also be available for the new year. It has an EPA-estimated electric-only range of 25 miles, which is nearly 20% more than the current model. It also has a new 9-kWh lithium-ion battery, providing the hybrid vehicle with more energy capacity without making the battery pack physically larger.

Find out more about the upcoming Ford Fusion with a trip to Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford.

2019 Ford Fusion Hybrid Police Vehicle

 

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