2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid Range Is Over 500 Miles

No matter where you’re going, we can all agree that any road trip is better with fewer stops at gas stations. That’s why the 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid is one of the best vehicles to have on any road trip, as it was just announced as having an EPA-estimated range of over 500 miles for rear-wheel drive models and of over 450 miles for all-wheel drive models.*

This incredible 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid range is made possible by the combination of an 18-gallon fuel tank and an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 27 mpg in the city, 29 mpg on the highway, and 28 mpg combined.*

“Explorer is the ultimate family adventure vehicle — and fewer pit stops is one of the latest reasons why,” said Bill Gubing, Explorer chief engineer. “Explorer provides space for the whole family and their gear, it’s got great towing capability, and now it has range like no Explorer before.”

To achieve such strong fuel economy numbers, the 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid pairs an efficient 3.6-liter V6 engine with a 35-kilowatt electric-motor system incorporating an all-new, advanced 10-speed modular hybrid transmission.

As a result, the Ford Explorer Hybrid is not only extremely economical but also surprisingly potent: It puts out 318 horsepower and 322 lb-ft of torque, delivering enough might to tow up to 5,000 pounds — just as much as the previous-generation Explorer with the highly-rated, turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine.

Impressed by the Ford Explorer Hybrid range? So are we! Get a taste of what the new SUV is capable of at Shults Ford Wexford.

*Actual mileage and range will vary. RWD version has EPA-estimated ratings of 27 mpg city /29 mpg highway/28 mpg combined; 4WD version has EPA-estimated ratings of 23 mpg city /26 mpg highway/25 mpg combined.

Ford Explorer Hybrid range

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Gets 760 Horsepower

Imagine being at the top of your game for 55 years and continuing to pull new tricks out of your bag after five decades. Ford has done it again with its iconic pony car, revealing that the new 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 gets 760 horsepower. Yes, you read that right: 760 horses.

The new Shelby GT500 will deliver 760 horsepower and 625 lb-ft of torque, making it the most powerful street-legal Ford vehicle ever put to the road. It also means that the supercharged 5.2-liter aluminum alloy V8 is the world’s most power-dense supercharged V8 engine currently in production.

Also offered with the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 is a segment-exclusive Tremec® TR-9070 DCT dual-clutch transmission, which offers superior control and quick shifting in all driving scenarios.

“In many ways, this is like having two transmissions in one,” said Pat Morgan, Ford Performance powertrain manager. “On one hand, it enables performance at the outer reaches of straight-line quickness with minimal torque interruption yet provides an incredible amount of finesse and control in track environments for maximum stability and predictability at the limits of lateral acceleration.”

Ford promises that the Shelby GT500 will offer a mid-three-second 0-60 mph time and will be able to go from 0-100-0 in just 10.6 seconds. To achieve this, Ford has equipped the new Shelby GT500 with performance-enhancing equipment such as 16.5-inch two-piece Brembo® rotors and larger Brembo® six-piston calipers, next-gen MagneRide™ suspension, and Ford Performance-spec Michelin® Pilot® Sport 4S tires.

Ford also offers two packages for the Shelby GT500: the Handling Package and the Carbon Fiber Track Package. The former adds a Gurney flap spoiler and strut top mounts. The latter adds Michelin® Pilot® Sport Cup 2 tires, 20-inch carbon fiber wheels, adjustable exposed carbon fiber GT4 track wing, and splitter wickers with integrated dive plane.

If you have a need for speed that you want to satisfy, look no further than the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500, which should be arriving at Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford later this year.

Mustang Shelby GT500

Beat the Heat with Live Pittsburgh Theater This Summer

In Pittsburgh, the temperatures are rising, which means it’s time to think of ways to cool off. If you’re looking for some family-friendly inside activities to take part in this summer, then why not consider heading to the theater? Here, we’ve put together a list of live Pittsburgh theater shows that you should add to your calendar before school starts.

SPAMILTON: An American Parody

If you’ve been one of the lucky people to see the Broadway hit musical about Alexander Hamilton — or if you’ve been on the waiting list for tickets — why not check out SPAMILTON: An American Parody? As you might guess, this play is filled to the brim with singing, dancing, and comedy as it riffs on the well-known musical. This play will take place at CLO Cabaret from May 16 to August 25. The specific performance schedule can be seen here.

Peter Pan

There is nothing quite like a classic, which is why Peter Pan should be on your list of shows to take your family to. This Tony Award®-winning musical has been performed for over 60 years, delighting everyone that sees it. Step into Neverland with Tinkerbell, Wendy, and Peter himself and enjoy the iconic music and adventure that this play has to offer. It will take place at the Benedum Center from July 12-21.

If you want to make a thoroughly theatrical impression the next time you pull up for a date night, look no further than the great selection of new Ford vehicles available at Shults Ford Wexford.

Live Pittsburgh Theater

Check Out the New 2020 Ford Escape SUV

Earlier this year, Ford pulled back the covers on the next iteration of its popular Escape SUV, including hybrid and plug-in options. In total, you can choose from four powertrains for the 2020 Ford Escape.

If you want to go the hybrid route, the 2020 Escape can be ordered up with a 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle hybrid engine that creates 198 horsepower and boasts a range of more than 550 miles. Or if you are ready to step into the plug-in hybrid arena, you can go with the Escape’s new propulsion system that achieves a best-in-class EPA-estimated all-electric range of 30 miles or more.

Traditional gas models for the 2020 Escape are also appealing. You can choose the new 1.5-liter EcoBoost® engine, which serves up 180 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque and achieves a max tow rating of 2,000 pounds. But for pure power, go with the new 2.0-liter EcoBoost® engine that cranks out 250 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque and enables towing up to 3,500 pounds.

Technology is a hallmark of the new Escape, including selectable drive modes (normal, eco, sport, slippery, snow, and sand) and Ford Co-Pilot360™ driver-assist technology. Two class-exclusive driver-assist technologies available on the 2020 Ford Escape are Evasive Steering Assist and Active Park Assist 2.0. The 2020 Ford Escape is coming to Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford, and we want to make sure you’re one of the first on your block to drive one. Stop in to learn how to make that happen.

2020 Ford Escape (2019 Escape pictured)

Check Out the Greater Pittsburgh Soapbox Derby in June

Looking for a new kind of summer fun for the kids now that school’s out? Try out the Greater Pittsburgh Soapbox Derby, a free event that will take place on Eden Park Blvd in McKeesport. That’s a 40-minute drive southeast out of downtown Pittsburgh and about an hour away from our dealership here in Wexford.

The Greater Pittsburgh Soapbox Derby will be held on June 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., meaning there is plenty of time for your family to stop by and check out the high-speed action.

The Soap Box Derby has long been a youth program beloved across America, getting its start in our neighbor to the west, Ohio. The first All-American Soap Box Derby race was held in Dayton back in 1934, and since then the sport has grown in popularity. The sport is great for young kids who learn the value of hard work in readying their competing cars and then get the fun pay off of actually competing in a race that values sportsmanship above all else.

Want to learn more about this year’s race event? Contact the race director, Bryan Brain. You can find contact info for Brian here. We hope to see you at the derby! If your vehicle needs are just a bit bigger than a soapbox, stop into Shults Ford Wexford and peruse our selection of new Ford vehicles.

Greater Pittsburgh Soapbox Derby

The Best Places for Sledding in Pittsburgh

Winter may bring high heating bills and icy roads, but the season isn’t all bad. Sledding is a favorite winter pastime the whole family can enjoy. So pack a sled or two into your Ford SUV or truck and head out to one of these best places for sledding in Pittsburgh.

Blueberry Hill Park and Knob Hill Park

Let’s start in our own suburb of Wexford, Pennsylvania. Two great spots include Blueberry Hill Park, which is off of I-79 and I-279 North, and Knob Hill Park. Blueberry Hill Park has its own designated sledding area—that’s how great it is.

South Park

Sunny Slopes in Pittsburgh is a perfect spot for sledding, whether cloudy or sunny. The area includes three hills, one of which boasts a 1,000-foot-long slope for optimal sledding speed. Of course, all that fun on the way down means a long trek back up for the next go.

Chapel Hill

Head to Chatham University for a sledding legend: Chapel Hill. The slope starts at the Chatham Memorial Chapel and is not too often frequented, making it a great spot for family fun.

Flagstaff Hill

Flagstaff Hill is among the most popular sledding hills in Pittsburgh. In fact, it’s a great spot for tobogganing, mild snowboarding, and a good old-fashioned snowball fight. The spot is near Phipps Conservatory.

We here at Shults Ford Wexford encourage you and your family to enjoy the winter season and all the snow-based fun it delivers.

best places for sledding in Pittsburgh

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

How to Celebrate Christmas in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is a great place to live if you’re looking to get into the Christmas spirit. The city is full of plenty of holiday-themed events to choose from, making it easy to pack your December with fun, family-friendly events to enjoy. If you’re wondering how to celebrate Christmas in Pittsburgh, keep these festive events in mind.

Peoples Gas Holiday Market. The annual Peoples Gas Holiday Market is the perfect destination to get into the holiday spirit. Not only does this market, which creates a picturesque village in Market Square, offer you the option to find unique Christmas gifts, but it also gives the kids a chance to meet Santa. There are a number of local and national vendors to browse, bringing to mind the original German Christkindlmarkt. It is on from now until December 23rd. On Thursdays, it is open from 11am to 8pm; on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, it is open from 11am to 6pm.

Spirits of Giving From Around the World. Step into an international wonderland in the PPG Wintergarden’s Spirits of Giving From Around the World. This exhibition displays a number of life-sized Santas, each of which depict holiday traditions from around the globe. It also has a collection of original paintings on display to help capture memories of Christmases past. There is even a 32-foot tree on display, surrounded by the Santas and gingerbread houses. The exhibit is free, so stop by to see this wonderful, educational display.

Christmas in Pittsburgh