Celebrities Who Drive a Ford

The average driver tends to believe that well-paid celebrities drive expensive cars, often ranging in the supercar segment, like Ferrari and Lamborghini. As it turns out, that isn’t entirely true. While many celebrities do indeed drive cars with six-figure price tags, others are driving the same cars that many consumers drive. We here at Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford know of a few celebrities who drive a Ford.

John Goodman

Known for his role in Big Lebowski, John Goodman is an Emmy and Golden Globe winner with quite the reputation behind him. One might think that such a well-know, well-off actor would be sitting behind the wheel of a fancy sports car, but that couldn’t be more wrong. In fact, Goodman rolls off in a 1997 Ford F-150. A fitting ride, especially since the F-150 is the bestselling pickup in the United States.

Eric Bana

Known for his role in the 2003 movie Hulk, Eric Bana is an Australian actor with a need for speed on the road. Why else would he have converted his first car, a Ford XV Falcon, into a racer? Bana has owned the Falcon since he was 16, a car that fits Marvel’s big green monster’s role perfectly.

Conan O’Brien

The last thing one might expect a late-night show host to ride around in is a 1992 Ford Taurus SHO, but that’s exactly what Conan O’Brien drives. Powered by a 3.0-liter V6 engine that delivers 220 hp, the Taurus SHO is almost as interesting as O’Brien himself.

Celebrities Who Drive a Ford - 2014 Ford F-150

Ford’s Liftgate Technology

Ford's Liftgate TechnologyAccessing your vehicle’s trunk shouldn’t be a hassle, and with Ford’s liftgate technology it doesn’t have to be. Full hands and heavy items are no longer an obstacle when you own a Ford vehicle equipped with a liftgate. Here’s a little more information about Ford’s liftgate technology from us here at Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford.

Ford’s hands-free liftgate allows drivers to access the cargo area without setting down items. Ford’s electrical systems engineers say that the technology is similar to that found in motion-control video games.­­­­

The technology was extensively tested to ensure that the liftgate wouldn’t open unintentionally. The system uses two sensors to detect when a shin and foot enter and leave the electronic field. It then tries to detect the key fob and opens the liftgate is successful.

The system is perfectly calibrated to detect a kicking motion alone. The liftgate won’t open during other encounters, such as encountering a rolling ball, dogs, and rain. Since everyone’s knee bends at a different point depending on height, the technology had to be tested and calibrated accordingly.

A sample of shorter women and taller men with different knee heights, some up to two feet of difference, were used to show how the system detects the kicking motion. The advanced liftgate system has since been perfected and has been available in Ford vehicles since 2013.

 

Ford Technology and Performance vs Competitors

Ford technology

You may have heard of Ford’s proudest accomplishment—the F-150 has been America’s best selling truck for 40 years. That accolade is thanks to a standard for continuous improvement and development that isn’t matched in other brand. Ford vehicles beat out competitors like Nissan, Hyundai, and General Motors in more ways than one. The entire Ford lineup is home to some of the best technology and performance on the market.

Some of the best Ford technology is centered around Ford’s SYNC® 3 infotainment system. Available in most of the Ford lineup, the SYNC® 3 system offers hands-free access to tons of important tools and entertainment features using natural voice command control. Access navigation, traffic information, and your favorite smartphone apps using an intuitive interface.

Compared to systems like NissanConnect or Hyundai Blue Link, SYNC® 3 is an effortless and versatile system. Let’s not forget to acknowledge the generous and intelligent safety features offered in each of the Ford vehicles. You won’t find active and passive securities as plentiful or as thoughtful in other vehicles.

Ford also tends to beat out competitors with its performance. Even just the mid-size SUV, the Ford Explorer, can tow up to 5,000 pounds, doing so safely thanks to features like Hill Descent Control™ and Adaptive Cruise Control. Take a closer look at the details of each Ford vehicle and its competitors, and you’ll see that the Ford brand wins nearly every time. You can find the Ford for you here at Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford.

How Ford Fits Every Lifestyle

Ford fits every lifestyle What makes for a great auto brand? Is it maximum power? The latest technology? The fastest sports car?

At Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford, we think that versatility is the key ingredient to being an outstanding brand. The Ford lineup certainly has what it takes to cater to all sorts of needs. Ford may be applauded often for its best-selling pickup trucks, but there’s so much more in the Ford lineup than simply strength. One look at the lineup and you’ll see that Ford fits every lifestyle.

For instance, check out the Ford Fiesta. As Ford’s smallest car, the Fiesta also wears the smallest price tag, so it’s the perfect choice for young drivers or college graduates with student loans to pay off. It’s just as impressively efficient as it is affordable, so drivers will save on gas, too.

Still, the 2017 Ford Fiesta, as well as its larger siblings like the Focus and the Fusion, is packed full of features, like available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, that give young drivers access to the smartphone interface with which they’re familiar.

These larger sedans make excellent family cars. But the Ford lineup is also full of crossover and SUV options that are equally appealing for those that want extra space or capability. There are even options like the 2017 Expedition, which can tow up to 9,200 pounds, providing families with both the strength of a truck and the comfort of a car.

No matter what your lifestyle is like, it’s hard not to find a Ford that fits it. To learn more about our favorite features in the Ford lineup, call us at Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford. We’ll be happy to help you explore Fords that are perfect for you.

A Few Great Day Trips From Pittsburgh

 

Just because you already burned through that week of paid vacation doesn’t mean you can’t get out and about. Here at Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford we love the fact that there are so many great day trips from Pittsburgh.

 

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Cleveland, OH – 2.5-hour drive

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - day trips from Pittsburgh

Situated beautifully on the banks of Lake Erie, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame celebrates the rock artists that helped shape this unique brand of music. Interactive and multimedia exhibits tell the fantastic stories of many great artists, both past and present. New exhibits are added all of the time.

 

Fallingwater Mill Run, PA – 1.5-hour drive

Fallingwater - day trips from Pittsburgh

Even if you are not an architecture buff, you will still find Frank Lloyd Wright’s most famous project breathtaking. It’s hard to not perceive how Fallingwater, built in the 1930s, blends so well into its natural surroundings. After all, it’s built around a waterfall! Be sure and sign up for a tour to learn all of the exciting details of this iconic home.

 

Penn’s Cave Centre Hall, PA – 3-hour drive

Penn's Cave - day trips from Pittsburgh

Sailing on the underground river to take in the strange rock formations of Penn’s Cave is a truly wondrous experience. The boat trip takes about 45 minutes, during which a tour guide will explain how the stalagmites, stalactites, and draperies are formed. The cave is not far from State College, a college town where you’ll find lots of other interesting things to do.

City Driving In The Ford Escape

City Driving In The Ford Escape

City driving requires a unique skillset. That’s true for vehicles as much as it is for people. Look at the 2017 Ford Escape. Overall, it’s a very versatile crossover, but it also happens to thrive in the urban environment.

Read any literature on the Ford Escape, and you’ll find that folks appreciate, often above all else, the way that the Escape handles on the road. No one needs to feel every bump in the road, but no one wants to feel like they are riding in a boat. Conduct some city driving in the Ford Escape and you’ll experience firsthand that perfect balance between comfort and response. The steering response is designed to give an impression of nimble movement, and it succeeds admirably in that regard. This is important on those tight, unforgiving city streets.

A number of other features make the Ford Escape perfect for ambling around in the bowels of the city. Driving can be unpredictable, no matter where you are. But with buildings and parked cars obscuring your vision in the city, the available Forward Collision Warning on the Ford Escape is simply indispensable. Meanwhile, the Start-Stop technology means you don’t have to feel bad about the similar start-stop nature of city traffic.

The 2017 Ford Escape is also known to offer an exceptionally quiet ride, an attribute that can really come in handy driving in the city. Visit us here at Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford today to find out just how well-equipped the 2017 Ford Escape really is.

Pittsburgh Jam Fest

Pittsburgh Jam Fest

Do you have plans in late April? If not, you could. The Pittsburgh Jam Fest is just around the corner, and it’s sure to be tons of fun, especially for basketball lovers.

Just what is the Jam Fest? It’s not actually about “jam”, so don’t come hungry. It’s an event that puts tons of basketball team members together in one place. Every year for the Jam Fest, coaches and players from colleges all over the AAU circuit meet in Pittsburgh to play against each other. Thanks to all of the space available in the David L. Lawrence Convention center, there are over thirty courts at this event.

Last year, more than 400 teams and 225 coaches attended the event. Imagine what it will look like this year! It will be easier than ever for teams to participate in these events, because Jam Fest is now a “Stay & Play” event. The partnership between Hoop Group and several Pittsburgh hotels means that teams will get lower rates and discounts on everything local.

If you’re in attendance, then you won’t be the only one. ESPN, Scout.com, CBS Sports, SLAM Magazine, and more media groups will all be there.

So make your plans now for April 28th– 30th to catch these awesome teams compete.

Ford Fusion Named Best Family Sedan

2017 Ford Fusion

There’s a reason why people keep going back to Ford. It’s because of amazing cars like the Ford Fusion, which was recently named Best Family Sedan by 2017 MotorWeek Drivers’ Choice awards!

Sometimes, minivans or SUVs aren’t always the right fit for families. That’s why there still needs to be reliable family sedans. Fortunately, the Ford Fusion has everything a family could want. The MotorWeek Drivers’ Choice Awards honor the best cars, trucks, and SUVs of the year. The awards are distributed based on each vehicle from the driver’s point of view, and that’s a very important point of view to have!

The awards take into consideration innovation, value, reliability, and safety. The Fusion easily took home the award for Best Family Sedan, checking off all of these boxes. It goes above and beyond other sedans with extensive technology features. Where there is technology, there’s often safety, too. The Fusion will keep the whole family safe, thanks to over 20 driver-assistive technologies.

Another thing to love about the Fusion, and another reason why it took home this award, is its versatility. Whether you prioritize power or efficiency, you can get it all with the Fusion, which is made up of options like the Fusion Hybrid, Fusion Sport, and Fusion Energi.

So what are you waiting for? Take the “Best Family Sedan” for a test drive today at Shults Ford in Wexford, PA!

Head Downtown for the Shake Your Booties Gala

Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center

Have you ever wanted to have fun while working for a good cause? If that sounds a little far-fetched, don’t worry; we have more information. You’re invited to the Shake Your Booties Down Bourbon Street event in Downtown Pittsburgh on March 25th, the 16th annual Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center’s signature gala. Enjoy an exciting and fun Mardi Gras vibe as you take part in this outdoor dance party for a cause.

General admission is $150 for a night of drinking, dancing, dinner, and even reserved parking at Stage AE. Last year, Shakes Your Booties 2016 was one of the biggest celebrations in the event’s history, raising over $200,000 for The Children’s Homes three local programs – the Pediatric Specialty Hospital, Child’s Way, and Adoption. You can take part in the stunning yearly gala, all the while donating money to children in need. There are even raffle tickets available if you would like to donate even more; all proceeds go to the cause!

Don’t miss out on great food and drinks and a night of live entertainment. Stop by the Shake Your Booties 2017 event this March 25th from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m. It’s sure to be a wild ride!

Ford Model E Rumors and Speculation Abound

Ford Focus Electric | Wexford, PALately, it seems like electric vehicles are a hot topic. With major players like Tesla and Chevrolet throwing their weight around in the segment, new electric offerings deliver a longer electric range than ever before. Ford recently confirmed rumors that the company was working on a 200-mile range EV of its own, tentatively referred to as the Ford Model E. While the EV isn’t expected to enter production until late 2019, Model E rumors are flying around in the midst of anticipation of more info.

Ford already has an electric Focus model, which offers a range of over 100 miles. However, that doesn’t seem to be stopping the company from striving for more. Not only will the upcoming Model E go head to head with the Tesla Model 3 and the Chevy Bolt, but it reportedly will also feature hybrid and plug-in hybrid models for those who don’t just want an EV but the comfort and familiarity of a traditional gasoline engine as well.

Ford Authority adds its own speculation to the Model E rumors, stating it believes the vehicle will either be a midsize or compact car, which would place it underneath $40,000. Additionally, if the Ford Model E will be offering hybrid powertrains, it may be replacing the C-MAX in Ford’s current lineup.