Flex Your Driving Muscles Behind the Wheel of a New Edge

Red 2019 Ford Edge parked with buildings in the background. | Chesterton, IN

The 2019 Ford Edge offers the strength and capability of an SUV while still providing the sporty performance of a much smaller vehicle. If you’re looking for a vehicle that will rumble when you step on the gas but will provide the space to take you and your families both down the street and down to the coast, then you need the 2019 Edge. Here’s why.

Capable Performance

The 2019 Ford Edge offers a blend of sporty performance and power that you won’t find in many SUVs. Choose between two impressive engines: a turbocharged, direct-injection twin-scroll 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine; and the responsive 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine. You can combine the power of these engines with efficient driving thanks to features like Auto Start-Stop Technology, which reduces fuel consumption and emissions by shutting off the engine when you stop and starting it back up when you take your foot off the brakes. That efficiency continues to shine in the 19 miles per gallon in town and 26 mpg highway fuel efficiency.

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3 Family-Friendly Features of the New Expedition

A family of five sitting in the inside of a 2019 Ford Expedition | Ford dealer in Chesterton, IN

If you’re in search of a new SUV that the whole family will love, look no further than the 2019 Ford Expedition. It’s the perfect SUV for school carpools or family vacations. Let’s take a look at some of the features that make it such a great option.

1. Interior

With the 2019 Expedition, you’ll never run out of room for family and fun. This versatile SUV comfortably seats up to eight people and has a maximum cargo volume of 104.6 cubic feet. Boarding the Expedition and loading cargo is easier than ever thanks to available Tip and Slide bucket seats. 

With a six-way power driver’s seat, you’ll always feel comfortable and relaxed, even on longer trips. Front seat ventilation and heating are featured in both the driver’s seat and passenger seat to help relieve leg and lower back fatigue. The Expedition provides maximum shoulder and headroom for all passengers, from the driver to those sitting in the third row. 

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4 Features to Look Forward to on the New Escape

Interior view of a Ford Escape from the back facing the front with the back seats down. | Ford dealer in Burns Harbor, IN

When Ford first introduced the Escape to consumers in 2000, it soon became a driver favorite. Now, with the 2020 model, Ford is introducing an exciting redesign for the beloved SUV. Let’s take a look at some of the impressive new features that drivers can expect.

1. New Engines and Transmission

With the 2020 model, drivers can expect the Escape to be more powerful than ever before. The conventional version will come equipped with a 1.5-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder engine capable of putting out 180 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque. Upper trim levels will be powered by a 260-horsepower EcoBoost four-cylinder engine capable of producing 260 pound-feet of torque. 

A hybrid model, the first ever in the Escape lineup, will come equipped with a powertrain supplemented by a gasoline engine. An EcoBoost three-cylinder turbo engine will come standard on the base trim level, while upper trim levels will be powered by a 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder. An eight-speed automatic transmission will come standard in all trim levels.

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Comparing the XLT & Limited 2019 Ford Expedition

Red 2019 Ford Expedition | Ford Dealer in Burns Harbor, IN

Whether you’re shopping for an Expedition XLT or Limited, each has features across the board that stand out, making the SUV a good choice for in-town or out-of-town driving. 

2019 Ford Expedition XLT

Exterior Appearance

The 8-seater XLT has a stylish exterior with standard enhancing features such as roof-rack side rails, running boards, chrome grille, black power adjustable heated mirrors, solar-tinted windshield, and Halogen projector-beam reflector headlamps.

Power and Performance

Power is handled by a 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine accompanied by a 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission. Performance in handling and maneuverability is supported by an Anti-Lock Braking system and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution. The XLT is also aided by traction control, Hill Start Assist, Hill Descent Control, Multi-link independent rear suspension, and rack-and-pinion steering. 

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3 Impressive Features on the 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby

Back end of a blue 2019 Ford Mustang | Ford Dealer in Burns Harbor, IN

The Ford Mustang Shelby is a classic car with luscious curves and a loud roar. This muscle car has been reintroduced for 2019 and the features are nothing short of impressive. The engine has more growl, the body is more aerodynamic, and the tech is updated for a more focused ride.

1. Engine Upgrades

The 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 has a growl that makes you fear its bite. The most powerful naturally aspirated road-going engine in Ford history sits in the newest Shelby and you’ll know it when you start it up. The 5.2-liter TI-VCT V-8 engine has a flat-plane crankshaft and a Tremec six-speed manual transmission. This combination creates 526 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque. At redline, it produces 8,250 rpm, making the GT350 the highest revving production V-8 ever created by Ford.

The MagneRide Damping System features recalibrated springs and revised damping to accommodate the higher thresholds, along with automatic self-monitoring 1,000 times every second. Add the dual exhaust electronic valves and quad tips and you have a personalized engine output for your preferences.

2. Aerodynamic Body Mods

Ford has adjusted parts of the 2019 Mustang Shelby GT350 without compromising the classic body style that is famous for the model. The new spoiler reduces drag from air currents while the available Gurney flap adds downforce similar to airplanes. They even the optimized the grille closeout in front so the air moves over and around while you’re speeding down the road. The custom Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires feature a redesigned tread and compound to allow for better traction, improved linear and lateral acceleration times, as well as shorter braking, thanks to the revised antilock brake tuning.

3. Redesigned Interior with Tech Upgrades

The interior of this classic beauty has also been upgraded for the 2019 model. It comes standard with RECARO cloth seats and Dark Slate Miko inserts. The shift knob is race-inspired as well as the flat-bottom steering wheel which comes wrapped in leather and Alcantara and a Cobra logo. There are no rear seats, keeping this model in race-ready form. A new shift indicator light displays on the windshield to keep your eyes on the road for your entire drive. Interior accents are a Shelby-exclusive aluminum applique.

The 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 has updated technology as well. A rear view camera and dual-control conditioning, and Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system are all standard and help with situational awareness and comfort. The optional technology package includes a Bang & Olufsen 12-speaker sound system with HD radio technology, Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert, heated exterior mirrors Cobra LED-projector puddle lamps, and a voice-activated navigation system with Sirius XM Traffic and Travel Link.

Each of these amazing features and add-ons is designed to optimize performance and increase your comfort as you fly down the road, letting the engine roar at full power. Stop into Lakeshore Motors today to try one out for yourself. New owners even receive complimentary enrollment in Ford’s high-performance driving school so you can learn all about your new Shelby.

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4 Tips for Trading in Your Car

Hand shake as car keys are turned in to a dealership for a trade in. | Ford Dealer in Chesterton, IN

Are you in the market for a new set of wheels? Most shoppers choose to trade in their old vehicle towards the purchase of a new one. The more informed you are about the trade-in process, the more you can level the playing field once you arrive at the showroom. Feel confident when negotiating your next trade-in with these four handy tips.

1. Appraise Your Car

The first thing you’ll want to do before you walk into your local dealership is to determine the trade-in value of your car. One of today’s most popular ways to get a reliable appraisal is to visit Kelley Blue Book’s website.

You’ll want to enter all of your car’s particulars, such as make and model, year, mileage and condition, and any optional upgrades. The KBB’s database will then spit out a value range that you can expect when trading in your car, as well as the vehicle’s estimated resell value.

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Top 3 Fords for Daily Commuters

Top view of a busy highway in the city at night | Chesterton, INAnyone with a long daily commute knows that having the right car is essential to happiness. The car needs to have great efficiency numbers and enough performance capabilities for anything rush hour throws your way. Lastly, outstanding entertainment features are key to surviving long stretches of bumper-to-bumper traffic. Here are some of the top Ford models for daily commuters.

  1. Ford Escape

If you’re looking for a bit more height to see the road ahead, along with the other key components that make a great commuter car, the Ford Escape might be for you. In regard to performance, there are three exciting engine options. The first is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder rig with a variable intake. The second is a turbocharged 1.5-liter engine. You can also opt for a slightly larger 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine with an output of 245 horsepower. Available all-wheel drive makes tackling tough winter driving conditions a breeze.

There are plenty of great entertainment and safety features as well. Features such as blind spot monitoring, lane-keeping assistance, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision detection all make every drive a little safer for everyone. Entertainment features include the FordPass Connect system, which allows you to turn your Escape into a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot. With Ford plus Alexa, you have the power of Amazon at the sound of your voice.

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3 Reasons Your Family Will Enjoy the 2019 Ford EcoSport

Orange 2019 Ford EcoSport | Ford Dealer | Burns Harbor, INAnyone with a family who is looking for an economical compact SUV should seriously consider the 2019 Ford EcoSport as a top option. Families love it because it has the right mix of style, performance, efficiency, safety, and entertainment features that make it very attractive to those with children and teens. Here are some of the top reasons the 2019 EcoSport makes an excellent family SUV.

  1. Stylish Exterior

Let’s face it, no one wants to get dropped off at practice or school in a ride that looks like it’s ready to head back to the ’90s. The exterior of the 2019 EcoSport is flashy and stylish with just a touch of sportiness. With four distinct trim levels to choose from, your family gets exactly the features they want and doesn’t have to pay for ones they don’t.

Some of the exciting available exterior features include black side cladding, turn signal indicators in the side-view mirrors, and metal rub strips for even more style. Fog lights and 17-inch wheels are also available, depending on which trim level you opt for.

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The Relaunch of the 2019 Ford Ranger

Grey 2019 Ford Ranger on the beach | Ford Dealer | Chesterton, INThe Ford Ranger was once the midsize alternative to the F-150 full-size pickup truck, but Ford stopped selling new models in the United States in 2011. However, as of 2019, the Ranger is back with a fresh generation, and it’s here to let truck buyers know what America’s best-selling truck company can do in the midsize market. After all, Ford has built this all-new Ranger model on 100 years of truck designing experience.

Engine Power

One of the highlights of the 2019 Ford Ranger is the power you get from its engine. You only get one engine option, but the 2.3-liter I-4 uses a turbocharger to give you 270 horsepower and a potent 310 pound-feet of torque. Combined with the solid body-on-frame design, a Ranger equipped with this engine can tow up to 7,500 pounds or carry up to 1,860 pounds in the bed. That makes it one of the best midsize pickup trucks for towing and hauling, even though the light engine and partial-aluminum frame cut down on fuel use.

Off-Road Features

Like you’d expect from any pickup truck, the 2019 Ranger comes with a 2×4 or 4×4 drivetrain. However, that’s just the first of its off-road features. If you opt for the FX4 Off-Road Package, you get off-road shocks, all-terrain tires with deep treads for optimal surface traction, and an electronic locking rear differential that keeps both rear wheels moving at the same speed. You also get skid plates that protect the undercarriage and interior off-road controls like the Terrain Management System and the Trail Control feature.

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The 2019 Ford Fusion – A Top Selling Sedan for 2018

2019 Ford Fusion | Ford Dealer | Burns Harbor, INThe Ford Fusion is a solid entry into the midsize class. It’s a family sedan with more space than you’d expect from its size, both in the cabin and in the trunk. It also handles well, making it easy to control for new drivers and old hands alike, and the technology features are simple to use and very convenient. It’s plain to see why the Fusion was a top-selling model in 2018 and will continue to do the same in 2019.

Plenty of Room

Midsize sedans, like the 2019 Fusion, have more space to spare than a compact but less space than a full-size model, such as the Taurus. However, the Fusion has additional room than you’d expect from the class, including 38.3 inches of back row legroom, 102.8 cubic feet of passenger space, and a trunk with up to 16 cubic feet to spare. The trunk size goes down on the hybrids and plug-in hybrid models thanks to the large batteries they use, but that still leaves you with a decent capacity for suitcases or groceries.

Six Engine Choices

Between the regular engines and hybrid options, the 2019 Fusion has plenty of ways to get you moving. The starting engine gives you 175 horsepower with normal aspiration, and the other three engines are EcoBoost models that use turbochargers to generate 181, 245, and 325 horsepower with just four or six cylinders. Then there are the hybrid trims and Energi trim, which use 2.0-liter engines and electric motors to get 188 net horsepower. They also get over 40 mpg whether you’re driving in the city or on the highway.

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