Tips for First-Time Off-Roaders in Lawrence, KS

Ford Bronco Off Road | Lawrence, KS

There’s just something exciting about taking your truck or SUV and breaking away from the beaten path. When you’re driving a Ford like the rugged Explorer, F-150, or all-new Bronco, it’s even easier to feel that thrill. If you’re new to hitting the trails, these tips for first-time off-roaders should help get you off(-road) on the right foot.

Find fellow enthusiasts
Off-roading is an experience best enjoyed with buddies — whether they’re old pals or fast friends. Before you head out, try to link up with folks who’ve gone off-roading before and may have some ideas of where you should go and what you should do. Or, better yet, head out with them and make it a group outing.

Make sure you have what you need
If you intend to do some adventuring, you’ll want to be as well-equipped as possible. Shop around for tools like recovery shovels and ropes and tire plug kits, and be sure you have a fully stocked first aid and emergency kit. Moreover, make sure that the vehicle you drive is up for the task. If you’re riding with a Ford Ranger Tremor of Bronco Sport, for example, consider that question as good as answered.

Looking for a vehicle that matches your passions? Ford has one of the most exciting lineups going today. Check out the selection at Laird Noller Lawrence Ford online and stop in when you’re ready to take a test drive.

2022 Ford Ranger Brings Back Popular Splash™ Package

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Ford is bringing back a popular option from the 1990s for the new Ranger. The 2022 Ford Ranger, available later this year at Laird Noller Lawrence Ford in Kansas, will be available with not one but two Splash™ Packages.

“Ranger customers love to personalize their trucks — more than 80 percent customize their Ranger with an appearance package — and with Splash™, we’re giving them something exclusive,” said Chad Callandar, Ford Ranger marketing manager. “Every few months, we’re going to roll out another exterior color for Ranger that will be offered one time only and in very limited quantities.”

Callandar is talking about the Splash™ Limited Edition, which will consist of several one-time-only color options limited to just a few hundred examples. Toward the end of the year, the Splash™ Limited Edition run kicks off with the Snow Edition, which will no doubt play on a winter theme.

But Ford is also offering a Splash™ Package that will be available for the entirety of the 2022 Ranger model year. This will include orange and black body-side graphics, 18-inch 12-spoke wheels in matte black, and orange grille nostrils among other exterior touches. Inside, the Ranger Splash™ gets cool carbon grain and tuxedo striped seats with orange contrast stitching to give it an exclusive feel.
The 2022 Ford Ranger Splash™ and Splash™ Limited Edition will both be up for grabs on SuperCrew XLT and Lariat models at the end of the year. To learn how you can get yours, contact the team at Laird Noller Lawrence Ford in Lawrence, Kansas.

Mustang Mach-E Was the Fourth Bestselling EV This Year

Mustang Mach-E, Fourth Bestselling EV This Year | Lawrence, KS

The new Ford Mustang Mach-E expertly combines an electric powertrain with an iconic style and innovative tech, so it’s no wonder the EV’s already a popular choice among drivers. In fact, the Mach-E was the fourth bestselling EV during the first quarter of 2021.

EV models overall also saw a rise in popularity, accounting for 7.8 percent of sales in quarter one. The Mach-E was one of the top choices among these models thanks, in part, to its fantastic powertrain. It has an EPA-estimated 305 miles of range, so you can cruise through Lawrence, Kansas, and commute to work without worrying about finding a charger.* Once it’s time to charge, you can do so quickly at a DC fast charger or from the comfort of your home.

The inside of the 2021 model is also luxurious and impressively spacious, with 59.7 cubic feet of cargo room behind the first row. And it features technologies like the new SYNC® 4A infotainment system, the available B&O® Sound System, and protective Ford Co-Pilot360™ Technology. These and more great features helped the Mach-E take home the 2021 EV of the Year award from Car and Driver as well.

Check out the bestselling and award-winning Ford Mustang Mach-E when it arrives at Laird Noller Lawrence Ford.

*Based on full charge.  Actual range varies with conditions such as external environment, vehicle use, driving behaviors, vehicle maintenance, lithium-ion battery age and state of health.

Ford Bronco Sport Made KBB List of Coolest Cars for Dads

Bronco Sport Dirt Ride | Lawrence, KS

Kelley Blue Book created a list of some of the coolest cars for dads that cost under $30,000. Whether you want to surprise your dad with a new car or buy yourself a dad-worthy car, this list gives some great options to choose from, one of which is the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport.

The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport topped the list thanks to its practical design and on- and off-road capabilities. According to KBB, this SUV is a great option for a dad that enjoys venturing into the great outdoors, whether it’s to fish or camp.

The adventure-ready model features the Terrain Management System™ with five G.O.A.T. Modes™ for handling a variety of terrains. In addition, its standard 4×4 capability, heavy-duty front tow hooks, and H.O.S.S. suspension system make each trim ready for whatever trails you face.

And the cabin is family-friendly too, so everyone can stay comfortable, even in the wilderness. It has a best-in-class cargo volume of 65.2 cubic feet as well as best-in-class headroom. The available SYNC® 3 system comes with an 8-inch touch screen and Apple CarPlay® compatibility, making it easy to keep in touch with your loved ones.

Interested in buying a 2021 Ford Bronco Sport in Lawrence, Kansas, for your dad or yourself? Contact Laird Noller Lawrence Ford.

Ford Building Engines for Next-Gen USPS Mail Vehicles

Ford Building Engines for USPS Mail Vehicles | Lawrence, KS

The United States Postal Service promises to always deliver the mail, come what may. For that job, the USPS needs reliable mail delivery vehicles — and that’s where Ford comes in. Ford is partnering with the USPS to build engines for the Next Generation Delivery Vehicle, which will go into production in 2023.

Ford is teaming up with Oshkosh Defense, who won a contract to provide between 50,000 and 165,000 next-generation delivery vehicles for the Postal Service. These vehicles will replace the familiar Grumman Long Life Vehicle, which has been in service for the past 30 years and has grown quite long in the tooth.

Because the future is electric, Ford Component Sales will also provide powertrain and other components for battery electric delivery vehicles. Oshkosh Defense President John Bryant says that Next Generation Delivery Vehicles with internal combustion engines could also be retrofitted with electric powertrains.

This is just another way that Ford reaffirms its standing as one of America’s most trusted brands. By helping ensure that people in Kansas and across the country will get their mail on time, Ford comes through again when American needs it.

Ford also comes through in making high-quality vehicles for Kansans, like the all-new F-150 and the upcoming Maverick. To learn more about how Ford consistently delivers, visit Laird Noller Lawrence Ford in Lawrence, Kansas.

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Reservations Top 120K … and Counting

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning | Lawrence, KS

It’s no surprise to anyone at Laird Noller Lawrence Ford that the all-new F-150 Lightning is electrifying drivers across Kansas and the United States. Since debuting earlier this year, 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning reservations have eclipsed 120,000, making it a bona fide hit a full year before it even arrives at our showroom.

So why’s everyone buzzing about the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning? Because it’s not just any electric vehicle — it’s a Built Ford Tough® EV. There’s just so much to be impressed by with the all-new F-150 Lightning, but if we had to break down five of the top reasons why we’re excited, it would look something like this.

  • Long-range confidence. Ford is targeting up to 300 miles of EPA-estimated range with the extended-range battery.1
  • Big-time power. You expect strength from the Ford F-Series. The F-150 Lightning delivers with a targeted 563 horsepower and 755 lb-ft of torque2 and a mid-four-second 0-60 time.3
  • Huge potential. Another must for a Ford F-150? Towing and payload power. The all-electric F-150 Lightning comes through with a maximum 10,000 pounds of towing4 and up to 2,000 pounds of payload potential.5
  • Clutch technology. The 2022 F-150 Lightning boasts Ford Intelligent Backup Power, a feature that allows your truck to power your home in an outage for up to 10 days with proper rationing
  • Hands-free. The Ford F-150 Lightning will be the latest vehicle to offer BlueCruise, the hands-free driving technology that works on more than 100,000 miles of highway

What are you waiting for? Join the thousands who have already made their reservations and stake your claim for the all-new 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning at Laird Noller Lawrence Ford in Lawrence, Kansas.

1Excludes Platinum models. Based on full charge. USA EPA-targeted range reflecting current status based on analytical projection consistent with US EPA combined drive cycle. Actual range varies with conditions such as external environment, vehicle use, vehicle maintenance, lithium-ion battery age and state of health. Final EPA-estimated ratings available in 2022 calendar year.

2Based on manufacturer testing using computer engineering simulations. Calculated via peak performance of the electric motor(s) at peak battery power. Your results may vary.

3Targeted performance reflects current status based on analytical projections consistent with US Automotive publication process. Final performance times will be available in the 2022 calendar year.

4Max towing on Pro, XLT and LARIAT with available extended-range battery and Max Trailer Tow Pkg. Max towing varies based on cargo, vehicle configuration, accessories and number of passengers.

5Max payload with standard-range battery and 18-inch wheels. Max payload varies and is based on accessories and vehicle configuration. See label on doorjamb for carrying capacity of a specific vehicle.

Introducing the 2021 Ford Explorer Timberline

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There’s a new member of the legendary Explorer family — the brand-new 2021 Ford Explorer Timberline. This off-road-capable SUV boasts a bevy of bespoke features that are designed to enable your wildest outdoor adventures.

It comes standard with standard Hill Descent Control, Intelligent 4WD with the Terrain Management System, and a Torsen limited-slip rear differential to help it traverse the most rugged terrain with ease. On top of that, it’s kitted out with steel skid plates, retuned handling, Bridgestone Dueler all-terrain tires, and a mighty 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine that unleashes 300 horsepower and a 5,300-pound maximum towing capacity.

In addition to its capabilities, the Timberline offers some exclusive exterior features — including the Forged Green Metallic paint color, complemented by Red Ember front tow hooks, blacked-out accents, and a stylish Carbonized Gray grille. On the inside, it’s equally distinctive, with a Deep Cypress interior color scheme with Tangerine contrast stitching and ActiveX seats, which are designed to easily wipe clean after a muddy outdoor expedition.

“Timberline hits a new sweet spot with these customers who want an ideal combination of passenger space, moderate off-road capability, and great manners around town,” stated Ford President of the Americas and International Markets Group Kumar Galhotra.

The 2021 Ford Explorer Timberline is currently available to order at Laird Noller Lawrence Ford in Lawrence, Kansas. Deliveries are expected to begin this summer, so don’t delay — order yours today!

Meet the Ford F-150 Lightning

Meet the Ford F-150 Lightning | Lawrence, KS

The Ford Motor Company recently revealed the Ford F-150 Lightning, the brand’s first all-electric pickup truck. And this isn’t your run-of-the-mill EV — it’s the most powerful Ford F-150 to ever hit the market.

Boasting dual in-board motors, it delivers a targeted 563 horsepower and 775 lb-ft of torque. With all of that muscle, it can tow around 10,000 pounds and manage a max payload of 2,000 pounds. On top of that, it comes standard with a rear independent suspension, 4×4, and offers the Ford Intelligent Backup Power feature, which can channel 9.6 kilowatts to supply tools, appliances, or a trailer with electricity.

The Ford F-150 Lightning also has plenty of brains to back up its brawn. It boasts BlueCruise hands-free driving technology, over-the-air updates, and a new feature called Onboard Scales. This handy innovation shows how much your truck is carrying, so you can take the guesswork out of hauling cargo.

And since the F-150 doesn’t have to accommodate an engine under the hood, it boasts a handy front trunk that’s capable of holding 14.1 cubic feet of cargo, or up to 400 pounds of payload. That convenient cargo bay even holds four electrical outlets and USB ports to charge your mobile devices.

You can reserve your Ford F-150 Lightning now at Laird Noller Lawrence Ford in Lawrence, Kansas. It only costs $100 to reserve this innovative truck, so don’t delay. Deliveries are expected to begin in the spring of 2022.

Ford Mustang Mach-E is a Top Safety Pick

The Ford Mustang Mach-E isn’t just an all-electric powerhouse — it’s also safe. The all-new, all-electric SUV recently ran through the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s specialized gauntlet of crash and driver assistance technology tests and was found to be wanting for nothing.

In all crashworthiness categories, which range from roof integrity evaluations to the notoriously difficult small overlap front crash test, the Mustang Mach-E earned the IIHS’s highest possible score of “Good”.

But good crash tests aren’t enough in this day and age. To earn a Top Safety Pick rating, the Mach-E also needed to perform in the crash avoidance evaluations — and did so splendidly. The Mach-E earned the IIHS’s highest possible score of “Superior” for its vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention.

“This award validates the efforts of the Mustang Mach-E team to create an electric vehicle that not only turns heads, but helps keep our customers and their passengers safe,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford chief product platform and operations officer. “We continue to prioritize safety performance for our entire portfolio.”

The IIHS also gave a top score to the Mach-E’s optional LED headlights, another requirement for the award.

So there you have it: the all-new Mustang Mach-E is fast, eco-friendly, efficient, and to top it all off, it ranks among the safest vehicles in the industry. Get a closer look at Laird Noller Lawrence Ford in Lawrence, Kansas!

How to Keep Your Kids Quiet on a Road Trip

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As parents, you may have noticed that road trips were easier to enjoy before you had kids. As much as we love our little ones, they can be a lot to handle in a car — and dealing with loud, rambunctious kids while at the wheel of a multi-thousand-pound vehicle is just the wrong time. In fact, about a quarter of crashes occur when drivers are dealing with kids in the back!

In the name of safety and sanity, these are some tips for keeping your kids quiet on a road trip.

Set expectations

Children need boundaries. Before the trip, tell your kids how you expect them to behave. Share the day’s schedule, explain the rules, and reward good behavior. Use your best judgement to determine what those rules should be depending your children’s ages and personalities.

Stop frequently

Adults may be able to sit in a seat for hours at a time, but it’s much harder for kids, if not impossible. Stop every two or three hours at the minimum for stretch and bathroom breaks, and look out for places you can stop to have an extended break and check out something local that the kids might enjoy — even if it’s just the slide at a neighborhood park.

Anticipate illness

One in five children experience motion sickness while in a car. You’ll have a much better time on your road trip if you come prepared for such an eventuality. Make sure you have plenty of preventive medicine and that you keep the car well ventilated and free from odors. Stock up on healthy snacks and drinks, too.

If you’re planning an upcoming road trip, schedule a service appointment at Laird Noller Lawrence Ford in Lawrence, Kansas, to ensure your vehicle is just as read as you are!