All-New Ford Bronco Sport Gets Top Safety Pick+ Award

2021 Ford Bronco Sport | Packey Webb Ford | Downers Grove, IL

It’s no secret that the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport can conquer treacherous trails and terrain. The rugged crossover comes with standard 4×4 and can be equipped with features like tow hooks and an off-road suspension. As much as its toughness is often highlighted, the SUV has also conquered safety. As such, the Ford Bronco Sport was recently named a Top Safety Pick+ winner by the IIHS.

“As the Bronco of small SUVs, Bronco Sport was engineered to help our customers get out and adventure, both on- and off-road, and to do so safely,” said Ford chief product platform and operations officer Hau Thai-Tang. “This IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating validates that commitment.”

The coveted Top Safety Pick+ designation means the 2021 Bronco Sport scored a rating of “good” in all of the safety organization’s crashworthiness tests. The testing categories include roof strength, head restraints, side, moderate overlap front, driver small overlap front, and passenger-side small overlap front. Not only did the Bronco Sport excel in the crash tests, but it also offers standard LED projector headlights that the IIHS has deemed to offer excellent visibility in almost all scenarios.

If you want to learn more about the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport’s safety features, feel free to contact our team at Packey Webb Ford in Downers Grove, IL.

Follow These 3 Driving Tips to Save Money on Fuel

Tips to Save Money on Fuel | Packey Webb Ford | Downers Grove, IL

Now that more people are planning on going on road trips this summer, our team at Packey Webb Ford thought it’d be a great time to provide our community with some helpful fuel-saving driving tips. Keep these in mind the next time you get behind the wheel to save a few bucks at the gas pump.

1. Remove excess weight

Do you have a trunk full of junk that you’ve been meaning to throw out or donate? That extra weight could be costing you money. The heavier your vehicle is, the harder it has to work — meaning it uses more fuel to get you from Point A to Point B. Unload the trunk to save some money this summer.

2. Avoid idling when possible

Depending on your vehicle’s engine size and how much you use the air conditioner, idling could use up to a quarter or even a half-gallon of fuel per hour. While that may not seem like a lot when you’re just sitting in a parking lot for 5 minutes, it’ll definitely add up in the long run. Do yourself, and the environment, a favor and turn the engine off when you’re not driving.

3. Use cruise control

If you’re headed out on a long trip, it can get tiresome to maintain the same speed the entire journey. In addition, going back and forth on the odometer can cause your engine to work harder and use more fuel. Use cruise control when possible to save a few bucks so you can spend them on a tasty gas station snack or a fun roadside attraction instead.

These are just a few of the ways you can save money while driving in Downers Grove and beyond. Let us know if you’ve got any additional tips!

Best Roads to Drive Your Mustang in Illinois

2021 Ford Mustang | Downers Grove, IL | Packey Webb Ford

Though it is absolutely true that every drive is more exciting in the powerful Ford Mustang, your 4000th commute home in rush hour traffic is not the best use of your pony’s mighty engine. Get your blood pumping when you unleash your Mustang on some of Packey Webb Ford’s favorite fun-to-drive roads in Illinois.

Shawnee Forest Country: This picturesque drive spans over 115 miles through Routes 1, 13, 142, 145, and 146. No matter what season you visit, enjoy gorgeous foliage from Shawnee National Forest and the wind whipping through your hair with the top down in your Mustang convertible.

Great Rivers National Scenic Byway: Considered the single best scenic drive in America, the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway is a can’t-miss stop in your Mustang. The road spans more than 2,000 miles and travels through 10 states, which means you and your Mustang can explore the open road for days.

Illinois Lincoln Highway: Adventurous Mustang drivers will love careening through the curves of the Illinois Lincoln Highway. Named for one of America’s greatest Presidents, travel through this 179-mile stretch of road and pass through many of Illinois’ most renowned historical sites. Don’t have a Mustang to take on a scenic drive? Call the sales team at Packey Webb Ford to set up your Mustang consultation.

Ford Bronco & Mustang Mach 1 Raise $1.5 Million for Charity at Auction

2021 Ford Bronco Sport | Packey Webb Ford | Downers Grove, IL

Packey Webb Ford in Downers Grove, Illinois proudly heralds the “Ford” name because of the quality of the brand’s vehicles, the innovation of the brand’s engineers, and the integrity of the brand itself. Ford has demonstrated its benevolence many times over the years, and the manufacturer’s most recent act of generosity is one of its most impressive yet.

Many manufacturers, including Ford, often allow auto enthusiasts the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be the first person in the world to own a particular vehicle. Bidders will compete — with their wallets, of course — for the bragging rights of owning the very first production line item of hotly-anticipated nameplates.

In March, Ford held an auction to raffle off the very first 2021 Ford Bronco and Mustang Mach 1 from the factory. The 2021 Mustang Mach 1 earned a cool half million on the auction block, while the Bronco VIN 001 – the first Bronco produced by Ford since the ‘90s – commanded over $1 million.

Though it might seem excessive to pay roughly twenty times more than MSRP, the profits from the Bronco and Mach 1 VIN 001 auctions go to charity. The very first Bronco sold benefits the Bronco Wild Fund for forest conservation, and the Mach 1 proceeds went to JDRF.

Keep your eye on the Packey Webb Ford online inventory to be the first to know when the 2021 Bronco and Mustang Mach 1 roll onto our lot.

Ford EV Investment to Reach $22 Billion by 2025

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E | Packey Webb Ford | Downers Grove, IL

Ford is many things. It’s one of America’s leading automakers. It’s the powerhouse behind the F-series — the bestselling set of pickups in the U.S. for 44 years running. But it’s also a proponent for environmental progress and protection. That’s why the automaker recently announced a massive $22 billion investment into electric vehicles through 2025.

This news follows a 2018 announcement that Ford would spend $11 billion on developing EVs. The most prominent example of that is the first-ever Mustang Mach-E — an all-electric SUV inspired by the iconic pony car and powered entirely by a battery. The fact that Ford has doubled its EV investment within just a few years reflects its confidence in this segment.

While it’s a hybrid instead of a pure EV, the 2021 Ford F-150 and its class-exclusive 3.5-liter PowerBoost™ Full Hybrid V6 may be a sign of things to come.* There are rumors that the blue oval will introduce an all-electric F-150 in 2022. Considering the best-in-class combined fuel economy and impressive power offered by the PowerBoost™ engine, it seems safe to assume that whatever the F-150 EV looks like, it’ll have more than enough heft to hold its own against the competition.

While Ford has plenty of exciting innovations waiting just down the road, you can take advantage of its forward-thinking nature today by test driving a new or used model at Packey Webb Ford.

2021 Ford Bronco Sport Named Coolest Car Under $30,000

2021 Ford Bronco Sport | Packey Webb Ford | Downers Grove, IL

As we slowly sneak our way into the future, cars are steadily getting more and more awesome. Nowhere is that concept more evident than with the Ford Bronco Sport, which was recently named the Coolest Car Under $30,000 for 2021 by Kelley Blue Book. If you listen closely, you can hear our lack of surprise.

 The all-new Bronco Sport scored the top spot on KBB’s venerable list thanks to its comfortable interior, family-friendly nature, SUV-based platform, spacious cargo area, and adventure-ready capabilities. As KBB’s Allyson Harwood said, “if you like to camp, bike, hike, or enjoy a day in the countryside, the Bronco Sport is one of the coolest ways to get there.”

In order to claim the top spot, the 2021 Bronco Sport had to trample would-be competitors like the 2021 Jeep® Wrangler, the 2021 Toyota Tacoma, and even sports cars like the 2021 Chevrolet Camaro and the Dodge Challenger. Naturally, it did so with ease. The 2021 Mustang also made the list, snagging the fourth spot.

If there’s any lingering doubt as to whether Ford produces some of the coolest cars on the road, stop by Packey Webb Ford to experience the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport for yourself.

Ford F-Series is Bestselling Pickup Truck for 44 Years

Ford F-Series | Packey Webb Ford | Downers Grove, IL

Ford has hit a series of new milestones. The brand set another record with the F-Series lineup being the bestselling pickup truck for 44 years in a row. Ford also extended its record as the best-selling brand in America to 11 consecutive years. Ford ended 2020 on a positive note with strong sales results across the lineup, especially for trucks and SUVs. Ford ended 2020 with the introduction of the Bronco Sport and the innovative Mustang Mach-E.

Americans love Ford trucks for their strength, reliability, and impressive features. The Ford F-150 just entered its 14th generation for the 2021 model year. This truck offers best-in-class towing and payload along with innovative available features like the Pro Power Onboard. The 2021 F-150 is also available with a powerful hybrid powertrain. With so many great features, it is no surprise, the F-Series lineup is the best-selling vehicle in the United States.

The most popular Ford SUV is the Ford Explorer. In fact, the Explorer is the best-selling midsize SUV in the country. In 2020, it had an impressive sales gain of 20.9 percent. The 2020 Explorer is an all-new model that returned to its original rear-wheel-drive layout. It also comes with a spacious interior for both passengers and cargo.

We probably don’t have to tell you why the Ford F-Series is the bestselling pickup truck of the last 44 years. Still, the latest Ford F-150 is better than ever, and worth a new look. Check it out at Packey Webb Ford in Downers Grove, Illinois!

3 Tips to Get Your Car Road Trip Ready

3 Tips to Get Your Car Road Trip Ready | Packey Webb Ford | Downers Grove, IL

If you are your family are itching to get out of town, taking a road trip is a great idea. Road trips are an easy way to build great memories with your kids. Before you head out on your next adventure, make sure your car is ready for the journey. Here are a few tips to help you get your car road trip ready so you can enjoy your trip with peace of mind.

Check the battery

You do not want to end up with a dead battery while travelling. You can quickly get your battery tested as most auto parts stores and repair shops. If your battery power is low, consider replacing it before you leave.

Change the oil

If your car is near its next oil change interval, go ahead and schedule an appointment early. It is better to head out and explore with fresh oil than to need an oil change in the middle of your adventure.

Inspect your tires

Your tires are going to do a lot of work driving from Downers Grove, Illinois to your exciting destination. Make sure they have enough life left in them. Have a mechanic check the tread depth and make sure your tires are aligned. If it is time, get your tires rotated, too.

If you’re still not sure whether your car is road trip ready, schedule a service appointment at Packey Webb Ford in Downers Grove, Illinois. Our expertly trained staff will ensure your car is ready for any road trip.

Tips for Maintaining Your Vehicle to Make it Last Longer

Vehicle Maintenance Tips | Downers Grove, IL | Packey Webb Ford

Maintaining your vehicle can sometimes feel like a bit of a hassle, but regular service is vital to helping it retain value and stay on the road longer. Here are a few easy tips for how to keep your car in tip-top shape for years to come.

Clean up after yourself

It may sound simple, but making sure your Ford is presentable — both inside and out — is surprisingly important. Leaving crumbs or spilled drinks to fester on or under the seats can eventually damage the upholstery. That’s easily remedied with a vacuum and wipes that won’t damage your seats. Also, road salt, bird droppings, and other weather-related factors can eat away at your car’s paint and lead to rust. Thankfully, every time you visit us at Packey Webb Ford for service, you get a complimentary car wash!

Stick to a routine

Adhering to a schedule for preventative maintenance won’t only keep your car running for longer, it can save you a bundle by nipping potentially costly damage in the bud. Check your owner’s manual for information on how frequently you should be changing the oil, rotating the tires, having your filters swapped out, and more. If you’re worried about time, swing through the Express Service lane at Packey Webb Ford. Our expert technicians can have you in and out in under an hour, and you don’t even need an appointment.

Watch how you drive

The way you operate your vehicle — Ford or otherwise — can have a huge impact on its health and longevity. Make sure you’re not accelerating or braking too hard, try to avoid long idling sessions, and keep short trips with lots of stop-and-start moments to a minimum. Your tires, engine, brakes, and wallet will thank you.

In our opinion, the best way to help your vehicle last longer is to bring it to Packey Webb Ford’s new facility in Downers Grove for routine service and overall maintenance. Schedule an appointment online or by phone.

3 Romantic At-Home Date Night Ideas

At-Home Date Night | Downers Grove, IL | Packey Webb Ford

Whether you’re someone who celebrates Valentine’s Day or not, there’s no denying the value of a good date night. While you may not be going out to your favorite restaurant this year, that doesn’t mean you can’t still have a romantic evening with your significant other. Here are some easy ideas you can use to set up a fun, safe at-home date night in Downers Grove, Illinois.

Host a fancy private dinner

Who says you need to shell out $100 at a restaurant in order to have a great meal on Valentine’s Day? Since food and romance go hand-in-hand, why not plan a menu with your significant other, light a few candles, and enjoy a delicious home-cooked dinner? Dress up in your favorite fancy outfits to make it even more special.

Snuggle up and watch a movie

Sometimes, the best dates are the simplest. For a comfortable night in, settle into the couch and watch your favorite movie together. If you want to try something a little more unique, you can hang up a white sheet in your garage, hook up a projector, hop in the car, and enjoy your very own drive-in theater!

Dance the night away

Music speaks to the heart in a unique way, and it’s something you can enjoy in the privacy of your own living room. Connect your smartphone to a speaker or break out your turntable and collection of vinyl records and make memories waltzing around the coffee table.

From the family here at Packey Webb Ford to yours, we want to wish you a very happy and safe Valentine’s Day, and we can’t wait to hear what you came up with during your next visit!