Ford F-150 Earns ‘North American Truck of the Year’ Award

The Ford F-150 has been the best-selling truck in America for many years running, so it goes without saying that the pickup is accustom to high praise. The most recent accolade under its belt is the “North American Truck of the Year” award, which recognizes the truck’s excellence.

The North American Car, Utility, and Truck of the Year awards honor the best car, truck, and SUV each year. A jury comprised of automotive journalists chose the award winners based upon each vehicle’s handling, safety, design, innovation, value, and driver satisfaction.

For 2021, the journalists chose the Ford F-150 as the “North American Truck of the Year.” This is just one of many awards the truck has won recently. The truck also received recognition from Kelley Blue Book, the Green Car Journal, and the Detroit Free Press.

The all-new 2021 F-150 has garnered the attention of publications and drivers alike with its best-in-class available towing and payload capabilities. The truck also offers the new, class-exclusive 3.5-liter PowerBoost™ Full Hybrid V6 engine as well as the new, innovative SYNC® 4 infotainment system.

Want to learn more about the features of the award-winning 2021 Ford F-150? We encourage you to schedule a test drive at Two Rivers Ford in Mount Juliet, Tennessee.

John Barker of Two Rivers Ford Is Nominated for TIME Dealer of the Year

At Two Rivers Ford, we’re proud to announce that our very own John Barker has been nominated for the title of TIME Dealer of the Year.

 

Barker has nurtured a lifelong passion for cars, encouraged by his father, the previous owner of Two Rivers Ford. That supportive family environment and love for automobiles drove him onwards and upwards to success. After earning a degree at the University of Mississippi in Oxford in 1990, he began officially working at Two Rivers Ford in Mount Juliet, Tennessee.

 

“Throughout my high school years, I was washing cars and working many other jobs around the dealership,” Barker said of his early career. “After Ole Miss, my father wanted me to learn every position of the dealership, from selling cars to working in the service department.”

 

This vast and varied knowledge of the dealership helped him rise through the ranks. He eventually became a sales manager and finance manager before earning his spot as a general manager by the time he was 30 years old. However, as his father aged, he and his father formed a plan to pass along the family business.

 

In true family business fashion, Barker’s son Matthew is now an active part of the dealership, serving as a sales manager and giving back to the local community with the “Drive the Music” fundraiser.

 

Two Rivers Ford also is proud to be a supporter of Susan G. Komen Central Tennessee and the local “Fill A Ford Toy Drive,” in association with the Nashville Metro Police Christmas Charities. And, the dealership is a partner of St. Jude Children’s research hospital.

 

Barker has also honed his leadership skills by serving on many boards, including the Tennessee Automotive Association, the Tennessee Motor Vehicle Commission, and Nashville Franchised Auto Dealers Association.

 

“I feel that all community involvement is important and impactful. We don’t do it for the recognition, we do it because it is close to the hearts of our employees and customers,” said Barker.

 

At Two Rivers Ford, we look forward to serving the Mount Juliet community for many years to come. If there’s any way we can assist you, be sure to give us a call.

New Ford F-150 Seats May Be the Most Comfortable Truck Seats Ever

Ford trucks are undeniably tough, but did you know they’re relaxing too? The 2021 F-150 sure is! Its designers know that you like to relax in the cab during your lunch break or nap at a rest stop during a long road trip. That’s why the latest F-150 truck offers all-new Max Recline Seats.

This class-exclusive available seating enhancement makes it easier for you to get comfortable in your new F-150 when you’re not driving. These comfortable Ford F-150 seats are the result of careful research and testing to find the best design for lower back support and neck support when you lean the chair back. They can fold nearly 180 degrees flat while still forming to your body’s contours so you don’t wake up sore.

Seat design and release engineer, Ben Kulhawik, explained his invention in a press release: “It’s simple, it’s effective, and we believe our customers will love how much more productive they can be just by getting a little more rest during downtime.”

These Max Recline Seats are one of the many exclusive features on the 2021 Ford F-150. If you’re interested in learning more about this legendary pickup truck, be sure to give us a call at Two Rivers Ford in Mount Juliet, Tennessee.

2021 Ford F-150 Adds the New Active Drive Assist System

2021 Ford F-150 | Mount Juliet, TN

Every year, the Ford F-150 gets better and better, and the 2021 model year is the formidable truck’s best yet. Thanks to Active Drive Assist, the automaker’s innovative system that allows hands-free driving, it is easier than ever to enjoy the ride in the 2021 Ford F-150.

Innovative Technology

“Active Drive Assist can help improve the driving experience while ensuring people remain aware and fully in control, all for a price unmatched by our competitors – a commitment to affordable innovations that has driven us since Henry Ford put the world on wheels,” said Hau Thai-Tang, chief product platform and operations officers, Ford Motor Company.

Hands-Free Experience

There are more than 100,000 miles of roads in North America designated as Hands-Free Zones. Using radar sensing technologies and camera data, Active Drive Assist delivers a hands-free driving experience. Although your hands are off the wheel when Active Drive Assist is engaged, the technology still encourages you to stay focused during commutes. A driver-facing camera monitors your focus to check that you’re watching the road.

2021 Ford F-150

The 2021 Ford F-150 is offering the available Active Drive Assist technology. The hands-free driving assistance feature falls under the automaker’s available suite of advanced technologies, the Ford Co-Pilot360™ Active 2.0 package.

If you’d like to learn more about Active Drive Assist and additional new features of the 2021 Ford F-150, contact Two Rivers Ford in Mount Juliet, Tennessee.

2021 Ford Ranger Gets New Tremor Off-Road Package

The Ford Ranger is already a great companion for adventures on and off the road. Now, Ford is offering a new Tremor Off-Road Package as an available option on the 2021 Ranger to make it even more capable of handling rough paths.

The 2021 Ford Ranger Tremor is designed to conquer a variety of conditions and terrains while still having solid tow ratings. It features redesigned front knuckles, a lifted suspension, and 32-inch all-terrain tires paired with new 17-inch wheels. These features boost the truck’s ground clearance to 9.7 inches.

The Tremor Off-Road Package also includes specially tuned shocks for maximum comfort and control off paved roads. In case you need to get out of a sticky situation, it adds two recovery hooks in the rear. Underbody skid plates protect the Ranger, and the Terrain Management System™ comes with four drive modes to enhance the ride in different situations.

Even though the Tremor Off-Road Package is focused on off-road performance, it doesn’t take away from the truck’s on-road features. When properly equipped, the Ranger has 1,430 pounds of maximum payload and 7,500 pounds of maximum towing capacity, making it easy to bring everything you need for your adventures.

The 2021 Ford Ranger will make a welcome addition to Two Rivers Ford. View our inventory online to see the capable trucks we currently offer in Mount Juliet, Tennessee.

INRIX Tech Helps Ford SYNC® 4 Users Save on Gas and Find Parking

New Ford vehicles will offer the innovative SYNC® 4 infotainment system with navigation, which will provide connectivity on the go. According to a recent press release, Ford and INRIX are working together to improve the system by providing Ford owners a way to save on gas and find parking.

Thanks to INRIX Fuel, you will now be able to use your SYNC® 4 to find the cheapest gas near you. The technology also supplies up-to-date fuel prices, so you can rest assured that you’re saving as much money as possible at the gas station.

The technology also takes the headache out of finding parking, when you’re exploring the city with your Ford. INRIX Parking will provide you with easy access to public parking rates and restrictions, as well as occupancy information so you can steer clear of garages and lots that are at full capacity. It even provides you with directions to the best parking space to save you even more time when parking.

The enhanced INRIX functions will be available on the new F-150 as well as the Mustang Mach-E and the Bronco. Learn more about the SYNC® 4 and other convenient Ford technologies when you give us a call at Two Rivers Ford in Mount Juliet, Tennessee.

Ford and Telenav® Will Provide a Hybrid Navigation Solution

If you love off-roading in the great outdoors, you know that cell coverage can oftentimes be spotty on the trails. In order to alleviate this issue for avid adventurers, Ford is working with Telenav® to offer a hybrid navigation solution for exploring the trails in your new Ford F-150 or Bronco.

This available solution stores maps so that even if you venture off the beaten path, you’ll still be able to route your F-150 or Bronco home safely. While your smartphone’s navigation apps might fail you if you’re out of cellular range, the hybrid navigation solution provides connectivity on each of your adventures through the new SYNC® 4 system.

The connected navigation experience keeps you aware of current traffic conditions and lets you know which routes are the quickest to take. It also can direct you to restaurants during your journey and help you find available parking. If you are towing a trailer with your F-150 or off-roading with your Bronco, you can also check out specialized routing options to suit your needs.

To learn more about the different technologies available for Ford vehicles or to find a new vehicle to accompany you on your journeys, don’t hesitate to give us a call at Two Rivers Ford in Mount Juliet, Tennessee.

Ford Ranger Earns the Top Spot in the 2020 American-Made Index

Each year, Cars.com compiles its American-Made Index, which ranks vehicles by how much they contribute to the U.S. economy. In 2020, the Ford Ranger earned the number-one spot and bested 90 other models. After all, what’s more American than this fun pickup truck?

Cars.com created its 2020 list based on five individual factors: where a vehicle is assembled, where its engines come from, where its parts are sourced, where its transmissions originate, and the number of people employed in U.S. factories, relative to the automaker’s manufacturing.

The 2020 Ford Ranger is equipped with the 270-horsepower 2.3-liter EcoBoost®. This engine is built at the Cleveland Engine Plant in Ohio. Meanwhile, its crankshaft, block and head are built at the Romeo Engine Plant located in Michigan.

In addition to making contributions to the economy, the 2020 Ford Ranger is also a powerful and capable midsize pickup that more than earns its accolades. When properly equipped, it can tow 7,500 pounds, deliver a best-in-class maximum payload rating of 1,860 pounds and achieve a best-in-class gas torque rating of 310 lb-ft.

To learn more about the 2020 Ford Ranger and how you can get behind the wheel of this American truck, give us a call at Two Rivers Ford, located right here in Mount Juliet, Tennessee.

U.S. Truck Sales Surpass Passenger Car Sales for the First Time

U.S. vehicle trends have been changing for years in favor of trucks and SUVs. While their sales have gradually gone up year after year, passenger car sales have declined. This year, American truck sales have finally surpassed the sales of cars for the first time in history according to Autodata Corporation.

There’s not a small gap, either. Bloomberg reported that there were 17,000 more pickup trucks than passenger cars during April. The trucks that are doing the best are full-size trucks, accounting for more than 40 percent of American manufacturer sales in that month.

You’re probably not surprised if you’re a truck enthusiast, but others might wonder why trucks have taken over. Recent deals like zero-percent financing offers and the extremely low gas prices have certainly made buying a truck a sweeter choice.

If the trend continues, it’s possible that dealers like us at Two Rivers Ford may even find it difficult to keep trucks in stock. This is thanks to some production plants shut down during the ongoing COVI-19 pandemic, resulting in less supply when there’s been a surge in demand.

Sales will only get better as there is no reason for this trend to end, so you should expect the margin between trucks and cars to get even wider in the future. No matter what happens, we on the Two Rivers Ford team in Mount Juliet, Tennessee, will do what we can to find you the perfect truck.

Ford Is the Top Automaker in 2020 Brand Intimacy Study

Ford has staked its claim as one of America’s most beloved brands by constantly innovating and bringing drivers more of what they love. That commitment to its customers helped Ford earn the number one spot for automakers and fourth spot overall in the 2020 Brand Intimacy Study.

The study, put on by MBLM, uses a complex model to look at how much customers of top brands love their products. In the 2020 edition, Ford ranks highly among some of the biggest brands on the planet. Plus, with a Brand Intimacy Quotient of 64.9 out of a possible 100, Ford is almost five full points better than the second-highest auto brand.

How much do Ford drivers love their vehicles? Around 22 percent say they can’t live without their Ford. That’s even more impressive when you consider that 61.6 percent say that they’ve been Ford customers for 10 years or less, which means Ford is staying relevant with young drivers. Among drivers between the ages of 18 and 34 years old, Ford was also the top auto brand, and it scored the top spot overall for men.

Ford earning high marks in the 2020 Brand Intimacy Study is just the result of doing what it’s done best for so long. At Two Rivers Ford in Mount Juliet, Tennessee, what we do best is meet your needs. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Ford or get your current Ford serviced, we’re here to serve you with a smile.