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5 Things Ford Enthusiasts Should Be Thankful For This Thanksgiving

2020 will certainly go down as one of the biggest dumpster fires in human history. Blame COVID-19 for that designation. That said, The Blue Oval did a lot of great things this year, which is why we feel Ford enthusiasts have at least five reasons to be thankful this Thanksgiving. So without further delay, here’s our list!

1. The 2021 Ford F-150

Ford could have done a lot less with the 14th-generation F-150. In spite of some high-profile redesigns of the Ram 1500 and Chevy Silverado, The Blue Oval’s bread-and-butter pickup hasn’t really lost its luster with the buying public. But instead of offering truck customers a lightly updated version of the 2020 model, Ford overhauled the F-150 with a slew of new features aimed at making the vehicle easier to live with.

For starters, there’s the first-ever F-150 hybrid, which boasts a 24 mpg combined fuel economy rating. That impressive figure is backed by the equally noteworthy 3.5L PowerBoost V6, which has 430 horsepower and a very impressive 570 pound-feet of torque. Ford enthusiasts and budget-conscious truck shoppers alike should have no problem with that configuration.

Additionally, Ford added a bunch of practical features into the lineup, like the Max Recline Seats, a work-oriented tailgate, and the Interior Work Surface with fold-flat shifter. Paired with an all-new interior, a new electrical vehicle system with over-the-air updates, a digital owner’s manual, the F-150 will make actual work far easier for those who depend on their truck day in and day out. And the best is yet to come, in the form of the F-150 Tremor and F-150 Raptor.

2. A Renewed Focus On Quality

None of the aforementioned features matter if the truck is constantly at the dealership for repairs. Ford enthusiasts have lamented the alleged drop in quality of recent models. And now, the company is planning to tackle that problem head-on, with Ford CEO Jim Farley making it one of his top priorities. With several extremely important models like the 2021 Mustang Mach-E and 2021 Ford Bronco on the way, it’s imperative that Ford solve quality-related issues. Hopefully, the company can make good on its promises in this area.

3. The Bronco Revival

After Ford’s unprecedented decision to ditch its entire passenger car lineup, there was a period of about two years where Ford couldn’t really explain why it decided to axe a whole bunch of popular models. But The Blue Oval finally offered enthusiasts a compelling answer this past summer by revealing the two-pronged product blitz lead by the reborn 2021 Ford Bronco. The upcoming off-road focused utility is shaping up to be a major hit that will help the company pivot away from sedans and small cars towards the types of vehicles currently coveted by consumers in increasing numbers.

And while the “regular” Bronco is a key component of this plan, it’s just one element of it. The 2021 Bronco Sport is just as important to Ford’s future if it wants to compete against the likes of Subaru and other rugged and capable crossovers. Fortunately, the entire Bronco sub-brand arrived fully baked, and there’s really no ambiguity as to what they are: some very compelling all-terrain vehicles that can be loaded up with tons of cool accessories right at the dealership. Ford needed these vehicles to be distinctive right from the start and in these two cases, it has overwhelmingly succeeded.

4. The 2021 Lincoln Nautilus Interior Redesign

As hardcore Ford enthusiasts, interior redesigns don’t normally get our motors revving. But in the case of the 2021 Lincoln Nautilus, we’re positively thrilled with what Lincoln has done with the cabin of its midsize utility. The refreshed model features the same interior aesthetic as the Corsair, Aviator, and Navigator. That’s a very thing, because those models have become segment standouts when it comes to their cabins. And with a 13.2-inch touchscreen running SYNC 4, the Nautilus now has everything it needs to fully compete in a cutthroat segment that includes vehicles like the Mercedes-Benz- GLC-Class, Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Cadillac XT5.

5. Michigan Central Station

The city of Detroit bares many scars from its past, including some inflicted by the Big Three. No single project can singlehandedly repair the damage, but Ford’s decision to fully commit to the revival of Michigan Central Station is huge step forward in that regard. It’s also a tacit acknowledgment that Ford can no longer adhere to a traditional mindset. If the company is going to succeed in the next 100 years, it will need to bring in as many diverse individuals as possible and focus on all forms of transportation, particularly electric and autonomous vehicles. The fact that the complex will cater to more than a handful of Ford employees is simply icing on the cake.

So there you have it. Feel feel to agree or disagree with us in the comments section. Either way, Ford Authority wishes everyone a very happy Thanksgiving!

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Ed owns a 1986 Ford Taurus LX, and he routinely daydreams about buying another one, a fantasy that may someday become a reality.

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  1. Ford Owner

    The list should add the 2021 Mustang Mach-E as the very first electric sports crossover made in America (Mexico is part of America). And it has better visual features than the similar sized Tesla Model Y, which may have better performance, but is so bland looking that anyone can confuse it with the Model 3.

    So, add item 6 in the list to thank Ford.

  2. Elmer Porter

    6. Ford’s extraordinary efforts to build ventilators and such to combat China virus.
    7. Hired Jim Farley to lead Ford.

    1. Gerald Frank

      6. Agreed.

      7. Farley has done nothing tangible yet. Still on the fence about his ability and direction. He will need to prove himself and earn respect.

      1. Elmer Porter

        My #7 point….Hackett gone! Ford will be better with that move.

  3. Jr

    Thank for taking away the GT350 and replace it with a wanna be Mach 1. Moving cars production to other parts of the world, leving us with Mustangs, SUV and trucks.

  4. Hector

    Other point, I´d like that Ford give more attention to Brazil, appear that this Country is not important for them…

    1. Elmer Porter

      I agree with the Brazil comment…they have recently been a good trade partner with US but there may be issues not known to us.

  5. Elmer Porter

    Yes it would be nice if Ford would go back to the original manufacturing model…build the vehicle in the country/region you sell it. World economies, Globalists and profits have changed that model to the worst. Ford could and should lead the effort to to bring the old model back as much as they can. At of now Ford isn’t producing a Chinese vehicle and selling it to the American people as GM has done over the years. Take care of the American worker and the western hemisphere, we will be a better country for it. More Americans working=Good! Now that the Shelby GT 350 is gone at least for awhile wait for the big $$$$$$ it will bring at auction in the next few years…$$$$$$ we average people will not be able to pay….hate to see it go also.

  6. Perry

    Stopping recalls should be your biggest concern.


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