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The 2013 Ford Explorer is strong, supportive, and incredibly capable, thanks to new technology and top of the line safety features. The Explorer comes in three models: standard, XLT, and Limited, all of which are available at Phoenix Ford dealers. Each model comes standard with a 290-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. Even with a powerful engine the Ford Explorer delivers the highest EPA mileage ratings in its class: 20 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.

There is also an optional 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. All-wheel drive is available on all models and maximizes traction with a new system called Terrain Management; there are four modes in the system which the driver can set. The Normal mode distributes about 90 percent of the power to the front wheels and 10 percent of the power to the rear wheels. The torque shifts as needed or if the front wheels lose traction. The Snow/Gravel mode allows the wheelspin to be reduced and enables the transmission to make upshifts earlier. This model helps stabilize handling and makes it easier to maneuver the Explorer in messier conditions. The Sand mode provides the most aggressive throttle and also allocates the transmission to hold gears longer while making the traction control less sensitive. The Mud/Ruts mode provides the torque to increase simultaneously as the throttle increases while the stability control is desensitized to maintain momentum. These all-wheel drive options make off-roading in any conditions easy and fun.

Phoenix Ford drivers will also love that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated the Explorer a Top Safety Pick for its exceptional safety features. One feature is the new curve control system executes accurate braking to individual wheels as needed to correct trajectories and is part of an overall electronics suite. Other safety assets include antilock brakes and Ford’s ActiveTrack stability system with rollover mitigation and trailer sway control. Dual-threshold front airbags, a front passenger knee protection airbag, front-seat side impact airbags, head-protection curtains, and SOS post-crash alert all come standard.  There is also the ability to customize further with a rearview camera and rear obstacle warning, adaptive cruise control with collision warning and brake support, and a blind-spot warning system with cross-traffic alert.

“The Ford Explorer sets a high standard for practicality, functionality, and family friendliness while still upholding a rugged off-road capability,” says Chapman Ford General Manager Chad Hubler.

The interior of the Explorer has cargo volume measuring 21 cubic feet behind the third row, 43.8 cubic feet behind the second row, and 80.7 cubic feet behind the front seats. There is nearly 40 inches of legroom for the second row and 33.2 inches of legroom for the third row. The Explorer comes standard with cloth upholstery, a six-way power driver seat, six-speaker audio, air conditioning with particulate filter and rear-seat controls, rear privacy glass, halogen projector-beam headlights, roof rails, and many more. Many of the features and functions can also be adjusted in four different ways either by voice command, thumb buttons on the steering wheel, touching the display screen, or by using the buttons.

Come check out Chapman Ford for the new 2013 Ford Explorers!

2013 Shelby GT500

The ultimate Ford Mustang – Shelby GT500 – raises the bar high on performance by delivering 650 horsepower and a track-tested top speed of more than 200 mph. The 5.8-liter supercharged V8 aluminum-block engine produces 650 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque, making it the most powerful production V8 in the world. Arizona ford dealers should expect to receive shipments of the 2013 Shelby GT500 in mid-summer 2012.

Nearly every part of the powertrain has been optimized for producing the additional horsepower, including a new supercharger, new cross-drilled block and heads, updated camshaft profiles, a new carbon fiber driveshaft and upgraded clutch, transmission and axle.

And nearly every gear on the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 has been revised to manage the torque and use more of the power in a way that makes it more driver-friendly.

The newest Shelby GT500 convertible with the optional Performance Package is nearly 3.5 seconds faster than the outgoing model at Sebring International Raceway. The 5.8-liter supercharged V8 with 650 horsepower, Bilstein electronic adjustable dampers and new Brembo brake system are key enablers for the improved performance

2013 Shelby GT500 with its 650-horsepower V8 marks the latest offering from one of the oldest and most successful automotive performance groups in the world.

“The Shelby GT500 convertible is every bit the performer that the coupe is,” said Sam Quina, Chapman Ford General Sales Manager. “All of the significant changes Ford made in the program were instrumental in delivering a convertible that could really shine on the track but can still be driven on a daily basis.”

Accessed on the dash with a simple push of a button, normal mode gives Phoenix Ford customers a more comfortable ride over road irregularities. Sport mode is all about performance, delivering improved response time on the track and less body roll while cornering with reduced pitch under braking. The upgraded dampers allowed SVT engineers to tune the convertible more aggressively for the track, while still being able to maintain desirable on-road manners.

A new Brembo brake system also is a key enabler in boosting the performance of the convertible. The new brakes offer Ford Phoenix drivers enhanced stopping power to help keep their car under control, while new six-piston calipers in front along with larger front and rear rotors further improve braking performance. More aggressive brake pads also help the car achieve high deceleration and further robustness for more driver confidence.

Similar to the coupe, the convertible will be offered with a Performance Package that also can be upgraded to a Track Package, complete with an external engine oil cooler, rear differential cooler and transmission cooler for further durability.

To learn more about the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500, visit Chapman Ford in Scottsdale.