2015 Ford F-150 Earns Top Safety Pick from IIHS

The 2015 Ford F-150 is a groundbreaking pickup truck in numerous ways—from its use of segment- and industry-exclusive technologies to its aluminum-alloy body panels. Now, the F-150 breaks new ground yet again, becoming the first pickup in America to earn the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) Top Safety Pick.

The F-150 SuperCrew earned the distinction after performing well in IIHS’ safety tests, adding to its claim of being the safest truck in America. The 2015 F-150—in SuperCrew, SuperCab, and Regular Cab configurations—also earned a five-star overall safety score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), making it the only full-size, light-dusty pickup to do so.

Ford also confirms through statistics from Assured Performance that repair costs on the 2015 F-150 are averaging about $869 less than the average for the 2014 F-150. In about 8 months on the market, there have been 337 repair estimates collected at an average of $1,476, which compares favorably to the $2,345 average across 1,238 estimates in 2014.

The longer it remains on the market, the more it becomes apparent that there is no truck capable of matching the 2015 F-150 in terms of quality, intelligence, performance, and now safety. To see why the new F-150 is the perfect fit for you, test drive one at Shults Ford of Harmarville this weekend.

2015 Ford F-150 Earns Top Safety Pick

2016 Ford Fiesta Named one of KBB’s 10 Best Back-to-School Cars of 2015

August is upon us, which means that summer is nearing an end once more. That can only mean one thing: back-to-school. Back when you had a son or daughter in grade school, your primary concerns for stocking up for the first day back were pencils, paper, and folders. Now that you have a budding young man or woman who just got their driver’s license, you have another concern altogether: a car that won’t cost a fortune, will be safe and reliable, and that your kid will actually love.

Look no further than the 2016 Ford Fiesta, which was named among KBB’s 10 Best Back-to-School Cars of 2015. Every year, Kelley Blue Book’s experts determine the best new cars for students under $20,000 based on their technology, personality, efficiency, reliability, and fun-to-drive factor.

Says KBB.com: “Ford’s small hatchback and sedan have been on the market for a few years now, proving to be a good mix of sprightly sporty car and sensible smart car. The Fiesta is responsive and handles well, but also nets up to 43 highway mpg. This car may be small, but it’s filled with safety and connectivity tech, including the newest version of SYNC—called SYNC3—with an available swipe and pinch-to-zoom touch screen.”

The Fiesta is powered by a capable 1.6-liter inline-four at the base level, but it’s well worth the additional cost to upgrade to the SE trim and equip the Fiesta with the optional 1.0-liter EcoBoost inline-three, an engine that was named the 2014 International Engine of the Year.

We should mention that the 2016 Fiesta isn’t only a great back-to-school ride for students, but with seating for five, it’s also a great choice for parents. Stop into Shults Ford of Harmarville and test drive one for yourself!

KBB’s 10 Best Back-to-School Cars