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2017 Ford Explorer: a Full-Size Crossover a Cut Above the Rest

Has your new-car search led you to the full-size crossover class? Well, if so, we here at Don Gasgarth's Charlotte County Ford have a funny feeling you may well meet your match in ours, the 2017 Explorer.

Why, though?

Get the inside scoop from our friends over at MotorWeek; their assessment of the Explorer is as follows:

Ford seemingly spared no expense in building the latest Explorer. In fact, even its Base trim is altogether brilliant.

Standard features on this model include 18-inch wheels, a rearview camera, a 60/40-split folding second-row seat, a 50/50-split third-row seat, an…

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SUV Loyalty Growing in Charlotte

SUV loyalty is growing across America. In 2012, SUV loyalty was found to be at around 53 percent. This year, however, a full 66 percent of SUV owners bought new SUVs when shopping for cars.

When you test out a car like the 2017 Ford Explorer, you figure out why people love for SUVs. Packing a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 engine under its hood, the Explorer has 290 horsepower at its disposal and a towing capacity of 5,000 pounds.

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carwow Heralds the Head-Turning 2017 Ford Mustang

If you're on the hunt for a new high-octane hauler, we at Don Gasgarth's Charlotte County Ford would be quick to set you up with our standout sports car, the 2017 Mustang.

Wondering what, in particular, makes this model a must-see? If so, we invite you to check the clip below. carwow critic Mat Watson is here to highlight some of the Mustang's many winning qualities:

A trio of engine types comprise the Mustang catalog. On base trims, a 3.7-liter V6 does the heavy lifting, turning out a terrific 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque…

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Can Ford & Bamboo Save Port Charlotte Homes & Wildlife?

Many of our homes in Port Charlotte are built barely above sea level. The town is criss-crossed with canals, and neighborhoods on the southern fringes are laid out like boating piers. Naturally, the community has a vested interest in preventing sea-level rise, which could threaten both human populations and sensitive wildlife habitat, like the Cape Haze Aquatic Preserve.

It's not always easy knowing where to start fighting climate change, but fortunately, companies like Ford are changing the industry by creating eco-friendly new cars.

In our new inventory at Don Gasgarth's...

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Road Trip: Planned or Spontaneous?

People may wonder if taking a spontaneous or planned road trip is better. Both can be adventurous and fun. A spontaneous day trip might cure whatever ills you have. A planned trip might also be the most relaxing way to spend a few days. Both are great ideas just to get out of the house and see different areas. You can visit mountains, parks, waterfalls and other nature related areas. You might go for a long drive just to see the views. You might visit a different city.

It's all good fun on a beautiful day. The only hitch…
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Practical Fuel Economy Tips

Whether your car is brand new or you've had it for a few years, there's a good chance you're trying to figure out how to save on fuel. Luckily, there are a few things you can do every day to make sure that you don't use unnecessary fuel.

One of the first things you can do is to reduce your speed while driving. When you drive too fast too often, you can burn the fuel in your car too quickly. It's also a good idea not to slam on the gas or brakes, since this…
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Roadside Emergency Kit

What would you do if you broke down far from help? Are you prepared to help yourself out of that situation? It is important to carry a roadside emergency kit whether road tripping, commuting, or just out for a lazy Sunday drive. With a little planning and a few simple items you can get yourself out of any situation with comfort. Some key items to have in case of an emergency are as follows.
- Cellphone and a charger
- Flashlight
- Cash
- Jumper cables
- Roadside flares or signs
- Water
- Non perishable snacks
- A coat, gloves, and a hat
- A change of clothing…
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Driving is More Fun When You're Safe!

We all know just how fun driving your new can be and is. You need to remember that being safe makes having fun more enjoyable. Just as you learned when you first got your license, make sure everything is in place, such as your mirrors and seat positioning, etc. And before you start the ignition always have your seat belt on. Know your surroundings, your destination and be ready for what type of traffic you are heading into. Such as if it is rush hour or not. Always obey all the traffic laws. Expect that a lot of other drivers…
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Food delivery is easy with the Ford Transit Connect

Food delivery is a breeze with the 2017 Ford Transit Connect due to the gas mileage attained, ease of driving it, and the high tech features that come standard. Running a downtown diner comes with having to deliver throughout the area, yet you will find that the Transit Connect van will top out at 30 miles per gallon. This efficiency permits you to deliver food orders further out versus prior vans used that got much worse gasoline mileage.

Your drivers will find that the Transit Connect is easy to drive and the smaller size makes it simple to park even…
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When Going the Max is OK - Ford C-MAX

Whether you have a family you need to drive around to activities or you need a daily commuter car, the new 2017 Ford C-MAX has you covered! With seating for up to five and an amazing average miles per gallon, you won't need to upgrade for a while! Take more weekend trips and do more driving with the average miles per gallon of 42 in the city and 38 on the highway! Put your bikes on the top of the car for a weekend mountain biking trip or fold down the back row seats to make room for your…
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