Ford Previews 2020 Ford Explorer

If you already love the Ford Explorer, you have something to look forward to. At the Beijing Motor Show, Ford gave us a sneak preview of the much-anticipated 2020 Ford Explorer.

Of course, the all-new Explorer hasn’t quite debuted yet. At the show, it was only partially-revealed, its true look concealed by a large drape. However, even this was enough to give us some hints on how the 2020 Explorer will look.

2020 Ford Explorer Teaser

2020 Ford Explorer Teaser

It appears some changes have come along, starting with the front fascia. The model’s profile is a bit broader than the previous generation, hinting at an even more commanding presence. An added roof rack will lend even more utility to the already adventure-friendly Explorer. The roofline is also more raked than the previous version, making for a sleek, sporty look.

It’s not just exterior changes, but additions, too. The 2020 year will see an all-new trim level, the ST model. This new trim will deliver even more powerful performance with an innovative 3.0-liter biturbo V6 engine that is set to deliver at least 400 horsepower.

Of course, you won’t be able to see the 2020 Ford Explorer until 2019—but this teaser should hold you over until the actual reveal. In the meantime, stop by Bob Thomas Ford to test drive a 2018 Explorer or your favorite Ford model.

1968 Ford Mustang Joins the Lego Lineup

Ford Mustang Lego

Ford debuted an updated 1968 Mustang at the Detroit Auto Show, but that isn’t all the automaker had in store for the popular muscle car.  Now, Lego and Ford are teaming up to bring one of the most renowned models to kids and adults everywhere. The 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback joined the Lego Speed Champions lineup when it launched on March 1.

“The new Ford Mustang Speed Champions set gives parents and children the chance to share their passions — generations of fans have grown up building Lego sets and spending time together behind the wheel,” said Myra Lind, LEGO Speed Champions marketing manager.

The Lego pony car features a green paint job similar to that found on the new and improved 1968 Ford Mustang Bullitt. The miniature model also features dual gold stripes running from the front bumper to the rear. Gold wheels and race graphic stickers set the tone for the performance-inspired Lego model. Oh, and the Lego driver is wearing a vintage, era-accurate racing suit, just in case you thought the Ford Mustang was somehow lacking in nostalgia.

We here at Bob Thomas Ford love Legos almost as much as we love cars. With the 1968 Ford Mustang arriving in Lego form, automotive and Lego enthusiasts of all ages can add the famous model to their collections.

Things To Look For In A New Car

2018 Ford Escape

At Bob Thomas Ford, we keep our inventory updated with the newest releases in the Ford lineup. If you’re shopping for your next vehicle, we’re here to help you find the right fit. Here are some things to look for in a new car that should get you started on your car-buying journey.


No matter the circumstance of your new vehicle, safety is always important. Research standard and available safety features of vehicles before you buy. A good airbag system is very important, and a solid safety rating is also a good sign.


Today’s vehicles are more efficient than ever, so be sure that you’re taking advantage of that when you’re buying your next car. Versatile Ford engine lineups provide options that balance efficiency and power.


When you’re buying a new car, you want the most value for your money. With that in mind, compare the price tag with the standard features that come with any given car. Most vehicles now offer a standard rear vision camera, and many are including infotainment systems and smartphone connectivity.


One of the major benefits of new cars is. Be sure that you’re investing in a car with a good warranty that will make you feel confident about the purchase.

Buying a new car is a thrilling experience; we at Bob Thomas Ford can help you navigate the process and discover the best vehicle to fit your lifestyle.

Car Cleaning Tips for the New Year

The New Year is here, which means it’s the perfect time to spruce up your ride. Even if you aren’t planning on buying a new or new-to-you car in the near future, you can make your current car feel like new with a few simple car cleaning tips.


First, according to BuzzFeed, get a cheap foam brush or paint brush to dust between the AC vents. One quality of new cars that most people notice right away is the smell — one reason you should focus on cleaning the air vents in your car. Dusting carefully with a brush will get rid of any dust or moldy smells. You can also use compressed air to help you get into the cracks.

Magic Erasers

Next, get your hands on a Magic Eraser to rub surfaces like vinyl and fabric. A Magic Eraser is a brand name for a foam sponge made of melamine, a special compound with a sandpaper-like microscopic texture. Just wet with water and scrub any gunk off surfaces in your car.


Have leather? Consider conditioning leather surfaces like the dash with olive oil. You’ll want to avoid conditioning the steering wheel and other surfaces you frequently touch, but you can do it to the dash.

Pet Hair

Finally, get rid of pet hair with a squeegee and spray water bottle. Simply spritz seats with water and scrape with a squeegee. You’ll be surprised how easily fur and hair is lifted off the seats. You can add a vacuum to help collect any stragglers. While cleaning is great, some people may want to have their car serviced as well. For all your car maintenance needs, visit Bob Thomas Ford.

The Ford F-150 Named the 2018 Motor Trend Truck of the Year

Motor Trend Truck of the year - Ford D-150

One of the auto industry’s most coveted titles, “Motor Trend Truck of the Year,” has been bestowed upon none other than America’s most beloved truck since the 1980s: the Ford F-150.


This impressive victory for the Ford F-150 comes thanks to not just one or two, but numerous new improvements to the model, which include a more driver-centric interior, a more intuitive infotainment system, more responsive steering, a more durable and steady chassis, and a hard-to-earn five-star safety rating from the NHTSA.


The Ford F-150 model line underwent a tectonic redesign back in 2015 when it switched from steel to aluminum for its body construction. This significant change dropped 700 pounds, increased fuel efficiency, maximized towing capacity, and limited parts susceptible to rust, making the Ford F-150 a more powerful and long-lasting truck overall.


In the three years since that major change, Ford hasn’t stopped advancing and innovating, which is why it can proudly claim the “Motor Trend Truck of the Year” title today.


At Bob Thomas Ford, we have a full line-up of 2018 Ford F-150s. Visit us to search for your perfect 2018 Ford F-150 pick-up and take a test-drive; our helpful and friendly staff members are here to help.

Winter Travel Tips to Make it to Your Holiday Celebration on Time

Winter Driving Tips

Whether you’re hitting the road or flying to be with friends and family this holiday season, it’s important to plan ahead to ensure a safe journey in winter weather. Ditch the stress this year with these winter travel tips

Pack an Emergency Kit

 If you’re traveling by car this winter, be sure to stow some important emergency items in your car so you’re prepared in the event of an emergency. Be sure to pack extra warm clothes, blankets, jumper cables, bottled water, and a cell phone charger. Without these items, getting stranded in the cold can be dangerous.

Make sure your car is road ready

Before you set out in your car, make sure your vehicle is in good enough condition to handle the rigors of winter driving. Be sure to charge your battery, inflate your tires, check all of your lights, and replace your windshield wipers. The last thing you want on your way to your holiday celebration is to get stuck on the side of the road.

Choose less busy airports 

If you’re taking a plane this winter, consider opting for a less busy airport. Often, major city airports will be packed around the holidays, so if you’re able to depart from an airport in a smaller city or town, you’ll probably encounter shorter lines.

Winter travel can be stressful, but with a little preparation, you’ll make it to your holiday celebration on time and hassle-free. Visit us at Bob Thomas Ford, and we’ll be happy to get your vehicle holiday-ready.


Winter Weather Driving Safety Tips

Winter Driving Tips

Winter is just around the corner. No matter how many times you’ve navigated through the snow and ice, it always pays to review some winter weather driving tips before the season hits. Follow these safety hacks from Bob Thomas Ford and to stay safe when the temperatures drop.

Be Prepared

Driving in the winter takes a little more planning than driving in warm weather. You’ll want to give yourself extra time to arrive at your destination so that you won’t feel rushed. Beyond that, you should also prep your car in case of emergency. Include a blanket, extra warm clothes, bottled water, and snacks lest you get stranded.

Take it Slow

When it’s time to actually navigate your vehicle through the snow, take every action more slowly than you normally would. Accelerate slowly, brake slowly, take turns slowly, and etc. Doing things gradually rather than suddenly will keep you in more control of your vehicle.

Know Your Car

Before you head out on the road, you should be sure that you know how your car functions. Read the owner’s manual to understand what type of brake system you have. Take your vehicle out to a nearby open lot after the first snowfall and practice making turns and getting a feel for its handling. Each time you get a new vehicle, take the time to get acquainted with it so you can be sure to have optimum control on the road in any condition.

Ford Models in Pop Culture: A Legacy of Performance



Ford is a classic American brand, one reason its cars have appeared in popular culture for generations. From blockbuster movies to short-lived TV series, you can see Ford models throughout history. At Bob Thomas Ford, we’ve created a list of some of our favorite Ford models in pop culture.

According to Popular Mechanics, one of the most iconic cars in the history of cinema is the 1932 Ford Coupe in “American Graffiti” (1973). One of George Lucas’s best-known films (besides the “Star Wars” series, of course) is the classic film about car culture in the 1960s. The ’32 Ford Coupe beats out a classic Chevy in a famous scene in the film, and the yellow car quickly became a symbol of America’s love for the Ford brand.

Many fans of the recent “Mad Max: Fury Road(2015) paid a trip down memory lane to see the original 1979 “Mad Max,” which features a famous 1973 XB GT Ford Falcon. With plenty of grit and a roaring engine, the Ford Falcon blazes past its competition on the Australian roadways in the iconic film. Known for durability, Ford was the perfect brand for Max to drive through the dystopian wastelands of the 1979 film.

Finally, fans of “John Wick (2014) and “John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) can see Keanu Reeves in a sleek, 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1. Powered by a V8 engine and pure adrenaline, the Mustang in “John Wick creates a lasting impression. Though Reeves may be better known for the infamous bus in “Speed,” fans still couldn’t get enough of his character’s Mustang in “John Wick.”

We’ve only listed a few of the many appearances of Ford models in popular culture over the decades. Naturally, the Ford brand appears in other TV shows and films including the “The X-Files,” “The Blacklist,” “Shooter,” “Lethal Weapon,” and nearly any major action flick you can think of.

2018 Ford Edge Earn Top Marks from Reviews

2018 Ford Edge

One of the most telltale signs a vehicle is great is when the critics approve; after all, industry critics don’t have anything to gain or lose by giving a car high or low marks. They just want to tell the truth. That’s why you should trust the 2018 Ford Edge. Critics have been writing glowing Ford Edge reviews, and if you’re in the market for a new SUV, nothing gets better than all the features the new 2018 Ford Edge has to offer.

Car and Driver

Car and Driver says the Ford Edge is “well appointed and spacious,” calling the Ford SYNC 3® infotainment system “intuitive” and complimenting the range of versatile engine options. With “distinctive styling” the Edge stands apart from other competitors in the mid-size, two-row SUV segment. Plus, Car and Driver’s Michael Simari couldn’t get enough of the Edge’s Sport trim, highlighting its available twin-turbo V6 engine.

The Car Connection

The Car Connection’s Marty Padgett focused on the Ford Edge’s features, delighting in the cabin’s “muted details” and “spare, clean look” that sets the Edge apart from garish, trendy competitors. He, too, mentions that the Edge Sport is worth a look thanks to its cool performance, stating the Edge offers an “eager” feel.


2018 Ford Edge reviews seem convinced that the Edge is awesome. If you’re looking for a new mid-size SUV, why not check out the Ford Edge here at Bob Thomas Ford?

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Welcome to the blog from the team at Bob Thomas Ford! This is where you can stay in touch with us and find out what’s on the horizon with the latest Ford news, dealership events, and other exciting content by following our blog!


Located in Hamden Connecticut, we have been the Greater New Haven’s Ford Dealer of choice for over 38 years. Serving Hamden, New Haven, West Haven, Milford, Bridgeport, and Meriden, we have built our reputation on serving our customers and getting them into the perfect Ford for them. Something that is unmatched by our competitors.


Whether you’re searching for a new truck like the Ford F-150, or maybe you’re looking for a used car like a Ford Focus or Ford Fusion. Maybe you’re looking for an eco-friendly Ford Fusion Hybrid, regardless we are here and ready to serve your specific needs. Bob Thomas Ford has a great selection of both new Ford vehicles, as well as a wide selection of used vehicles as well. Just stop by our lot in Hamden and let our sales people help you find the exact car or truck that you want.


Also, take a look at the specials pages we have for both New Specials and Used Specials. Keep up to date with the great deals we have to offer at Bob Thomas Ford. If you’re just in need of service, you’re still in luck! We have service specials and parts specials as well.


So be sure to continue checking back here each month for all the exciting Ford news and topical information that you’re looking for.