XTR Package on the Ford F-150, What Is It?


The F-series XTR package has been around for a few years now, but what exactly is it? Aside from the decal on the side of the box, there are a few more components of the XTR Package.

For starters, it is only available on the XTL trim. It comes standard with the 302A package (which includes features like heated seats and a sliding rear window). However, it is an option if you opt for the base XLT or the middle, 301A package. It includes a decal that says “XTR” and either “4X2” or “4X4”. The rest of the additions to the truck involve making it shine with chrome accents. These include:

  • 6” chrome running boards.
  • Front chrome tow hooks (on the 4X4 variant of the F-150).
  • Chrome door and tailgate handles.
  • Single tip Chrome exhaust
  • Chrome two-bar style grille
  • 18” chrome like PVD wheels.
    • Paired with either 265/60R18 BSW A/S (4×2) or 275/65R18 OWL A/S A/T (4×4) tires.

Sometimes you may see the truck with 20” wheels and 275/55R20 A/T OWL (4X2) or 275/55R20 BSW A/T (4X4) and tires.

The XTR package is only available on the XLT F-150 . However, a similar package is offered on the Lariat F-150. There is an alternative available for the Super Duty too.

For the Lariat, the package is called the Lariat Chrome Appearance Package. It features many of the same components of the XTR package, with the exception of the decal. Additionally, the Lariat gets chrome mirror caps.

For the Super Dutys, the XLT package available that is most similar to the XTR package is called the XLT Premium package. Again, it does not feature decals, however it makes up for it with additional features like fog lamps, an 8-way heated driver seat, and reverse sensing system.

Finding the perfect package to add to your truck can be hard. At Island Ford we work diligently to help you understand what the truck you are considering is equipped with. If you want to learn more about the features available inside and out, come visit us in store so you can see it for yourself at 6456 Norcross road in Duncan, BC. Or view our inventory online and watch our videos.

This is the currently available XTR package for the 2018 model year. There may be changes in the future, and the package may have been different in previous years

Employee Pricing Starts Today for Sale in Duncan, BC


When does employee pricing start? Today-July 4th, 2018! The important question is when does it end? With discounts this high, you won’t want to miss out, and employee pricing is only on for a short time. Usually it lasts from July until September, but really it depends on inventory levels. And what a great time for inventory. The all-new EcoSport qualifies for employee pricing, as does the redesigned 2018 F-150, 2018 Expedition, and the 2018 Mustang. Family plan pricing isn’t the end of the discounts available on Ford’s lineup. Eligible Costco members can receive an additional $1,000 off on select new models.

After 13 years of running employee pricing campaigns, Ford has been listening to their customers to ensure that this promotion will actually help their loyal customers get into the vehicles they want. Whether you choose to finance, lease, or purchase outright. July 4th marks the start of Ford`s largest season of discounts. Find your Ford online with our video reviews, and visit us in store to see how great the discounts are in person.

Ford Employee Pricing – our price is your price.

Employee Pricing is Almost Here


Employee Pricing 2018 is Almost Here

Now that the excitement of Canada day is over (happy 151’st Birthday Canada), it’s time to think about those summer adventures. Whether it is exploring the island, camping, or getting off the Island for a road trip, Employee pricing 2018 marks the best time of year to think about what you’ll be driving around in. Whether you want to consider something with lower fuel economy, (like the Fusion energi with an estimated range of around 900km), better towing capabilities (the F-series have best in class towing and payload numbers), or need more room for the whole family (the redesigned 2018 Expedition gives all 8 passengers a bit more room) employee pricing 2018 is the time to take action.

Employee pricing is the time of year when Ford rewards their customers. Employee pricing has been running for 13 years, and over the years, Ford has refined the program so that you, our customers, get the deals and discounts that you want on the vehicles you love. This is the time of year where Ford treats employees and customers alike as part of the family. In fact, at the dealership, the price you are paying is called Family Plan Pricing. It’s not a marketing ploy, you genuinely pay what we pay. Not only are you paying less than MSRP (manufacturer suggested retail price), but you can stack on additional qualifying incentives and discounts to get the best deals of the year.

The Employee pricing event starts in July, and in the past has lasted until September. How long it lasts is going to depend on inventory levels. If you aren’t quite sure which Ford vehicle is right for you, start the search online with our model research pages. Watch our video reviews to get a 360-degree look at the vehicle, or come into Island Ford to experience your new Ford from the driver’s seat.

Make Safety a Priority with 9-1-1 Assist


SYNC is the system that can be activated right from your steering wheel. It allows you to change the radio and make a phone call with just voice commands. It doesn’t matter where your phone is in your car, saying “call Jane” will work as long as the phone is connected via Bluetooth. When you connect your phone to the car through Bluetooth for the first time, one of the things you have the ability to turn on is 9-1-1 Assist. You may be wondering what it is and if it worth turning on.

9-1-1 Assist gives your vehicle the ability to call 9-1-1 when you can’t. If your car gets into an accident that causes the airbags to go off, the SYNC system will call 9-1-1. Whether you are out of it and don’t realize you need to call 9-1-1, or you physically can’t, 9-1-1 Assist has you covered. When prompted by the operator, SYNC has the ability answer questions about your location and the crash. It then opens up the line to you. If you can’t speak, you can rest assured that help is on the way. If you can speak, you can add more details that SYNC might not have covered (like what happened).

This is what a 9-1-1 Assist phone call will sound like:

SYNC will alert you that it is making the call and say

“SYNC will attempt to call 9-1-1. To cancel the call, press and hold the Phone button.”

Unless you press the Phone button to cancel within approximately 10 seconds, SYNC will make the call and inform you that:

“A 9-1-1 Assist call is being placed. SYNC will speak to the 9-1-1 Call Taker first before opening the line. Please wait.”

You’ll then hear the phone ringing as the call is placed to 9-1-1.

If you turn off the vehicle and open the door during a 9-1-1 Assist call, the call will not be disconnected. SYNC will use its Privacy Mode feature to transfer the call from hands-free communication to your paired phone.

If a 9-1-1 Assist call is in progress, the vehicle controls for ending the call are locked out. The only way to end the call is to press “End” on the phone handset. This ensures that the Emergency Call Taker has the most control of the situation.

To operate, 9-1-1 Assist requires that your vehicle’s electrical system (including the battery), your wireless service provider’s signal, and the paired mobile phone are all available and operating. Depending on the severity of the accident, the vehicle’s systems could be damaged to such an extent that 9-1-1 Assist would not be able to initiate or maintain a call to 9-1-1.

So, should you set it up? That depends on personal preference. We would be more than happy to walk you through the process of syncing your phone to your car, and activating 9-1-1 Assist here at Island Ford.

Ford Tech Makes it Easy to Find the Perfect Seat


When I drive a vehicle, people worry about what would happen to me if the airbag went off: I am that close to the steering wheel! On the other hand, if anyone else drives the vehicle after me, they have a hard time getting in. Ford has a couple of features that make it easier to share the driver’s seat.

The Adjustable Seats:

Depending on the trim level, you can find either manual or power seats. Some vehicle will have a mix of the two. Some mustangs have a manual seat back, no lumbar, but you use power to move the seat forward/back. 10-way power adjustable seats allow you to use power to move the seat back, adjust the lumbar, and you have the ability to move the physical seat forward/back, the back of the seat up/down and the front of the seat up/down.

Power Adjustable Pedals:

On models like the F-150/Super Duty/Expedition, you can find power adjustable pedals. This allows you move the pedals forward or backwards.

Tilt/Telescoping/Power Steering Wheel:

Whether you sit in a Fiesta or an F-150, your steering wheel will both tilt and telescope. On higher trim levels of bigger vehicles (Edge Titanium for example), you can get a power tilt/telescoping steering wheel.

Easy Entry/Exit:

This system, when turned on, can move the seat back by up to 2 inches to make it easier to get out. It activates when the ignition is turned off. When you turn it back on, it will slide back into the last seating position it was in.

*This can be turned off in vehicle settings under dash options.

Memory Seats:

Overcome the height difference with memory seats. Depending on what your vehicle is equipped with, memory seats can remember

  • Power seat position
  • Power steering wheel position
  • Power pedal position
  • Power side-mirror position

For up to 3 people, depending on the vehicle. To set a preset, first set your mirrors, seat, pedals and steering wheel so they are exactly where you want them. For vehicles with the “set” button you will need to press set until you hear the tone, then press the number of the preset you want to assign. There should be a pop-up on the dash display to let you know you were successful. For vehicles with three presets, get comfortable and then press the number of the preset you want to assign until you hear a tone.

Even better, have your Ford recognize you before you get in. You can sync your seating preset to your specific key fob. This feature is only available on vehicles with intelligent access and memory seats. To accomplish this turn the vehicle on and move your seat into the perfect position.Once you’re happy, press and hold the preset button until you hear the second beep. Within three seconds, press the lock button on your key fob. To undo this, press and hold the preset button until the second tone sounds, then press the unlock button on the key fob.

*If both keys with a synced seating preset are within range, it will default to the presets associated with the key that had the preset set first.

Now, get comfortable with these features:

Massaging Seats:

High-end Ford models, like the Platinum F-150/Super Duty or Explorer can be equipped with Multi-Contour front seats with Active-Motion: “massaging seats.” They are activated by pressing the button in the middle of the lumbar adjustment, and you can adjust them either by using the lumbar control or by using the touchscreen.

Heated And Cooled seats:

Once you have found your perfect seating position, you can worry about being the right temperature. You can get heated seats on most models. Further upgrading can usually include a heated steering wheel. Higher trim level, larger vehicles (like an Edge Titanium) may also have cooled seats. An additional feature you can find in some vehicles is rear heated seats.

Not all vehicles will offer all of these features, but if you would like to see them in action, you can book a test drive online, or stop by the dealership to get a demonstration.


Cool Down your Ford, Before You Get In


When summer comes around, you would do almost anything to cool down your car before you get in. Ford has a few features that will allow you to do just that.

Global Open/Close

Open/close all of your vehicle’s windows right from the key fob.

When you are in range of your vehicle, press and hold the unlock button for 3 seconds. This will cause all of the vehicle’s power windows to open. If your vehicle is equipped with a sunroof, it will be opened in the vent position.

After they have started to roll down, you can release the button. The windows will roll down all of the way, unless you press either the lock/unlock button. Either button will cause the windows to stop rolling down.

Closing the windows is just as simple: press and hold the lock button for at least 2 seconds.

*Global Open/Close available on the 2017 Ford Fusion

**Global Open available on the 2017 C-Max, Mustang, and Taurus

Remote Engine Start

Vehicles that have both remote engine start and electronic climate can cool down your vehicle for you. By setting climate settings to automatic when remote engine start is used, the system will respond to the weather outside to moderate the temperature inside your vehicle. On hot days, the interior temperature will be set to 22ºC. If you have equipped cooled seats, they will be set to high. On cool days, the temperature will also be set to 22ºC. If equipped, the heated seats will be set to high, and the rear defroster will be activated.

*Remote engine start is available on many vehicles, not all of which have electronic climate control.

Schedule a test drive online, or come visit us at Island Ford to get a live demonstration of how these systems work.

Zig Zag and Drift in the Focus RS


Many of Ken Block’s feats are performed in what you wouldn’t think of as a performance vehicle: a Ford Focus/Ford Fiesta. Unlike a Mustang or Raptor, these vehicles are not usually thought of when you think performance. Block’s cars undergo some serious decaling and upfitting before they make it onto the race track, but the Focus RS can give something close to the Ken Block experience.

Start with all-wheel drive with a torque-vectoring rear differential, then shift into first and fly down the street. The Focus RS has almost 100 more ponies under the hood than the Focus ST. The 2.3L turbocharged EcoBoost engine borrowed from the Mustang and 6-speed automatic transmission are just the beginning of the driving experience. The Torque Vectoring Drive Module is electronically controlled and has hydraulically actuated clutches on each rear-wheel. By monitoring the system 100 times per second, the clutches can transfer up to 100% of available power to the left/right wheel in under .1 seconds. If you are using launch control, this system also allows you to lock the rear axle together. When you’re cruising down the highway, the rear differential can declutch both rear wheels–until you need them again–to give the vehicle improved fuel economy.

Switch between the highway and track seamlessly with four different drive modes. Further customize how you drive the car by adjusting the suspension independently of the drive modes. You can stealthily zip down the street by putting the vehicle in Normal mode and adjusting the suspension to Sport mode. When you get back on the track, throwing the Focus RS into Sport, Track, or Drift mode will cause the exhaust to come out of the driver’s side tailpipe. These modes cause the engine to light fuel in the combustion chamber while the cylinder head is open, causing the car to backfire, gurgle, and pop. Regardless of the mode you are driving in, you can put the electronic stability control into sport mode, or turn it off to get the most out of your driving.

Specifically designed to perform on the track, and built with input from Ken Block, the RS is not an ST. The RS has a reinforced chassis, AWD, more power, and better steering and suspension. An additional piece of steel connects the rear shock towers to the rear subframe mounts. Added bracing on the front and rear subframes improves chassis stiffness by 23 per-cent over the base Focus. The roll bar also uses a more efficient design than the ST.

Even though the new RS shocks are electronically adjustable, they are very similar in valving and feel to the ST’s when the car is Normal Mode. Engaging Sport Mode increases the dampening by 40 percent and substantially firms up the car’s ride. The spring rates on the RS have been increased by 33 per-cent in the front and 38 per-cent in the rear over the ST.

The steering has been quickened from 2.5 turns lock-to-lock on the ST to two on the RS. The base feel of the steering wheel is slightly heavier than the ST in Normal Mode, but increases quite a bit when Sport is selected. The bottom of the steering wheel is flat to give you that performance feel.

Built for performance, the RS gets four-piston 350mm Brembo brakes, Recaro seats, electronically adjustable shocks and the ability to lap a track for 30 minutes without compromising on performance. The front grille was enlarged to get the most air into the intercooler. The hood and roof spoilers work with a lower diffuser to give the RS zero lift.

At Island Ford you can easily test drive the RS in a city setting. Once you own one though, you can attend Ford’s RS Adrenaline Academy and test out exactly what the RS is capable of, without wrecking your own tires. For two days, you get coaching and hands-on experience in Salt Lake City.

How do you want to drive your F-150?


Unless you put in a ROUSH SuperCharger engine, your F-150 probably doesn’t roar to life the same way that a mustang would. With the 2018 F-150, you can feel more in tune with your truck similar to the way you would a manual Mustang GT.

The F-150 isn’t getting a manual transmission, but you will have the ability to select different drive modes so that you can get the most out of your F-150.

Note: Not all drive modes and steering wheel modes may be available in your specific truck.
Drive modes can be activated from the shifter. If the shifter is part of the steering column, the button is located at the end of the shifter. If the shifter is in the center console, the button (D/M) is located at the base of the shifter on the same side as the select shift buttons (+/-).

Drive Modes

Normal: The comfort and handling you expect from your F-150, no compromises

Tow Haul: Improves transmission operation when towing a heavy load.

Snow/Wet: Tackle the snow and wet with a vehicle that is tuned for more traction at lower speeds, and stability at higher speeds.

EcoSelect: If fuel economy is all you care about, this is the mode for you. There is a trade-off with performance and comfort.

Sport: Take the truck off-road and throw it into sport mode, which tunes the vehicle response for max off-road performance.

If you’re ready to experience what the F-150 can offer, Schedule a test drive here at Island Ford.

Towing Capacity VS. Payload: What You Can Bring in Your Truck


With the warm summer weather you can bring out the trailers, boats, and all of your gear. To get your gear to a campsite, boat launch, or wherever your adventure takes you, you are going to need something that can handle the weight. It is always important to properly load your vehicle for safety purposes, but it is especially important if you are travelling anywhere with strictly enforced guidelines about towing. Before you buy a vehicle you intend to tow with, here is what you need to know:


The towing number tells you how much the vehicle can pull behind it.
Keep in mind that many trailers display their weight as dry weight [how much it weighs without anything in it]. Because you will be putting things into your trailer, you will need a towing number that can accommodate both your trailer and what you put in it.


Is how much weight you can put in the vehicle. In the case of trucks, this includes the bed. When assessing how much payload you will need, include the tongue weight of your trailer [tongue weight is the amount of the trailer’s weight that is being supported by the trailer hitch]. In addition to the weight of your things, don’t forget to account for passenger weight, and the weight of the fuel.

Here are a couple of questions to consider before you start looking for the right vehicle for your towing needs.

  • How much weight will you be
    • Putting in the bed/cargo area
    • Towing
  • Approximately how much your passengers weigh
  • How many passengers you need room for

Keep in mind that you do not want to be at the very maximum of your weight ratings.

In the Ford lineup, an Escape and larger vehicles have the ability to tow. Depending on what you are doing you may be able to use an Escape, or you may need an F-350.

If you’re not sure what you need, we are more than happy to help you find the right vehicle to tow with here at Island Ford

The Top 6 Accessories Your Truck Needs


The Top 6 Accessories Your Truck Needs

There aren’t many things that feel better than owning a brand new or a new-to-you truck. And as women know, there is only one thing that makes a good thing better: accessories. I don’t mean necklaces or a handbag, but the kind that make your truck even better, the kind of accessories that are just as tough as your new truck. I’ve talked to some professionals, and here are their recommendations on the best accessories for your truck.

  1. Tonneau Cover
    Whether you have a regular cab with almost no room behind the seats or the SuperCrew with a lot of room behind the front seats, a tonneau cover is incredibly handy. It gives you the ability to easily see out the back window just like usual, with the added benefit of knowing your cargo won’t blow away. You have the option of many different styles, from ones that perfectly match your truck, to soft rolling, to the hard folding kind.
  2. Rock Shield
    No one likes a rock chip, especially not on their new truck. With rock shield, your truck gets protected from rock chips, bugs, road salt, oils, and bird droppings. It’s customizable so you can determine what part of your truck you want covered, safe in the knowledge that the covered paint won’t be harmed-or if it is, the paint chip and the rockshield will be fixed. Self healing, and equipped with a life-time warranty, it keeps your investment safe.
  3. Trailer Brake Controller
    Gain peace of mind when you’re towing something heavy with the trailer brake controller. Some trucks come with it, but if yours doesn’t and you plan to be towing heavy loads, it’s really important to have. It helps slow your trailer down with the truck so that you don’t need to worry about the trailer colliding into the back of your truck if you’re going down a steep hill, or simply coming to a stop on the highway.
  4. Vent Visors
    These handy little gadgets make it possible to get some air in the truck without letting any of the elements in. On hot summer days you can leave the windows down just a bit without giving anyone access into the vehicle, or when you’re driving in the rain and want the windows down a bit, you don’t have to worry about getting rained on.
  5. Cab Steps/Running Boards
    It’s just easier to get in when there are cab steps. With the power running boards, you only have to have them out when you need them, and they fold back up and hide under the truck when they’re not in use. Available in everything from chrome, to black, to power deployable, you can find a style to compliment your truck.
  6. Mud Flaps
    Keep off the mud and rocks with mud flaps. From chrome and black, to flat black, to ones with a company’s logo, you can find a style to jazz up your truck while keeping it a little bit cleaner.