Tell most Americans that you’re planning to take a road trip through Kansas, and you’ll probably get that canned, stereotypical response about cornfields. We can hear it now, that grating, enjoy the corn! But, we Kansans know there’s so much more to our state than cornfields (though do we not also have the finest, most shining cornfields in the nation)?
Fellow Jayhawkers, if you’re feeling like the summertime is flying by, pack up the family for a quick road trip through Kansas, and show some love to your favorite state.
Get Spooked in Kansas Ghost Towns
Kansas is chock-full of American pioneer history, much of which you can still see and touch. Take this route starting at Stull in the north and looping around down to Le Hunt in the south, and explore a few of our chilling ghost towns.
Drop Your Jaws at these Kansan Natural Wonders
From the Gypsum Hills to Castle Rock, Kansas is full of stunning natural wonders. Make a weekend of cruising between these gorgeous vistas and spend an afternoon hiking and picnicking — a great time for kids or for a romantic getaway.
Sample the Best Fried Chicken in Kansas
Nobody fries chicken like a Kansan. Take a drive to these eight delicious fried chicken establishments if you like a road trip you can sink your teeth into.
Before you head out to explore the great state of Kansas, make sure your car is up to the task and schedule a maintenance check at Midwest Ford.
The 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor delivers all the high-tech safety and advanced reliability and toughness as the standard F-150 while providing an extra something for fans of off-road driving. For the 2019 model year, Ford gave the F-150 Raptor upgrades that include features such as new shocks, Recaro seats, a Trail Control system, and a brand-new adaptive off-road suspension for improved confidence when driving.
Similar to the Fox Racing shock absorbers already found on previous iterations of the F-150 Raptor trim, the Fox Racing Shox Live Valve suspension automatically adapts damping force at each corner for increased driving refinement on rough terrain. Ride-height sensors assist in this process by monitoring information about the terrain and feeding it to the Raptor’s onboard computer. How the system functions can be adjusted by selecting different drive modes, such as Normal, Sport, or Off-Road.
This adaptive suspension allows the Ford F-150 Raptor to have a more rigid ride on the road to reduce body roll, while allowing it to be more flexible on rocky ground. The F-150 Raptor upgrades even include a Jump mode for the suspension which allows the truck to lessen the shock of impact when the front tires are off the ground. In addition to all the other cool stuff the 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor will offer, it’s obvious this truck is one of the most capable off-road trucks on the market.
To learn more about the 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor, visit Midwest Ford.
Let’s face it; our daily drive can become a tedious task. That doesn’t have to be the case though. There are plenty of awesome smartphone apps that can take the hassle and boredom out of your commute. If you feel like your drive could use a breath of fresh air, check out our list of best driving apps.
GasBuddy is a must-have for pretty much every driver. Whether you’re en route to work or taking a trip with the whole family across the country, this app will help you find the best gas prices near you. GasBuddy updates in real-time and can be filtered by location, brand, and amenities so that you never have to pay extra for gas again!
For busy professionals, keeping track of work-related miles driven can be a total pain. MileIQ completely solves the problem, though, by automatically tracking start and stop times of each drive and recording total miles driven. If you’ve ever forgotten to accurately record work-related driving, this one’s for you.
While Headspace isn’t necessarily a driving app, it is the perfect companion for those times when you’re stressed out behind the wheel. This app offers free guided meditations that just might keep you from falling deeper into road rage when you’re cut off in busy traffic.
To upgrade your daily commute to a new set of wheels, visit Midwest Ford.
Everyone loves a summer blockbuster and this year, dealerships across the country are preparing for an exciting one — the limited-edition Mustang Bullitt. This 480-horsepower Mustang will pay homage to the classic 1968 film by the same name starring Steve McQueen.
In “Bullitt,” McQueen drives a Highland Green 1968 Mustang GT fastback. The 2019 special edition will be available in the same iconic green color and offers a classic cue ball shifter. It bundles together the GT Premium and Performance packages to deliver an impressive punch.
“The new Bullitt will be every bit as cool and charismatic as the original ’68 Mustang,” said Corey Holter, Ford car group marketing manager. “Since its introduction earlier this year, Ford dealers have been fielding calls from customers wanting to know when they can order this unique piece of automotive history.”
Along with the Dark Highland Green color, Shadow Black is also available. Other exterior highlights include chrome accents for the front black grille and windows and 19-inch aluminum wheels with red Brembo™ brakes.
Inside, details are kept to a minimum with green accent stitching on the leather-trimmed dashboard, seats, center console, and door panels. The 2019 Mustang Bullitt will go on sale this summer, but you can place your order online today.
For more information on the iconic Mustang Bullitt and the 2019 model, visit Midwest Ford.
As winter finally draws to an end, it’s the perfect time to perform some seasonal car maintenance. Spring is a great time for a checkup, as harsh winter weather can often worsen common vehicle problems. Here are a few ways you can take care of your vehicle this spring.
Get a car wash
Keeping your car clean isn’t just a matter of looking good. In fact, routinely washing your car can prevent rust damage to your car’s exterior as well as help make it easier to identify any new damages. And let’s face it, driving a clean car feels better, too.
Replace your wiper blades
We tend to use our windshield wipers a lot in the winter. And between the cold temperatures, frost, road salt, and ice, winter driving can really do a number on them. If your wiper blades are cracked, bent, or in any way damaged, it’s time to replace them.
Keep an eye on your tires
Colder temperatures during the winter can cause the air pressure in your tires to fluctuate greatly, so be sure to check your tires for proper pressure and alignment as spring gets underway. Take a look at your tire tread, too, and invest in new tires if the tread is worn down.
For an inspection or any other routine maintenance needs, give us a call or stop by Midwest Ford’s service department.
In the days of ride-sharing services, it’s hardly surprising that Ford would join in on the innovation. Ford’s Chariot is a shuttle service that makes commuting easier than ever.
Chariot is an intelligent and luxurious ride service that operates daily shuttles between workplaces and residential areas. It’s similar to a bus in its operation, but even more peaceful on the inside. Each shuttle is a 14-seat Ford Transit van, making for optimal comfort. Every van is equipped with a Wi-Fi hotspot, making it easy to stay connected even on your commute.
Chariot was initially founded in September 2016 and has since been expanded. In the past month, Chariot has expanded to Columbus, Ohio, and even across the pond to London! While it’s not in Kansas just yet, you can bet that Chariot’s services will continue to expand. But until that happens, we can always provide you with your own chariot here at Midwest Ford.
In fact, Ford recently announced a commitment to build an “open smart city platform.” Various transportation networks will be connected across cities and will begin crossing into each other. Ford is also looking into making self-driving cars available to various ride services, making for an advanced and transportation-friendly world.
If you’re looking for a new high-tech vehicle of your own, stop by Midwest Ford to take a look at our inventory.