How to Keep Your Car Cool in Summer

If you live in a climate that’s hot year-round, or you’re looking for creative ways to keep your car cool in the summer months, then you might want to continue reading. Although everyone knows to park in the shade and avoid direct sunlight from heating up the dash, some people don’t think to use a windshield cover or towels to keep the interior of their cars at a comfortable temperature.

Windshield Covers 

Putting a silver windshield cover in the interior of your car can help protect your upholstery, leather seats and dash. A windshield cover can also help prevent heat from accumulating in the cabin and people from seeing into your car. Also, if you travel with a laptop and keep it in the passenger seat, it will also be kept cool by adding a windshield cover.

Windshield covers work by reflecting the sun’s punishing UV rays away from your vehicle. In the hotter summer months, adding a windshield cover (a.k.a., sun shade) can reduce the temperature in the cabin by as much as forty degrees. This makes for a more comfortable ride and protects your investment. A windshield cover is a very affordable accessory that can protect your dash and upholstery while keeping everyone comfortable and happy.

Park in the Shade or Garage

Ideally, you would park your car in the shade, especially if you don’t have the benefit of a windshield cover. In cases where you can’t find an open, shaded space, park your car in a garage. Although a garage can still be a little toasty, it protects your car from the sun’s rays and should still be a cooler option. Since heat rises, look to park your car in an underground parking garage. That said, almost any garage beats having your car buffeted by UV rays all day. Especially if you have a darker toned car, realize that heat can definitely accumulate and make the ride more unpleasant than it needs to be.

Crack Down Your Windows 

A lot of heat buildup in parked cars is attributable to poor ventilation. Make sure that your windows are cracked slightly to allow good circulation and prevent heat buildup in the summer months. Just cracking your window down the length of a playing card would be enough to get the air flowing and prevent stepping into a sauna after your day out. On a similar note, you could place a solar or battery-powered fan in your car to get even more circulation going. The fan will not only create more circulation, but it will also shift any heat out the crack that you’ve just made in the window to prevent heat buildup.

Consider Adding Window Tint

Window tint can be added to your vehicle to reduce UV exposure and even prevent thefts. Another main reason people add window tint aftermarket to their vehicles is to control the amount of heat that gets let into their vehicles. Adding window tint can result in over two-thirds less solar energy seeping into your car and making the ride unpleasant. Window tint also has the side benefit of reducing your dependence on the car’s air conditioning, which saves you money and helps protect the planet.

Blanket Your Seats 

If you’re concerned about your leather seats or upholstery cracking due to exposure to the sun’s rays, then consider simply placing a lightly colored towel over your seats. Towels are obviously very easy to throw back on the floor, trunk or in your vehicle’s cargo area when you’re done using them.

10 Tips to De-Stress During Rush Hour

 

Everybody that drives more than a few miles to work or lives in a metropolitan city knows the stress that comes with sitting behind a seemingly endless stream of cars on the highway just to get to work or make it home in the afternoon. For most people, that rush hour stress is just a fact of life. Unfortunately, chronic stress can lead to health problems that are quite serious.

 

You may not be able to shorten your commute or avoid rush hour altogether, but there are some things you can do to keep stress at bay while you’re in your car. Use these 10 tips to keep calm behind the wheel, even if you’re stuck there a lot longer than you’d like.

 

1. Consider Carpooling

Sometimes the worst part of rush-hour is simply sitting alone behind the wheel alternating between the gas and brake pedal for two hours. Carpooling with a group you like from a designated starting point can make the trip a lot easier. It can also save you considerable wear and tear on your car.

 

2. Give Yourself Extra Time

 

Giving yourself extra time so that you’re not a stressed-out maniac in the car sounds obvious, but most people just don’t do it. Opting for that extra 10 minutes of sleep might sound like a good thing, but it’s probably not worth the extra stress in the car. However long your commute takes you, try adding an extra 15 to 20 minutes.

 

3. Pack a Snack

 

Hunger makes everything worse, and rush-hour coincides with the times people are hungriest. Pack a healthy snack like nuts or a piece of fresh fruit for the ride.

4. Use Alternate Routes

 

An alternate route may not be faster, but at least you’ll be looking at some new scenery. Use your GPS or smartphone to get you where you’re going in a new way.

 

5. Listen to Soothing Music

 

The sound of car horns and your own gnashing teeth isn’t soothing and makes stress worse. Bring some soothing music with you for the trip and keep it in your car. An iPod or smartphone with music options is even better.

 

6. Catch Up on Current Events

 

Current events aren’t always calming, but at least you’ll be doing something productive on the road. Find your local NPR or news radio station. Take the time to learn something about the world around you.

 

7. Relax Your Body

 

It’s impossible to be mentally stressed while your body is relaxed, so make the effort to unclench your muscles. Relaxing your body – not too limp, you’re still driving – can help cool you down during a nightmarish commute.

 

8. Use In-Car Time Wisely

 

If you have a Bluetooth enabled smartphone, taking some time to chat with friends and family is an excellent use of your commute. You’ll just be doing it at home anyway, so why not take care of two things at once?

 

9. Focus on the Positive

 

When rush-hour just seems like too much to deal with, chances are you’re starting to really feel the effects of stress. Instead of focusing on spending too much time in the car, try focusing on what’s positive in your life. If you’re late to work, at least you have a job, and hopefully one you like.

 

10. Accept What You Can’t Change

 

You’re stuck in your car, there’s bad traffic, you’re late and you’re in a bad mood. When that happens, accepting that you can’t change it, but it will be over soon, is often enough to get you through while still retaining your sanity.

Summer Sports to Watch in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is undoubtedly one of the best places on the planet for live entertainment. Perhaps this makes the bounty and variety of live sports available in LA expected, but the sheer volume of exciting live action here is still enough to surprise you. Whether you’re looking for pro baseball, college summer sports, soccer, racing or even football, Los Angeles is the right place to be.

 

Los Angeles Dodgers Baseball

 

After a great 2013 season that culminated in a National League Championship appearance, the Dodgers will spend this summer fighting for their rightful spot atop the MLB. Behind pitching phenomenon Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers seem poised for another deep postseason run, so don’t miss your chance to catch the action in person.

 

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Baseball

Los Angeles Angels Baseball

Not to be outdone by their Dodgers neighbors are the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. With a high-flying offense that boasts household baseball names like Albert Pujols and Mike Trout, the Angels provide an outstanding baseball viewing experience. The Halos blasted 77 home runs in 81 home games last season with a less powerful offense, so you can expect to see somebody go deep nearly every time you visit the Angels Stadium of Anaheim.

 

Minor League Baseball Affiliates

 

It’s probably no surprise that beautiful, warm LA is a baseball hotspot. Several Class A minor league teams are located less than an hour away from the city, including affiliates of the Dodgers, Angels, San Diego Padres and many other MLB teams.

 

Los Angeles Galaxy

Los Angeles Galaxy Sports

This MLS soccer club has won its league’s championship twice in the last three seasons, and has won four championships total since 2002. With dominant play from a roster packed with all-star players, the Galaxy will battle other American soccer clubs throughout the summer in hopes of returning to their winning ways.

 

Chivas USA

 

Chivas USA is the relative newcomer, having joined the MLS in 2004. The Red and White now boast a competitive roster and a talented coaching staff. The MLS regular season runs from February to October, so catching a game in summer will put you right in the middle of an exciting season.

 

USC and UCLA Summer Sports

 

The rivalry between the University of Southern California and the University of Central Los Angeles is notoriously heated. A stop in LA affords sports fans the opportunity to witness this rivalry take place all summer long, through baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse and other exciting summer sports. Don’t miss out on witnessing either of these elite athletic colleges exhibiting their proud summer programs this year.

 

 

LA Kiss Arena League Football

Los Angeles Kiss Football

A live Arena League Football game is a truly unique experience, even when your city’s team isn’t sponsored by the eponymous legendary rock band. The AFL season runs from mid-March to late July, so check out this one-of-a-kind sports scene soon. Did we mention there are guitar solos and fiery explosions between plays?

 

Horse Racing

 

If pyrotechnics and hard-hitting team sports aren’t your style, try visiting LA’s fine horse racing tracks. Santa Anita is one of the finest and most popular parks for horse racing in the area, and it’s located less than 15 miles away from downtown LA. Fairplex Park, Hollywood Park and the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club are all fine destinations for seasonal live races.

 

Auto Racing

 

Fans of NASCAR and other forms of high-powered automobile racing need look no further than the numerous noteworthy racing sites near LA. Both the AAA Auto Club Speedway and the Toyota Speedway of Irwindale host various NASCAR events, and the annual Long Beach Grand Prix is held on the streets of the city.

Summer hotspots in LA for all ages

Knotts Soak City LA

Los Angeles has many great spots and activities for people of all ages to experience and enjoy. If you are looking to take your family out this summer, if you’re visiting the area, or you just want to get out and experience something entertaining, then here are a few spots worth checking out. Many of these spots are perfect for more than just one age group.

L.A. Zoo

Los Angeles Zoo

A great place for the toddler years encourages interaction and fun learning. The L.A. zoo is a great place for you to take your little ones over the summer. Let them see all the fun and cute animals; they will love the petting zoo and they can explore the people sized tunnels like those a meerkat would make. There are many summer programs available including Creature Campout, Toddler Totes, and Summer Camp.

Knott’s Soak City

If you want to keep that young energetic group of kids aged 5 to 9 busy for the summer, head out to Knott’s Soak City. Splurge and rent a cabana for your family to get a break from the sun while the kids enjoy the water park. There are plenty of attractions from water slides, lagoons, rivers, and tidal waves.

La Brea Tar Pits

Right in the heart of L.A. is the famous Ice Age fossil excavation site, a perfect destination for those pre-teens. You can visit the gardens and the Page Museum. Also, kids can see the life-size saber-tooth tiger puppet. There are plenty of activities for young minds including guided tours, and you can even download a scavenger hunt before you go.

Griffith Park

For the teens, Griffith Park is the perfect summer hang out spot. Active teens can hike, hang out with the tourists at the Observatory, check out the Gene Autrey Museum, picnic, or make the trek to the Hollywood sign. There are also many other activities in the park area to keep this age group busy.

Downtown Artwalk

For the hip young crowd in their 20′s, the Artwalk in downtown L.A. is the premiere hotspot. This self-guided tour showcases L.A.’s finest artwork and promotes the local artist and musicians. This event takes place every second Thursday of the month and over 45 galleries and museums participate. Take a walk, have a drink and enjoy the restaurants, local shops, and venues that assist in this event.

Sunset Junction, L.A.’s Farmer’s Market

For those in their 30′s, a great shopping destination where you can try new foods and find unique things is always fun. The famous Sunset Junction has been a huge hot spot for locals and visitors. It provides a fun shopping experience with a variety of items to choose from. You will find fruits and veggies, trinkets galore, flowers, coffee, treats, and basically anything you could ask for in a hip street sale. There are also many places to eat; you could be bold and try something you’ve never had before.

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

The crowd in their 40′s and older can appreciate Hollywood’s most epic theatrical masterpieces, and with this summer event happening every Saturday night, you can head out to Hollywood Forever Cemetery for a unique and special evening. Grab a blanket, pack a nice picnic meal, and bring some wine. Donation tickets are available; there is no reservation needed, and plan to arrive early. Gates open at 7:30pm.

Moving Out: Best Fords for Graduating Seniors

Ford makes dependable vehicles that deliver exceptional performance, functionality and great safety additions. These factors combine to make their vehicles perfect for graduates. Here are some of the best Fords for grads.

Ford Fiesta

The Ford Fiesta offers grads the contemporary styling they crave. With a choice of 10 vibrant colors and available leather trim seating, grads can select the style that best represents them. Further, the Fiesta offers many great features that make it an appealing buy for graduates. Here is a look at some of the Fiesta’s offerings:

  • SYNC with MyFord Touch, which allows drivers to make phone calls, receive incoming text messages and play songs with voice commands.
  • A rear view camera to help drivers spot incoming vehicles while backing out of parking spots.
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio to play commercial free music.
  • 25.4 cubic feet of cargo room for ample storage.

Ford Focus

The Ford Focus delivers a captivating exterior design with its aggressive stance and aerodynamic body. Further, with a wealth of excellent features, graduates will find this is a great buy. Some of the Focus’s most appealing features are:

  • Active Park Assist, which simplifies parallel parking for drivers.
  • Available Intelligent Access with Push-Button Start that gives drivers a keyless entry and an easy way to start their Focus.
  • An available Navigation System with SiriusXM Satellite Radio to provide voice guided directions to a wide variety of destinations.
  • Eco-friendly construction with car seats fabric made of 100% recycled materials and cushions made from plant seeds.
  • 44.8 cubic feet of cargo room in the hatchback, making this a perfect car for graduates that need a larger storage option.

Ford Fusion

The Ford Fusion combines elegant styling with luxury features to make this an attractive buy. Along with a refined exterior and versatile interior that allows drivers to select ambient lighting choices, this car has the following features:

  • Auto start-stop, which will shut off the engine when stopped at a light and instantly start up once the driver presses their foot on the gas pedal thereby leading to fewer emissions.
  • Available heated and cooled front seats.
  • SYNC with MyFord Touch which can use a driver’s synchronized cell phone to call 911 if they are unable to.
  • Next-generation SmartGauge with EcoGuide to help drivers use displays such as Brake Coach to drive more efficiently.

Ford Mustang

The Ford Mustang is for graduates hungry for power and sporty styling. The exterior design is a great mix of classic muscle car styling with modern touches such as LED accents. Additionally, this stylish ride has the following additions:

  • Track Apps, which allows drivers to monitor acceleration times, braking performance and shows lateral g-forces.
  • SYNC with AppLink provides SYNC services such as sports scores, audible text messaging and navigation for three years free.
  • The available Tech Package which includes great additions such as SYNC, a leather steering wheel with audio control buttons and six-way power seat.

All these vehicles are attractive options for graduates due to the myriad additions they deliver. For graduates ready to test drive one of these Ford models, they can visit Cerritos Ford, as they have a great selection of Fords for grads.

Why the Mustang Convertible is the Best Car for Summer

An American Original

The iconic Ford Mustang Convertible tops a short list of American-made sports cars that are synonymous with rugged style, fun and adventure. Recent models boasting retro themes, five trim levels, standout safety features, high-tech entertainment and impressive fuel efficiency make Ford Mustang the obvious choice for summer day trips and excursions.

Soaking Up The Sun

Picture it: First day of summer. Pristine blue skies. A sun-soaked highway. A Ford Mustang with its top down, cruising and cutting a figure over the road. This scenario all but epitomizes everything there is to love about the season. And with its comfortable, practical seating for four, Ford Mustang allows you to whisk friends and family away to impromptu beach picnics or volleyball games.

It’s What’s Inside That Counts

Try not to drool over the Mustang’s intense physical beauty. Sure, its large alloy wheels, streamlined angles and signature galloping Mustang grille ornament are enough to make it collectible. But at upper trim levels, there are dozens of mod-cons with which to augment the already impressive interior.

The Sync voice-activation system, for example, simplifies the operation of audio, phone and navigation, so your attention is never distracted from the road or the gorgeous weather.

Ambient cabin lighting and color-adjustable gauges don’t wash out in bright sunlight or blind the driver as light changes over the course of long summer days. Other features that make Mustang especially compatible with summer include cruise-control, air-conditioning (for days when the Mustang’s top is up), satellite radio, an iPod/USB audio interface (on select trims) and a four-speaker sound system — in case of party outbreaks while parked near the boardwalk.

Big Mustang On Campus

The Mustang’s classic appeal among car enthusiasts of all ages accounts for its iconic status. But Mustang backs up this status with impressive exterior specs. One option for the Mustang entails 19-inch wheels with summer tires, recalibrated stability control and suspension and brake upgrades.

These come in handy during months of clement weather when the driving for recreation and work increases. Keyless entry, remote ignition and xenon headlights ensure that life in a Mustang is always simple and safe, two essentials of summer excitement. Blind spot mirrors and an auto-dimming rearview mirror cancel any need for squinting at reflected glare.

Performance and Safety

Summer was made for zipping along highways, and the Ford Mustang has little in-class competition for getting the zipping done in a smooth, fuel-efficient manner. There are 3.7-liter V6 and 5.0-liter V8 engines for lower and upper trims, respectively. Horsepower ranges from 305 to 412. A manual six-speed transmission is standard on both trims.

Best Fords for Cross-country driving

Spring is here and summer is right around the corner. That means that it is time to start planning those cross-country road trips. In order to get the most out of your road trip, you need the right Ford vehicle. With so many great Fords out there, it can be difficult to choose which one is best for you. That is why we are going to show you a list of some of the best Fords for road trips.

The new Ford Mustang

This classic Ford model will allow you to squeeze some excitement out of every moment of your road trip. Renowned for its fierce looks, sporty ride and 305 horsepower engine that will get you there in no time, the new Mustang will make you not want to stop for anything. Modern Mustangs also come loaded with plenty of technology to aid in the entertainment and safety of your trip. Also, consider one with a retractable rooftop to maximize your driving fun.

The new Ford Expedition

If you need a little extra room to store bikes, tents, other cargo or more people, then the new Expedition is one of the best Fords for road trips that you can choose. This SUV has seating for up to eight people plus 9,200 lbs. of towing capacity, so lugging a boat or car won’t be a problem. Like the Mustang, it comes pre-loaded with some of the latest technology.

The new Ford C-Max Hybrid and Energi

If you really want your cross-country road trip to be virtually non-stop, then you need to look no further than the Ford C-Max. The hybrid fuel efficiency of this Ford car will keep you going strong even if you get caught in traffic along the way. It also has some great technology features (there is a theme developing here!).

If you would really like to take your fuel efficiency to the extreme, you should take a look at the even more fuel efficient C-Max Energi edition. This trim blends the electric vehicle (EV) and hybrid technologies to allow you to optimize your fuel efficiency without sacrificing power or fearing that you won’t be able to find a plug.

The new Ford Fusion Hybrid and Energi

If you would like a spacious ride with looks to rival the legendary Mustang in addition to non-stop fuel efficiency, then you should consider the all new Ford Fusion Hybrid. This vehicle provides you with fuel economy that rivals the C-Max hybrid, the spaciousness of a midsize sedan (because it is one), the technology package that all Fords are known to include and strikingly good looks.

Like the C-Max, the Fusion is also available in an Energi trim, which blends the same hybrid and EV technologies in its smaller counterpart.

The new Ford E-Series Wagon

This vehicle will provide you with the ultimate space for a cross-country road trip that includes a large group. With seating for up to 15, and with plenty of space to spare for cargo, you will have no problem fitting everyone and everything you need into the vehicle for the road trip. Like all of the other Fords for road trips, it’s loaded with technology to keep you entertained the whole way. It also has some serious towing capacity for heavy cargo. There is a reason why this model has been America’s favorite full-size van for over three decades.

Find your next Ford for your road trip, today!

Contact Cerritos Ford to learn more. With a comprehensive inventory of Ford vehicles, they are one of the top Ford dealers in Southern California.

Best Fords for New Grads

Graduation is an exciting time for anyone. Whether it be high school or college, graduation marks the beginning of a new chapter in a young person’s life. One of the best ways to begin this new chapter is with an investment in a brand new vehicle. As this is often a graduate’s first new car, there are a few things to look out for. The following Fords for grads balance performance, high-tech features, and value.

Ford Fiesta

The Ford Fiesta is one of the best entry-level Fords for grads. This sporty car combines style and functionality, with the value of an entry-level vehicle. One of the most exciting features of this vehicle is the MyFord Touch system. MyFord Touch provides drivers and passengers with a hands-free music and phone interface, as well as boasting one of the best voice command systems on the market.

The exterior of the Fiesta borrows some design features from its larger Focus and Fusion cousins, such as the large front grille which has become a signature of Ford vehicles. The Fiesta comes in both a sedan and hatchback model, with the hatchback variant providing generous cargo space for the vehicle’s overall small size.

Ford Fusion

A larger cousin of the Fiesta, the Ford Fusion, is and has consistently been one of the most affordable midsize vehicles on the market. Like the Fiesta, the Fusion features the MyFord Touch system, as well as a whole host of impressive tech features such as: satellite radio, navigation, an impressive 12-speaker audio system, and much more. In addition, the Fusion includes several cutting edge safety features including: lane keeping alert system, backup camera, rain-sensing wipers, and blind spot monitoring.

Under the hood, the Fusion is powered by one of four different engines. Basic models come with a standard four-cylinder engine, while those looking for a little extra power can choose from one of three turbocharged engine models. All of these engine options provide more than adequate power for this vehicle. Combining the performance of the Fusion, along with its myriad of high-tech features, make this vehicle one of the best Fords for grads.

Ford Focus

Those looking for a vehicle with a little more room and power than the Fiesta, but who are not necessarily looking for a midsize sedan like the Fusion, will love the Ford Focus. Just like the Fusion, the Focus has been consistently rated one of the best and most affordable vehicles on the market. Sporting an interior made of high-quality materials more commonly found in higher end vehicles, the Focus provides style and class at an affordable price. Additionally, this luxury interior is complimented by the MyFord Touch system and many of the same features found in the Fusion, such as: satellite radio, parking sensors, backup camera, and navigation.

While the interior and high-tech features of the Focus are impressive, some of the most attractive features of this car are found under the hood. The Focus sports a more than adequate four-cylinder engine, and ST models give drivers the option of a turbocharged engine for even better performance. A well-tuned suspension and steering also give the Focus an unbelievably smooth ride and excellent handling.

Best Fords for Warm Weather

Summer is one of the best seasons for driving. Not only are road conditions usually good and very predictable in most parts of the country, but the warm weather invites any driver to roll the windows down, put the top back, and enjoy the sun and warm wind on the road. Any driver can appreciate the fact that the great American road trip is best appreciated during the sunny, summer months of the year, but what many drivers might not know is that the best Fords for summer are also the best road trip cars around.

2014 Ford Mustang

It goes without saying that the car that tops the list of the best Fords for summer driving is the Mustang. Not only is it available as a convertible, but this car was made for Route 66 with the option of a 3.7 liter V-6 or a 5.0 liter V-8 engine that will tear up the long, straight highways that the country was built on. The V-8 manual can get from 0-60 miles per hour in an impressive 4.7 seconds so that stop lights and stop signs turn from a hindrance to another chance to show off the cars full capabilities.

There are no better Fords for summer than the convertible Mustang. Not only does putting the top down allow all of that warm, summer air to fill the car, but the views that are usually hidden behind a roof and windows suddenly open up into some pretty fantastic panoramas.

2014 Ford C-Max

Not everyone can live near the ocean or along an incredibly scenic highway, and that means at least a little bit of a drive for anyone who lives in a more removed area from mountains, the oceans, or the desert. Enter the second Ford car at the top of the list for summer, the 2014 Ford C-Max. Whether a camping trip is in order or just a long drive on a sunny Sunday afternoon, the last thing that should be a problem is needing to refill the car’s gas tank; luckily, the C-Max ranks impressively in this department. It is capable of between 40 miles per gallon on the highway and 45 miles per gallon in the city. While this car won’t impress other folks at a stop light like its friend the Mustang, it will go a lot farther on one tank of gas.

The engine is a 2.0 liter four-cylinder that puts out 141 horsepower at 121 foot-pounds of torque, and then when combined with its electric engine, is capable of around 188 horsepower. With a 0-60 miles per hour time of about 8.1 seconds, the C-Max won’t be making waves on the track any time soon, but it does keep pace with the rest of the mid-sized hybrids on the market today.

The reason that the C-Max makes the list as one of the best Fords for summer is not only because of its fuel consumption; the wagon version is perfect for setting out on a camping trip, fishing expedition, or even a weekend hike.

The outdoors appreciates Fords for summer driving for several reasons. They either allow the driver and passengers to appreciate the beauty that the summer months offer, or they conserve fuel in such a way that the great outdoors will be able to be enjoyed by generations to come. This is by no means an exhaustive list and every driver is going to have their own preference, but test driving any of the Fords at a local dealer can help you choose the best car for to drive in the summer months.

 

Why the Mustang Convertible is the Best Car for Summer

 

An American Original

The iconic Ford Mustang Convertible tops a short list of American-made sports cars that are synonymous with rugged style, fun and adventure. Recent models boasting retro themes, five trim levels, standout safety features, high-tech entertainment and impressive fuel efficiency make Ford Mustang the obvious choice for summer day trips and excursions.

Soaking Up The Sun

Picture it: First day of summer. Pristine blue skies. A sun-soaked highway. A Ford Mustang with its top down, cruising and cutting a figure over the road. This scenario all but epitomizes everything there is to love about the season. And with its comfortable, practical seating for four, Ford Mustang allows you to whisk friends and family away to impromptu beach picnics or volleyball games.

It’s What’s Inside That Counts

Try not to drool over the Mustang’s intense physical beauty. Sure, its large alloy wheels, streamlined angles and signature galloping Mustang grille ornament are enough to make it collectible. But at upper trim levels, there are dozens of mod-cons with which to augment the already impressive interior.

The Sync voice-activation system, for example, simplifies the operation of audio, phone and navigation, so your attention is never distracted from the road or the gorgeous weather.

Ambient cabin lighting and color-adjustable gauges don’t wash out in bright sunlight or blind the driver as light changes over the course of long summer days. Other features that make Mustang especially compatible with summer include cruise-control, air-conditioning (for days when the Mustang’s top is up), satellite radio, an iPod/USB audio interface (on select trims) and a four-speaker sound system — in case of party outbreaks while parked near the boardwalk.

Big Mustang On Campus

The Mustang’s classic appeal among car enthusiasts of all ages accounts for its iconic status. But Mustang backs up this status with impressive exterior specs. One option for the Mustang entails 19-inch wheels with summer tires, recalibrated stability control and suspension and brake upgrades.

These come in handy during months of clement weather when the driving for recreation and work increases. Keyless entry, remote ignition and xenon headlights ensure that life in a Mustang is always simple and safe, two essentials of summer excitement. Blind spot mirrors and an auto-dimming rearview mirror cancel any need for squinting at reflected glare.

Performance and Safety

Summer was made for zipping along highways, and the Ford Mustang has little in-class competition for getting the zipping done in a smooth, fuel-efficient manner. There are 3.7-liter V6 and 5.0-liter V8 engines for lower and upper trims, respectively. Horsepower ranges from 305 to 412. A manual six-speed transmission is standard on both trims.