The New 2020 Ford Ranger

Posted on: June 9, 2020

Go off the grid and where there are no roads!

If you’re looking for a mid-size truck with an powerful engine, powerful towing and hauling capability, and tons of impressive tech features, look no further than the Ford Ranger for sale in Austin, TX.

The all-new Ford Ranger is tough enough to get the job done while comfortable enough to serve as an everyday commuter. While Ford took some time off from making this model, the Ranger is back and better than ever. The standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine leads to accomplish hauling needs while still providing outstanding fuel economy.

Ford has a history of building the toughest trucks on the auto industry. The newest Ford Ranger features toughness we’ve come to expect from Ford. Through rigorous tests in conditions and situations, the Ranger proved itself to be a powerful machine. The 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine combined with the ten-speed SelectShift automatic transmission creates 310lb-ft of torque and 270 horsepower. The EPA-estimated 26 combined mpg makes the Ranger the most fuel-efficient vehicle in its class.

The Ford Ranger is ready to take you anywhere. Built with a high-strength steel frame, an off-road chassis, and a powerful EcoBoost engine, the Ranger was created for the road. If you’re passionate about leaving the concrete for adventure, check out the FX4 Off-Road Package: all-terrain tires, a heavy-duty skid plate, and an Terrain Management System are included in this upgrade. Opt for the four-door SuperCrew cab to seat up to 5.

Mid-Size Truck with Big Functionality – The New Ford Ranger

Built to take on the outdoors, the new Ford Ranger is a brawny all-terrain truck ready for nearly any terrain you can throw at it. Available in three trim options (XL, XLT, and Lariat), the Ranger comes in either a SuperCab or a SuperCrew cab configuration. Plus, this new Ford truck offers up 4WD and 2WD drive drivetrain availability. One of the aspects about a mid-size truck is the versatility. Being able to squeeze into areas that a full-size truck might not be able to is one great characteristic that off-road enthusiasts might want to consider before springing for a full-size truck. Size isn’t the only thing that makes this Ford truck a great choice for Austin, Texas drivers, though. The Ranger offers an assortment of available tech, safety, and aesthetic options for drivers to choose from.

Trim Levels – XL, XLT, and Lariat

All trims share the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine with auto start-stop technology. Tech features and safety options are the main distinctions between each trim.

XL Trim

The XL trim provides a solid list of features for those drivers that want a no-nonsense mid-size truck. Coming standard with a 2WD drive drivetrain, the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine, and an electronic ten-speed automatic transmission. On the interior and tech side of things the XL comes fitted with cloth bucket front seats, AM/FM stereo with four-speaker audio system, and auxiliary and USB inputs.

STX Trim

The STX is an appearance package that is in addition to the XL Trim. It has a Sporty appearance package with upgraded wheels and features.

XLT Trim

The XLT offers drivers more available tech options. With the Ford SYNC system, Ford Co-Pilot360 safety features, and FordPass connect 4G Wi-Fi modem, the XLT adds modern tech.

Lariat Trim

Bumping up the info system to the SYNC 3 and adding in leather-trimmed bucket front seats for added comfort, the Lariat moves the Ranger closer to a luxury vehicle. Plus, with intelligent access with push-button start and LED headlamps, the Lariat tosses in a bit of tech convenience along with performance. Livonia drivers searching for a mid-size truck that offers tech, off-road capability, and comfort might want to test drive this trim option.

Safety Features – The Ford Co-Pilot360

The Ford Co-Pilot360 offers Austin drivers a assortment of driver assistance and safety features to help while driving Austin, TX roads. The Co-Pilot360 includes:

  • Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Reverse Camera
  • Lane Keeping System
  • Blind spot information system with cross traffic alert
  • Auto high beam

Capabilities & Performance

The Ford Ranger comes standard with a 2.3-liter EcoBoost® Engine w/ Auto Start-Stop. This standard engine gives the Ranger up to 270 horsepower and up to 310 foot-pound feet of torque. The Ford Ranger is rated to tow up to 7,500 pounds and has a maximum payload of up to 1,860 pounds on the SuperCab 4×2 configuration. In the SuperCab 4×4 configuration, the Ford Ranger can have a maximum payload of 1,650 pounds. The Supercrew 4×2 configuration has a maximum payload of 1,770 pounds while the Supercrew 4×4 configuration has a maximum payload of 1,560 pounds. Note that the Ford Ranger offers an optional Trailer Tow package which is required to get the maximum tow rating of 7,500 pounds from the vehicle.

The Ford Ranger is available in both a 4×2 and 4×4 configuration across all of the truck’s trim levels. Currently, this midsize pickup truck offers available trims like the Ford Ranger XL, Ford Ranger XLT and Ford Ranger Lariat trim. Each trim is available with both a SuperCab and a SuperCrew configurations.

Advantages of a mid-size pickup truck

One of the top advantages of a mid-size pickup truck is that it can operate in places that are difficult for a full-size pick-up truck. For instance, if you need to work on a city street in places like downtown Austin, TX

A mid-size pickup truck is also ideal if you want easier access to the truck bed. While full-size trucks do offer step-ups, it is typically easier to load items onto the back of a mid-size pick-up versus a full-size pick-up truck.

Finally, a mid-size pick-up truck is going to be most cost-effective to maintain and fuel. That’s because a mid-size pick-up truck will typically have smaller tires, smaller brakes, and a small engine. That means you will save not only when it comes to replacing parts but also when you need to fuel the truck for day to day driving around the greater Austin, TX area.

Finding your next Ford Ranger has never been easier. With Leif Johnson Ford in Austin, Texas you’ll find a wide selection of new and used vehicles.

Test Drive the New Ford Ranger Today!

COVID-19 Update – We are open

Posted on: March 26, 2020



In addition to our increased cleaning and sanitizing taking place in our dealerships we are also offering some alternative options that will allow us to help you with your vehicle needs as we navigate this difficult situation. In order to help promote safe social distancing practices, Leif Johnson Ford is happy to offer “Hands Free“ full sales and service options for all our customers.


If your vehicle needs a service, we are offering an alternative option to keep you as safe as possible.

  • We are offering Pick up and Delivery if needed for any services required
  • Capable of working on all makes and model vehicles.
  • Schedule your appointment online or via phone
  • Seat and Wheel covers for your vehicle while in our service center
  • We have a recommended disinfecting and sanitation process which covers all touch points to provide safety to our customers and employees.
  • Payments over the phone


If you are shopping for a vehicle, we are offering alternative options.

  • 100% online purchase with Home delivery
  • Online Trade Assessment
  • Virtual Research Assistance
  • Scheduled Home or Work Test Drive
  • Temporary In-Store Hours – Mon. thru Sat. 9am – 6pm
  • Full Digital Team that can assist with any vehicle purchase online or questions online – Mon thru Sat. 830am – 8pm

As we navigate through these unprecedented times, the welfare of our customers and employees is our primary concern. We are taking every precaution we can in order to maintain a safe and clean Sales and Service Department.

A Message from Leif Johnson about COVID-19

Posted on: March 17, 2020

As concerns over COVID-19 (Corona Virus) continue to increase, we want to insure all our customers that we are adapting to these changes and can still help! We are taking every precaution to prevent the spread of the Corona virus (COVID-19), as the safety of our employees and customers is our utmost priority. We are working with our vendors to increase cleaning and sanitation procedures for each of our facilities. This will be ongoing and will continue until further notice. We are working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Heath Organization (WHO), and State and Local Government to closely monitor the COVID-19, to make recommendations, during this time and morning forward. If you are concerned about coming into the dealership, here are some options that we have:

*100% Online Buying Process

You can purchase new or pre-owned vehicle and have it delivered to your home.

*Research Online

All your questions can be answered without coming to the dealership! Our digital team is ready and capable of giving you accurate information.

*Video Walk Around

Interested in a specific vehicle but hesitant to come in? Request a customized video walk around! We will point out the GOOD and the BAD!

*Test Drive Brought to you

Want to Drive a vehicle without coming in? We will bring the vehicle to your door step to test drive. (local)

*Satisfaction Guaranteed

Leif Johnson Ford understands what a large and important purchase a vehicle can be. We are the only dealer in central Texas to offer a 7-Day Money-Back Promise. If you are not completely satisfied with Leif Johnson Ford or new vehicle, following your vehicle purchase, we will refund all the money you paid us, including cash and trade equity, for return of your purchased vehicle, up to the seventh day after delivery. It’s that simple. If you are not happy, just bring it back.

Message us today for more information!

Leif Johnson Ford

The New 2020 Ford Escape

Posted on: February 19, 2020


The completely redesigned Ford Escape was designed, engineered and built for a life in motion. From the spacious new interior, to the sleek, head-turning lines of the exterior, the 2020 Ford Escape was built for adventure on the road and a lifestyle on the go.

Now with Co-Pilot360™ — an advanced suite of standard driver-assist technologies that includes, Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking, Auto High-Beam Headlamps, Lane-Keeping System and Rear View Camera. The New Ford Escape also makes additional technology available that is designed to help keep you in command, from the driveway to the highway.

Aside from a revamped exterior design that gives the Escape a sportier look, there’s a new base engine, an improved suspension and 200 fewer pounds’ worth of weight.

The Escape Hybrid also returns after a prolonged absence. It’ll be one of just a few hybrid small SUV’s available. A new plug-in hybrid model is also added, giving Ford its most buzz-worthy hybrid splash since the C-Max.

The redesigned Ford Escape offers more interior room than before, especially in the rear seat where a sliding second-row seat helps give a massive 40.7 inches of legroom. Folding the rear seats yields 65.4 cubic feet of maximum cargo space. It has seating up to 5 comfortably.

Other highlights of the new Ford Escape include an 8-inch freestanding touchscreen, a head-up display, and a bundle of driver safety aids (rearview camera, automatic emergency braking and blind-spot warning among them) dubbed Ford Co-Pilot360.

The heads-up display keep your eyes on the road. The available head-up display creates an image on a display screen in front of the driver on the windshield. This minimizes the distraction of having to look at the instrument panel. Head-up display keeps you informed with various driver-assist features that include Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go, Lane-Keeping System, Navigation, incoming calls and more.*

Did we mention the available SYNC3? SYNC3 is Ford’s smart technology that lets you bring the power of Apply CarPlay or Android Auto to your Escape. Simple music search, touchscreen, enhanced voice recognition, and climate control to keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road.

The Ford Escape is easy to drive, fuel-efficient and packed with the latest features, yet it’s also roomy and versatile enough for all the family can throw at it.

Ford currently has the S, SE, SE Sport Hybrid, SEL, Titanium and Titanium Hybrid to its Escape trim lineup.

Have more questions? Call our Digital Sales Team at Leif Johnson Ford today! 512-697-9040

5 Tips To Having A Stress-Free Car Buying Experience

Posted on: January 18, 2019

At Leif Johnson Ford, we want to sell you a vehicle. But we want more than that. We want to sell you a vehicle at a price that works for you, and we work hard to save you money. We understand that sometimes it can be hard to know exactly how to save dollars when vehicle shopping. Our number one goal is to make that process easy for you, so we’re making purchasing a car a little less overwhelming with these simple steps.


1. Research your vehicle options ahead of time

Of course you want to get a good deal, but don’t only consider an incredible price tag. Is this vehicle reliable? Does the size and fuel-economy work for you and your family? Will it work for your lifestyle? These are all important things to research and consider when looking to purchase a vehicle. Sites like Edmunds are great for guiding you to vehicles that will help fit your needs.

2. Email ahead

Have a list of vehicles in mind and want more information? At Leif Johnson Ford we are happy to help and answer questions over email, phone or in-person. Whatever way is easiest for you, works great for us!

3. Take a test drive, and ask plenty of questions 

You probably plan on taking a test drive, and this is a great time to ask your car dealer any and all questions you might have. Use all of the research you’ve done to really get to know your future vehicle.

4. Shop online

You can browse new and pre-owned vehicles, sale prices and vehicle info at!

5. Find a dealership you can trust.

We work hard to defy the typical car-buying experience at Leif Johnson Ford. Our team of employees wants to get you into your new vehicle at the best price point possible. We make it a goal to make your purchasing experience as fun and stress-free as possible!

Interested in a stress-free car-buying experience? Call us at 512-454-3711 and we will get you teamed up with one of our sales experts today!

2018 F-150 Powerstroke Diesel Overview

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Great news, truck lovers!

Ford is making F-150 history with its very first half ton diesel. These beauties are just beginning to roll into our Leif Johnson Ford locations, and we could not be more excited. Interested in owning one of these legends? Here’s what you’re working with:


  • 3.0 Liter, Turbo-charged Diesel Engine
  •  250 Horsepower and 440 ft pounds of torque. These features are both best in class!
  • Fuel Economy. 25 MPG on the highway, and 20 in the city. Switching from a regular F-150 means you’ll be saving up to $1,000 a year on gas!
  • Can tow up to 11,400 pounds
  • Has a payload capacity of 2,020 pounds
  •  The SelectShift 10 speed automatic transmission allows for smooth and precise shifts.
  • Snazzy onboard tech including Sync 3 and and MyKey (The latter is especially useful if you have teenagers and want to encourage responsible driving. There’s even a setting for keeping music off until seatbelts are buckled!)
  • New variable geometry turbo-charger, fuel injection system, connecting rod and main bearings, oil pan and a forged crankshaft.
  • Ford has added a mechanical fan to the engine; This fan is better able to move air under hefty loads, and is more capable than an electric cooling fans in extreme conditions. To put it simply, your engine will have improved high temperature and high altitude performance!
  • Advanced safety features such as Adaptive Cruise Control with Collision Warning and Pro Trailer Back-Up Assist.
  • The diesel engine gives a peaceful and quiet drive. From the inside of the vehicle, you won’t be able to hear the engine at all!

Want to take a closer look? Call us at 512-454-3711 to schedule a test drive today!

How To: Save Money On Gas

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Is gas money getting in the way of pinching pennies and saving dollars this summer? Leif Johnson Ford is here to give you some simple tips on how to save money at the pump!


  • Don’t leave your vehicle in the hot sun, as this will cause gas to evaporate. Stay in the shade as often as possible!
  • Do use the right kind of motor oil. You can improve your vehicle’s gas mileage by one to two percent by using the manufacturer’s recommended oil.
  • Don’t lose your fuel cap. Gas is able to escape the system when the fuel cap is removed from your vehicle.
  • Do check your tire pressure. Checking your tire pressure once a month with a digital gauge, as under-inflated tires can decrease gas mileage by about 0.2 percent for every one psi drop in the average pressure of all tires.
  • Don’t top off your vehicle. Additional gas will only slop or seep out, and there’s no point for paying for gas that ends up on the street.
  • Do replace air filters. When the engine air filters get clogged dirt or dust, it causes the engine to work harder and your car will not be as fuel-efficient.
  • Don’t use high octane fuel. Premium gas costs 15 to 20 cents per gallon more than regular gas. Unless you hear your engine making knocking sounds, which could mean that the air-fuel mixture is incorrect, you shouldn’t switch the high octane.
  • Do buy gas earlier or later in the day, and earlier in the week. Gas is cooler and less dense when the temperatures are cooler. As it gets hotter, gas density falls and you get less of it when you pump. Gas prices also typically rise between Wednesday and Sunday, making the earliest days of the week the best times to fill up.
  • Don’t choose gas stations near the highway. These often end up being pricier than ones just a bit off the beaten path.
  • Do monitor your breaking. Excessive braking only wastes your gas and causes brake pads to wear quickly. Always try to keep a good distance between you and the vehicle ahead of you in heavy traffic, as to not tailgate or slam on your brakes.
  • Don’t keep your engine on at unnecessary times. Idling your vehicle is a big source of wasted fuel!
  • Do regularly tune your engine. A properly tuned engine wastes less gas. Leif Johnson Ford would be more than happy to help with this! Feel free to schedule an appointment with us by calling 512-454-3711.

These easy tips will help you save money and keep your car cruising happily along!

How To: Replace A Headlight and Taillight

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The bad news: You noticed a headlight on your vehicle went out.

The good news: This is a fairly simple repair that can be done at home.

Your friends at Leif Johnson are here to take you through the step by steps for replacing headlights from the convenience of home!


Here’s what you’ll need: New light bulbs  (Make sure to check online, your local auto or with our service department for what bulbs your vehicle needs.), alcohol wipes and tissues and a Phillips screwdriver

Replacing a headlight? 

Step 1 : Locate the headlight holder. Access the headlight bulb through your engine compartment. Open your hood and locate the headlight near the front of your vehicle. You will find it in a bulb holder, with a power connector leading to the bulb.

Step 2:  Remove power wires. These will be attached to a plug at the base of the headlight and held by a plastic catch, a metal clip or a screw cap. Look for a small lever on the top of the plastic catch. Proceed to push down on it while pulling the plug out. If it’s a metal clip, pull it up and away and hold onto it while you pull. If it’s a screw cap, you’ll want to unscrew by turning it counter-clockwise.

Step 3: Remove old bulb: Now that you have disconnected the wires, you should be able to remove the back of the headlight holder. By holding onto the base, you should be able to remove the back of the headlight holder and the old bulb. However, you might also have to rotate the bulb to get it free.

Step 4: Install new bulb : Use tissues or gloves when using the new bulb to keep oils from your skin touching the bulb. Clean the bulb with al alcohol wipe before putting into your vehicle. Once this is done, place the bulb into the base of the plug. The bulb’s rubber gasket will not be showing if it has been installed correctly. Once the bulb is installed, go ahead and put the headlight holder in its original position and plug the power wires back in. Test the bulb by starting your car and ensuring that the headlight turns on.

Replacing a taillight? 

There are a few differences to note in this process. Sometimes the housing with the bulb is removed from the outside, and in others you must unscrew it  from inside the vehicle. After unscrewing the housing, look for tabs, screws or small knobs to open the taillight cover and work on the bulb. If you need to remove the screws, be very cautious not to lost them. Don’t worry about removing the electrical wiring, but don’t pull the housing out too far as this can rip the wires. You should be able to unscrew the bulb by pulling it our directly or by pushing it in and unscrewing it at the same time. Once you have the new bulb in, replace the housing and reattach the screws, tabs, knobs or whatever else was initially removed. You will test the bulb the same as you would the headlights, by putting the key in the ignition and trying the brakes.

If you need any help with this process or just don’t have time to do it at home, feel free to call us at 512-454-3711. Ask for our service department. We’d definitely love to help with your headlight and taillight needs. If you have any other vehicle concerns during your visit, let us know. We’d love to help with those too!