As Ford reshuffles its product portfolio while it shifts its focus away from sedans and small cars and focuses heavily on trucks, SUVs and the Mustang, some impressive improvements are being made to the brand’s lineup. If you’re at a Ford dealer with a $40,000 budget, you have a lot of options not only in trucks and SUVs, but also in performance cars, vans, sedans and even hybrids.
Here are seven of the best new Fords you can find on Autotrader for less than $40,000 (including destination charges) in 2019.
The sweet spot in value for the Ford F-150 full-size pickup is the XLT model with a SuperCap (Ford’s version of extended cab) configuration. It’s possible to get a SuperCrew (crew cab) F-150 for less than $40k, but only in the no-frills base XL trim. The XLT trim is a nice step up from the XL work truck and adds chrome bumpers, a chrome grille, the excellent SYNC 3 infotainment system, which includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, power windows and locks, and more. Not bad for a new full-size pickup for less than $40k. Find a Ford F-150 for sale
Ford Mustang GT
It’s not hard to see why the Ford Mustang is an American icon. This stylish muscle car, available as a coupe or a convertible, serves up retro/modern styling and the impressive performance to back it up. If you have a budget of $40k, we strongly recommend the Mustang GT equipped with the outstanding 5.0-liter Coyote V8 making 460 horsepower. Its muscular appearance package adds 18-in wheels, LED fog lamps, dual exhaust with quad-tips and GT badging. You can’t get a Mustang GT convertible for less than $40k, but if you want a convertible, the EcoBoost Premium with SYNC 3 and heated/cooled leather seats is another great option in new Fords. Find a Ford Mustang for sale
The Ford Explorer is all-new for the 2020 model year. The Explorer has gone back to its roots of standard rear-wheel drive with optional 4-wheel drive plus a new look, new trims, and a fresh interior. If you’re looking to get this 3-row SUV for less than $40k, you’ll likely be getting the XLT trim. The Explorer XLT comes standard with an 8-in LCD touchscreen, a power lift gate, tri-zone climate control, second-row captains chairs and the Ford Co-Pilot 360 safety tech suite, which includes blind spot monitoring, a rearview camera, a lane-keeping system, automatic emergency braking and automatic high-beams. Find a Ford Explorer for sale
Ford Fusion Energi
The Ford Fusion may be on death row as Ford gradually kills off all of its sedans in favor of trucks and SUVs, but it’s still around for the 2019 model year and we’re glad. We especially like the Fusion Energi, which is the plug-in hybrid version of this midsize sedan. It has an all-electric range of 20 miles and after the electric battery dies, it still gets a very impressive combined fuel economy rating of 42 miles per gallon. The 2019 Fusion Energi is a good family sedan that comes standard in the Titanium trim, which includes leather seats, a memory driver’s seat, SYNC 3, Sony premium audio and Ford Co-Pilot 360. Find a Ford Fusion for sale
Ford doesn’t make minivans anymore, but it does make one of the best full-size vans in the business. The Ford Transit, which is available as either a cargo van or a passenger wagon with seating for up to 15 people, is very customizable with different lengths and roof heights to suit the needs of your family or your business. It even has three engines available: a naturally aspirated V6, a turbocharged EcoBoost V6 and a Power Stroke diesel, all of which can be had under the $40k mark. The Transit offers a nice car like driving experience while being extremely utilitarian. Whether you need to haul a lot of stuff or a lot of people, the Transit is a top choice in full-size vans and an excellent value. Find a Ford Transit for sale
The Ford Edge got a nice face-lift for 2019 with a new look, a new transmission and a sporty new ST trim which, unfortunately, can’t be had for less than $40k. However, you can still get a really nice Edge at this price point even up to the Titanium model, which comes generously appointed with SYNC 3, wireless charging, Bang & Olufsen 12-speaker premium audio, leather seats, which are heated in front, a hands-free, foot-activated lift gate, ambient lighting and more. If you want to add AWD and keep it under the $40k mark, we recommend the midrange Edge SEL which is still a roomy, well-appointed midsize crossover, just not quite as nice as the Titanium model. Find a Ford Edge for sale
Ford Super Duty
The Ford Super Duty is a living legend in heavy-duty pickup trucks. They can get awfully expensive in the higher trims, but the lower-end models are more affordable than you might think and could make a great workhorse for your business. If you want a Crew Cab or a SuperCab, you’ll have to settle for the base XL trim, but if you don’t need a back seat, you can upgrade to an F-250 XLT while keeping the price under the $40k mark. Upgrading to XLT gets you the user-friendly SYNC infotainment system, standard cloth seats rather than vinyl, power windows, nicer wheels and a lot more chrome. Find a Ford F-250 for sale or Find a Ford F-350 for sale