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Buying Your First Truck in Phoenix, AZ

Trucks are hotter than they’ve ever been, so if you’ve never owned your own pickup truck, there’s never been a better moment than now. And if you’re shopping for a new or pre-owned truck in Glendale, Arizona, there’s no better bet than the Ford lineup available now at Sanderson Ford.
To help get you on the path to your perfect pickup, we’ve broken down some of the questions first-time buyers have. And if you need more help narrowing down your decision, just reach out to the sales team at Sanderson Ford and ask the experts.


Know Your Classes

One of the first starting points to consider when shopping for a truck is how much truck you need. Fortunately, Ford has one of the most complete lineups available today, offering different trucks for all different needs.


Compact Trucks  

If you don’t think that you’ll do a ton of towing and hauling but love the style and flexibility a truck offers, you may want to go with a compact pickup. The new Ford Maverick — winner of the 2022 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year™ award — is a great introductory truck thanks to its great price, standard hybrid engine, and cozy interior. Plus, it offers a spacious FLEXBED™ and enough power for light work, not to mention a smaller, easier-to-navigate frame.


Midsize Trucks

A midsize truck gives you a bit more power and capability, making it particularly useful if you want a truck for a more active lifestyle. The popular Ford Ranger offers a 2.3-liter EcoBoost® that churns out 310 lb-ft of best-in-class gas torque, allowing for up to 7,500 pounds of towing power.[1] You can also opt for more adventure-oriented options like the FX4 Off-Road Package and Tremor if you want to take the weekend by the throat.


Full-Size Trucks  

When most people think of trucks, they think of full-size trucks like the legendary F-150. A full-size or light-duty truck offers higher towing and payload capabilities, making them ideal for most day-to-day jobs in construction and farming. New F-150 trucks also offer work-ready features like Smart Hitch, Onboard Scales, and Pro Power Onboard, making it the cream of its class. The Ford F-150 is offered with different bed lengths and three cab sizes, including spacious SuperCab and SuperCrew® styles that seat up to six and make great options for daily driving with the family.


Heavy-Duty Trucks  

If you want the utmost in work capability, go with a heavy-duty truck. The Ford Super Duty is built for tough jobs, offering multiple wheelbase lengths, your choice of single rear wheel or dual rear wheel configuration, and beds up to 8 feet in length. With options like a gooseneck and fifth-wheel towing packages, the new Super Duty can tow well in excess of 30,000 pounds when you need it. But these trucks are great for play, too, especially with options like the high-lux King Ranch and rugged Tremor.

What’s the deal with diesel?

Diesel is a great option if you want a truck that delivers a lot of torque. The Super Duty features a legendary 6.7-liter Power Stroke® that generates up to 1,050 lb-ft of torque and puts down 475 horsepower at a low 2,600 rpm. This means you get great low-end acceleration and tons of towing power, which is great in particular for getting jobs done and enjoying a weekend in the wild.
Diesel engines can also be a great bet if you do a lot of cruising on the highway. In recent years, Ford offered a 3.0-liter Power Stroke® turbo-diesel with the F-150 that was among the most efficient trucks in its class. According to the EPA, the 2021 Ford F-150 Power Stroke® returns up to 27 mpg on the highway, which is slightly better than even the F-150 with the PowerBoost™ Full Hybrid V6.
You’ll notice that diesel fuel is more expensive than regular unleaded gasoline, but that’s because it burns cleaner and more efficiently. Diesel engines also have a reputation for lasting longer, which can help trucks retain value and increase what you’ll get if you decided to resell or trade in down the line.

What is a lifted truck?

Sanderson Ford in Glendale, Arizona, offers lift kits through our AZ Custom Shop. This upgrade will raise the body of your truck higher, increasing ground clearance. This alone makes a lifted truck a great idea if you think you’ll do a lot of off-roading, and it also increases critical factors like approach, breakover, and departure angles.
Raising your truck also means you’ll sit higher, which has the net benefit of improving visibility. And speaking of visibility, driving a lifted truck helps you stand out, building on the already awesome look of your Ford truck and making you even more impossible to ignore. For all your customization needs, from lift kits to tonneau covers, check out the AZ Custom Shop at Sanderson Ford in Glendale.
If you’re ready to step up to a truck, get with the experts at Sanderson Ford. We’ll go over your options and help you make the choice that fits just right for you.
[1] When equipped with available Trailer Tow Package

Towing Terms Glossary | Glendale, AZ

If you’re planning to use your truck for work, there are a lot of terms and phrases that get thrown around. Knowing the meanings of these terms helps ensure that you operate your truck safely and smartly so that you can get the job done right the first time.
  • Class. Hitches are broken down into classes ranging from 1-5. Each class accommodates different trailer weights and tongue weights. A class IV is typically the best bet for towing larger boats and campers, capable of handling about 10,000 pounds.
  • Curb weight. The curb weight is how much your truck weighs with all the fluids and a full tank of gas.
  • Dry weight. Your truck’s dry weight is how much it weighs with no fluids, no fuel, and no occupants.
  • Fifth-wheel hitch. A hitch mounted in the truck bed over the truck’s rear axle. This is more common for recreational uses like towing large RVs.
  • Gooseneck hitch. A hitch that fits into a hole built into the truck bed and is larger than a conventional ball hitch. These are usually used for pulling horse trailers or work equipment.
  • Gross combined vehicle weight rating (GCVWR). GCVWR is the combined gross vehicle weight rating of your truck and the gross trailer weight of your fully-loaded trailer.
  • Gross trailer weight (GTW). This is the total weight of your trailer when fully loaded with cargo. If the GTW is higher than your truck’s maximum towing capacity, you will not be able to tow it effectively.
  • Gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR). GVWR is the max weight that your truck can support when it’s standing still. This is different from towing capacity because the vehicle is stationary.
  • Payload capacity. The maximum amount of cargo that a vehicle can carry in the bed, cabin, and if applicable, front trunk combined.
  • Towing capacity. The total amount that your truck can tow. This typically comes in two measurements: braked, which is when your trailer has its own brakes, and unbraked, when you rely on your truck’s brakes.
Got questions about what your truck can tow and how to do it? Ask the experts at Sanderson Ford in Glendale, Arizona.

Ford F-150 Trim Options

The F-Series is America’s bestselling truck for the last four decades plus because Ford makes sure there’s an option out there for everyone. If you’re looking at the Ford F-150, the wide range of trim options proves that fact, offering up different perks and personalities for different types of drivers.

Ford F-150 XL

Spartan yet stylish, the F-150 XL is a great starting point if you need a hard-working truck with a personality. You also get hot tech like SYNC® 4 with an 8-inch touch screen, giving you access to features like wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™.

Ford F-150 Rattler

Want a truck that can go off-road but won’t bust your budget? The new Rattler features equipment from the FX4 Off-Road Package including skid plates and off-road-tuned shocks, and it offers standard 4x4.

Ford F-150 XLT

The F-150 XLT takes style up another notch with a Medium Dark Slate interior that can seat up to six people when you opt for a SuperCab or SuperCrew® model. You also get Ford Co-Pilot360™ 2.0, which makes it an even smarter choice for families.

Ford F-150 Lariat

With the Lariat, you’re getting a classic premium sensibility thanks to its all-black interior with leather-trimmed captain’s chairs and a standard 12-inch SYNC® 4 touch screen. And with its standard 2.7-liter EcoBoost® V6 delivering 325 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque, the Lariat hits with a wallop.

Ford F-150 King Ranch

Inspired by the famous ranch in Texas, the Ford F-150 King Ranch gets distinct styling elements including a Stone Gray grille and Del Rio leather interior. You’ll also get plenty of power for hauling and towing thanks to the standard 5.0-liter V8, which is every bit as legendary as the King Ranch name itself.

Ford F-150 Platinum

Platinum represents a higher standard, and that holds true with this Ford F-150 model. From the 20-inch polished aluminum wheels to the 18-speaker B&O® Unleashed Sound System by Bang & Olufsen to the Carmelo interior with Active Motion® front seats, the Platinum raises the bar for luxury trucks.

Ford F-150 Limited

But when it comes to luxury pickups, the Ford F-150 Limited is benchmark beyond compare. The Ford F-150 Limited is incredibly powerful with a standard 3.5-liter EcoBoost® twin-turbocharged V6, offers next-level technologies like BlueCruise hands-free, and serves up a most premium cabin in rich Admiral Blue.  

Ford F-150 Tremor

Looking to shake up your weekends? Check out the Ford F-150 Tremor, an adventurous workhorse with 33-inch all-terrain tires, 4x4 Electronic-Shift-on-the-Fly, and beefy skid plates that make it perfect for off-roading. The Ford F-150 Raptor is also great for showing off thanks to its unique interior and exterior styling, including model-specific orange accents.

Ford F-150 Raptor

The legendary Ford F-150 Raptor laughs in the face of limits. From its brash looks, complete with the name FORD emblazoned on the grille in block letters, to an incredible suite of technologies like Trail Control™ Trail 1-Pedal Drive, and Trail Turn Assist, the F-150 Raptor gives you just what you need to stand out in Glendale and ride tall in the desert.

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