Whether your grad just finished high school or college, a new Ford model can help them tackle the road ahead. A new vehicle offers a great way to explore the world, cultivate responsibility, commute to work, and more.

Here's what we recommend for your new grads:

2018 Ford Focus

The 2018 Ford Focus hatchback is perfect for young drivers due to its manageable size, safety features, and suite of technologies. It combines ample space with fuel efficiency to make for the perfect combination of functional yet sustainable. Parents can rest easy knowing that the 2018 Focus has a number of available safety features, including a Reverse Sensing System, BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with cross-traffic alert, a Lane-Keeping System, active park assist, and more.

The 2018 Focus comes standard with a 2.0-liter Ti-VCT direct-injection I-4 engine, and the base model receives an EPA-estimated 34 mpg highway and 25 mpg city.* Inside the 2018 Focus, you'll find a host of available tech features, like the available SYNC® 3 multimedia system, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility, and more. Other features include a touchscreen multi-function display, a standard rear-vision camera, and plenty of cargo room with the rear seats lowered.

The 2018 Focus makes it easy for grads to have a celebratory adventure with its excellent fuel economy, innovative tech and safety features, and surprisingly spacious interior.  

2018 Ford EcoSport

If your grad would prefer the look and feel of a compact crossover, be sure to check out the 2018 Ford EcoSport. Safe, versatile, and with engineering you can feel, the EcoSport is a great choice for grads who like to do it all. With a 1.0-liter EcoBoost® engine with Auto Start-Stop Technology and a standard SelectShift automatic transmission, the EcoSport receives an EPA-estimated 29 mpg highway and 27 mpg city, making it an economical choice for recent grads.* For more all-terrain ability, upgrade to the 2.0-liter Ti-VCT I-4 engine with Auto Start-Stop Technology and Intelligent 4-wheel drive.

Apart from providing great performance options, the Ford EcoSport continues its reputation as one of the most versatile and appealing compact crossovers around. Safety features include a variety of driver-assist features, such as Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, enhanced active park assist with parallel and reverse perpendicular parking, BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System), and more. Other available features include the SYNC® 3 system, SiriusXM® Radio, SmartGauge® with EcoGuide, regenerative braking, voice-activated touchscreen navigation, and a variety of other exciting innovations. 

The Ford EcoSport has been specifically designed to keep your grad (and their passengers) safe, connected, and entertained, no matter where the road may lead.

Get College/Alumni Bonus Cash With Ford Drives U

Ford (and by extension, Lincoln) also offers a special program, reserved for college graduates, called Ford Drives U. This program is designed to help young people start their adult lives successfully behind the wheel of an eligible 2017 model year or newer Ford or Lincoln.** The program offers convenient savings and easy approval for young people buying or leasing a new car, making it a great choice for any new grad. 

For more details on the 2018 Ford Focus or EcoSport, including information regarding pricing and lease offers, contact us online or visit Tom's Ford at 200 State Hwy 35, Keyport, NJ 07735. We'd be more than happy to help you and your grad find just the right vehicle!

* EPA-estimated city/hwy mpg for the model indicated. See fueleconomy.gov for fuel economy of other engine/transmission combinations. Actual mileage will vary. On plug-in hybrid models and electric models, fuel economy is stated in MPGe. MPGe is the EPA equivalent measure of gasoline fuel efficiency for electric mode operation.

** Program #36236 –$500 Bonus Cash for current college students and recent college graduates who purchase or lease an eligible new 2017/2018/2019 model year Ford or Lincoln vehicle. Must take retail delivery from dealer stock by January 2, 2019. Not available on Mustang Shelby GT350®, Mustang Shelby® GT350R, Ford GT, Focus RS and F-150 Raptor and 2018 model year Lincoln Navigator. May not be used with other Ford or Lincoln private offers. Limit of 5 new eligible vehicle purchases or leases. U.S. residents only. See dealer for complete details and eligibility.

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