How to Prepare Your Car for Winter in Texas

While major snowstorms aren’t as serious a concern as they are up north, winter in Texas still poses some potentially difficult conditions that drivers need to plan for. The best way to make sure that you are ready is to be proactive and prepare your vehicle ahead of time so you can drive with total confidence in any season.

Wiper Blades

Tires

In Northern Texas, colder temperatures and wet weather can really put your car’s tires through their paces. Because of this, it’s important to make sure all tires are properly inflated, aligned, and have sufficient tread going into the colder months of the year.

Windshield Wiper Blades

Winter weather in Texas can be very unpredictable, which is why it’s crucial to make sure your car’s wiper blades are in great condition before winter arrives. If your vehicle’s wiper blades are cracked, bent, or damaged, replace them all now before cooler, wetter weather sets in.

Battery

Fluctuating and generally cooler temperatures can put additional strain on any car battery, so it’s important to make sure that you have enough juice to get you through the season. If your battery is not adequately holding a charge, replacing it now is a much better option than being left stranded down the road. It’s also quite a bit less expensive than having to call for a tow.

These steps won’t just help you tackle whatever weather winter brings. They’ll help you be more prepared for the road any time of year. To have your seasonal maintenance needs met, bring your vehicle into West Point Lincoln.

5 Reasons to Drive the 2018 Lincoln MKC

The 2018 Lincoln MKC luxury crossover is powerful, efficient, and sophisticatedly styled. You can test drive the MKC at West Point Lincoln and experience its benefits for yourself. Here are five reasons you might want to do so:

Lincoln MKC

It’s All About Quality

 In fact, the Lincoln MKC is the highest ranked compact premium SUV in initial quality for 2018, per J.D. Power and Associates.

It Delivers Incredible Power

The standard engine is a potent 2.0-liter, but for pure power, go with the twin-scrolled turbocharged 2.3-liter engine, which pounds out 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque and offers a towing capacity of 3,000 pounds when properly equipped.

You’ve Never had a Quieter Ride

The Lincoln MKC prioritizes cabin comfort with active noise control, which uses microphones to monitor the sound profile and the speakers to send out opposing acoustic waves to cancel out annoying road noise.

It Will Keep You Connected

Stay connected to the world around you safe on the go with the SYNC® 3 voice-activated technology, which now includes Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility.

It’s Got All Your Favorite Features

Whether it’s the available Panoramic Vista Roof® or the available hands-free liftgate, there is sure to be a feature that you’ve just got to have that the Lincoln MKC delivers on.

There’s a lot to love about the 2018 Lincoln MKC, but the best way to determine its finest attributes is to experience it hands-on. Stop into West Point Lincoln and we’ll show you everything that makes the Lincoln MKC a superior choice in its segment.

Check Out the 2019 Lincoln MKC at West Point Lincoln

The all-new 2019 Lincoln MKC crossover is available now at West Point Lincoln. You can test drive the new MKC with the standard turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine, which produces 245 horsepower. The Lincoln MKC is available on the all-wheel drive or front-wheel drive platform, or you can go big with the twin-scroll turbocharged 2.3-liter engine with AWD. The latter cranks out 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque and can tow up to 3,000 pounds. Both engines are paired with a six-speed SelectShift® automatic transmission.

2019 Lincoln MKC

Safety

The new Lincoln MKC boasts a wide range of driver-assist safety features. Among these technologies are the available Lane-Keeping System, the standard rear view camera, Automatic Emergency Braking, available Active Park Assist with Park Out Assist, and available BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with cross-traffic alert.

Technology

But safety technology is not all the Lincoln MKC promises. You’ll also get one of the most advanced infotainment systems on the market, SYNC® 3 with Amazon Alexa and smartphone integration. Other hot tech includes the available enhanced THX® II Certified Audio System, hands-free liftgate, and available Panoramic Vista Roof®.

Key Features

Key features on the new MKC include active noise cancelation, available ambient lighting, heated and cooled front seats, and an available leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Test drive the 2019 Lincoln MKC when you visit our showroom at West Point Lincoln in Houston.

Our Favorite Road Trip Apps for Tackling the Road like a Pro

From navigation and route planning to money saving and entertainment, these awesome road trip apps will change the way you think about an open road adventure forever. Before you depart on your summer road trip, check out our favorite apps for extended drives and get ready for a trip to remember.

Lincoln Road Trip

GasBuddy

GasBuddy isn’t a new app, but it’s a longtime favorite for good reason: it’s easy to use and it saves you money. This app finds the cheapest gas prices based on your current location so you can save money at the pump no matter where you are in the country.

 

RoadTrippers

As the name implies, RoadTrippers is made specifically with your next road trip in mind. With this app, you can easily plan a route and find food, lodging, and scenic points on interest along the way. And the best part? It’s completely free.

 

Waze

There are plenty of navigation apps out there, but Waze is different then the traditional group. Drivers update the app’s traffic information in real time. For this reason, Waze can be a crucial tool if you want to avoid unexpected traffic, especially when nearing larger cities.

 

Spotify

Finally, you’re going to want the perfect playlist for your next road trip, and no app is better for this than Spotify. With a free radio option or a paid subscription, Spotify puts virtually any music you want at your fingertips, allowing you to easily create the perfect road trip soundtrack.

Before you head out on your road trip, you’ll want to make sure your car is in the best possible condition. Stop by our service department at West Point Lincoln for a full inspection.

Get Ready to Fly High in the New 2019 Lincoln Aviator

At this year’s New York International Auto Show, Lincoln stunned audiences by unveiling the new 2019 Lincoln Aviator, a three-row luxury SUV. Lincoln has done a good job of shrouding the new Aviator in secrecy thus far, but we’ve managed to learn a little bit about this new model.

Lincoln Aviator

Here’s what we’ve dug up:

Twin-turbocharged engine and plug-in hybrid technology

We don’t know the specifics yet, but it’s likely the Aviator’s engine will have the same V6 as the Navigator, which means 450 horsepower and a 10-speed automatic transmission. The Aviator will also have plug-in hybrid technologies, but the details are still to come.

Phone-as-key technology

Lincoln has always been on the cutting-edge of key fob technology, particularly when fobs replaced physical keys and allowed you to unlock and start your car without touching the fob at all. Now, drivers’ smartphones will do the trick on the Aviator.

Safety features

With Lincoln Co-Pilot 360, the Aviator will include lane keeping assist, automatic high beam, blind spot information, auto emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and a rearview camera. New for the Aviator is Reverse Brake Assist, for added protection when backing up.

The 2019 Lincoln Aviator will arrive at West Point Lincoln later this year. For more information, visit us or give us a call.

Lincoln Unveils Aviator SUV at New York Auto Show

At this year’s New York Auto Show, Lincoln unveiled its newest lineup addition: the Aviator SUV. This new SUV is not just an expansion of the Lincoln lineup, but a showcase of the future technology that will be available across the brand.

Photo by: Nan Palmero

Plug-In Hybrid Option

One feature that will help the Aviator stand out from the crowd will be its plug-in hybrid option. With this powertrain choice, owners will be able to take advantage of some pure electric driving before the twin-turbocharged engine kicks in.

Three-Row Capability

Joy Falotico, president, The Lincoln Motor Company, said, “We believe Aviator’s elegant design, state-of-the-art technology, and the refined plug-in hybrid option will draw even more clients to the Lincoln showroom, including families who are looking for three-row capability.”

Sleek Look

The Aviator has a sleek, streamlined look. That sophisticated feel continues to the interior with a sophisticated, clean cabin. A thoughtfully designed steering wheel puts many controls within a fingertip’s reach of the driver.

State-of-the-Art Technology

Along with its great styling, the Aviator will utilize state-of-the-art technology including Phone as a Key technology. This feature, which can be activated through the Lincoln Way™ app will allow users to lock, unlock, start the vehicle, and even drive without needing a key fob.

For more information about the upcoming release of the Aviator SUV, give us a call or stop by West Point Lincoln.

Ford Recognizes Ford Freedom Unsung Heroes of Harvey Award Winners

Ford Freedom Unsung Heroes of Harvey AwardFord is teaming up with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation to sponsor The Ford Freedom Unsung “Heroes of Harvey” Awards. The goal of this tribute is to recognize individuals who have made tremendous efforts during the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts this past year. The honorees will be recognized for their achievements at a reception that will take place at the Bell Tower in Houston.

These awards were made possible thanks to a grant from Ford Motor Company Fund, which is a philanthropic extension of Ford Motor Company. Each award salutes and honors those who helped support the Houston community in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The honorees were nominated by residents of the Greater Houston Area.

“In the face of tremendous difficult, Houstonians came together to support each other and their community,” said Pamela Alexander, director of Community Development, Ford Motor Company Fund. “We congratulate the winners and are proud to honor their selfless acts.”

Ford and its dealerships, including West Point Lincoln, have taken part in other relief initiatives in the Houston area. It has donated more than $3.5 million to Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery efforts; donating 10,000 books to 10,000 children in need in partnership with First Book; and provided more than $100,000 in scholarships to 50 high school students.

The 2018 Ford Freedom Unsung Heroes of Harvey Award winners can be found here.

Usher in Spring with Houston’s Annual Azalea Trail

annual Azalea TrailIn Houston, Texas, nothing signals the end of the winter cold quite like the Azalea Trail event. This year will mark the 83rd year of the celebration, which takes place in River Oaks. Wander through six different locations in the River Oaks neighborhood to take in the beautiful spring blossoms during the first weekend in March.

The Trail begins on Friday, March 2nd at 10:30am, kicking off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony outside the Lazy Lane entrance to Bayou Bend. Admission is $10 per adult, and a free trolley will provide transportation between the different locations, which include Bayou Bend and Rienzi, as well as four different private homes and gardens. You can also tap into the advice from a panel of experts as well as witness floral demonstrations.

The annual Azalea Trail event is an ongoing tradition in Houston, so take part in your community by marking your calendars for this fun spring celebration.

If you’re on the market for a new vehicle this spring, come check out our 2018 Lincoln lineup at West Point Lincoln. Besides attending the Azalea Trail shindig, we can’t think of a better way to help ring in the new season than with a shiny new ride.

Our Favorite Things about the 2018 Lincoln MKC Luxury Crossover SUV

Our favorite features in the new 2018 Lincoln MKC, available at West Point Lincoln.

The 2018 Lincoln MKC is a relatively new addition to the brand’s lineup, but its unbeatable combination of contemporary style, impressive power, and advanced technology features have quickly made this luxury crossover a favorite with drivers. Here’s a look at some of our favorite qualities about the new Lincoln MKC. 

Style meets function

The 2018 Lincoln MKC manages to strike the perfect balance between stunning looks and versatile functionality. The 2018 Lincoln MKC features elegant auto-folding power mirrors, an available hands-free lift gate and a gorgeous panoramic sun roof in addition to plenty of other convenient and attractive details.

Thrilling performance

We love that the 2018 Lincoln MKC offers luxurious comfort without sacrificing energy and response. An available twin-scrolled turbocharged 2.3-liter engine cranks out an impressive 285 horsepower, and when paired with technologies like available adaptive cruise control and intelligent all-wheel drive, this crossover delivers a vigorous drive.

Seamless connectivity

The 2018 Lincoln MKC makes getting away from it all easy and comfortable, but you’ll never lose touch with the world around you thanks to advanced technology features such as SYNC® 3 with Apple CarPlay™. This intuitive infotainment system enables you to access all of your favorite music, navigation, apps, and smartphone features while away from home.

What we like most about the 2018 Lincoln MKC, however, is that it makes deciding on a luxury crossover SUV a piece of cake. Stop by our dealership for a test drive to experience this capable, affluent ride for yourself.

4 Best Features of the 2018 Lincoln MKZ

best features of the Lincoln MKZFor decades, Lincoln has pushed the envelope in making luxurious, stylish, and powerful cars while maintaining efficiency and safety. The new 2018 Lincoln MKZ continues that tradition—and is available now. There’s so much to love about the new sedan, but here are the four best features of this lavish ride.

  1. The sound system: The Revel® Audio System, including the QuantumLogic® Surround Sound technology, plays your music so crisply that the brand describes it as “sound you can feel.”
  2. The hybrid model: Lincoln offers a hybrid version for the same price as the base gas-powered version. In fact, the 2018 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid earns up to 41 miles per gallon in the city, which will save you money at the pump.*
  3. The sunroof: A retractable panoramic glass roof is yours when you bring home the new Lincoln MKZ model. With just the press of a button, the roof can open up to give passengers a view of the sky.
  4. Welcome mat: Another cool feature is the Lincoln welcome mat, which is projected on the ground to welcome you as you approach the car.

Come test drive the 2018 Lincoln MKZ at West Point Lincoln today to experience the opulence for yourself.

*EPA-estimated city/hwy mpg. See fueleconomy.gov for fuel economy of other engine/transmission combinations. Actual mileage will vary.