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Choose the Perfect Mode for Your Driving Conditions With Ford

What Do the Ford Selectable Drive Modes Do? 

When you’re driving, you probably want your vehicle to tackle as much of the path ahead as possible without you having to think about it. After all, being behind the wheel of a vehicle that can handle any condition is part of an enjoyable and relaxing driving experience. Well, thankfully, you may be the owner of a vehicle that is equipped with the Ford Selectable Drive Modes. If that’s the case, we’ll explain what each one does and how to use them. 

Each one of these driving modes can modify the electronic stability control system and traction control system without you having to do anything. All you really need to do is select the appropriate mode. In order to select the mode you want, you just need to use the dial on your center console or press the DRIVE MODE button. The corresponding icon will illuminate in your instrument cluster once selected. 


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Knowing Which Ford Drive Mode to Select 

Normal: Meant for normal road conditions and is the default mode. 

Grass/Gravel/Snow: Activates 4×4 auto and adjusts shift points for more confident handling. 

Sand: Locks the 4×4 system for better traction on loose surfaces. Optimizes shift points by holding gears longer. 

Mud/Ruts: Locks the four-wheel-drive system for better traction on uneven terrain off-road. Also allows for wheel spin. 

Tow/Haul: Reduces upshifts and downshifts when in traffic or going up/down a hill. 

Sport: Provides a more spirited drive with better traction. Holds gears longer to increase throttle response. 

ECO: Adjusts the transmission and engine to maximize fuel efficiency by monitoring driving actions. 


Keep in mind that not all of these Selectable Drive Modes will be available on your Ford, as it may depend on whether you have a 4×4 model or 4×2 model. Either way, now you know what they do and how to use them, so be sure to check back to the Harbin Automotive blog for more tips and tricks with your Ford vehicle.