Buying used: 2010 Honda Ridgeline worth seeking out

This is as comfortable a truck as you’ll find and little touches make everything that much more civilized

Buying used: 2010 Honda Ridgeline worth seeking outIntroduced in 2005, the Ridgeline was Honda’s first attempt to penetrate the pickup truck market in North America. How did that work out? Famously. The Ridgeline was an almost instant success. In 2010, it was propelled by a transversely-mounted 3.5-litre V6 engine mated to a five-speed automatic transmission and a full-time all-wheel-drive system. Fuel economy…

Small irritants combine to spoil Infiniti QX50

This mid-size SUV spoils the driving experience with too many convenience features that only serve to irritate – and bump up the price

Small irritants combine to spoil Infiniti QX50The well-known phrase “leave well enough alone” is something carmakers should take to heart. We could throw in “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” while we’re at it. But either way, it seems automobile manufacturers are incorporating more and more features and designs of questionable value – or no value at all – into…

Toyota Tundra offers muscles and manners

The engine is one of the most responsive yet well-behaved power plants in this market. Remarkably powerful, yet docile in the city

Toyota Tundra offers muscles and mannersIf I was a traffic cop and I wanted to make city roads safer and fulfil my ticket quota, one of the first things I’d do is pull over every full-size pickup truck that crosses my path. That would be especially true of the jacked-up, fat-tired, lift-kit behemoths that seem to be piloted by testosterone-addled…

Buying used: 2010 Volvo XC60

This sport utility is arguably one of the safest vehicles on the road and it’s loaded with luxury features

Buying used: 2010 Volvo XC60One of the things that cemented Volvo’s presence in Canada was the company’s reputation for building cars that seem to run forever. For example, despite being out of production for some 25 years, the 240 is still a fairly common sight on city streets, at least where I live. The same seems to be true…

Ford Ranger returns to fill pickup gap

With a starting price of just over $39,000 and a glitzy paint job, I’d think twice about putting this truck through its paces in the boonies

Ford Ranger returns to fill pickup gapCanadians love their pickup trucks. Out of the 10 top-selling vehicles in Canada, four are full-size pickup trucks:  Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, Ram Truck and Ford F-150. And the F-150 has been the top-selling vehicle, period, in Canada for at least the last decade. It outsells perennial favourites like the Honda Civic and Hyundai Elantra…

Lincoln Aviator offers plenty of style and luxury

In every respect, the 2020 Aviator is truly a luxury vehicle. Ford hasn’t missed much when it comes to pampering its occupants

Lincoln Aviator offers plenty of style and luxuryMuch like General Motors with its Cadillac division, Ford has decided to funnel a substantial portion of its resources into its flagship Lincoln line. Over the past few years, we’ve seen a kind of renaissance from this previously low-key marque. Lincoln has six models in its lineup, four of which are SUVs. Clearly, the powers…

The loving restoration of a 1953 A40 Countryman

Designed for work, not play, the Forestry Service models weren’t built in large numbers. There might be a dozen of them left

The loving restoration of a 1953 A40 CountrymanDuring the 1950s and early ’60s, before anyone had heard of Honda, Nissan, Toyota or Hyundai, the bestselling import brand in Canada was Austin. Models like the Devon, Somerset, Cambridge, Westminster and, eventually, Mini, dominated the small-car market. Like a lot of other Canadian families, we usually had an Austin of one type or another…

All-electric Nissan Ariya arrives, along with a revived Ford Bronco

Two SUVs – one ultra-modern and one a throwback – will be available to consumers in the coming year

All-electric Nissan Ariya arrives, along with a revived Ford BroncoCar manufacturers would start to roll out their new models right about now under normal circumstances, getting the word out to journalists about what they’re doing in the upcoming year. Traditionally, new car introductions, press briefings, test drives and interviews with the brass would be the preferred method of spreading the word. But with COVID-19,…

Toyota Venza stands the test of time

Buying used: Definitely not a conventional sedan but not quite a fully-fledged SUV either

Toyota Venza stands the test of timeAccording to Consumer Reports, the average life expectancy of a new vehicle these days is around eight years or 250,000 km. Some can even go 15 years and up to 500,000 km, if properly maintained. With that in mind: the 2010 Toyota Venza. Available with front or all-wheel drive, the Venza was introduced to the…

Mercedes CLA 250 too sophisticated for its own good

Fussy controls and bad ergonomics take away from an attractive car that should just be a pleasure to drive

Mercedes CLA 250 too sophisticated for its own goodSometimes it seems car manufacturers are rolling backwards when it comes to usability and driver friendliness. Despite – or maybe because of – things like touch screen controls, continuously variable transmissions (CVT), driver-vehicle interface, climate control, etc., etc., some cars are nowhere as driveable as they used to be. No argument, automobiles are more sophisticated…
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