Ford F-150 Lariat is a gentleman’s pickup truck

Take an existing model produced in huge volumes, with established manufacturing protocols and proven technology, add a bunch of extras, throw on some fancy paint and wheels and charge the moon for it

Ford F-150 Lariat is a gentleman’s pickup truckBy any measure, Ford’s F-150 pickup line has been a legendary success. Introduced in 1948, it has been the best-selling vehicle in the U.S. for the last 30-odd years, the best-selling pickup truck since 1977 and the best-selling vehicle in Canada for the last several decades. As of this year, it has purportedly generated more…

Motorcycle madness: what you can do to stay safe on two wheels

Be aware all the time. As soon as you start believing in your own excellence, a farmer will back his tractor out of a field, some dolt will pull out of a driveway without looking, or something will fall off that truck in front of you and you’re in deep trouble.

Motorcycle madness: what you can do to stay safe on two wheelsAlthough I drive at least 100 new cars a year, I also ride motorcycles. In fact, I’ve been riding since 1965. And as far as safety goes, things are worse than ever for bikers. We’re getting killed or injured in increasing numbers every year. The circumstances run the full gamut of riding situations and motorcycle…

The MKZ: not your father’s Lincoln

The MKZ Hybrid is a lovely automobile in many ways but a road-scorcher it ain’t

The MKZ: not your father’s LincolnBack in the 1960s, one of the most iconic – and easily recognizable – cars on the road was the fourth generation Lincoln Continental. With its massive slab-sided body, imposing front grille and centre-opening suicide doors, it was the go-to vehicle for potentates, politicians, corporate bigwigs, and anyone else who wanted to project an image…

The 2018 Toyota Sequoia is upscale with a practical nature

Sequoia’s real forté is highway cruising. The V8 engine is a paragon of smoothness, versatility and flat-out raw power

The 2018 Toyota Sequoia is upscale with a practical natureMore than once over the years, I’ve wondered why people buy full-size SUVs. Behemoths like the Ford Expedition, Chevy Suburban, Nissan Armada, Toyota Sequoia and so on. Nine times out of 10, I reasoned, people don’t need a vehicle of this size and never really use it to its full potential. These big boys, in…

Are minivans the modern everyman vehicle?

Today’s breed of minivans can be fast, comfortable, powerful and, sometimes, more than competent when it comes to handling and braking. Here are three used models to consider.

Are minivans the modern everyman vehicle?Minivans are not exactly at the top of people’s bucket lists. For many, they signal an end to driving pleasure, and an acknowledgement that tasks such as carrying groceries, taking the kids to hockey practice and schlepping supplies around now take precedence over random drives in the country with the top down and tearing it…

Mercedes AMG GT C is packed with performance … and goodies

If you decide to indulge your boy/girl racer fantasies and want to fling this $150,000-plus baby around a track, it’s ready when you are

Mercedes AMG GT C is packed with performance … and goodiesThere’s one word for Mercedes’ AMG GT C: intimidating. But not for the reasons you might think. Certainly it has nosebleed-inducing performance and oh-my-god handling and braking. And yes, it has power in abundance and can dart from a standing start to freeway speed in less than four seconds, not to mention handling tight corners…

Back in the saddle, safely

Motorcycle season is upon us again – finally. Here's what you can do to make your rides stress-free (and accident-free)

Back in the saddle, safelyIt may not seem like it, but motorcycle riding season is just around the corner … really. But after a six-month absence, you may find yourself a little rusty as you head into the sunshine. It’s easy to forget how vulnerable you are on a motorcycle and, more to the point, how mind-bogglingly thoughtless and…

Used car review: It’s hip to be square

The 2011 Scion xB is utilitarian without being bleak and although it’s aimed at physically active gen-Yers, it’s bound to appeal to anyone who needs to move stuff or people on a regular basis

Used car review: It’s hip to be squareAlthough Toyota introduced its Scion division to the U.S. market in 2002, it didn’t make its way to Canada until late 2010. The two main reasons for the delay were because the company wanted to see how things went in the States before they took the trouble of introducing Scion to the relatively small Canadian…

Toyota’s 2018 RAV4 is easy to get along with

Toyota’s 2018 RAV4 is easy to get along withLike their sedan counterparts – the Accord and Camry – the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V have always duked it out for top contenders in the compact SUV market. It’s been that way for decades. Both are immensely popular and it’s virtually impossible to favour one over the other. The RAV4 comes in more varieties…

2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid a pretty attractive package

2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid a pretty attractive packageMany sweepstake raffles/lotteries, when they offer a prize, put forward a luxury car of some kind….a Jag, upper range Mercedes, Porsche, BMW… that sort of thing. Something that will draw in the punters and give whatever cause they’re supporting a bright face and classy image. In my neck of the woods, however, one of the…

Driving the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C300 Wagon too much work

Driving the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C300 Wagon too much workIf you’re like me, you miss the disappearance of the traditional station wagon. Especially if you grew up in the pre-SUV ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s, when the family hauler of choice was a four-door wagon, often with a backward-facing, pop-up rear jump-seat at the very back for kids and pets. In hindsight, probably not the…

2018 Chevrolet Traverse comes with Teen Driver Technology

2018 Chevrolet Traverse comes with Teen Driver TechnologyIt may seem like one of the biggest vehicles on the road, but the Chevy Traverse is actually a mid-size SUV. According to GM, it’s “inspired” by General Motors’ big boys, such as the Tahoe and Suburban, but the Traverse is ostensibly a more manageable rig, with the ability to carry up to eight adults.…

Creeping blandification spreading to the Passat

VW needs to tone down the extras and focus more on building a reliable, fun to drive vehicle with a reasonable price tag

Creeping blandification spreading to the PassatOne of the things that has attracted buyers to Volkswagen products over the years is that hard-to-pinpoint connection between driver and vehicle. Even the most humble VeeDubs offer a driving experience a cut above the usual models coming out of Japan or Korea. The Golf, in particular, remains the benchmark – at least as far…

Does the world need another SUV? You bet. The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas

Does the world need another SUV? You bet. The 2018 Volkswagen AtlasDoes the world need another SUV? Volkswagen thinks so, and the new-for-2018 Atlas brings this company’s SUV/Wagon complement up to five. It joins the AllTrack, Golf Sport Wagon, Tiguan, and Touareg .... at least for the time being. Designed specifically for the North American market, the Atlas is somewhere between the Tiguan and Touareg ...…