Ford Explorer Timberline as much limo as SUV

This is a people-carrier par excellence and is amazingly quiet on the highway

Ford Explorer Timberline as much limo as SUVWith the price of gas hovering around the two bucks a litre mark in most of the country, does it make sense to buy one of the more gas-thirsty vehicles on the market? I'm talking about full and mid-size SUVs models like – oh – the Toyota Sequoia, Chev Suburban, Jeep Wagoneer, and so on.…

Ford Maverick Hybrid has plenty going for it – if you can find one

The 2022 Maverick doesn't sport any weird idiosyncrasies. Mainstream ergonomics all the way

Ford Maverick Hybrid has plenty going for it – if you can find oneDoes the world need another pickup truck? Virtually every manufacturer on the market has a light truck on offer. Sometimes it seems like every other vehicle is a pickup of some sort. Light truck sales in Canada are as healthy as ever, despite ridiculous gas prices, a looming recession and the high cost of living.…

Ford Lightning comes to stranded Tesla owners rescue

The battery on the Lightning is strong enough to actually charge other electric vehicles, including stranded Tesla owners

Ford Lightning comes to stranded Tesla owners rescueIt has been a year since I first wrote about the Ford F-150 Lightning, a fully EV version of the wildly popular American truck. My original piece contrasted the illusion behind the still unreleased Tesla Cybertruck and the reality of the Ford Lightning, a truck that has certainly been a lot of talk, but even…

Buying used: 2012 Ford Fusion has plenty to offer

Tasteful interior, available leather upholstery, heated seats, rearview camera, blind spot warning and more

Buying used: 2012 Ford Fusion has plenty to offerIn 2012, the Ford Fusion was two years into a mild makeover and a revised drivetrain. You could get it with a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine, plus a choice of two V6s and a hybrid. Ford also introduced a new six-speed transmission the year before and there was an all-wheel-drive version, so they were covering all…

Auto odds, ends: Honda, Hyundai honoured for vehicles of the year

Kia has more electric offerings, Subaru has strong sales month, Nissan sets up American EV plant

Auto odds, ends: Honda, Hyundai honoured for vehicles of the yearTime for a few odds and sods from the automotive world. Vehicles of the year First up, the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) just announced its choices for 2022 car of the year and utility vehicle of the year. The winners are the Honda Civic and Hyundai Tucson. Prevailing over 250 other entries, these…

Buying used: 2011 Mazda Tribute fails to inspire

Consumer Reports gave it pretty much a thumbs-down

Buying used: 2011 Mazda Tribute fails to inspireBuilt alongside the Ford Escape in Kansas City, Mo., Mazda’s Tribute shares many components with Ford’s best-selling SUV. Its final year of production was 2011. You can find two-wheel and four-wheel-drive models with two engine choices: a 2.5-litre inline four-cylinder or a 3.0-litre V6. Standard equipment level is representative of vehicles in this category. The…

Escape Plug-in Hybrid offers economy, style and driveability

Focused less on luxury and more on practicality – and excellent fuel economy

Escape Plug-in Hybrid offers economy, style and driveabilityFord may be out of the passenger sedan business but they’ve jumped into the hybrid/electric car market with both feet. The company has at least seven electrified models – mostly pickups and SUVs, but including the all-electric Mustang Mach-E, which doesn’t look like a Mustang at all. Right in the thick of it is the…

2011 Ford Fusion a well-appointed, moderately upscale sedan

This vintage Fusion featured a tastefully revised interior, with available leather upholstery

2011 Ford Fusion a well-appointed, moderately upscale sedanIn 2011, the Ford Fusion came out with a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine, plus a choice of two V6s and a hybrid. Ford introduced a six-speed transmission the previous year and there was an all-wheel-drive version, so they were covering all the bases. The all-wheel-drive version was kind of intriguing. It came with the largest engine…

Auto industry notes: new models and features rolling out

New models, retooled favourites and significant new features

Auto industry notes: new models and features rolling outIt's time for some auto industry odds and ends, random notes and updates that have come my way lately. Subaru Subaru has just announced the pricing structure for the 2022 Legacy and Outback. Available in five trim levels, the newest Legacy continues to have a full-time all-wheel-drive system and can be had with a turbocharged…

Lincoln Corsair fussy, uncomfortable and badly conceived

Now and then, a car comes my way I simply can’t get along with

Lincoln Corsair fussy, uncomfortable and badly conceivedNow and then, a car comes my way I simply can’t get along with. Almost everything about it presents an obstacle to a pleasant driving experience. I seem to spend half my time fussing and fighting with it. In this case, it was the 2021 Lincoln Corsair which, despite embodying the pinnacle of automotive design…

Buying used: 2011 Mustang convertible offers top-down fun

Once the top is down, you understand. As well as improving all-round visibility, it gives this car a whole new dimension in driveability

Buying used: 2011 Mustang convertible offers top-down funWhen Ford introduced its Mustang convertible in 1964, it was powered by an optional 260-cubic-inch (4.3-litre) cast-iron V8 engine that developed just over 160 horsepower. It was later bumped up to 289 cubic inches and more, and Ford went on to sell over a million of the first-generation Mustang in its first year of production.…

News and notes from the auto industry

A new Outlander, Nissan honoured for safety features, Kia offers a new ‘life utility vehicle,’ Ford‘s new Bronco goes modular

News and notes from the auto industryWith spring just around the corner, automotive updates, news releases and new vehicle launches are coming thick and fast. Here are a few that have come my way: Mitsubishi has just released its 2022 Outlander. Here’s how the manufacturer describes it: “Based on the product concept ‘I-Fu-Do-Do,’ which means authentic and majestic in Japanese, the…

Alberta should be at the forefront of the shift to electric vehicles

We need a national mining strategy so Canada can supply the global market with the lithium needed for electric vehicle batteries

Alberta should be at the forefront of the shift to electric vehiclesPolitical pundits, politicians and talking heads in the media for the most part spend very little time watching for disruption and innovation in the marketplace. A global consensus has formed that oil as a form of transportation energy should become a stranded asset. Alberta’s vast lithium reserves mean the province can forget about yesterday and…

Buying used: 2011 Ford Explorer a people mover with frills

This Explorer was aimed more at soccer moms than off-road rock-hoppers, and was still the quintessential suburban grocery-getter

Buying used: 2011 Ford Explorer a people mover with frillsDebuting in mid-2010, the 2011 Ford Explorer signalled a new direction for Ford’s most popular SUV. From here on in, fuel economy would trump performance. Power was delivered by either a Triton V6 that displaced 3.5 litres and developed 290 horsepower, or a 2.0-litre turbocharged Eco-Boost four-cylinder engine that came later in the model year.…
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