by Chris Chase Mazda, Toyota and Lexus make today’s most reliable vehicles, according to the results of Consumer Reports’ (CR) latest predicted reliability ranking, published in late November. This annual evaluation is based on data that CR collects in its survey of owners. Those drivers are asked to rate how satisfied they are with 17... Read More.
If you drive a late-model SUV from Honda, Lexus or Toyota, you’d better watch out. The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) has compiled its annual list of the most stolen vehicles in Ontario and determined that popular models from those brands are among the ones most often stolen. Car thieves adapt to changing market conditions... Read More.
Car manufacturers spend a lot of time researching and planning the vehicles they think their buyers want. Most of the time, they get it right, but they occasionally wind up being very, very wrong and launch a car that languishes in showrooms. In some cases, a model comes along just as demand for its segment... Read More.
By Lori Straus Nothing is more classic to camping than a tent. But perhaps the ground is so bumpy—no matter where you lie down—that you worry your air mattress might spring a leak. Or you want to reduce the number of unwanted guests in your tent. Truck tents and rooftop tents solve these problems for... Read More.
By Lori Straus Overlanding is a combination of off-roading, road trips, and camping. However, whereas camping and road trips focus on the destination, overlanding focuses on the journey itself. Overlanders rise to the challenge of self-reliance the pastime demands, and they love the community that has arisen over the past decades. In this blog post,... Read More.
By Lori Straus Fluffy, white snow; heavenly blue skies; and the bright sun that warms your face even when it’s -20°C outside. Maybe you’re planning to go skiing, hiking, or sight-seeing on your camping trip. Winter overlanding requires some precautions. In this blog post, I’ll take you through a few of them. Plan Your Trip—Without... Read More.
By Lori Straus Earlier this year, Volkswagen released a popular commercial for the Jetta GLI that suggests that the car’s stick shift prevents auto theft. Although news stories about car thefts abandoned because of stick shifts show up on occasion, driving one doesn’t necessarily protect your car from theft. On the other side of the... Read More.
If you’re a used-car buyer looking for a good deal, don’t expect to drive home something in an interesting colour. That’s the gist of iSeeCars’ latest study, which looked at which vehicle paint options were most likely to come with discounted prices on used-car lots. Buyers of beige cars are most likely to score a... Read More.
Ontario’s gas prices jumped in April when the federal government’s carbon tax went into effect and Ontario’s Conservatives countered with a cut to the province’s gas tax. But as we write this during the lead-up to Canada Day, Ontario’s average gas price is just under $1.20/litre, only two cents more than the national average.... Read More.
Ontario’s auto industry is ready for the global trends of the future. As reported in the Toronto Star, Canada’s auto industry, which is concentrated in Ontario, shows continued strength thanks to an appetite for luxury cars and high-end SUVs as well as better than expected job creation.... Read More.