by Chris Chase Perhaps you’ve heard it suggested that you should never buy a car in its first year after a major redesign. This common maxim seems counterintuitive: A new design should be more reliable, thanks to the ever-improving precision that goes into the manufacturing process. It’s not a universal truth, but it is common... Read More.
by Chris Chase Mid-size mainstream crossover SUVs are not sexy, but they’re desirable all the same. For some family drivers, they’re a “just right” option, filling a narrow niche between compact crossovers and larger mid-size models with three rows of seating. If you’re in the market for a used mid-size crossover with five seats, read... Read More.
by Chris Chase Introduced in 2007, the Ford Edge was a late arrival in a mid-size crossover segment made popular by vehicles like the Hyundai Santa Fe and Subaru Outback. Since then, the Edge’s appearance hasn’t changed much despite the arrival of a second-generation model in 2015. In 2019, Ford refreshed the Edge’s styling, trimmed... Read More.
Buying a used car can feel a bit like wandering through the Wild West. How do you know whether the seller you’re dealing with is being honest about the vehicle you’re buying? Still, the used marketplace is tempting with its lower prices compared to new vehicles, especially if you’re looking for a car or truck... Read More.
By Chris Chase Full-size pickup trucks are an important vehicle segment in Canada, with just half a dozen models making up an outsized percentage of the country’s annual new-vehicle sales. You can trace much of the full-size pickup’s popularity to relatively recent improvements in comfort and fuel economy, which have helped make these trucks more... Read More.
Every new auto industry model year is a reminder that just because a vehicle is popular doesn’t mean it will stick around forever. The end of 2020 will see several well-known cars vanish from Canada’s marketplace, including a few mainstream favourites. Unsurprisingly, most of the cars disappearing from showrooms this year are sedans and hatchbacks,... Read More.
By Chris Chase J.D. Power has named Porsche and Dodge the industry’s top brands in the 2020 version of its annual Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) study. The APEAL survey measures which vehicles are most likely to make their owners feel good about their purchase. It’s a less tangible thing than the organization’s initial... Read More.
by Chris Chase The Escape has done a lot of heavy lifting for Ford since its 2001 arrival. This compact crossover has perpetually been one of the most popular vehicles in its class, despite few significant updates in its first dozen years on the market. In 2013, the third-generation Escape marked the model’s first major... Read More.
I grew up around small cars, so I’ve always gravitated toward them as an adult because they’re affordable, fuel-efficient and easy to park. You’ll note that none of the above adjectives apply in any way to the Ford Expedition you’re reading about here. And yet every time I review a full-size SUV like the Expedition,... Read More.
by Chris Chase Depreciation is a term you’ll see mentioned frequently at OntarioCars.ca, given our focus on the used vehicle market. It’s the rate at which a car or truck loses value after it’s purchased new. Where depreciation is concerned, all vehicles are not created equal. A vehicle’s rate of depreciation depends on a number... Read More.