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 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.
If you want proof of how much the full-size pickup truck market has changed recently, look no further than what’s under the hoods of some of the most popular models. We’d argue the changes began in 2011, when Ford introduced the F-150’s first EcoBoost turbocharged V6. Ram was next with the segment’s first light-duty diesel,... Read More.
Viewed on the map, Canada is significantly larger than the United States. But our relatively small population means that carmakers’ decisions about which vehicles they sell here are largely driven by the desires of U.S. buyers. From an economics point of view, it is most cost-effective for a company to sell the same cars in... Read More.
by Chris Chase Despite their high profile in the media, electric vehicles make up a small percentage of vehicle sales. For the most part, that’s because many drivers aren’t sure if an EV would suit their lifestyle. But another thing that has hurt take-up is the perception that charging an electric vehicle at home would... Read More.
by Chris Chase If you’ve got questions about battery-powered cars, you’re not alone. Every time I review an electric vehicle (EV), I can count on at least one stranger asking about some aspect of the ownership experience. The most common question after “How far will it go on a charge?” is “How long does it... Read More.
By Chris Chase Automotive Lease Guide (ALG) published its 2020 Canadian vehicle residual value awards in January, naming Toyota and Porsche its top brands for this model year. These annual awards recognize the vehicles that ALG’s industry watchers predict will hold their value best as they age; the company calculates residual value (also known as... Read More.
by Chris Chase Commercial work vans are hardly a new concept, but the vans themselves have become more modern in recent years. It’s a transition that began in the mid-2000s when Dodge began importing renamed Mercedes-Benz Sprinters after the DaimlerChrysler merger. Those first Sprinter models created an appetite in North America for workhorse vehicles designed... Read More.
by Chris Chase The auto industry has seen many four-wheel drive, or 4×4, SUVs come and go. These off-road-ready vehicles were more common in the 1980s, when they were frequently positioned as extensions of pickup truck models. Those early SUVs proved popular for weather-tight cargo areas. However, by the 1990s, automakers began to realize many... Read More.
by Chris Chase While the 2000s was not an especially memorable decade for the auto industry, it did introduce a handful of short-lived vehicle segments we wish had stuck around. Among them is this set of practical but weird-looking vehicles: The Scion xB, Nissan Cube, Kia Soul, and Honda Element. The Scion, Nissan, and Kia... Read More.