Automobile Test Drives
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I've just returned from a great camping trip at The Pinery with three of my kids (more on that soon!) and the six-hour round trip couldn't have been more comfortable and smooth thanks to the Hyundai Santa Fe I drove. With four of us in the car, and then the
I'm slowly plugging myself back in after an amazing trip to Pinery Provincial Park with three of the kids. I borrowed a Lincoln Aviator for the 500 km round trip and I'm glad we did because the four of us and all our gear takes up a lot of space.
Almost six months ago I was working on a camping trip for me and the kids when suddenly everything shut down. I never booked that trip, and a few weeks ago, my oldest daughter told me we had to get away for a bit. She essentially ordered me to take
For the final week of the kids' summer vacay, I borrowed a GMC Yukon XL Denali. To be honest, I'm not sure if "Denali" belongs in the full name of this full-sized luxury SUV, but that word is prominently written on the car so I'm going with it. Sure, it's
A couple of years ago, the six of us drove to PEI for what I thought might be a last hurrah of sorts. My oldest son was 14 and I wasn't sure how interested he'd be in future family road trips. Luckily, the now 16 year old still digs me
When we took our monster road trip to the east coast last year, I was planning on driving a Chevy Tahoe. The Tahoe is very large, and with the six of us driving 5837.4 KM, I wanted the space. Instead, we took that trip in a Chevy Traverse, but
A typical "road trip" for me is a long drive to a campsite or cottage where we'd stay for a few days before returning home. This summer, we decided to do something different. GM Canada kindly lent me a 2016 Chevrolet Traverse so I could go on an east coast
I'm in the market for a car that seats at least six. For the past couple of weeks, I've been test driving a new Buick Enclave which seats seven comfortably. It's been absolutely ideal. My youngest is now three months old, so at some point I'm going to have to
I just spent a week driving a new Ford Flex, and it all started with this tweet that prompted me to seek out a Ford Flex test drive. @torontomike check out a Ford Flex if you don't mind the boxy look ... lots of space inside (because it's a big box)
After our visit to Sandbanks, we spent a few days in the city before hitting the road again for a trip to Huntsville. Technically, we went beyond Huntsville into Dwight, but telling people you're driving to Dwight is a recipe for confusion. For this family road trip to White Birches
I took a couple of weeks off to spend time with the family, first camping and then renting a cottage in Muskoka. There are five of us, two tents, a cooler, several sleeping bags, a BBQ and, well, everything else. To borrow a line from Martin Brody, we're going to
On Halloween, I exchanged my '99 Mazda Protegé for a week with a 2015 Hyundai Sonata. It was orange, of course. As usual when you borrow cars from a media fleet, it was fully loaded. We're talking a touch-and-swipe navigation screen, backup camera, heated front and rear seats, high-power audio
I just dropped off the Buick Regal AWD Turbo lent to me by GM Canada. I could have had it longer, but I'll be out of the country for a bit so I drove it back today. It was damn fun enjoying the 259hp. 259hp, but still very, very quiet.
Thanks to GM Canada, I got to drive a Chevrolet Malibu LTZ Sedan last week. The Malibu LTZ Sedan is priced at $37,370 and comes with dual-zone climate control, power sunroof, and heated leather buck seats. It also boasts keyless entry and a keyless push-start button. The Malibu was
I just returned the Buick Encore I've been driving the past two weeks. As I started driving my freezing cold '99 Mazda Protegé, these were the biggest differences. No More Silence The Buick Encore was much, much quieter. In my old Protegé, I hear everything... it's loud in there. The
Little did I know last Friday, when I picked up a 2014 Buick Encore for a test drive, that it would be my ice storm sleigh. Appropriate for the season, it was red, and in some ultra slippery conditions, it got us where we needed to be without a problem.
I've just spent a week driving a new Buick Verano. When I was offered he Verano it was actually the first time I learned General Motors made a car called the Verano. I have since learned Verano is Spanish for summer. My wife has agreed to write a review of
They call the colour of the 2013 Ford Explorer Sport I borrowed 'Ruby Red Metallic'. I drove it for a week during which I merged my Toronto apartment with my wife's Mississauga townhouse in our new southwest Toronto house. The retail price is $48,299 but this fully loaded model
There's been an abundance of automobiles in my life this month. It began with an invitation from Chevy to attend a retreat in a 2014 Chevrolet Impala. I took my buddy Elvis and we had a blast. Then, for my wedding, Ford kindly lent me a 2013 Ford Edge in
I was invited to participate in the Chevrolet Impala Drive Event this week. I've already written about the golf and the whiskey tasting, and I'll soon write about my tour of the GM plant in Oshawa, but this entry is about the 2014 Chevrolet Impala we drove from Oshawa to
I was invited to participate in the Chevrolet Trax Canadian Winter: Urban to Rural program. I'll write in more detail about what this amazing event entailed later. This entry is about the 2013 Chevrolet Trax we drove from Ottawa to Montebello and Kenauk and back. Size, I suppose, is relative.
I'm still driving the Lincoln MKX lent to me by Ford. Although I thought I hated big cars, I've never had more fun driving an automobile. It's also been the largest car I've ever driven, but that's about to change. Ford saw me make that claim, and offered me an
I picked up a brand new 2011 Fiesta 5-door hatchback SE from Ford today for an 8-day test drive. I recently drove their new Taurus for a couple of weeks, but the Taurus is both out of my price range and too big for my tiny driveway. The Fiesta is
I made the trip to Mercedez-Benz this morning to return the smart fortwo passion coupé I've been driving for the past eight days. You really need to test drive a smart fortwo to appreciate its agility. During the past week I've fielded dozens of questions about how it drove on
When I first wrote that I was going to test drive a Smart Fortwo car for a week, a commenter warned me to stay off the 400 series highways. That's all I needed to hear. The first thing I did when I got the keys from Mercedez-Benz this morning was