2019 Jeep Wrangler – Review

2019 Jeep Wrangler – Review

The 2019 Jeep Wrangler has come a long way from the 1942 Willys military Jeep. Although Jeep has never forgotten its roots, it’s a long drive down the bumpy road to balance technological advancements while still retaining the Jeep look. I think Jeep has done just that very well.

Jeep is an iconic symbol that many recognize, an open air 4-wheel drive vehicle that can take its occupants on an adventure in the back country or travel down a highway in comfort.  The iconic folding windshield has been improved and features a new 4 bolt design at the top of the frame to allow it to fold down quickly. The a-pillars stay in place to allow the rearview mirror to remain.

The instrument panel features a soft touch surface and all controls are easily accessible by the driver, and the new push button start is weatherproof.  Featuring a Uconnect multimedia center that works with iPhone to activate Apple CarPlay and allowing the driver to easily access music, make calls and send/receive text all from the touch screen.

The sport model features 17” black steel wheels while the other models feature 17” aluminum rims. The only exception to that is the Unlimited Sahara that has 18” polished aluminum wheels. 8 way manual adjust driver’s seat with 2 way manual lumbar seats are the norm with some models featuring premium cloth material. Standard 8 speaker audio system om most with an optional Alpine premium audio system on the Sport S, Rubicon, Unlimited Sport S and Unlimited Sahara.

With 6 models and 3 engine choices, Jeep has something for everybody.

Safety

Advanced multistage front and supplemental seat mounted side airbags. Electronic stability control with hill start assist, roll mitigation, traction control and trailer sway control are some of the great safety features of this vehicle.  

Fuel Economy

10.5L/100 km  9.4L/100 km City/Highway

Engine

3 engine choices. A 2.0L I-4 DOHC Direct-Injection Turbocharged engine with eTorque technology, 270 horse power and 295 lb ft of torque mated with an 8-speed automatic transmission. 3.6L PentastarTM VVT V6 with Engine Stop/Start technology delivering 285 horsepower and 260 lb ft of torque coupled with a 6-speed manual transmission. 3.6L Pentastar VVT V6 with ESS Technology and 8-speed automatic transmission.

The Drive

On road driving was comfortable and everything easily within reach, I found the seats a bit tight on the sides but that wasn’t a big issue. Throttle response was quick and made passing on the highway a breeze. I decided the head to a logging road in the valley to test out the suspension. Small potholes were easily swallowed up by the shocks and suspension but some of the bigger rocks forced the springs into the bump stops. A quick speed adjustment improved that situation.  I came across a branch road that had not been used for a while and according to the map it leads to a bridge across the river. A quick shift into low range and a bit of rock crawling, the bridge came into view, or what was left of a bridge. Completely overgrown with trees and many winters have eaten away at the cedar logs. I stayed for a while gazing into the creek to see if I could spot a fish. It wasn’t too long when the sun ducked behind the peek and a dark shadow was cased over the valley, so I climbed back in to the Jeep and back down to the main road. Although my trip wasn’t epic it was a good day. That is the thing about Jeeps; you can have an adventure whenever you want. If you don’t get it that’s ok, it’s a Jeep thing!

80 percent of the earth is covered by water, Jeep covers the rest

Warranty

  • 3 year – 60,000km basic
  • 5 year – 100,000km powertrain limited
  • 24 hr- roadside assistance

Price (CAD)

  • Sport $33,695
  • Sport S $37,645
  • Rubicon $46,095
  • Unlimited Sport S $ 41,495
  • Unlimited Sahara $45,495
  • Unlimited Rubicon $48,495
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Lifting Your Truck?

Lifting Your Truck?

Purchasing a new or used truck is exciting. I bet you can already see yourself personalizing it to suit your needs. Believe me, when I tell you, the truck might be the cheap part.

I have seen over the years people spend upwards of $25,000 or more on customization. One of the more popular things to do these days is installing a suspension lift along with larger tires and wheels. Installing a suspension lift requires some hard work, along with some mechanical experience.

If you’re going to tackle this yourself, here are a few things you should know.

Installation:

Many manufacturers offer manuals for installing lift kits onto certain vehicles; however, some setups are quite intricate, requiring some welding or cutting to add some necessary components. In this case, having a mechanic or a few knowledgeable friends around will help make the job go smoother.

Additional Modifications: 

Upgrading to taller tires also means that some components may require part upgrades or some tuning to compensate. For instance, a truck’s engine is tuned at specific gear ratios to propel the vehicle. When adding taller tires, the gear ratios must be changed accordingly, since the engine has to spin significantly more weight with the new tires. You will also be required to purchase a speedometer re-calibration tool, so you have an accurate reading. Again, consult with more experienced individuals for further insight.

Highway Driving:

Larger, wider tires can sometimes result in instability on roads or a noisy, uncomfortable ride, particularly at high speeds. Also, more aggressive off-road tires tend to wear faster on the highway and traction might not be as great as you would expect on wet roads. 

Weight:

Larger tires are more substantial, which can put a lot of strain on your suspension, particularly if it is a stock suspension. Trusted, durable suspension components and lighter aluminum wheels can sometimes help to reduce the stress.

A Few Useful Accessories: Before installing a lift kit, it’s a good idea first to examine if any components will be affected by your vehicle’s new height.

Here are a few useful accessories that may need upgrading:

  • Brakes
    • Stock brakes do not always accommodate larger tires and will wear quickly due to the added strain.
  • Drivetrain and Differential
    • Axles, gears, differential covers, lockers and more ensure that your drivetrain is up to par with your suspension.
  • Replacement Parts
    • Longer Control Arms and Track Bars to compensate for the additional height of your truck.
  • Shocks
    • For those taller lifts, longer shocks will ensure the smoothest performance both on and off the road.
  • Other Parts
    • Steering linkage, slip yoke, driveshaft length, u-joint angle, and brake lines are all worthy of consideration before installing suspension lift kits.

Search the internet. There are many sites which offer complete instructions on various suspension lifts. You can download a copy before you make the purchase, and know exactly what type of work will be involved.

All images are thanks to BDS Suspension, which can be found in Canada through
Action Car and Truck Accessories

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2018 Ford F150 Power Stroke Diesel – Automotive Review

2018 Ford F150 Power Stroke Diesel – Automotive Review

Introducing the 2018 Ford F150 Power Stroke Diesel, Yes that’s right Power Stroke Diesel in an F150. If not for the badging you wouldn’t know and as for the many fellow drivers that did a double take when looking at the vehicle, yes it is! With an estimated rating as low as 10.8L/100 km Highway it can tow up to 11,400 pounds without as much as a whimper.

Looks

Bold stance, sculpted LED headlights and stylized grille complete the front end of this truck. The aluminum body is stamped and bent into shape to create strength but it also generates the unique shape that makes Ford trucks standout from previous versions. Optional tailgate step, lift assist and remote tailgate release makes real-world tasks much easier and soon people will ask how they managed to do without these improvements.

Interior

As you climb into the cabin you immediately notice the refinements that have been made. Things such as; soft touch buttons, easy to use touch screen and accessibility of everything from a comfortable driving position.

It’s clear Ford designers have taken everything into consideration to give you the best driving experience possible. Now that doesn’t exclude passengers who also have easy access to everything needed including temperature controls and seat adjustability. Our tester featured a premium B&O audio system that has 10 speakers, AM/FM stereo, and a single CD/MP3 player

Safety

Front driver and passenger airbags, side curtain and seat-mounted airbags. Power four-wheel vented disc anti-lock brakes. Pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking is standard. Available adaptive cruise control, pro trailer backup assist, a 360-degree camera with split view display, FordPass connect with WIFI modem to connect up to 10 devices are some of the safety features in this F150.

Engine

3.0L power stroke V6 with 250 horsepower and 440 lb-ft of torque mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Biodiesel capability to B20. This engine features a larger turbocharger that accommodates high air flow to maximize power and maintain performance at high altitudes where the air is thinner than at sea level. Add a high-pressure common rail fuel injection system, high-pressure fuel pump, lightweight aluminum cylinder heads, and fuel injector tips designed to deliver precise fuel atomization you have one sweet motor.

Fuel economy

  • 10.8L /100km City 8.0L /100km Highway  (4×2)
  • 11.8 /100km City 9.3L /100km Highway   (4×4)

The Drive

Close the doors and you would swear you’re driving with a gas engine, very little noise thanks to the engineers that designed this motor in England. You will find similar motors powering SUV’s all over Europe. This F150 is smooth and comfortable to drive, climbing hills with no effort powering its way up without dropping in speed. Excellent visibility to see all around and with the accident avoidance technology, you can be reassured this Ford has your back as you drive. With great fuel economy, tremendous power and outstanding towing capabilities I would say this truck a winner and it gets my vote as the truck of the year.  

Price

$86,129.00 as tested

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Conquest Vehicles – Automotive Review

Conquest Vehicles – Automotive Review

The Walking Dead may be just a TV show, but I know more than a few of us are spending sleepless nights wondering if we should prepare for what’s to come.. you know when the shit really hits the fan.

Do you really want to bug out in a plug-in Prius? William Maizlin is a Canadian entrepreneur who started the company; Conquest Vehicles Inc. Headquartered in Toronto, this facility houses some of the best engineers, fabricators, and technicians in the country. They build the ultimate, fully armored, ultra-luxurious SUV called the Knight XV. This extreme vehicle is not just a survival vehicle, but an impressive high-end machine. Catering to some of the wealthiest people on the planet that require all the comforts they are used too while knowing they will be protected on their way to a family barbeque while driving past the local ISIS terrorists or Mexican kidnappers.

There are two models to choose from. The Knight XV and the Evade. The Evade is there latest vehicle. The vehicle starts off as a Ford F550 chassis. The cab is removed and the custom built exoskeleton is installed. Everything is custom, right down to the door handles, steering wheel, and running boards that are CNC’d from stainless steel and billet aluminum. It offers a rugged military look on the outside with a pampered limousine-style interior. The seats are covered in Andrew Muirhead leather and can be adjusted to just about any position. The interior features wool carpet, slide out workstations, center console that holds an iPad (which can control most of the features on this vehicle), suede headliner, sunroof, slide out drawer with glasses and room for your favorite scotch, Sony PS4, built-in humidor for cigars, and a 32 inch flat screen TV that can be raised or lowered by the iPad.

Now how does it drive? well considering it is twice the size of a Hummer H2 I would say great at straight lines, but William says it is easy to maneuver around and handles just like a full-size SUV. With a full air suspension underneath and automatic leveling ability, the vehicle can travel down the highway without spilling its passenger’s drinks. The Armored version has a V7 rating, meaning it can stop an armor-piercing bullet at close range and the undercarriage can survive a hand grenade explosion, perfect for traveling through downtown Kabul on a pleasant Afghanistan night.

If you are still wondering who would buy such a vehicle, the answer might surprise you. CEO’s of companies wanting something different, automotive collectors, and professional athletes, in the North American market. However, the clientele gets more diverse with the orders from China, South Africa, and the Middle East. The Saudi Royal family bought one and had it air shipped to them costing 50K in transportation. The company’s goal is to increase production from 20 vehicles per year to 100 with the Evade being featured in many automotive magazines around the world.

With a starting price of $579,000 USD, I’m not sure how many you will see on the streets of Vancouver.

Visit

www.conquestvehicles.com for more information!

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Winter Backroad Safety – Advice

Winter Backroad Safety – Advice

The snow is starting to accumulate in the mountains and although its early in the fall season for us at sea level, it will start to look like the middle of winter up in the mountains. If you are heading out on a winter excursion whether it’s to go camping, fishing, backcountry skiing, or any other outdoor activity there are certain precautions you should take.

Give some serious thought about what you would do if a major breakdown occurred, roads and highways get closed or you become plain stuck. Ask yourself if you are prepared for situations where you may be waiting potentially hours on end for things to clear up or for help to arrive. With temperatures dropping below zero, this could lead to a life-threatening situation, and you should never go it alone on a remote, seldom used trail.

This is one of the reasons 4×4 clubs are popular. Even if you do not choose to join a club, trail ride events are scheduled most times of the year and everywhere in the province. There is security here, with all kinds of help if you have any problems. It is also the best way to gain off highway experience.

If you do choose to go off alone, always give yourself an out, and do not go further than you can walk out to find help or shelter. Carry food, water and winter survival equipment in case you must spend the night with a broken-down vehicle. Be prepared for an accident with first aid supplies and training on how to deal with injuries. Always let someone know where you are going and when you will be back.

There are lots of things that can cause mechanical failures off-road. If you drive your vehicle regularly these things should show up when and where it is easier to deal with them, than it is out in the bush. Every situation is different, so it would be impossible to list every possible cause and repair procedure for a breakdown.

Here are two of the most common types:

  • Getting a flat tire is by far the most common type of breakdown. Always carry a good full-sized spare tire. You might want to pack a plug kit, but most of the tire problems I have seen are either not reparable, or simply a lost bead. One of the first essential items everyone that goes off road needs to get is a good air compressor. Airing down to gain better traction is only outweighed by the increased ride quality. This will increase the odds of a lost tire bead, however. Make sure your jack is in good working order, and if you carry a High Lift Jack on the outside of your vehicle, check and oil it often. Another handy item for tire work is a nylon winch hold down strap. These can be put around the center of the tread and tightened to re-seat the bead.
  • The second is breakage due to over-working your vehicle. The weakest link in the drive train seems to be the U-joints. If you break a U-joint there is a good probability that you will damage the yoke as well. This usually is not a trailside Just remember that you are driving a four-wheel drive vehicle and you can most often get home with either the front or rear driveshaft disconnected. You will need to remove the drive shaft with the broken U-joint so that further damage is not done, then drive out in two-wheel drive. If this is a front axle steering knuckle U-joint, the half shaft will need to be removed and a rag stuffed into the end of the open axle housing.

Always remember if you pack it in then pack it out. The outdoors is not a land fill. These remote areas of our Province are pristine, so let’s keep it that way so future generations can enjoy it.

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Off-Roading Tires – Advice

Off-Roading Tires – Advice

Off-road driving is fun activity many people enjoy. Driving down a gravel road to get to your favorite fishing hole or a day out with your family brings lots of wholesome outdoor enjoyment.

Getting there requires the proper gear, starting with the most important part, tires. Rocks, potholes, and rough terrain will require your vehicle to need a different type of tire to safely and efficiently make it from point A to B.   The main function of any tire is to provide traction, and having good traction tires will help off-roaders get to where they need to go without getting stuck.

When looking to purchase a set of off-road/on-road tires there are a few things to consider. Cheap tires are not necessarily the best option. You get what you pay for definitely applies here. Some things to consider are high mileage tires and tread wear ratings. Aggressive deep treads like those found on mud tires tend to wear a lot quicker than an all-terrain tire. Another important thing to consider is tire size. You can contact the manufacturer or check tire charts that give you a variety of sizes to fit your vehicle. The height of your sidewall is important and should be chosen based on the conditions where you drive your truck most often. If you only drive on the street then a low-profile truck tire will be fine, but if you go off-roading then you are going to want more tire in between your rim and the ground. That way you will not bottom out on the rims when the tires encounter rough terrain off-road.

The size of the rim is a personal preference. Popular today is the larger sized rims, with many from the factory floor trucks coming equipped with 17,18 and even 20” Rims. Just make sure that the rim and truck tire you choose will fit inside the wheel well of the truck, and don’t forget to upgrade your brakes to help stop this increase in weight.  The wheel rim width varies from truck to truck. It can be custom made to suit both on and off-road driving conditions. The wheel rim width is rounded off to the nearest half inch of the tire. Usually, the best choice is to have the rim width at about 90% of the tread width of the tire. Adequate air pressure is important for a good tire life, handling, and traction. Look through your truck’s owner’s manual, on the sticker inside the driver’s door, or look on the tire itself to find the correct air pressure that you need to maintain them. 

Seasonal changes can affect the air pressure of the tires. Cold temperatures are responsible for dropping the air pressure of the tires, and warm temperatures are responsible for increasing the air pressure. A 10% swing in the temperatures causes a 1lb. change in the air pressure. Sudden changes in temperature are a good time to check the pressure of the tires.  You can reduce the wear and tear of the truck’s tires by rotating them often. Rotating the tires keeps the tread wear balanced and can really help out when slippery and wet conditions occur. A simple rule about rotating your tires is to do it on every other oil change. Doing this consistent basis, will make the tires last longer and allow a comfortable ride for many, many Kilometers.

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2019 Ford Transit – Automotive Review

2019 Ford Transit – Automotive Review

The 2019 Ford Transit is a multi-purpose cargo van that makes a great addition to any size business. The all-new van was presented to fleet customers at the National truck equipment associations Work Truck Show.

Looks:

The Transit Connect looks small, but with 3,670 liters of cargo volume and rear doors that open 180 degrees (optional 255 degrees), there is lots of room for people and materials. The cargo van version is available with no side windows in the sliding side doors and privacy glass in the rear doors. You can also order it with no side or rear windows.

It also lends itself to becoming an office on wheels. Ford Work Solutions is a system that runs Windows CE 6.0 designed to access an office workstation computer remotely to download customer information or view a work order or delivery invoice. You can send and receive text messages. The Navigation screen pinpoints your delivery locations and the system allows hands-free calling via the Bluetooth. The in-dash computer tracks your tools through a program called Tool Link, by De-Walt. Using a radio frequency identification tag attached to each tool you can scan them as you load them into the van and know exactly what is on board and what you left behind.

In The Cab:

The driver’s seat is manually adjustable (six-way) with built-in armrest, while the passenger has a four-way manually adjustable seat. Just like most cargo vans of today, the cab has all the features once reserved only for a car. An AM/FM radio with a bonus CD player and audio input jack. Available SYNC system to make hands free calls, embedded 4G LTE modem,(WIFI for up to 10 devices) rearview mirror backup camera, reverse sensing system, forward sensing system, and a 4.2-inch productivity screen that keeps you informed on fuel economy numbers as well as towing information. When you open the split rear doors, you get a true sense of this van’s functionality. The cargo areas floor to ceiling height is 150 centimeters and the width is 121 cm between the wheel wells. The load length is 184 cm and additional access is offered via the dual sliding doors. The cargo payload is an incredible 726 kilograms, more than some full-size pickup trucks. Optional second row, three passengers, split folding 60/40 cloth bench seat, and optional third row two passenger seating.

Safety first:

Standard front and side airbags will keep you safe in the event of a collision. Pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, lane keeping system that can alert you if the vehicle drifts into another lane. You can select between steering vibration option or directional steering torque that guides you back into the lane, four-wheel anti-lock brakes and a tire-pressure-monitoring system are standard. For security, Ford has developed a locking latch shielded door lock system to help keep your contents safe. Ford MyKey technologies allow you to set speed limits and restrict audio volume.

Power:

This vehicle is powered by either a 2.0L GDI I-4 engine or a direct injected 1.5L EcoBlue engine, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. It puts out 162 horsepower and 144 lb-ft of torque.

Pump Frequency:

  • 12.75L / 8.7 L/100 km (city/highway)  1.5 Litre Diesel
  •  2.0L TBA

Roadworthy:

While driving this Ford Transit Connect you feel like you’re driving a 2WD Ford Ranger. You’re able to maneuver around vehicles in tight parking lots and park in small parking spots, the only difference is you have a walk in cargo box on the back. This van would be perfect to convert into a special purpose van; it would be easy to add a wheelchair ramp or a lift without having to do too much modification.

Verdict:

Although this van has been available in the UK for many years it has only been available in North American since 2011. The popularity has increased and judging by its versatility and size, I think it is here to stay.

Sticker Price:

  • XL Van  $26,329
  • XLT Van $27,589
  • XL Passenger Wagon $28,399
  • XLT Passenger Wagon $30,109
  • Titanium Passenger Wagon $34,159
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2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid – Automotive Review

2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid – Automotive Review

The 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is ready to excite.

Looks:

The 2018 Toyota RAV4 is here, a bold design and one that many people are happy to see. The Toyota RAV4 is  one of those vehicles that people see on the roads every day, and it just starts to blend into the background. Over the past two years the RAV4 has kept the competition at bay with it’s updated version. This RAV4 is quite exciting, sleek body lines, lower and a little wider making this more aerodynamic. Swept back headlights and a more aggressive front end are just some of the changes made a few years ago. The rear lift-gate features a one touch operation that has selectable memory height settings, perfect for my family were my wife had it set so low I could barely get my arm in and I had it set so she would need a step ladder to close it.

There are five models to choose from FWD LE, FWD XLE, AWD LE, and AWD Limited, giving a little something for everybody.

In The Cab:

Ample use of soft touch materials can be found throughout the interior. Comfortable front seats and rear seats that take  into consideration the comfort of your passengers. 60/40 split fold down with reclining seat backs that are just as comfortable as the front seats and lots of leg room too. The driver’s seat on the LE models features a 6-way manual adjustment while the Limited model receives an 8 way power adjustable. The cargo area has a capacity of 1.09m and 2.08m with the rear seats folded down.

Safety first:

Many safety items are standard in this RAV4. Dual stage driver and passenger airbags, driver knee airbags, front seat mounted side airbags, roll sensing front and rear head/ side curtain airbag. Star safety system which includes vehicle stability control, traction control, anti-lock brakes, electronic brake force distribution, brake assist, and smart stop technology. There are also lane departure alert, blind spot monitor, and rear cross traffic alert available as an option, which I think should be standard on all new models.

Roadworthy:

I am really impressed with how quiet and comfortable the interior is. You can hold a conversation with your children in the back without have to yell over the road noise. I found the 4-cylinder engine to be smooth and responsive.

Verdict:

Improving upon a vehicle that has a proven track record, while keeping up with the latest technologies one reason Toyota continues to be so popular today.

Power:

A 2.5 Litre, Hybrid Synergy drive (HSD), 2.5 Litre, 4 cylinder gas engine with 176 horsepower and 172 lb ft of torque mated to a 6 speed automatic electronically controlled transmission with sequential shift mode.

Pump Frequency:

  • 8.7/6.4 L/100 km (city/highway)  FWD LE, XLE
  • 9.1/6.8 L/100 km (city/highway)  AWD LE, XLE
  • 9.3/6.8 L/100 km (city/highway)  AWD Limited
  • 6.9/7.8 L/100 km (city/highway)  Hybrid

Warranty Support:

  • Basic 36 months/ 60,000 km
  • Powertrain 60 months/ 100,000 km
  • Hybrid batteries are covered for 8 years/160,000 km
  • Hybrid-related components/ 160,000 km
  • Corrosion peroration Unlimited km

Sticker Price:

  • Hybrid Limited
    • $42,145 as tested
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2018 Ram 1500 – Automotive Review

2018 Ram 1500 – Automotive Review

The 2018 Ram 1500 now referred to as the “Classic.” The fourth generation of the pickup that was first introduced in 2009, and to this day has done very well in Canada.

Many special edition trucks are available that provide a customized look directly from the factory floor.

A few examples are:

  • Express Blackout and Big Horn black appearance package offer to match body-color with the grille and ram head badging on front and rear of the truck, along with 20” semi-gloss aluminum wheels.
  • Hydro Blue Sport uses a Hydro blue pearl paint with a performance hood and 20” polished forged aluminum wheels.
  • The Longhorn special edition features a 2-tone paint with a striking interior. Light Greystone suede headliner, canyon brown/frost leather seats with brown piping and ruby red accent stitching. The wood accents are walnut ash and are made from real wood. The interior cabin features an electronic rotary dial shifter that allows you to go from park to reverse and drive. This was one thing I did not like, and maybe I am alone with this, but as a truck owner, I want a shifter that you can grab onto and put it into gear whether it’s in the center console or on the steering column, so it feels more like a true classic truck. Nothing worse than quickly turning up the radio only to find you just put it into gear.

The available Rambox cargo management system is a great idea, as it keeps your everyday use items safely locked away and available for quick access. When this box was first introduced it did not feature remote locking capabilities and it was only lockable with the key. I brought this up with the designer when I was invited to the launch of this truck in Santa Barbara, California back in 2008. He said they could not do it because it was cost prohibited due to the many parts such as actuators and wiring, and besides, he thought truck owners wouldn’t mind having to use the key. I told him that this was a big miss and 6 months later they made the change to remote locking with the key fob. For all those who have enjoyed this feature, your welcome!

I have driven the fourth generation 1500 truck when it was first introduced to the press in 2008 and every year since then. The drive is exceptionally smooth and the fit and finish are superb in all trim levels.  If you are driving on road or off-road the captain chairs keep you in place and in control. I was a little worried when they first introduced the coil spring five-link rear suspension, but it reduced the wheel hop that was common with the previous generation and was quite surprised on out how it handled trailer weight.

Key Features:

  • 3 engines to choose from
    • 3.6 L Pentastar VVT V6 delivering up to 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque
    • 5.7 L Hemi VVT V8 produces 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque
    • 3.0 L Ecodiesel V6 which produces 204 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque.
  • Fuel economy
    • 3.6L V6 Engine – 9.6L/100km highway
    • 5.7L V8 Hemi Engine – 11.0L/100km highway
  •  Warranty
    • 3-year, 60,000 km basic warranty
    • 5-year, 100,000 km powertrain limited warranty
    • 24-hour roadside assistance
  • Configurations in 2WD and 4WD:
    • Regular Cab 8-ft. bed
    • Regular Cab 6-ft. 4-in. bed
    • Quad Cab 6-ft. 4-in. bed
    • Crew Cab 5-ft. 7-in. bed
    • Crew Cab 6-ft. 4-in. bed
  • Towing up to 10,640 lbs. and payload of 1880 lbs.
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2018 INFINITI QX80

2018 Infiniti QX80 – Automotive Review

2018 INFINITI QX80

2018 Infiniti QX80 – Automotive Review

Introducing the Infiniti QX80, Proving what’s old is still good and what’s new may not be as shiny as one thinks. Going back in time to the first generation QX56 (JA60 here) was the start of a respectable full-size luxury SUV, with a similar 5.6L power plant but with a miserable fuel economy rating of 20L/100 km. The styling was appropriate for the time, but it lacked some of the refinement you would expect from today’s high-end SUVs. In 2011 the QX56 was introduced at the New York International Auto show with an all-new design. No longer sharing the platform with the Nissan Armada, it now was a luxurious version of the Nissan Patrol that had not been sold in North America since 1969. With a few minor tweaks and adjustments, we arrive at new 2018 Infiniti QX80, the next level of refinement for first-class travel. 

Interior

Semi-aniline leather seating with 10-way power driver’s seat and 8-way power front passenger’s seat with dual occupant memory system for outside mirrors, steering wheel, and seat positions linked to individual intelligent keys. Three rows of seating and up to 8 passengers can fit in the spacious SUV. Bose cabin surround system with digital 5.1 and 15 speakers with a Bose Centerpoint 2 signal processor. In-dash CD/DVD player, Sirius XM satellite radio, streaming audio via Bluetooth, USB jack, USB 2, 4 charging ports, rear entertainment system with dual 8-inch screens.

Power

5.6 L V8 engine delivers 400 hp and 413 ft-lbs. of torque mated with a 7-speed automatic transmission. Double overhead camshaft (DOHC), 4 valves per cylinder with micro-finished camshafts, direct injection, variable valve event and lift (VVEL) and continuous variable valve timing control system that optimizes opening of intake and exhaust valves.

Safety

Driver and passenger dual stage airbags, side curtain airbags for the first, second, and third row. Front & rear proximity sensors, backup collision intervention, forward collision intervention, blind spot warning and lane departure warning. Around view monitor system with moving object detection.

Warranty

  • 4 year 100,000 km complete vehicle warranty
  • 4-year roadside assistance
  • 6 year 100,000 km powertrain warranty
  • 7-year unlimited km corrosion perforation warranty

Last Words

Driving the Infiniti QX80 for a week you can appreciate the level of comfort this SUV brings. You drive much more relaxed and stress-free. The cabin is remarkably quiet, very little road noise. There was slightly more body roll than I expected but this is normal with large SUV’s tending to feel this way. A little stiffer suspension would probably cure it but would also sacrifice the smooth ride. Overall, I enjoyed this vehicle and at the tested value of $88,295 I should hope so.

Key Features

  • Starting at $77,350 CND
  • 400-hp & 413 ft-lbs. of torque – 5.6-litre V8
    • Fuel economy of 17.4L/100 km city 12.2L/100 km highway
    • Max towing capacity of 8500 lbs.
  • Rear Entertainment System with Dual 8-inch Color Screens
  • Interior cargo volume of 470.0 litres with 3rd row seats up
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