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2022 Ford Expedition Timberland

The Expedition Timberline is perfect for the Overlander group that still use their vehicle everyday but, can escape to the wilderness for a relaxing weekend camping.

This trend has become very popular and people have been looking to the car manufactures to provide vehicles that are capable of both. During the rescission of the 1980’s it seemed like everybody was camping but I think that was for a different reason. Off -roading is simplified in this Timberline model. Vital components are equipped with skid plates including the gas tank. Front and rear stabilizer bars and optional electronic limited slip differential will help you get over the challenging terrain. 

The suspension on the Timberline is different then the other models of Expeditions. Called rough road suspension features premium off-road shocks, tuning, and extra ground clearance to get you where you need to go. Sitting on 18” black painted with laser etched wheels feature the Timberline logo mounted on P265/70R18 E tires make any terrain simple. Rugged black running boards make for easy entry or exit. Black roof rack with an optional factory storage box. Optional panoramic vista roof is available.

Interior:

10-way power drivers and 8-way power passenger seats with optional leather trim material. 3 row seating fits up to 8 people. USB charging stations through out the vehicle and in case you are wondering 9 cup holders and yes, I counted. AM/FM Stereo, MP3 capable with 6 speakers and SiriusXM satellite radio. Optional B& O sound system by Bang & Olufsen and dual rear seat entertainment system.

Powertrain:

3.5 L Eco Boost V6 engine with twin intercooled turbos producing 440 horse power and 510 lb ft of torque. Mated to a 10-speed transmission with progressive range select.

Safety:

Lane centring system has been updated for 2022 and can help you stay in your lane, even if your
distracted you can rest assure the smart feature of this system can scan the vehicles position between the lines in the road ahead and can alert you if you start drifting into the other lane. Trail control is already available on Raptor and Tremor pickups now this is carried over to the Timberline. There are sensors that determine wheel speed when braking, if one wheel starts to lock up it will apply the right amount of brake force to that wheel to keep it from sliding. Standard safety equipment includes pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking, dual stage front air bags, side impact airbags, safety canopy system, traction control and SOS post crash alert system. There is also an optional 360-degree camera with trailer reverse guidance.

Warranty:

Basic 3 years, 60,000 km
Powertrain 5 years, 100,000 km
Roadside assistance 5 years, 100,00 km

STICKER PRICE (MSRP): 
As Tested: As tested $89,355
Options: Equipment Group 501A (15.5-inch central portrait-oriented touchscreen with connected built-in navigation, Bang & Olufsen 12-speaker premium sound system with HD radio, 12.4-inch full digital instrument panel cluster, power open/close panoramic vista roof with sunshade, heated and ventilated front seats, heated power-fold sideview mirrors with turn signals and position memory, rain-sensing wipers, intelligent adaptive cruise, automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, intersection assist, reverse brake assist, 360-degree camera), $9220; 40/20/40 power-folding second-row bench with tip-and-slide, $595

ENGINE
twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, port and direct fuel injection
Displacement: 213 in3, 3492 cm3
Power: 440 hp @ 5000 rpm
Torque: 510 lb-ft @ 2250 rpm

TRANSMISSION
10-speed automatic

CHASSIS
Suspension, F/R: control arms/multilink
Brakes, F/R: 13.8-in vented disc/13.2-in vented disc
Tires: Goodyear Wrangler Territory AT/S
265/70R-18 116T M+S

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 122.5 in
Length: 210.0 in
Width: 79.9 in
Height: 76.4 in
Passenger Volume: 172 ft3
Cargo Volume: 19 ft3
Curb Weight: 5832 lb

C/D FUEL ECONOMY
14.5L/ 100km City
12.3L/ 100km Highway

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 122.5 in
Length: 210.0 in
Width: 79.9 in
Height: 76.4 in
Passenger Volume: 172 ft3
Cargo Volume: 19 ft3
Curb Weight: 5837 lb

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2022 Ford F150 TREMOR

Remember when you would by a new Ford truck and drive to a Truck accessory shop to have it lifted, bigger tires, larger wheels, better shocks and maybe an E-locker differential so you could travel off-road with out any problems with clearance or poor capabilities? Well, those days are over.

Now you can go down to your local Ford store and order an F150 Tremor. That’s right, 33” tires, lockers and a lift kit all under factory warranty. That doesn’t mean break something by driving crazy and they will cover it. Look before you leap.

The Tremor comes with 33” General Grabber all terrain tires mounted on matte black 18” wheels. Tremor specific monotube shocks in the front and twin tube shocks on the rear, tuned to give you the best results on and off road.

Powertrain: 

3.5 L Eco Boost V6 engine with twin intercooled turbos producing 400 horse power and 500 lb ft of torque. Mated to a 10-speed transmission with progressive range select. Hi-lock transfer case, front axle Torsen differential with 3.73 gear ratio which are just low enough to handle the 33” tires but not too low that will cause any problems on the highway. The Tremor has very similar features as the Raptor. Unique control arms and front knuckles, electronic rear differential, hill assist start, hill descent. Selectable drive modes are: Normal, ECO, Sport, Tow haul, Slippery, Deep Snow/Sand, Mud/Ruts, and Rock Crawl.

Exterior:

The exterior front and rear body color matched bumpers with an orange line running through the grill and LED headlights. The hood is a Tremor specific design and overall gives the truck a more aggressive profile. LED cornering lamps adjust with the movement of the truck so no more trees jumping out at you.

Interior: 

In the cab comforts include front bucket seats with flow through center console covered in a sport cloth material with the ability to fold the floor shifter away to create more room to work. The rear seats are a 60/40 flip up split bench. Optional heated leather trimmed bucket seats with unique Tremor logo stitched in. Standard AM/FM Stereo, SiriusXM with 360L AND Ford Sync 4 with enhanced voice recognition all on an 8” center stack screen. Option for a B&O sound system by Bang & Olufsen on a 12” center stack screen.

Safety: 

For Safety the Tremor has front driver and passenger airbags along with seat mounted side airbags. Side curtain bags run full length of the interior cab. Advance trac with roll stability control and roll control are standard. TPMS tire pressure monitoring system and 4-wheel anti lock brakes are just some of the safety features of this vehicle.

Sticker Price (MSRP):

Starting at $63,145

ENGINE
twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, port and direct fuel injection
Displacement: 213 in3, 3497 cm3
Power: 400 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 500 lb-ft @ 3100 rpm

TRANSMISSION
10-speed automatic

CHASSIS
Suspension, F/R: control arms/live axle
Brakes, F/R: 13.8-in vented disc/13.2-in vented disc
Tires: General Grabber A/TX
275/70R-18 116S M+S TPMSF

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 145.4 in
Length: 231.7 in
Width: 79.9 in
Height: 79.3 in
Passenger Volume: 136 ft3
Curb Weight: 5562 lb

FUEL ECONOMY

14L/100 km City

12L/100 km Highway

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2022 Tacoma TRD PRO

2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro

Go back in time when Back to the future was just coming out in movie theaters. There is a reason why Marty McFly was driving a Toyota 4x4.

It was popular and Toyota pickups were everywhere in North America. Were they under powered, sure. Did they feel stiff to drive, yes. Was your arm tired from shifting gears all the time. Maybe, but that was the fun in owning a 4×4 truck. You learned to adapt and you had fun driving it. Who wouldn’t have fun driving along a ravine with a hundred-foot cliff 3 inches from the passenger side and the back tires digging in as you release the clutch. Or coming down from a mountain logging road and falling into a washed-out creek. Fun!  Now you strap a 500lb tent on top of the box and drive to work everyday wondering if you should open it up and see how the tent sets up.

Not to mention the gas you’re burning with all that weight your driving around with. Well not to worry because the Toyota Tacoma TRD is here to rekindle that lost spirt. And yes, it has an optional 6 speed manual transmission.

Classic interior with many tech upgrades. Seating for up to five with available premium leather seats and leather wrapped steering wheel. 4.2” TFT multi-information display featuring Apply Car play or Android Auto or upgrade to an 8” touch screen display, blind spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert and intelligent clearance sonar.

The Tacoma is equipped with a 3.5-litre, DOHC V6 with VVT-I mated to a 6-speed automatic or 6 speed manual transmission. The engine puts out 278 hp and 265 lb ft of torque. This combination of power and size allows you to tow up to 6500 lb and is equipped with trailer sway control.

Available electronically controlled locking differential provides more traction on the  rear wheels. A Multi Terrain select regulates wheelspin by automatically adjusting the engine throttle and brakes, helping improve traction. Available crawl control that adjusts acceleration and braking when driving over rocks or slippery terrain and minimizes wheelspin and wheel lock up.

Optional features include a plethora of exterior goodies (bed hooks, cargo netting, step sides, blackout logos, etc.) as well as Fox racing shocks over the stock Bilstein’s. A TRD Performance Air Intake System is also optional for that extra oomph. 

 

Sticker Price (MSRP): 

4×4 Double cab 6A: $40,350

4X4 Access cab 6M: $43,050

4X4 Access cab 6A: $44,500

4X4 Double cab 6M SB:   $46,340

4X4 Double cab 6A SB:  $47,440

4X4 Double cab 6A SB LTD Nightshade:   $53,390

4×4 Double cab TRD Pro A:  $59,800

4X4 Double cab TRD Pro M:  $55,730

ENGINE TYPEDOHC 24-valve Atkinson-cycle V-6, aluminum block and heads, port and direct fuel injection
Displacement: 211 cu in, 3456 cc
Power: 278 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 265 lb-ft @ 4600 rpm
TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic with manual shifting mode
DIMENSIONS:
Wheelbase: 3.23m
Length: 5.39m
Width: 1.91m
Height: 1.82m
Passenger volume: 100 cu ft
Curb weight: 4661 lb
FUEL ECONOMY:
EPA city/highway driving: 13/10 L/100km
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2022 Toyota Sienna

I know what your thinking! A Minivan. Did they not die out due to climate change?

Well, this new model by Toyota has been updated dramatically. It almost looks like a SUV.

Sleek body lines, extended sheet metal, stylish LED tail lights and headlights make this vehicle stand out, in fact the design was inspired by the Japanese Shinkansen Bullet Train. With the addition of an available cargo basket and rear tire rack you’re ready to tackle Overlanding. The Hybrid-Electric motor provides ample power and the exceptional fuel economy and leaves money in your pocket. I drove this vehicle for a week and I was impressed on the drive and comfort that this van provides. Easy loading electric side doors that can be opened with the key remote or the new kick sensor on the sides and rear offers fast accessibility. A variety of wheel options on select models available. 17” on LE and XLE models, 18” on XSE AWD and Limited AWD, and 20” on XSE FWD model. The latest Technology is abundant in this vehicle. Model specific sound system from 6 speaker all the way up to 12 speakers with premium audio with remote. 9” touch screen, SiriusXM Satellite radio, Apply CarPlay, Android Auto TM and navigation.

Available rear entertainment system that has a 11.6” display and features 1080p quality. Heated front seats with 8-way power adjustable drivers’ seat and 4-way power adjustable passenger seat with 2nd and 3rd row foldable 60/40 seats. The third row can be folded down into the floor to provide 75.2 cubic feet of storage to cram everything you may or not use on a weekend excursion. Oh, and in case you are wondering about cup holders, this van has a total of 18!

Pricing

Starting at: $41,050 (XSE: $48,590)

Models

LE Front wheel drive, 8 Passenger. LE All-wheel drive, 8 Passenger. XLE Front wheel drive, 8 Passenger.

XSE All wheel drive, 7 Passenger. XSE All wheel drive, 7 Passenger. Limited All wheel drive 7 Passenger

Warranty 

Basic

36 months or 60,000 km

Road side assistance 

36 months or Unlimited km

Fuel Economy

6.6 L/100KM City- 6.5 L/100KM Hwy

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2022 GMC Sierra Denali

My test drive began in Toronto, which involved flying into Pearson Airport. Normally in any other year its busy but manageable. This year its like trying to exit a subway car in Manhattan during rush hour. Luckily, I carried my bag with me and the drive up north made all the travel woes go away. Beautiful countryside past Owen sound and up to Tobermory which was the destination for the day. The village lies next to Fathom Five National Marine Park which is home 19th century lighthouse and multiple shipwreck dive sites. The next morning, I woke up early to catch the ferry to Manitoulin Island which is the largest freshwater island in the world. Driving around Manitoulin Island was a real treat. I experience incredible views of Lake Huron and beautiful Cottages all along the route. Its quite strange to drive past large lakes withing the island that is in an even bigger lake. I stopped at a large quarry that GM set up an off-road course to take the AT4X through including steep hills and side angles that test the limits of what the truck can do. Our host Garry led us through some twisty areas that showcased the suspension travel and how with a little correction here and there can manage quite easily. 

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The on-board clinometer gauge that can show you what angle you are on. Back on the road again under sunny skies heading toward Killarney Mountain Lodge, nestled on the north shore of Georgian Bay. The drive was great, lush green trees on a 2-way road for many Kilometers until some ominous clouds started rolling in and day turned into night at 4pm. Clouds became heavier and a tornado warning began to flash on my phone. Trees began falling on each side of the road and the wipers were on the highest speed. It felt like I was a storm chaser but as quickly as it appeared it dissipated just as fast and the rain began to subside. Perfect timing as I entered the lodge. Time to relax.

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New Vader inspired grille; 22-inch low gloss black with machined accent wheels. Body color front and rear bumpers and new LED lighting with animated lighting sequences that activate when approaching,
starting or walking away.

GM has always done a good job with the interiors but they have defiantly out done them selves with ultimate series. Let’s start with the luxurious Alpine umber leather seats with the complementary plaited stitching. The seats are heated and cooling along with message option and 16-way adjustability. The 13.4” infotainment system has Google built right in. AM/FM/ SiriusXM radio capable with Bluetooth streaming audio, wireless Appl CarPlay, wireless Android Auto and voice activated technology. 12- Bose high performance Speakers with a Richbass Sub-woofer. large center console with an optional safe. Real wood grain door inserts and dash add a touch of class.

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Models:

Sierra Denali Ultimate


Standard 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 that puts out 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque with an optional 3.0L inline six-
cylinder diesel engine that makes 277 hp and 460 ib-ft of torque. Both engines connect to a 10-speed
automatic transmission. First in class trailering capable Super Cruise. The system allows for hands free
steering while on compatible roads across North America.

Sierra AT4X 

Standard 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 with 10 speed automatic transmission. 2-speed transfer case with selectable modes for the various off-road conditions. Front and rear e-locking differentials. 18-inch black wheels with LT265/70R18 Goodyear Wrangler Dura Trac Mud Terrains

GMC Pro safety includes forward collision alert, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assistance,
forward distance indicator and trailer side blind zone alert which accounts for the length of the trailer
when changing lanes.

Fuel economy
6.2L Gas
17.0 L/100 KM City / 12.7 L/100 KM highway
3.0L Diesel
10.5 L/100 KM / 9.1 L/100 KM highway

Price
Denali Ultimate, Gas
Starting at $94,683 inc shipping
Denali Ultimate, Diesel
Starting at $89,393 inc shipping 

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2021 Ford Bronco Sport

Although the Badlands is one of the most expensive models, it’ll also be the most capable off-road. Along with a 245-hp turbo-four engine—the more potent of the two available powerplants— and an enhanced all-wheel-drive system, the Badlands has a lifted suspension and upgraded dampers for tackling rugged terrain. Ford says it’s only going to build 2000 copies of the First Edition, which will be the most expensive Bronco Sport, but it gets all the goodies from the Bronco Sport Badlands as well as the more luxurious interior and black exterior accents from the Outer Banks model.</p><p>The Bronco Sport rides on the same platform that underpins the compact Escape crossover, and every model has all-wheel drive. A 181-hp, turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder is the base engine, but a 245-hp turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder is also available. Both pair with an eight-speed automatic transmission, but the more powerful engine brings steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters and upgraded cooling components. The Bronco Sport can also tow between 2000 and 2200 pounds. The Badlands and First Edition pack an assortment of exclusive equipment, including a twin-clutch rear-drive unit with a differential lock. They also have all-terrain tires mounted on 17-inch wheels, a 1.0-inch suspension lift for added ground clearance, and stouter shock absorbers. We noted its hefty steering and firm ride that made it feel truck-like, but not particularly smooth and steady on the highway. Its off-road abilities also exceeded expectations, but just remember that it still has limitations before you take it on more serious trips.

Inside, the Bronco Sport boasts an attractive design and a plethora of popular features. The little ute also has an impressive amount of space and several neat innovations. While its wheelbase is shorter than the Escape, the baby Bronco has an upright seating position and a decent amount of rear-seat legroom. Likewise, its roofline rises in the rear, providing additional headroom and enough cargo volume to fit two mountain bikes. The cargo hold can also be outfitted with a slide-out table that doubles as a workspace, a 400-watt power inverter, and LED lights built into the inside of the rear gate that provides overhead lighting. The rear gate features a glass hatch and a built-in bottle opener. The Badlands and First Edition models come with washable, rubberized flooring and upholstery that is easy to clean. Another neat trick is the storage bin that’s located under their back seats.</p><p>Every Bronco Sport features an 8.0-inch touchscreen that supports Ford’s Sync 3 software. It comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but it can be upgraded with SiriusXM satellite radio and a B&amp;O audio system. In addition to touch-sensitive controls and voice commands, the infotainment interface can be operated with hard buttons as well as a volume and tuning knob.

The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport is the baby brother of the all-new, off-road-ready Bronco SUV, and a viable alternative to Jeep’s smaller models. With a boxy design that’s both cool and cute plus numerous innovative features, the Ford is poised to be popular. Every model comes with all-wheel drive, a host of driver assists, and a spacious cabin. For once, the Sport moniker is put to good use, because the little Bronco has enough interior space to carry two mountain bikes, as well as a configurable cargo area that transforms into a mobile basecamp. Most models will be a perfect companion for those buyers with “active lifestyles.” But the Bronco Sport also has capabilities that make it worthy of sharing one of the Blue Oval’s most storied SUV nameplates.

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2021 Mercedes A35 4Matic-Automotive Review

The Mercedes-Benz A35 aims to target the young crowd looking to delve into the luxury ride with sporty aspirations. Packed into the A35 is plenty of features, styling, and performance for the price tag. The 302-turbocharged four launches from a dead stop, and roars like a banshee that surely delight your desire for performance. The subtle slope on the roof from back to front, the cascading curve line on the side paneling , and the intricate front end really make this compact look agile and elegant. Inside the elegance continues with classic Mercedes styling to the dashboard, air vents, and a generous screen gauge combined with touchscreen infotainment display. Tying everything together is a modern cabin-lining ambient lighting to really wow the passengers. Though it’s the littlest car in the Mercedes lineup, the A35 sits atop the A-class with an AMG-enhanced turbocharged 4MATIC. However, if that doesn’t do it for you, perhaps its slightly larger platform-mate, the CLA, will; it can be had with a rowdy 382-hp four-cylinder.

In Canada we have the option of choosing the A35 in either sedan or hatchback. The neighbors to the south will only have the Sedan. The comparisons between the two are 420 litres of seats-up capacity in the sedan compared to the hatchback’s 370 litres, but the hatchback configuration is much more dynamic. 

Under the A35’s hood sits an AMG enhanced turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 302 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. All-wheel drive comes standard, and the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic boasts a launch-control feature that propels acceleration from a complete standstill. The hatchback itself being a lower profile and agile vehicle, the quickness and response was appreciated. The optional adaptive dampers for a more superior sport feel and handling prestige are nice, but this comes with a bit of stiffness and jolt when hitting the occasional pot hole or expansion joint. 

Inside the cabin, the feeling is definitely snug. This is common with a sporty vehicle and the A35 is nothing short of that , as well as Mercedes staying true to its AMG brand. Starting with the steering wheel, the perforated leather is wrapped throughout, with the signature straight bottom. Paddle-shifters for manual control of the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission comes standard. A35s cabin features a true “wow factor” reminiscent of any Miami club. The 64-color ambient-light system complete with backlit center vents comes standard this year. If you want a little more luxury, Mercedes offers real wood accents in place of the standard aluminum trim as well as leather upholstery. I would say the wood looks a bit out of place in something that appears to be going for a certain “look” and feel, but to each there own. As the smallest of AMG’s models, the A-class will undoubtedly be a tight fit for some, but we find its rear seat accommodates most people reasonably well and we had zero complaints from passengers. 

While it’s not unique to the A35 strictly, the double widescreen display made up of two LCD monitors- one screen dedicated for the gauges and the other controlling the infotainment system-protected by one long piece of glass stretching across the dash. Drivers have the ability to control the MBUX infotainment system by way of steering-wheel buttons, touchpad on the center console, manually tapping the touchscreen, or direct voice command. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration comes standard. Mercedes provides five USB-C ports throughout the cabin plus an eight-speaker stereo. Optional though, you can upgrade to a 12-speaker sound system made by Burmester sound system. 

Pricing: 

AMG A 35 4MATIC Hatch $51,100

The Mercedes-Benz A35 is about more than just getting from point A to point B quickly in a straight line, though. It is great at winding its way down twisty roads, too, although it does it in a manner that is better described as surefooted and predictable rather than playful and fun. This does mean it is very easy to drive quickly, though.

The standard four-wheel-drive system is able to judge whether you are better off with power going to the front or the rear wheels and it adjusts accordingly. This helps get you around corners in a more suitable fashion.

The A35 borrows a feature from Mercedes’ more expensive AMG GT 4 Door model – an adjustable suspension using a dial on the wheel.

Pop it into the most comfortable setting and the A35 settles down well on long motorway journeys. The large wheels mean that there is a bit more noisy.

You can also opt for a host of driver aids that’ll let it brake, accelerate, blind spot detection and lane assist – perfect for taking the stress out of rush-hour traffic.

Mercedes-AMG A35 4MATIC Hatchback 

VEHICLE TYPE
front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

PRICE AS TESTED
$52,705 (base price: $45,945)

ENGINE TYPE
turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection

Displacement
122 in3, 1991 cm3

Power
302 hp @ 5800 rpm

Torque
295 lb-ft @ 3000 rpm

TRANSMISSION
7-speed dual-clutch automatic

CHASSIS
Suspension (F/R): struts/multilink

Brakes (F/R): 13.8-in vented, cross-drilled disc/12.9-in vented, cross-drilled disc

Tires: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S, 235/35ZR-19 (91Y) MO1

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 1.57m

Length: 4.43m

Width: 1.99m

Height: 1.4m

Passenger volume: 1 210 L

Trunk volume: 370 L 

Curb weight: 3513 lb

EPA FUEL ECONOMY

Combined/city/highway: 8.7/9.8/7.5 L/100km 

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2020 Lincoln Aviator – Automotive Review

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2020 Lincoln Aviator – Automotive Review

Refined luxury and top performance elevate this SUV to new heights over the competition

Taking some styling cues from its big brother, this sibling is ready to impress. The three-row SUV has plenty of room inside and small enough to be agile in tight places.

Aviator grille has the Lincoln logo prominently in the center with a field of repeating Lincoln logo like shapes. Brilliant design and adds class to an already classy vehicle.

The Aviator is equipped with Co-Pilot360, which is a technology that has your back while driving. It includes evasive steering assist, reverse braking assist, active parking assist, lane centering, adaptive cruise control, and traffic sign recognition. Pixel LED adaptive headlights to shine further while driving on the highway and at slower speeds the ability to cast a larger light pool helping to illuminate potential hazards. The adaptive dynamic bending lighting uses camera technology to read road signs and lane markings to pre-illuminate the direction the road is heading. I drove by a sign that said Cliff, and I was worried about what it might do! You can sync your smartphone with the Lincoln app and utilize your phone as a key. As you approach the vehicle, the headlights, taillights, and a welcome mat is projected under the doors, all done in sequence, gradually reaching full illumination. The interior is well laid out and very comfortable, typical of what you would expect from a high-end SUV, but wait, there is more. The warning chimes are musical notes by the Detroit Symphony orchestra. You can smell the luxury as you drive down the road. I was so wrapped up in it. I rolled down the window and asked the car next to me if he had any gray Poupon. Ok, maybe not. A lot of thought went into the design of the interior, excellent use of wood styling and easy to use buttons are well placed, except the touch screen. At first, I thought someone left their iPad in the dash, but no, it’s the infotainment system. That’s about the only thing that looked out of place. Everything else looked great.

Mileage numbers are 13.7 L/100km City / 9.7 L/100km Highway

The Aviator comes standard with a Twin-turbo 3.0L V6 engine that creates 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque. The Grand Touring model comes with the same twin-turbo 3.0L V6 but adds an advanced electric powertrain that combines to produce 494 horsepower and 630 lb-ft of torque.

If you are looking for luxury without sacrificing performance, then take a test flight; I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

2 models to choose from. Lincoln Aviator reserve with a starting price of $63,821 and the Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring. $75,083.

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Toyo Tires – Open Country H/T II- Review

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Toyo Tires – Open Country H/T II- Review

A wholly-owned subsidiary of Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd., distributes a complete line of premium replacement tires for high performance cars, luxury vehicles, light trucks, and SUVs as well as commercial trucks, buses, off-road vehicles, and construction applications.

The vision to manufacture great tires began in August 1945, when the founding president, Mr. Rikimatsu Tomihisa, established the Toyo Tire & Rubber Co, Ltd. in Japan.

In 1982, Toyo Tires established a Canadian subsidiary. From a small office just outside of Vancouver, Toyo Tire Canada Inc. began warehousing and distributing passenger, light truck, and commercial truck tires. Through a network of independent tire dealers, the Toyo Tires brand began to grow in Canada.

The first tires manufactured in North America to bear the Toyo Tires brand occurred in the late 1980s when the company began producing commercial tires in Mt. Vernon, Illinois.

Today, the company’s Canadian headquarters are in Richmond, British Columbia, and distribution is supported by nearly 90,000 square feet of warehousing in BC, with additional warehouses in Ontario and Quebec.

Toyo Tire has a new tire for the Canadian market. The Open Country H/T 11. This tire is an All-Season Light Truck highway tire. The center tread of the tire consists of 3 ribs that are designed to increase wet and dry traction while improving highway stability. The multi-wave sipes on the tread reduce irregular wear, giving this tire a smoother and quieter ride. There are two different sidewall designs. The first is a conservative design, and the second is a more aggressive one that improves traction in deep mud, slush or snow. The Open Country H/T 11 is backed with an impressive treadwear warranty, 80,000 km, and 5-year workmanship and materials.

We decided to install these tires on a Toyota Highlander to put them to the test. Samantha Syrenne is a new mother that leads a hectic lifestyle. Going to University during the week and while running errands around town with her baby girl. Her old tires had serious wear problems on the front despite having her tires regularly rotated and serviced at the local Toyota dealer. She expressed concern about regularly over correcting the steering on the highway and excessive noise at over 50 KMH. We had the Open Country H/T 11 tires installed on a weeknight so she could have it ready to go to school the next morning. Her first drive was an eye-opener. The issues had gone, and the vehicle drove smooth and quietly down the highway.

We asked her a few questions:

Would you say that this tire improves the way your vehicle handles?

Samantha… It is like a new truck. I look forward to the drive now.

Would you recommend these tires?

Samantha… I would defiantly recommend these tires. I am happy with the results.

Would you like us to switch them back now that the test is over?

Samantha… Give me my keys and watch me drive away.

I would say that test was very positive and glad we could improve the handling and drivability of her vehicle. For more information visit toyotires.ca

Features:

SYMMETRIC, NON-DIRECTIONAL TREAD DESIGN
Improves all season traction and tire life.

MULTI-WAVE SIPES
Improves the wear life of the tire by minimize irregular wear for a smoother, quieter ride.

DUAL BUTTRESS & SIDEWALL DESIGN
The sidewall design also helps improve traction in deep mud slush or snow.

GROOVE DIMPLES – TAPERED SHOULDER SLITS
Dimples in the tire grooves and tapered slits in the sidewall expand as the tire wears helping to maintain good wet performance throughout the tire’s life

VARIABLE PITCH TREAD DESIGN
Varying the angles and position of the tread blocks reduces road noise for a more comfortable ride.

FOUR WIDE CIRCUMFERENTIAL GROOVES
Improves water and slush evacuation for better all-season traction.

OPTIMIZED CENTER BLOCK ARRANGEMENT
An optimized design also reduces road noise for a more comfortable ride.

LARGER INTERLOCKING OUTER BLOCKS
Locking the blocks reduces deformation which causes irregular wear for longer tread life and ride comfort.

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