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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GMC Sierra - white

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. 

GMC Sierra - trailer
GMC Sierra - Beach

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.

GMC Sierra - interior
GMC Sierra - interior 2

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.

GMC Sierra - Shocks
GMC Sierra - Nav

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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2019 Ford Ranger – Experience

2019 Ford Ranger – Experience

We all know the saying, ‘Built Ford Tough” and we’ve seen that proven in the Raptor and F-series, but can the new Ranger live up to this? I take the new 2019 Ford Ranger on an epic journey through the back roads of the Whistler valley to find out if little brother has what it takes.

Photo Credit – Mike Markov

Our journey begins in Richmond, BC, with a tour around the different available models. I have to say the styling is very sharp; it is a similar shape to the F150 but proportioned down perfectly to create an all-new vehicle. With three different trim levels, XL, XLT, and Lariat, and surprisingly no stripped-down base model with a hand-cranked window lever and a bench seat here. All very similar models with a few added features make this Ranger good at all price levels.

Driving through city traffic, the Ranger is quick to accelerate and very easy to stop which I learned first-hand having to brake hard as a driver decided to turn left in front of me with no signal, oh yes did I mention I was in Vancouver?  After a short time later, we were through downtown and into Stanley Park. The Ranger is equipped with a 2.3 Litre EcoBoost 4-cylinder turbocharged engine and a 10-speed automatic transmission. The engine produces 270 horsepower and generates 310-pound-feet of torque.

The first stop on the trip is the Sea to Sky Gondola, which if you have never been before it is a must see when traveling highway 99.  Incredible views of Howe Sound, Squamish, and the surrounding Coast mountains. There are plenty of things to do at the top; a restaurant with a large deck to sit out and take in the views, some hiking trails, a suspension bridge, and even rock climbing. Word of advice make sure you’re well hydrated first before attempting the rock climbing, especially on a hot day. You don’t want to be hanging off a rock only to find your head spinning and heat exhaustion taking over, which was a situation I unfortunately found myself in, adding insult to injury by having a toddler pulling on my pant leg asking me to leave the playground. 

Back on the road and heading through Squamish on the way to Whistler, this highway has gone through many upgrades leading up to the 2010 Olympics, and I was amazed how quick it is to reach Whistler. The hotel for the night is the Nita lake lodge which is very different from a typical hotel you would find in the village; this luxury lodge is just 5 min away from the village nestled next to Nita Lake with beautiful views of Whistler Mountain. This resort has world-class dining, and the staff are exceptional. Morning brings on great anticipation, as today is the day we get to take the Ranger out off-roading. 

A short drive away I find the entrance to the Callaghan Valley which leads to the many forest service roads that first cut through this valley. Plenty of new growth forest throughout and some of the trails are covered in brush making it tight for a full-size truck to get through but manageable with this mid-size truck. Traversing the switchbacks, the elevation gain becomes apparent, and the views are incredible. Some steep sections with a lot of loose rock. I switched on the terrain management system and selected the gravel function. The choices are; gravel and snow, mud and ruts, or sand. Each mode alters transmission gearing, throttle response, and steering control to help navigate the terrain. This is very similar to the Ford Raptor and provides excellent traction without wheel hop or loss of control. The road had a few sections that were washed out from the melting snow. The hill decent feature allows the truck to control the braking so you can concentrate on steering and avoiding obstacles as it descends some 28-degree hills. The Ranger I was driving featured a rear differential lock that came in handy when I noticed one wheel hanging in midair.   After a long day of four wheeling it was nice to be back down and back on the pavement. The transition from off-road to the pavement is quite an effort for most vehicles and to have the ability to provide firm but agile suspension off-road, and a smooth, comfortable ride on the road was seamless in the Ford Ranger.

It looks like little brother might even have a few tricks that big brother doesn’t know about. The 2019 Ford Ranger, Ford tough certified.

Key Features

  • Models
    • XL – Starting at $30,596
    • XLT – Starting at $35,139
    • Lariat – Starting at $41,389
  • Fuel Efficiency
    • 11.8L/100km City
    • 9.8L/100km City
  • Engine
    • 2.3L EcoBoost
    • 270hp
    • 310ft/lbs. torque
  • Towing
    • maximum 1650-lb. payload
    • 7,500-lb. tow ratings
  • Optional FX4 Offroad package, with Terrain Management System and Trail Control
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2019 Chevrolet Silverado – LT Trail Boss – Review

2019 Chevrolet Silverado – LT Trail Boss – Review

The Trail Boss is a definite eye catcher driving down the highway and an eye opener driving off-road.

GM has added an all-new look to their Silverado line up, a much beefier body with a bold new front bumper,  grille and fluid body lines that flow from the back to the front wrapping around the front end. It looks like it is straight out of the Transformers movie franchise. Led headlights are thin and tucked up high into the upper corners. The bulging hood matches perfectly, and the side mirrors are mounted to the body panel to increase visibility.

Overview

I felt very comfortable in this truck, and I liked the extra height with the larger tires.  The gas mileage wasn’t too bad, and the transition from on the road too off-road was seamless thanks to the Rancho shocks that firmed up nicely when it was required. Large potholes did force the suspension into the bump stops, and for a second I thought I might have broken something. I like the positioning of the side mirrors from the pillar to the body side. Mounting the side mirror to the front post was always an area that created a blind spot, and the move was a significant improvement.

Driving

The 5.3L engine delivers more than enough power to traverse the backcountry and get you to your favorite fishing hole with ease.  The two speed transfer case gives you the ability to rock climb although the length of the truck does have a tendency to get hung up on the cutbacks we find common on the BC logging roads and like most full-size pickups the wheel hop is something we are used to, after all, that is part of four wheeling. The new redesign makes the truck longer and wider than previous generations, but Chevy was still able to make the Silverado almost 400lbs. lighter than the last model.

The Silverado Trail Boss comes with a 2-inch factory suspension lift with Z71 off-road package which includes Rancho shocks,  an autotrac 2-speed case, 8-speed automatic transmission and a 5.3L Eco Tec3 V8 engine producing 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. The tranny has a tow/haul mode that raises the upshift points to provide more power to accelerate with a trailer and utilizes engine compression to help slow the truck down. E-lock differential with 3.42 gears, Low enough for four wheeling while high enough not to scream down the highway. The tires are 275/65R18C Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac mud terrain tires with 18” high gloss black aluminum wheels.

Styling

The front seats are very similar to the previous year truck with a few changes. 40/20/40 split bench with a rear bench that seats 3. Center stack infotainment system that features an 8” color touchscreen with Apple car play, Bluetooth audio streaming, and Android auto. 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot capable and SiriusXM radio availability. An all-new, available power tailgate that can be raised or lowered with the push of a button, and bed-mounted 120-volt power outlet, with led lighting. Another interesting feature was the rear-seatback storage compartments, helping provide extra space and organization in the cabin.

Safety

Six standard airbags including; dual-stage front driver and passenger, seat-mounted side impact, and a head curtain. An available colour Head-up Display can project information like your vehicle’s speed, navigation and active safety information directly on the road in front of you. While help comes from assisted driving features like, Forward collision alert, front pedestrian braking, lane change alert with side blind zone alert, and lane keep assist. OnStar connected services

Fuel Efficiency

  • 15.3L/100 km city
  • 11.8L/100 km highway

Warranty

  • 3 year/60,000 km limited warranty
  • 5 year/100,000 km powertrain warranty
  • 5 year/100,000 km roadside assistance

** LT Trail Boss: adds off-road equipment to the LT, including a 2-inch suspension lift from the factory and the Z71 Off Road Package, including locking rear differential, skid plates, Rancho shocks, 18-inch wheels and Goodyear Duratrac off-road tires. MSRP from $54,800 CAD

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