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Oct 31

Road Test: 2012 Ford Explorer XLT AWD

Text / Images: Iain Shankland

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It’s been quite a while since I last drove a Ford Explorer, and since it’s recently been re-designed from the ground up in 2011, I thought I was long overdue to climb behind the wheel again.

 

I’ve always liked the Explorer, but the new duds make it look quite unique – in fact I’m sure you could replace the Ford badge with a Range Rover badge and people wouldn’t blink an eye. Especially from the rear … it looks like the RR Evoque.

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Jul 03

Road Test: 2012 Ford Edge Limited AWD

Text / Images: Iain Shankland

It’s been a while since I last drove the Ford Edge, so since they’ve re-designed it I thought now would be the perfect time to get behind the wheel again.

I’ve always liked the Edge, but its new duds make it look quite unique and quite attractive from the front. The rear hasn’t changed much unless you view them side by side – that’s the only way to really differentiate the improvements.

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Aug 17

Road Test: 2011 Toyota Sienna SE

Text / Images: Iain Shankland

The World's First "Sexy" Mini-van?

What came first – kids or mini vans? Do you buy a minivan because you’ve got kids or did you get kids because you bought a minivan?

When was the last time you looked at a minivan and said: “Wow, that looks pretty good.. I wonder how it handles?”

Yeah, me neither – until this past summer when I was parking next to a 2011 Toyota Sienna SE at the Toronto IndyCar race. It caught my eye because it was so big and the rear wing and side skirts actually made it… dare I say it… sporty looking!

I was at the auto show when Toyota launched the all-new Sienna, but since I’m neither a “van” person nor a parent – I just walked on by and checked out other vehicles like the Lexus convertible – that’s more my kind of car. So to be completely shocked and stunned by a good looking minivan is not the typical thing I do, so there was only one thing to do – book one for a Road Test….

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Nov 05

Road Test: 2011 Kia Sorento LX V-6

Text / Images: Iain Shankland

2011 Kia Sorento LX

If you’ve been reading any of my reviews over the past few months, you might remember that my wife and I are in the middle of a large conundrum: we need a new car to replace her Mazda5, but we have no idea what we want to get. Not only is type of vehicle the problem (car, coupe, CUV/SUV), but so is our budget! We have no idea what we want or how much we want to spend!

In the recent past we’ve gone through the Ford Fusion, Genesis Coupe, Ford Flex and Edge, Honda Crosstour, Ford F-150, Toyota Venza, Prius and RAV4. The Kia Soul is very high on my wife’s list (we had it last year, but another one coming up next week), just to mention a few. This week we’ve got the Kia Sorento. Why not just get another Mazda5? As terrific as it is, that’s not what we do – we never get the same car or even manufacturer back to back, no matter how much we’ve loved the vehicle. For us a two-year lease is too long!

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