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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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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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May 04

2010 Honda Accord Crosstour 4WD

Text: Iain Shankland / Images: Honda

2010 Honda Accord Crosstour

The Honda Crosstour is the first of several new vehicles that will be popping up in the coming months that are all quite similar. There’s the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo, the Acura ZDX, one from Audi, and a couple of others I can’t think of at the moment. So what is it? Basically it’s a car with a hatchback instead of a boot or trunk. Hmm haven’t we seen something like this before? I remember a Mazda 626 back in the mid-1980’s being very similar. I’m pretty sure there was some type of Toyota that was mid-sized and a hatchback, and for sure Saab have been doing it since the beginning of time.. so why the new-found interest in these hatchbacks? Beats me, but they make absolute sense and I could never understand why they were always being overlooked by the general population – at least in North America.

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