All posts tagged: 4×4

Iain Shankland, www.Road-Test.org

2022 Ford Bronco Wildtrack – Road Test

Last week we saved some baby seals and dialed back “global warming”™ by driving the Escape PHEV. This week we’re chucking those baby seals and some dolphins on the barbie while burning down the rain forest in Brazil by driving around Ontario in the Bronco Wildtrack. Just kidding – we couldn’t find any dolphins. Anywho…

2022 Ford Ranger Lariat FX4, Iain Shankland, Road-Test.org

2022 Ford Ranger Lariat FX4 – Road Test 

The present-day Ford Ranger arrived in North America as an all-new model back in 2019, even though it wasn’t actually new – it debuted in Australia back in 2012. Back in 2019 we got our hands on the Lariat version and last year we had the phenomenal Tremor version – probably by far our favourite truck ever. This time we’re driving a Lariat with the FX4 off road package – it sits somewhere between our two previous Rangers. It’s essentially the final time to try the Ranger because the All-New from the ground up version will arrive early next year, as a 2023 model.

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2021 Ford Ranger Tremor – Road Test 

Last year we had the opportunity to drive loads of F-150’s during the lockdown. What has that got to do with the Ranger? Well, 99% of the people we talk to always say: “Why would you buy/lease a Ranger when it’s almost the same price as the F-150?” As someone that’s got plenty of experience driving both, it’s a no-brainer for me (and the wife) the Ranger wins every single time. It’s the better and more usable size of the two. It’s easier to drive, park and get in and out of. Unless you are towing big heavy trailers all the time, or you need a LOT of passenger space in the back, there is no need for you to get the F-150 over the Ranger.

2020 Nissan Titan PRO-4X, Side 3/4 View

2020 Nissan Titan PRO-4X Luxury – Road Test

In Canada when we think of trucks the F-150, Chevy Silverado and Ram 1500 are the first that come to mind. Why not the Nissan Titan? Maybe it’s because all we ever see are the others. Ford sold 145,694 F-150’s last year, whereas Nissan sold only 2,807 Titans. That explains why you rarely see Titans out in the wild. But just because something is not popular, doesn’t mean it’s not good. You don’t see Ferrari’s every day either, but you wouldn’t automatically think they were temperamental and prone to breaking down… oh, that’s not a good example. How about this… outside of North America there are virtually only 2 pickup trucks: Nissan and Toyota. They own the world the way Ford, GM and Ram own North America. Nissan is a legitimate pickup truck manufacturer, they just get overlooked here. What does the rest of the world know that we don’t? Let’s check it out and see…

2020 Nissan Titan PRO-4X, Iain Shankland, Road-Test.org

Nissan Titan Leaving Canada – Will Focus On Crossovers And Sedans Instead

August 18, 2020 / After testing a Titan for a week, I returned it, only to find that Nissan has pulled the plug on it here in Canada. That’s rather unfortunate because it’s a really good truck. Watch this space for a full review. It’s still available at dealers and on the website – so grab one while you can. There are still some new 2019’s available along with 2020’s. The last time I checked there was at least $15,000 off and no charge freight, making them very affordable.

Land Rover Defender Works V8 - 70th Edition, Road-Test.org, Iain Shankland

Defender Lives On: Land Rover Launches V8 Edition To Celebrate 70th Anniversary

Ryton-on-Dunsmore, UK – 17 January 2018 – Land Rover today announces a limited-edition high-performance version of the iconic Defender, with a Limited run of up to 150 Collector’s Edition badged V8-powered examples, re-engineered to celebrate the Land Rover marque’s 70th anniversary in 2018. The Defender Works V8 pays homage to the early high-powered engines in both the Series III Stage 1 V8 from 1979 and subsequent Defenders including the 50th Anniversary Edition, which are highly sought after by enthusiasts and collectors today.

Canada’s Most Capable Off-Road Pickup – The New 2014 Ram Power Wagon

April 9, 2014, Windsor, Ontario – Ram Truck brand’s quest to build the best pickups continues. The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel delivers the segment’s best fuel economy at 7.1 L/100 km (40 mpg) highway. Ram’s Heavy Duty truck line owns best-in-class towing at 16,608 kg (30,000 lb.) and best-in-class Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) at 17,055 kg (37,600 lb.), but there’s an additional title Ram Truck has always held: the most capable off-road pickup. Built to master the most rigorous off-road trails, the 2014 Ram Power Wagon is based on the Ram 2500 Heavy Duty 4×4 Crew Cab, but features a number of off-road-specific engineering enhancements, including a unique suspension with more than 50 millimetres (two inches) of lift, locking differentials and a 5,443 kg (12,000 lb.) winch to give the truck a significant advantage over all production pickups.

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All-New 2014 Jeep Cherokee SUV Sets A New Standard

Jeep raises the bar with legendary benchmark capability, world-class on-road dynamics, fuel economy up to an estimated 6.3 L/100 km (45 mpg), revolutionary Jeep design with world-class craftsmanship inside and out, and an array of advanced safety and technology features. Windsor, Ontario, Mar 27, 2013  –  There is a new king of the hill in the mid-size sport-utility vehicle (SUV) segment: the All-New 2014 Jeep Cherokee. The renowned Cherokee name returns to the Jeep® vehicle line-up for the 2014 model year. The result – the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee completely redefines the mid-size SUV segment, delivering legendary Jeep 4×4 capability, a segment-first nine-speed automatic transmission, fuel economy improvements of an estimated 45 per cent (versus the outgoing Liberty model), superior on-road ride and handling, a cutting-edge, revolutionary design, world-class craftsmanship, class-exclusive technology and more than 70 advanced safety and security features. The Jeep Cherokee is set to delight consumers both on the road and on the trail. “The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee will be the benchmark for mid-size SUVs with a new level of on-road …

FORD Reveals The All-New Ranger, But It’s Not Planned For Sale In Canada Or The United States

COLOGNE/SYDNEY, October 14, 2010 – The all-new Ford Ranger – the latest addition to a wave of next-generation global vehicles being introduced by Ford – makes its worldwide debut today at the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney. Among the most high-tech vehicles in its segment, new Ranger is the exciting result of an all-new global compact pickup platform from Ford – the latest to emerge under the company’s One Ford initiative – and Mazda. It replaces two previous-generation compact pickup platforms currently in production, to present a bold new face for customers around the world.

2010 Ford F-150 4×4 SuperCrew Lariat – Road Test

It’s been a year or two since I’ve taken a full-size pickup truck for a road test. With the Ford F-150 being all-new in 2009 and having major improvements over 2008, I thought it would be a good time to test one. Some of the improvements over the 2008 model are things like improved torsion rigidity in the ’09 trucks by 10% and Ford have used laser-edge welds that are 5 times stronger than other trucks’ traditional spot welds.