All posts tagged: pickup truck, Iain Shankland

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz – Road Test

We’ve seen pictures of the Santa Cruz for years now and finally it’s arrived. Oddly enough, Ford also released the Maverick around the same time so we’ve now got two variations of the same theme: a Unibody pickup truck that is not a real truck, but is a truck in looks and utility. The Santa Cruz is Hyundai’s first pickup truck in North America and can I say…it’s long overdue. Having owned a Ranger for the past 10+ years I can honestly say I don’t know how I ever lived without a pickup truck.

Ford Maverick Hybrid, Iain Shankland, 

2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid – Mini Road-Test

This week get some very limited seat time behind the wheel of the Maverick hybrid pickup truck – probably the hottest vehicle Ford have produced in decades. People have ordered their Maverick back in July 2021 and still haven’t received them yet – almost a year later. Due to the shortage of any available, we had to grab a quick test – courtesy of our local Ford dealership, (Grimsby Ford), so a big thanks to them. The order books closed for 2022 Maverick’s in February, so it looks like most people are going to be getting 2023’s…when they eventually arrive.

2022 Ford Ranger Lariat FX4, Iain Shankland,

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.

2022 Ford Maverick Launch, Iain Shankland,

2022 Ford Maverick Launch

The world’s worst-kept secrets has officially been revealed – the 2022 Ford Maverick – and it’s truly impressive. With a base MSRP of just $25,900 Cdn ($19,995 U.S.) – the price alone should get your attention! Even if you’re not a “truck person” this is a serious option for those that need a small maneuverable pickup truck that is great on gas and had a rugged bed to throw dirt, mulch or camping gear in – without having to buy/lease a huge F-150 etc. Here’s the breakdown…

All-New 2022 Nissan Frontier – The “Right-Sized” Pickup

NASHVILLE, Tenn./Mississauga, Ont. – Today, Nissan unveiled the All-New 2022 Frontier to the media in a virtual product launch. We bring you the highlights from the live launch in this second part… Frontier highlights… All-New powerful, rugged design Best-in-class 310 horsepower, proven shift-on-the-fly 4WD “Right-sized” pickup for a workweek in the city or a weekend off-road Modern, utility-centric interior includes largest-in-class available 9-inch colour touchscreen, standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Available WiFi and wireless charging First-ever Nissan to feature Intelligent Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection and Off-Road Mode Standard class-exclusive Intelligent Forward Collision Warning Standard Nissan Safety Shield 360 on every trim Available class-exclusive Traffic Sign Recognition

2009 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab – Road Test

Toyota trucks have been known worldwide for years as being indestructible. If you’ve ever seen the BBC TV show Top Gear, then you’ll know how much abuse the Toyota can take and still live to drive home. They’ve sunk it in a lake, set it on fire and put it on top of a building and then blew up the building – and it still runs!!!! We know that Toyota build dependable cars and trucks – that’s a given. You just have to look at the news to see how many rebel forces use Toyota trucks to overthrow the government. It doesn’t matter what continent they are on – Toyota is the truck of choice. I had no intentions of overthrowing a government, but I did have to take some stuff to the dump. It was mostly old kitchen cabinets that I had to sledgehammer down to size, so there was no need to get a full-size pickup truck. I’d already road-tested the Dodge Dakota so I didn’t want to get that again.

2006 Dodge Ram 2500 4X4 Laramie [Diesel] – Road Test

When Chrysler handed me the keys to the Dodge Ram 2500 I looked at it and thought – “Man – that’s a big truck.” Then I opened the driver’s door and saw the step-up, I felt like I was in “Land Of The Giants”. There was no step or running boards to help me, so I had to take a running jump. Once inside, the view over the hood wasn’t as intimidating as I had expected. It was very easy to get comfortable in the leather multi-way power seat. The tilt steering adjustment was easy to use, but it doesn’t telescope. However, there are power-adjustable pedals, so that helps in finding a comfortable driving position. Getting out of the truck requires a little practice and planning, but a parachute would be needed for those shorter than 5-foot tall.