The Canadian version of the 2018 Ridgeline is only available with AWD, a system that’s gaining popularity over 4WD. The 2018 Honda Ridgeline RTL-E model shown here is in Deep Scarlet Pearl.  |  Honda Canada photo

Honda Ridgeline remade into a whole new truck

Honda isn’t the only company with truck news, but last year when Honda introduced the second-generation Ridgeline as a 2018 model, the redesign was so radical you might say that Honda picked up the radiator cap and slid a new truck under it. If you were blindfolded and put into the truck, you wouldn’t believe […] Read more

The paint on this 1953 McCormick IH W-4 Standard owned by Michael Werezak and restored by Roy Suchar shows well.  |  Charles Renny photo

Vehicle restoration means that old is new — again

Restorations are not new. People have been finding and fixing things for years but we’ve recently taken this concept to a different level. There are shows for almost anything. Shows where enthusiasts mix with curious show goers and have a pleasant day talking to old and new friends. In addition, we have all watched auctions […] Read more

Power Wagon is now its own model in the 2500 series of 
RAM and starts at $59,195. After that there are about two pages of options that can be added, and as far as I know my tester was a plain version with nothing extra. Base for a 2500 RAM is around $49,000 so figure $10,000 for the Power Wagon equipment.  Despite the image portrayed 
by the historic Power Wagon name, the latest version has a 1,510-pound load capacity, including passengers.
|  Charles Renny photo

Power wagon comfortable but load capacity is weak

Once I’m in the 2017 RAM Power Wagon, it is great to be in. The seat is comfortable and fully power adjustable. All controls are right at hand and just about everything is a dial type switch, from the gear selector to the 4 X 4 system. The centre console is large enough to hold […] Read more


Tires made all the difference between two test drives of the Toyota Tacoma.  |  Toyota photo

A tale of two trucks: performance starts from the ground up

Never before has it been so important to pay attention to which truck package was tested when you read a review. For example, take the 2016 Toyota Tacoma. I first drove the Tacoma TRD (Toyota Racing Department) as part of a test of small trucks for the Canadian Truck King Challenge. The challenge is designed […] Read more

The 2016 F150 is 700 pounds lighter due to aluminum panels in non-stressed body components. The entry level engine is a turbo-charged in-line four cylinder.  |  Ford Canada photo

Truck wars take a twist

Rather than duke it out over who has more torque or better anti-sway control, Ford and General Motors are sniping at each other with television ads over what their trucks are made out of. Ford makes extensive use of aluminum, while GM says it uses aluminum where needed and steel where it matters. Let’s look […] Read more


Ford’s F350 King Ranch features more horsepower, allowing greater towing capacity.  |  Ford Motor Company photo

Ford King Ranch changes to Power Stroke diesel engine

Having driven Ford’s F350 each year for many years, it can be difficult to tell what really is new and improved season to season. Several years ago, the underpinnings were the news of the day. Rear springs, including the overloads, were widened to about 7.6 millimetres and the bolts that hold the truck together were […] Read more

Silverado crew cabs make up about 60 percent of sales and start at about $31,000.   |  GM photo

General Motors’ Ecotec 3 engine offers pulling power

General Motors is the last of the big three Detroit vehicle manufacturers to redo their light truck line. Sales have slowed due to the knowledge that an all-new truck would be available soon. Ecotec 3 is the name of the new generation of engines at GM. Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra will have engine choices […] Read more

What’s under the hood for 2013?

Light duty pick-up trucks are the big news this year, with the Detroit three all putting new power trains in play. Ford is technically the oldest, having introduced EcoBoost last year. General Motors is the newest with EcoTec. With the Sierra-Silverado twins, General Motors has dropped the DuraTec name and gone with EcoTec3. The logic […] Read more


Getting a grip on mud

They are optimistically known as mudders, and until recently we had little use for this class of tire. The casing is the first important building block of any tire. In the case of light truck tires, there is no point in being cheap and buying a passenger car tire. With the rim sizes and load […] Read more

Are pneumatic cars a lot of hot air?

Tata Motors of India has announced it will build a car that runs on compressed air. A pneumatic car. Before you dismiss Tata as airheads or escapees from a rubber room, it would be fair to point out they bought the Jaguar/Land Rover group from Ford – for cash. Tata’s parent company owns about 60 […] Read more