Wheels Canada:Published June 10, 2013
Welcome to another issue of Wheels Canada magazine.
Our focus this issue is on pickup trucks, SUVs and CUVs and, while I was driving to work recently (in my SUV, by the way), I got thinking about the trucks in particular.
It’s really quite astonishing that the top-selling vehicle in both Canada and the United States is the Ford F-150 pickup (which we’ve featured on the cover). Other makes — Chevrolet,Ram — are not far behind.
Although many of us live in cities, our continent remains primarily rural. The pickup, which was originally invented to be a farm “work horse,” is still largely utilized in that manner.
And speaking of cities, or large towns, most boast any number of Rona, Lowes and Home Depot home improvement stores. If you’re renovating a house or cottage, a pickup beats just about any other vehicle when it comes to transporting materials.
Of course, there’s the safety aspect. Some people feel more comfortable out on the road when they’re driving or riding in a bigger vehicle.
And since most pickups, if not all, have seating for more than two or three people, plus luxury features that can knock your eye out, they can also work as a family vehicle or as a “second car.”
We are fortunate to have Canada’s foremost expert on pickup trucks, Jil McIntosh, writing for us.
Beginning on Page 6, she reviews five of the finest being offered for sale in Canada, but acknowledges that there’s “no such thing as the ‘best’ pickup,” because “choosing the right truck depends on what you want it to do.”
As well as McIntosh, we have Gerry Malloy weighing in with the latest in technological advances (pretty soon, your smartphone will be able to drive your car, you know); Jim Kenzie and Mark Richardson writing about CUVs and SUVs, respectively; Rita Zekas on the smart way to dress when out for a Sunday afternoon drive; Bill Taylor on unconventional ways to save fuel (some of his ideas are brilliant, if impractical); and Steve Bond on how to enjoy your vehicle by taking a road trip to Ottawa.
Oh, and champion Canadian driver Ron Fellows discusses the evolution of truck racing in NASCAR.
Now, this issue of Wheels Canada is also “Layared,” which means that if you take your smartphone and point it at some of the pages, a video will pop into view and you can see and hear me, for instance, talking about cars and trucks.
Just download the free Layar app for your iPhone or iPad at the app store or get it on Google Play for your Android device and follow instructions.
You’ll find that it’s great fun and, in addition to me on the cover and on this page, you’ll see and hear McIntosh talking about pickups and you can even go on a trip to Ottawa with Steve Bond and his wife.
Norris McDonald, Wheels Canada Editor
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