Sometimes we get a vehicle in our garage that we're very excited about based solely on it's appearance. The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk is one of those cars. It's a bold, masculine SUV with commanding presence, especially with those blacked out Jeep logos found throughout the car. The Trailhawk trim adds a level of ruggedness to the design of this vehicle that helps make it stand out in the grocery store parking lot, or digging it out of 3 feet of snow. We took the keys to this 2017 Grand Cherokee and were excited for our 2,500km fortnight with it, at least we thought so.
We have the unique opportunity with this week's article to feature two very different spectrums of the 2018 Mazda3. We took a drive to ur local dealership in St-Hyacinthe, QC at Mazda du Boulevard to check out the 2018 Mazda3 GT with Technology and Premium Packages, and the 2018 Mazda3 Sport GX. We've essentially got a fully loaded sedan and the base model for the hatchback, which allows us to show all the different features and trim options available, as well as try out the 2.0L SKYACTIV-G engine versus the 2.5L.
My family has always owned Hondas, the first car I drove was a 1987 Honda Civic wagon, my parents also owned an '87 Accord LX before the transmission failed, and currently own the '92 Acura Vigor we featured on TestDrive Spotlight last week along with a 2002 Honda CR-V. Honda wasn't necessarily the only car I was considering back in 2012 to buy, but when I found this 1990 Accord LX for sale in Mississauga, I knew I had to buy it
We bought the iPhone 8 Plus a couple months ago in hopes to improve our street photography and add some 4K video to Perpetual Radio, especially with the recent launch of PRN_tech. The iPhone 8 Plus seemed like the ideal choice with it's dual camera system which helps with optical zoom through a longer lens system over the standard wide angle lens found on the 8 and older phones.
Perpetual Radio Networks started operating in 2009 as Canada’s first podcast network where we covered a wide range of technology and social topics on our weekly shows. Since then we’ve refocused our efforts to video with the launch of TestDrive, Canada’s newest automotive show featuring full tours & reviews of a wide range of cars from classics to the current.
The Lexus LS 400 is one of automotive's most interesting stories. We've all heard that Lexus undercut the price of the original LS in order to drive up sales of their new vehicle and brand. 9 Years on Lexus had made serious headway into the US market, and in no small part due to the success of their flagship LS 400. Customers were drawn to Lexus for a number of reasons, but the two biggest driving forces were price and reliability.
The Lexus ES likely isn't the first choice for any die-hard car enthusiasts, but we wanted to find out what makes this car so popular, and also why we keep mistaking it for the larger Lexus GS when seeing them on the road. Now in it's 6th generation, the 2018 Lexus ES 350 with Touring Package we're featuring is very well equipped for it's $50,540 price tag.
As you know we bought our 2017 Mazda CX-5 GT back in August from Mazda du Boulevard in Saint-Hyacinthe Québec. Mazda's mid-size crossover SUV was the right size for our 3-person family, but I always wondered what their larger CX-9 had to offer. 2018 is the third year for Mazda's second generation mid-size crossover, and an update that we found brings some balance to the different trims and options available for this vehicle.
I like to think I have a strong familiarity with Japanese cars. Growing up my entire family drove Hondas or Toyotas, and even an Acura was thrown into the mix (but more on that in a couple weeks). The Toyota Camry was certainly a popular option for families, Toyota's track record for safety and reliability was well known, and their products were affordable to the masses. It's no wonder that Lexus became the success it was in the 90s. Well, maybe that and the price cutting.
We've covered a lot of German luxury cars on TestDrive over the past 2 years, including some of the most iconic models BMW and Mercedes-Benz had to offer, but we've always been curious to see what Japanese luxury felt like. We've seen plenty of them on the road over the years, but driving is believing, so we met up with a local enthusiast down in Bromont, Québec to see what his 20 year old Lexus GS 400 was all about.