Archive for October, 2013

Meguiar’s PlastX plastic scratch remover kit – fails at sunshade rejuvenation

Meguiar’s PlastX plastic scratch remover kit – fails at sunshade rejuvenation

Scratches on the clear plastic used on helmet faceshields, retractable sunshades and motorcycle windscreens can be infuriating. I count myself as one of those who’s a tad obsessive-compulsive about handling these items with kid gloves to maintain optical purity as long as possible.  This level of care pays for itself […]

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2014 Hyundai Santa Fe XL

2014 Hyundai Santa Fe XL

  Bottom Line:  The 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe XL impresses with its very supple ride, 7-passenger carrying capacity and jam-packed with features winter-dwelling Canadians will love – heated steering wheel, heated 2nd row seats and 3rd row HVAC controls.  That the long wheelbase Santa Fe is ruggedly handsome is just […]

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Single and thrifty? Here are 5 recommended compact cars for you, ranging from $16,479 to $21,175

Single and thrifty?  Here are 5 recommended compact cars for you, ranging from $16,479 to $21,175

Single and Thrifty?  Here are the best cars from $16,479 – $21,175 The compact car segment is my favourite.  Compact cars are roomy enough for most folks, fuel efficient, and fun to drive.  Prices are affordable and they have sufficient power to easily handle a cross-country tour.  Compacts are the […]

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“I guess it’s a small town ‘thing'”

“Do you want ketchup for your soup?”, asks the young woman as she serves the large bowls of chicken noodle soup, the ‘starters’ for Robyn’s and my lunch. “Pardon me?”, I ask. “Do you want ketchup?  For your chicken noodle soup?” “For my soup?” “Yes.  For your soup.  Do you […]

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The Frugal 5 – Canada’s most fuel-efficient cars for 2013

The Frugal 5 – Canada’s most fuel-efficient cars for 2013

The Frugal 5 – Canada’s most fuel-efficient gasoline engine cars for 2013 Everybody gripes about the cost of gasoline the instant prices jump.  If fuel efficiency is your top priority, these are the five most fuel-efficient cars with gasoline engines sold in Canada for 2013, according to Natural Resources Canada’s […]

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2014 Toyota Yaris LE

2014 Toyota Yaris LE

  Bottom Line:  The 2014 Toyota Yaris 5-door is cheap and cheerful, and ideal for city and commuter driving.  I’d choose the Yaris over any hybrid, but Toyota’s subcompact doesn’t match the Honda Fit or Nissan Versa Note. You remember the Toyota Echo?  The Yaris is the third generation of […]

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2014 Acura RLX Elite All-wheel Steer

2014 Acura RLX Elite All-wheel Steer

Bottom Line:  Acura’s new flagship sedan is luxurious, packed with advanced safety technologies, and arguably is the most responsive handling luxury sedan at its price point.  Honda loyalists moving upscale will be thrilled, but competition from the Mercedes-Benz E350 4Matic, Lexus GS350 AWD, and Audi A6 3.0T is ferocious. “I […]

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Lake McDonald Lodge, Glacier National Park, Montana

Lake McDonald Lodge, Glacier National Park, Montana

Lake McDonald Lodge Complex, Glacier National Park, Montana The Lake McDonald Lodge complex is a ‘must see’ in Glacier National Park, Montana.  Old, historic and full of character, we stopped to stroll through the hotel, have lunch and walk to the edge of the lake. The site of this beautiful […]

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2013 Kawasaki Versys 1000 – Part 3, Adventure-tourer ‘Build’

2013 Kawasaki Versys 1000 – Part 3, Adventure-tourer ‘Build’

2013 Kawasaki Versys 1000 ‘build’ What does it cost to turn a 2013 Kawasaki Versys 1000 into a bona fide, fully-equipped, all-weather adventure-tourer?  We wanted to know. One of the advantages of buying a ‘stripped down’ motorcycle like a Versys 1000 is you can buy the bike at a lower […]

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“Plymouth Superbird” mod on Dodge Challenger spotted at Smoky Lake auto show

“Plymouth Superbird” mod on Dodge Challenger spotted at Smoky Lake auto show

New “Plymouth Superbird” spotted at the 2013 Smoky Lake car show That looks like a 1970 Plymouth Superbird, doesn’t it?  But examine the photo carefully.  In fact, it’s  a new generation Dodge Challenger, modified with an HPP (Heide Performance Products) body kit to transform the modern MOPAR muscle car into […]

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