Monday, October 26


Chevrolet, Feature Story, ford, GMC, leasing, Ram, Trucks

Lease the Beast: the biggest, baddest trucks you can lease 

Leasing a vehicle, like eating an entire poutine or saying “yes” to the menu at Swiss Chalet, is something that should be approached with caution. Restrictions are many, ranging from how many clicks you can put on the odometer to how much you can modify the vehicle itself. Run afoul of these guidelines and the lease-end inspector could come down on you faster than your author’s arteries slam shut after ingesting his second bacon sandwich of the day.This form of ownership (rental, to be precise) does have its benefits, especially if you own a business. Stated simply, a manufacturer projects the value of their vehicle at lease end, called the residual. The difference between this number and the agreed-upon sales price will be paid by the customer, split into equal payments over th...
Campers, News, travelling, Trucks

Happy Campers: How to buy the right slide-in unit for your pickup

Getting away from it all while taking it all with you generally means hitching up a trailer weighing several thousand pounds, figuring out a maze of electrical connections, then piloting what feels like several football fields worth of machine down the highway.It can be an unnerving feeling for the uninitiated, as the truck and trailer’s pivot point can make the whole thing feel like two bricks joined together by a piece of A4 paper from Staples. The first time your author hauled a 9,000-lb condo-on-wheels behind his pickup truck is an experienced seared into his brain like grill marks on a steak.Setting the StageAn alternative to trailers, then? Slide-in truck bed campers. They’re an offbeat solution to the camping puzzle that’s making something of a comeback thanks to the rise...
Chevrolet, Feature Story, ford, GMC, Nissan, payload, Ram, towing, Toyota, Trucks, work

Basic hitch: how to option every 2020 full-size light-duty truck for work

Believe it or not, there are some customers who buy or lease a truck and actually make the thing work for a living. As it happens, manufacturers know not all pickups will lead a semi-charmed life of shuttling kids to the rink and making Costco runs on weekends.That’s why it remains possible to configure full-size light-duty trucks for labour, not luxury.They make up a small but important percentage of the product mix, inhabiting our nation’s job sites while ferrying hard-working Canadians to the oil patch or construction areas.We’ve delved into each of the five models available in today’s so-called ‘half-ton’ class, choosing specs designed to help customers get the job done, not impress the neighbours. Where possible, the trucks in this list will have four-wheel-drive and an eig...