2018 Ride guide

10 new vehicles to get you into the beyond—and back again—in comfort, safety and style

Featuring both hi-tech and practical features, there’s a 2018 truck, SUV or crossover for every angler or hunter, from weekend warriors to grizzled guides

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Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Centennial Edition

The 1500 is always a solid option in the full-size pickup truck class, with potent engines and substantial towing capacities, plus an upscale cabin and comfy seats. Reviewers have also praised the 2018 Silverado’s manoeuvrability and off-road performance. This year marks 100 years since Chevrolet debuted its first truck (below), so it seems appropriate to highlight the Centennial Edition, available in LTZ Z71 crew cab models, featuring heritage bowties, badging and off-roading capability.

ENGINE: 5.3L V8 

HORSEPOWER: 285

CITY/HIGHWAY LITRES/100 KM: 15.0/10.7

TOWING CAPACITY: 5670 kg (with max trailering package)

LEARN MORE: www.chevrolet.ca

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Dodge Ram 1500 Outdoorsman

This pickup has gotten lighter, but also longer and taller, with improved towing and payloads. According to US News, the Ram 1500 delivers “arguably the smoothest ride of any truck,” with a accurate steering, composed handling and good stopping power, even when pulling a trailer. The Outdoorsman model has Rambox cargo management system, under-floor storage and 17-inch wheels with LT tires.

ENGINE: 3.6L Pentastar VVT V6

HORSEPOWER: 305

CITY/HIGHWAY LITRES/100 KM: 14.6/10.1

TOWING CAPACITY: 4,608 kg

LEARN MORE: www.dodge.ca

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Ford F-150 Raptor

Ford’s F-Series of trucks remain North American best-sellers. Refreshed for 2018, one reviewer called the F-150’s T-square design “handsome and stately,” and its aluminum body panels significantly lighten the truck’s load. But a steel structure still ensures the F-150 can do what you need. With a high-performing 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost, the Raptor model is well suited for both a paved road or driving through rough terrain. And snazzy exterior upgrades include cast-aluminum running boards, heavy duty front and engine skid plates, and a unique grille.

ENGINE: 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost

HORSEPOWER: 450

CITY/HIGHWAY LITRES/100 KM: 15.6/13.2

TOWING CAPACITY: 2721 kg

LEARN MORE: www.ford.ca

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GMC Terrain Denali

Previously rather boxy looking, the all-new 2018 Terrain compact SUV boats a sleek shape, and reviewers like its quick acceleration, even with all-wheel drive. Inside, a front-to-back flat-load floor includes new fold-flat second-row and front-passenger seats, to maximize every inch of cargo space. It’s a blend of features that’s great for toting the family around town in style, and then getting out of town on the weekend.

ENGINE: 2.0L turbo-4

HORSEPOWER: 252

CITY/HIGHWAY LITRES/100 KM: 10.7/8.4

TOWING CAPACITY: 1,588 kg

LEARN MORE: www.gmccanada.ca

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Honda Ridgeline

Named Best Mid-Size pickup by Car and Driver magazine, the 2018 Ridgeline blends the refinements of a crossover, with ingenious features for outdoor living. Only built as a crew cab with a 5.3-foot bed, the cabin is comfortable, and the ride is smooth. Yet its towing capability and its innovative cargo box—which has an in-bed trunk as well as an available audio system—are all truck. The only engine option is a V-6 and six-speed automatic transmission, while front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional.

ENGINE: 3.5-liter V-6

HORSEPOWER: 280

CITY/HIGHWAY LITRES/100 KM: 12.4/9.0 (2WD)

TOWING CAPACITY: 1,580 kg (2WD); 2,268 kg (AWD)

LEARN MORE: www.honda.ca

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Jeep Wrangler

The first all-new Wrangler since 2007 is a legitimate SUV with body-on-frame construction and live axles front and rear. And according to Outside magazine, it’s comfortable, safer, and more efficient on pavement, yet better off-road than its predecessor. Models include the base two-door Sport, the four-door Sahara and the four-door Rubicon, which blends creature comforts with extreme off-road capability. And off-road, in this case, doesn't mean dirt—it means rocks, logs and deep-water crossings.

ENGINE: 3.6L Pentastar VVT V6

HORSEPOWER: 285

COMBINED LITRES/100 KM: 11.8

TOWING CAPACITY: 1,587 kg

LEARN MORE: www.jeep.ca

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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

For Canadian outdoorsfolk ready to leap boldly into the future of electric vehicles, 2018 brings the Outlander PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle), a well-reviewed compact SUV/crossover. Propulsion is based on a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine mated to 80-horsepower electric motor, direct drive to the front wheels. At the rear is another 80-horsepower electric motor, and there’s a 12 kWh lithium-ion battery pack located under the floor. That positioning also means there’s a negligible loss of utility and cargo space. The PHEV is primarily a front-wheel drive, but there’s a torque shift to the rear depending on conditions. Sweetening the deal, several provinces offer a rebate on the vehicle’s purchase price: $2,500 in B.C., $4,000 in Quebec and $9,555 in Ontario.

ENGINE: 2.0-litre DOHC in-line four-cylinder, two electric motors

HORSEPOWER: Gas, 117; two electrics, 80 each

CITY/HIGHWAY LITRES/100 KM: Regular engine, 9.4/9.0; electric, 3.0/3.4

TOWING CAPACITY: 680 kg

LEARN MORE: www.mitsubishi-motors.ca

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Nissan Armada

Blending the space and power to tackle outdoor pursuits, with comfort, handling and style for the suburbs, Edmunds.com picked the Armada as one of 2018’s Best Family SUVs. This eight-seater is available with rear- or all-wheel drive, and offers extensive active safety options. Commenting on its rich, comfortable, and quiet interior, and power and towing capacity, Car and Driver called the Armada “a gentrified giant that matches more expensive alternatives.”

ENGINE: 5.6L V8

HORSEPOWER: 390

CITY/HIGHWAY LITRES/100 KM: 17.5/12.8

TOWING CAPACITY: 3,855 kg

LEARN MORE: www.nissan.ca

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Subaru Crosstek

Reviewing the all-new 2018 Crosstek, Outside magazine said: “If you live in a city and need to parallel park on weekdays, but want to escape for camping trips on the weekend, this car has been purpose-designed for you.” The Crosstek promises the generous ground clearance and ample cargo space of a crossover, with the crisp response, handling and fuel efficiency of a sport hatch. And it’s powered by a boxer engine with standard symmetrical full-time AWD.

ENGINE: 2.0L Dual Overhead Cam, 4-cylinder boxer

HORSEPOWER: 152

CITY/HIGHWAY LITRES/100 KM: 8.8/7.2

TOWING CAPACITY: 680 kg

LEARN MORE: www.subaru.ca

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Toyota 4Runner Wilderness Package

Though fully off-road capable, with body-on-frame construction, the 4Runner also focuses on everyday comfort and pavement handling. That versatility means it can be a boat-towing, hill-climber with room for seven passengers, as well as a safe, and tech-filled family vehicle. The new Wilderness Package equips 4Runner with roof rack crossbars, all-weather floor liners and a cargo tray, plus an optional aluminum front skid plate.
ENGINE: 4.0L V6

HORSEPOWER: 270

CITY/HIGHWAY LITRES/100 KM: 14.3/13.3

TOWING CAPACITY: 2,268 kg

LEARN MORE: www.toyota.ca