Hands on with Sync 3

Today I was formally introduced to Sync 3. This is Ford’s newest iteration of their hands-free, touch-screen info-tainment system. Ford brought out the engineer in charge of the design to walk us through what’s new and then let us loose on a fleet of Sync 3-equipped Ford Escapes to test it out for ourselves. Continue reading

This Tim Hortons lid trick will change your life.

If you’re a heavy Tims drinker and don’t know this trick already, prepare to have your life changed.

Pushing the lid into the cup, as pictured, instead of folding it back makes a baffle inside the cup that keeps the hot contents from splashing out when jostled. This is especially helpful in the car.

As an added bonus, you can bid farewell to the crazy-making task of getting that little, flimsy tab to fold and stick back on the lid.

My top 3 automotive Super Bowl ad picks. (with rant-astic bonus pick)

For the record, I don’t actual watch the Super Bowl, so don’t ask me about the game. In fact, I only found out a day after the game who the teams were. I didn’t even know Baltimore had a team. What I do watch is the bigger contest of the day: the ads.

This year’s competition wasn’t all that great.  Most ads fell into the Snicker or Meh categories.  Three of them stood out from the rest for me, two of them because they resonate with the parent in me, and one because it is genuinely funny.  I’ve added a bonus commercial in, but you’ll have to scroll over my rant to get to it. Continue reading

Squrrell’s Automotive Top Picks for 2013

The Canadian International Auto Show is nearly upon us, which tells me it’s time to call out my favourite cars of the present and near future. They might not all be at the show this year, but I’m going to put my bum in as many of these as possible!

2013 Honda Accord Sport

The Sport model of the new Honda Accord comes with a manual transmission, meaning it’s intended as a car for drivers. The manual transmission in the Sport trim is unique to Canada, too. Our friends in the states have to make do with a CVT automatic. What this tells me is that Honda Canada thinks Canadians are awesome enough to warrant bringing the magic for us in an affordable trim, and I’m hoping we show them it was a good idea. Even in automatic, though, this car is getting rave reviews. Continue reading

2013 Civic Si Commercial

Good fun for boys and girls (regardless of age) who love Hot Wheels and Cartoons.

I spent the better part of 5 years in love with my old 1998 Honda Prelude, so I often dream of having a Civic Si because I know it’s the closest thing you can get to a four door Prelude.

Looking forward to seeing the new Civics out on the street soon. Honda whipped up a re-do for the 2013 Civic after just one year since a completely new car was released to poor reviews from critics. It seems to have paid off. The new model looks great in pictures.

Ford Quality Tour.

Squrrell's Ford Quality TourArriving in Detroit on the airplane equivalent of a half cheese-wagon (aka a short school bus), I didn’t have a clear understanding of what sort of experience we would have at Ford‘s headquarters the next day.

Ford flew a group of bloggers, journalists and broadcast folks out for what they called the Ford Quality Tour. I was hopeful for an inside look at the automotive R&D efforts underway. Continue reading

Hennessey Venom GT.

Hennessey Venom GT2 via Autoblog

I just read on Autoblog.com that Hennessey announced they would be putting out an even more powerful version of their Venom GT for those who found 1,200hp too tame. The new model, called the Venom GT2 (wow, original), will sport 1,500hp and a few new features/enhancements. It’s $1.25 million to start, which is a smidgeon over of my current price range, but I’d probably pick one up if I had the cash lying around.

It reminded me to find the following video I wanted to share with you. Continue reading