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2023 Honda HR-V, best rides for camping and more

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Because where else can you find a list of the most famous motorhomes on the big screen?

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Those who design today’s popular vehicles need to consider more than just the driver’s experience. Because while many vehicles are still used to take one or two adults to work day in and day out, they are also called upon to take the rest of the family, along with all their belongings, to and from the plethora of after-school and weekend activities that be part of modern life.

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Here are the biggest and most recent family vehicle stories, debuts, and reviews from the past month.

A first look at the 2023 Honda HR-V

2023 Honda HR-V EX-L
2023 Honda HR-V EX-L Photo by Honda

The more familiar you are with the new-generation 2022 Honda Civic, the fewer surprises you’ll find in the 2023 Honda HR-V† Because the second-generation crossover shares the same Honda Global Architecture platform with the Civic, giving it a longer wheelbase and wider rear track to build on. But that’s not all the two vehicles have in common: there’s also the independent rear suspension, sharper steering and a 158 horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder that is mated exclusively to a CVT transmission that now offers descent control.

Interior features include improved materials, hundreds of liters of extra cargo space behind the rear seats and a variety of screens in the front depending on the equipment. Honda’s Sensing ADAS system is at work below the surface, now with a wider field of view to spot objects, animals, pedestrians and all the other things that shouldn’t be, but could still be on the road.

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The cost of such a package in Canada starts at $28,730 for the base-model 2WD LX, which is a few grand more than the previous entry-level option, and tops out at the EX-L, which now demands $37,130, about $2,000 less than the previous topping Touring.

Elsewhere in Honda Land, the new CR-V was just unveiled in full, giving us a clear idea of ​​the improved power, load space and more mature styling. Additionally, surfaced footage of the 2023 Honda Pilot reveals a compilation of features borrowed from other Honda products, such as the face of a Ridgeline, the rear of an Accord and the global light truck platform of the 2022 Acura MDX. look at the spy shots of the 2023 Honda Pilot here

Go camping in these 5 nature-ready trucks and SUVs

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2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness
2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness Photo by Peter Bleakney

Now that most of the snow and ice have melted from the country’s many mountains and forests, it’s time to get out there and enjoy all the natural wonders Canada has to offer. And to make sure you’re well rested, we’ve rounded up the five best cars and trucks to get out into the wilderness with for a weekend full of adventure and/or relaxation.

When compiling the list, we looked at factors such as roof heights, cargo space, what types of accessories are available, and whether it offers sleeping space. So it’s no surprise that of the top five motorhomes, four are trucks and SUVs. But one car-like vehicle, the Subaru Outback, made the cut for its accessible cargo setup (which is long enough for most people to sleep in), turbocharged engine, AWD setup, and many, many available accessories. Other vehicles that counted include the Chevrolet Suburban, Honda Ridgeline, Ford F-150, and the Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator.

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2023 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid gets rugged with Woodland Edition

The 2023 RAV4 Woodland Edition is Toyota's first hybrid off-road special SUV.
The 2023 RAV4 Woodland Edition is Toyota’s first hybrid off-road special SUV.

The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid was already a very useful vehicle before the boys and girls of Toyota Racing Division (TRD) got their hands on it. Now, for the first time ever, the popular mid-size SUV hybrid has been tweaked and beefed up to Woodland Edition shape with upgraded coils, bump stops and springs to help the suspension ride smoothly over roots and rocks, plus a number of external and internal finishes and features to make it more at home under the canopy.

The 2023 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Woodland Edition sits on Falken Wildpeak all-terrain tires mounted on bronze-colored wheels, and further distinguishes itself with special projector-beam headlamps and integrated fog lamps, roof rack crossbars, twin black chrome exhaust tips, black badging and black fenders. But perhaps the most useful off-grid addition in today’s connected society is the 20-volt outlet in the rear cargo area, which can charge or power devices such as laptops.

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Ontario toddler dies after being forgotten in hot car

Hot dog in car
Hot dog in car Photo by Getty

Tragedy struck the Ontario town of Bancroft in late June when… a mother forgot her 23-month-old child in the family’s SUV and later returned to find him dead† Mayor Paul Jenkins, a long-time friend of the family, says they have “a long road to recovery” after the child was left in the vehicle rather than being dropped off at daycare, as was intended.

“She clearly thought she had done that and the child was accidentally left in the car for a day,” Jenkins said. “It’s such an unfathomable situation.”

Unfortunately, the heartbreaking incident is not an isolated incident, with an average of 38 American children and one Canadian child dying each year in similar scenarios. In response, the auto industry has been rapidly developing new vehicles and equipping them with cameras, alarms and sensors that monitor the rear seats and can warn drivers when passengers are left alone.

The most memorable motorhomes from the big and small screen

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Recreational vehicles are a common sight on North American roads in the summer. They can roll from province to province or state to state, housing a family and providing all the comforts and amenities of a real home, wherever there is a connection.

And you see them not only on highways, but also in many TV shows and movies. In our list of the most famous movie and tv camperswe highlight some of the most recognizable jalopies, such as the interplanetary ‘Eagle 5’ Winnebago from space ballsthe rolling meth lab 1986 Fleetwood Bounder out Breaking Bad (which survived filming despite being canonically crushed on the TV show), and the action-ready EM-50 Urban Assault vehicle (actually a GMC Motorhome) from Stripes

Check out the full list at the link above and feel free to drop your favorite TV camper in the comments if it didn’t pass.

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