Like reuniting with a best friend. We got up close and personal – a flagrant violation of social distancing protocols – but we hope you’ll understand. While Ontario is under some really uncertain and unprecedented times, we safely navigated in our test drive and ultimately we are thrilled that the 2021 Honda Accord Hybrid was there for us when we got our first vaccine. We are incredibly relieved and can’t wait to get our second vaccine. While we don’t live in a hotspot, we’re grateful our turn came as we were just about ready to give up hope!
We were able to travel safely to see my expectant niece, whose Baby Shower sadly had to be cancelled due to stay-at-home orders province-wide and partake in the beauty of Cherry Blossoms in the City as they begin to reach peak bloom! Being able to have the Accord Hybrid there for us to run errands and pick-up essentials is a privilege which we are grateful for.
It all starts the moment the engine turns out. In fact, the 2021 Honda Accord Hybrid is so quiet we had to double-check the engine was actually on. Above that, there is a hypnotic hum which actually is quite calming.
It is powered by 2.0-litre, 16-valve, Atkinson cycle DOHC, i-VTEC® 4-cylinder engine and operates at up to 212 @ 6200 total combined horsepower. Drives were incredibly-smooth and our family and friends commented how sleek and elegant this update of the Accord looks. We fully embrace Proximity Entry and its pushbutton start and gears. In fact, we don’t remember what driving was like anymore before them. Thanks, Honda!
Fuel Economy is a huge selling point for me and the Accord Hybrid gives you fabulous value at 5.0/5.0/5.0 L/100 km city/highway combined. It comes with an ECON mode button but also EV and Sport Drive options. We were able to make it twice downtown, to Niagara and out and about locally for about $45 in Regular fuel, just under a week. That is almost unheard of.
The Accord Hybrid is crammed with little luxuries. Dual-zone automatic climate control with air-filtration system, speed-sensing, variable intermittent windshield wipers, one-touch power moonroof with tilt feature, body-coloured heated power door mirrors with integrated LED turn signal indicators, LED foglights, LED brakelights, LED taillights, front wiper de-icer. Not only does it come with seat warmers, it comes with seat coolers knowing the vast array of conditions Honda’s Canadian customer base endures. These are little things that continually define the Honda driving experience as one that is sophisticated and just much more special. This is the car Canadians deserve.
We’re huge on the audio experience while driving. Its Display Audio System with Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™, HandsFreeLink™, wireless charging plate and arrange of USB ports (two in the front and two in the back), jumbo arm rest with a sizey compartment for storage – masks, gloves, sanitizer, you name it. The Accord Hybrid boasts a 452-watt AM/FM Premium audio system with MP3/Windows Media®Audio playback capability and 10 speakers including subwoofer. And it sounds every bit the part. The Display system is enabled for SMS text messages and e-mail function. Connecting via Bluetooth was easy – we love our Spotify and can’t imagine not being able to listen to our favourite albums and playlists on the fly.
More importantly, safety is tops for Honda. Parking and reversing are so easy with its multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines, plus a driver attention monitor. If that’s not enough, check-out the endless list of safety features that ensure you are as well-protected as can be in the Accord Hybrid: 4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS); auto high beam; brake assist; Forward Collision Warning (FCW) system; Lane Departure Warning (LDW) system; Lane Keeping Assist System; Blind Spot Information (BSI) System;Rear Cross Traffic Monitor System; Traffic Sign Recognition via holographic display on the driver’s side of the windshield; Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control; Next-Generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering; i-SRS airbag system; Front Knee Airbags; Side curtain airbags with rollover sensor system; SmartVent™ side airbags. The list goes on.
As was the case with other new Accords I’ve test-driven in the past there are sometimes glitches like the Tire Pressure Monitoring System telling me I have low tire pressure when it’s cold out. Often this goes away on its own. We also saw its Maintenance Minder™ system telling us we had an Emissions System problem (see below), but that also went away on its own after a restart.
If you love the functionality of an SUV but without all the excess bulk, the 2021 HONDA HRVTOURING is just for you. We had the pleasure of reuniting with this family of amazing vehicles just as we are coming out of shutdown out my way. While we recognize that we still have a ways to go before seeing any semblance of businesses operating at full capacity and events picking-up in the City, we appreciate the opportunity at least for the HRV in a gorgeous Aegean Blue Metallic, to have been a part of our journey through these challenging times even if it just means stocking-up on essentials (It was legit my first proper visit to a Costco!). And also seeing family and friends – human and equine – who like us have been isolating cautiously. But more importantly, it was there for us when we were successfully able to get my dad vaccinated. What a relief to know that it won’t be long before mom can get hers, and then hopefully me.
What is an HRV exactly? It is a crossover vehicle, like a Honda CRV, but more compact. This is not to say it isn’t spacious, because it nails all the marks. It more than comfortably seats five and its hatchback trunk enables you to carry plenty.
Operating with a 1.8-litre, 16-valve, SOHC, i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine and 141 horsepower @6500 rpm and 127 lb.-ft of torque @ 4300 rpm, this is perfect for everyday driving. A selling point, as is the case with many in the Honda family, is Fuel Economy. It is equipped with an ECON mode, which can get you 9.1/7.7/8.5 L/100 km (City/Highway/Combined). With fuel prices having gone up of late, paying a bit more for gas was expected, but our tank of gas lasted us about a week and our drives took us far!
The 2021 Honda HRVTouring possesses craftmanship, style and luxury. Many will appreciate its tinted windows for privacy and having beanie aboard in the backseat and belongings, this gave a sense of added security. Seating was cozy with leather-trimmed seating surfaces (heated driver and passenger), plus 60/40 Split 2nd-Row Magic Seats. An atmospheric moonroof made for serene driving and its 180-watt AM/FM Audio System with six speakers synced hassle-free via Bluetooth to my phone for a personalized experience. We admit we’ve been spoiled prior by the Honda Accord‘s 12 speakers and 452-watt system, but this does the job if you aren’t an Audiophile like us. While we wished there was a wireless phone charging plate in the HRV Touring, it isn’t a standard like the Touring editions of others in the Honda family.
The first thing I noticed when boarding was the attention to detail placed in the Dual-Zone Climate Control and Display Audio System panels. Their enhanced design looked phenomenal and above this, super-easy to navigate. We value a system that is so sophisticated it looks easy, and it is!
Aesthetically, the 2021 HONDA HRV TOURING possesses an effortless sportiness that is sleek. Front grille, dark chrome, lower body garnish, body-coloured rear roofline spoiler, project-beam LED headlights, LED foglights – the small details say it all and this is not your average SUV. It also has rain-sensing windshield wipers which are a selling point considering how much precipitation we get in the months ahead. And I am a huge fan of rear-window wipers, they are a lifesaver when visibility is an issue.
Most passengers haven’t a clue where the door handles are for the door rear doors on the HRV, but once they do, it all makes sense!
The SUV also has several of the makings which make Honda best-in-class for safety. Honda LaneWatch blind spot display, Forward Collision Warning,Collision Mitigation Breaking System, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Road Departure Mitigation, Hill Start Assist, Brake Assist, Advanced front airbags, SmartVent side airbags. Above this, we look like a pro at reversing and parallel parking thanks to that essential Multi-angle rearview camera with dyamic guidelines. Honda has thought of all these things so we don’t have to and can just focus on driving smart and safe.
The 2021 HONDA HRV TOURING starts at $35,671 CAN and is worth every penny. More here.
Happy Holidays! So honoured to be the first Canadian Media Outlet to review the 2021 Honda Insight Touring. This is the star of Honda‘s electric lineup, it is unique enough on its own, but possesses some of the sleak sportiness of their Civic and also the sophistication of the Accord.
With the province being on lockdown, sadly our opportunities to be together with our family and friends was limited. We’re just like you and have had to get creative to ensure that some “Holiday Hellos” be done as safely as possible, or delayed till we’re in a better place. We’re all in this together and well overcome this together.
That being said we owe it all to the 2021 Honda Insight Touring, guiding my sidekick beanie and I safely through the Holidays, whether it be running errands, picking-up essentials and gifts and what we called The beanie Wong Driveway Tour, where we dropped by quickly on our friends’ driveways and homes to deliver socially-distanced and safe holiday cheer!
Operating on a 1.5-litre, 16-valve, Atkinson cycle DOHC, i-VTEC® 4-cylinder engine and up to 151 @ 6000 rpm combined horsepower, the Insight Touring is as much about performance as it is about fuel economy and environmental consciousness with versatile SPORT and ECON modes for whatever your needs might be. With a Fuel Economy of 4.6/5.3/4.9 (city/highway/combined), we couldn’t believe how far a full tank of gas got us as our beanie Tour took us on Regular fuel from the GTA to Halton and Durham.
In addition, we live for thoughtful features like Proximity key entry and pushbutton start. Fumbling for keys is a thing of the past for us!
We were impressed thoroughly by the Insight Touring‘s clean aesthetics. Seats have perforated leather-trimmed surfaces with heated options in the front and back, because we love our passengers (beanie approves!). The driver’s seat is adjustable eight ways as well. Gears are navigated by push button versus a gearstick. Lighting is ambient and we adore its moonroof. Upon turning on the push-button ignition, the car comes alive with this glorious hum which at times is hypnotic.
Honda has a mastered perfect, user-friendly interface on their Display Audio System with Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ and bilingual Voice Recognition. HandsFreeLink™-bilingual Bluetooth® wireless mobile phone interface with steering wheel-mounted controls made it super-easy to navigate communication and entertainment safely. In addition, listening to audio with the Insight Touring‘s 452-watt AM/FM Premium audio system and 10 speakers including subwoofer, is a thing of bliss. Spotify, MP3s, SiriusXM, AM/FM. The Insight Touring can play it all! While there isn’t a wireless charging plate for your phone, there are more than enough USB charging ports to alleviate your battery anxieties.
The user-friendly Climate Control is another example of the level of customization and thoughtfulness your passengers get. You get a SYNC option which is great if you want uniform temperatures throughout, but if your friends and family are like mine, they have different thresholds and tolerances, and the Insight Touring lets them control their own temperature.
Bells and whistles mean little if safety isn’t first and this is where Honda continually brings it home. The Insight Touring is a car for any conditions and over the Holidays we witnessed it all, despite this being a somewhat mild winter. It is packed with active and passive safety features including: i-SRS airbag system; Side curtain airbags with rollover sensor system; SmartVent™ side airbags; Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children; rear childproof locks; Lane Keeping Assist System; Blind Spot Information system; Rear Cross Traffic Monitor system; 4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System; Collision Mitigation Braking System; Electronic Brake-force Distribution; Forward Collision Warning system; Road Departure Mitigation; Vehicle Stability Assist; Traffic sign recognition and Auto high beam. The latter two are particularly handy in rural conditions, which aren’t always well-lit and sometimes we need especially where a speed limit can go from 80 km/hr to 50 km/hr rather quickly.
One thing about the Insight Touring is that it sits rather low to the ground, hence a bit of extra caution is needed if your passengers are challenged in terms of mobility or when making this left-hand turns and your line of sight is blocked by an SUV or a truck on the opposite side of the intersection. Carefulness however is something we all should be exercising regardless.
Some fantastic holiday memories beanie and I created in a less-than-ideal year:
Let’s just say the weather’s been a little bit unpredictable. That extra week of Summer we saw a couple weeks back certainly came at a cost as we got a major snowstorm this weekend. And for all that unpredictability, we couldn’t have been in better hands than in Honda’s star SUV, the 2020 CR-V Sport!
We brought our beanie home a few weeks back and that first car ride home gave her major anxiety, but this time around she seemed to have adjusted well, napping away in the front passenger’s seat on a blanket. Dare I say, she actually enjoys car rides now.
As the City is entering lockdown, having access to the CR-V was of great value as we were able to tie-up loose ends and errands in preparation for the next few weeks.
The 2020 Honda CR-V Sport is non short on power – 190 horsepower @ 5600 rpm to be exact. It operates on a 1.5-litre, 16-valve, Direct Injection, DOHC, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and is conscious with its Eco Assist™ system and features like Idle stop and ECON mode. Running on regular fuel, the CR-V is all about value delivering a City/Highway/Combined Fuel Economy of 8.7/7.4/8.1 km per litre.
The CR-V in addition to being about spaciousness (its trunk is incredible!), is all about comfort. The Driver’s seat comes with 12-way power adjustment, including 4-way power lumbar support. For those frigid mornings ahead. that heated leather-wrapped steering wheel and heated front seats are a life saver. beanie can attest to that!
While the CR-V Sport doesn’t have a wireless charging plate, it still does contain a variety of charging options including two on the front side. We were thoroughly impressed how quickly our phone charged! Audio entertainment is extremely important in our drives and the SUV comes with a 180-watt AM/FM audio system with MP3/Windows Media® Audio playback capability and 6 speakers. We love our Sirius XM and our customized Spotify Playlists, both which work easily with the SUV. Navigation on its 7-inch Display Audio System is easy and controlling climate, customizable for Drive and Passenger is simple as it should be as our attentions should always be on our drive.
Visibility is so important in these winter months ahead. The CR-V‘s auto-high beam and multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines are essentials. I don’t remember driving before having these. It also comes with a front wiper de-icer, intermittent and variable rear window wiper/washers, plus front and rear splash guards. The car is also sizey, hence folding door mirrors are handy when navigate tight spots.
Safety and security should be a dealbreaker for all and Honda once again pulls-out all the stops. The CR-VSport comes with a 4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Brake Assist, Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS®), Forward Collision Warning (FCW) system, Honda LaneWatch™, Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Departure Warning (LDW) system, Tire Pressure Monitoring System4 (TPMS), Vehicle Stability Assist3 (VSA®) with Traction Control and also Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) system. All this, plus a theft-deterrent system and security system, plus SmartVent™ side airbags, i-SRS airbags and side curtain airbags with rollover sensor system.
One thing about living through this Pandemic is that while largely challenging, it has really allowed me a chance to reconnect with family. With going out being less of an option more than ever, bonding with family has made me wonder why this isn’t something I did more often in my pre-COVID life.
We had the chance to visit a new version of an old friend in the 2020 Honda Civic 4D Touring 1.5 Turbo in our Test Drive this past week and of course spent time with family members, old and new!
Powered by a 1.5-litre, 16-valve, Direct Injection, DOHC, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and 174 horsepower, the 2020 Honda Civic 4D Touring 1.5 Turbo is nothing short of a thrill. But in addition to excitement, it is balanced out by economy and consciousness with Eco-Assist and ECON Mode. I’ve test-driven many cars in my life but once again, nobody can outdo Honda‘s outstanding Fuel Economy at 7.8/6.2/7.1 litres (city/highway/combined) per 100 km. They continue to be in a league of their own for value, not only at point of purchase, but also the long haul.
As the temperatures drop, we begin to appreciate the value of the Civic 4D Touring 1.5 Turbo’s heated front and rear seats. Also, its state of the art and user-friendly Climate Control are sensitive to the fact that passengers and drivers have individual needs with customizable temperatures for driver and passenger. All seats possess a polished look with leather-trimmed seat surfaces and above this, the driver’s seat comes with 8-way power adjustment. Even without a hatchback, plenty can be stored in the trunk, making it a car of many purposes.
Your drive in the Civic 4D Touring 1.5 Turbo is elevated by a 452-watt AM/FM Premium audio system with MP3/Windows Media Audio playback capability and 10 speakers including subwoofer. Options for curating your drives are endless with SiriusXM, Android Auto, Apple Car Play and hassle-free Bluetooth connection to your devices. All this at your fingertips on its Display Audio System with Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System. Two USB ports, plus a wireless charging plate are there to back you and your passengers up.
Safety features are abundant once again in this version of the Civic. With what’s seemed like an endless bout of rain in the City the past week, features like Auto High Beam take the thinking and work out of dealing with visibility. Its Honda LaneWatch, Blind Spot Display and Lane Keeping Assist have been and continue to be life-savers. Slick conditions call for a 4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System in addition to its Vehicle Stability Assist. The car’s safety measures are padded further by an i-SRS airbag system (front), Side-Curtain Airbags and SmartVent side airbags. And let’s not forget that trusty rear-view camera which we can’t function without! In addition should anything be off, its Maintenance Reminder is a handy thing to have.
The Civic never ceases to amaze and it is little wonder why it continues to be the choice of Canadians. More here.
As many of you know, I welcomed a new family member this past weekend, beanie. Grateful to have had the 2020 Honda Civic 4D Touring 1.5 Turbo there to be a part of this unforgettable day. While her drive home gave her anxiety at first, some blankets and the passenger seat warmer had her calm and nappy to get us through our smooth travel home along the 407. She’s adjusted really well and has impressed me so much how smart she is! You can follow her adventures on Instagram: @beaniewong.
I also celebrated my birthday last week with family. So nostalgic visiting Oshawa where I was born. And amazing calling-up my recently-widowed Aunt up to hang-out with us. So grateful that the City’s most-famous restaurant was open for dine-in. A long-time wish to dine at Teddy’s! That pie!
We know we’re in good hands any time we get to test drive a Honda Accord which already is perfection. The 2020 HONDA ACCORD TOURING 2.0 somehow seems to build upon that.
This edition of the Accord Touring is powered with a 2.0 litre, 16-valve, Direct Injection, DOHC, i-VTEC turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. It also operates at 252 horsepower @ 6500 rpm and 273 lb.- ft of torque @ 1500-4000 rpm. Its Adaptive Damper System both smooths the ride and sharpens handling according to driving conditions which we will need in months. Let’s face it, summer’s over!
We love that we get both SPORT and ECON mode options here. The former gives you quicker transmission shifting and more agile handling assist in corners. The latter gives you more fuel economy. It is this type of versatility and a deep understanding of its drivers’ needs that continue to make Honda stand out.
Part of this customer-focused intuitiveness spreads also to its care not only for its Driver, but also its Passengers. Drivers and Passengers in the 2020 Honda Accord Touring 2.0 get their own Climate Control and Heated Seating, plus a litany of charging options including a charging plate, multiple USB ports and a lighter auxiliary outlet. And I am a huge fan of the Seat Cooler option. This literally is a car of all seasons, which you need here in Canada.
Safety always is #1 with Honda and once again they come through with the features. We never have to worry about visibility as the car comes with LED daytime running lights and also Auto High Beam, which is super-helpful when driving in rural conditions. Lane Departure and Front Collision Warning are lifesavers, in addition to its Blind Spot Information System with Rear Cross Traffic Monitoring System. If parking gives you anxiety, its Rear-View Camera is a god-send. The holographic Traffic Sign Recognition on the Driver’s side of the windshield is super-helpful and also ensures we know we’re in-adherence of speed limits. Its i-SRS Airbag System and Front-Knee Airbags are state-of-the-art in terms of safety measures.
In terms of aesthetics, the car is pure sophisticated elegance. Our test ride was a gorgeous Obsidian Blue Pearl with refined accents like a chrome grille and door handles and a dual exhaust with chrome finisher. Seats also are comfortable with perforated leather-trimmed surfaces. The Driver’s seat was power-adjustable, 12 ways. The trend amidst this Pandemic is Drive-In Entertainment and you will see below just how handy it came.
Its 452-watt AM/FM Premium Audio System controlled by its sublime Digital Audio System and 10 speakers with subwoofer also give the Accord Touring 2.0 that added lift in experience. And this also made a huge difference not only at the Drive-In events we attended, but also in our daily driving, syncing our phone via Bluetooth to listen to our playlists and Spotify.
See some memories we created in the 2020 Honda Accord Touring 2.0:
Life has been a bit challenging as we navigate this Pandemic and one thing we missed so much about our “old life” was the time got to spend Test Driving the Honda Canada family of cars. Now that we’ve entered Stage III of Ontario’s reopening, we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate it than catching-up with friends old and new in the 2020 Honda Civic 5D Sport Touring.
The car in Crystal Black Pearl continues to sport the Civic‘s refined sporty and flashy aesthetic. We received several compliments from friends who were wowed by its style at first glance. But believe me, this attraction is more than just about looks.
In terms of performance, the 2020 Honda Civic 5D Sport Touring possesses a 180-hp, 1.5 litre, 16-valve, direct injection, DOHC, turbocharged 4 cylinder engine with a state-of-the-art Drive by Wire Throttle System. This means that it is able to create force of movement via an electronic throttle without any cables from the accelerator pedal to the throttle valve of the engine. The vehicle has a quick acceleration and agility and is power-assisted with ventilated front disc/solid rear disc brakes.
Above this, it nails all the marks with its ECON button mode and Econ Assist System. Our weekend travels took us from suburbs to country to city and we did with unheard of value. Its Fuel Economy tallies-in at 8.0 / 6.6 / 7.4 (City/Highway/Combined). One note, it runs on Premium fuel.
Honda never disappoints packing-in the features and the 2020 Honda Civic 5D Sport Touring is no exception. We’re surprised how other manufacturers don’t offer a wireless charging plate for your smartphones still, but the Civic always shows up with the options for helping us stay connected. Passengers also get charging ports too, so everyone’s happy. Bluetooth Sync was incredibly easy and the connection was reliable. We enjoyed our Spotify playlists through its 542-watt Premium Audio System with 12 speakers including subwoofer and navigating options on the 7″ Colour TFT meter Display Audio System has made us forget what life was like before these luxuries. We’ve finally gotten the hang of the Civic‘s advanced Climate Control system and stayed cool in our travels with it working at peak efficiency.
Drivers get 8-way driver seat power adjustment, while the front passenger gets 4-way adjustment. Seats are leather-trimmed and come with heating options, which we don’t quite yet need in this summer heat, but summer’s over in a little over a month! *womp womp* That being said, we treasure ice cold drinks and the handy beverage (or sanitizer!) holders for us and all our passengers. It’s all in the details and time and again the Civic gets it.
The 2020 Honda Civic 5D Sport Touring is all about small enhancements which bring so much value. We adore its LED Foglights and Rain-Sensing Wipers, which thankfully didn’t come into play much during our Test Drive but definitely will be a factor in other times.
All these talking points about features and performance are great, but what always should come first is safety. The Civic continues to be incredibly intuitive, knowing just when to give warnings ahead. Its Honda LaneWatch Blindspot Display, Collision Mitigation Brake System, Lane Departure System, Road Departure Mitigation, Lane Keeping Assist, Vehicle Stability Assist, SmartVent Side Airbags, i-SRS Airbag, SmartVent Side Airbags all are there not to save only your life, but the lives of those you love and others around you. Nobody’s perfect, but the Civic is here to ensure we do our best to be safe and aware always.
The Multi-Angle Rearview Camera has made reversing and parking a breeze and you don’t realize this till you drive another car which isn’t equipped with this.
While the Civic‘s Childproof Locks sometimes are a bit cumbersome especially when you don’t have kids in the back and the passenger just wants to get out, it is there for a purpose. The Civic also comes with a Theft-Deterrent System and we cannot stress how amazing it is having something like Proximity Entry. We always seem to have some bags in our hand and we don’t have energy to fumble for our keys when all we want to do is get into our car!
We’re grateful for the memories we got to make and the 2020 Honda Civic 5D Sport Touring allowed us to salvage that bit of a Summer that we’ve lacked as we make it through one of the most challenging times in our lives ever.
Take a drive with us down Memory Lane this past weekend! Lots of cuteness to behold, you’ve been warned!
Now in its 46th year, the Canadian International AutoShow takes place once again at Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The Show which draws about 300k visitors annually, features the latest and greatest from some of the world’s top auto manufacturers, giving car enthusiasts a chance to see up-close concept cars and the cars of their dreams.
Some of our favourites made a huge splash at the Show, including Acura, Honda, BMW and Ford! A huge thanks goes to Acura Canada who are back with their dazzling A-Spec vehicles, inviting us out to the Show!
See some highlights for us!
The 2020 Acura NSX 😍 (valued at $189,900 CAN)
#PROJECTILX – a collaboration between Acura Canada x Importfest Performance to customize the 2019Acura ILX Premium. Fans can have their say. Follow @AcuraCanada on Instagram.
HONDA CANADA – The Civic has been the best-selling car in Canada 21 years straight!
FORD CANADA – their Ford Mustang has been crowned best-selling Coupe four years straight!
ALPHA ROMEO CANADA
Other things to see which are fun for the family are a Toys “R” Us Pop-Up and also Disney‘s ONWARD (And a Bit Backwards) Exhibit, featuring fan favourites Lightning McQueen from Cars,Toy Story 4‘s Duke Caboom motorcycle and also Guinevere, a van seen in Disney and Pixar’s upcoming ONWARD starring Chris Pratt and Tom Holland. Photo Ops are welcome. The Animated Feature opens March 5, 2020.
Toys “R” Us Pop-Up
At the Ontario Provincial Police Exhibit. Getting in trouble as usual! 🚨
The 2020 Canadian International AutoShow runs through Sunday, February 23, 2020. More here.
It was a week of celebration and we’re happy to have shared it with one of our faves of all time, the 2020 4D 1.5 Honda Accord Touring! With both Chinese New Year and my niece Jessica and now nephew-in-law Mitch‘s wedding (they’ve tied the knot after 13 years together, meeting in high school!) taking place in Niagara Falls, we had much to fête and a test drive of the Accord Touring made it all possible.
First thing’s first – the vehicle is nothing short of elegant. Its long body and sleek composition are a statement of class and we had the pleasure of driving it in a Modern Steel Metallic. One glance and you know you are starting at luxury.
So many awesome memories this week in the 2020 @HondaCanada Accord Touring which has taken me through all the weather conditions. Can't wait to tell you about it on the site! pic.twitter.com/4NULmnVUOM
The Accord Touring runs on a 1.5-litre, 16-valve, Direct Injection, DOHC, i-VTEC® turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and operates at 192 horsepower. Our travels took us farther than ever. City, country, to the border and back to the burbs, the Accord Touring empowered us and it always reassuring knowing we can do it all on superb Fuel Economy, at 8.2 (city)/6.8 (highway)/7.6 (combined) litres per 100km. With a week of intense travelling and commuting, we spent only approximately $85 CAN on fuel which is very reasonable.
We were thrown an array of weather conditions this past week. We saw snow, rain and relentless flurries driving back from the wedding in Niagara Falls, but never once did we not feel safe. Vehicle Stability Assist was a major MVP in our travels. While we are lucky in the City and most rural areas reaping the benefit of plowed roads, we had a scary moment in particular out in the country in Caledon where we encountered a bit of slipping and sliding. Despite being mitigated by Vehicle Stability Assist, we found ourselves unable to proceed further up a small, unplowed road. With a clear head and no cars around fortunately, we reversed, went forward, reversed, applied foot to pedal and made it through the obstacle in no time to see our two namesakes Mr Will (Prince) and A Pic by Mrwill (Princess). The two met at long last. Mr Will happens to be training at the same facility where A Pic by Mrwill is enjoying her retirement as she readies for becoming a mom. Lucky me!
A joy also seeing the moms-to-be and Therapy Miniatures at The Stronach Family‘s Adena Springs. A new year brings lots of new hopes and possibilities. The facility is unbelievable! So much history and excellence here!
But above this, the Accord is jam-packed with intuitive safety features. A 4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Auto high-beam, Brake Assist, Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS®), Forward Collision Warning (FCW) System, Honda LaneWatch Blind Spot Display and Lane Departure Warning, among many others. I remember last year, previewing the 2019 Honda Accord Touring and dealing with the Tire Pressure Monitoring System indicator going off in the cold weather, but that never once happened with the 2020 model.
The rear camera is definitely an asset for parking downtown or at the mall, and while snow sometimes limits our ability to utilize this, covering the camera and the car’s sensors, the Accord Touring never stops trying and lets you know when it can’t do the job, managing your expectations. Bottom line, sometimes we become so dependent on features and need to rely on our eyes and just focus.
The car is armed and ready with the HondaLink™ Assist Automatic Emergency Response System™ and Assist Automatic Emergency Response System. It has no shortage of Airbags: Side Curtain Airbags with Rollover Sensor System, SmartVent™ side airbags and an i-SRS Airbag System (front).
The 7″ colour TFT meter display with Driver Information Interface gives the Driver plenty of insights and we adore its Display Audio System with Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System which believe it or not, we finally used after having depended on the Google Maps app on our phone for a long time now. It was simple to use and just as effective! The Accord Touring‘s 452-watt AM/FM Premium Audio System with MP3/Windows Media® Audio playback capability and 10 speakers including subwoofer provide for an outstanding driving experience. We adore our SiriusXM, but appreciate how simple it is to sync our Huawei P30 Pro via Bluetooth, customizing our drives with our Spotify Playlists. And let’s not forget all those charging options, including a charging plate for our phone.
In keeping with tradition, you can hear that sound system yourself!
Continuing with the direction of previous models, Climate Control is customizable for Driver and Passenger, with dual-zone options and an air-filtration system. Rear-seat heater ducts are available for those sitting at the back too. We cannot deny how much we love the seat heaters (coolers too!) and steering wheel heater on those unbearably-cold January mornings. Push-button engine starts and proximity entry make our experience that much simpler and we’re here for it!
The 2020 4D 1.5 Honda Accord Touring continues the Accord‘s history of excellence and starts at $38,976 CAN. More here.
And a Mr. Will Post isn’t complete without a celebrity sighting! Oscar-nominated, Emmy and Golden Globe Award winning Actress, Alfre Woodard, back in Toronto for her acclaimed Drama, CLEMENCY. We’ll be seeing her again at the Film Independent Spirit Awards in California next weekend! Stay tuned for our coverage!
How do you mess with perfection? Honda long has been refining its top-selling showpiece, the Civic, and we were lucky enough a second time to get to review the 2019 Honda Civic 5D Sport. This time around we won’t talk about specs and features but more how it was our saving grace when we needed it most.
We had all sorts of plans to celebrate Black Friday and Cyber Monday. That is, until we got a concerning phone call from our Mom Thursday afternoon. I advised her to have Dad looked at as he was showing erratic behaviour last week, often tired and growingly-confused. After bringing him in to see their Family Doctor, he told her to have Dad checked-in at the ER right away and that’s when the phone call came. My Mom was inconsolable.
I began suspecting the worst, that maybe he had a stroke and having to leave work early to be by his side, every worst case scenario ran through my mind driving-up the DVP. I picked them up in the Honda Civic 5D Sport and off we went to the Hospital.
After several tests, ultrasounds, CT Scans and about eight hours of waiting, we were so relieved that while it was deemed his symptoms weren’t related to a stroke, it was revealed he had an infection incubating, which affected his coherence. It wasn’t till he was asked to do so, he wasn’t able to remember my name, the current year, nor could he write his own signature on his admittance forms at the Hospital. And this apparently is commonplace in elderly people experiencing this infection.
The Doctor sent us on our way after everything, referring us to multiple specialists to follow-up with. We had a late night dinner, all of us starving. Dad’s appetite was ferocious going for a third helping despite initially insisting he wasn’t hungry and didn’t want to eat. The Civic 5D Sport took us around as we struggled finding a place open in the wee hours of the morning. Google, while great at generating search results, isn’t always on-top of restaurant business hours. We were lucky finding a Pharmacy open late too to fill his urgent prescription, again made possible by our time in the 5D Sport.
Dad slept well that night and first order in the morning was getting him fed and medicated. He had no energy and insisted on sleep. While I was ready to cancel my cross-border Black Friday shopping plans, Mom let me know a short road trip was in good order, so skipping out for a few hours while Dad caught-up on sleep while oddly-timed, worked out just great. One of my brothers came by also to help, thankfully. One, we missed all the traffic at the Border and two, the crowds weren’t so bad at the Walden Galleria as all the early-rising shoppers had cleared-out. Getting a table at The Cheesecake Factory (the only American restaurant she likes) was quick and simple, as we ate an early dinner, beating the dinner rush. I snagged a couple winter coats – one dressy and one practical – got some Christmas shopping done and got Mom a new bag, which made her day. I even tried on a few ridiculous jackets which gave Mom some much-needed laughs! We then head back home to check-in on Dad.
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Sometimes life’s roadblocks aren’t always on the road itself, sometimes they are. Sunday was my day to catch-up with our namesakes A Pic by Mrwill and Mr Will. I was less than thrilled to read the Forecast. While the weather was a mess to say the least, I was driven – pardon the pun – to see my beloved babies. While nobody likes driving in bad weather, we were pleasantly surprised by the few cars on the road. Our Snowplows on the 401 were working hard to keep us safe. And Yorkdale Shopping Centre, which notoriously is horrible for parking, was actually relatively empty for once enabling a quick visit for more Christmas odds and ends.
As we drove into Caledon on country roads, the scenic snow-filled route was actually meditative and driving was a breeze. This, paired with SiriusXM‘s Hallmark Channel blaring Holiday favourites, was just perfect.
A Pic by Mrwill, with her mom Emily and Chico
While some roads were slippery, the Civic 5D Sport‘s Traction Control System kept us safe, as did its Forward Collision Warning, Honda LaneWatch Blind Spot Display and Multi-angle Rearview Camera – which we can’t live without!
Now, with the heavy snow, we did get a warning: “Some Driver Assist Systems Cannot Operate: Radar Obstructed”, but as always, it is best to drive with that extra bit of caution in inclement weather and reduced visibility anyway.
The Civic 5D Sport‘s Fuel Economy using ECON mode remains a game-changer and our week of travels, taking us from the burbs to the City, to the countryside and even Buffalo, tallied-in at less than $100 CAN. Its Fuel Economy comes in at:
City 9.3 L/100km
Highway 6.5 L/100km
Combined 8.0 L/100km
This beauty in Aegean Blue Metallic is controlled by a 7″ colour TFT centre meter display. Climate control, an array of audio and entertainment options are at the control of your finger tips. We adore the charging plate for our Smartphone, plus several charging ports for our passengers. Our passengers and I loved the heated seating options which are a necessity in these frigid conditions.
That Audio System once again proves superb. It sounds so great, we thought we’d sprinkle a little of that Holiday mood over your way!
Every year we make a point of visiting some of our most valuable partners before the Holidays, dropping-off some Holiday goodies. We are happy we had a chance to do that, because our partnerships are what keeps us thriving! We are saddened our dear dog Billy couldn’t be our Co-Pilot like in past years.
The Civic 5D Sport certainly won’t solve all our life problems. Dad is feeling a bit better. We got more of our Holiday shopping done. And well, we can’t avoid some of the weather conditions we’ll face. The car was there for us and was a reliable friend when we needed it.