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  1. First Drives The Mazda CX-3 is based on the Mazda2. But the name suggests that it's derived from the Mazda3! 2016 Mazda CX-3: Rising Star!

    Introducing a new model is always a big deal for a manufacturer, and that goes double when it's a vehicle in a popular and competitive segment. The CX-3’s arrival is very important for Mazda, which sees the model as a potentially spearhead for the automaker going forward. It also represents … Full story

    Rating : 4.0/5

    Filed in: Mazda | CX-3

  2. First Drives We recorded an average fuel consumption of 7.6 litres per 100 kilometres with the CVT. 2016 Honda HR-V: When The Fit Becomes A Subcompact SUV

    The 2016 Honda HR-V is basically an oversized, higher Fit with a more powerful engine and all-wheel drive on certain versions to deal with the rigours of our climate. This is almost certain to be a winning recipe for Honda in Canada. Just like the Fit, the HR-V is built … Full story

    Rating : 3.5/5

    Filed in: Honda | HR-V

  3. First Drives The 2016 Mercedes-AMG at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S: A True Warrior

    From the legendary “silver arrows” that dominated the Grand Prix in the 1930s to the speedsters that nudged out their rivals at the most recent Formula 1 World Championship, Mercedes-Benz has proven time and again that it knows how to build performance vehicles. The brand boasts the same outstanding track … Full story

    Rating : 4.5/5

    Filed in: Mercedes-Benz | AMG GT

  4. First Drives 2016 ATS-V Coupe 2016 Cadillac ATS-V: A Track-Ready Cadillac? You Bet!

    Cadillac introduced its first high-performance V-series car in 2004, based on the 2003 CTS sedan. The CTS-V eventually became available in station wagon and coupe versions, but until now, however, the only other Cadillacs to have brandished the elusive “V” badge were the also-elusive XLR-V and STS-V. That changes this … Full story

    Rating : 4.5/5

    Filed in: Cadillac | ATS

  5. First Drives The Trekking Plus is the top-of-the-line Fiat 500X and sells for $30,490. With all-wheel drive, expect to pay an additional $2,260. Note that the price difference for all-wheel drive varies for each trim level. 2016 Fiat 500X: Generation X

    If you were born between 1961 and 1980, you’re part of Generation X. That puts you in the 35 to 53 age group, which tends to have a little extra spending cash. Automakers love gen-Xers and want to treat them to all kinds of little pleasures. Maybe that’s why there … Full story

    Rating : 3.0/5

    Filed in: Fiat | 500X

  6. First Drives What better way to enhance the usability of the Sprinter than to add four-wheel-drive capability. 2015 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4x4: Doing The Dirty Work

    There’s no doubt that the hardest-working passenger vehicles in Canada are pickup trucks. They can be found throughout the country hauling dirt, motorcycles, landscaping equipment, and any other number of work and leisure related articles. For cargo that needs to be sheltered from the elements, there’s the venerable cargo van. Full story

    Rating : 4.0/5

    Filed in: Mercedes-Benz | Sprinter

  7. First Drives 2015 Ford Edge: Modern Engines, Not-So-Modern Lines

    Introduced in 2006, the Ford Edge quickly seduced buyers with its modern and dynamic style. Considered Ford’s technological showcase vehicle, the Edge can hold its chin up high next to some of the most prestigious luxury SUVs. It offers outstanding equipment, interior fit and trim, and leading-edge gadgetry. Overall, they’ve … Full story

    Filed in: Ford | Edge

  8. First Drives 2016 Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG 4Matic 2016 Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG 4Matic: Can’t Wait Until Autumn

    FARO, Portugal – In a few months, Mercedes-Benz is going to scratch the C400 from its catalogue, even though this sedan has only been offered for a year. How does that make you feel? Sad? Shocked? Disappointed? Were you saving your money to buy one? Well, take comfort, even rejoice, … Full story

    Rating : 4.5/5

    Filed in: Mercedes-Benz | C Class

  9. First Drives The 2015 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagon provides flat-roof fiends with their family fix. 2015 Volkwagen Golf Sportwagon: The SUV Antidote

    Have you ever looked at the Volkswagen Golf hatchback and thought 'it's simply not practical enough?' Probably not - but just in case, you'll be happy to learn that the redesigned Golf has gained an all-new wagon model that pushes its hauling possibilities past those of most compact SUVs. The … Full story

    Rating : 4.0/5

    Filed in: Volkswagen | Golf

  10. First Drives The Mercedes-AMG C 63 S at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve circuit. 2015 Mercedes-AMG C 63 S: A Queen Is Born?

    Faro, Portugal – With the electronic key warm and cozy at the bottom of my pocket, I scanned the rows of meticulously aligned cars and found the C 63 S whose disproportionately wide German plates bore the inscription “S CW 6304.” The S stands for Stuttgart, where the grand-daddy of … Full story

    Rating : 4.5/5

    Filed in: Mercedes-Benz | C Class

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