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  1. First Drives Why did Hyundai revise both engines down for 2015?  The answer is driveability. 2015 Hyundai Sonata: Less Character, More Value

    Canadians love Hyundai, but more to the point, they tend to fall for the smaller stuff first like the Elantra and the Accent - a reflection of our more frugal buying habits, as well as our lofty fuel prices.  The 2015 Hyundai Sonata, however, remains the main thrust of the … Full story

    Rating : 4.0/5

    Filed in: Hyundai | Sonata

  2. First Drives 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 -  On the oval at the Aldenhoven Test Center 2014 Porsche 911 GT3: The Athlete in the Family

    With a 3.8-litre naturally aspirated engine that produces 475 horsepower and howls at 9,000 rpm, a chassis optimized for track driving, and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires that are practically slicks, the 1,430-kg 911 GT3 is THE Porsche for true connoisseurs who are quick to push it to the … Full story

    Rating : 4.5/5

    Filed in: Porsche | 911

  3. First Drives Ford also makes fleet-oriented XL and XLT models available with the Super Duty trucks. 2015 Ford F-Series Super Duty: Back At The Top

    To build a commercial-grade pickup truck in North America is to agree to participate in a perpetual arms race, a constant game of one-upmanship that centers around towing capacity, torque, and payload.  The 2015 Ford F-Series Super Duty is the latest group of pickups to engage in this endless torrent … Full story

    Rating : 4.0/5

    Filed in: Ford | Super Duty

  4. First Drives 2016 Smart fortwo: Good News Comes in Small Packages

    In 2006, the second-generation smart fortwo was unveiled in a Stuttgart parking lot. Why? It was to prove that, despite its 20 additional centimetres, two smart fortwos could still be parked in a single parking spot. The third generation has just launched in Berlin, and it didn’t have anything to … Full story

    Filed in: smart | Fortwo

  5. First Drives 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat - It’s All About The Horsepower

    Flexing muscles is a top priority when you’re in the muscle car business, but instead of measuring muscle mass, it’s the horsepower numbers that dictate who’s got the biggest biceps. Chevy ruffled a few feathers when it introduced the Camaro ZL1 with 580 horsepower, and it wasn’t long before Ford … Full story

    Rating : 4.5/5

    Filed in: Dodge | Challenger

  6. First Drives The Escalade's styling has really come a long way. 2015 Cadillac Escalade: The Next Step in American Luxury

    With each generation, Cadillac’s full-size SUV has gotten better and better. If the first model, launched in 1999, went largely unappreciated, the second version of the Escalade saw an explosion in popularity. Overnight, it became a fashion accessory for celebrities. Its size, price and thirst for fuel should logically condemn … Full story

    Rating : 4.5/5

    Filed in: Cadillac | Escalade

  7. First Drives How do you take something old and make it new again? 2015 Ford Expediton: EcoBoost To The Future

    How do you take something old and make it new again?  If you're Ford, you stuff as much high tech equipment inside the 2015 Ford Expedition as possible in a bid to keep the full-size SUV relevant in a world where crossovers have eaten away almost entirely at a people … Full story

    Rating : 4.0/5

    Filed in: Ford | Expedition

  8. First Drives In 2009, the Nissan GT-R wreaked havoc on the supercar kingdom. 2016 Nissan GT-R NISMO: Shaking up the Aristocracy

    Since its introduction in 2009, the Nissan GT-R has wreaked havoc on the supercar kingdom, and the aristocracy has really taken it on the chin: the GT-R is a high-performance car without any real pedigree that is offered at a price far lower than many prestigious models. It shows off … Full story

    Filed in: Nissan | GT-R

  9. First Drives Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited 2015 Subaru Outback: Fearless and Comfortable

    St. John’s, Newfoundland – Twenty years have gone by since the first Outback appeared. Back then, it was little more than a taller and slightly more butch version of the Legacy wagon with a pair of fog lights under the grille and more muscular rocker panels to give it a … Full story

    Rating : 4.5/5

    Filed in: Subaru | Outback

  10. First Drives At first glance, it’s hard to tell the A3 e-tron apart from a conventional A3. 2015 Audi A3 e-tron: Mastering electrons

    Audi, the Ingolstadt-based automaker, has just released its first rechargeable hybrid in Europe. The Audi A3 e-tron will then makes its way to Canada by the summer of 2015. We travelled to Vienna, Austria, to meet this newcomer, which balances seemingly irreconcilable priorities: efficiency and driving pleasure. The A3 e-tron … Full story

    Rating : 4.5/5

    Filed in: Audi | A3

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