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First Drives2019 BMW Z4 sDrive30i: No Need to Worry
PALM SPRINGS (California) – After a three-year hiatus, BMW’s drop-top roadster returns with an all-new face, built on an entirely updated platform and powered by two new engines. Exciting. But we were worried. Worried that this new Z4 would be too big, too soft and far from its roots (the …
Test Drives2019 Toyota 86 TRD Special Edition: Ok, Now What?
For many years, there weren’t any sports cars in Toyota’s lineup. The Corolla GT-S, the Celica, the MR2 and the Supra were all gone, and for some time, its sportiest vehicle was a RAV4 V6. In 2012, the 2013 Scion FR-S appeared and all of a sudden, not only was …
Test Drives2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV: Welcome to Canada
Two years after its official release, the Chevrolet Bolt EV remains competitive even if it now faces serious rivals such as the long-range Nissan LEAF PLUS and the Hyundai Kona Electric. Plus, the Tesla Model 3 is finally here, and it’s not only an accomplished product, its gaining quite a …
First Drives2019 Volvo V60: The World’s only PHEV Wagon
Following recent updates to the S60, Volvo has modernized the V60 wagon. We were invited to drive the vehicle in its home country of Sweden. Wagons have been part of the Volvo tradition for decades, but the V60’s segment is waning with few players left on the field. There’s the …
Test Drives2019 Toyota Corolla: Deal or no Deal?
The Corolla is a very enviable position compared to most of its compact-car rivals. Toyota’s popular sedan needs no introduction and could even keep selling well is the company decided to stop advertising it. Its name itself is a symbol of reliability, durability and loyalty. Corolla is also synonymous with …
First Drives2019 Chevrolet Blazer: Identity Theft
SAN DIEGO (California) – Chevrolet invited us to California to drive an all-new five-passenger crossover. We were promised a vehicle that’ll compete against a Nissan Murano , a Honda Passport and a Ford Edge . We then got the usual spiel about its design, technology and sportiness. Oddly enough, this …

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News2020 Mercedes-Benz SLC: End of the Road
It appears the Mercedes-Benz SLC ’s days are counted, as the manufacturer has just announced Final Edition variants for the 2020 model year in the United States, which pay tribute to the SLK that appeared in 1996. That SLK introduced a power-folding hard top to the brand, and to make …
NewsThe Car Guide’s 2019 Best Buys: Audi Q5
The choice of cars and trucks on the Canadian market has never been so wide and diversified, and to help consumers make the right purchase decision, The Car Guide ’s team of journalists publishes its yearly Best Buys in every vehicle category. In the luxury compact SUV segment, the Best …
TorontoMINI Cooper S 3 Door Ice Blue Edition Launched in Toronto
British brand MINI has a habit of cranking out special editions of their models in order to keep customers happy—especially those who look for a little exclusivity. This time around, it’s the 3 Door model that gets a limited-run variant called the Ice Blue Edition, which is presented at the …
TorontoInfiniti’s New Q50 I-LINE and Q60 I-LINE on Display in Toronto
Infiniti is launching its new I-LINE editions of the Q50 sedan and Q60 coupe, which will only be offered in Canada starting next month. I-LINE stands for “Inspired Line” and should appear on more of the brand’s models in the future. The 2019 Infiniti Q50 I-LINE is based on the …
TorontoMercedes-Benz Unveils the Fully Electric EQC in Toronto
German brand Mercedes-Benz is set to rival Tesla, Audi and Jaguar in the fully electric, luxury SUV arena with the 2020 EQC, which is making its Canadian debut at the Toronto Auto Show. Also, pricing for the new 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan was revealed during the press conference of the …
TorontoToyota Shows Off 2019 Prius e-AWD in Toronto
A bunch of new vehicles are arriving in Toyota dealerships, and not only is the Japanese brand renewing its range of compact SUVs, but its cars are getting some attention as well. The 2019 Toyota Prius receives some cosmetic updates and a new, available infotainment system that incorporates an 11.6-inch …
Toronto2019 Cadillac CT6-V and 2020 Cadillac XT6 Unveiled in Toronto
American luxury brand Cadillac premiered two new models at the Toronto Auto Show, which should both draw a fair amount of attention, although for different reasons. The 2019 Cadillac CT6-V will flaunt the company’s new twin-turbo, 4.2-litre V8 engine that is said to develop 550 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of …

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Test Drives2018 Kia Optima: Beauty and Brains
Times are tough for midsize sedans, as they used to be bread-and-butter vehicles for every mainstream manufacturer doing business in North America. With the current shift to SUVs, passenger cars are losing ground, and yet, they’ve never been so good. A midsize sedan offers space, comfort, refinement and fuel economy, …
Test Drives2019 Lincoln MKC: Fingers Crossed
It would be unfair to call the 2019 Lincoln MKC a bad purchase, because it isn’t. On its own, Lincoln’s compact luxury SUV pushes many of the right buttons as far as what consumers are seeking in this segment. The problem is that it’s submerged in a sea of excellent …
Test Drives2019 Volvo XC40: Icing on the Cake
The subcompact luxury SUV segment reminds me of carrot cake. Nobody is reinventing anything, but rather recycling an old idea presented in a better-looking shape. If you’re going to sell carrot cake, you’d better have a solid recipe if you plan on outselling your competition. Volvo, with its XC40, has …
Test Drives2018 Mazda3: Taking a Bow
The current generation of the Mazda3, which was introduced for the 2014 model year, has been good for the Japanese automaker. Although it didn’t sell quite as well than the first-gen model (2004-2008), it consistently ranked among the best-selling cars in Canada, at a time when consumers were shifting towards …
Test Drives2019 Honda Pilot: Try to Keep Up
2018 definitely was a year of SUVs. As these things become more and more dominant within the automotive landscape, carmakers are dishing out seriously competitive offerings to lure consumers into their showrooms. In the midsize segment, the new Subaru Ascent has recently been introduced, and we already drove the new …
Test Drives2018 Lexus RC: Off Target
When a luxury brand introduces a compact sport sedan, and in this case, a compact sport coupe, they inevitably and immediately get compared to the BMW 3 Series and 4 Series , the Mercedes-Benz C-Class as well as the Audi A4 and A5 . These German cars are well appointed, …
Test Drives2019 Toyota Avalon: Not Letting Go Without a Fight
For 2019, Toyota’s full-size sedan gets a redo. A major redo. There’s even a sporty version called the XSE. And the car is very, very good. So good in fact, that it walked away with a Best Buy award for the full-size sedan segment here at The Car Guide .
Test Drives2018 Jeep Wrangler Sport Unlimited V6: Back to Basics
To my eyes, a Jeep Wrangler is best in its most basic form. No LED headlights, chrome trim, fancy wheels or leather seats. If you’re going to commit to a Jeep, you get the base one, the one with two doors, a ragtop, and a stick. At least, that’s how …

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2019 Mazda3 unveiled in L.A.
We knew it was coming, and Mazda had teased us with some technical information, telling us the car would feature its revolutionary SKYACTIV-X engine , as well as an all-new platform and styling derived from the absolutely gorgeous Kai concept car it presented last year …
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