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First Drives2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe: This One’s a Homerun
Some manufacturers refuse to throw all their money at SUVs and crossovers. Count BMW among them. While its lineup of X-branded models has considerably evolved over the past decade, we can say the same about BMW cars. In fact, most luxury automakers nowadays are exploring previously unchartered territories in hope …
Test Drives2020 Acura RDX: Damned Touchpad
Acura introduced its first-ever compact luxury SUV in 2007. Twelve years later, the RDX was completely redesigned for its third generation. We’ve just spent a week behind the wheel of a 2020 Acura RDX A-Spec, which is unchanged from the new-for-2019 model. Turbocharged Under the hood is a turbocharged 2.0-litre …
Test Drives2020 Ford Ranger: Bigger and Pricier Than you Remember
Everybody knows that pickups are immensely popular, but the numbers are still mind-boggling. Consider Ford’s F-Series , the No. 1 best-selling vehicle in North America. Last year alone, it found a home in over one million driveways, including nearly 146,000 in Canada. Completing the podium are the Ram and Chevrolet …
Special Events2020 Porsche Ice Experience: 443 Horsepower on Slick Ice
The Car Guide was recently invited to Circuit Mécaglisse about an hour north of Montreal to put the new 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S and Carrera 4S to the test on an icy track. As you may know, the sports-car manufacturer offers customers the opportunity to take part in advanced …
Classic CarsThis Old Datsun Recently Sold for Over $400,000
Auction website Bring a Trailer is full of treasures. The latest we came across was this 1971 Datsun 240Z that was sold for $310,000 USD, or approximately $410,000 CAD. Ronald Munson, the Datsun dealership owner from Marion, Indiana who purchased the car in 1970, gave it to his son as …

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NewsVolvo S90 and V90 Get a Few Updates
Volvo today announced a few updates to its large cars including the S90 sedan and V90/V90 Cross Country wagon. First, the fog lights, lower front bumper and rear spoiler all feature a new design, although only a keen eye will tell the difference. Same thing for the taillights on the …
ElectricCybertruck or Model X: Ontario Police Seeks Musk’s Opinion
What modern EV would make the best patrol vehicle? That’s what the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to know. While plans for the future police fleet remain up in the air, someone at the OPP’s Highway Safety Division did a bit of Photoshop with the Tesla Cybertruck and Tesla …
News2021 Ford F-150 is Starting to Reveal Itself
Almost all the attention of Ford enthusiasts this winter and spring is focused on the all-new Bronco , and understandably so, but a more important product will be the next-generation 2021 Ford F-150 , which is set to make its debut later this year. The truck is now starting to …
NewsOntario's New Licence Plates Become Illegible at Night
The new licence plates being issued in Ontario since February 1 have a major problem that many drivers are complaining about. According to CTV News , the plates become totally illegible at night when hit with a direct light, for example a car’s headlights. Obviously, this is a concern for …
BuzzThis Flame-spitting Ford Model A Has a Tank V12
The Ford Model A is a unique piece of automotive history and, like many classic cars , it attracts tuning enthusiasts and restomod specialists. Just do a quick search online and you will come across a number of remarkable creations with stunning designs, outrageous components or both. Today, via Ford …
NewsHonda Civic Type R Limited Edition Announced for 2021
As you know, the world premiere of the refreshed and upgraded 2020 Honda Civic Type R took place on January 9 at Tokyo Auto Salon in Japan. We learned in the process that the car will go on sale in North America by the end of winter. Well, barely a …
NewsMercedes-AMG Cranks GLE Coupe up to 603 Horsepower
The latest member of Mercedes-AMG’s performance lineup is, unsurprisingly, another SUV. Meet the 2021 GLE 63 S 4MATIC+ Coupe. Completely redesigned for 2020, the midsize GLE already offered a great selection of engines ranging from 255 to 429 horsepower, but that clearly wasn’t enough for the mad scientists at AMG.
NewsThe Car Guide’s 2020 Best Buys: Audi A4 and A5
Every year, The Car Guide publishes its Best Buys in nearly 30 different vehicle categories. Today we continue our review of the 2020 winners with a look at compact luxury cars , a market segment where a surprising newcomer from Asia manages to break through the German stronghold. Once again …
NewsNissan Launches Subscription Pilot in the U.S.
Nissan , which is desperately trying to stop its downward spiral and looking for new ways to make money, has announced a subscription service model called Nissan Switch. Similar to Porsche, which started its Passport program with a pilot in Atlanta, the Japanese automaker will first test its service in …
ElectricMystery Surrounds Porsche Taycan Caught in a Fire
You might have heard stories of Tesla cars that caught fire, most of them the result of debris damaging the electric system components after a crash. Well, this past weekend, one of the approximately 130 Porsche Taycan sedans sold in the U.S. last year suffered a similar fate down in …

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Test Drives2019 Mazda3: Beautiful
The small-car segment is struggling of late, and a few models have recently left the market—like the Ford Focus and Chevrolet Cruze —a sign that some manufacturers crunched numbers and figured out that their eventual redesign wouldn’t be as profitable as developing more crossover vehicles. Still, Mazda believes there is …
Test Drives2019 BMW M850i Cabriolet: Expensive Bargain
As if the BMW 6 Series wasn’t prestigious enough, the German brand replaced it with the recently introduced 8 Series, available in coupe, convertible and—very soon—four-door Gran Coupé body styles. Leapfrogging the BMW 7 Series sedan, it means the 8 Series is now the flagship model line and must be …
Test Drives2020 Honda Passport: The Gentle Adventurer
The all-new Honda Passport is a pretty rare sight on the road. Since it went on sale in Canada last year, we’ve only come across a handful of them on the road. That’s understandable when you consider how much of a niche product the Passport is. It might not look …
Test Drives2020 BMW Z4: The Better of the Two
Sales of sports cars are falling right now and with development costs continuing to rise, it only makes sense for automakers to join forces and create a common platform that has the ability to spawn different products. That’s what Toyota and BMW did with the GR Supra and Z4, respectively.
Test Drives2019 Honda Accord Touring: Still a Go-to Car, But…
The latest Honda Accord is an award-winning sedan for many reasons. For the record, it was voted as the 2018 Car of the Year in both Canada and North America, while earning a 2019 Best Buy award from The Car Guide . But as you know, the auto industry can …
Test Drives2020 Ram Power Wagon: The Mean Workhorse
WHISTLER, British Columbia— When FCA introduced the all-new 2019 Ram Heavy Duty at the Detroit Auto Show last year, the numbers were quite impressive: up to 1,000 pound-feet of torque with the Cummins turbo-diesel engine and a maximum towing capacity of 35,100 pounds. However, Ford announced last week that its …
Test Drives2019 Buick Envision: Premium, Not Luxury
If the Buick brand is doing well on the Chinese market, it’s been in search of an identity in North America for quite a while now. Which is ironic, since it’s one of the oldest domestic brands still in business. What is Buick anyway? Can it be considered a mainstream …
Test Drives2019 Kia Niro EV: An Electric Car Worthy of More Attention
Since the launch of the Nissan LEAF in 2011, affordable electric vehicles offering zero range anxiety have become more and more popular. One of them is the Kia Niro EV, the third member of the Niro lineup following the hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants. Originally launched for the 2017 model …

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2020 Audi RS Q8: Green Hell’s Fastest SUV
Mechanically speaking, the Audi RS Q8 shares its twin-turbocharged V8 engine with the RS 7 and RS 6 Avant . It produces 590 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque."Because someday it will be my turn to drive this super Audi SUV and tackle the Green Hell…" These are the words …
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Light on the 2019 Mazda MX-5 by Gabriel Gélinas
This introductory video, led by automotive journalist Gabriel Gélinas, is a perfect example of why the Mazda MX-5 won the best-buy title in the convertible segment of the 2020 Auto Guide... Whether with her soft roof on the standard model or remote-controlled hardtop in the MX-5 RF grand touring version, …
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Focus on the Mazda 3 with Gabriel Gélinas
The Mazda 3 wins the Best Buy Award in its category in the 2020 Auto Guide. It has an athletic look, and the addition of the optional all-wheel-drive makes this compact a great upgrade to the Quebec market. Here is a car to discover under the keen eye of journalist …
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