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Test Drives2020 Audi Q3: From Last to First
The second-generation Audi Q3 is starting to become a common sight on Canadian roads. And it’s no surprise: the popularity of urban luxury crossovers is skyrocketing. Cadillac , Jaguar , Lexus and Volvo have all jumped on the bandwagon lately, hoping to catch the Germans. The BMW X1 took an …
MechanicalMineral or Synthetic Engine Oil: Make the Right Choice
Beyond fuel, engine oil is the single most important fluid in a vehicle. It needs to be a quality product that you change according to the service intervals recommended by the manufacturer in order for the engine to deliver optimum performance and last longer. During your last visit at the …
Comparative Tests2020 Nissan Kicks vs. 2020 Hyundai Venue: The Numbers
Over the past few months, we’ve seen automakers launch small new SUVs that are big on efficiency and affordability. Two of those are the Nissan Kicks and Hyundai Venue . Both are available with a frugal gasoline engine and front-wheel drive only. Which one has the edge? We crunched the …
Previews2021 Toyota Venza: Five Things to Know
The Toyota Venza as you know it is long gone. The beefy, Camry -based wagon disappeared from the Canadian market after the 2016 model year. Well, it’s back! The Japanese automaker has revived the nameplate, announcing a more SUV-like crossover that should appeal to today’s families. The all-new 2021 Toyota …
NewsBurt Reynolds' 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Sold for $240,000
The Pontiac Firebird Trans Am from Smokey and the Bandit is one of the most famous movie cars of all time. A 1977 special-edition model once owned by the late actor Burt Reynolds recently wound up on the car auction website Bring a Trailer. Believe it or not, the winning …

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NewsRumour: 2021 Mazda3 Turbo is Coming
How can you make the new Mazda3 truly irresistible, beside maybe adding a bit more space? The answer, of course, is a high-performance variant. The first two generations of the popular Japanese gave us a Mazdaspeed3, but since the introduction of KODO styling and the full range of SKYACTIV technologies, …
NewsTwo More Acura Type S Models are Coming, Leaked Document Says
The all-new 2021 Acura TLX unveiled last week marks the return of the high-performance Type S designation in the Acura lineup, but the company wants a lot more than just this one sports sedan. Other Type S models will debut in the coming years and we now know a bit …
News2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Gets Much More Than Just a Lifting
Barely a week after teasing a facelifted Hyundai Santa Fe for 2021, the Korean automaker officially revealed the vehicle today. Remember, the current generation was introduced just two years ago as a 2019 model. Now, it gets a major update that includes an all-new platform improving performance, efficiency and safety, …
NewsThe Car Guide’s 2020 Best Buys: Chrysler Pacifica
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 minivans . There’s no surprise this year, so our champion successfully defends its title. As recently reported, however, big changes are coming …
New Models2021 BMW 4 Series Unveiled With More Power, Giant Grille
We’ve been waiting for it since the introduction of the Concept 4 at the Frankfurt Auto Show last September. Now, it’s finally here. Meet the all-new 2021 BMW 4 Series . As you can see right away, this new generation of the sporty Bavarian coupe is dominated by a massive …
News2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Special Edition Sees Red
How can the Toyota Corolla Hatchback increase customer interest two years after its debut and ward off the sexy new Mazda3 in the process? By launching an equally attractive, limited-edition model, that’s how! Similar to its Japanese rival, this unique Corolla stands out with a rich scarlet hue (the same …
NewsNew Porsche 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design is the Cherry on Top
Porsche is a sports car manufacturer with plenty of tradition that lives on through a number of special editions. The latest example is the new 2021 Porsche 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design, the first of four collector's models from the brand’s Heritage Design strategy. Crafted by the Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur …
NewsTesla Model 3’s Paint Problem Has a Solution Now
The Tesla Model 3 ’s accelerated paint degradation is well-documented. Several owners across the country and around the world have reported abnormal damage at the bottom of their cars and behind the wheels after just a few months. Some have even turned to legal action to hopefully have the problem …
NewsFCA Has 1,300 Buyout Packages Planned for Windsor Employees
Fiat-Chrysler’s (FCA) Windsor Assembly Plant in Ontario re-opened on May 19 with new health and safety protocols in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. And today three-shift production resumed but only for the next three weeks. According to a report by the Windsor Star , the third shift will be …
New ModelsSecond-gen 2021 Buick Envision is Going to be Hot
After bolstering its lineup with the addition of the all-new Encore GX recently, Buick is now announcing the second-generation 2021 Envision , a model that was in dire need of a complete overhaul, having been around for five years. Will it manage to leave the bottom of sales charts in …

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First Drives2022 Volkswagen Golf: Our Exclusive First-Drive Review
Porto, Portugal— The eighth-generation (Mk8) Volkswagen Golf is currently hitting the European market. Alas, Canadian customers will have to wait until 2021 to buy one. The Car Guide recently flew to Portugal for an exclusive, way-early first look at this brand new Golf. Previous generations took a sweet time to …
First Drives2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport: Amerika
America is an increasingly attractive market for automakers. There may not be as many people as in Asia, but consumers have more money. And they spend more for SUVs because they want safety and capability. These vehicles have higher margins and generate more profit, so forgive companies for launching more …
First Drives2020 MINI Cooper SE: The Battery Game
We’re going to cut to the chase right away: the new, all-electric MINI Cooper SE offers disappointing range. With a small 32.6-kWh battery, it’s only marginally better than the first Ford Focus Electric and Nissan LEAF models. The actual number is 177 kilometres—or about 110-120 kilometres in winter. Nothing to …
First Drives2020 Mazda CX-30: CrossMazda3
Mazda is introducing a fourth crossover for 2020, meaning cars will soon become a minority in the brand’s lineup. Slotting between the CX-3 and CX-5 , the all-new Mazda CX-30 won’t replace the former—at least not for now. The idea is to keep the CX-3 around for a while to …
First Drives2020 Subaru Impreza: The Winning Formula Continues
During our trip to Lafayette, Indiana to attend the media launch of the Subaru Crosstrek PHEV, we also had the opportunity to test drive the 2020 Impreza . What’s New for 2020? Originally introduced in 1992, the Impreza has had a great career. The current generation dates back to 2017, …
First Drives2020 BMW X5 M and X6 M: Sweet Monsters
PHOENIX, Arizona—The 2020 BMW X5 M ’s specs are just as intimidating as its flared fenders, massive bumpers and oversized wheels. Simply put, this high-performance midsize SUV is a monster. Under the hood is a twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 engine that produces 600 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. We tested …
First Drives2020 Subaru Crosstrek PHEV: In Need of Longer Range
Following an unsuccessful first attempt with the XV Crosstrek Hybrid in 2014, Subaru decided to come back with a more serious gas-electric product for the new decade. The 2020 Crosstrek PHEV, which uses a plug-in hybrid powertrain, actually went on sale last year in the U.S. as a 2019 model.
First Drives2020 Nissan Sentra: Newly Armed and a Bit More Dangerous
Nissan didn’t really put a lot of effort into making the Sentra more popular in recent years. Heck, it almost seemed like the company had thrown the towel. Only two trim levels were offered for 2019 and the only one with a manual transmission was devoid of air conditioning. In …

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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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