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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 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 …
Special EventsSubaru Winter Experience: Mad Fun on Sheer Ice
EAGLE RIVER, Wisconsin— It’s a shame the Subaru Winter Experience is not offered in Canada. We bet you’d have a blast, too. Imagine spending one, two or three full days driving Subaru BRZ and WRX STI models equipped with studded tires through various courses on a frozen lake. You could …
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 …

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BuzzPair of Wienermobiles For Sale in Alberta at $12,000
The iconic Wienermobile, originally created in 1936 by the Oscar Mayer company in the U.S., is without a doubt one of the most famous advertising vehicles in the world—the very definition of a “head-turner.” A number of copies have been built over the years and some of them are still …
NewsThe Car Guide’s 2020 Best Buys: Toyota Camry
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 midsize sedans , where a new world order has been established. The Toyota Camry (MSRP from $26,620) deserves top honours this year …
NewsGeneva Auto Show Cancelled Due to Coronavirus
The coronavirus is starting to spread quickly across Europe after coming from Asia, and it’s such a threat to public health that authorities in Switzerland have just decided to cancel the 2020 edition of the Geneva Auto Show , which was scheduled to begin on March 5. The announcement created …
GenevaDS Aero Sport Lounge: The French Aren’t Kidding Around!
If you have a thing for French cars, you’re going to love the new concept unveiled by DS, one of the various brands owned by PSA, which recently merged with Fiat Chrysler. Called Aero Sport Lounge, the vehicle will officially make its debut next week at the 2020 Geneva Auto …
NewsRussian Batmobile Gets Impounded
A Batmobile replica in Moscow was impounded recently after police caught the vehicle driving with no licence plate and illegal dimensions. According to local media, it stands six metres long and four metres wide. "The car is not registered by any public organization, has no legal certificate and is not …
NewsIs the Subaru Crosstrek Finally Getting a Bigger Engine?
If you’re among the many people who feel the current Subaru Crosstrek lacks muscle with a 2.0-litre engine rated at 152 horsepower, here’s some encouraging bit of news. According to a report by Automotive News , Subaru of America CEO Tom Doll announced at a dealer meeting that the Crosstrek …
NewsBedbugs Like Ridesharing Services as Much as You do
No taxi or ridesharing company will openly admit it, but their car interiors are no different from a house, apartment or hotel room for parasites, more specifically bedbugs. A recent report by the WFAA news channel in Dallas, Texas caught our attention because we can hear what an exterminator has …
News2021 Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 is Back With a 382-hp Engine
Last December, Mercedes-Benz unveiled the second-generation 2021 GLA sub-compact crossover in base GLA 250 trim (221 horsepower) and high-performance AMG GLA 35 variant (302 horsepower). Now, meet their evil twin: the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 4MATIC+. With an output of up to 382 horsepower, the all-new 2.0-litre engine from Mercedes-AMG …
Geneva2021 Hyundai Elantra GT Unveiled Ahead of Geneva Show
Hyundai has completely taken the wraps off of the new i30 (our Elantra GT ) before its world premiere at the 2020 Geneva Auto Show next week. Physically, the Korean hatchback is characterized by a wider-looking, more modern stance. It inherits the spectacular grille from the new Sonata and redesigned …

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First Drives2020 Hyundai Venue: The Perfect Fit for the Right Customers
Just before our test drive of the all-new 2020 Hyundai Venue, we received a short message from the company’s public relations staff. Basically, they asked us to put ourselves in the customer’s shoes. You see, the Venue is aimed at city-dwelling millennials with a fondness for the latest and hottest …
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 …
First Drives2020 Audi S8: High-end Luxury With a Sporty Twist
Two years after the launch of the next-generation Audi A8 , here comes the high-performance variant, a car filled with the same advanced technologies but offering an extra dose of power and sportiness. Available now in Canada from $151,600, the new 2020 Audi S8 is the executive luxury sedan for …
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 Dodge Charger Hellcat Widebody: The Survivor
SONOMA, California— SRT (Street and Racing Technology) is to FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) what AMG is to Mercedes-Benz or M to BMW. It’s an expert team of engineers, technicians and drivers who have become preachers of uncompromised performance. They have the brains, the skills, the tools and the financial resources …
First Drives2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB: CuteWagen
With the addition of the all-new 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB , there are now eight SUVs in the German automaker’s lineup. People in Stuttgart are ecstatic since rival BMW “only” has seven. However, the latter offers three sub-compact models including the BMW X1 and X2 as well as the MINI Countryman.
First DrivesWe Drove an Electric Mazda Before a Big Reveal in Tokyo
OSLO, Norway– The Car Guide recently visited the EV paradise that is Norway, where more than half of new-car sales are electric, for the opportunity to discover Mazda’s new electrification technology and drive an experimental prototype. In fact, the e-TPV name stands for “Electric Test Prototype Vehicle.” This is not …
First Drives2020 Porsche Taycan: A Civilized Electric Rocket
HAMBURG, Germany— Four years after presenting the Mission E concept and announcing the development of its first electric sports car, Porsche unveiled the production version on three separate continents at the same time. Long, wide, low and racy, the Taycan is almost identical to the early designs and fulfills all …

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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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