First Drives

First Drives2022 Hyundai Kona N: A New Kind of Hot Hatch4.0/5
The first-generation Volkswagen Golf GTI , launched in 1976, is widely considered as the original hot hatch, an expression used to describe a sporty compact car with a rear liftgate, juiced-up engine and dynamic chassis. The GTI is now accompanied by the Golf R and several other models from rival …
First Drives2022 Hyundai Elantra N: Chasing the Golf GTI4.5/5
The all-new 2022 Hyundai Elantra N is South Korea’s new 276-horsepower compact sports sedan, complete with a standard six-speed manual gearbox and available eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. It can rival Germany’s Volkswagen Golf GTI with serious performance credentials and a number of goodies including an old-school hand brake. There’s a lot …
First Drives2022 Nissan Rogue Turbo First Drive: Three Cylinders, 201 Horsepower
When the completely redesigned Nissan Rogue arrived for 2021, we got pretty much the same powertrain as the previous generation, namely a naturally aspirated 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine (now with 181 horsepower) mated to a continuously variable transmission. For 2022, Nissan adds a second option under the hood. Base models continue …
First Drives2022 BMW 2 Series Coupe: Entry-Level is Just a Label4.5/5
The BMW 2 Series Coupe has undergone an aesthetic remodel, accompanied by technological additions and light mechanical iterations for 2022. The one that serves as an entry level to the Bavarian brand's Canadian automotive catalogue is also available as a Gran Coupé (which is the fancy term for sedan in …
First Drives2022 Volkswagen Tiguan: Steady as She Goes3.5/5
The Volkswagen Tiguan is the automaker's top-selling ride, but it still lags behind segment leaders like the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V. For 2022, the German brand has given it some slight changes, without going into extravagance and spoiling an already profitable recipe. Technologies, materials and textures have been updated …
First Drives2022 Toyota Corolla Cross: Making Up For Lost Time4.0/5
In order to understand the hype around the all-new 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross , you have to consider two other models. While fairly popular, the Matrix hatchback was discontinued in Canada after the 2014 model year. Toyota’s Scion brand came back with the iM, which later became the Corolla iM …
Test DrivesWe Finally Drove the 2022 GMC Hummer EV
As a member of the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY) voting committee, I recently had the opportunity to be among the first people to drive the all-new, all-electric 2022 GMC Hummer EV . This reborn Hummer has rugged looks and serious off-road capability just like …
First Drives2022 Audi RS 3: The New Queen of Compact Sports Sedans4.5/5
The all-new 2022 Audi RS 3 , which will arrive in Canadian dealerships next spring, is the new record holder among compact sports sedans at the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife . With test driver Frank Strippler behind the wheel, the car recently posted a lap time of 7:40:748 minutes. The Car …
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