First Drives

First Drives2021 Kia K5: More Than Just Good Looks4.0/5
Do you feel that? That’s the wind of change blowing through the Kia lineup for 2021. Gone is the Optima . Here comes the brand new K5 , a much more elegant and advanced family car arriving in dealerships this fall. Why K5? For marketing purposes, Kia has decided to …
First Drives2021 Genesis GV80: Humbling the Competition4.0/5
Not so long ago, every new SUV that came onto the scene was guaranteed to enjoy success. Now that the market is littered with them, things are different. Some models have been complete failures in terms of sales—think Jaguar E-PACE , Ford EcoSport and Cadillac XT6 . So here comes …
First Drives2021 Ram 1500 TRX: Think Really, Really Big4.0/5
FCA and its Ram brand did the unthinkable this summer. While most automakers are electrifying their lineups, the folks in Auburn Hills announced the most powerful Ram pickup ever—the insane 2021 Ram 1500 TRX—with not a single ounce of environmental conscience. Of course, such outrageous expression of the classic American …
First Drives2021 Ferrari Roma: Step Aside, Aston Martin!4.5/5
Ferrari openly admits that the all-new Roma takes a direct shot at the Aston Martin DB11 . Both are sublime-looking grand touring coupes aimed at sophisticated individuals who want exceptional performance without compromising luxury and comfort. Up until now, Ferrari could only attempt to please those customers with the AWD-equipped …
First Drives2021 Toyota Venza: From Large Camry to Halo Product4.0/5
When the original Toyota Venza hit the market in 2009, crossovers were still a novel concept—literally a cross between a car and an SUV. The Venza was essentially a larger, more versatile Camry . Discontinued after the 2016 model year, it’s back for 2021. Today’s automotive landscape has changed quite …
First Drives2021 Polestar 2: Is 2 Better Than 3?4.0/5
The all-new Polestar 2 is the first serious threat to the Tesla Model 3 and it will land in Canada later this fall. This car has pretty much all the ingredients to win over customers who are thinking about making the jump to an electric vehicle. What is Polestar , …
First Drives2021 Acura TLX: Now That’s Refreshing!3.5/5
Sales of luxury sedans are falling in Canada. Acura , unsurprisingly, continues to trail German competitors Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. On a positive note, the TLX is outselling the Infiniti Q50 , Lexus IS , Genesis G70 and Volvo S60/V60 , not to mention the new Cadillac CT4 . But …
First Drives2021 GMC Yukon Denali: A Masterpiece in Its Own Right4.5/5
Large SUVs are not made for everybody. They take up a lot of place and they can be extremely tough to park. And yet they are very popular at the moment despite environmental and economic pressures. At General Motors, these highly profitable modern-day mastodons are called Chevrolet Tahoe /Suburban, GMC …
First Drives2021 Chevrolet Tahoe: No Room for Error4.0/5
If there’s one vehicle that Chevrolet can’t screw up, it’s the next-generation Tahoe . The outgoing model accounted for over 100,000 units sold in North America the past two years. Overall, GM’s full-size SUVs (Chevy Tahoe and Suburban, GMC Yukon and Yukon XL , Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV ) …
Test Drives2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime: Like a Thousand Hot Cakes4.0/5
As the best-selling SUV in Canada, the Toyota RAV4 is clearly a big hit among consumers. For 2021, both the conventionally powered model and the RAV4 Hybrid remain unchanged. However, a new plug-in hybrid variant joins the lineup. The Car Guide recently headed to Kingston, Ontario to attend the Canadian …
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