Test Drives

Test Drives2018 Kia Rio: Trying to Turn the Tide4.0/5
The subcompact-car segment in North America is struggling for three reasons. One, SUVs are now the hot item. Two, compact-sized cars cost only a few bucks more a month. Three, gasoline still isn’t expensive enough. A small car such as the redesigned 2018 Kia Rio has a lot going for …
Test Drives2018 Mazda MX-5 RF: Simplify Your Life4.0/5
As I’m writing this, Mazda has already announced an updated version of its little roadster. The 2019 Mazda MX-5 will feature slightly more power from its naturally aspirated 2.0-litre four cylinder. You might imagine then, that reading a review of the 2018 model is irrelevant. Well, not exactly. Because many …
Test Drives2018 Subaru Crosstrek: Trendy Contender4.0/5
Back in 1994, sensing that sport utility vehicles were going to be popular, Subaru wisely took a Legacy wagon, jacked up the suspension, added body cladding and with a few more changes, created the Outback. Over the years, it’s become an alternative to big, clumsy SUVs and helped put Subaru …
Test Drives2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport V6: Officially a Legend3.5/5
It’s fascinating what the appearance in a cult movie about time travelling will do to a vehicle. That and the best reliability rating on the planet also helps. Ask anyone looking for a second-hand Toyota truck or head onto Kijiji and look for one yourself, you’ll quickly realize that they’re …
Test Drives2018 Mercedes-Benz C 300 Wagon: Canada’s Little Darling4.0/5
As I’m writing this, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C 300 wagon is only available in Canada for the North American market. I should have your attention now. Because if you’ve got one ounce of automotive enthusiasm left inside you, you should be rushing into your local Mercedes-Benz dealership to place an …
Test Drives2018 Karma Revero: Back to Life3.5/5
It’s difficult not to talk about the Revero without mentioning its tumultuous childhood. Created by Henrik Fisker, automotive designer and entrepreneur who penned cars such as the BMW Z8 and the Aston Martin DB9 , the Fisker Karma hit the market in 2011 as a luxury plug-in hybrid sedan. After …
Test Drives2018 Honda Odyssey: Technovan3.5/5
Let’s stop pretending we’re not parents for a while and figure out what we really need in a family vehicle. Taking the kids to hockey practice, carpooling, going camping, heading to the cottage, fetching the groceries; all these tasks require a spacious vehicle, one in which everyone fits without arguments …
Test Drives2018 Volkswagen Passat: New Heart, Old Bones3.5/5
The Passat has been around in its current form since the 2012 model year, and received little changes since its debut. It’s built in the United States, and is actually a different car—a bigger car—than the Passat sold in Europe, seeking to please a market that prefers larger vehicles. When …
Test Drives2018 Honda Accord: Completely Revamped4.0/5
The all-new, tenth-generation Honda Accord has arrived and it’s sure to make some waves in the traditional (albeit dwindling) midsized sedan market. Canadian consumers have indicated their preference in buying crossovers and SUVs en masse for years now, with the top four midsize sedans experiencing sales declines. Ford has thrown …
Test Drives2018 Honda Civic Si: Sports Car or Fast Economy Car?4.0/5
When I shared that I was testing the 2018 Honda Civic Si on social media, stating that it was a “great little sports car,” I had some pushback on that characterization. Some people took issue that a Civic could be labeled a “sports car.” It’s understandable if you only consider …
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