Test Drives

Test Drives2017 Mazda3 Sport: Vying for Your Attention4.0/5
With the current-generation Mazda3 being on the market since the 2014 model year, it was time for a slight refresh to keep things relevant to today’s buyers. Slight might even be an understatement as there have only been a few small changes to speak of. Up front, we find a …
Test Drives2018 Honda Ridgeline: New Best Friends4.0/5
When we buy a pickup truck for the first time, it might seem as though everyone has magically become our best friend. That also happens when we win the lottery, but for very different reasons. Owning a pickup means you can haul or tow just about anything, and that’s where …
Test Drives2018 Honda Odyssey: a Nod to a Simpler Era4.0/5
Back in the 1990s, the automotive spectrum was rather straightforward. If you were single, or in a relationship, you either drove a compact or midsized car. If you owned a farm, you drove a pickup truck. And if you had a large family, you drove a minivan. Of course, the …
Test Drives2018 Volkswagen Passat: Straight Arrow3.0/5
Could there be a more cutthroat segment in the industry than the midsize sedan one? The midsize crossover segment could also be one, but I find the sedan market to be particularly intense and we’ve seen several automakers just pull out entirely. If the product isn’t stellar, it stands no …
Test Drives2018 Nissan Armada: Big is the Word of the Day4.0/5
There are many people who may require a very large SUV, but not necessarily the luxury nameplate often associated with such brethren. The Nissan Armada would be an excellent choice in that regard because it’s nicely appointed and optioned as many other luxury SUVs are, but doesn’t cost “too” much.
Test Drives2017 Genesis G90: The Silent Type4.0/5
Usually, establishing a luxury brand takes time and involves a lot of hard work and money. Ask Acura, Lexus and Infiniti, the three Japanese brands that come to life in the 80s and haven’t yet matched the aura and prestige of Mercedes-Benz and BMW. To sell luxury vehicles, a showroom …
Test Drives2018 Nissan Pathfinder: Slight Tweaks for this Year4.0/5
Way back when the Nissan Pathfinder hit the market in 1986, it was decidedly a different beast. Sporting a body-on-frame design meant it was a true sport utility vehicle which was constructed more like a truck versus a car. Over the years, it has evolved into a unibody construction, so …
Test Drives2017 Volvo V90: Do We Really Want an SUV?4.0/5
If we think buying anything other than a sport utility vehicle is un-cool, we should think again. The Volvo V90 wagon looks so good, so sexy, that neighbours will admire us for being fashionably different. And admire our car, too. At least, that’s our opinion. But we’re automotive journalists, who …
Test Drives2018 Subaru Crosstrek: For High-Protein Diets4.0/5
When I scheduled the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek for testing, Subaru Canada offered the choice between two vehicles, the one with the manual transmission, or the one with the continuously variable automatic transmission. Obviously, the market being what it is means nobody’s driving manuals these days. But the Crosstrek is aimed …
Test Drives2018 Ford F-150: Minor Tweaks to the Industry Leader4.5/5
Ford’s crown jewel undergoes a slight refresh for 2018 and continues its success as the best-selling vehicle in Canada. It sure looks like that gamble to move toward a new aluminum-based construction for this generation has paid off. With significant weight savings in the bank, Ford was able to offer …
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