Test Drives

Test DrivesThe 2010 Honda Insight – A second opinion
A huge success on the Japanese market since its launch at the beginning of the year, the Honda Insight will soon be available at Honda dealerships. I had the chance to drive some of the preproduction models at the launch of this vehicle last November, which took place in uncharacteristically …
Test Drives2009 Dodge Grand Caravan, always the same
My wife and I are the kind of folks that recoil at the thought of having a minivan parked in the driveway. It’s not the vehicle’s image that turns me off; it’s the absence of any semblance of driving pleasure or style. While some people have created a false necessity …
Test DrivesVolkswagen Routan: A big helping hand from little old Chrysler
Volkswagen has been offering a minivan since last fall, which is a little surprising considering that this market is disappearing before our eyes. But when the decision was made in 2005, little did we know what problems were on the way in 2009... For its new minivan, Volkswagen just looked …
Test Drives2009 Honda Fit Sport: Finally, a Fit that Fits!4.0/5
Last year, when I spent a week aboard the previous generation Honda Fit, I vowed never to set foot in such a vehicle again. Sure, it looked pretty nifty, and the interior was easily the most adaptable I’d encountered, but the reality of the situation was that I was about …
Test Drives2009 Ford F-150: Rekindling the Love Affair4.0/5
Not surprisingly, at the age of 16, I had a very limited selection of automobiles available at my disposal. While my father stoically handed the keys of the family Cadillac over for my road test, the rest of my early driving days were spent behind the oversized wheel of a …
Test DrivesSubaru WRX 265 2009: Stuck in the middle!
At Subaru, the Impreza WRX plays the role of a sports car, attracting a younger clientele to the showrooms. There have been two versions of the WRX available for several years now, the base model and the brutish WRX STi. While the first one, at about $35,000, already commanded a …
Test Drives2009 Audi Q5: Pleasure is standard equipment
While the automobile world seems unable to separate itself from the global economic crisis, Audi is not only managing to get by much better than many of its competitors, it is even unveiling new models in what are not necessarily the most popular categories. When the sports car market was …
Test Drives2009 Chevrolet Traverse: The fourth in the series…
Unwisely, GM has all too often gotten caught up in the game of offering three or four similar models sold under different banners. Case in point, the recent Uplander/Montana SV6/Relay/Teraza foursome of minivans, turned out to be a miserable failure. Despite repeating this mistake over and over again, this year …
Test Drives2009 Lincoln MKS: A Return to Glory4.0/5
Once upon a time, Lincoln’s were considered the crème de la crème of the automotive world. Placed on a pedestal shared with Cadillac, they’re gargantuan Continental luxury coupes and sedan utilized the very latest in technology and design, pioneering everything from bulletproof windshields and four wheel brakes for police vehicles …
Test DrivesTouring the Shows in a Grand Vitara!
Every year, our job requires us to cover a series of regional, national and international auto shows. That’s where we learn about new developments in the field, get the latest industry news and pick up all kinds of information, which ranges from handy to downright funny. This year, I travelled …
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