Test Drives

Test DrivesJeep Patriot 2009: Success story!
Okay, so the Patriot may not be as refined as the Honda CR-V, or as powerful as the Volkswagen Tiguan, and it doesn’t even come close to having the interior roominess of the Toyota Rav4. But with a base price that is more than $10,000 less than that of these …
Test DrivesMazda RX8 R3: Precision is Rotary Powered3.5/5
Without exception, the most thrilling human creations are always the smallest, and the rotary engine that sits under the hood of Mazda’s latest RX8 R3 ranks right up there next to cocaine. Displacing just 1.3 litres, it concedes some displacement to large sportbikes but offers up much of the same …
Test Drives2009 Mercedes-Benz B Class: A way of life
In North America, “bigger is better” is a way of living. People buy the biggest house they can get, plus the biggest boat, the biggest truck and the biggest dog without thinking twice about it. Big companies, for their part, have understood this mentality, which explains why we see so …
Test DrivesGMC Yukon Hybrid: Better Living Through Technology4.5/5
It starts with a jolt; the result of a simple twist of the wrist. Six litre’s worth of exploding petroleum product echoes down the exhaust with a hearty burbling bass line as the massive momentum of the V8’s rotating assembly carries itself through the motor mounts, carrying up into the …
Test Drives2009 Mazda B4000: An Exercise in Simplicity3.5/5
Ford’s new F-150 promises a new level of convenience with a tailgate mounted step. The 2009 Dodge Ram has storage boxes in the bedrails. The Chevy Silverado comes with an optional DVD player. The Toyota Tundra’s tailgate drops with a delicate hiss; damped by a pair of gas struts. Mazda’s …
Test Drives2009 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, spicy but pricey !4.5/5
Remember the stir the Cayenne caused when it was introduced in 2003? Many wondered why Porsche would bother hopping on the SUV bandwagon, given their reputation for sports cars. But business is business, with money trumping ideals more often than not, much to the dismay of purists. Nonetheless, the Cayenne …
Test Drives2009 Chevy Traverse: Worth the Wait?3.5/5
When GM began introducing their new flotilla of mid-size SUVs, the manner in which they began to release the oh-so-similar looking lineup confused a great many critics. With the GMC Acadia and Saturn Outlook rolled out as the first two to break cover, with the Buick Enclave coming shortly after, …
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