Test Drives

Test Drives2019 Nissan Maxima: The Salesman’s Luxury Car3.5/5
It’s starting to get dusty up in the full-size sedan segment, as North American consumers are deserting their cars for SUVs. While the automotive manufacturers don’t seem too depressed about it, people who still prefer cars than trucks have less choice than before, and it’s only going to get worse.
Test Drives2019 Ford Mustang EcoBoost: The Sound of Reason3.5/5
When we daydream about owning a Ford Mustang, the soundtrack of our momentary escape from reality involves an octet of pistons singing in unison. Not a quartet. We might be misjudging people, but a Mustang without a V8 engine isn’t an object of desire, and more a compromise for what …
Test Drives2019 Porsche Macan: Tears of Joy, Tears of Sadness4.0/5
Porsche’s future will be electrified, and the new 2020 Taycan is already proving that the company’s strategy is to accept no compromises regarding performance and handling. It has been announced that the next-generation Macan will get an electric powertrain, but for now, we get a revised current-generation model that’s the …
Test Drives2019 Honda CR-V: (Almost) a No-brainer4.0/5
The compact SUV segment is killing the traditional automobile as consumers are trading in their sedans for these high-riding, versatile and—for the most part—all-wheel drive vehicles. So far in 2019, the Honda CR-V is the second best-selling utility vehicle in Canada, ahead of the Nissan Rogue , the Ford Escape …
Test Drives2020 Range Rover Evoque: Take Two3.5/5
The Evoque shocked the small luxury SUV world when it arrived on the scene back in 2011. Not only was it a breath of fresh air in Land Rover’s lineup, but also a sign of things to come from its upper-crust Range Rover sub-brand. Once the purveyor of fuel-guzzling, but …
Test Drives2020 Ram Power Wagon: The Mean Workhorse4.0/5
WHISTLER, British Columbia— When FCA introduced the all-new 2019 Ram Heavy Duty at the Detroit Auto Show last year, the numbers were quite impressive: up to 1,000 pound-feet of torque with the Cummins turbo-diesel engine and a maximum towing capacity of 35,100 pounds. However, Ford announced last week that its …
Test Drives2019 Chevrolet Spark: Bigger Responsibilities3.5/5
Priced at $9,995 before freight and delivery charges, the Spark is the most affordable car in Canada right now. While that may be enough to get the attention of consumers, the car’s mission changed quite a bit at Chevrolet. First of all, it competes in the minicar segment that includes …
Test Drives2019 MINI Clubman ALL4: A Different Kind of Car3.5/5
Looking for something unique in the small-car segment? Tired of the cookie-cutter sedans and hatchbacks that are just too bland to fit your groovy style? Then check out the MINI Clubman. Sure, it will cost more a month than a Hyundai Elantra GT , a Mazda3 Sport or a Volkswagen …
Test Drives2019 Volkswagen Jetta: For the Drive4.0/5
For car shoppers on a budget who want some driving excitement, the choices are getting more and more limited as time goes by. Good thing there are still a couple of manufacturers that cater to their needs. While the Volkswagen Golf is a prime example of what a fun-to-drive car …
Test Drives2019 Mazda3: Beautiful4.0/5
The small-car segment is struggling of late, and a few models have recently left the market—like the Ford Focus and Chevrolet Cruze —a sign that some manufacturers crunched numbers and figured out that their eventual redesign wouldn’t be as profitable as developing more crossover vehicles. Still, Mazda believes there is …
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