Test Drives

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 …
Test Drives2019 Acura MDX: Not Showing all its Cards4.0/5
The Acura MDX is one of many vehicles—mostly SUVs—that generate as much excitement as a can of soup. Even great-tasting soup. As the bigger brother to the RDX , it’s built on a platform shared with the Honda Pilot . The original made its debut in 2000, while the current, …
Test Drives2020 Hyundai Palisade: Standing Tall4.0/5
In the U.S. and Canada, about 1.5 million midsize, three-row SUVs are sold each year. That’s a important segment not just in size, but in profitability, and everyone obviously wants in. Hyundai does too, and it recently introduced the 2020 Palisade. Oh, it’s not the brand’s first effort to produce …
Test Drives2019 Lexus UX 200: Less Saturated Fat3.5/5
Japanese luxury brand Lexus has expanded its line of utility vehicles in recent years, adding smaller and more affordable models under the top-selling Lexus RX . After introducing the compact Lexus NX for the 2015 model year, we now get the subcompact UX for 2019. Calling it an SUV or …
Test Drives2019 Mercedes-Benz G 550: As Desirable As Ever4.0/5
There are a few cars and trucks on the market that have achieved such a level of admiration and desirability, that only a major screwup from the manufacturer could tank its sales. The Porsche 911 has reached this level, and so has the Jeep Wrangler . Here’s another one: the …
Test Drives2019 BMW M850i Cabriolet: Expensive Bargain4.0/5
As if the BMW 6 Series wasn’t prestigious enough, the German brand replaced it with the recently introduced 8 Series, available in coupe, convertible and—very soon—four-door Gran Coupé body styles. Leapfrogging the BMW 7 Series sedan, it means the 8 Series is now the flagship model line and must be …
Test Drives2019 Ford Edge: Well-deserved Popularity4.0/5
In Canada, The Edge is Ford’s third best-selling behind the F-Series pickups and the Escape. As consumers are ditching their sedans for utility vehicles that offer a higher driving position, cargo space and all-wheel drive, the Edge is a versatile and affordable choice and its consistent sales numbers year after …
Test Drives2019 Hyundai Kona: Turbo or No Turbo?4.0/5
As we all know, the subcompact SUV segment is gaining in popularity and Canadian consumers seem to be willing to trade in their compact cars for one. These trendy vehicles may not be very spacious, but most of them are available with all-wheel drive to help us get through the …
Test Drives2019 Lamborghini Urus: Heavy Artillery4.0/5
The Italian automaker has always relied on low-volume, super-expensive cars to turn a profit, but since consumers rich and poor want SUVs, Lamborghini had to create one of its own. Well, not exactly. The 2019 Lamborghini Urus adopts the same platform as the Audi Q8 , the Bentley Bentayga and …
Test Drives2019 Nissan Qashqai: Rationally Good4.0/5
Many Canadians are trading in their compact cars for SUVs that offer the added benefit of all-wheel drive. However, to stay within the same price point, many buyers must choose a subcompact-sized vehicle such as the Nissan Qashqai. There are a dozen others, such as the Honda HR-V , the …
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