Test Drives

Test DrivesThe 2009 Mazda RX-8: Pleasantly different
Defying all logic, Mazda has always believed in the rotary engine. Today, the RX-8 is the only car in America, maybe even in the world, to feature this type of engine. Last year, Mazda made subtle but effective aesthetic modifications to rejuvenate the car somewhat, and it seems to have …
Test DrivesFlexing or Flexible: The 2009 Ford Flex4.0/5
Alan Mulally is, quite honestly, the best thing to happen to Ford since their creation of the assembly line. Having seemingly taken the once-ailing manufacturer from struggling to keep up with Chrysler and GM to a proud position as the sole Detroit-based manufacturer to reject US government loans, his strategy …
Test Drives2010 Audi Q7 TDI: The power of diesel
More than a year after announcing they were coming out with a diesel version of the Q7, Audi Canada has finally put it on the market. The exterior boasts all the same aesthetic qualities that have made this SUV such a success. As usual, what catches your eye the most …
Test DrivesPerfectly Polite: The All-New 2009 Lexus LS460 AWD4.0/5
Whether you chalk it up to climate change, global warming, or just plain old Mother Nature’s fickle nature, there’s no getting around the fact that this year’s weather pattern have been slightly irregular. Even now, halfway through the merry month of May, normally arid climes in British Columbia are suffering …
Test DrivesThe 2009 Acura TL SH-AWD Tech: An Enigmatic Acura3.5/5
Acura has always been one of the more enigmatic brands out there. Step aboard similar luxury automobiles and chances are very good that all your expectations will be met. Should the steed in question wear a blue and white roundel on the hood, you can expect to step into familiarly …
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 …
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