Category: New Cars

2018 Chevrolet Volt: An owner’s perspective – Part 2

2018 Chevrolet Volt: An Owner’s Perspective – Part 1 With just over 5,000 kilometers on the odometer, I’ve owned my Satin Steel Metallic 2018 Chevrolet Volt for five months. And for four of those five months it has been cold. Very cold. So I will have relevant comments for those driving an electrified vehicle in …

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2018 Kia Rio 5-door — heating up the segment

Used car dealers must be having a tough time these days. Why? New car dealers, that’s why. What with their competitive pricing, easy financing, and long, comprehensive warranties, new car deals are more attractive than ever. But the kicker, I think, is the availability of sexy new features — like heated steering wheels and advanced …

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2018 Chevrolet Volt: An Owner’s Perspective – Part 1

After many years of test-driving cars and writing review articles for various Canadian media outlets, I’ve finally bought a new car. It’s a 2018 Chevrolet Volt, a model that’s interested me since its introduction in 2011, and even before that, actually, as a concept shown at the Detroit Auto Show in 2007. Then it was …

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2018 Mazda CX-3: Big fun in a small package

You get a lot standard in the 2018 Mazda CX-3. Large seven-inch display, wide-angle rearview camera, push-button start, air conditioning, internet capable radio, cruise control, and get this… a six-speed manual transmission! You don’t see many of those anymore. And you get Mazda’s new “G Vectoring Control” system. More on that later. The “base” GX …

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2018 Nissan Qashqai: Another Jumbo Shrimp from Nissan

It’s called a Qashqai. I know, another weird car name. Sorry, but nobody I met could remember it even after hearing the name a few times. Repeat after me… cash-kye! In the US they didn’t even bother. There it’s called the Nissan Rogue Sport. Ha! Okay, Nissan’s latest introduction to the Canadian marketplace, the Qashqai …

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2018 Volkswagen Tiguan: It’s new; it’s here; it’s changed!

Just spent a pleasant week in the all-new 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan. And when I say all-new, I mean it! There’s nothing that carries over from the first-generation Tiguan beyond the name, much to the initial disappointment of my partner who drives one and was considering the new model as a replacement. No, the 2018 Tiguan …

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2017 Mazda CX5

Stylish, roomy and very well equipped, the 2017 Mazda CX-5 GT is arguably the best compact SUV in its segment. Not that it’s so compact anymore, as the entire segment has seen vehicle dimensions increase over the past few years. I’m not complaining, though. The size of the CX-5 is, as the nursery rhyme goes, …

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2017 Mazda MX-5 RF

If you like driving, and have never driven an old-school sports car – that is, a light, two-seat roadster of modest power – you owe it to yourself to take a Mazda MX-5 for a spin. It’s all about the driving dynamics: acceleration, cornering, stopping. Behind the wheel of the MX-5 that translates to fun, …

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Volkswagen Beetle “in the pink!”

“You’ve got to be a confident man to drive a car like that!” Hey, I didn’t say that. It was an opinion voiced by a customer at the local Volkswagen dealership as I parked and exited the $26,690 2017 Volkswagen Beetle Pink edition. And furthermore, I didn’t hear her say it; she was addressing another …

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2017 Subaru Crosstrek Limited

I’ve driven a few Crosstreks since the vehicle’s introduction in 2012 as the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek (Subaru eventually gave up on “XV” designation in Canada, as predicted by moi). Over the years, Crosstrek has been tweaked and refined, emerging as a complete package that emphasizes value, practicality and safety. Starting at $26,670 (including $1,675 …

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