Category Archive: New Cars

May 24

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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May 24

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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Apr 19

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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Mar 06

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). 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 freight/pdi), my …

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Jan 06

2017 Ridgeline – Honda’s “Alt” Pickup

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). 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 freight/pdi), my …

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Dec 07

2017 Volkswagen SportWagen “Alltrack”

As new car prices seem to fall ever lower (for their base models, at least), my as-tested $38,215 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen “Alltrack” seems like something of an anomaly. Yes, it’s definitely a pricey VeeDub, with its MSRP including a couple of options nudging into the near-luxury segment. But if you simply like the look and …

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Dec 05

2017 Subaru Forester – Fuel sipping SUV

Still something of a niche brand, but trying hard not to be, Subaru is on something of a roll these days. The company is slowly making long-awaited changes to the drivetrains and platforms of its fleet, but the 2017 Forester, well equipped as it is, continues to feature familiar hardware. For instance, the 2.5L horizontally-opposed …

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Mar 04

2016 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid part of Porsche’s e-mobility programme

Still something of a niche brand, viagra sale but trying hard not to be, tadalafil Subaru is on something of a roll these days. The company is slowly making long-awaited changes to the drivetrains and platforms of its fleet, diagnosis but the 2017 Forester, well equipped as it is, continues to feature familiar hardware. For …

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Dec 10

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander ES Touring

The Mitsubishi Outlander is bigger and better this year, and it’s also hugely fuel efficient when powered with its 166-horsepower 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine. I drove the Outlander ES Touring Edition, which, at $29,698, is the top-level four-cylinder Outlander. You get all-wheel drive, 18-inch alloy wheels, sunroof, premium audio with rear-view camera,, fog lamps, auto-dimming rear-view …

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May 24

2014 Lexus CT200h: Looks fast, drives smart

So, are you Crosstrekker or Crosstrekkie? The thought occurred to me one morning in as I was boldly going. True, the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek does not possess warp drive, which would have come in handy while stuck in traffic. But it’s now available with hybrid drive, which could also be useful. So, you know…. …

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