December 2016 archive

Monday, Monday – Test Car Secrets Revealed!

It’s early Monday morning, and winter in Canada. The eyelids of most Canadians are reluctantly fluttering into wakefulness as  clock radios come alive and the News heads straight for our national preoccupation: the weather. In Ottawa, this morning’s report is that it’s minus 10 degrees, light snow is falling, and school buses in the entire …

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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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Speed Demons: Boomers to the rescue

Recently I was cruising down Meadowlands Drive in Ottawa where the speed limit is a paltry 40 km/h. There I happened upon an immaculate but slow-moving Toyota Camry, the cleanest and slowest car on the road. Sorry, but I sized up the driver as a Senior right away. Characteristically hunched over the wheel, he was …

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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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