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  • No-frills Mazda2 drives like a Miata-in-training
    2014 MAZDA2: Big smiles for a subcompact

    Perhaps you've noticed the glut of subcompacts popping up on the Canadian new car market lately, despite the continuing popularity of the next-size-up compact cars and crossovers. The desire to attract buyers who would normally shop used-car lots and to offer a vehicle to lower corporate fleet fuel-consumption averages are two …

    April 17, 2014

  • Sophistication key to its fine performance
    2014 HONDA ACCORD HYBRID: Thrifty hybrid gets it done

    Hybrids generally pack all the sizzle of a potluck church social or a three-hour investment seminar. Pretty smoking stuff, though I suppose they all serve fairly lofty purposes. We could lazily cruise down to green Austin, Texas, in the whispering 'brid and get aurally assaulted by Disk Lock and the Fried Electrons. …

    April 17, 2014

  • Brutish makeover more mild than wild
    2014 LEXUS GX 460: Luxury Lexus stays old-school

    Lexus's mid-brand renovation would seem to be caught halfway between the proverbial fish and fowl. Toyota -- as Honda's Acura must also soon realize -- has figured out that safety, security and reliability are no longer the differentiators they once were in the luxury segment. The seriously moneyed now seeing those …

    April 17, 2014

  • Hyper-hybrid is crazy-poweful
    2014 McLAREN P1: Insane at any speed

    Dunsfold Aerodrome, England -- Jeremy Clarkson lied to us. He really did. I can't be sure if his fibbing was of the innocent white-lies variety or if his heart is indeed black, but we have been deceived nonetheless. The sacred trust so many of us have placed in Top Gear has been …

    April 17, 2014

  • Smart, Scion and Fiat all sub-$20,000 urban options
    Frugal first-timer options

    More and more Canadians are deciding to live in cities. For those urban drivers, that lifestyle decision includes a heavy diet of congested streets, tight parking spots and stop-and-go traffic. This month’s Dear John letter writer, Mildred Johnston from Vancouver, is facing such an urban driving challenge in trying to decide …

    April 11, 2014

  • Spark can fit pretty much anywhere
    2014 CHEVY SPARK: Parking pleasure

    This week, Driving's Jodi Lai and Nick Tragianis set out on a challenge to find out if the 2014 Chevrolet Spark is worthy of its city-car credentials. Nick Tragianis: How does the saying go? Little fish in a big sea? That's basically what you are with the Chevrolet Spark, GM's entry …

    April 11, 2014

  • Mid-sized Dodge SUV offers superior value
    2014 DODGE DURANGO CITADEL: Overlooked winner

    The streets are awash with mid-sized crossover vehicles. Whether you're shopping for nuts at the hardware store, picking up the offspring at the local rink or ordering a double-double at the drive thru, big crossovers have replaced minivans as the new mode of Canadian family transport. Yet one three-row crossover that …

    April 11, 2014

  • Automaker builds a luxury sport sedan for the long haul
    2014 LEXUS GS350 AWD: Smart money's on a Lexus

    If you're in the market for a mid-size executive sedan, the automotive gods are now smiling upon you. This class of premium luxury sedan is a veritable hot bed of world-class automobiles, and the array of choices -- any one of which is an outstanding, world-class automobile -- make the prospective …

    April 11, 2014

  • 2014 AUDI A6, A7, Q5 TDI: Audi makes strong case for diesel

    WASHINGTON -- Audi's decision to expand the use of the 3.0-litre turbodiesel six-cylinder to A6s, A7s, A8s and Q5s bound for North America is -- at face value -- one of marketing simplicity: The timing is right. The combination of improved perception, customer demand and greater fuel economy and performance create …

    April 11, 2014

  • Regal stands up to abusive track test
    2014 BUICK REGAL GS AWD: One tough little beast

    MIRABEL, Que.-- Let's just say that you own a brand-spanking-new Buick Regal, the full-zoot GS trim, so loaded with electronic paraphernalia that you keep looking for a Mercedes-Benz logo and a Teutonic accent to the navigation system. Seriously, there are nearly as many bells and whistles on the (relatively) lowly GS, …

    March 1, 2014