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  • NX 200t hits all the right notes
    Lexus does its CUV just right

    The Toyota RAV4 placed third in a three-CUV comparison I wrote earlier this month. Chief among the reasons it didn’t measure up were its driving dynamics, or lack thereof, and its low-rent interior appointments, relative to those of its contemporaries. What does this have to do with the upscale and sporty …

    March 24, 2017

  • Strong market has something for every niche
    Competitive crossovers

    HANEY LOUKA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESSIt’s easy to understand why the Toyota RAV4 sells so well — it’s roomy, efficient and dependable. Purchase Photo Print There’s no question that crossover utility vehicles, or CUVs, are the family haulers of choice for Canadian consumers. In January, sales of CUVs and SUVs …

    March 17, 2017

  • Discovery most capable off-road vehicle in Land Rover's lineup
    All the right moves

    SOMEWHERE IN THE UTAH DESERT — The coral pink sand is spraying everywhere, each wheel shooting up showers of silica as the SUV manages to maintain momentum up the sandy slope. It’s the second day of the global launch of the 2017 Land Rover Discovery and we’re at Coral Pink Sand …

    March 10, 2017

  • Refreshed Nissan Rogue hits all the right notes
    Compact, comfortable, classic

    Nissan has tweaked the Rogue for its mid-cycle refresh with an assortment of minor changes that might appear subtle individually, but all together add up to a significant improvement compared to last year’s model.Canadian consumers just love their compact crossovers; it’s one of the fastest-growing segments in the industry. This …

    February 24, 2017

  • Audi wisely didn't mess with a good thing when it redesigned the Q5
    Perfection in motion

    LOS CABOS, Mexico – Audi’s Q5 compact SUV is ripe for a redesign, as it’s been on the Canadian market largely unchanged since 2009. Eight years is a long time in the automotive industry, where rivals often introduce new or significantly redesigned models such as the BMW X3, the Cadillac …

    February 17, 2017

  • Amid Dieselgate, the Golf Alltrack brings VW top honours
    A wagon lover's dream

    Our 2012 VW Golf Wagon has been a great car. Efficient, fun and practical, it suits our needs just fine. It still has fairly low mileage and has been extremely reliable. But it’s a TDI: one of the hundred thousand-or-so vehicles VW is preparing to buy back from its Canadian …

    February 10, 2017

  • The well-appointed Toyota Tundra pickup has creature comforts abound
    A platinum driving experience

    OK, Willy, you were right.A few months ago, Toyota sent us a Tundra TRD Pro for evaluation. I lamented the $60K truck’s lack of creature comforts, and according to Free Press Autos editor Willy Williamson, I was missing the point. The TRD Pro is for those who want to increase …

    February 3, 2017

  • Gorgeous inside and out, Mercedes' luxury sedan should make a very appealing package
    The Benz E 300 is in a class of its own

    I remember a road safety campaign that claimed there are no such things as accidents, only collision decisions. With autonomous driving in our future, what would they be called then?The new E 300 from Mercedes Benz is available with "Drive Pilot," touted by its maker as a decisive step toward …

    January 27, 2017

  • Honda's Ridgeline makes compelling case
    Function over form?

    It must have been a daunting task for Honda’s engineers when the time came to update the Ridgeline.It also benefited from innovative features not found on other pickups, including a lockable storage compartment in the box and a tailgate that can open with either left or bottom hinges.Much like the …

    January 13, 2017

  • Cadillac CT6 makes a big impression
    A bold beauty

    Cadillac has set out to battle the well-established players in the full-size luxury segment by introducing the new CT6. While it certainly isn’t the biggest car Cadillac has ever made, it is the largest car in the current lineup.Bigger than the CTS, bigger than the limo-fleet sweetheart XTS, the 2016 …

    December 30, 2016