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  • The Porsche 911 GTS a powerful ride
    Worth the price tag

    LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — This high mountain lake sits at 1,897 metres, an elevation that practically speaks to you: if you feel winded, it’s not you, it’s me. So it’s hard to know, when driving the 2017 Porsche 911 GTS, whether it’s the awesome mountain roads or the oxygen-deprived atmosphere taking …

    May 26, 2017

  • Lack of V-6 offering helps lighten the load
    Equinox makes additions by subtraction

    JORDAN, Ont. — Equinox: in celestial terms, it’s a double-edged sword. Days are either getting shorter or longer, depending on which equinox — that point when the sun is directly over the equator — you’re observing. Chevrolet has been on both sides of that sword. When the first Equinox was launched in …

    May 19, 2017

  • Toyota's crossover boasts versatility, efficiency, safety
    Highlander offers the total package

    There’s a new kid at the Highlander camp this year, aimed at adding a splash of excitement to a traditionally conservative entry in the mid-size crossover market. The $45,590 Highlander SE builds on the already well-equipped XLE trim by adding black alloy 19-inch wheels, second-row captain’s chairs, model-specific leather upholstery, and …

    May 12, 2017

  • Seven-seater CX-9 has brilliant handling and design
    Gorgeous inside and out

    PHOENIX — The 2017 Mazda CX-9 is among the most attractive crossovers on the market — luxury or mainstream — and features an interior that wouldn’t be out of place if there were a tri-star, propeller or prancing horse on the steering wheel. There may be other reasons the CX-9 is …

    April 21, 2017

  • Revamped Chevrolet Equinox a solid contender in the compact SUV market
    True to its roots

    The previous-generation Chevrolet Equinox was due for a makeover. After all, it wasn’t exactly the most innovative vehicle in its class, even when it came out in 2010. Furthermore, the compact SUV segment has seen a bigger spike in sales than any other category during the past 10 years. And when …

    April 7, 2017

  • 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