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  • Full-size pride still alive
    Mammoth Mopar

    For the few remaining fans of full-size sedans in Canada, the 2016 Dodge Charger is their favourite. However, in a shrinking class that includes nameplates your grandparents are probably more familiar with -- the Chevrolet Impala, Ford Taurus or Toyota Avalon -- is being the bestselling large car in the …

    December 18, 2015

  • Mid-size Chevrolet sedan ups its game with new engines, styling, technology
    Modern Malibu

    PALO ALTO, Calif. -- It's been a half-century since the Malibu nameplate first graced a Chevrolet and in that time, it has gone from a trim-level option to a global brand. It started life in 1964 as an upmarket Chevelle trim level -- it was 14 years before it became a …

    December 18, 2015

  • Hyundai Tucson geared up to play with the big boys
    Upper class

    When folks tell me they're looking for a new mid-sized crossover and ask for recommendations on what to test drive, the Hyundai Santa Fe often tops the list. Hyundai has been producing leading vehicles in this segment for years; in fact, my sister is on her second Santa Fe since …

    December 18, 2015

  • VW Jetta receives long-overdue heart transplant
    Accelerated development

    KANATA, Ont. -- Just how old is Volkswagen's outgoing 2.0-litre four-cylinder gas engine that is being laid to rest for 2016? Even the folks at the German automaker aren't quite sure.Here at the aging four-banger's wake, Volkswagen Canada joked that the 2.0's origins go as far back as the dinosaur …

    December 11, 2015

  • Bentley's new super-ute may be the most opulent SUV on Earth
    Swank utility vehicle

    MARBELLA, Spain -- "Rule, Britannia! Britannia rule the waves ...." Britannia may rule the roads, too, courtesy of the latest entry by a luxury automaker into the world of high-end sport utes: the Bentley Bentayga. Forget the Spanish Armada, the attempted invasion of England in 1588 with a fleet of warships. …

    November 27, 2015

  • Nissan's new Titan XD fills void between half-ton and heavy-duty pickups / E2
    Nissan Titan XD: refined yet rugged

    MARICOPA, Ariz. -- Picking their way through the dusty sagebrush, two wild horses suddenly appeared by the roadside, bachelor colts by the look of them, juvenile stallions who'd probably been run off by the herd's leader once they'd reached puberty. There's zero tolerance for teenage behaviour among equines, so these …

    November 27, 2015

  • Nissan's stylish and sporty sedan feels like an affordable Infiniti
    Low-cost luxury

    Nissan's Maxima has long been a sedan in search of a segment. Ever since the Altima came along and usurped the Maxima's position as Nissan's Accord-fighting, Camry-baiting family sedan, Maxima has been stuck in the mid-sized middle of the pack. Not quite luxurious enough to be considered a front-wheel-drive Infiniti, or …

    November 27, 2015

  • Pricey Porsche worth every penny -- all 1.77 million of them
    Show me the money

    On the surface, the choice seems dead simple. But it isn't, at least for us mere mortals. In the driveway recently was the 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet and the 2016 Mazda MX-5. For most weeks, the 911 sharing the driveway with anything else means drastically reduced seat time …

    November 20, 2015

  • Mazda's new MX-5 delivers pure driving enjoyment
    Zoom with a view

    As summer press cars go, I was starting to lose hope. It seemed crossovers, hybrids and subcompacts were conspiring against my hopes of getting some great summer rides this year. Then mid-August rolled around, and a droptop BMW 2 Series showed up at my door. Now we're cooking with gas. But …

    November 20, 2015

  • This Nissan Rogue is winter's worst nightmare

    SAGUENAY, Que. -- Perhaps more terrifying than zombie-apocalypse TV series The Walking Dead, is Nissan's two-year-old television ad depicting an urban invasion of nefarious snowmen, broadcast in conjunction with the launch of the current-generation Rogue. In the ad, these sub-zero vandals terrorize unassuming citizens, and probably traumatize six-year-olds across the …

    January 29, 2016