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  • Plenty to cheer about with Volkswagen's gasoline sipping econo-car

    Lost in the diesel-emissions scandal may be that Volkswagen still makes gas-powered vehicles, and some rather efficient ones at that. As with many other manufacturers — Ford, Honda, Porsche and Mercedes-Benz among them — VW is choosing turbocharging as the replacement for gasoline displacement. And in today’s subject, the Jetta 1.4 …

    July 8, 2016

  • Upgraded Optima makes strong case in mid-size sedan segment

    Since the Optima landed in Canada in 2009, it has been reworked more times than any other mid-size sedan; this is the fourth generation in a very short time frame. The latest takes Kia’s family/sports sedan to a place it has not been before. The cabin treatment and trickle-down of …

    June 30, 2016

  • EcoDiesel engine a pricey option but sips fuel

    Despite the recent emissions-related brouhaha, a diesel engine still offers several benefits over its gasoline counterpart. It produces much more torque for a given displacement, which is imperative if you haul heavy loads regularly, and it consumes much less fuel. And when properly (and honestly) tuned, it’s still a relatively …

    June 30, 2016

  • New Lincoln MKZ takes a good car and makes it better /E9

    PICTOU, N.S. — Economy of scale can be a double-edged sword: if you’re McDonalds, ordering a million pounds of ground beef gives you some clout. If you’re a carmaker, trying to get a noticeable bump in profit margin from basically the same model can be tricky.In the case of Lincoln, …

    June 24, 2016

  • Acura on the right path to being relevant again

    Buyers in the entry-level luxury sedan segment are spoiled by choice. In this crowded field, there are no fewer than seven quality sedans vying for your wallet: the gold-standard BMW 3 Series, the venerable Audi A4, Lexus’s IS lineup, the stylish Infiniti Q50, the Cadillac ATS and the Mercedes C-Class.And …

    June 24, 2016

  • Toyota's new Prius packed with state-of-the-art hybrid technology

    I’m not really into lucky numbers. My office lottery pool is a futile series of random tickets that fail to pay off week after week. And when in Vegas, I bet on red. I like those odds.I think the Prius has a lucky number, though, and it’s 4.4. As in, …

    June 17, 2016

  • One week, 164 kilometres, $8.64. It’s a small sample size, I know, but it was a week punctuated with, “Will the gas gauge ever move?” until, “Finally, it moved.” Even then, it was impossible to stifle a laugh when the pump clicked off before the gas-station attendant could finish telling …

    June 17, 2016

  • Toyota's beefy Tundra TRD Pro heavy on utility, light on technology

    A little old-school, I thought, as I got out of the Tundra after my first stint behind the wheel. For starters, this $57,000 truck doesn’t have a panoramic sunroof. Only the front seats are heated, and the wipers can’t sense the rain. Park assist? Don’t think so. Remote start? Nope. …

    June 10, 2016

  • Nissan finds the right path with quietly competent family SUV

    Over its 30-year run, Nissan’s Pathfinder has undergone several interesting transformations. Originally a two-door sport ute that was essentially a covered version of the Hardbody pickup, it added a second set of doors five years later. The second-generation 1996 model lost the body-on-frame architecture and gained a lot more sophistication, keeping …

    June 3, 2016

  • Drop the top and let 'er rip

    LOS ANGELES — “L.A.’s fine, sunshine most of the time. The feeling is laid back.”So sang Neil Diamond 45 years ago. And, yes, it is indeed a fine, sunshiny day, made all the more glorious by the fact that southern Ontario is experiencing a genuinely frigid stretch of weather.Shades …

    June 3, 2016

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