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  • SEATTLE -- Inside a museum in Hampshire, U.K., sits a Toyota pickup that has been so badly beaten, burned and abused, it's a wonder there's anything left to look at. The 1988 diesel Hilux was savagely tortured during two Top Gear episodes produced with the intent of killing the little …

    August 21, 2015

  • CR-V is practical and reliable, but don't call it a wagon
    Don't mention the 'w' word

    Even before we punched the bright red start button of our latest 60-day test drive subject, the 2015 Honda CR-V SE AWD, we already knew the 21st-century compact crossover had become the modern equivalent to the 20th-century station wagon.What we were more interested in finding out after two months and …

    July 10, 2015

  • Prius V's minor quibbles pale in comparison to fuel savings
    Penny pincher

    There were a couple of things I didn't like about the 2015 Prius V, but they were all trumped by the one thing I loved: $14.That was my total bill for a week's worth and 215 kilometres behind the wheel of the Prius V, in almost exclusively city driving.Not to …

    July 3, 2015

  • Mazda's new CX-3 delivers the fun of a CX-5 in a more nimble package
    Sizzling sibling

    Mazda's claim that the CX-3 is capable of handling many of life's adventures is perfectly acceptable marketing speak, with one proviso: Life's adventures must not include any oversized equipment. Badminton rackets, Frisbees and hiking boots are all good; kayaks and mountain bikes, not so much -- unless roof racks are …

    July 3, 2015

  • Revamped Chevrolet Tahoe bold and beautiful

    It seemed like a long time coming, but Chevrolet has finally got around to modernizing its popular Tahoe sport utility vehicle. Despite the age of the Tahoe and its larger Suburban sibling, these two behemoths still account for the majority of full-sized SUV sales, so this model refresh will no …

    June 26, 2015

  • New 1.8-litre engine proves FRUGALITY NEEDN'T BE BORING
    Fun, but not fuelish

    So much fun, so little fuel.As we've seen from cars such as the Honda Fit or Mitsubishi Mirage, getting a car with fuel consumption below the eight litres per 100 kilometre range isn't impossible.Getting it in a car that's an absolute joy to drive? That's a bit more challenging.Then along …

    June 19, 2015

  • Beemer SUV goes from zero to "Problem, officer?" in no time

    Here's the dilemma: Given the option of choosing a wickedly quick SUV or a high-performance wagon, which makes more sense? And if opting for the former, shouldn't said SUV look as outrageous as it is fast?That was the question I wrestled with while doing a poor job resisting the urge …

    June 19, 2015

  • Tiny roadster defies gravity with size, lightness
    Itsy, bitsy SPIDER

    CARMEL VALLEY, Calif. - Two hundred and thirty-seven horsepower does not sound like a lot. Your neighbour's Odyssey rivals that. You don't lie awake at night daydreaming about 237 horsepower. Nor is this the kind of power that will land you on the shoulder of the highway with an unhappy …

    June 19, 2015

  • Couple chooses to ignore North America's crossover craze
    Wagon wheels

    As the third-century theologian and philosopher Saint Augustine reportedly said, "The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page." The same could be applied to this month's Dear John letter writers.Michael Benoit and his wife, Jillian, are former federal civil servants who have recently …

    June 12, 2015

  • CHEVROLET TRAX perfectly suited for getting from A to B
    Refined runabout

    Canadian consumers have long had a hunger for small cars and SUVs, and General Motors has filled a hole in its lineup with a compact utility vehicle that was originally designed for the European market.The Trax is being marketed as an affordable small crossover to compete against the likes of …

    June 12, 2015