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  • Tire-squealing 300S shows why stately hardtop has maintained its staying power after all these years

    Are the sins of the father always repeated by the son? I sure hope not, otherwise the burnout I did in Chrysler’s 2016 300S might return to haunt me someday. It was technically my son’s fault; he asked me to do it. The 300S happily obliged.It was too easy. …

    August 24, 2016

  • New Camaro a blast, even with V-6 engine

    A print advertisement for the 1974 Chevrolet Camaro featured pictures of the redesigned coupe with its new government-mandated five-mph bumpers and stated boldly, “With Camaro, you can be practical. Or go bananas.”In the mid-1980s, a friend of mine bought a used 1974 Camaro, a car whose details float vaguely in …

    July 15, 2016

  • Toyota's RAV4 gets well-deserved updates for 2016

    Toyota says only minor changes were made to the interior of the 2016 RAV4 over the 2015 models, but I swear an engineer snuck some extra padding into the front seats.Sure, they’re noticeably upgraded to SofTex synthetic leather on the RAV4 SE AWD, but the fit, support and comfort of …

    July 15, 2016

  • Ford Fiesta miles ahead of your dad's old econobox

    Ahhh, Fiesta. It’s not easy to say it without envisioning a burst of mariachi music. Especially when you consider the achiote-yellow Electric Spice paint that wraps this week’s tester, the 2016 Ford Fiesta SE.Other than occupying the same slot in the segment hierarchy, the modern-day Ford Fiesta bears little …

    July 8, 2016

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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