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  • Smart, Scion and Fiat all sub-$20,000 urban options
    Frugal first-timer options

    More and more Canadians are deciding to live in cities. For those urban drivers, that lifestyle decision includes a heavy diet of congested streets, tight parking spots and stop-and-go traffic. This month's Dear John letter writer, Mildred Johnston from Vancouver, is facing such an urban driving challenge in trying to decide …

    April 12, 2014

  • Ford's Fusion best looking electric in its class
    Energi-Zing

    We're Winnipeggers. Plugging a car in during winter? No problem! Whether it's a block heater or this Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid, hooking the car to the grid should be a no-brainer for us. Except I've discovered there is a massive difference between plugging your car in on the occasional cold night …

    March 21, 2014

  • XJR L a deluxe, roomy power trip
    2014 JAGUAR XJR L: One gorgeous cat

    It was a cornucopia of power, a plethora of performance, an abundance of outrageousness. Thanks to last fall's annual Automotive Journalists of Canada TestFest, in the space of a day I was able to slip behind the wheel of the new Corvette Stingray, the Mercedes E 63 AMG 4Matic and Jaguar's …

    March 21, 2014

  • XJR is as comfortable as it is fast
    SECOND OPINION: 2014 JAGUAR XJR

    SEATTLE, WASH. -- The best thing about the new 2014 edition of Jaguar's iconic XJR is that it is no longer Jaguar's sportiest performance sedan. Yes, that actually is good news. Carrying that mantle has long been the domain of the R version of Jaguar's range-topping XJ, but now that laurel …

    March 21, 2014

  • GT500 a truly outrageous ride
    2014 FORD MUSTANG SHELBY GT500: Power up thewazoo

    Six hundred and sixty-two! That's really all one needs to know about the 2014 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500: Ford says it is powered by the world's most powerful production V8. The drive it delivers can be likened to the world's wildest roller-coaster. That, however, is what makes it so much …

    March 21, 2014

  • Too many compromises for 'performance' winter tire

    Having a set of winter test tires on both of our cars makes for an interesting comparison -- particularly since the two cars residing in our garage are quite similar in nature. Certainly, a VW Golf TDI wagon and a VW GTI have unique characteristics with respect to handling and power …

    March 20, 2014

  • RX 350 isn't built to thrill, but it's got good karma
    2014 LEXUS RX 350: A comfortable friend

    Lexus seems well on the way to completing its image makeover, adding sharply designed, high-performance sports cars to its line of dependable and luxurious -- yet emotionless -- sedans. It started with the IS F a half-dozen years ago, continued with the LFA and culminated in January with the unveiling of …

    March 20, 2014

  • A7's curb appeal very strong
    2014 AUDI A7 TDI: Eye-grabbing Audi

    Forget for a moment that a 580-kilometre trip required no more than a half-tank of fuel. Disregard also that even with a speed averaging faster than 120 km/h, the 2014 Audi A7 diesel consumed fuel at a rate of 6.3 litres per 100 kilometres. Astonishing, yes, but ignore all of …

    March 20, 2014

  • With plenty of power, Dodge Caravan ups its game

    In 2008, my friend Dianne and I set out for a tour of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. The vehicle of choice for this venture was a Dodge Grand Caravan with the Stow 'n' Go seat option. This had nothing to do with the minivan's driving dynamics, which were marginal, …

    March 20, 2014

  • Kia gets it right with attractive, affordable ride
    2014 KIA SOUL: This ute's got Soul

    The worst new car I ever drove was the 2000 Kia Rio. The Kias that followed were better, but not by much. That changed with the arrival of the 2010 Kia Soul, an outrageously funky box that proudly proclaimed Kia's arrival on the world stage and maturation into a distinctive brand …

    March 14, 2014

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