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  • Droptop Mustang is loud, proud and handles like the dickens
    Stout stallion

    The latest Ford Mustang is the product of a clean computer screen. As such, many of the things we scribes complained about have been rectified, not the least of which is the fact it now has a multi-link rear suspension. In the past, the reason given for retaining leaf springs …

    September 18, 2015

  • 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

  • Sleek plug-in hybrid ideal for city driving
    Frugal future

    The 2015 Chevrolet Volt is a futuristic-looking, four-passenger plug-in hybrid update of a vehicle that has been around since 2012. It's a hatchback that operates on lithium-ion batteries, partnered with a 1.4-litre four-cylinder engine rated at 83 horsepower. It's engineered to travel up to 61 kilometres on pure electric power …

    July 17, 2015

  • Subaru's WRX and BRZ are different animals, but they both love getting loose on gravel roads

    VERNON, B.C. -- Pea gravel and happiness, dust plumes and opposite lock. If you really want to get the stars of the Pleiades constellation aligned, just let a Subaru get loose and filthy.For one of these cars, it's an "Aha!" moment; for the other, it's just another strength in an …

    July 17, 2015

  • Compact cars rule -- and Civic is king
    Royal RIDE

    Canadians are buying compact crossovers in record numbers, so much so that industry wonks are projecting small crossovers will become the industry's No. 1 segment sooner rather than later. Until that day, though, compact cars still rule in the showrooms and the king of compacts remains the Honda Civic.In 2014 …

    July 10, 2015

  • Chevrolet reveals all-new 2016 Camaro convertible

    DETROIT, Mich. -- General Motors has unveiled a convertible version of its sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro muscle car.Built on the aluminum-intensive Alpha platform -- the same one underpinning the Cadillac ATS and CTS sedans -- the Camaro convertible has the segment's most advanced hard tonneau cover."Nobody in the segment boasts a …

    July 10, 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

  • Mercedes-Benz introduces its new GLE lineup of mid-size SUVs, including rakish Coupe

    KITZBUEHEL, Austria -- It's a gloomy morning, torn straight from the pages of Tolkien's Middle Earth. Looming overhead, the Tyrolean peaks are reduced to mere outlines by skeins of grey mist; the twisted pine trunks alongside us are slick and black with dew.Shivering, I press the seat heater button, noting …

    July 3, 2015