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  • Highlander at home in the city and on the roads
    KING of the people movers

    Cargo space.That's our No. 1 priority when booking a press car for a family road-trip. Toyota came through for us with its new-for-2014 Highlander. Our road trip this year took us from our Winnipeg home to Chicago, Ill., with a stop in Wisconsin Dells, Wis., on the way back.Toyota is …

    August 22, 2014

  • Golf GTI still a hot hatch, but a little on the pricey side
    Lucky number seven

    Volkswagen debuted a souped-up version of its front-wheel-drive Golf at the Frankfurt Motor Show back in 1975. Hence, the GTI and its legend were born. Now comes the seventh-generation model with an all-new platform.It is longer, lower and wider, it has 10 per cent more luggage space, it's 10 per …

    August 15, 2014

  • All-new, fourth-generation Escalade is the most advanced Caddy SUV ever built
    Smooth operator

    LAKE SIMCOE, Ont. -- Conspicuous consumption just got a whole lot quieter.That was the lasting impression after we'd motored deep into cottage country during the official Canadian launch of the 2015 Cadillac Escalade, the all-new fourth generation of the luxury automaker's flagship vehicle.Two hours earlier, deep in the heart of …

    August 15, 2014

  • Ram pickup hauls load with ease
    Aiding an addiction to wood

    Having a love of wood is a lifelong disease. The afflicted spend their lives in pursuit of maple, oak, fir, cedar, beech or birch.The diseased can never accumulate enough wood. Firewood in particular is a full-time pursuit -- the collection, cutting, splitting and stacking providing heat many times over before …

    August 15, 2014

  • Sexy, stylish Caddy coupe ready to go toe to toe with German rivals
    A distinctive American alternative

    LITCHFIELD HILLS, Conn. -- If one were to judge the people here in this rolling, semi-rural part of New England -- with colonial houses and American flags flying from verandas a common sight -- solely by the type of car driven, the inordinate number of Subarus seen on the road …

    August 8, 2014

  • Nissan Leaf makes it easy and fun to enjoy zero-emissions motoring
    Electric boogie

    The fact that Nissan has about 45 per cent of the electric vehicle market is an impressive feat. Nissan wouldn't have been able to get there unless it had a great product, and driving the Leaf offers a lot of insight into why the automaker has been so successful with …

    August 8, 2014

  • Dodge Dart GT wins points for fashion and style
    Targeting youth

    There is an awful lot of variety out there in the automotive world, as consumers can select from minute micro-cars to gigantic leviathan SUVs.However, there is still a large segment of the Canadian population that just wants to put a small automobile in the driveway.Canadians love small cars. This posed …

    August 1, 2014

  • Mini's third-gen hot hatch is slightly bigger, and more mature, but still a riot to drive
    Scandalously fun

    Age is supposed to bring wisdom to our former impetuous selves. And, with said wisdom, one is supposed to put down the follies of youth and act in something approaching a responsible manner. Indeed, maturity is officially purported to be, according to Wikipedia at least, "the ability to respond to …

    August 1, 2014

  • Muscular Eau Rouge may be the best luxury sports sedan yet
    Super sedan

    MILFORD PROVING GROUNDS, England -- Infiniti would very much prefer that I not act so surprised. Or that I -- lest my readers sense, well, a lack of confidence in its propaganda -- at least try to contain my incredulity. Their version -- or at least my take on their …

    August 1, 2014

  • The Ram EcoDiesel makes an ideal fishing companion
    Frugal friend

    The South Frontenac lake is legendary for its largemouth bass. Isolated, private and silent save for a few loons, the tiny Ontario lake purportedly yields some impressively fat fish from its deep, dark water. The only problem is access, obtained via swamps and beaver dams.Google maps, however, revealed an old …

    August 1, 2014