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  • Return of the hot-rod Lincoln

    BACK in 2007, when the first Lincoln MKX hit the streets, I seriously considered packing up all my worldly belongings and heading to Detroit: My goal was simple, to prove to then Ford global vice-president of design J Mays that even a ham-fisted buffoon like me could surely do a …

    January 22, 2016

  • Mazda's new CX-3 efficient, fun and sporty
    Bright future

    There's a new crop of pint-sized crossovers changing the shape of the new car market. Generally finding roots in subcompact economy cars, these entry-level cute-utes combine the elevated seating position and available all-wheel-drive of a crossover with the efficiency and tidy size of a small hatchback. Pricing starts in the …

    January 15, 2016

  • Compact SUV shares more than just a name with its Jeep ancestors
    Winter warrior

    I was not expecting this. See, the Fiat 500 and 500L are far from my favourite cars, and knowing the Jeep Renegade and Fiat 500X are basically the same vehicle, I wasn't optimistic about the Renegade's chances of impressing. Here's the gist of my surprise: not only is the Jeep Renegade …

    January 8, 2016

  • Versa Note is spacious, affordable and fuel efficient
    Roomy runabout

    They don't get much play in the buff book pages, but little economy hatchbacks make up a sizable portion of new car purchases. It's a ferociously competitive segment, with automakers continuously introducing new technology and features previously unheard of at this price. The Nissan Versa Note arrived in 2014, and immediately …

    January 8, 2016

  • Honda's new Pilot an impressive family cruiser
    First-class ticket

    The box is gone. It's about time. Honda's Pilot has been completely redesigned for 2016, and while it was always a decent SUV to drive, as a looker, not so much. The angular lines and boxy shape were distinctive, but weren't exactly sleek and didn't look all that aerodynamic. But, give …

    December 24, 2015

  • Mid-size Chevrolet sedan ups its game with new engines, styling, technology
    Modern Malibu

    PALO ALTO, Calif. -- It's been a half-century since the Malibu nameplate first graced a Chevrolet and in that time, it has gone from a trim-level option to a global brand. It started life in 1964 as an upmarket Chevelle trim level -- it was 14 years before it became a …

    December 18, 2015

  • Hyundai Tucson geared up to play with the big boys
    Upper class

    When folks tell me they're looking for a new mid-sized crossover and ask for recommendations on what to test drive, the Hyundai Santa Fe often tops the list. Hyundai has been producing leading vehicles in this segment for years; in fact, my sister is on her second Santa Fe since …

    December 18, 2015

  • Full-size pride still alive
    Mammoth Mopar

    For the few remaining fans of full-size sedans in Canada, the 2016 Dodge Charger is their favourite. However, in a shrinking class that includes nameplates your grandparents are probably more familiar with -- the Chevrolet Impala, Ford Taurus or Toyota Avalon -- is being the bestselling large car in the …

    December 18, 2015

  • VW Jetta receives long-overdue heart transplant
    Accelerated development

    KANATA, Ont. -- Just how old is Volkswagen's outgoing 2.0-litre four-cylinder gas engine that is being laid to rest for 2016? Even the folks at the German automaker aren't quite sure.Here at the aging four-banger's wake, Volkswagen Canada joked that the 2.0's origins go as far back as the dinosaur …

    December 11, 2015

  • New HR-V welcome addition to the Honda family

    WHEN the first-generation Honda CR-V hit the North American market in 1997 it was a gamechanger. Just the right size, great on fuel, moderately comfortable and affordable for the masses — the CR-V carried on where the Honda Civic station wagon left off. Young outdoor enthusiasts appreciated its utility, parents …

    December 11, 2015