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  • Whisper-quiet Malibu has plenty of pep, too
    2014 CHEVROLET MALIBU: Sedan strikingly silent

    It's easy to write off Chevrolet's mid-sized Malibu as just another yawn-provoking four-door sedan best suited to rental companies. That would be a mistake. Any mid-sized-sedan buyer not giving careful consideration to the 2014 Malibu may be missing out on one of the finest offerings in the field. Many prospective buyers head …

    April 25, 2014

  • Real-world numbers show vulnerabilities
    WINTER TEST: Final verdict on the Ford Fusion Energi

    This is the third and final instalment of our Ford Fusion Energi winter test, so please bear with me while I get my geek on so we can talk numbers this time around. Previous reports on this test went through the technology used in this plug-in hybrid, as well as …

    April 25, 2014

  • Outback reliable, if not much for looks
    2014 SUBARU OUTBACK: Plain wheeler

    Who knew raising the suspension of a rather innocuous station wagon and adding some plastic body cladding would result in a vehicle that has seen a subsequent three generations and which is now an integral part of Subaru's lineup? Such is the Outback, which, as a derivation of the lowly Legacy …

    April 25, 2014

  • Subaru muscle car revs on as Mits' Evo fades

    CALIFORNIA -- Well that's very odd. Someone appears to have stuck a Subaru badge on this here Mitsubishi Evo. Wait, this is the new STI? You must be pulling my leg.It's something we've seen time and time again in the movies: former adversaries, once ready to slit each other's throats, …

    April 25, 2014

  • No-frills Mazda2 drives like a Miata-in-training
    2014 MAZDA2: Big smiles for a subcompact

    Perhaps you've noticed the glut of subcompacts popping up on the Canadian new car market lately, despite the continuing popularity of the next-size-up compact cars and crossovers. The desire to attract buyers who would normally shop used-car lots and to offer a vehicle to lower corporate fleet fuel-consumption averages are two …

    April 17, 2014

  • Sophistication key to its fine performance
    2014 HONDA ACCORD HYBRID: Thrifty hybrid gets it done

    Hybrids generally pack all the sizzle of a potluck church social or a three-hour investment seminar. Pretty smoking stuff, though I suppose they all serve fairly lofty purposes. We could lazily cruise down to green Austin, Texas, in the whispering 'brid and get aurally assaulted by Disk Lock and the Fried Electrons. …

    April 17, 2014

  • Hyper-hybrid is crazy-poweful
    2014 McLAREN P1: Insane at any speed

    Dunsfold Aerodrome, England -- Jeremy Clarkson lied to us. He really did. I can't be sure if his fibbing was of the innocent white-lies variety or if his heart is indeed black, but we have been deceived nonetheless. The sacred trust so many of us have placed in Top Gear has been …

    April 17, 2014

  • Brutish makeover more mild than wild
    2014 LEXUS GX 460: Luxury Lexus stays old-school

    Lexus's mid-brand renovation would seem to be caught halfway between the proverbial fish and fowl. Toyota -- as Honda's Acura must also soon realize -- has figured out that safety, security and reliability are no longer the differentiators they once were in the luxury segment. The seriously moneyed now seeing those …

    April 17, 2014

  • 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

  • Spark can fit pretty much anywhere
    2014 CHEVY SPARK: Parking pleasure

    This week, Driving's Jodi Lai and Nick Tragianis set out on a challenge to find out if the 2014 Chevrolet Spark is worthy of its city-car credentials. Nick Tragianis: How does the saying go? Little fish in a big sea? That's basically what you are with the Chevrolet Spark, GM's entry …

    April 11, 2014