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  • 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

  • After recall snafu, Porsche's street-legal speed beast is ready to rumble
    Ready to RUMBLE

    A bolt -- an important bolt to be sure, but just a bolt nonetheless -- is all it took to terminally scuttle the dreams of the 785 (admittedly spoiled rotten) folks who had taken delivery of the latest version of Porsche's GT3.A connecting rod bolt loosened, "damaging the crankcase" (Porsche's …

    July 25, 2014

  • Subaru's rugged Outback gets a revamp
    Adventure wagon

    ST. JOHN'S, N.L.--Subaru has long laid claim to originating the sport utility wagon, which is what the Outback was termed when it was first introduced 20 years ago. Basically a jacked-up Legacy wagon fitted with an abundance of body cladding as well as off-road tires, it was as much a …

    July 25, 2014

  • The A3 Sportback e-tron can reach 100 km/h in 7.6 seconds
    Audi's first hybrid has plenty of spark

    VIENNA, Austria -- The A3 Sportback e-tron is Audi's first try at a plug-in hybrid. As first attempts go, it is a very good one. Remove the decals and cover up the instrumentation and most would be hard pressed to tell it has an electric motor working with a gasoline …

    July 18, 2014

  • Odyssey still best in class for minivans

    At what age do you finally realize you're no longer young?Is it when you no longer recognize a song in the Top 10? Is it when you enjoy a bit of peace and quiet? Or maybe it's when you realize, to your ultimate shock and horror, a minivan really is …

    July 18, 2014

  • 2015 model thoroughly upgraded and redesigned
    Sonata makes a statement

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Crossovers may be the flavour of the moment with Canadians, but a better-driving and more efficient family sedan such as the redesigned 2015 Hyundai Sonata makes a compelling alternative to the typically more utilitarian picks for family transportation.While the smaller Accent and Elantra cars and Santa …

    July 11, 2014

  • New NX delivers a clever design that's bound to polarize public
    The Lexus look

    WHISTLER, B. C. -- What the bear made of it, we'll never know. As insects buzzed in the long grass on either side of the quiet sideroad, the plump young bruin simply ambled across the road, glanced briefly at the shining grille of the Lexus crossover, then roll-shouldered along his …

    July 11, 2014

  • Larger trucks pose threat to segment Toyota dominates
    Tacoma versus the big boys

    The mid-sized pickup truck market is a small one: The Honda Ridgeline, Nissan Frontier, and Toyota Tacoma combined currently make up but five per cent of light truck sales in Canada. While the venerable Tacoma owns about two-thirds of that market, it won't be getting any easier for this incumbent: …

    July 11, 2014

  • Audi's compact convertible has an outstanding interior, amazing driving dynamics
    Proof is in the punch

    MUNICH, Germany - Audi has big plans to expand its compact A3 family. The proof lies in the new 2015 Audi S3 Cabriolet 2.0 TFSI Quattro, just one of a host of new and future models in the German automaker's burgeoning small car corral.In the past, Canadian and U.S. buyers …

    July 4, 2014

  • It's a family sedan that lives up to its hood scoop

    CALIFORNIA - This road, this glorious, shimmering ribbon of undulating, shattered, cliff-side tarmac, runs along a ridge set high above the San Andreas fault. Earlier in this month, the ground shivered into earthquake, dislodging rocks and sheets of sand to sweep down onto the pavement.The disturbance was, of course, caused …

    July 4, 2014