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  • Which is the better city truck, GMC Canyon or Toyota Tacoma?
    Urban haulers

    Way to go, Canada! According to the latest figures, Canadians are buying new vehicles like never before. Despite a low-value loonie and even lower oil prices, 2014 was the best year for new car and truck sales in this country and 2015 is shaping up to be more of the …

    July 24, 2015

  • Porsche's slinky, manual-only Boxster Spyder is one of the finest droptops money can buy

    MONTECATINI TERME, Italy -- Porsche has a storied Spyder history -- you only need to think of the oh-so-seductive and talented 718 Spyder as a reminder -- and the new Boxster Spyder is that car's spiritual successor. While it may not yet have the 718's pedigree, it's a cracker nonetheless. The …

    July 23, 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

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