Winnipeg Free Press: Autos Reviews

A hybrid without compromise

BY Kelly Taylor . Jan 12 04:00 am

It’s hard to write the words “game-changer” without feeling like some marketing department flunky who’s just trying too hard. It might not be a hyperbolic cliché when applied to the 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid, however.

Aside from purpose-built...

BMW X5 offers effortless acceleration

BY Kelly Taylor. Dec 29 04:00 am

Christmas came early to the Taylor household this year when the Good Ferry, the Calgary-area company that ferries press vehicles around the Prairies, announced a delayed arrival meant I’d have almost an extra week in the 2017 BMW X5 xDrive 40e.

When it debuted in...

New Infiniti turbo delivers fuel economy breakthrough

BY Kelly Taylor. Dec 22 04:00 am

LOS ANGELES — It’s a technology automotive engineers have been dreaming about for 80 years.

Last week in Los Angeles, Infiniti made it happen.

It’s long been known that you could improve efficiency of a gasoline engine if you could vary the compression...

Toyota's 86 puts the 'sport' back in sports car

BY Haney Louka. Dec 15 04:00 am

Affordable, rear-drive coupes are a bit of a rarity these days. Sure, there are offerings from Dodge, Chevrolet, Ford, and Nissan, all starting around $30,000, but each represents a different variation on the theme.

With a starting price of $29,580, the Toyota 86 has the...

Second Opinion: how much does Nissan's comparable 370Z cost?

BY Willy Williamson. Dec 15 04:00 am

Whoa! Hold on a second here. Don’t get me wrong, I had a riot tooling around in the Toyota 86, but is what Louka’s saying actually true? Does Nissan’s 370Z really cost about the same $30,000 as the Toyota 86?

Never mind the bucketful of additional horsepower...

BMW balances sport with luxury

BY Haney Louka . Nov 30 18:42 pm

While it’s far from the most memorable thing about my week with the 440i xDrive Coupe, I’m compelled to comment on the quality of the Bimmer’s voice recognition system.

One might expect that all new vehicles have a decent interface in this regard, but that’s...

Colorado ZR2 a capable off-road pickup

BY Michel Deslauriers. Nov 30 18:39 pm

If you spend most of your weekends outside, hitting the trails and having fun going where very few vehicles can physically reach, then you probably already own some sort of off-road vehicle. An ATV or a dirt bike, perhaps, but also a Jeep Wrangler, a Toyota FJ Cruiser or a Nissan...

Technology agrees with new Mustang

BY Kelly Taylor. Nov 24 04:00 am

MALIBU, Calif. — Trickle-down economics comes to the 2018 Ford Mustang.

Sure, the theory may not always translate successfully into practice as government policy, but it’s working wonders for the Mustang.

A number of technologies developed by Ford’s...

Slimmed down and raring to go

BY Kelly Taylor. Nov 17 04:00 am

MALIBU, Calif. — At this event, a combined media launch for the 2018 Ford Mustang and Expedition, I came in expecting the handling story to be Mustang.

While this is not intended to disparage the new Mustang’s handling — which you’ll read about next...

Cayenne SUV spicier than ever

BY Kelly Taylor. Nov 10 04:00 am

ON THE ROADS NEAR Agios NIKOLAOS, Greece — This can’t be where we turn, can it?

We’re leaving our lunch of octopus and fish behind as we set out for the afternoon drive when the navigation system on the 2019 Porsche Cayenne tells us to turn down this nondescript,...

True to its roots

BY Kelly Taylor. Oct 20 03:00 am

NEAR THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE — Cellphone service is a distant memory as we’re covering the rear window of the 2018 Range Rover Velar with sand.

The road is a dusty trail carved into the hills near Pioneer Town, Calif., and we have to negotiate rocks, ruts, sand,...

Hot & spicy

BY Kelly Taylor . Oct 13 03:00 am

GREVENBROICH, Germany — In one moment, we’re rocketing around a racetrack as though we’re in a 911 Turbo, while the next, we’re climbing rock faces, wading through water and cruising over rough gravel like a Jeep. We’re in the same vehicle.


Blaze your own trail

BY Willy Williamson. Oct 06 03:00 am

The compact utility vehicle class is indeed crowded, but what makes the new 2017 Jeep Compass — equipped with the Trailhawk package — really stand above the competition is one key element: it can actually be driven off-road.

I know this because mere moments...

An appealing, driver-oriented coupe

BY Haney Louka . Sep 29 04:00 am

Mercedes-Benz began messing with the definition of a coupe back when the first-generation CLS made its debut in 2005. To me, it was a sleek four-door sedan. To the marketing machine at Mercedes-Benz, I was incorrect. It was a four-door coupe.

Fast-forward to 2017, and it’s...

Hybrid minivan feeling futuristic

BY Willy Williamson / Willy's Garage. Sep 29 04:00 am

Throughout my week behind the wheel of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, North America's first hybrid minivan, I felt more than a little like Michael J. Fox’s character Marty McFly from the hit 1985 film Back to the Future.

It wasn’t because of the...

Refined, desirable and expensive

BY Willy Williamson. Sep 22 03:00 am

Back in the day, pickup trucks were designed to haul cargo in the bed and tow a trailer. Creature comforts such as air conditioning and power windows weren’t common — and were often deemed unnecessary to truck purists.

My how things have changed.


GMC gives Terrain a striking new look

BY Kelly Taylor. Sep 22 03:00 am

LAC BEAUPORT, Que. — It’s a little smaller, way more stylish and a bit less pricey than its predecessor. The 2018 GMC Terrain is no minor redesign.

“There are no carryover computer chips, body parts or controls,” said Mark Alger, brand manager for...

A second opinion on the VW Atlas

BY Kelly Taylor. Sep 15 03:00 am

Most of us first heard the name “Atlas” in the pages of our comic books. You remember, the ad where the scrawny guy and his girlfriend get sand kicked in their faces by some jock, so the guy signs up for a Charles Atlas fitness program so it doesn’t happen again.


VW Atlas charts new territory

BY Haney Louka. Sep 15 03:00 am

They thought they had me.

Our next-door neighbours are witnesses to a seemingly endless stream of new vehicles that take short-term residence in the driveway week after week. This time, they thought they had me beat. But not 24 hours before they were to take delivery of...

Breaking all the rules

BY Kelly Taylor . Sep 01 04:00 am

Hybrids have been on the market since the first Toyota Prius arrived in 1999, but in those 18 years, few have earned the adjective likable.

The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq is an exception.

Smartly designed, stitched together very well and — despite not being the...