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Can you blend a family and a Mazda CX-3?

2017 Mazda CX-3

The CX-3 is Mazda’s small crossover. It is a sub-compact vehicle and as such, makes no promise to carry your three kids and all their hockey equipment to practice at 4:30am on a Saturday morning. I wouldn’t promise that either. What the CX-3 does is deliver a right-sized cabin for the average equally compact family looking to get around in style all the while enjoying the driving experience and not stopping at every petrol station ...

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Can you be a truck guy and own a Ridgeline?

2017 Honda Ridgeline

The short of the answer goes like this: I’ve travelled to Texas twice in the last three months and I spotted countless 1st and 2nd generation Ridgelines. So yes, yes you can if we are to use the Lone Star state as a barometer for all things Truck. The long depends on weight, as it the girth of items you need to carry or tow. The revised 3.5-litre V6’s got more power than previous but ...

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2017 Acura MDX Elite, the brand’s image

2017 Acura MDX

Acura has long struggled with its identity over the last 15 years. In fact, the second half of the 2000s were a complete mess save for one vehicle: the MDX. Between you and I, if the MDX had not been as good as it was, and is, I don’t think we’d still have an Acura brand network to speak of. I won’t breakdown what was wrong with all the other products during that period of ...

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The Ford EcoSport at the Montréal Auto Show

Ford EcoSport

The race to introduce a new player in the subcompact CUV segment is in full swing. At this year’s Montreal Auto Show, make sure to swing by Ford’s booth to be among the first Canadians to see the new EcoSport. Ford’s entry has all the elements to make it a winner, much like it’s bigger sibling, the bestselling Escape. Despite compact outer dimensions, the EcoSport will loaded with the latest in connectivity and safety technologies, ...

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The Toyota Coms on show ath the Montréal Auto Show with the All New C-HR

Toyota C-HR

Toyota’s been on the hybrid vehicle front lines for more that 20 years and now, they’re hoping to get your attention with their COMS, the ultra-compact downtown-destined 1-seater EV. This vehicle is destined for short city stints, as its range is limited to 50 km while top speed is capped at 60 km/h. The COMS is currently on sale in Japan for 1 million yen or roughly $11,500. There currently are no concrete plans to ...

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The 2017 Nissan Qashqai preseted at the Montréal Auto Show

Nissan Qashqai

As you enter Nissan’s booth at the MIAS, remember to check out the Qashqai (pronounced cash-kai), as before you know it, they will be all over our streets. This small urban crossover has been a runaway hit in Europe for the Japanese maker since it was launched in 2006. Interestingly, the US will know this vehicle as the Rogue Sport but both will use a 141-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. Transmission options reside between a 6-speed ...

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2017 NAIAS : Top 10 unveilings

This latest edition of the North American International Auto Show was fairly tame but of the nearly 20 reveals, 10 caught our eye. Here they are in alphabetical order: Audi Q8 Concept Audi’s really good at hardcore-looking super concept vehicles and this Q8 plug-in hybrid luxury ‘ute is quite a looker. BMW X2 Concept The small, or very small, luxury compact crossover segment is booming. Everyone needs a player and BMW’s promises to be very ...

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2017 Toyota RAV4: Platinum Champion

2017 Toyota Rav4 Test Drive

As I get older, I realize the value of experience and age. I’m also very aware that I’m not down for the count. If anything, I’ve never been comfortable with who I am and what I can do. We’re always very quick to point out something that is “old” and this is especially true in the car business. Yes, the current Toyota RAV4 is already four years old which makes it ancient by new car ...

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