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QUICK CAR REVIEW: 2017 Toyota Highlander SE AWD

2017 Toyota Highlander

I’m not exactly sure what’s going with Toyota transmissions these days but as I write these lines, I’m already on my next product from the Japanese giant and it’s major flaw is located between the engine and drive wheels. And it’s the same with this Highlander. Toyota’s 3-row large midsize CUV has been a safe bet since it hit the ground rolling just over 15 years ago and continues to be just that today. The ...

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2018 Chevrolet Equinox: Three new reasons to like it

Chevrolet Equinox

The Chevrolet Equinox, Chevy’s compact SUV, has remained largely unchanged since it was redesigned at the beginning of this decade. That’s an eternity in today’s automotive industry where buyers are always looking for the newest features and technologies. Chevrolet clearly waited too long before offering us a new product, but the good news is that consumers now get plenty of features, and the latest-generation Equinox is certainly competitive. Apart from the structural, aesthetic and conceptual ...

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A 4-cylinder engine in a 3-row CUV? Is Mazda nuts?

2017 Mazda CX-9

Mazda is far from that. Well, maybe not entirely sane; let’s just say they like taking risks. The MX-5 Miata was a calculated risk nearly 30 years ago and look, it has become the best-selling roadster of all time. Granted, the CX-9 will not garner the same level of praise but what it has to offer is worth a few minutes of your time. The biggest piece of news related to the new CX-9 is ...

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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 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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2015 Ford F-150: Winter and off-road driving review

Charlevoix, QC – Not intent on resting on their laurels after earning 2015 Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year accolades with the F-150, Ford invited a flight of journalists to test their trucks in conditions more extreme than anything anyone—save Ford’s engineering team—had seen before. It was central Quebec, it was snowy, and it was -15 degrees outside. Up to this point, we’d really only driven them in the sub-Saharan heat (OK, that’s a bit ...

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2015 Chevrolet Trax – Review

Built in Mexico and for sale in Canada and not the US, the 2015 Chevrolet Trax arrived in 2014 as Chevy’s entrant into what has become a quickly growing class in the urban utility vehicle (UUV). Really, Chevrolet was a bit ahead of its time with the, with manufacturers like Mazda, Fiat and even Mercedes-Benz jumping on the bandwagon since. Looking like a Chevy Sonic hatch on stilts (the Trax is only a few millimeters ...

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2015 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk – Review

As if the latest Jeep Cherokee wasn’t outlandish enough on the styling front, Jeep has gone the extra mile with eh Trailhawk edition, a vehicle whose big off-road tires, higher ride height and plastic cladding would put many aftermarket conversions to shame. And you know what? It works. It works precisely because the new Cherokee, with its narrow DRLs, low-mounted headlamps and steampunk take on the classic Jeep 7-slat grille looks so alien in the ...

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2014 Buick Encore – Review

Urban dwellers, or just about anyone searching for a vehicle that is bigger than a subcompact hatchback, yet navigates well within the city, may find that Buick’s compact crossover SUV fits the bill perfectly. The small yet charming 2014 Buick Encore feels well adapted to the urban environment, and offers a level of luxury and sophistication, as well as numerous standard features, that deem it worthy of consideration. Buick targets city dwellers Available from $27,835 MSRP, ...

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