Buying used: the 2010 Kia Forte Koup

For most buyers, the Koup offered entertaining handling and performance, even if it was never going to set the road on fire

Buying used: the 2010 Kia Forte KoupIntroduced at the 2009 New York International Auto Show, the Kia Forte Koup was the first two-door coupe configuration from this Korean manufacturer. Officially classed as a five-passenger coupe, with room in the back for three, elbow room was a little tight side back there, so four people would fit just about right overall. It…

Driver-friendly Mazda CX-5 is easy to get along with

For 2018, it features various engineering refinements, including a cylinder de-activation system for the larger 2.5-litre engine

Driver-friendly Mazda CX-5 is easy to get along withNot designed to raise pulses, the Mazda CX-5 is nonetheless one of the mainstays of the company’s lineup. It’s kind of their mid-sized model, sandwiched between the very popular CX-3 and CX-9. What it may lack in driving kicks, it makes up for in sheer driveability and driver-friendliness. It’s just one of those cars that…

Still riding, but with more caution all the time

Motorcycle riders in Canada are at least 15 times more likely to be involved in a crash than automobile drivers

Still riding, but with more caution all the timeIn my home province – B.C. – the attorney general recently announced that July of this year was one of the worst on record for motorcycle fatalities: 18 deaths in one month, the highest number in decades. To put this into some kind of perspective, in 2017 there were 30 motorcycle deaths in total for…

The 2010 Toyota Yaris remains economical and functional

This econobox has stood the test of time and remains a solid choice for A-to-B transport

The 2010 Toyota Yaris remains economical and functionalMade in Japan and formerly known as the Echo, the Toyota Yaris has traditionally been about as basic as econoboxes get. The emphasis has always been on economy of operation and affordability, rather than performance or comfort. Eight years on, the 2010 Yaris is an econobox that has stood the test of time and remains…

Is the Mazda MX-5 the greatest sports car ever made?

Thirty years after its introduction, this two-seater remains as entertaining, dependable and fun as anything out there

Is the Mazda MX-5 the greatest sports car ever made?What’s the greatest sports car ever made? Depends who you talk to, I suppose. Jaguar E-Type, Shelby Cobra, Ferrari Testarossa, Porsche 911, Mercedes 300 Gullwing, Aston Martin DB5 … the list goes on and on. But let’s narrow down our criteria a little. Let’s look at things like usability, reliability, affordability, fun quotient, and parts…

The top 10 (bottom 10?) ugliest cars ever made

Not everything that springs from the mind of automobile designers and stylists can be a winner. In many ways, when they sit down to design, it’s a crap shoot

The top 10 (bottom 10?) ugliest cars ever madeSomething a little different this time around: ugly cars. Not everything that springs from the mind of automobile designers and stylists can be a winner. In many ways, when they sit down with their computer-aided design and manufacturing programs, or simply clay mules, it’s a crap shoot. Things like passenger ingress/egress, aerodynamics, manufacturing costs, engineering…

Mazda CX-9 is more than just another mid-size SUV

Plenty of cargo capacity, good jump for a four-cylinder engine, sleek styling and a comfortable, quiet ride add up to a solid vehicle

Mazda CX-9 is more than just another mid-size SUVThe CX-9 is the biggest model Mazda makes and arguably the most interesting. Not because it’s extraordinarily fast or has bling styling, or even because it pampers its occupants more than anyone else. On the face of it, the CX-9 is yet another mid-size SUV, duking it out in one of the most competitive markets…

The Little British Car: not quite gone, certainly not forgotten

Contemplating entering the wonderful world of English cars? Here are some makes and models to look for

The Little British Car: not quite gone, certainly not forgottenAlthough the British car industry wrestled itself to the ground in the 1980s, English sports cars remain a fixture in North America. There are still plenty of MGs, Triumphs, Austin-Healeys and so on putting along the roads in Canada and the U.S. And well-attended show and shines and picnics are held from coast to coast…

Hyundai’s hybrid Ioniq is long on features, short on power

Behind the wheel, no nasty surprises and surprisingly normal switch gear and ergonomics. And it has a decent amount of storage space

Hyundai’s hybrid Ioniq is long on features, short on powerThankfully, hybrid cars are no longer headline news. In fact, any manufacturer worth its salt has a hybrid model of one type or another on the market these days. Some – Toyota, for example – have multiple models. And hybrid cars, once categorized as bridge technology – that is, bridging the gap between conventional internal…

Buying used: 2011 Volkswagen Touareg has power – and problems

When this redesign was first delivered, it received top marks. But there are lingering questions about reliability

Buying used: 2011 Volkswagen Touareg has power – and problemsAccording to Volkswagen, the 2011 Touareg got more than just a facelift. This, claimed the company, was a complete overhaul, from stem to stern. Bigger and more powerful than its predecessor while being some 195 kilograms lighter, it got a new turbo-diesel V6 engine as well, which joined a 280-horsepower V6 gas powerplant. A revised…

Hyundai Accent sedan punches above its weight

The Accent has matured into a nicely-styled, well-built, economical and, most of all, well-equipped compact

Hyundai Accent sedan punches above its weightCast your mind back to the early to mid 1970s, when Japanese models like the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and Datsun 510 were getting a toehold in the North American market. Despite contempt and resistance from the established carmakers in North America, the offshore imports hit a chord with buyers and ushered in a whole…

Loud pipes on motorcycles save lives

Loud motorcycles can be annoying, that’s understood. But they only disrupt your quietude for a second or two, and we’re talking about safety here.

Loud pipes on motorcycles save livesAs we approach high summer and peak motorcycle riding season, it’s time to ask the eternal question: Do loud pipes save lives? Depends who you talk to, of course. Some folks consider any two-wheeled transport not human-powered to be too loud, while others view sound restrictions as a direct assault on their personal freedom. According…

Ford Fusion 2018 – get it while you can

Ford’s decision to axe its passenger cars is regrettable, but there may be some killer deals coming as dealers scramble to clear their lots

Ford Fusion 2018 – get it while you can  Ford recently announced that it will soon be getting out of the business of building traditional passenger cars. In a move that will no doubt spread to other carmakers (GM is rumoured to be contemplating a similar tactic), Ford will eliminate its conventional sedan and hatchback models starting in 2020. Eventually, the only non-truck/non-SUV…

Buying used: Hyundai Equus 2011 is loaded, with a few flaws

At first blush, the Equus appeared to be on equal footing with anything else in this upper crust of the market

Buying used: Hyundai Equus 2011 is loaded, with a few flawsAlthough it had been around in Asia for a few years, Hyundai’s flagship luxury sedan, the Equus, entered the North American market in late 2010. This was the car that would tell the world that the South Korean company could do more than just build mainstream sedans and economy cars and SUVs. It was a…

Ford F-150 Lariat is a gentleman’s pickup truck

Take an existing model produced in huge volumes, with established manufacturing protocols and proven technology, add a bunch of extras, throw on some fancy paint and wheels and charge the moon for it

Ford F-150 Lariat is a gentleman’s pickup truckBy any measure, Ford’s F-150 pickup line has been a legendary success. Introduced in 1948, it has been the best-selling vehicle in the U.S. for the last 30-odd years, the best-selling pickup truck since 1977 and the best-selling vehicle in Canada for the last several decades. As of this year, it has purportedly generated more…