VW Passat GT is more than a family sedan

In every way, it’s a mainstream family sedan and as comfortable and civilized as anything in this corner of the market – and it’s sporty

VW Passat GT is more than a family sedanAside from a minor – and welcome – blip with the CC version, Volkswagen’s Passat is arguably the most North American-flavoured model the company makes. It’s the company’s biggest sedan (for the time being), has the largest engine, has the most nondescript styling in VW’s entire lineup and is built in Chattanooga, Tenn. The aforementioned…

Ford Edge ST has serious get up and go

This mid-size SUV is fun to drive, roomy, comfortable and practical. What’s not to like?

Ford Edge ST has serious get up and goNot counting the Transit cargo van, Ford has at least six crossovers/SUVs in its model range. And with the company set to discontinue its line of passenger sedans in the near future, we can no doubt expect to see more added to the lineup. For better or worse, this is the way the market is…

Sexy Stinger takes it to the German touring sedans

Review: 2018 Kia Stinger GT Limited is a lot of car at a price point just under $50,000

Sexy Stinger takes it to the German touring sedansBy Doug Firby and Lisa Monforton Troy Media Like its cousin Hyundai, Kia is a Korean carmaker known for its value-priced vehicles. The cars and SUVs offer great value in hardy vehicles with lots of features. They’re also offered for relatively low dollars. Until now. Kia is busting out of the hive with its first…

This pony has the speed and performance of a thoroughbred

The Mustang EcoBoost convertible features a 2.3-litre four-cylinder that delivers power and better mileage

This pony has the speed and performance of a thoroughbredMy friends were envious when they heard I was scheduled to review a 2018 Ford EcoBoost Turbo convertible. I was curious to see how the latest version of the pony car performed, even though at my age I prefer to drive more sedately than most younger Mustang drivers would tolerate. I was pleasantly surprised by…

Infiniti Q60 Red Sport offers high-end motoring

People who have achieved their career goals will love this trophy vehicle

Infiniti Q60 Red Sport offers high-end motoringThe 2018 Infiniti Q60 is a sporty two-door coupe that’s little changed from last year’s styling. But it features a choice of three turbo-charged engines mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. All three models feature all-wheel drive. I tested the Red Sport, which boasts a 400-horsepower twin-turbo V6 engine. The base model has a 2.0-litre…

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross: part SUV, part sport cute

This is a straightforward vehicle to drive that does its job efficiently and competently

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross: part SUV, part sport cuteOriginally a sport coupe/convertible with available all-wheel drive and turbo power, the Mitsubishi Eclipse has evolved from a sports car for everyman into a crossover hatchback that’s part SUV and part sport cute. It’s one of many on the market and shares much with competitors such as the Honda HR-V, Ford EcoSport, Hyundai Tucson and…

Honda’s latest hybrids hit the mark

Accord Hybrid and Clarity both offer exceptional fuel economy, all the modern conveniences and more than enough get up and go

Honda’s latest hybrids hit the markAlthough Toyota seems to have the lion’s share of the hybrid market, other manufacturers haven’t exactly been idle. Honda, for example, introduced the Insight back in 2000 and has unveiled a series of hybrid models over the years, with varying degrees of success. The first generation Accord Hybrid, for example, was a lovely car in…

Honda Civic Type R is a genuine pocket rocket

Honda isn’t making that many of these and even with its lofty price tag, they won’t be lingering on dealers’ lots

Honda Civic Type R is a genuine pocket rocketIf I was a few years younger, I would love this car – make that quite a few years younger. The 2018 Honda Civic Type R is a young person’s car, no question, but even for an old guy, it’s a ball to drive. I love its drivetrain, handling and sense of balance. It’s the…

The 2018 Nissan Leaf will give you a jolt – if you can get a charge

The world’s best-selling EV is great as a second car or for short commuting    

The 2018 Nissan Leaf will give you a jolt – if you can get a chargeI want to be clear about this: The 2018 Nissan Leaf is a great compact car with a quiet, smooth ride, attractive design and many driver conveniences. But it’s not the car for me. I live in an apartment building and I have no access to an outside plug for recharging the batteries. That’s a…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…