Fusion Energi puts some spark in the debate about hybrids

The 2019 model can be plugged in overnight and then travel up to 40 km on battery power

Fusion Energi puts some spark in the debate about hybridsThe federal government recently announced funding in this year’s budget for incentives of up to $5,000 for Canadian buyers of zero-emissions vehicles. That’s good, but why not extend the funding to hybrid cars? Given the current technology, a hybrid car makes much more sense than a fully electric one. And if the hybrid is a…

The 2019 Lincoln Continental offers upscale driving at its best

This spectacular-looking automobile drives like a sports coupe and even plows through snow with ease

The 2019 Lincoln Continental offers upscale driving at its bestFord announced a while ago that it would cease production of all its conventional passenger sedans starting in 2020. As well as being a potential game-changer for the company, this is also a huge mistake. Yes, people are buying SUVs and sport cutes in unprecedented numbers, but things change. And right now, Ford has never…

Buying a hybrid on the cheap, while you can

The Toyota Prius C is small and basic, but it's also relatively cheap. However, it just may disappear from the market shortly

Buying a hybrid on the cheap, while you canOne the problems with being environmentally responsible is that, for carmakers and consumers, it doesn’t come cheap. Electric and hybrid cars, for the most part, are more expensive than their internal combustion-propelled counterparts. Mitsubishi and Nissan, for example, are both actively immersed in electric/hybrid vehicle technology. They also sell affordable, non-hybrid econoboxes priced in the…

Why driving the 2019 Toyota Sienna minivan makes so much sense

The 2019 Toyota Sienna offers plenty of comfort and space, ample power, safety and good handling

Why driving the 2019 Toyota Sienna minivan makes so much senseOn average, I reckon I drive between 50 and 60 new cars a year. Everything from mainstream four-door family haulers, to high-powered sports cars, to ridiculously overpriced pickup trucks, to over-the-top luxury sedans. Extrapolate that over a 30-year career and you’ve got … well, never mind. I drive a lot of cars. Easily the questions…

Toyota C-HR is far too cute and painfully impractical

Any number of more reasonably-priced automobiles bring more to the table in terms of usability and practicality

Toyota C-HR is far too cute and painfully impracticalIn their never-ending quest to get maximum market share and give customers what they think they want, carmakers sometimes bring out a vehicle that – on paper – makes absolutely no sense. I’m thinking of “sport cute” models like the Nissan Juke, Honda HR-V, Hyundai Kona and Toyota C-HR. These vehicles don’t do any one…

Honda Accord Hybrid ticks all the boxes, from economy to comfort

The 2019 model has great safety features, plenty of space, good performance – and it’s fun to drive

Honda Accord Hybrid ticks all the boxes, from economy to comfortHonda’s 2019 Accord Hybrid is another example of the evolving gasoline/electric power vehicles that are changing the automotive scene for the better. It was a pleasure to drive, with plenty of power and roomy comfort inside. One of the surprising features I discovered in the Accord (and a few other test vehicles recently) is the…

Ford EcoSport gets the most out of a modest engine

Practicality and low fuel consumption make this SUV a good family choice

Ford EcoSport gets the most out of a modest engineIf you’re looking for a practical vehicle that has plenty of storage capacity, ample seating for four and is cheap on gas, the four-door Ford EcoSport may be the vehicle. There are four 2018 models offered: the S base, the SE, the SES and the Titanium, which I test-drove. The EcoSport also comes in front-wheel…

The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is still a cut above competition

If you’re in the market for a compact four-door at a reasonable price with exceptional performance, this is a good bet

The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is still a cut above competitionNext to the Golf, the Jetta is Volkswagen’s longest-running model. Debuting in 1979, it’s been a mainstay for the company and has proven to be more than just a Golf with a trunk. For 2019, it’s on the receiving end of a variety of changes and improvements. And it’s still offered in three variations: Comfortline,…

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…

Buying used: 2010 Hyundai Genesis sedan stands the test of time

It may have been Hyundai's first foray into luxury car territory, but the Genesis managed to make this car feel upscale without overdoing it

Buying used: 2010 Hyundai Genesis sedan stands the test of timeBy any measure, the Genesis was a significant step forward for the Korean carmaker Hyundai and a worthy contender in the upscale sedan market. It also became the company’s flagship model, supplanting the Azera. Worth noting is the fact that the Genesis was rear-wheel drive and was not built on any existing platform. This was…

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…

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid perfect for suburban families

Built in Ontario, it offers comfort, versatility, plenty of storage and economy

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid perfect for suburban familiesThe 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, Canada’s only hybrid minivan, is a great choice for families whose parents commute to a job where they can recharge at their place of employment. It has plenty of seating and storage room, which makes it perfect for parents who haul around soccer or hockey players with all their equipment.…

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…

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…