Back in the saddle, safely

Motorcycle season is upon us again – finally. Here's what you can do to make your rides stress-free (and accident-free)

Back in the saddle, safelyIt may not seem like it, but motorcycle riding season is just around the corner … really. But after a six-month absence, you may find yourself a little rusty as you head into the sunshine. It’s easy to forget how vulnerable you are on a motorcycle and, more to the point, how mind-bogglingly thoughtless and…

Used car review: It’s hip to be square

The 2011 Scion xB is utilitarian without being bleak and although it’s aimed at physically active gen-Yers, it’s bound to appeal to anyone who needs to move stuff or people on a regular basis

Used car review: It’s hip to be squareAlthough Toyota introduced its Scion division to the U.S. market in 2002, it didn’t make its way to Canada until late 2010. The two main reasons for the delay were because the company wanted to see how things went in the States before they took the trouble of introducing Scion to the relatively small Canadian…

Switchin’ to glide: manual control a must in self-driving cars

The cars of the future will remove the human component, driving more safely and efficiently – until something goes wrong

Switchin’ to glide: manual control a must in self-driving carsAuto technology has steadily taken more control from drivers and the cars of the future are almost here. So it's time to talk about how that future should be shaped and managed. And how humans must maintain ultimate control. One hundred years ago, we started cars with a hand crank. Fifty years ago, we manually…

Toyota’s 2018 RAV4 is easy to get along with

Toyota’s 2018 RAV4 is easy to get along withLike their sedan counterparts – the Accord and Camry – the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V have always duked it out for top contenders in the compact SUV market. It’s been that way for decades. Both are immensely popular and it’s virtually impossible to favour one over the other. The RAV4 comes in more varieties…

2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid a pretty attractive package

2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid a pretty attractive packageMany sweepstake raffles/lotteries, when they offer a prize, put forward a luxury car of some kind….a Jag, upper range Mercedes, Porsche, BMW… that sort of thing. Something that will draw in the punters and give whatever cause they’re supporting a bright face and classy image. In my neck of the woods, however, one of the…

Driving the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C300 Wagon too much work

Driving the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C300 Wagon too much workIf you’re like me, you miss the disappearance of the traditional station wagon. Especially if you grew up in the pre-SUV ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s, when the family hauler of choice was a four-door wagon, often with a backward-facing, pop-up rear jump-seat at the very back for kids and pets. In hindsight, probably not the…

2018 Chevrolet Traverse comes with Teen Driver Technology

2018 Chevrolet Traverse comes with Teen Driver TechnologyIt may seem like one of the biggest vehicles on the road, but the Chevy Traverse is actually a mid-size SUV. According to GM, it’s “inspired” by General Motors’ big boys, such as the Tahoe and Suburban, but the Traverse is ostensibly a more manageable rig, with the ability to carry up to eight adults.…

Catching a ride on the ‘creative destructive’ economy

As the taxi industry faces off with Uber, governments should let the marketplace sort out the winners and losers

Catching a ride on the ‘creative destructive’ economyWhat do creation, destruction, sharing and profit have in common? When it comes to the sharing economy, the answer is everything. In slightly over a decade, Uber and Lyft have gone from San Francisco startups to worldwide juggernauts. Their march to becoming international multibillion-dollar companies has sometimes met fierce resistance from taxi companies and community…

Does the world need another SUV? You bet. The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas

Does the world need another SUV? You bet. The 2018 Volkswagen AtlasDoes the world need another SUV? Volkswagen thinks so, and the new-for-2018 Atlas brings this company’s SUV/Wagon complement up to five. It joins the AllTrack, Golf Sport Wagon, Tiguan, and Touareg .... at least for the time being. Designed specifically for the North American market, the Atlas is somewhere between the Tiguan and Touareg ...…

Creeping blandification spreading to the Passat

VW needs to tone down the extras and focus more on building a reliable, fun to drive vehicle with a reasonable price tag

Creeping blandification spreading to the PassatOne of the things that has attracted buyers to Volkswagen products over the years is that hard-to-pinpoint connection between driver and vehicle. Even the most humble VeeDubs offer a driving experience a cut above the usual models coming out of Japan or Korea. The Golf, in particular, remains the benchmark – at least as far…