Buying used: 2010 Mazdaspeed3 not to be taken lightly

The Speed3 was that rarest of creatures: an affordable hot rod, accessible to just about everybody

Buying used: 2010 Mazdaspeed3 not to be taken lightlyNot to be confused with the garden-variety Mazda3, the Speed3 version of this popular econobox was the fastest car under $35,000 sold in 2010. Behind the wheel, it was a different automobile entirely. With some 263 horsepower in hand, it could rocket from zero to 100 km/h in well under six seconds and had a…

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…

Ford Mustang EcoBoost lacks the edginess a muscle car needs

My car looked like a Mustang but drove like a Taurus, lacking that rough-around-the-edges, tactile edginess that made the car so endearing in the first place

Ford Mustang EcoBoost lacks the edginess a muscle car needsIf you follow the automobile industry at all, you probably know that Ford will be discontinuing production of all its passenger sedans and focusing on SUVs and trucks within the next few years. Fiesta, Fusion, Focus, Taurus, etc., all gone. The single exception is the Mustang, which will carry on. And just last week I…

Buying used: 2011 Ford Fiesta is far from perfect

Early reviews were strong but over time, questions about quality have cropped up

Buying used: 2011 Ford Fiesta is far from perfectIntroduced in 1976 and built in Germany, the original Ford Fiesta was one of the company’s most successful models. Over the years, Ford sold some 12 million of the sub-compacts worldwide. It was discontinued in North America in the early 1980s, despite continuing to be offered elsewhere. In Europe, the Fiesta has consistently been one…

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…

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…

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV kicks hybrid technology up a notch

It’s surprisingly lively and judicious use of the various modes will help extend battery power

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV kicks hybrid technology up a notchMost car companies are run by accountants – bean-counters. That’s probably the way it has to be: bottom line, profit and loss, mollifying the stock-holders and so on. But there are a few where the engineers still have sway and where management actually listens to them. Saab was one (and look where it got them,…

Three good bets if you’re shopping for a used hybrid

The 2010 Ford Fusion, 2007 Honda Civic and 2004 Toyota Prius all have much to recommend them

Three good bets if you’re shopping for a used hybridOne of the pleasant bonuses of owning a hybrid vehicle is that it will probably be reliable. Indeed, according to Consumer Reports, most hybrids are more dependable than their garden variety non-hybrid counterparts. The Toyota Prius and Camry hybrids, for example, generally top the list for most reliable cars, period, from this organization and elsewhere.…

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…

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…

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…