Lexus UX 250h is a smooth, luxurious and sensible hybrid

This small SUV is aimed at urban drivers and those who keep an eye on fuel economy

Lexus UX 250h is a smooth, luxurious and sensible hybridIf you’re in the market for an electric car, you might have to cool your heels for a bit. With the soaring price of oil, increasing scarcity of battery components and supply chain issues, the waiting time for models like the Nissan Leaf, BMW i3, Chevrolet Bolt, Kia Soul, Tesla and others can be up…

Is Ford’s latest gas tax cut promise just another election ploy?

Ontarians need urgent action, not vague future promises

Is Ford’s latest gas tax cut promise just another election ploy?When Ontario Premier Doug Ford finally announced his intention to deliver on gas tax relief after four years of delays, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation supported the move. Make no mistake; a gas tax cut is good news for Ontario taxpayers. As gas prices soar and Ontarians face the highest inflation levels in 30 years, relief…

Buying used: 2012 Ford Fusion has plenty to offer

Tasteful interior, available leather upholstery, heated seats, rearview camera, blind spot warning and more

Buying used: 2012 Ford Fusion has plenty to offerIn 2012, the Ford Fusion was two years into a mild makeover and a revised drivetrain. You could get it with a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine, plus a choice of two V6s and a hybrid. Ford also introduced a new six-speed transmission the year before and there was an all-wheel-drive version, so they were covering all…

Manual version of 2022 Honda Civic Hatchback is your best bet

The intangible driveability of so many Honda products is intact with the new Civic Hatchback

Manual version of 2022 Honda Civic Hatchback is your best betA few weeks back, I drove the new Honda Civic equipped with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). To put it mildly, I was disappointed. I found the CVT to be inconsistent, power-robbing, unrefined and almost unusable. It ruined, in my opinion, an other wise decent little car. Potential buyers, I cautioned, should be aware of…

Buying used: 2012 Acura TL offers a great driving experience

What it lacks in beauty it makes up for with interior amenities and conveniences

Buying used: 2012 Acura TL offers a great driving experienceThere were few differences between the 2010 and 2012 Acura TL editions, aside from the addition of a six-speed automatic transmission, retuned suspension and a slight body refresh – mainly a new front-end treatment. Optional equipment includes Honda’s Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive (SH-AWD), which gives the TL a leg up on much of the competition when…

2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge has power and poise

The XC40 Recharge is my favourite electric car. It’s easy to get along with and goes like a bat out of hell

2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge has power and poiseWe all know that electric cars are pollution-free, efficient, thrifty, ecologically sound and cheap to operate. But they can also be surprisingly fast. A video is making the rounds on YouTube and Facebook that shows a Tesla Model S going up against Corvettes, Vipers, Ferraris, etc., at a quarter-mile dragstrip – and leaving them all…

Buying used: 2012 Infiniti G25 holds up well

An affordable, upscale driving experience without having to spend all your time at the pump

Buying used: 2012 Infiniti G25 holds up wellNissan’s Infiniti G25 was meant to compete directly with Lexus’s IS 250 in its second – and, as it turned out, final – model year. The idea was to offer buyers an affordable and upscale driving experience without having to spend all their time at the pump and, hopefully, introduce them to the Infiniti lineup.…

Ford needs to take a lesson from Alberta

Alberta has reduced its gas taxes by 13 cents a litre

Ford needs to take a lesson from AlbertaOntario Premier Doug Ford is sitting on his hands while Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is delivering relief for taxpayers. Earlier this week, Kenney announced his government would cut provincial gas taxes by 13 cents per litre in the face of skyrocketing oil prices. For a family filling up their minivan, Kenney’s tax cut means nearly…

Record high gas prices in Alberta signal need for carbon tax relief

Enough with the political excuses and inaction

Record high gas prices in Alberta signal need for carbon tax reliefIf you’ve had to drive your kids to hockey, go grocery shopping or commute to work, you’ve likely cursed every time you saw the price at the pump. Gas prices have now reached a high of over $1.50 per litre. That’s the highest level since Statistics Canada started tracking this data in 1990. Higher gas…

Vancouver gas hits $2 per litre and taxes are a big factor

Living in B.C. is unaffordable for many people and carbon taxes make it worse

Vancouver gas hits $2 per litre and taxes are a big factorDrivers in Vancouver are paying record-smashing prices at the gas pump and taxes are an extra kick in the head. Prices have hit more than $2 per litre for regular gasoline in Metro Vancouver. That’s the highest gasoline price in North America, along with the highest gasoline taxes. Before chuckling at the pipeline-blocking-moon-units getting their…

Ontario cutting its license plate sticker fees

A win for taxpayers, but it just isn’t enough

Ontario cutting its license plate sticker feesLicense plate stickers in Ontario are destined for the ash heap of history, thanks to the Ford government’s commitment to repeal those pesky annual fees. Families are facing rampant inflation and soaring living costs. Premier Doug Ford’s announcement will save the typical two-car family $240 a year. It’s a good first step, and now the…

Auto odds, ends: Honda, Hyundai honoured for vehicles of the year

Kia has more electric offerings, Subaru has strong sales month, Nissan sets up American EV plant

Auto odds, ends: Honda, Hyundai honoured for vehicles of the yearTime for a few odds and sods from the automotive world. Vehicles of the year First up, the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) just announced its choices for 2022 car of the year and utility vehicle of the year. The winners are the Honda Civic and Hyundai Tucson. Prevailing over 250 other entries, these…

Record-breaking Vancouver gas prices heading your way

And taxes are a big part of the problem

Record-breaking Vancouver gas prices heading your wayThe price at the gas pumps has hit a record-breaking $1.82 per litre in Vancouver. That’s the most expensive gasoline in North America. While some readers in Winnipeg and Calgary might chuckle at the karma coming back to bite a city whose mayor personally blocked the building of pipelines, it’s important to remember that bad…

Buying used: 2012 Mercedes E-Class still exudes class

From arrowhead front to evocative 50's-style back, this one's still a knockout

Buying used: 2012 Mercedes E-Class still exudes classThe Mercedes-Benz E-Class was well into its fourth generation by 2012 and still represented the heart of the company’s lineup. Not as pricey or exclusive as the S-Class, it was a cut above the C-Class stable. Available as a four-door sedan, estate wagon, convertible or two-door coupe, it received a complete makeover in 2011 and…