Buying used: 2011 Kia Sorento may not age well

It gets average grades for performance and features, but users have had a variety of problems

Buying used: 2011 Kia Sorento may not age wellKia had a landmark year in 2010. As well as dramatically increasing its sales and becoming a legitimate contender in the marketplace, it opened a manufacturing plant in the U.S. – West Point, Ga. The debuting model was the mid-size 2011 Sorento SUV. There are two engine choices: a 2.4-litre four cylinder and 3.5-litre V6,…

Honda Insight wants to be in charge of the driving experience

Driver input these days, it seems, is decreasing incrementally

Honda Insight wants to be in charge of the driving experienceIt all started with cruise control. It was, arguably, the first modern automotive convenience readily available to buyers that didn’t fundamentally involve the operation of the vehicle. When it became readily available – in the 1970s, initially in the RV industry – it was something of a sensation: a feature that allowed you to drive…

Top-down fun and performance with Nissan 370Z Roadster

Buying used: the 2010 version offers plenty of options, including some unusual features

Top-down fun and performance with Nissan 370Z RoadsterWith spring just around the corner, it’s top-down time. If you're in the market for a pre-owned model, the 2010 Nissan 370Z Roadster is a decent choice. After a major redesign, in 2009, Nissan lowered the price and reduced the size of its flagship roadster. Strictly a two-seater, it was now shorter and lighter, with…

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…

AutoCanada reports new car sales trending down

The company operates dealerships in eight provinces and in Illinois, with more than 4,200 employees overall

AutoCanada reports new car sales trending downNew-car sales are beginning to trend downward, said the Edmonton-based owner of 67 dealerships across Canada and the U.S. AutoCanada Inc. sold 66,073 new and used cars during 2018, and while most of those were new, going forward the company expects to focus more on used-car sales. After several record-setting years of new-car sales, analysts…

The best and the worst cars of 2015 (and some other years)

According to Consumer Reports, there are plenty of good used cars out there from the last decade – and some models to avoid

The best and the worst cars of 2015 (and some other years)Thinking of buying a used car that’s four years old? Well, every year, Consumer Reports publishes its “Best And Worst” automobile issue. This is arguably the most comprehensive and thorough automobile guide and takes a hard, cold look at new and used cars and SUVs. Consumer Reports accepts no advertising, so they have no axes…

Winter tires should be mandatory across the country

We shouldn't have to count on government to force common-sense solutions. But drivers can't seem to figure it out for themselves

Winter tires should be mandatory across the countryCanada has experienced many cold, harsh winters. That’s why we check the weather forecasts, dress warmly, shovel plenty of snow, and take extra care when we’re on the streets and highways. You know what? Scratch that last one off the list. There are far too many drivers in Canada who don’t put winter tires on…

Canadians can’t get enough of this year’s international auto show

Thousands crowd Toronto convention centre to see the finest in modern and vintage automotive design

Canadians can’t get enough of this year’s international auto showCanada’s love affair with the automobile is still going strong. Just ask the thousands of people who are flocking to the Canadian International Autoshow at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Both of the centre’s large buildings are filled to the brim with 1,000 concept cars, luxury vehicles, regular automobiles and vintage models. There’s something to…

The 2010 Acura TSX is still a pretty good bet

Buying used: In virtually every area, this generation of the TSX receives top or near-the-top grades

The 2010 Acura TSX is still a pretty good betOriginally based on the European Honda Accord, the Acura TSX has always been an intriguing blend of performance and luxury. Not a hard-and-fast sport sedan along the lines of the Audi A4 or BMW 3 Series, it still holds its own under most circumstances. The 2010 version is powered by either a 3.5-litre V6 or…

The 2009 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 holds its value

Buying used: With its legendary liquid-cooled, six-cylinder powerplant, it remains one of the most enjoyable cars to drive

The 2009 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 holds its valueNo car has a closer link to its past than the Porsche 911 series. It’s been front and centre, in one form or another, for 50 years. And despite numerous engineering updates and redesigns, it still has a horizontally-opposed engine hanging out the back for power. In 2009, the 911 was on the receiving end…

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…

Buying used: the 2010 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid is nimble and luxurious

It may be a contradiction in terms, but this hybrid offers a certain value with its performance

Buying used: the 2010 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid is nimble and luxuriousThe Cadillac Escalade Hybrid is a four-wheeled contradiction in terms. Introduced in 2009 at a Florida auto show, appropriately enough, it was the only full-size luxury hybrid in General Motors’ stable. If ever there was a vehicle that demonstrated how going green is mainly for the rich, this is it. Still, if you can find…

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,…

Buying used: 2010 Audi R8 has ‘collectible’ written all over it

The full measure of the high-end European sports car, with a symphony of mechanical noises emanating from the engine

Buying used: 2010 Audi R8 has ‘collectible’ written all over itBuilt on the Lamborghini Gallardo platform and patterned after one of Audi’s LeMans racers, the Audi R8 was introduced at the Paris Auto Show in 2006. Initially offered as a two-door hardtop, and later as a Spyder convertible, it was an instant sensation. Easily the most eye-catching production car ever put forward by the German…

Buying used: 2010 Audi R8 has ‘collectible’ written all over it

The full measure of the high-end European sports car, with a symphony of mechanical noises emanating from the engine

Buying used: 2010 Audi R8 has ‘collectible’ written all over itBuilt on the Lamborghini Gallardo platform and patterned after one of Audi’s LeMans racers, the Audi R8 was introduced at the Paris Auto Show in 2006. Initially offered as a two-door hardtop, and later as a Spyder convertible, it was an instant sensation. Easily the most eye-catching production car ever put forward by the German…
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