The 2019 Honda Ridgeline is a pleasure to drive

It’s civilized, practical and, as far as it goes, rugged. Score another one for Honda

The 2019 Honda Ridgeline is a pleasure to driveWhen Honda introduced its Ridgeline pickup in 2006, it was well received except for one thing: it looked funny. It didn’t really resemble a traditional North American pickup, with its high rear deck sides and odd cargo layout. Some said it had more than a passing resemblance to the Chevrolet Avalanche, which wasn’t necessarily a…

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…

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…

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…

Beating the bushes for a winter beater?

Here are some choices if you're looking for something that's easy on gas, affordable, dependable and, if possible, good in the snow

Beating the bushes for a winter beater?With winter just around the corner, it might be time to start thinking about a beater. Something to get you through the nasty weather and salty roads while your ‘other’ car is nestled snugly in the garage. The parameters are straightforward – we’re looking for something that's easy on gas, affordable, dependable and, if possible, good…

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’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…

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…

Mazda CX-9 is more than just another mid-size SUV

Plenty of cargo capacity, good jump for a four-cylinder engine, sleek styling and a comfortable, quiet ride add up to a solid vehicle

Mazda CX-9 is more than just another mid-size SUVThe CX-9 is the biggest model Mazda makes and arguably the most interesting. Not because it’s extraordinarily fast or has bling styling, or even because it pampers its occupants more than anyone else. On the face of it, the CX-9 is yet another mid-size SUV, duking it out in one of the most competitive markets…

Three Canadian drivers bring added excitement to this year’s Honda Indy

James Hinchcliffe, Robbie Wickens and Zachary Claman De Melo are all vying to bring Toronto a Canadian winner

Three Canadian drivers bring added excitement to this year’s Honda IndyThe first time I attended the Honda Indy race in Toronto, my friend Scot Cameron, a former race car driver, told me to stand at the wall of the track at the straightaway and look directly across as a car goes past. “All you’ll see is a blur,” he said. “You’ll know it went past,…

Hyundai Accent sedan punches above its weight

The Accent has matured into a nicely-styled, well-built, economical and, most of all, well-equipped compact

Hyundai Accent sedan punches above its weightCast your mind back to the early to mid 1970s, when Japanese models like the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and Datsun 510 were getting a toehold in the North American market. Despite contempt and resistance from the established carmakers in North America, the offshore imports hit a chord with buyers and ushered in a whole…

Are minivans the modern everyman vehicle?

Today’s breed of minivans can be fast, comfortable, powerful and, sometimes, more than competent when it comes to handling and braking. Here are three used models to consider.

Are minivans the modern everyman vehicle?Minivans are not exactly at the top of people’s bucket lists. For many, they signal an end to driving pleasure, and an acknowledgement that tasks such as carrying groceries, taking the kids to hockey practice and schlepping supplies around now take precedence over random drives in the country with the top down and tearing it…

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…