Car manufacturers spend a lot of time researching and planning the vehicles they think their buyers want. Most of the time, they get it right, but they occasionally wind up being very, very wrong and launch a car that languishes in showrooms. In some cases, a model comes along just as demand for its segment... Read More.
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by Chris Chase Rating 4.3/5 Two years ago, Hyundai began an expansion of its crossover and SUV lineup with the Kona, a subcompact that is now one of the brand’s best-selling models. It followed that with the upscale Palisade three-row SUV, and the Venue you’re reading about now, another subcompact that slots in below the... Read More.
By Lori Straus When it comes to the winter, Canadians tend to divide themselves into two groups: those who love the outdoors despite the freezing temperatures and those who hide indoors precisely because of those temperatures. Both groups have one thing in common, though: neither wants to wash their vehicle in the winter. However, good... Read More.
by Lori Straus Backing up a trailer is not for the faint of heart. But whether you’re towing your Skidoo or a full-sized RV behind you, you can’t avoid it. We’ll explain the basics here of how to back up your trailer, but if you’ve never done it before, have someone experienced help you. Be... Read More.
By Lori Straus If your vehicle is long past its prime and you would like someone to take care of disposing of it, consider donating your vehicle to charity. Not only will you save yourself the hassle of getting rid of your vehicle, but you will also do some good and get a tax receipt... Read More.
By Chris Chase Automotive Lease Guide (ALG) published its 2020 Canadian vehicle residual value awards in January, naming Toyota and Porsche its top brands for this model year. These annual awards recognize the vehicles that ALG’s industry watchers predict will hold their value best as they age; the company calculates residual value (also known as... Read More.
by Chris Chase Using one vehicle platform to underpin different models is not a new practice in the auto industry. It gives a car maker a common starting point for a variety of vehicles and reduces R&D costs. A single platform might be used by different brands owned by the same parent company. Sometimes, companies... Read More.
By Lori Straus Although this winter hasn’t felt like much of a winter for those of us in southern Ontario, winter always includes temperatures below -10 Celsius for the entire province. And remember last winter? For the western half of Canada, from the Upper Great Lakes to the Pacific coast, February 2019 saw the lowest... Read More.
By Lori Straus Ice racing is exactly what it says: car racing on a track of ice. The Ontario finals take place every year starting in January in Minden, Ontario. Approximately 100 racers come out each weekend for a six-weekend stretch and compete in several classes. The CASC makes it easy for anyone interested in... Read More.
By Lori Straus You’re on the road to a winter getaway, it’s -25°C outside, the wind is blowing, and instead of driving, you’re stuck with a dead battery. What do you do? First, pull out your emergency kit and give everyone blankets, etc., to keep warm. Next, flag down a stranger to give you a... Read More.