by Chris Chase As a compact crossover SUV, the Mazda CX-5 is one of a number of such vehicles competing for buyers who want comfortable and practical transportation. What helps this Mazda utility stand out is a diesel-engine option the company added late in the 2019 model year. Dubbed SkyActiv-D, the engine came along about... Read More.
by Lori Straus Choosing the right tires for your vehicle can sometimes overwhelm you. Perhaps performance tires look enticing, but they’re not suitable for winter driving. By the same token, all seasons sound like you only need one set of tires for the entire year; however, if you live somewhere where winter temperatures drop below... Read More.
The debate over whether it’s smarter to buy a vehicle new or used will never end. Used-car proponents cite depreciation-related savings and the fact that pre-owned cars come with fewer fees added to their prices. Meanwhile, the peace of mind of a full manufacturer’s warranty plays most heavily in favour of a new car. But... Read More.
by Chris Chase Crossovers and sport utility vehicles are no overnight sensation. Families have been flocking to this practical body style for about a decade now, thanks to the disappearance of station wagons and large sedans. That shift is no accident: Crossovers and SUVs command higher prices, making them more profitable for auto manufacturers. Compact... Read More.
by Lori Straus Have you ever thought about renting a car as part of your car-buying research? It might be useful if you’re considering changing the type of vehicle you want to drive. Test drives in those instances might not give you enough time to evaluate the new vehicle. After all, how will you know... Read More.
by Chris Chase Eight-cylinder engines are out of fashion in many vehicle segments, thanks to modern technology that allows six-cylinder motors — and even some four-cylinders — to make as much power as V8s used to be known for. Still, a V8 remains one of the most straightforward ways to generate the power needed for... Read More.
by Lori Straus Are hybrid vehicles more environmentally friendly? What about replacing batteries? How far do they drive? We’ll quickly take you through a few factors you should keep in mind as you research your options for hybrid vehicles. But First: What Is a Hybrid? The Ministry of Transportation in Ontario (MTO) considers “electric vehicle”... Read More.
by Lori Straus Studded tires provide the ultimate grip on icy roads. However, they face heavy regulation in Ontario. In this blog post, we’ll give you a quick overview on the status of studded tires. What Are Studded Tires? Studded tires have small metal studs spread out throughout the tire tread and better grip soft... Read More.
by Lori Straus The shift toward electric vehicles (EVs) has been picking up steam for over a decade now. If you’re in the market for a new car and you’re considering an EV, how do you know that the one you want to buy is more energy efficient overall compared to a fuel-efficient, gas-powered vehicle?... Read More.
by Chris Chase — 4.3/5.0 The full-size pickup truck segment is one of the auto industry’s most competitive, and North America’s domestic brands own it. Ford’s F-150 is Canada’s best-selling vehicle overall, and the Ram 1500 and General Motors’ GMC Sierra 1500 and Chevrolet Silverado 1500 twins are regular top-10 sellers. Understandably, those brands work... Read More.