by Chris Chase Mid-size family sedans and hybrid cars are among the fastest-fading segments in the auto industry. Sales of the former have fallen off in favour of crossovers and SUVs, while the latter represents yesterday’s technology as electric cars move into the mainstream. Honda and Toyota produced the industry’s first hybrids – the Insight... Read More.
by Lori Straus Financing a new car can get you behind the wheel years before you’ve saved up enough to pay for one outright. For some, that’s a luxury: they’d rather drive now and pay later. For others, it’s reality: to earn money, they have to drive now and pay later. Whatever your situation, though,... Read More.
by Lori Straus Most people buy a used car because of the lower cost. Although used cars have almost the same financing options as new cars, there are a few minor differences. Below we’ll cover five things you should keep in mind if you’re planning to finance a used car. Set Your Budget First Remember... Read More.
by Lori Straus Finding a trusted mechanic to repair your car is important for not only the condition of your vehicle but also for your own peace of mind. Is the mechanic overcharging you? Taking shortcuts? Or being honest with you? Ideally, you don’t want to wait until you’ve been in an accident or need... Read More.
by Lori Straus Windshield cracks belong to that list of annoyances you know you need to take care of but that don’t appear so dangerous that they’re worth the inconvenience of looking after them. However, do you always need to get a windshield replaced? Is a fast repair enough? Let’s answer those questions. First Steps... Read More.
by Chris Chase Despite their high profile in the media, electric vehicles make up a small percentage of vehicle sales. For the most part, that’s because many drivers aren’t sure if an EV would suit their lifestyle. But another thing that has hurt take-up is the perception that charging an electric vehicle at home would... Read More.
by Chris Chase Among the notable recent trends in the auto industry is a shift away from manual transmissions to automatics. These transmissions used to be more expensive and less fuel-efficient than manuals and often hampered performance. But today’s automatics, with anywhere from 6 to 10 ratios, are generally more efficient than stickshifts and perform... Read More.
by Chris Chase If you’ve got questions about battery-powered cars, you’re not alone. Every time I review an electric vehicle (EV), I can count on at least one stranger asking about some aspect of the ownership experience. The most common question after “How far will it go on a charge?” is “How long does it... Read More.
By Lori Straus One of the most common concerns about driving a battery-electric vehicle (BEV), which doesn’t require any gas to operate, is the range of the vehicle. Hybrid vehicles don’t have this concern, because they still have a gas tank. However, with increasingly more people becoming concerned about the environmental impact of driving, BEVs... Read More.
by Chris Chase The 1990s and 2000s saw automakers embrace retro vehicle designs in a bid to attract buyers with fond memories of cars they had owned decades earlier. Among the results of that trend were the Volkswagen New Beetle of the late 90s and the fifth-generation Ford Mustang introduced for 2005. But not all... Read More.