So you’re a family driver ready to ditch your aging minivan for a trendier SUV model, but you’re nervous about how much your fuel costs will increase. That’s a valid concern: SUVs and crossovers are often criticized for being less efficient than the minivans and sedans that once dominated the family-car market.However, if you shop... Read More.
Convertibles have long been objects of automotive desire, and in the 2000s automakers saw an opportunity to combine the romance of open-top driving with the refinement of a fixed roof in convertibles with folding hardtops. The retractable hardtop trend was not limited to any one country’s auto industry. The segment was dominated by domestic and... Read More.
by Lori Straus With so many options out there these days, finding the best pickup truck, whether for work or play, can seem like a daunting task. You may have your favorite brand, but many brands have multiple models, each with advantages and disadvantages, depending on your needs. In this blog post, we’ll summarize a... Read More.
As some mainstream automakers phase out cars in favour of more popular utility models, they’re shifting their sporty vehicle focus onto crossovers aimed at enthusiastic drivers. So far, Ford has been among the brands most keen to add on-road performance to their SUVs, with ST versions of the mid-sized Edge and Explorer. Hyundai will be... Read More.
In the first two instalments in our high-versus-low series comparing similar mainstream and upscale vehicles, we pitted pairs of new vehicles against each other. This time, we’re switching our focus to the used-vehicle marketplace. In this matchup, our “high” option is the Mercedes-Benz B-Class, a compact wagon that packaged some of the brand’s upscale touches... Read More.
by Chris Chase Crossover utility vehicles (CUVs) were originally conceived to capitalize on the popularity of truck-like SUVs while offering car-like fuel economy and driving feel. In the last few years, though, automakers have started building off-road-friendly CUV options that bridge the gap between comfortable daily drivers and rugged SUVs. If a crossover with some... Read More.
by Chris Chase In 2010, the Porsche Panamera became the closest thing to a sedan the company had ever offered. This four-door car was conceived to compete with German mid- and full-size sedans like the BMW 5 and 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz E- and S-Class. What set the Panamera apart was its fastback body style,... Read More.
by Chris Chase Spring is in the air, which means countless driving enthusiasts will soon be enjoying a summer of fun in the sporty cars they’ve brought out of storage. If the prospect of warm weather and dry roads has you itching for your own two-door toy, allow us to enable you with a reminder... Read More.
by Chris Chase As we discussed in the first instalment in our High vs Low series, upscale automakers have injected a lot more variety into the marketplace in recent years. Much of that change has been driven by the addition of compact models aimed at first-time car buyers or shoppers looking for their first luxury... Read More.
If you’ve been following our coverage of Natural Resources Canada’s (NRCan) list of the most efficient vehicles, you’ve probably read our articles about the conventionally powered car and SUV/truck models that use the least fuel. For our third and final instalment, we’re moving into the newer territory of plug-in electric vehicles. NRCan splits the list... Read More.