If you want to trace the origins of the subcompact crossover segment, you don’t have to go very far back in time. The Subaru Crosstrek (originally the XV Crosstrek) and Mitsubishi RVR created this now-popular category in the early 2010s. It took a few years for other automakers to catch up, but now, just about... Read More.
by Lori Straus An important factor in deciding what car you want to buy is what other people think about that car. You’ll likely research reviews, both by professionals and by car owners. A statistic related to review research is brand loyalty: how many people buy from the same brand again? In this blog post,... Read More.
by Lori Straus When you’re out shopping for a new vehicle, you’re balancing a host of factors as you decide what’s most important to you and what you can relax on: price, new vs used, size, number of seats, gas efficiency… The list goes on. For some buyers, whether a car is manufactured in Canada... Read More.
by Lori Straus If you’re the type of driver who tries their best to buy one car and keep it for longer than a decade, what car should you buy? Every year, iseecars.com, an automotive research firm, releases results of the cars that have been kept the most by a single owner for at least... Read More.
by Chris Chase Mid-size pickup trucks have become more popular in the last few years. In part, that’s because these trucks offer useful towing and hauling capability, but in a smaller vehicle that’s easier to manage in daily driving than a full-size model. Some buyers downsize in a bid to save some cash. But with... Read More.
by Chris Chase Mazda, Toyota and Lexus make today’s most reliable vehicles, according to the results of Consumer Reports’ (CR) latest predicted reliability ranking, published in late November. This annual evaluation is based on data that CR collects in its survey of owners. Those drivers are asked to rate how satisfied they are with 17... Read More.
If you drive a late-model SUV from Honda, Lexus or Toyota, you’d better watch out. The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) has compiled its annual list of the most stolen vehicles in Ontario and determined that popular models from those brands are among the ones most often stolen. Car thieves adapt to changing market conditions... Read More.
by Chris Chase Perhaps you’ve heard it suggested that you should never buy a car in its first year after a major redesign. This common maxim seems counterintuitive: A new design should be more reliable, thanks to the ever-improving precision that goes into the manufacturing process. It’s not a universal truth, but it is common... Read More.
by Chris Chase If you’re looking for a way to move a family of five or six, no vehicle can beat a minivan’s practicality and interior space. And for family buyers on a budget, a minivan that’s about 10 years old could be an affordable way to meet your daily driving needs. However, as when... Read More.
Buying a used car can feel a bit like wandering through the Wild West. How do you know whether the seller you’re dealing with is being honest about the vehicle you’re buying? Still, the used marketplace is tempting with its lower prices compared to new vehicles, especially if you’re looking for a car or truck... Read More.