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 Springtime usually awakens driving-enthusiast fantasies of sports cars and convertibles, but as is the way in today’s marketplace, new SUV and crossover models are making most of the headlines as the weather warms up this year. And there’s a pretty impressive variety of new and redesigned SUVs on their way to Ontario’s... 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 Marking the beginning of a new year was particularly poignant as we flipped our calendars from 2020 to 2021 in the hopes of better things to come. After a brief hiccup early in the COVID-19 pandemic, the auto industry is just about back to normal and ready to roll out all kinds... Read More.
As electrified vehicles continue to make headlines, automakers are keen to capitalize on the technology’s growing popularity. As a result, the 2021 model year will see a number of popular models adopt hybrid power for the first time. These new hybrids include something for just about everyone, so if you’re curious about the fuel-saving potential... 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.
By Chris Chase When SUVs and crossovers first became popular as vehicles for daily driving, they were aimed mostly at buyers seeking off-road or all-weather traction and the general utility that comes with a larger, boxier vehicle. But as utility vehicle sales began to outpace those of cars, automakers realized there was an appetite for... Read More.
by Chris Chase In a perfect world, every vehicle a car maker launched would be an overnight success and the name attached to it would become a cultural touchstone. That doesn’t happen often, but it does happen, and not just to rarefied performance or luxury models. The Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla, for example, are... Read More.
By Chris Chase – Rating 3.1/5 Some vehicles are designed to appeal to a wide range of shoppers. Others, like the Jeep Gladiator, go after a very specific set of buyers — in this case, Jeep fans who have supposedly been clamoring for a pickup based on the Wrangler off-roader. This is Jeep’s first pickup... Read More.
by Chris Chase The auto industry has seen many four-wheel drive, or 4×4, SUVs come and go. These off-road-ready vehicles were more common in the 1980s, when they were frequently positioned as extensions of pickup truck models. Those early SUVs proved popular for weather-tight cargo areas. However, by the 1990s, automakers began to realize many... Read More.