New Cars Under $20,000

If you’re in the market for a new vehicle but are finding that your options for entry-level models seem very different than the last time you went car shopping, you’re not making it up. Several car brands have dropped out of Canada’s traditionally popular subcompact and compact car segments in the last few years, choosing

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Premium vs Economy Mercedes-Benz B-Class vs Kia Rondo

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

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2021 JD Power Dependability

by Chris Chase Late-model vehicles are more dependable than ever, according to the latest data from the auto industry analysts at JD Power, whose 2021 dependability study noted a 10 per cent drop in complaints from owners of three-year-old cars and trucks compared with last year. The study’s three-year timeframe means that 2018 models are

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2021 NRCan Most Efficient Electric Cars

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

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Compact Hatchbacks with the Lowest Maintenance Costs

By Chris Chase Some of today’s best-known small cars, like the Honda Civic and Volkswagen Rabbit, first came to North America as hatchbacks. These cleverly designed cars helped establish a market for modern compact vehicles on this continent, after the rudimentary VW Beetle paved the way. After automakers expanded their small-car offerings with sedans, hatchbacks

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Most and Least Reliable Brands

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

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