About a year ago, we wrote about a few crossovers – utility vehicles designed primarily for paved roads – that have functional tweaks to enhance their off-road abilities. We’re still not sure if this is a short-lived trend or one that will persist as drivers demand more of a middle ground between basic crossovers and... Read More.
Of all the technologies automakers have come up with to help drivers save on fuel costs, nothing works as well as a gas-electric hybrid powertrain. A conventional hybrid whose battery is charged solely through regenerative braking is a more affordable route to fuel savings than a plug-in hybrid or pure electric vehicle, which are more... Read More.
Along with the beginning of spring, March 2022 brought with it news of a new hot hatch from a surprising source, the revival of a classic van with all-electric power, and the first-ever SUV model from a British brand known for super-lightweight sports cars. Toyota’s newest sporty offering will be a 300-hp, AWD version of... Read More.
February 2022 brought news of several significant new plug-in models, a redesign for one of Canada’s most desirable sport compact cars, and a brand-new compact SUV with off-road aspirations. Kia’s latest electric vehicle is the EV6, which promises to be its most driver-centric battery-powered model yet. Meanwhile, Alfa Romeo revealed details of its first-ever plug-in... Read More.
In 2016, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) added a headlight component to its extensive battery of vehicle safety tests, marking the first time any North American organization had evaluated headlight performance in new vehicles. This year, the IIHS combed through the five years of data it has compiled so far in its headlight... Read More.
by Chris Chase If you read OntarioCars.ca regularly, you’ll have seen us mention many times that small cars are disappearing, often to be replaced with subcompact crossovers and SUVs. That’s great for people who like SUVs, and for the car manufacturers who sell them. But what about fuel economy? If you’ve spent decades driving small... Read More.
As automakers continue to add new small crossovers to their lineups, the market for compact hatchbacks is shrinking. But this group of practical and affordable small cars isn’t dead yet: Honda has an all-new Civic Hatchback coming out, and VW has redesigned its GTI sport compact. Kia, Mazda, Subaru and Toyota still have compact hatchbacks... Read More.
The compact sedan class is smaller than it used to be, thanks to the continued popularity of small crossover models. But the cars themselves, while fewer in number, are better than ever. Most come standard with comfort and convenience features you would have paid extra for in the past, and some are as roomy inside... Read More.
by Chris Chase SUVs and crossovers have become so common that it’s easy to forget these vehicles were originally created to be utilitarian above all else. But despite many SUVs having evolved into stylish and refined daily drivers, you should still be able to expect some utility from them. If generous interior space is at... Read More.
If you’re waiting for electric vehicle prices to drop closer to those of conventional gasoline models, we hope you’re patient. EV prices are dropping, but it’s happening slowly. Regardless of what type of vehicle you want, you won’t find much for less than $40,000 – at least, not before any government rebates available in your... Read More.