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.
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.
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... 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 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 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 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... Read More.