by Chris Chase Like many automakers, Mini is looking to the future of driving by experimenting with electric vehicles. Right now, it sells two cars you can plug in to charge: One is the Cooper Countryman SE, a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) subcompact SUV, and the other is the all-electric Mini Cooper SE three-door, which is... Read More.
As some mainstream automakers phase out cars in favour of more popular utility models, they’re shifting their sporty vehicle focus onto crossovers aimed at enthusiastic drivers. So far, Ford has been among the brands most keen to add on-road performance to their SUVs, with ST versions of the mid-sized Edge and Explorer. Hyundai will be... Read More.
by Chris Chase After the purchase price and maintenance costs, paying for fuel is one of the most expensive aspects of owing a vehicle. According to Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), the annual cost of keeping a car or truck fueled up ranges from $1,000 to more than $7,000, depending on the model you choose. With... Read More.
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... Read More.
New or used, convertibles are almost always more expensive than comparable fixed-roof cars. That typically makes them a lifestyle choice more than a practical mode of transport, but doesn’t put a modern convertible out of reach for a driver of average means. Here’s our analysis of what you should know before shopping for a quartet... Read More.
by Chris Chase Despite their high profile in the media, electric vehicles make up a small percentage of vehicle sales. For the most part, that’s because many drivers aren’t sure if an EV would suit their lifestyle. But another thing that has hurt take-up is the perception that charging an electric vehicle at home would... Read More.
by Chris Chase If you’ve got questions about battery-powered cars, you’re not alone. Every time I review an electric vehicle (EV), I can count on at least one stranger asking about some aspect of the ownership experience. The most common question after “How far will it go on a charge?” is “How long does it... Read More.
by Chris Chase The 1990s and 2000s saw automakers embrace retro vehicle designs in a bid to attract buyers with fond memories of cars they had owned decades earlier. Among the results of that trend were the Volkswagen New Beetle of the late 90s and the fifth-generation Ford Mustang introduced for 2005. But not all... Read More.