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 want to trace the origins of the subcompact crossover segment, you don’t have to go very far back in time. The Subaru Crosstrek (originally the XV Crosstrek) and Mitsubishi RVR created this now-popular category in the early 2010s. It took a few years for other automakers to catch up, but now, just about... 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.
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.
Buying a used car can feel a bit like wandering through the Wild West. How do you know whether the seller you’re dealing with is being honest about the vehicle you’re buying? Still, the used marketplace is tempting with its lower prices compared to new vehicles, especially if you’re looking for a car or truck... Read More.
Every new auto industry model year is a reminder that just because a vehicle is popular doesn’t mean it will stick around forever. The end of 2020 will see several well-known cars vanish from Canada’s marketplace, including a few mainstream favourites. Unsurprisingly, most of the cars disappearing from showrooms this year are sedans and hatchbacks,... Read More.
Viewed on the map, Canada is significantly larger than the United States. But our relatively small population means that carmakers’ decisions about which vehicles they sell here are largely driven by the desires of U.S. buyers. From an economics point of view, it is most cost-effective for a company to sell the same cars in... 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.
In the last decade, the auto industry has responded to consumer demands for more fuel-efficient vehicles with a variety of technological solutions. These have included innovations like direct fuel injection, turbocharging, and engines and transmissions with low-friction internal components. And then, of course, there are hybrid drive systems, which save fuel by relying partly on... Read More.
PHEV stands for plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, a label the Outlander displays prominently on its tailgate and front fenders. This is Mitsubishi’s first hybrid model for North America, but not its first plug-in car... Read More.