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 As we discussed in the first instalment in our High vs Low series, upscale automakers have injected a lot more variety into the marketplace in recent years. Much of that change has been driven by the addition of compact models aimed at first-time car buyers or shoppers looking for their first luxury... Read More.
by Chris Chase Car insurance is there to protect you if you make a mistake that damages another person’s vehicle or property or, in a worst-case scenario, injures someone. It also helps shield you from liability if you’re involved in a crash with someone who is driving without insurance. Even though it’s illegal to drive... Read More.
By Chris Chase Marking the beginning of a new year was particularly poignant as we flipped our calendars from 2020 to 2021 in the hopes of better things to come. After a brief hiccup early in the COVID-19 pandemic, the auto industry is just about back to normal and ready to roll out all kinds... 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.
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... Read More.
By Chris Chase Welcome to the latest in our series of “old versus new” used vehicle reviews, in which we compare the reliability of older and newer versions of popular vehicles. This time around, we’re looking at a trio of German models: BMW’s X1 subcompact luxury SUV, the Volkswagen Jetta economy car, and the Audi... Read More.
by Chris Chase If you’re looking for a way to move a family of five or six, no vehicle can beat a minivan’s practicality and interior space. And for family buyers on a budget, a minivan that’s about 10 years old could be an affordable way to meet your daily driving needs. However, as when... Read More.
By Chris Chase The compact sedan segment has historically been one of the most popular vehicle categories in the Canadian marketplace. These small four-doors sell well for their combination of affordable prices and good fuel economy. Market share for small sedans has shrunk as compact crossovers and SUVs have become more popular. Some carmakers have... Read More.
by Chris Chase Mid-size mainstream crossover SUVs are not sexy, but they’re desirable all the same. For some family drivers, they’re a “just right” option, filling a narrow niche between compact crossovers and larger mid-size models with three rows of seating. If you’re in the market for a used mid-size crossover with five seats, read... Read More.