by Chris Chase Diesel engines looked poised for big things in the mid-2010s. Volkswagen was enjoying massive success with its TDI diesels, particularly in the compact Golf and Jetta models. And then the Volkswagen emissions scandal, known as Dieselgate, hit the fan. That killed diesel’s momentum here as increased regulatory scrutiny scared most other automakers... Read More.
by Chris Chase — Rating: 4/5 Last year, Toyota kicked off an effort to sell its Corolla compact to drivers looking for something more than basic transportation. A redesigned hatchback introduced in the summer of 2018 was the first Corolla in a long time that looked anything like sporty. An all-new 2020 Toyota Corolla sedan... Read More.
While many sports cars are two-seaters, not all two-seaters are sporty. Take this week’s collection of used cars: they all have seats for two (although one of them cheats with tiny rear seats) but each vehicle in this quartet is aimed at a very different type of driver.... Read More.
For 2019, Mazda has redesigned the Mazda3 into a fourth generation that it thinks will be desirable for a new reason: an available AWD system. The new option makes this car one of just a few compacts to offer all-wheel traction. Mazda hopes it can turn that distinction into more sales, especially to buyers who might be considering a small crossover or SUV.... Read More.
In its 20 years in Canada, the Toyota Prius’s numerous updates have helped it become arguably the best-known hybrid on the market. This year, Toyota amps up the Prius’s appeal even more with the model’s first-ever all-wheel-drive option.... Read More.
The NX is part of a growing field of crossovers that are displacing traditional car models. It’s one of Lexus’s best-selling vehicles in Canada, second to the RX mid-size SUV—which, by the way, Toyota also builds in Cambridge.... Read More.
One of those techniques is designing its vehicles to look and feel more expensive than their competitors. Mazda took that approach in 2017 by giving its second-generation CX-5 compact SUV an upscale appearance. For 2019, the CX-5 moves further in that direction with a new Signature trim level and a 2.5L turbocharged engine.... Read More.
Toyota introduced the 12th generation of its compact stalwart for 2019 as a redesigned hatchback model built on that same new platform. It makes an excellent first impression based solely on its good looks and follows that up by being the most compelling Corolla in many years.... Read More.
Canadian fans of compact cars have a lot of choice. Little sedans and hatchbacks are big sellers here, so used-car lots across Ontario are loaded with them. These small cars have also undergone a recent revolution in refinement.... Read More.
2019 Acura RDX: Compact luxury SUV/crossover, 2.0L four-cylinder, turbocharged; 272 hp, 280 lb-ft torque, 10-speed automatic, Engine idle stop-start; active noise cancellation; passive keyless entry; 12-way power front seats with driver’s seat memory; adaptive cruise control; lane keeping assist.... Read More.