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.
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.
Station wagons have mostly disappeared from new-car showrooms as manufacturers have replaced them with crossovers. While a handful of car companies still offer wagons, there’s more selection in the used market, especially if you’re looking for an inexpensive wagon based on an economy car platform.... 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.
Hatchbacks have traditionally been associated with budget transportation, often positioned below sedans in automakers’ lineups and marketed to buyers who prioritize practicality. But VW made the hatchback fun in the early 1980s with the GTI. It was a variant of the Rabbit/Golf with more power and better handling. Since then, other car manufacturers have followed in the original hot hatchbacks’ footsteps.... Read More.