by Chris Chase For a number of years now, Mazda has been making a measured move upmarket. I would argue it started with the original Mazda3 in 2004, a compact car that looked, felt and drove like something more sophisticated. Mazda made its intentions overt more recently when it added top-end Signature trim lines to... Read More.
By Chris Chase J.D. Power has named Porsche and Dodge the industry’s top brands in the 2020 version of its annual Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) study. The APEAL survey measures which vehicles are most likely to make their owners feel good about their purchase. It’s a less tangible thing than the organization’s initial... Read More.
by Chris Chase In the mid-2000s, Toyota began offering its Camry family sedan in an SE trim conceived to change the public’s opinion of the car. Decades of sales had established the Camry as reliable and practical. With the SE version, Toyota wanted to show the car could be sporty, too. The eighth generation of... Read More.
by Chris Chase Mid-size family sedans and hybrid cars are among the fastest-fading segments in the auto industry. Sales of the former have fallen off in favour of crossovers and SUVs, while the latter represents yesterday’s technology as electric cars move into the mainstream. Honda and Toyota produced the industry’s first hybrids – the Insight... Read More.
by Chris Chase Shrinking demand for subcompact cars has seen many automakers cut their smallest models from their Canadian lineups, forcing fans of little vehicles to move up to pricier crossovers or SUVs. Toyota was not willing to do that when considering the future of its entry-level Yaris. It was, however, keen to find an... Read More.
by Lori Straus Although car safety has increased dramatically over the years, safety ratings still show some cars are overall safer to drive than others. In this blog post, we’ll share with you tips for evaluating a vehicle’s safety as well as a few recent listings of the safest cars on the market. What to... 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 – Rating – 3.8/5 As recently as 10 or 15 years ago, if you wanted an economy car kitted out to match an upscale sport sedan, you were out of luck. There were speedy compacts that could keep up with a sporty luxury car, but few of them offered the features or... Read More.
By Chris Chase Automotive Lease Guide (ALG) published its 2020 Canadian vehicle residual value awards in January, naming Toyota and Porsche its top brands for this model year. These annual awards recognize the vehicles that ALG’s industry watchers predict will hold their value best as they age; the company calculates residual value (also known as... Read More.
by Chris Chase Using one vehicle platform to underpin different models is not a new practice in the auto industry. It gives a car maker a common starting point for a variety of vehicles and reduces R&D costs. A single platform might be used by different brands owned by the same parent company. Sometimes, companies... Read More.