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 In 2008, BMW created a new breed of crossover SUV with its X6, a low-slung vehicle that the company dubbed a “sports activity coupe.” Coupe is the operative word, referring to the X6’s lower roof, which lends the car a dramatic look at the expense of interior space. Other high-end brands followed... Read More.
by Chris Chase As a compact crossover SUV, the Mazda CX-5 is one of a number of such vehicles competing for buyers who want comfortable and practical transportation. What helps this Mazda utility stand out is a diesel-engine option the company added late in the 2019 model year. Dubbed SkyActiv-D, the engine came along about... Read More.
by Chris Chase Crossovers and sport utility vehicles are no overnight sensation. Families have been flocking to this practical body style for about a decade now, thanks to the disappearance of station wagons and large sedans. That shift is no accident: Crossovers and SUVs command higher prices, making them more profitable for auto manufacturers. Compact... Read More.
by Chris Chase Eight-cylinder engines are out of fashion in many vehicle segments, thanks to modern technology that allows six-cylinder motors — and even some four-cylinders — to make as much power as V8s used to be known for. Still, a V8 remains one of the most straightforward ways to generate the power needed for... Read More.
by Chris Chase Rating 4.3/5 Two years ago, Hyundai began an expansion of its crossover and SUV lineup with the Kona, a subcompact that is now one of the brand’s best-selling models. It followed that with the upscale Palisade three-row SUV, and the Venue you’re reading about now, another subcompact that slots in below the... 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 By the mid-2000s, the crossover utility vehicle craze was well underway. Models like the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 were selling in big numbers to buyers who wanted a car-like driving feel in a rugged-looking vehicle with AWD traction. Those three models helped shape today’s crossover-centric marketplace. Fifteen years ago,... Read More.
2019 Toyota Highlander review – by Chris Chase – 3.9/5 Toyota’s fourth-generation Highlander crossover arrives in January 2020, following its 2019 debut at the New York auto show. Therefore, by the time you read this review of the third-generation Highlander — a 2019 model — it’ll officially be last year’s car. However, Toyota’s tendency toward... Read More.
by Chris Chase It strikes us that naming a car must be one of the most interesting jobs in the auto industry. That’s not to say it’s easy, though. Ideally, a car’s name should evoke some desirable image that its maker wants to project. There are also more mundane concerns, like the risk of copyright... Read More.