by Chris Chase The auto industry is a fickle one. Frequent technology innovations and the changing tastes of car buyers mean a car manufacturer has to work hard to keep its offerings relevant. In this used-car article, we’re taking a look at a handful of cars that made strong starts but fell into obscurity. You... Read More.
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by Chris Chase — Rating: 4.2/5 As I write this, rumours are circulating that Toyota will reveal an electric concept car, powered by a solid-state battery, at next year’s Tokyo Olympics. The main advantage of solid-state batteries is that they can store more electricity in a smaller package. Toyota says it expects to be among... Read More.
by Chris Chase Most of the upscale plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles reaching the marketplace these days are SUVs, reflecting that vehicle type’s popularity. However, luxury brands made their first forays into the electrified-vehicle segment about a decade ago with more traditional full-size sedans using gas-electric drivetrains. These cars showed luxury-car buyers that saving fuel... Read More.
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.
If you’re a used-car buyer looking for a good deal, don’t expect to drive home something in an interesting colour. That’s the gist of iSeeCars’ latest study, which looked at which vehicle paint options were most likely to come with discounted prices on used-car lots. Buyers of beige cars are most likely to score a... Read More.
by Chris Chase As a mainstream vehicle type, the luxury SUV is a modern invention. Previously, large upscale utilities existed on the fringes of the marketplace, with the oldest models coming from humble roots. Land Rover’s Range Rover began in the 1970s as a rugged means of traversing the English countryside, and the original Mercedes-Benz... 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.
By Lori Straus With temperatures beginning to drop and leaves starting to change colour, now’s a perfect time to go for one last family road trip: it’s not sweltering hot outside, nor is the driving horrid because of snow and ice. Below you’ll find a few recommendations for fall road trips in Southwestern Ontario. Elora... Read More.
That’s always the big question every fall, isn’t it? Do you change to winter tires early on to avoid “tire jams” at the garage? Or do you hold off as long as you can to keep your fuel efficiency high?... Read More.