by Chris Chase These days, few vehicle segments are more competitive than the compact luxury crossover SUV class. These models are popular for combining refinement, performance and practicality with accessible prices. The dominant entries come from European and Japanese brands, while North America’s luxury automakers are more recent converts. And all of those companies now... Read More.
So you’re a family driver ready to ditch your aging minivan for a trendier SUV model, but you’re nervous about how much your fuel costs will increase. That’s a valid concern: SUVs and crossovers are often criticized for being less efficient than the minivans and sedans that once dominated the family-car market.However, if you shop... Read More.
As some mainstream automakers phase out cars in favour of more popular utility models, they’re shifting their sporty vehicle focus onto crossovers aimed at enthusiastic drivers. So far, Ford has been among the brands most keen to add on-road performance to their SUVs, with ST versions of the mid-sized Edge and Explorer. Hyundai will be... Read More.
by Chris Chase Springtime usually awakens driving-enthusiast fantasies of sports cars and convertibles, but as is the way in today’s marketplace, new SUV and crossover models are making most of the headlines as the weather warms up this year. And there’s a pretty impressive variety of new and redesigned SUVs on their way to Ontario’s... Read More.
Pickup truck manufacturers spend a lot of advertising dollars talking up the incredible feats their vehicles are capable of, focusing mainly on what their trucks can do more of than the competition. Trailer towing is a good example. When properly equipped, some light-duty pickups can tow a trailer weighing more than 6,000 kg – the... Read More.
by Chris Chase The market for luxury vehicles is stronger than ever, thanks to upscale automakers expanding their lineups to appeal to a wider range of buyers. It’s a wise strategy. In the past, upscale brands competed against one another for the attentions of vehicle shoppers seeking a certain level of performance or to project... Read More.
By Chris Chase Marking the beginning of a new year was particularly poignant as we flipped our calendars from 2020 to 2021 in the hopes of better things to come. After a brief hiccup early in the COVID-19 pandemic, the auto industry is just about back to normal and ready to roll out all kinds... Read More.
by Chris Chase The mid-size crossover segment is one of the most varied vehicle categories in the marketplace. It starts with five-seat models about the size of a family sedan and stretches to seven- and eight-seaters that approach full-size territory. That makes a lot of sense: Families come in a lot of different sizes, so... Read More.
by Chris Chase Mid-size mainstream crossover SUVs are not sexy, but they’re desirable all the same. For some family drivers, they’re a “just right” option, filling a narrow niche between compact crossovers and larger mid-size models with three rows of seating. If you’re in the market for a used mid-size crossover with five seats, read... Read More.
By Chris Chase When SUVs and crossovers first became popular as vehicles for daily driving, they were aimed mostly at buyers seeking off-road or all-weather traction and the general utility that comes with a larger, boxier vehicle. But as utility vehicle sales began to outpace those of cars, automakers realized there was an appetite for... Read More.