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.
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 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.
by Chris Chase The auto industry has seen many four-wheel drive, or 4×4, SUVs come and go. These off-road-ready vehicles were more common in the 1980s, when they were frequently positioned as extensions of pickup truck models. Those early SUVs proved popular for weather-tight cargo areas. However, by the 1990s, automakers began to realize many... Read More.
The last 20 years have seen a number of car companies’ design departments get adventurous with more affordable models. Sometimes, taking a chance with a car’s appearance works. When it doesn’t work, however, it can kill the public’s interest in a vehicle.... Read More.
We realize that much of what you’re about to read may scare you away from a diesel-powered SUV. However, like any reliability issue, many of these problems are closely linked to how the vehicle is used and maintained.... Read More.
PHEV stands for plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, a label the Outlander displays prominently on its tailgate and front fenders. This is Mitsubishi’s first hybrid model for North America, but not its first plug-in car... Read More.
2019 J.D. Power Initial Quality Report on Trucks & SUVs. Every year, the auto industry research analysts at J.D. Power poll new-vehicle buyers to find out how happy they were with their purchases during the first 90 days of ownership.... Read More.
Ontario’s gas prices jumped in April when the federal government’s carbon tax went into effect and Ontario’s Conservatives countered with a cut to the province’s gas tax. But as we write this during the lead-up to Canada Day, Ontario’s average gas price is just under $1.20/litre, only two cents more than the national average.... Read More.