As you’ve seen in our previous fuel economy comparison articles, engine technology has done a lot to improve fuel efficiency in all sorts of vehicles, from compact sedans to pickup trucks. In this article, we’ll look at fuel economy in the full-size SUV segment, where domestic and Japanese automakers pair truck-like capability with the flexibility... Read More.
Ever since the minivan’s popularity peaked in the early 2000s, we’ve seen a downward trend in the purchasing and manufacturing of these family-style vehicles in favour of the cooler-looking family SUVs. Let’s face it: minivans are not the most attractive vehicle on the market. But when buying a vehicle for the family, appearance takes a... Read More.
The proliferation of SUV models in today’s marketplace means there’s one out there to suit almost anyone’s needs. This is especially true in the luxury categories, where many upscale automakers now offer crossover coupes that share their rugged drivetrains with SUVs but look sportier. Most of the mid-size SUV/crossover coupes come from German luxury brands,... Read More.
Compact crossovers are among Canada’s most popular new vehicles, favoured for their combination of practical interior space and affordable fuel economy. So far in 2021, the segment’s best-selling models are the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, Hyundai Tucson, and Nissan Rogue, which means you’re probably seeing a lot of them on the road. Perhaps... Read More.
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.