Jetta GLI is a subdued masterpiece

In the economy market, this model has always been a cut above the rest

Jetta GLI is a subdued masterpieceCar buyers have plenty to choose from in the economy market segment. Toyota, Honda, Mazda, Hyundai, etc., all have tons of models available and, by and large, they’re pretty good. But one model has always been a cut above the rest when it comes to getting maximum bang for the buck – at least, as…

Modern car features add up to a safer ride

Today’s automobiles are full of safety features and more improvements are added every model year

Modern car features add up to a safer rideIn a dramatic video that made the rounds on the Internet a few years ago, a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu is crashed into a 1959 Chev Bel Air in a front offset collision staged by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Despite the prevailing wisdom that older automobiles, with their heavier construction and greater use…

VW Arteon has all you need but not much more

This sport sedan has above-average handling and braking, and beautiful styling, but it's otherwise unremarkable

VW Arteon has all you need but not much moreBelieve it or not, one of the major hurdles faced by car manufacturers is what to name their products. After all the research and development, focus groups, engineering studies, clinics, workshops and roundtable discussions, you have to decide what to call the thing. And it’s extremely important – get it wrong and people stay away.…

Winter tires are essential when the snow falls

Better traction, more contact with the road and even studs – winter tires give you superior control and quicker braking

Winter tires are essential when the snow fallsI hate to say it, but winter is just around the corner. In fact, in many places in Canada it’s already snowing, with sub-zero temperatures all over the place. Better get ready for coldness and the best place to start is where the rubber meets the road. Let’s start with the obvious: Get winter tires…

2020 Hyundai Elantra the best Elantra yet

2020 Hyundai Elantra the best Elantra yetBuying a new car is all about expectations. If you expect to drive something that is faster than everyone else, you get yourself a Corvette, or Porsche. If you expect you will be carrying a bunch of stuff, you get a mini-van or pickup truck. If you are looking to save money on gas, you…

Motorists most consistently persecuted group in Canada

I ride a bicycle as often as I can, but that doesn’t mean I feel compelled to paint myself silver, wear funny clothes, and block traffic

Motorists most consistently persecuted group in CanadaNo one can argue that bicycles are increasingly becoming a major part of the urban landscape. I like bikes: I own two and consider the Tour de France to be one of the greatest athletic events of all time. But did you know that riding in a pack like they do in the Tour de…

Transmission problems plague Hyundai Elantra GT

Transmission problems plague Hyundai Elantra GTIf you’re a regular reader of this space, you’ll be aware of my aversion to CVTs – continuously variable transmission. With rare exceptions, every time I’ve encountered one of these, it’s been less than satisfactory. Toyota seems to have figured things out, as has Mazda, but, by and large, the belt-driven CVT is an inferior…

A day when the streets come alive – with little help from cars

Curbside pickup day in my community is a combination of Mardi Gras and Canadian Pickers

A day when the streets come alive – with little help from carsOne of the biggest criticisms about the automobile is that it can isolate people. We drive around in our own cocoon and the rest of the world is reduced to a series of images floating by the window. This, say those who study these things, tends to make people feel disassociated from one another and…

Hyundai Kona Electric puts old fears to rest

This all-electric car offers range, jump, comfort and practicality – but it’s not cheap

Hyundai Kona Electric puts old fears to restThe first thing that occurred to me when I picked up the all-electric 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric were the two words: range anxiety. It’s the paranoia of driving more than a block or two for fear of running out of battery power and being stranded. Part of the reason for this is that most electric…

Moving? Here are some practical vehicle options

From pickup trucks to minivans, what vehicle to rent, beg, borrow or even buy when you're moving - depending on the size of your home

Moving? Here are some practical vehicle optionsOn the fun scale, moving is right up there with looking for a job, root canal and shovelling snow off the driveway. And it’s made even worse if you don’t have the right vehicle (not to mention friends who have suddenly all left town). Borrowing your buddy’s hatchback and cramming it full of your stuff…
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