New mid-sized, Mazda CX-50 is an ease to drive

New mid-sized, Mazda CX-50 is an ease to driveLuxurious and stylish, but best of all, a highly intuitive nav screen and sound system The Mazda CX-50 is an all-new compact, luxurious crossover that has a nav screen that’s easy to navigate. Rivals in this crowded segment include the Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, Nissan Rouge and Toyota RAV4. Mazda already offers the…

Is the 2022 Nissan Armada a sinking ship?

Is the 2022 Nissan Armada a sinking ship?This gas guzzler is big and cumbersome, hard to move around, and of limited practical use What’s in a name? Well, if the name in question is taken from one of the greatest naval disasters in history, quite a lot. But that seems to be the case with the Nissan Armada, which, for reasons only…

Volvo S60 B5 $63,300 (before taxes) of frustration

Today's Volvos bear no resemblance to the Volvos of my youth

Volvo S60 B5 $63,300 (before taxes) of frustrationIf you read this space on a regular basis, you may have noticed that I tend to complain about interior controls and layout on “today’s” cars … a lot. Seems to me manufacturers are focusing too much on gimmickry and glitz and less on functionality and user-friendliness. Some cars – no matter how often I…

Hyundai Elantra N a step up in the performance department

The Elantra N-Line starts at just over $32,000

Hyundai Elantra N a step up in the performance departmentEvery car manufacturer, it seems, needs to inaugurate a performance division of their products to truly validate themselves. What some call a skunk works, where the company’s technological and engineering prowess is on full display. BMW has its “M” series, Nissan NISMO, Toyota has TRD, Ford has its Ford Performance Racing, Mercedes has AMG, and…

Volvo XC60 balances performance, economy and comfort

But it needs improvements to its information system

Volvo XC60 balances performance, economy and comfortThe 2022 Volvo XC60 is a mid-size, five-seater SUV powered by what’s called a “mild” hybrid system featuring a 48-volt battery to help improve fuel economy. It’s Volvo’s best-selling model, with annual sales in Canada close to the 2,000 unit mark. This test vehicle had a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine producing a 310 hp engine mated…

Hydrogen powered vehicles may be making a comeback

The Toyota Mirai feels like any other upscale electric car

Hydrogen powered vehicles may be making a comebackBack in the ’80s and ’90s, when alternate fuel technology was at a fever pitch, one of the possibilities that seemed the most promising was hydrogen power. It’s clean burning, abundant, and fuel efficient, and a slew of manufacturers, including Mazda, BMW, and Toyota, spent enormous amounts of time and money pursuing the idea of…

Volvo XC-90 plug-in hybrid is a luxurious, high-tech hauler

Acceleration is adequate but not outstanding

Volvo XC-90 plug-in hybrid is a luxurious, high-tech haulerThe Volvo XC 90 shows that a large sport utility vehicle can be luxurious and get good fuel economy. This Recharge T8 AWD Extended Range model has a 2.0 litre supercharged and turbocharged engine and an electric motor, producing 455 combined horsepower. It’s all-wheel drive and has an eight-speed transmission. It’s rated at 9.2 litres…

Genesis G70 provides a fast, luxurious ride

The high performance along with the luxury touches, safety features, and distinguished styling all make the Genesis G70 an attractive vehicle

Genesis G70 provides a fast, luxurious rideThe Genesis brand, the luxury division of Hyundai, offers a range of crossovers (GV60, GV70 and GV80) and sedans (G70, G80 and G90). I recently test-drove a Genesis G70 sedan, the smallest of the three sedans, sitting on a 2,832 mm (111.6 in) wheelbase and with an overall length of 4,685 mm (184.4 in). With…

Mercedes-Benz AMG GLB 35 4Matic SUV combines speed and utility

It has the hauling capacity of an SUV

Mercedes-Benz AMG GLB 35 4Matic SUV combines speed and utilityMercedes-Benz, best known for high-end luxury cars and high-performance sports cars, also makes four-door crossovers and sport utility vehicles. I recently test-drove the Mercedes-Benz AMG GLB 35 4Matic SUV. Like other Mercedes-Benz models, this vehicle is luxurious and fast – but it also has the hauling capacity of an SUV. There are plenty of other…
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