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…

Low-priced Hyundai Venue includes lots of goodies

The Venue offers great value in a very practical package

Low-priced Hyundai Venue includes lots of goodiesHyundai’s entry-level model, a small crossover called the Venue, is the least-expensive crossover in Canada, with a starting price of $20,853. The Venue sits on a 2,520 mm (99 in) wheelbase and is 4,040 mm (159 in) long, making it slightly smaller than competitors, including the Honda HR-V, Kia Soul, Nissan Kicks and the Toyota…

Lots of choices for Kia EV6 all-electric crossover

The Kia EV6 will be popular as Canadian drivers make the move to all-electric vehicles

Lots of choices for Kia EV6 all-electric crossoverThe first dedicated all-electric vehicle from Kia is the EV6. Designed from the ground up as an electric-only vehicle, the EV6 shares a platform with corporate relatives, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and the Genesis GV60. Although these three models have some related underpinnings, they each are distinctive. The Genesis GV60 is ultra-luxurious, the Ioniq 5…

All-electric Genesis G80 is a safe, quiet, luxurious drive

The luxury, handling, and safety features make the G80 a great ride

All-electric Genesis G80 is a safe, quiet, luxurious driveIf you’re looking for a large, luxury sedan that is all-electric, the Genesis Electrified G80 is the newest one on the market, introduced last June. I recently test drove two different Electrified G80s, and the more I drove them, the more impressed I was. They’re quiet, luxurious and fast. While some automakers have unique names…

Buying used: Nissan Altima Coupe well appointed, economical

Hitting the market in 2008 and discontinued in early 2013, it was and is one of the more stylish cars on the road

Buying used: Nissan Altima Coupe well appointed, economicalIt may look like the Altima sedan but the Altima Coupe, according to Nissan, is a different vehicle in almost every way. Hitting the market in 2008 and discontinued in early 2013, it was and is one of the more stylish cars on the road – nice to look at from just about every angle.…

Lexus NX 450h+ plug-in hybrid offers luxurious, economical ride

Lexus NX 450h+ offers a smooth and luxurious ride in the very popular compact crossover market

Lexus NX 450h+ plug-in hybrid offers luxurious, economical rideAutomakers are adding electric and hybrid vehicles to their lineups as consumers look for products that use less gas and reduce emissions. The first plug-in hybrid from Lexus is the NX 450h+. Like some other Lexus models, it’s essentially a dressed-up Toyota. The NX 450h+ compact luxury crossover shares a powertrain with the Toyota RAV4…
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