Driver-friendly Mazda CX-5 is easy to get along with

For 2018, it features various engineering refinements, including a cylinder de-activation system for the larger 2.5-litre engine

Driver-friendly Mazda CX-5 is easy to get along withNot designed to raise pulses, the Mazda CX-5 is nonetheless one of the mainstays of the company’s lineup. It’s kind of their mid-sized model, sandwiched between the very popular CX-3 and CX-9. What it may lack in driving kicks, it makes up for in sheer driveability and driver-friendliness. It’s just one of those cars that…

Mazda CX-9 is more than just another mid-size SUV

Plenty of cargo capacity, good jump for a four-cylinder engine, sleek styling and a comfortable, quiet ride add up to a solid vehicle

Mazda CX-9 is more than just another mid-size SUVThe CX-9 is the biggest model Mazda makes and arguably the most interesting. Not because it’s extraordinarily fast or has bling styling, or even because it pampers its occupants more than anyone else. On the face of it, the CX-9 is yet another mid-size SUV, duking it out in one of the most competitive markets…

Hyundai’s hybrid Ioniq is long on features, short on power

Behind the wheel, no nasty surprises and surprisingly normal switch gear and ergonomics. And it has a decent amount of storage space

Hyundai’s hybrid Ioniq is long on features, short on powerThankfully, hybrid cars are no longer headline news. In fact, any manufacturer worth its salt has a hybrid model of one type or another on the market these days. Some – Toyota, for example – have multiple models. And hybrid cars, once categorized as bridge technology – that is, bridging the gap between conventional internal…

Ford Fusion 2018 – get it while you can

Ford’s decision to axe its passenger cars is regrettable, but there may be some killer deals coming as dealers scramble to clear their lots

Ford Fusion 2018 – get it while you can  Ford recently announced that it will soon be getting out of the business of building traditional passenger cars. In a move that will no doubt spread to other carmakers (GM is rumoured to be contemplating a similar tactic), Ford will eliminate its conventional sedan and hatchback models starting in 2020. Eventually, the only non-truck/non-SUV…

Ford F-150 Lariat is a gentleman’s pickup truck

Take an existing model produced in huge volumes, with established manufacturing protocols and proven technology, add a bunch of extras, throw on some fancy paint and wheels and charge the moon for it

Ford F-150 Lariat is a gentleman’s pickup truckBy any measure, Ford’s F-150 pickup line has been a legendary success. Introduced in 1948, it has been the best-selling vehicle in the U.S. for the last 30-odd years, the best-selling pickup truck since 1977 and the best-selling vehicle in Canada for the last several decades. As of this year, it has purportedly generated more…

The MKZ: not your father’s Lincoln

The MKZ Hybrid is a lovely automobile in many ways but a road-scorcher it ain’t

The MKZ: not your father’s LincolnBack in the 1960s, one of the most iconic – and easily recognizable – cars on the road was the fourth generation Lincoln Continental. With its massive slab-sided body, imposing front grille and centre-opening suicide doors, it was the go-to vehicle for potentates, politicians, corporate bigwigs, and anyone else who wanted to project an image…

The 2018 Toyota Sequoia is upscale with a practical nature

Sequoia’s real forté is highway cruising. The V8 engine is a paragon of smoothness, versatility and flat-out raw power

The 2018 Toyota Sequoia is upscale with a practical natureMore than once over the years, I’ve wondered why people buy full-size SUVs. Behemoths like the Ford Expedition, Chevy Suburban, Nissan Armada, Toyota Sequoia and so on. Nine times out of 10, I reasoned, people don’t need a vehicle of this size and never really use it to its full potential. These big boys, in…

Mercedes AMG GT C is packed with performance … and goodies

If you decide to indulge your boy/girl racer fantasies and want to fling this $150,000-plus baby around a track, it’s ready when you are

Mercedes AMG GT C is packed with performance … and goodiesThere’s one word for Mercedes’ AMG GT C: intimidating. But not for the reasons you might think. Certainly it has nosebleed-inducing performance and oh-my-god handling and braking. And yes, it has power in abundance and can dart from a standing start to freeway speed in less than four seconds, not to mention handling tight corners…

Toyota’s 2018 RAV4 is easy to get along with

Toyota’s 2018 RAV4 is easy to get along withLike their sedan counterparts – the Accord and Camry – the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V have always duked it out for top contenders in the compact SUV market. It’s been that way for decades. Both are immensely popular and it’s virtually impossible to favour one over the other. The RAV4 comes in more varieties…

2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid a pretty attractive package

The Hybrid SE delivers a combined rating of 5.1 L/100 km, which is slightly thirstier than the Hybrid LE, for some reason

2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid a pretty attractive packageMany sweepstake raffles/lotteries, when they offer a prize, put forward a luxury car of some kind….a Jag, upper range Mercedes, Porsche, BMW… that sort of thing. Something that will draw in the punters and give whatever cause they’re supporting a bright face and classy image. In my neck of the woods, however, one of the…