Buying used: 2012 Mercedes E-Class still exudes class

From arrowhead front to evocative 50's-style back, this one's still a knockout

Buying used: 2012 Mercedes E-Class still exudes classThe Mercedes-Benz E-Class was well into its fourth generation by 2012 and still represented the heart of the company’s lineup. Not as pricey or exclusive as the S-Class, it was a cut above the C-Class stable. Available as a four-door sedan, estate wagon, convertible or two-door coupe, it received a complete makeover in 2011 and…

Everything about the new Volvo V90 is annoying and counter-intuitive

Give it a pass

Everything about the new Volvo V90 is annoying and counter-intuitiveI’ve driven – conservatively – at least 3,000 different vehicles in my 40-year career as an automotive writer. You name it, I’ve probably driven it: high-end sports cars, luxury sedans, wild and woolly four-by-fours, motorcycles, formula race cars, big rigs, forklifts, race-prepared rally cars, vintage saloons, hot rods, one-off prototypes, experimental alternate fuel cars, one-off…

Buying used: 2011 Mazda Tribute fails to inspire

Consumer Reports gave it pretty much a thumbs-down

Buying used: 2011 Mazda Tribute fails to inspireBuilt alongside the Ford Escape in Kansas City, Mo., Mazda’s Tribute shares many components with Ford’s best-selling SUV. Its final year of production was 2011. You can find two-wheel and four-wheel-drive models with two engine choices: a 2.5-litre inline four-cylinder or a 3.0-litre V6. Standard equipment level is representative of vehicles in this category. The…

An icy torture test for the AWD Sienna

Made for Canada's winters? Let's find out

An icy torture test for the AWD SiennaTalk is cheap. Toyota tells consumers the AWD Sienna is up for adventure. But does that mean a truly Canadian adventure? Normally, automotive journalists are often forced to assess vehicles based on just a few days’ experience – the equivalent of that honeymoon period. There isn’t much time to discover a new vehicle’s warts. No…

Escape Plug-in Hybrid offers economy, style and driveability

Focused less on luxury and more on practicality – and excellent fuel economy

Escape Plug-in Hybrid offers economy, style and driveabilityFord may be out of the passenger sedan business but they’ve jumped into the hybrid/electric car market with both feet. The company has at least seven electrified models – mostly pickups and SUVs, but including the all-electric Mustang Mach-E, which doesn’t look like a Mustang at all. Right in the thick of it is the…

Buying used: 2012 Honda Crosstour worth finding

The Crosstour has the attractive drivability that's been built into Accords since the beginning

Buying used: 2012 Honda Crosstour worth findingIntroduced in 2010 and based on the Accord platform, the Honda Crosstour wagon shares almost no body parts with its sedan counterpart, although it has the same V6 drivetrain. There’s no four-cylinder version. Displacing 3.5 litres, the V6 engine develops 271 horsepower and 254 foot-pounds of torque, which gives it lively performance. Comparatively, the Toyota…

2022 Nissan Frontier is smooth, comfortable and driver-friendly

Powered by 3.8-litre V6 engine mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission

2022 Nissan Frontier is smooth, comfortable and driver-friendlyAlthough things have cooled down recently, Canada’s pickup truck market is still a going concern: at least one out of every four new vehicles sold in this country is a pickup truck of some kind. Manufacturers are falling over each other to get new models to market. They come in all shapes and sizes: from…

Buying used: 2012 Honda Fit has held its value well

The base model offers AC, power windows, tilt steering, cruise control and power door locks

Buying used: 2012 Honda Fit has held its value wellIn 2012, Honda’s popular Fit subcompact was well into its second generation and it was pretty much business as usual. Two trim levels are available: Base and Sport. Although they’re pretty much the same vehicle, the Sport features tuned suspension that gives it a stiffer ride. It handles the corners better but it’s at the…

The 2022 Kia K5 ticks all the boxes for sedan enthusiasts

The K5 does everything this type of vehicle is supposed to do

The 2022 Kia K5 ticks all the boxes for sedan enthusiastsThe passenger sedan market definitely ain’t what it used to be. Not long ago, the conventional four-door sedan defined the new car marketplace. If you went shopping for a new car, that’s what you bought nine times out of 10. Yes, SUVs were around. But they were more of a novelty than a legitimate choice…

Buying used: 2012 Honda Insight offers ultra fuel economy

Originally priced at under $22,000, the 2012 Insight now ranges between $8-15K

Buying used: 2012 Honda Insight offers ultra fuel economyThe 2012 Honda Insight was aimed squarely at first-timers and buyers under 35, since when new it was priced below the Civic Hybrid and popular Toyota Prius. In 2012, it was two years into a refit. With technology fundamentally similar to that found in the current Civic Hybrid, the 2012 Insight yields fuel consumption of…