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2017 Buick Encore Sport Touring FWD

Every time I book a Buick Encore for testing I don’t give it much thought. It’s a subcompact SUV that needs to be covered because of its reasonably good sales, but it’s not the type of vehicle that elicits a lot of passion. And then once inside I’m reminded of how nice it is, and on the way home how easy it is to drive. I must say it’s even…

2017 Mitsubishi RVR 2.4L SE LTD AWC Road Test

Mitsubishi is so massive everywhere else in the world that its miniscule Canadian sales seem bizarre, but such is the case and even its 2nd-most popular model is now just a small player in the subcompact SUV class it created six years ago. Our 2017 RVR tester is trimmed out in 2.4L SE LTD AWC duds, LTD short for Limited and its standard features including…

2017 Honda CR-V Touring

Have you seen the new CR-V yet? Honda’s compact SUV is so popular it would be difficult to miss. Our top-tier Touring tester shows significant progress over its predecessor, but not just because of its bold new styling. This fifth-generation CR-V rides on a totally new platform shared with the 10th-gen Civic, while its sole powertrain is also pulled…

2017 Ford Fusion Energi Platinum

Energi is Ford-speak for plug-in hybrid or PHEV, and this important future-looking model continues with the 2017 Fusion’s mid-cycle makeover. The changes to the entire Fusion line are subtle but effective, the grille now appearing less Aston Martin-like and therefore more acceptable to those of us who’d rather not see a favourite sports car brand…

2017 Hyundai Ioniq Road Test

Does the Prius finally have some serious competition? The new Hyundai Ioniq will soon deliver a three-punch blow to Toyota’s iconic super hybrid, thanks to three powertrains in the form of the Ioniq Hybrid, Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid and Ioniq Electric. Similarly sized to the Prius and also configured in a four-door hatch layout, the Ioniq Hybrid boasts…

2017 Mini Cooper S Convertible Road Test

You can buy a two-seat roadster if you want, but Mini’s Convertible gives you the option of taking a couple of smallish friends or family along for your sun-filled drive, plus its recent redesign means it’s bigger, more powerful and more lavishly equipped than ever. Today we bring you the 2017 Cooper S Convertible filled with some impressive features…

2016 Ford Focus Electric | Long-term update

After thirteen months of service and over 22,000 kilometres our Kona Blue 2016 Ford Focus Electric continues to provide very quiet, trouble free, and emissions-less service. Life with the Focus has been extremely pleasant, almost without compromise. Typical days involve about 80 kilometres of mixed city traffic and high-speed travel. Here in Ontario,…

2017 Mazda CX-9 Signature Road Test

Mazda’s new CX-9 is a lot of mid-size SUV for the money, and especially luxurious when upgraded to Signature trim. We tested both GS-L and Signature trims to get a good feel for this important Mazda offering, and came away both impressed by its overall execution and perplexed at its poor market reception. Signature trim is well priced at just over…
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