What’s in a name? For the iM it could matter a lot, as many Toyota faithful didn’t even look when sold as a Scion and now that it’s also a Corolla it will be doubly respected. Toyota won’t mind…

2017 Toyota Corolla iM Road Test

If asked to select new models for last year's car of the year awards, I would've put Scion's iM at the top of my list. I've always been more impressed by inexpensive practical cars done well than luxury sport models charging pricey premiums, and the iM did everything asked of it very well indeed. For 2017 it's mostly carryover except for two important features, the badge on the grille and a host of premium-level safety features that are now standard yet were never offered previously.

As you may have already heard, Toyota said goodbye to its youth-oriented Scion brand that started off with a bang back in 2003 and ended in a fizzle at the close of 2016. All that's left is this iM, which was already sold as the Auris Hatchback in Europe and simply as the Corolla Hatchback in Australasian markets, and the fabulous FR-S sports coupe that was also sold globally as the 86 (or at least as some version of the 86 nameplate including GT86 in Europe and New Zealand as well as FT86 in Nicaragua Read Full Story
Are you a wagon lover? Or maybe you’d like the versatility of a crossover SUV but still want to maintain the driving dynamics of a compact sport sedan? Either way Volvo has the answer, it’s V60. Available…

2017 Volvo V60 T5 Drive-E AWD Special Edition Road Test

There are wagon fans and then there are those who just don't quite grasp what all the excitement is about. The latter notion is understandable, especially amongst those my age and considerably older who grew up with station wagons as their go-to family haulers and therefore disdain them as much as those raised in minivans dislike their parents' modus operandi, but despite falling into the former camp I remain an ardent follower of wagons.

Of course, today's sport wagons are nothing like the wooden decaled behemoths that wafted down the highways and byways of my youth, their distorted AM radios buzzing War's "Low Rider" through grossly underpowered single-speaker sound systems, or an "8-Track Stereo" if your folks happened to pay more for the luxurious tufted velour upholstery upgrade. In comparison, most of today's mainstream volume brands reserve their "five-door" models for upper trim levels with more options, while premium brands often do likewise because of low take-rates Read Full Story
Anyone old enough to remember the original Fiat 124 Spider will likely love this redesign. They may also remember the suspect reliability of the old car. Take heed, Fiat is an new company that now builds…

2017 Fiat 124 Spider Lusso Road Test

My singing teacher had one of these back in 1980. She was a cool old lady living in one of the nicer areas in the city, and driving what most of us at the time considered the poor man's, or in this case woman's, Mercedes SL. She was hardly poor, but merely understood that you can have just as much fun in a less expensive sports car while enjoying a more carefree type of prestige.

I won't go into all the challenges she had with her then new albeit horribly unreliable 124 Spider, because today's Fiat is a completely different company and its cars wholly better made. In fact, the new 2017 Fiat 124 Spider shown here is a thoroughly reliable Mazda MX-5 in disguise, or at least the mostly Euro-sourced components that gave such Fiat owners headaches decades are now Japanese made.

Italian engines have always been amongst the most revered. Some of the first and all of the best hemispherical heads came out of Italy going way back to the 1907 Fiat 130 HP Grand Prix racer, while Read Full Story
An epic minivan deserves an epic review, so grab a coffee (no, make that two coffees) and settle into a comfy chair because our 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited road test is a tell-all comparo that’ll…

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited Road Test

The Pacifica is going to be a very interesting experiment.

Let's be honest for a moment. The Chrysler brand isn't exactly robust when it comes to sales or models. As of last year it has become Canada's slowest selling mainstream brand other than Mini, Fiat and Smart. Yes that means even Mitsubishi outsells Chrysler, and by a significant margin. It's not doing much better in its home market south of the 49th either, outselling the three city car brands just mentioned as well as Mazda and Mitsubishi last year, but Mazda, which is known for selling poorly in the U.S., has already sold almost 50 percent more units within the first two months of 2017, so it's not looking good for Chryco.

The problem? Chrysler currently has just three models in its lineup including the 200 mid-size sedan, the 300 full-size sedan, and the Pacifica minivan, although the 200 is slated for cancellation when 2017 ends and sales have dropped off considerably since this was announced. As you may have Read Full Story
The saying “an oldie but a goodie” suits Infiniti’s QX70, as few SUVs have aged as well from a styling and driving perspective. Its new mesh grille insert helps, as does 2017s new Limited trim that…

2017 Infiniti QX70 Limited Road Test

Have you ever wondered why something can be the best thing since sliced bread one day and all of a sudden yesterday's has-been? The car industry is sometimes hard on modern-day classics, or rather new vehicles that haven't been updated in a while. Infiniti's QX70 falls into this category, but really it deserves much more attention than it gets.

When its predecessor and this second-generation model were created in 2002 and 2009 respectively, Infiniti followed all premium "rules" to a tee and then some, while most competitors took the cheaper, easier route of basing their luxury branded SUVs on mainstream mid-size family sedans. The original QX70 was formed on the back of the Q60 sports coupe's predecessor, which continues to share underpinnings with Nissan's 370Z sports car, and in essence became the industry's first sport utility coupe, much to BMW's disagreement.

On that note I'm a fan of this unusual class of SUV, and still lamenting the loss of Acura's quirky ZDX while Read Full Story
Want today’s best 7-passenger luxury SUV? Audi makes a strong case for its all-new Q7, with sharp new styling, lighter weight, better handling, a much nicer interior, and superb electronics. We tested…

2017 Audi Q7 2.0 TFSI Quattro Progressiv Road Test

With more than half a million Q7s down the road since inception no one argues against the mid-size luxury SUV's market success, but the outgoing first-generation was starting to look and feel a bit stale when its near decade-long tenure finally ended last year.

Since then it's been made clear there was pent-up demand for an all-new Q7, which when combined with unparalleled growth in the luxury SUV sector saw the stylish new model jump a shocking eight positions on the sales charts, last year's record-breaking 4,335 deliveries bypassing most of its competitors to take fifth place amongst mid-size luxury SUVs and second amid dedicated seven-passenger models, while within the first two months of 2017 it's taken down another rival for fourth spot overall and first amongst the seven-occupant crowd. Welcome back to the mid-size SUV limelight Audi.

It's certainly a bright new year for Audi and its ever-strengthening SUV lineup, with a new compact Q5 around the next corner albeit Read Full Story
It only makes sense that the luxury auto sector’s most successful brand in new vehicle sales is also strong on the pre-owned market. Mercedes-Benz’ popularity helps drive up used prices, which is…

Mercedes wins multiple Canadian Black Book and ALG retained value awards

It only makes sense that the luxury auto sector's most successful brand in new vehicle sales is also strong on the pre-owned market. Mercedes-Benz' popularity helps drive up used prices, which is always a bonus for owners when it comes time to trade up to a new model or sell their used car or SUV.

Proving this point, the German brand earned multiple Canadian Black Book 2017 Best Retained Value Awards. The venerable G-Class SUV moved up two places to take top spot in the "Full-Size Luxury SUV" category, while the GLK (now replaced by the GLC) earned runner-up status in the "Compact Luxury SUV" segment behind Audi's Q5, an impressive feat considering just how many compact sport utilities are vying for top position. Mercedes' CLS four-door coupe was also recognized amongst the best three in the "Premium Luxury Car" class, while Mercedes final prize was first place for the Sprinter passenger and cargo van in the "Full-Size Van" segment.

The Sprinter moved up one spot from last Read Full Story
When the word “bespoke” is used in the same sentence as “Jaguar Land Rover” one tends to think of the highest quality leathers, veneers, wool carpets and convenience features rather than an “Advanced…

Project Hero Land Rover Discovery designed to help Red Cross save lives

When the word "bespoke" is used in the same sentence as "Jaguar Land Rover" one tends to think of the highest quality leathers, veneers, wool carpets and convenience features rather than an "Advanced Command Vehicle" with integrated shortwave and GPS comm equipment, specialized toolkits, climbing gear, and power supplies, let alone a power-retractable covered landing pad for an onboard drone; and likewise when JLR's Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) gets mentioned it's usually in tandem with "Premium Paint Palette" finishes, Sentinel armoured vehicles, SVR and SVAutobiography halo models, or previously noted bespoke personalization, but in this case it's an orange and white search and rescue vehicle created by SVO for the Red Cross.

This "bespoke" 2017 Land Rover Discovery, dubbed 'Project Hero', was designed and engineered by Jaguar Land Rover's Special Vehicle Operations for the Austrian Red Cross and presented to global media at the Geneva auto show earlier this month. An advanced Read Full Story