If you could choose one sport luxury coupe, Bentley’s Continental GT would be high on many peoples’ list. Of course its considerable price of entry limits its clientele, but that doesn’t mean the…

2017 Bentley Continental GT V8 Road Test

Go ahead. Don't be shy. Nobody's watching. Indulge yourself, even for a moment. After all, it's just a car. But what a car! Feast your eyes upon one of the most beautiful luxury sporty coupes to come along this millennium.

I know. Bentley's Continental GT is nothing new. In my part of the country you're bound to see one drive by daily, yet I never tire of its lines. Its 2011 redesign refined the curvaceous theme, and the 2016 update added fresh new elements, although in both cases Crewe made sure not to mess with the formula that's allowed this car unprecedented success.

Personal time well spent with two-door Bentley hardtops began before the modern-day Continental GT transformed the entire ultra-luxury sector in 2004, yet the thought of getting behind the wheel of yet another reignites the senses. Bentley calls the bronzy grey-brown metallic coating this particular Continental GT V8, Spectre. It's stunning. The closer you get the more dazzling it becomes. There's a three-dimensional Read Full Story
This is no ordinary subcompact SUV. In fact, we’re feeling ultra bullish about the aggressively priced, value-packed Nissan Qashqai. Will it soon be a bestseller? Check out our review and decide for…

2017 Nissan Qashqai SL AWD Platinum Road Test

Let me stick my neck out and make a prediction. Nissan's new Qashqai will consistently be the best-selling subcompact SUV per month before this year comes to an end, and when next year wraps up it'll be number one in the class. I know that's a bold forecast and my credibility is at risk, but at nearly 20 years in this business I'm getting better at choosing winners.

Here's why I think so. First, Nissan's SUV lineup is on a roll. From the Armada, Murano and Pathfinder all the way down to the Rogue, sales are strong and in most cases gaining on competitors. Next and most importantly, the Qashqai targets the core crossover SUV market where most people shop. What do I mean? It looks good, not weird. It's sized perfectly, not too big and not too small. And it's priced right.

At just $19,998 the new Qashqai is one of Canada's lowest priced SUVs. Just four competitors start below $20k, although the $19,998 Mitsubishi RVR, $19,995 Chevrolet Trax, and $19,995 Mazda CX-3 are getting Read Full Story
Is Kia’s Forte5 SX the hot hatch for you? With 201-hp and a 7-speed dual-clutch auto with paddles it has plenty of scoot, while it’s also stocked full of luxury equipment like LED-infused HID headlamps,…

2017 Kia Forte5 SX Road Test

Kia has thoroughly refreshed its second-generation Forte5 for 2017, and it even looks better than the already stylish outgoing version. I've long found the Forte an attractive compact, whether in five-door hatchback, four-door sedan, or two-door coupe guise. The coupe, or rather Koup, was discontinued at the end of 2016 in the U.S. and continues unchanged here in Canada, so you'll need to step up to this Forte5 or the Forte sedan in order to enjoy all the improvements.

The 2017 Forte5 featured here is in top-tier SX trim, which is exactly how I'd option this car out if my name were on the ownership papers. Last year I would've been stumped about whether to stick with its standard six-speed manual or upgrade to the seven-speed dual-clutch automated gearbox with paddles, but now if you want the top-line engine with the manual you'll either need to buy one from the U.S. or walk across the street to your local Hyundai dealer and ask for the Forte SX' brother from another mother, otherwise Read Full Story
The Colorado Z71 has become a perennial favourite with our team, thanks to its standard auto-locking rear diff, hill descent control, twin-tube shock infused off-road suspension, transfer case shield,…

2017 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Crew Cab 4WD Road Test

I'm officially on the bandwagon. OK, more specifically I'm standing on the cargo bed of General Motors' superb new Chevy Colorado because its segment-exclusive CornerStep bumper makes it so easy to climb up to. Seriously though, this mid-size truck and its GMC Canyon counterpart are now best in class by a large margin.

They've got styling, performance, efficiency, interior design and execution, infotainment excellence, and yes those brilliant rear bumper steps going for them. And I haven't even mentioned the all-new 2.8-litre Duramax turbo-diesel yet.

Behind my 2017 Chevy Colorado Z71 Crew Cab 4WD tester's smiling grille is GM's 3.6-litre DOHC, direct-injection V6 with a variable intake manifold and variable valve timing making 308 horsepower at 6,800 rpm and 275 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm, which is three horsepower and six lb-ft of torque more than last year. Suffice to say it moves along quickly enough, but it's also quite efficient due in part to cylinder deactivation Read Full Story
Lexus refreshed its smallest sport sedan for 2017, so we reviewed the top-line IS 350 AWD F Sport to see how it stacks up. Let’s not forget its competition is fierce, but that doesn’t mean we should…

2017 Lexus IS 350 AWD F Sport Road Test

Sometimes, in a moment of mind wandering reverie brought about by writing yet another car review, I realize I've been doing this auto journo gig for a long time. In fact, I drove the original IS 300 soon after its 1998 launch, and was on the press launch for the second-generation 2006 model in Toronto, where we put it through its paces on a makeshift autocross course at the old Downsview Airport, owned by the Liberal party's unofficial crown corporation Bombardier, incidentally. That was a breakthrough car for Lexus, but other than the sensational 416 horsepower IS F I tested in the spring of 2008, that second-gen car doesn't come close to measuring up to this third-generation model.

This latest IS was introduced in 2013 as a 2014 model, and thanks to dramatic styling and dynamic performance has garnered more fans than ever before. This year marks the current third-gen's mid-cycle update, which includes subtly reworked styling from front to rear. Following a pattern already set Read Full Story
How’s this for a sporty looking subcompact hatch? Toyota spiffed up its Yaris for 2017, although this grey-painted version isn’t anywhere near as racy looking as the two-tone red and black one. The…

2017 Toyota Yaris SE Hatchback Road Test

I have no idea why I still call this little car the Tercel. I worked for a Toyota dealer way back in '87 and the Tercel was one of the most popular cars we sold at the time.

That was already the third-generation Tercel, which was replaced by the Echo in 1999. This oddly styled yet undeniably practical subcompact was one of my first-ever manufacturer-supplied weeklong test cars (thank you F. David Stone) when I entered the professional journalist fray in 2000, and one I'd still love to get my hands on in five-speed manual Hatchback RS guise. I first drove that little number at a press launch in Niagara, Ontario during the fall of 2003, but it was another such launch program in autumn of 2005 that saw a redesigned version of the same car debut, and with it the odd yet catchy Yaris name.

Interestingly, the Echo was actually a rebadged Yaris, but most of us don't pay attention to European nameplates here in North America. I didn't even realize both cars were also shared with Read Full Story
Volvo has fully redesigned its popular XC60 for 2018, and it’s now a stunning compact luxury SUV. What’s more, its ultra-efficient 2.0L turbo four gains 10-hp for a total of 250-hp and AWD now comes…

2018 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD Inscription Road Test

Now that Volvo has rejuvenated its mid-size XC90 SUV and followed up that winning formula with the S90 luxury sedan, V90 sport wagon and V90 Cross Country crossover wagon, it's time for the all-new 2018 XC60 compact SUV to pay for it all.

Seriously. Does anyone question which new model will be Volvo's perennial bestseller? All we have to do is look at sales before Volvo initiated its brand-wide revitalization, and the XC60 was by far the automaker's top seller. In fact, it represents 30 percent of Volvo's worldwide volume. The larger XC90 is still extremely important, especially when it comes to profits, but this is the one Volvo needed to get absolutely right.

At first glance the 2018 XC60 looks like a smaller, sportier variation on the XC90 theme, with a little V90 Cross Country thrown into the mix for good measure. I really like the design, particularly its wide rectangular waterfall grille, the Thor's hammer LED headlights, chiseled lower front fascia sporting LED Read Full Story
Audi has made a very good car much better with the intro of its 2018 A5 Coupe, a redesign that adds more angles, more luxury, more size, plus loads of standard and optional features. Base A5s get a 252-hp…

2018 Audi A5 Coupe 2.0 TFSI Quattro Progressiv S Line Road Test

Confirm with any European car enthusiast, the outgoing A5 was one of the most beautiful two-door sports models available during its almost decade-long first generation. Certainly, this would've made the development of its second-gen redesign a rather daunting task, but fortunately its near ten-year tenure ended exactly when Audi was introducing its current sharply edged, more industrial-inspired design language brand-wide, allowing the all-new 2018 A5 an ideal entry point.

Feast your eyes upon a car with few equals despite having many competitors. Being A4-based and therefore fitting directly into the compact D-segment, the A5 technically goes up against BMW's 4 Series, Mercedes' C-Class Coupe, Infiniti's Q60, Lexus' RC, and Cadillac's ATS Coupe, but it really stands out amongst this bunch thanks to an arguably more elegant approach to styling. How Audi managed to do this, while simultaneously making it one of the more modern looking two-door hardtops available is beyond me, but Read Full Story