What matters most to you? Go-fast performance that you can rarely use and if you do might cause you to lose your license? Or ultimately efficient performance that still goes fast enough yet saves you…

2017 Chevrolet Volt LT Road Test

While all the plug-in talk these days seems to be about Chevy's new Bolt compact hatchback, the car that put General Motors on the mobile electric grid has been selling up a storm. Of course, when I say "selling up a storm" I'm referring to a comparatively small number of plug-in vehicles in the shadow of the vast majority of conventionally powered conveyances, but big change takes time to allow consumer mindsets to adjust, and no one could've predicted the current price of crude. That's the single largest detractor from a cleaner, greener battery powered world, most naysayers originally believing electric vehicle sales would stall due to range anxiety. The Volt overcame such worries by combining both electric and gasoline internal combustion motive power, similar to a hybrid albeit with full EV capability for limited range, theoretically providing a way for owners to travel back and forth to work, as well as running weekend errands without using any fuel at all. Since the Volt's arrival, Read Full Story
Chevy has restyled its 2016 Silverado 1500 with the LTZ Z71 being the most dramatic update. A new hood, grille, front bumper, LED headlamps and LED DRLs, fogs and taillights join updates inside plus last…

2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab Short Box 4WD LTZ Z71 Road Test Review

A few subtle design tweaks can make for quite a difference, evidenced by the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado in near top-line LTZ Z71 trim. A new front fascia displaying a revised horizontally split grille, a fresh set of freeform LED headlights and DRLs, vertically stacked LED fog lamps, and a reshaped bumper integrating tough yet classy looking metallic trim thoroughly modernizes the popular pickup. Really, it looks as if Chevy redesigned the entire machine. In other trims the chrome detailing doesn't quite capture the changes like this mostly body-colour LTZ Z71.

This might be the first year that I have liked the Silverado more than GMC's Sierra, although the Chevy truck's fraternal twin looks pretty mean with its massive highway rig grille and equally alluring LED headlamps. Of course, GM would rather we choose between their two uniquely styled offerings than one of their competitors, which is a marketing philosophy that's done them pretty well in recent years. With 118,837 units Read Full Story
There’s a new Chevy Malibu in town and it’s a real looker. Today on CarCostCanada we review it in top-line Premier trim, complete with a 250-hp 2.0L turbo four, 8-speed auto, 19-inch alloys, proximity…

2016 Chevrolet Malibu Premier Road Test Review

After more than a year with the latest Chevrolet Malibu in our midst and the 2017s starting to arrive, how has the latest redesign fared? If we're merely talking numbers it's been a major success, with the 9,953 units sold to Canadian consumers over the first 10 months of 2016 already surpassing the 2015 calendar year's total of 9,203.

This means that it's also moved up in popularity, surging ahead of Chrysler's 200 and Hyundai's Sonata which it trailed last year, although it's important to note that buyers have punished these two models so far this year, with the "Imported from Detroit" Chryco freefalling from 10,961 units in 2015 to a mere 6,387 up until October 31, 2016 (the ghostly date reference of this near dead model seems fitting), whereas the once ultra-hot South Korean did its best impression of the tumbling Won during the 1997 Asian financial crisis by deep-diving from 13,497 deliveries last year to 8,519 year-to-date 2016 sales.

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Does best-in-class fuel economy matter as much in today’s market as it did a couple of years ago? It’s a claim worth bragging about either way, and the new Malibu Hybrid now owns it with a 5.0 L/100km…

2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Road Test Review

Chevy's ninth generation Malibu is doing well, with Canadian sales up 17 percent over the first six months of the year. This was enough for new owners to wave goodbye through the car's sleek new side windows as it passed right on by Chrysler 200 and Hyundai Sonata sales, with the Malibu's new count of 6,417 Q2 deliveries starting to catch the taillights of the mid-size sedan segment's third most popular Honda Accord and second place Ford Fusion.

Despite a general waning of HEV, PHEV and EV sales due to lower pump prices in most parts of Canada, I'd like to think the new Malibu Hybrid is playing a significant role in the mid-size model's upwardly trending numbers, although its charged particle assistance likely has more to do with a positive green light being shined on the enduring nameplate than particularly high sales volumes. This is, after all, is the first Malibu Hybrid that can drive on electricity alone, its modified powertrain borrowed from GM's second-generation Voltec Read Full Story
If you want to know if the Chevy Trax is a good subcompact SUV just ask the audience. Up until last year it was number 1 in its class and it’s still a close 2nd among 9 rivals. The tough looking little…

2016 Chevrolet Trax LT AWD Road Test Review

Most Canadians won't know this, but we were first to get the Chevy Trax. It arrived here in December of 2012 as a 2013 model, and immediately became the bestselling subcompact SUV in Canada with 7,013 units sold throughout the 2013 calendar year. Our friends to the south couldn't access it until December of 2014, two years later, after which it immediately jumped up to second place with 63,030 sales throughout calendar year 2015, only beaten by the bestselling Buick Encore.

Yes, it's impressive to think that General Motors, an automaker once associated with large as a barge American iron, isn't just outselling the imports and domestics alike in the fast-growing subcompact SUV segment, but downright slaughtering all competitors with last year's Trax and Encore sales combining for 130,579 units in the U.S. compared to just 60,946 for the next bestselling Jeep Renegade (even if you include seven months of new Fiat 500X sales, which shares the Renegades platform, the total only climbs Read Full Story