Want to get the best deal on your next car? Take note, it doesn’t just come down to the price paid at purchase. Often even more important is resale value, the price you’re actually paying being the…

Canadian Black Book hands out 2017 Best Retained Value Awards

For some automakers the annual Canadian Black Book Best Retained Value Awards are a bittersweet pill. Imagine taking home first place in a given category with a discontinued model?

Such was the case for both Toyota and Volvo whose FJ Cruiser and XC70 took first place in the "Midsize SUV" and "Entry Luxury Car" categories respectively, yet the FJ Cruiser hasn't been available in our market since the last eight examples trickled away in 2015, and the XC70 ended its run last year with just one 2016 model leaving a single Volvo showroom last month.

Chevrolet, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, and Ram also had long-gone models make the cut, although their respective Avalanche, GLK, Quest, Xterra, and Cargo Van were only runners up, but better late than never.

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More important to Canadian auto buyers are currently available new models that made the grade, because the real price paid for a car is the difference Read Full Story
The Highlander could win buyers over merely on styling points, but it’s much more than just a handsome face. Even base models get cloth-wrapped A-pillars and loads of soft touch surfaces, whereas this…

2016 Toyota Highlander XLE AWD Road Test Review

Still my favourite midsize crossover from a styling perspective, the Highlander will soon get upgraded for the 2017 model year with a bolder, deeper and edgier version of the current grille, plus modified headlights, taillights and body panels, and a new direct-and-port-injected 3.5-litre V6 with as yet undisclosed output figures, not to mention a more efficient eight-speed automatic transmission. It'll be a significant mid-cycle makeover, but probably not so much that you'll be sorry if you purchase the current version.

Then again, as just noted I happen to really like the current Highlander's blunt truck-like grille and brawny yet sleek, athletic stance. This XLE trimmed variant gets classic circular fog lamps at each corner, an attractive set of multi-spoke machine-finished 19-inch alloys with grey painted pockets to fill out its profile, and silver painted roof rails with crossbars up top, so if you like what you see you'd better act now.

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After best-ever sales last year Toyota’s RAV4 is the 2nd top selling compact SUV in Canada, while just 3 months into 2016 it’s number 1! What are you missing? A major refresh has increased interest,…

2016 Toyota RAV4 LE AWD Road Test Review

As a journalist, I've always wondered how someone can cross over to the "dark" side of automaker public relations, or worse, politics. Let's remember that both Pamela Wallin and Mike Duffy (who I need to clearly state has been totally exonerated after a very long and thorough trial) were journalists before they entered politics, the latter ironically "exposing" politicians as the Ottawa editor for CTV News Channel and the former laughably finishing her journalism career off as host of the Canadian version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" It appears she at least wanted to travel like one… but let's get back to the automotive side of politics, shall we? If I ever found myself writing spin for an auto brand or on stage talking up the merits of a new model (and to be transparent I've been offered PR positions before) I think I'd like to work for Toyota, as there's very little need for spin when it comes to its products and therefore one's integrity could be kept intact.

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The new Prius is more stylish, quicker, better handling, more fuel efficient, larger, roomier, better equipped and more advanced with an optional L-ion battery, so what’s not to like? Read about this…

2016 Toyota Prius Technology Road Test Review

If you're a fan of the unorthodox or simply want one of the best-built cars on the road that just happens to pass by more fuel pumps than anything not purely electric, the new Prius is for you.

The countless Prius taxi cabs with insanely high mileage clearly attest to the car's dependable build quality whereas its unusual new styling certainly speaks loudly for itself, as does 4.4 L/100km city, 4.6 highway and 4.5 combined. The only thing left is deciding how you want to option it out.

The Prius before you is top of the line, kind of. If you attempt to "build" one via Toyota Canada's online configurator you'll initially see the Prius Touring as the priciest model with a suggested window sticker of $29,330 plus freight and dealer fees compared to this Technology which starts at $28,730 (the base model starts at $25,995 plus freight and dealer fees), and the price difference visually makes sense as it boasts a sharp looking set of angular fog lamps, larger 17-inch five-spoke Read Full Story
An all-new Toyota Prius is a monumental occasion as the world’s bestselling hybrid rarely gets completely revamped, so for 2016 its styling is edgier, performance better, fuel economy improved and feature…

2016 Toyota Prius Touring Road Test Review

Toyota's Prius has looked more or less the same since its second-generation was ushered in way back in 2003. Certainly Toyota updated it, with the third-gen model getting a revised nose and tail in 2009 and a mid-cycle refresh modifying the lower front fascia in 2011, but generally speaking its been the same wedge-like doorstop shape for 13 years, that is until now. Enter the 2016 Toyota Prius, a radical retake on the notice-me-I'm-driving-a-hybrid theme.

Compared to most other hybrids that merely integrate electrified powertrains within a popular model, like Toyota's own Camry Hybrid, the Prius has always been designed to stand out from the crowd, and to that effect the new version achieves its aim dramatically, as there's nothing even remotely like it on the road. It's a sharp looking car, quite literally, with more pointy angles around its multifaceted headlamps and lower front fascia than I care to count, this particular Touring trimmed version made even more expressive by Read Full Story