Affordability can be measured in various ways, but what really matters to most long-term car owners are the overall costs of Lexus is one of the least expensive brands to own according to Kelly Blue Book.…

Least expensive ownership experience include Mazda and Lexus brands

Affordability can be measured in various ways, but what really matters to most long-term car owners are the overall costs of ownership beyond just the initial price, including depreciation, fuel costs, insurance, repairs, maintenance, and fees.

Every year Kelly Blue Book calculates the overall projected five-year ownership costs for a wide variety of vehicles, awarding Best in Class kudos to the least expensive to own in each segment. It recently announced the winners after tabulating the results for 2014, and coming out on top overall for the second consecutive year were Mazda and Lexus.

Mazda only got a single Best In Class result (the CX-9 in the full-size SUV category), but managed top-three results in a wide number of categories including compact car, midsize car, minivan/van, and sports car. Overall it won best brand thanks to Mazda vehicles' generally low insurance and fuel costs, as well as relatively modest depreciation.

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Diesels are becoming increasingly popular in Canada, and while European brands have led the way, the domestic marques are   starting to catch up. Chrysler, now known as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles,…

Diesel powered Jeep Cherokee to debut at Geneva motor show

Diesels are becoming increasingly popular in Canada, and while European brands have led the way, the domestic marques are starting to catch up. Chrysler, now known as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, has already launched diesel versions of its Ram 1500 pickup and Jeep Grand Cherokee, and now a new diesel-powered Jeep will be joining the lineup, sort of.

Unfortunately for Canadian diesel fans the 2014 Cherokee Diesel won't be debuting at the Chicago Auto Show for sale in North America, but will instead be debuting at Geneva Auto Show in March for sale - initially at least - only in Europe. It does, however, raise the possibility that a North American Cherokee Diesel might eventually be offered here to replace the old Liberty Diesel.

With the exception of a few minor tweaks to satisfy European regulatory requirements, the Cherokee offered across the Atlantic will be essentially identical to the version offered here.

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It seems that BMW is on a roll with new model introductions these days. Fresh from the Detroit auto show, where the German   marque introduced its new 2 Series Coupe, the latest-generation M3 sedan,…

BMW reveals new 4 Series Gran Coupe

It seems that BMW is on a roll with new model introductions these days. Fresh from the Detroit auto show, where the German marque introduced its new 2 Series Coupe, the latest-generation M3 sedan, and its new M4 Coupe sibling, BMW has now announced that yet another all-new model will be debuting at the Geneva Auto Show in March, and heading to North America for the New York International Auto Show in April.

For those who've been following BMW's new model lineup closely, the latest car is at once puzzling and inevitable: It's the 4 Series Gran Coupe, a swoopy-roofed four-door hatchback version of the 4 Series Coupe.

Now, this is puzzling because BMW just finished dividing the long-standing 3 Series lineup into four door sedan models (which remain 3 Series cars) and two-door coupe models (which become 4 Series cars). And now we have a 4 Series sedan, which logically you might expect to be called a 3 Series hatchback.

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If you’ve already read my BMW X5 article from a few days ago, you should know when Land Rover introduced the Range Rover   Sport back in 2005 the market success of the BMW was one of the catalysts…

2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Road Test Review

If you've already read my BMW X5 article from a few days ago, you should know when Land Rover introduced the Range Rover Sport back in 2005 the market success of the BMW was one of the catalysts driving its development. The BMW X5 and Porsche Cayenne had demonstrated one-percenters would go for a luxury SUV with outstanding power and handling on the street. Further, those models had demonstrated-for a certain segment of that demographic-off-road capability was truly secondary.

Of course, prodigious off-road capability is an integral aspect of Land Rover's DNA; no way the company was going to do a fast SUV that wouldn't hold its own on Telluride's Imogene trail or Moab's Poison Spider Mesa, let alone the 65,000 acres of unspoiled nature in the heart of Quebec's Laurentian Mountains that surround the Fairmont Le Château Montebello where Land Rover Canada houses its off-road driving school. Thus, the original Range Rover Sport was engineered to scream on the street just as Read Full Story
With only a week to go before the opening of the Chicago Auto Show, Subaru decided to get a jump on the excitement by offering   a sneak peak at its new Legacy sedan. The sixth generation of Subaru’s…

Redesigned Subaru Legacy teased ahead of Chicago

With only a week to go before the opening of the Chicago Auto Show, Subaru decided to get a jump on the excitement by offering a sneak peak at its new Legacy sedan. The sixth generation of Subaru's mid-size four-door will debut at the show on February 6.

The teaser image was accompanied by only the briefest of statements, indicating that the "the all-new Legacy offers a sleeker, more coupe-like profile with a faster windshield rake angle and narrower A-pillars that create a sporty and modern sedan."

What is clear from the teaser image is that the production version will stay very close in profile to the Legacy Concept shown at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, and will also get flared wheel arches similar to the Concept. Less clear is whether it will also retain the Concept's aggressive front end treatment with its "hawk-eye" headlights and hexagonal grille.

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While the marketing team at Mercedes-Benz is eagerly referring to the 2014 E-Class as a redesign, we’re a bit reluctant to go   along with them in that regard. See, while the mechanical changes…

2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec 4Matic Road Test Review

While the marketing team at Mercedes-Benz is eagerly referring to the 2014 E-Class as a redesign, we're a bit reluctant to go along with them in that regard. See, while the mechanical changes are relatively minor and the reworked styling is largely a refresh rather than a major revision, we're more apt to label it an update. With that said, this is a considerably significant update however.

E-Class sedans and wagons get the styling refresh, while the coupes and convertibles remain unchanged. However, all models do get new interior design elements, and there are new engines across the board too. OK, so maybe the MBZ team is more on target than we initially gave them credit for. You decide.

However you slice it, the E-Class is one very important model line for Mercedes-Benz. Given that one quarter of all cars the company sells have an "E" on their trunk lids, and when you consider Mercedes offers some 13 model ranges, that's a huge statement. Essentially, the E-Class Mercedes-Benz Read Full Story
For the second time in recent years, Toyota has taken the drastic step of halting sales of most of its U.S. lineup while it addresses a potential safety issue. But unless the National Highway Traffic…

Toyota halts U.S. sales over fire hazard

For the second time in recent years, Toyota has taken the drastic step of halting sales of most of its U.S. lineup while it addresses a potential safety issue. But unless the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration orders otherwise, Toyota says it doesn't plan to recall vehicles already sold.

North of the border, Toyota Canada has not halted sales but is instead consulting with Transport Canada to have the problem deemed inconsequential to safety, with no further action required.

The stop-sale announcement covers six high-volume models equipped with electric seat heaters, including the Camry, Sienna, Tacoma, Avalon, Tundra and Corolla. The problem is that some of the soft material underneath the outer seat upholstery doesn't comply with U.S. safety standards and could potentially catch fire in the event of a short circuit in the seat heating pad. In all, 36,000 cars, trucks, and minivans are affected - about 13 percent of the U.S. dealer inventory.

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For the 2015 model year WRX, Subaru has dropped mention of the Impreza nameplate. The car is now simply known as the 2015   Subaru WRX. And with it, the boyishness of previous iterations of the car…

2015 Subaru WRX Road Test Review

For the 2015 model year WRX, Subaru has dropped mention of the Impreza nameplate. The car is now simply known as the 2015 Subaru WRX. And with it, the boyishness of previous iterations of the car has been allowed to fall by the wayside as well.

Starting with the look of the car: the huge wings, giant air scoops, and overall cartoonish demeanor have been eschewed in favour of a more subtle, sophisticated, almost European look. What's more, the hatchback, so loved by the wannabe rally-king set, has been dropped as well. You'll now get your WRX as a sedan only, just as it was when the model first came to North America back in 2004.

Furthermore, a continuously variable transmission has been fitted to the car, and perhaps most telling of all, the suspension system has been calibrated for optimal performance on pavement. This is a significant change from previous iterations of the WRX. Those cars, hewing more toward the World Rally heritage of the car, left quite a bit of compliance Read Full Story