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The BMW X7 Learning Experience

Few vehicles go all-out on technology the way BMW does, so it wasn’t a surprise to find gadgetry permeating the all-new 2019 BMW X7. I’m somewhat used to it. My neighbour isn’t, so when I gave her a quick tour of the vehicle, she mused it takes

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Hauling in the 2019 Honda Passport

Moving gear to a cottage. Moving friends from one apartment to another. Simply moving lots of stuff from one place to another. If you frequently schelp stuff around, chances are you aren’t driving a compact sedan. No, you tool around in a larger vehicle. And you’re probably

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An identity crisis isn’t always a bad thing: the 2019 Lexus UX 200

When they first hit the scene in the 1990s, crossover SUVs stole driver’s hearts and automotive market share. Since then, the segment has evolved from its one-size-fits-all origins to today’s smorgasbord of sizes and packages. Certain crossovers have shrunk down to the size of, frankly, four-door hatchbacks.

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Keeping Pace: the 2019 Hyundai Tucson

Compact SUVs have come a long way since their introduction more than two decades ago. Once considered utilitarian runabouts with better fuel economy and drivability than the larger models they were based upon, “sport-cutes” have carved out a huge market niche for themselves. To keep pace, automakers

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Sporty practicality in the 2019 BMW X4 M40i

Advanced technology, sporty performance, luxury refinement – these are but some of the rules in the automotive market segment BMW occupies. The Bavarians push the standard even further with the 2019 BMW X4. First impressions My M40i M Performance tester in Famenco Red Metallic hit all the

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2019 Kia Niro

Automakers the world over are racing to meet Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards while also producing vehicles large enough to appeal to the North American buying public. These contradictory goals have led to the creation of new vehicle categories. Perhaps the most prevalent of these is

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An economy brand evolves: the Kia Stinger GT-Line

Korean carmakers, long known as makers of economy cars, are hard at work shaking that image. Hyundai spun off the Genesis model into its own high-end brand. Stealing a page from the Tesla playbook, Genesis welcomes shoppers in high-end mall showrooms. For its part, Kia has not

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Sleek luxury cruising in the 2019 Lexus ES 350

Few brands in any consumer category can feature a consistent look across all of its products that set those products apart from the crowd. Lexus is one of those few. From the futuristic luxury of each vehicle exterior to the luxury that awaits inside, each model in

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2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

If SUVs have been getting more popular as they grow smaller, could the same be said for hatchbacks that grow larger? When it comes to looks and practical roominess, the line between these vehicle types are so blurred they might as well not exist. That vague space

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The Sleek SUV: the 2019 Mazda CX-9

Driving with teammates to a hockey game, one of them gestured out the window and pointed out how SUVs rule the road. I couldn’t disagree. The visual evidence was overwhelming. Fortunately, some automakers do what they can to style their larger vehicles to make them look sleeker

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