Posts Tagged automotive

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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The zippy 2019 Toyota 86 GT

Sometimes you just want to drive a car that seems to place your butt at the same height as the pedals, where the instruments are just below your eye-level, where the road is so close to your eyes each driving sensation gets visually amplified. If you’re in

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The luxury cruiser lives: the 2019 Toyota Avalon Limited

Given the SUV craze that has manifested itself on North American roads, it’s refreshing to see automakers up their game in the luxury cruising sedan market as Toyota has with the 2019 Avalon. First impressions Long, low-slung and lovely were the words that came to mind when

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Competitive luxury in the 2019 Acura RDX

When a vehicle offers luxury, comfort and performance, you seem to find reasons to run more errands and take short road trips. That was the case during my six days with the 2019 Acura RDX Platinum Elite. First impressions More than one onlooker commented on this SUV’s

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Squeezing in one last 2018 model review: the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas

Have you ever looked at a vehicle and wondered how the manufacturer came up wth its name? I suspect you didn’t have that issue when you first saw the Volkswagen Atlas. I spent a week with the Execline trim, including Captain’s package. First impressions The name aptly

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The asymmetrical hot hatch: the 2019 Hyundai Veloster 1.6 Turbo

It’s hard to believe Hyundai released its 3-door hot hatch, the Veloster, back in 2011. For 2019, this hot hatch gets styling and performance tweaks while keeping its distinct shape, making the 2019 Hyundai Veloster 1.6L Turbo a must-drive for autocross drivers and performance enthusiasts. First impressions The Racing

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Road trippin’ with the 2018 Ford Escape Titanium

A conference earlier this year took me to Ottawa. During that week I drove Ford’s 2018 Escape Titanium. Ford updated this decades-old CUV model with better looks and a solid ride that made the Toronto-Ottawa round trip a relaxing drive. First impressions Long gone is the stout,

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A sportier plugin? The 2018 Hyundai Ioniq PHEV

The writing is on the wall. Automakers are increasingly moving to propulsion systems that depend less, or not at all, on fossil fuels. Different automakers have implemented different strategies to increase fuel efficiency across their fleets. Hyundai has joined the party by offering three separate alternative powertrains on just

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Zippy, Pert, Perfect: The 2018 Mazda3 GT

Mazda justifies its ongoing use of the “Zoom Zoom” marketing tagline by putting the driving dynamics of a high-end sports sedan in an economical package. It was fun to remind myself of this during my time with a 2018 Mazda3 GT with a 6-speed manual. First impressions

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