Posts Tagged automotive

Review: 2015 Subaru WRX

Parked at my parents’ place one fine Friday, my mom told me how she noticed three kids checking out the sedan I was driving. They even came up the driveway to give it a thorough once-over, going so far as to look underneath the sedan. I suspect

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Review: 2015 Subaru BRZ

Sometimes a car comes along and you can’t deny how much of a treat it is to drive. That’s what you’ll feel when you get behind the wheel of a 2015 Subaru BRZ Aozora Edition. Engine, mechanicals Saying you own a rear-wheel-drive Subaru would have elicited strange looks

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Review: 2015 Nissan Versa Note

Four-door hatchbacks may be the most practical vehicles on the road, bar none. Most carmakers have an entry in this market segment, and Nissan upped the ante with the 2015 Versa Note. I spent a week with the SR model ($18,698 MSRP – the base Versa starts

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Review: 2015 Subaru Outback

Driving south on Toronto’s Royal York Road one morning, I saw over the roof of a decade-old Subaru Forester in front of me, the blatantly utilitarian shape having since given way to today’s  modern SUV appearance. This sighting gave me pause. You see, I was driving a vehicle I once

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Review: 2015 Nissan Micra

Those of us old enough to remember such things might experience a flashback to an era that ended decades ago when we see the price sticker on the 2015 Nissan Micra. Starting price: $9,995 for the base model.   There’s something about a four-figure price tag on

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Review: 2014 Subaru Crosstrek XV Hybrid

Back in July, I spent a week with Subaru’s first hybrid, the Crosstrek XV.

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Review: 2014 Ford Fiesta ST

Get the car moving in first. Drop the shifter to second. Step on it, and feel your back press into the firm Recaro seats behind you as you accelerate… ahem, to the legally posted speed limit, officer, and no faster.

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Review: 2014 Nissan Sentra

I like to talk about cars. As a result, people share their experiences with me about the models they own and the brands they’re loyal to. J.T., a former work colleague, drove 215,000 kilometers in a ’90s era Nissan Sentra. He sold it to take a job

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A better car touchscreen?

Carmakers continue to pack ever-increasing amounts of technology into their wares. While much of what they offer makes perfect sense, I sometimes wonder if buyers understand how to use it all. To be fair, many people have had difficulty learning how to use sophisticated gadgets, most notably

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Review: 2014 Mazda3 Sport

Where do you go if you want to test a car’s technology? Why, to Québec City during Winter Carnival, of course! That’s where I took a Soul Red Mica Mazda3 Sport. Significantly redone for 2014, it delivered on looks, from the vertical front grill sporting an oversize

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