Posts Tagged automotive

The fighter-jet inspired 2016 Nissan Maxima

When carmakers design new models, they look for inspiration in a variety of places. Nissan’s designers? They visited the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels. Their attempts to imbue a car with a jet fighter’s looks results in the 2016 Nissan Maxima. I checked out a Platinum edition in the Maxima-exclusive exterior colour

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Mazda's latest pinup – the 2016 MX-5

More than 950,000 units sold over 26 years. A slew of awards that stretches 11 pages in a press kit. In automotive circles, these are the numbers of a proven winner with staying power. You’ll find this car stampeding at autocross competitions, cruising winding country roads and

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The zaftig 2015 Infiniti Q50S Hybrid sedan

On the highway in the suburbs west of Toronto, a pair of condominium towers draw drivers’ eyes south. They’re nicknamed the Marilyn Monroe towers thanks to pleasing curves you wouldn’t expect on structures that tall. Similar thoughts about curves struck me when I picked up the 2015 Infiniti Q50S Hybrid for a

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Quiet competence: the 2016 Acura ILX

Acura entices people to move up to its vehicles using its entry-level ILX, but there’s little about the ILX that’s “entry-level.” One drive in this vehicle is all it takes to figure this out.

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Driving con brio: the 2015 Fiat 500 Turbo Hatchback

Visiting family in Italy both as a child and an adult, I’ve ridden in my share of Fiats. I even drove my aunt’s Punto a couple of times. My cousins may lean towards Lancias and Volkswagens, but our parents favoured Fiats, those economy runabouts made for places

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Fun in the sun: the BMW 228i Cabriolet

When carmakers build facilities on large plots of land, they like the roads that lead to their facilities to bear their company names. BMW goes one better. Their offices north of Toronto aren’t located on “BMW Avenue.” They’re on – wait for it – Ultimate Drive. That’s

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Comfortable and droll: the Mazda CX-9

Approaching certain intersections back in August, the vehicle I was reviewing lowered the volume of my music (or “So Long, and Thanks For All The Fish,” a droll story in audiobook format by the late lamented Douglas Adams) and in its place emitted a series of beeps. Clearly

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A thinking person's UV: the 2015 Honda CR-V

Compact sport utility vehicles were first driven off auto dealer lots in the late 1990s. The baby siblings of lumbering SUVs that were taking over North American roads, these CUVs, or crossovers, retained much of the utility of larger vehicles while enabling drivers to do things like

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Vibrantly attractive: the 2015 Hyundai Accent

Sunflower Yellow. This colour made me chuckle when I saw it on the 2015 5-door Hyundai Accent I picked up from Hyundai’s offices north of Toronto one fine summer morning. For the record, Hyundai credibly describes the colour as “vibrant.” Here’s my impression: I had just spent several weeks

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Review: 2015 Honda Fit

Honda recently indulged my desire to try one of the snazziest four-door hatchbacks on the market today: the 2015 Honda Fit. The name so precisely matches Honda’s vision for this vehicle that I may stumble and write puns unwittingly throughout this review. I apologize for that in advance.

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