Posts Tagged automotive

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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The sure-footed Mazda CX-5

Driving home from a Christmas party one snowy Saturday night, my girlfriend and I approached a traffic light at the bottom of a valley. The light turned green as we approached, but I still had to brake since the upward slope past the light made the vehicles

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Right fit in the Mazda6

I didn’t expect the 2014 Mazda6 GT to roar when I pushed the engine start button, but the quiet that met my ears once I did so left me wondering why it sounded so civilized. It wasn’t hybrid-start quiet, but I expected more of an announcement that the

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The stylin' Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

While I appreciate great style in all sorts of matters, from clothes to gadgets to cars, I inevitably choose practicality, even if it trumps style. You can have both – well, almost – in the 2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid.

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Heritage, then and now, of the Ford Mustang

One fine fall Friday, I backed into my old neighbor Ralph’s driveway and rang his doorbell. He opened his door to see me leaning against the rear fender of a 2014 “gotta-have-it-green” Ford Mustang with the top down. “Wanna go for a spin?” I asked. He quickly

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Fun with a shifty Subaru Forester

Little of what I learn about automobiles surprises me. That said, I wouldn’t expect to find paddle shifters in a SUV, compact or otherwise. Yet that’s exactly what I did find in a 2014 Subaru Forester XT. At first I was surprised. Then, I was pleased, and

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Learning Ford C-MAX in-car technology

My girlfriend and I enjoyed glorious weather one late September weekend at a friend’s cottage in Lion’s Head, Ontario, partway up the Bruce Peninsula. She also liked the trip back home – in the passenger seat. “You know, this is a comfortable car,” she told me, “after

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Smarts that cars can use

I sometimes hear grumbling about all the knickknacks carmakers jam into new vehicles. While I agree they can seem like too much to pay attention to, sometimes the extra electronics are worth considering.

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