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The Mazda MX-5 was launched back in 1989 as the Miata, a name that has stuck with many enthusiasts some years after Mazda adopted alphanumeric designations for its products. The little roadster was developed by a group of people within Mazda who all…

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Most automakers involved in the SUV market have launched a compact crossover in recent model years and Toyota’s entry is the C-HR. These vehicles bring the SUV concept to buyers who need something that’s got many of the attributes on an SUV/crossover…

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The just-arriving 2020 Nissan Sentra places the company’s compact sedan on a higher plane altogether compared to what we’ve come to expect from this model over the years. Not only is the car an outstanding piece of styling, but it has substance to…

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Jeep hinted that it was going to bring us a Wrangler with a pickup box some time ago and off-road enthusiasts heralded the return of a configuration that many SUV makers have embraced over the years. Of course, there’s nothing new about an SUV…

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While the popularity of SUVs and crossovers can’t be denied, there are still a lot of buyers out there who prefer a sedan and to the dismay of many, some automakers are shedding sedan models so they can concentrate more fully on the hot SUV segment.…

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Jaguar’s major success with its F-Pace, E-Pace and I-Pace SUV/crossover lineup has prompted speculation on whether sports cars had any future in the company’s model portfolio. But Jaguar fans can now breathe a sigh of relief at the news that the…

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The Lexus ES is the upscale automaker’s midsize sedan and competes with products like the Mercedes-Benz C and E-Class, Audi A5 and A6 and the BMW 5-Series. It’s about the same size as a Toyota Camry and for many buyers who don’t want to go the SUV…

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There’s no more exalted name in the Ford portfolio than Mustang and any vehicle that’s even remotely linked to the famous nameplate is bound to be very well thought-out indeed. So when Ford announced its plans for an electric vehicle to be known…

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Long promised, a diesel version of the Jeep Wrangler is finally making its debut. Off-road enthusiasts in particular have been anxiously awaiting this vehicle as diesel power is especially sought-after for serious trail work. The power and torque…

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When it comes to inexpensive, entry-level, small cars, the market is not exactly packed with choices, but Mitsubishi is keeping the faith by not only continuing to offer its Mirage, but by bringing us an even better version for 2020. The new Mirage…

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The world’s best selling car, the Toyota Corolla, has been completely revised for 2020 with fresh new bodywork and a host of performance and convenience upgrades. When it comes to enhancing a car with the popularity of the Corolla, you can bet that…

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There’s no doubting the huge popularity of SUVs and crossovers in the Canadian auto market. And while style and “trendiness” have a lot to do with the success of any vehicle class, SUVs offer immense practicality and are with out doubt the Swiss Army…

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Mitsubishi’s Outlander plug-in hybrid (PHEV) has been a strong seller even before it arrived in Canada. It’s been the top seller in its class in Europe where competition is very strong with several excellent rivals for it to deal with. The vehicle…

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RICHMOND AUTO MALL WEBSITE OCTOBER 2019/TONY WHITNEY/2020 CHRYSLER PACIFICA MINIVAN Just about any vehicle buyer knows that minivans have been steamrollered by the ever-growing demand for SUVs and crossovers, but it can’t be denied that for so many…

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Despite a certain amount of controversy surrounding diesels in recent years, this type of power unit remains a highly desirable asset, especially when it comes to pickup trucks with demanding work to be tackled. For many pickup buyers, it’s the only…

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The cost of owning a new car has certainly climbed in recent years, but for thrifty buyers, there’s still a model with a sticker price of under $10,500 – the Nissan Micra. The Mexican-built Micra, which is not sold in the US, is small and light…

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Movie buffs will likely argue until the end of time as to which film car chase was the most exciting, but most agree that the Mustang/Charger pursuit in Bullitt is right up with best of them. For those who don’t know the movie, the chase involves…

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Nobody could deny the huge popularity of SUVs and crossovers, the sales of which now greatly outnumber those of sedans. Although many automakers can lay claim to pioneering the SUV concept, including Land Rover and Ford, most auto industry analysts…

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Originally launched back in 2001, the MDX is Acura’s entry into the highly competitive midsize luxury crossover segment. It’s always been a major seller for the Honda luxury division, partly because many rivals do not offer three-row seating.…

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The Toyota Highlander has always been a great choice for families needing an SUV/crossover a little roomier than the compact products in this class. Available configured for seven or eight passengers, the three-row truck can easily handle a large…

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Ever since it was introduced, the Mazda3 has been the Hiroshima automaker’s top sedan, rarely outsold even by Mazda’s popular range of crossovers and SUVs. The car was a major success from the first day it appeared at the dealerships and has remained…

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It’s seven years since Ford dropped its Ranger compact pickup in North America and it would be an understatement to say that the product has been sorely missed by buyers who need the practicality of a pickup, but don’t want to opt for one of the…

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It’s interesting how the Hyundai SUV/crossover lineup has grown in recent times after many years with just two products to choose from. The Korean automaker hadn’t quite got all segments covered though, but that will soon be put to rights with the…

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For the 2020 model year, Lexus is bringing us what it describes as a “lighter, more capable and more eye-catching” RC F coupe. Also arriving will be a Track Edition that adds performance and lightness for serious sports car enthusiasts. These 2020…

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The Ford Explorer has long been a kind of benchmark for SUV design in North America, so when the automaker plans an all-new model, it handles the process very carefully indeed. For 2020, a new Explorer is coming our way and as expected, it includes a…

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Heavy-duty pickups are major workhorses, suited to seriously demanding applications and very much professional tools, rather than recreational trucks. All the volume pickup manufacturers feature an HD in their lineups and the latest to arrive on the…

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Few luxury carmakers have a more comprehensive range of vehicles than Mercedes-Benz, but until now, it’s never launched a rival to Porsche’s Panamera 4-door sports car. For 2019, the challenge is finally being taken up with the exciting new…

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With so much media attention focused on electric and hybrid vehicles these days, it’s easy to forget that there are several excellent subcompact cars on the market that offer amazing fuel economy from highly efficient and economical gasoline engines.…

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After an intensive six months of judging, the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid was named ‘Best EV in Canada’ by the highly regarded Automobile Journalists Association of Canada. The vehicle has won many awards since it first appeared and the AJAC…

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Not too long ago, it would have been hard to imagine Jaguar producing any kind of SUV, but it now markets several, the latest of which is the I-Pace battery electric crossover. Like many rivals, Jaguar is planning on an all-electric future so the…

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One of the major benefits of owning a VW vehicle is that the company doesn’t make major changes every couple of years. As a result, a new VW stays “current” for many years and since VW takes a conservative approach to styling, even models from two…

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For 2018, Nissan re-imagined its 370Z sports coupe with a wide range of upgrades and these are carried over to 2019 – with some added enhancements. What has NOT been enhanced is the base price, which stays unchanged for the fourth year running at…

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First launched almost 20 years ago, the Highlander is Toyota’s entry in the highly competitive mid-size SUV/crossover class. It’s larger than the RAV4, but not quite as big as Toyota’s full-size Sequoia and competes with rivals like the Jeep Grand…

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Mercedes-Benz is launching new models almost monthly these days and sometimes, it’s not easy to keep up. But with such a broad range, the famed Stuttgart automaker is bound to have something new for us on a very regular basis. The most recent…

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Acura’s RDX has long been one of the most popular products in the premium compact SUV/crossover segment and deservedly so. It combines everything the luxury SUV buyer could want in one of the most attractive packages in the industry. The RDX has…

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The Dodge Charger has always sat firmly in the “muscle car” category and there’s been one in the Dodge lineup since 1966, thrilling drivers for whom power is the number one priority. The model has had something of a public persona too, being featured…

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Just when we thought Mercedes-Benz had every imaginable market segment well covered, along comes an all-new model that makes a welcome debut in the compact luxury class. It’s the new A-Class and it fits into the entry-level slot in the extensive…

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Just about everyone knows that the Ford F-series pickup truck is not only the best selling vehicle in Canada, but also the world’s top selling vehicle of any kind. Even in times when gas prices deter many people from buying large vehicles, the…

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Jaguar’s medium-sized F-Pace, its first foray into the SUV market, has been a big success and the last time we checked, it was the top selling model from the famed UK automaker. It’s a very logical move, then, to follow up with a compact SUV as this…

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Honda’s entry in the competitive subcompact hatchback market is the Fit, now in it’s third generation and boasting a mid-cycle refresh for 2018. Automakers commonly update their products during a particular model’s usual four-year cycle and this…

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Subcompact crossovers have become a popular choice for many buyers who like the idea of an SUV-type vehicle, but don’t want anything with too large a ‘footprint.’ Certainly, subcompact crossovers tick that particular box, though shopping for one…

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The Toyota Corolla was introduced way back in 1966 and gained so much customer support over the years it’s now listed as the best selling car in the world. Although SUVs and crossovers of all shapes and sizes are hugely popular, there are lots of…

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Compact and mid-size SUV/crossovers are the most popular vehicle types in Canada, but for some buyers, there’s nothing to beat a full-size rig in this class. It may be because of a large family, demanding business usage or substantial towing…

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When it comes to compact crossovers, most people would agree that the Toyota RAV4 is an icon and something of a benchmark for manufacturers entering this exceptionally intensive market. In recent years, compact crossovers have become probably the…

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At the very pinnacle of Acura’s model range sits the RLX Sport Hybrid. Putting the NSX supercar aside, it’s the most expensive Acura you can buy. The advanced technology alone puts this sedan ahead of the pack in many ways and it might well establish…

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Volkswagen has been building vehicles in the US since the 1970s, but never anything quite as big as the new 2018 Atlas SUV/crossover. Responding to customer demands in the booming SUV segment, VW has added the vehicle to please buyers who want three…

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It’s no surprise that the Lexus RX series is the best-selling model in the extensive lineup of Toyota’s luxury division. For so many buyers of luxury SUVs, it’s just the right size – neither too small for family usage nor too large to create parking…

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There is perhaps nothing more fascinating in the auto industry than manufacturers re-introducing models that were a big hit many years before. And when it comes to reprising an iconic model nobody does it better than Ford with its many variations on…

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Jaguar has confirmed its commitment to electric vehicles with the announcement of plans for the I-PACE electric SUV, but there’s another model in the works that sports car enthusiasts will find even more exciting because it’s based on an iconic…

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Hyundai’s Veloster sports coupe was something of a sensation when it first appeared in 2011. The styling was highly innovative and seemed to pick up cues from any rival. Nothing else out there looks anything like a Veloster so for buyers who want…

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The B-Class is one of those uncommon vehicle configurations – a luxury subcompact – and is one of the most affordable ways to join the Mercedes-Benz family of cars, SUV’s and crossovers. Introduced in 2005 as a sports compact tourer, it has been…

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Toyota’s Avalon sedan has long been something of a hidden treasure in the company’s lineup. A luxury vehicle that sits at the very top of Toyota’s model range, the Avalon often gets upstaged by Lexus at that end of the market, but the car has always…

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As almost everybody knows, the legendary Jeep started life as a General Purpose or GP workhorse for military applications in WW2 and that’s likely where the name “Jeep” came from in the first place (though there are other theories). Military…

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It’s generally true that even modestly powered pickup trucks can haul surprising amounts of cargo over unbelievably rugged terrain, but there are many cases where demanding work roles are best tackled with as much power as possible. It’s for…

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Honda’s Odyssey has always been among the ‘aristocrats’ of the minivan world with its wide range of features, even in base configuration, plus the company’s acclaimed fit and finish quality and numerous luxury touches. The 2018 model brings even…

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Even a brief glance at sales figures for SUVs and crossovers will reveal that the volume sellers are mostly in the compact or medium class. Full size luxury SUVs are not as widely popular, but there are lots of families and individuals around who…

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One of the best ways to evaluate a pickup is to use it for the purpose for which it was designed and with a house move under way; I was able to do just that recently with a 2018 Ford F-150 Lariat. I have to say right off the mark that this truck…

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The Mercedes-Benz S-class is a car that typifies the large luxury sedan segment and it’s frequently been listed as the world’s best-selling car in its class. Cars in this class don’t get a full model change that often and there’s no reason why…

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For some years, Volkswagen’s entry in the popular compact sport utility/crossover segment has been the Tiguan and it’s been a strong and steady seller. For 2018, a second-generation variant has been launched and it’s roomier and more powerful than…

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It’s a point I’ve been making for many years, but hatchback body designs are always a better bet for people who carry bulky loads from time to time. Sedans are all very well, but fold the rear seatback down in even a small hatchback like the Toyota…

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If there’s one thing that’s highly desirable in a heavy-duty pickup it’s lots of torque, so how about a rig with 930 lb.-ft.? That’s what buyers of the 2018 Ram 3500 Heavy Duty will get and it’s no surprise that’s it’s the highest torque rating ever…

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Acura’s RDX falls into the compact SUV/crossover segment and in Honda’s luxury division, it’s a size below the larger MDX. Looking at the market as a whole, there are basically four SUV sizes out there now subcompact, compact, mid-sized and…

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Looking at what the Honda Accord embodied when it first appeared in 1976 is very much a study in contrasts. The first Accord was a tiny car and vastly different to the largish sedan we’ve become used to in recent years. Even so, it was very highly…

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One of the most interesting aspects of testing an all-new vehicle is watching the reactions of people you encounter, most of whom will never have seen that particular model before. Reactions are naturally very wide indeed, ranging from total…

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There’s no doubting the huge popularity of SUVs and crossovers and that’s where so much of the action can be found these days in the auto industry. Even so, there are still lots of buyers around who prefer a sedan, especially in the full-size…

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There’s no better way to find out all about a new model than to drive it enthusiastically over familiar, if remote, roads with a few new routes thrown in. That’s what I did recently with the new Mercedes-Benz E 400 Coupe 4MATIC around western and…

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Every now and again, I like to get my hands on a commercial vehicle. After all, these rigs are the lifelines of our delivery systems for all kinds of goods and produce and without them, it would be a very different world. In recent times, there’s…

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The widely popular Ford Explorer has been with us since 1990 and is now in its fifth generation, so few vehicles in this class are quite as well developed. In the US, it’s been the best-selling SUV for an amazing 25 years. In its early years, you…

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When Toyota decided to quietly drop its Scion line of vehicles there was some disappointment among buyers who thought the offshoot had some very worthwhile models in its range. Thankfully, two Scions have been subtly transferred to the Toyota range…

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It was rumoured for a long time that Jaguar was working on a sports sedan sized like such competitors as the Lexus IS, Audi A4, Mercedes C-Class, BMW 3-Series and one or two others. This is a hot-selling segment in the auto industry and it’s good to…

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You can buy an off-road capable 4X4 for a surprisingly reasonable price if you look around, but when it comes to getting involved in serious trail-bashing activity involving very steep grades, loose rock, ford-crossing and deep sand, the choice…

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When Toyota decided to retire its Scion brand there was a lot of concern over what would happen to some of the stars of the lineup, cars like the FR-S sports coupe. Thankfully, one of the survivors was the FR-S, which has appeared in the Toyota range…

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Every now and again I get my hands on a car that hits the mark so impressively it makes me want to mortgage my home and get one of my own. Such a model was the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe S that I’ve been driving for a while. The C63 in this guise…

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One of the “hazards” about being an automotive journalist is that you never quite what you’ll be driving next and because of often-tight test vehicle scheduling, you’re not really able to pick and choose. All too often when the weather is wintery,…

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Last time I reviewed a Mazda6 a few years back, I said that it was often overlooked by intermediate sedan buyers and that it was one of those rare automobiles that could enjoy twice the usual four-year model run and still look good. Even so, the Zoom…

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Years ago, even before its fairly short period of Ford ownership, Jaguar, management made it quite clear that the famed British carmaker would never build an SUV. It was “not Jaguar’s thing” and the very idea of offering such a vehicle, rather than…

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Lexus gives its customers an amazingly wide range of products to choose from in every configuration. Compact luxury SUVs are often a gap in auto builders’ model ranges, but not at Lexus where the NX model is offered with both conventional (2.0-litre…

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Honda introduced its Ridgeline sport utility truck in 2005 as a 2006 model and it was something of a sensation at the time, being the only pickup class vehicle Honda had ever offered in North America. The first generation truck has had a very lengthy…

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Nissan’s Pathfinder has undergone a major workover for 2017 and the occasion prompts a look at the history of this very long-lived SUV. It’s been in the marketplace for more than 30 years and was one of the pioneers of the most popular vehicle…

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The Touareg is Volkswagen’s largest SUV and is a distant relative of the Porsche Cayenne as the vehicles were jointly developed by the two allied German automakers. Although it carries a VW badge and not the famed shield of Porsche, it’s nonetheless…

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For 2017, Hyundai has introduced an all-new Elantra, a product that long been very popular in Canada with tens of thousands on the road going back several generations. Part of its popularity is linked to its “ideal” size. It’s not too large and…

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An all-new Honda CR-V is an important event for the Canadian market. This compact crossover has always been very popular in Canada and has been a leading product in its class right from the first model back in 1995. The fifth generation 2017 CR-V…

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Among the pure sports car models offered by Mercedes-Benz, the SLC 43 is “entry level,” but don’t get any ideas about this being some kind of poor relation in the family. The SLC, especially in the AMG guise my tester featured, is fast, nimble and…

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The Audi Q7 is the pinnacle of the German automaker’s SUV/crossover lineup and as such, it’s lavishly equipped, superbly finished, notably powerful and features the company’s near-legendary Quattro all-wheel drive. This is a large, roomy SUV with…

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The Hyundai Santa Fe is a mid-sized SUV and the largest in this class produced by the Korean automaker. It originally appeared in 2000 and the current model is the third generation of the product and was launched in 2014. I recently drove a 2017…

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Pickup trucks are immensely popular in North America, both for work and for recreational use, and prices can vary widely as one might expect. There are basic ‘work special’ versions of most trucks that have no frills at all and come with rubber floor…

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There’s a brand-new Acura dealership at the Richmond Auto Mall, but the store is no stranger to Richmond, having operated on #3 Road for 30 years. In fact, Richmond Acura was the Honda luxury division’s very first dealership in Canada. The business…

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Toyota has an amazing range of vehicles of all kinds and many of them are top sellers in their segments, but one product that’s often overlooked by people shopping the large semi-luxury sedan market is the Avalon, which offers just about everything…

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The Honda Fit is a subcompact hatchback and on a worldwide basis, one of Honda’s best-selling vehicles. It’s been around now since 2001, but it was 2006 before the car made its North American debut. It’s built in eight countries and so far, Honda has…

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Looking at Lexus’ very extensive range of luxury vehicles, it’s hard to spot any gaps there, but the highly regarded Japanese manufacturer has found one and is filling it for 2017 with the new LC500. Don’t look for one at OpenRoad Richmond Lexus just…

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A flagship Jaguar is always going to be something very special and the 2016 XJ L is just that – an opulent, comfortable, speedy and beautifully built automobile from one of the world’s most prestigious luxury car builders. It’s the biggest car…

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The Ford Flex has always been something of a standout in the fullsize crossover field. For starters, it doesn’t look like anything else out there. It’s low and sleek and its stance on the road makes it appear a foot lower than most other large…

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Hyundai has been well established in Canada for many years now and after making a start with fairly basic economy cars like the Pony and Stellar, it gradually started building more ambitious vehicles and established a name as a manufacturer of…

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Volkswagen’s Jetta sedan has been around for many years after starting life back in 1979 as more or less a “Golf with a trunk.” Since then it’s acquired a character of its own and many people would never know that it uses Golf running gear and much…

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The long-lived Volkswagen Golf dates back to 1974 and is possibly the most imitated small car in automotive history with countless automakers coming up with versions of their own. It’s hard to believe today that it was VW that virtually created the…

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For many years, Mercedes-Benz has been almost the only luxury car manufacturer to include in its range a two-door coupe based on a large sedan. The reasons many makers shy away from this layout is the belief that most buyers want four doors when they…

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Lexus’ answer to demand for a performance-oriented compact sports sedan is the IS 350 F Sport, which is around the same size as an Audi A4, Mercedes C-Class or BMW 3 Series. Fast cars in this class have always been favourites for me, especially if…

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Mercedes-Benz has one of the widest luxury SUV/crossover ranges in the industry and at almost any given time, one or another of them is being superseded by an all-new model. For 2016, it’s the turn of the GLK to fade away, replaced by the new GLC.…

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Toyota’s Yaris sedan is this automaker’s entry in the subcompact market, a segment that’s very strong with younger first-time buyers and also among older folk, possibly retired, who don’t need a large car anymore. The Yaris may be small, but it’s…

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The new Honda HR-V falls into one of the fastest-growing segments in the auto industry, that of subcompact crossovers. Right now there aren’t many rivals to the HR-V in terms of size, but you can bet that there’ll be lots in the years ahead. The…