Mazda’s new small SUV’s a real winner
By Jim Bray Thursday, July 23, 2015
Chalk up another hit for the “Zoom-Zoom” folk, if there’s any justice left in the world. That’s because Mazda’s brand new CX-3 SUV/crossover is a terrific vehicle that should compete well in its market niche. It’s a fun little beastie that, like most Mazdas, is a relative blast to drive.
Big Ram truck a big hauler for big people
By Jim Bray Thursday, July 16, 2015
The 2015 Ram 2500 Power Wagon is one heck of a truck, big and powerful and equipped very well. It’s also so high off the ground that shorter folks might find it a real chore getting in and out of it.
Subaru Impreza PZEV - surprising fun despite lack of oomph
By Jim Bray Friday, July 10, 2015
It’s no STI - or even a WRX, but the 2015 Subaru Impreza PZEV can still be a reasonably compelling drive despite its uninteresting power plant.
Mazda6 gets a 2016 update but same ‘Zoom-Zoom’
By Jim Bray Friday, July 3, 2015
After debuting to much hullaballoo from enthusiasts, the Mazda6 sedan has soldiered on in near anonymity in its current generation - I see oodles of 3’s on the road but it’s rare to see a 6 around here, and that’s a darn shame because the 6 is pretty well everything the 3 is, but bigger (though no hatchback or V6, alas).
By Tim Saunders Wednesday, July 1, 2015
“It’s surprising how large the CR-V is if it’s correctly packed,” smirks my wife as we head away from Suffolk.
Lincoln MKC a small but major step forward for automaker
By Jim Bray Thursday, June 25, 2015
If you’ve been wondering where Lincoln has gone, you may not be alone.
Mercedes and Lexus offer very different takes on little wagons
By Jim Bray Thursday, June 18, 2015
One’s a turbo, the other’s a hybrid, and both of these “little wagons” offers car buyers an interesting if not completely satisfying driving experience.
Kia Sportage offers good power, features, value
By Jim Bray Thursday, June 11, 2015
It doesn’t have a lot that’s new for 2015, but Kia’s Sportage “cute ute” SUV/crossover remains a compelling and competitive model in this crowded market niche.
Road test: Peugeot RCZ
By Tim Saunders Wednesday, June 3, 2015
It has become apparent that sports cars are a young person’s game.
Jaguar XJ sedan a classy and engaging beast
By Jim Bray Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Visiting southern Ontario is made much more palatable when you have a great car in which to do it. And to that end, Jaguar’s magnificent XJ sedan certainly did more than its part to coddle and entertain my automotive and aesthetic sensibilities during a recent trip to the so-called centre of the universe.
Mercedes-Benz shows off its remarkably capable 4x4 Sprinter
By Jim Bray Friday, May 8, 2015
It’s a utility vehicle a mudder can love!
Entry level Honda gets an annoying update
By Jim Bray Friday, May 8, 2015
The Honda Fit is a great little car – inexpensive and decent to drive. Unfortunately, it has also been tweaked for 2015 in a manner sure to bother its front seat passengers, if not its drivers.
Motoring: Volvo V60
By Tim Saunders Wednesday, April 29, 2015
It is possible to make a sporty and stylish estate car.
Toyota Prius c and v offer fuel economy, low emissions and not much else
By Jim Bray Friday, April 24, 2015
It’s hard to argue that Toyota’s Prius family has been the most successful crop of hybrid cars since Honda first inflicted the Insight on the world more than a decade ago.
Acura TLX: blending two cars into a different type of hybrid
By Jim Bray Thursday, April 16, 2015
Take two long in the tooth Japanese luxury sports sedans and toss them into a blender and what do you get? A single replacement that takes bits of both parents and puts them into an attractive new package.