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Motoring: Subaru Outback

Subaru Outback 2.0D SE Premium Lineartronic AWD
“It’s too big, I can’t drive it,” says my wife when she tries to drive the Subaru Outback. True, it is a large vehicle. But if given the chance it exceeds expectations. Because here we have an estate that boasts a massive boot, large enough (once the retractable cover is removed) for all the stuff that the Saunders family regularly travels with: two pushchairs, travel cot, luggage and lots of food. And there’s still room to change my young son’s nappy. But the great thing is that when behind the wheel the driver forgets that it’s an estate car.

By Tim Saunders - Friday, April 6, 2018 - Full Story

Honda brings Clarity to the plug-in hybrid market

Honda brings Clarity to the plug-in hybrid market
It’s loud. It’s whiny. Its interfaces are incoherent. But it’ll help you save the world, and you might be able to make other people help you pay for it!
It’s Honda’s new Clarity, in this case a plug-in hybrid model. Honda calls it the newest member of their “completely redesigned lineup,” even though it sports exactly the same dashboard abomination – as in no knobs for tuning the stereo or tuning the volume up or down - that the company is finally moving away from with its new Accord and other models.


Mustang Bullitt looks like more than just a fun movie tie in

Mustang Bullitt looks like more than just a fun movie tie in
It’s green and powerful, and it isn’t the Incredible Hulk. Instead, it’s the new Bullitt edition of Ford’s legendary pony car, the Mustang. And it looks like it’ll be a heckuva ride!

By Jim Bray - Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - Full Story

Electric Vehicles Beware: Customers Prefer SUVs and Pick-Ups

Electric Vehicles Beware: Customers Prefer SUVs and Pick-UpsSUVs and crossovers made up more than one in three cars sold globally last year—almost tripling their share from just a decade ago.

By Institute for Energy Research - Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - Full Story

Hyundai Elantra GT Sport – a bargain hot hatch?

Hyundai Elantra GT Sport – a bargain hot hatch?
South Korean carmakers have come a long way in a relatively short time. And they’ve earned their current success by offering cars that are built well, competitive in price and even more competitive in features.

By Jim Bray - Saturday, March 17, 2018 - Full Story

‘Electric-ish’ BMW X5 is a fine ride that could save you some premium fuel

'Electric-ish' BMW X5 is a fine ride that could save you some premium fuel
BMW’s first SUV - though they refer to it as an SAV - has been given the plug-in hybrid treatment and the result is a large utility (er, Activity, in BMW-speak) vehicle that might even save you some gas money.

By Jim Bray - Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - Full Story

The 2018 Canadian Car of the Year is a Honda - and the Best Utility Vehicle is a minivan

Honda's all-new Accord sedan
Looks like Honda might be wise to buy a bigger display case to hold all the international awards its new Accord is receiving.

That’s because, after being named 2018 North American Car of the Year at the car show in Detroit, as well as scoring its way onto the Car & Driver 10 Best Cars list yet again (for about the 1,000th time) Honda’s all-new Accord sedan has won the 2018 Canadian Car of the Year award, presented under the auspices of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC).

By Jim Bray - Sunday, February 18, 2018 - Full Story

Canadian Car of the Year gets down to the best of the best

Mazda CX-9
The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada’s Best Car award is now down to three finalists.

Well, six, technically - but that’s a pretty steep winnowing from the 182 vehicles that were eligible for this year’s Canadian Car of the Year Awards. And it means there are now only three contenders (or a contender and two pretenders?) for the titles of Canadian Car of the Year and the Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year.

By Jim Bray - Sunday, February 11, 2018 - Full Story

What can you get in a great sports car for under $35,000?  Quite a lot!

What can you get in a great sports car for under $35,000?  Quite a lot!
What would you do if you found yourself with an extra $35,000 burning a hole in your pocket? Would you give it to charity, buy stocks or other investments, or maybe just blow it on a four wheeled toy?

A good friend of mine, Blair, posed that query to me a couple of days ago and it got me thinking about what I’d do in such a situation if I didn’t have to consult with anyone about how (or if…) it should be spent.

By Jim Bray - Thursday, February 1, 2018 - Full Story

Americans’ most reliable cars are mostly Japanese - and Canada’s best new car gets a step closer

Americans' most reliable cars are mostly Japanese - and Canada's  best new car gets a step closer
What do Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Subaru and Volkswagen all have in common? They were named to the list of the 15 cars that American consumers keep the longest before putting them out to pasture.

By Jim Bray - Monday, January 29, 2018 - Full Story

Hot on the heels of new Star Wars comes the return of the Jetta

Hot on the heels of new Star Wars comes the return of the Jetta
One of my favourite sedans is about to be reborn and if initial pictures are any indication it will be an interesting step forward.

That car is the Volkswagen Jetta, which until this new generation basically resembled a Golf with a trunk (not that there’s anything wrong with that). The new generation is not only redesigned, but VW says it also features a transferrable six year, 72,000 mile New Vehicle Limited Warranty.

By Jim Bray - Sunday, January 21, 2018 - Full Story

Gorilla Glass debuts in car windshields

Gorilla Glass debuts in car windshields
Chemically toughened glass already keeps cell phone screens (mostly) crack-free, and now this type of glass is starting to make its mark in the auto industry in car windshields.

By American Chemical Society - Friday, January 19, 2018 - Full Story

Looking for a good minivan? You Odyssey Honda’s entry

Looking for a good minivan? You Odyssey Honda's entry
It may be a bad pun, but the headline above is a good piece of advice if you’re one of the people thinking about making the move to a new minivan.

By Jim Bray - Saturday, January 13, 2018 - Full Story

Motoring: Peugeot 3008

Motoring: Peugeot 3008
When I take delivery of the Peugeot 3008 SUV (sports utility vehicle) I have a schedule planned. It is going to Chichester, only 30 minutes from home, down the M27 and after that a more gruelling trip to Cornwall, some 240 miles away. This should give me a good idea of what this vehicle is about. Throw into the mix a trio of trouble: Harriett (6), Heidi (4) and Henry (1).

By Tim Saunders - Saturday, January 13, 2018 - Full Story

GM thanks taxpayers for bailout by introducing car with no steering wheel so they can die in it

GM thanks taxpayers for bailout by introducing car with no steering wheel so they can die in it
Trends come and trends go. People jump on completely insane ideas because everyone else is jumping on them. I get it. It’s been that way since the dawn of time. Pet rocks. Lava lamps. Halter tops. Pink Floyd. All kinds of things become things because - for whatever reason - a few people decide to ride them and everyone else follows, until it’s time to jump off and jump on something else.

By Dan Calabrese - Friday, January 12, 2018 - Full Story

Americans must be free to buy vehicles that meet their needs!

Americans must be free to buy vehicles that meet their needs!

By Guest Column -- Eric Peters- Thursday, December 28, 2017 - Full Story

All-new Camry aims to please everyone - and it just may!

All-new Camry aims to please everyone - and it just may!

By Jim Bray - Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - Full Story

Motoring: Fiat Tipo Station Wagon

Motoring: Fiat Tipo Station Wagon

By Tim Saunders - Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - Full Story

New Honda Accord a major step backwards - and that’s a good thing!

New Honda Accord a major step backwards - and that's a good thing!

By Jim Bray - Monday, December 11, 2017 - Full Story

Mazda CX-3 manual - a low end SUV that’s plenty of fun

Mazda CX-3 manual - a low end SUV that's plenty of fun

By Jim Bray - Sunday, December 3, 2017 - Full Story