Lots of choices for Kia EV6 all-electric crossover

The Kia EV6 will be popular as Canadian drivers make the move to all-electric vehicles

Lots of choices for Kia EV6 all-electric crossoverThe first dedicated all-electric vehicle from Kia is the EV6. Designed from the ground up as an electric-only vehicle, the EV6 shares a platform with corporate relatives, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and the Genesis GV60. Although these three models have some related underpinnings, they each are distinctive. The Genesis GV60 is ultra-luxurious, the Ioniq 5…

Buying used: 2010-14 Ridgeline as much an SUV as a pick-up

Consumer Reports loved the Ridgeline

Buying used: 2010-14 Ridgeline as much an SUV as a pick-upThe adage: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” applies in spades to the Honda Ridgeline, which from 2010 up to at least 2014 was essentially unchanged in appearance, drivetrain layout, comfort level, and function. The Ridgeline was never intended to be a working truck in the same way as, oh, a Ford F-150 or…

All-electric Genesis G80 is a safe, quiet, luxurious drive

The luxury, handling, and safety features make the G80 a great ride

All-electric Genesis G80 is a safe, quiet, luxurious driveIf you’re looking for a large, luxury sedan that is all-electric, the Genesis Electrified G80 is the newest one on the market, introduced last June. I recently test drove two different Electrified G80s, and the more I drove them, the more impressed I was. They’re quiet, luxurious and fast. While some automakers have unique names…

Mustang Mach-E puts the jolt in electric car driving

A well-thought-out, highly-driveable two-door hatchback that, if you can find the scratch, goes like a bat out of hell

Mustang Mach-E puts the jolt in electric car drivingThe British Columbia government just announced it’s increasing rebates to those who purchase electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. This is good news, as the biggest obstacle to electric car ownership is the high initial cost. At this point, all-electric cars are pretty much available to those with a few extra dollars to spend. But drivers…

Buying used: Nissan Altima Coupe well appointed, economical

Hitting the market in 2008 and discontinued in early 2013, it was and is one of the more stylish cars on the road

Buying used: Nissan Altima Coupe well appointed, economicalIt may look like the Altima sedan but the Altima Coupe, according to Nissan, is a different vehicle in almost every way. Hitting the market in 2008 and discontinued in early 2013, it was and is one of the more stylish cars on the road – nice to look at from just about every angle.…

Lexus NX 450h+ plug-in hybrid offers luxurious, economical ride

Lexus NX 450h+ offers a smooth and luxurious ride in the very popular compact crossover market

Lexus NX 450h+ plug-in hybrid offers luxurious, economical rideAutomakers are adding electric and hybrid vehicles to their lineups as consumers look for products that use less gas and reduce emissions. The first plug-in hybrid from Lexus is the NX 450h+. Like some other Lexus models, it’s essentially a dressed-up Toyota. The NX 450h+ compact luxury crossover shares a powertrain with the Toyota RAV4…

The stylish, all-electric Volvo C40 Recharge

Volvo has a lot riding on the C40 as it begins the transition to offering only fully electric vehicles by 2030

The stylish, all-electric Volvo C40 RechargeVolvo’s first pure electric crossover is the Volvo C40 Recharge P8 AWD. Although it’s a new model, the C40 shares many components with the boxier XC40 Recharge all-electric model. There are two main differences. First, the C40 is electric only, while the XC40 is available with either a gas engine or an all-electric powertrain. Also,…

Ford Explorer Timberline as much limo as SUV

This is a people-carrier par excellence and is amazingly quiet on the highway

Ford Explorer Timberline as much limo as SUVWith the price of gas hovering around the two bucks a litre mark in most of the country, does it make sense to buy one of the more gas-thirsty vehicles on the market? I'm talking about full and mid-size SUVs models like – oh – the Toyota Sequoia, Chev Suburban, Jeep Wagoneer, and so on.…

Genesis GV60 an innovative all-electric crossover

The GV60 has plenty of unique features that put it well above its Hyundai and Kia relatives

Genesis GV60 an innovative all-electric crossoverThe first Genesis model with a dedicated all-electric platform is the GV60, a high-end compact crossover. Genesis is the luxury brand for Hyundai. While the GV60 shares some underpinnings with the related Hyundai Ioniq 5 and the Kia EV6, it has plenty of unique features that put it well above its Hyundai and Kia relatives.…

Buying used: 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring holds up well

The hatchback body configuration is just about as versatile as you can get in this market

Buying used: 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring holds up wellHyundai’s 2012 edition of the Elantra Touring was kind of an in-between vehicle. The hatchback entered the North American market for the first time in 2009 but received a complete overhaul in 2011. Hyundai was quick to point out that the Touring was not just the Elantra sedan with a different body configuration. It was…

High gas prices hurting? That’s exactly what Trudeau wants

Hardworking Canadians are going to have to drag this government kicking and screaming to get any relief at the pumps

High gas prices hurting? That’s exactly what Trudeau wantsBy Franco Terrazzano and Kris Sims The Trudeau Liberals must be patting themselves on the back every time they pass a gas station; after all, these unaffordable pump prices are precisely what they want. Inflation hasn’t been this high since the Pierre Elliot Trudeau government back in the early 80s. Canadians are struggling to afford…

Researcher aims to squeeze extra life out of lithium ion batteries

Improving charge capacity could offer big advantages for manufacturers and consumers

Researcher aims to squeeze extra life out of lithium ion batteriesCruising down the highway in an electric car, who wouldn’t want to squeeze a few hundred extra kilometres out of a single battery charge? University of Alberta researcher Jasper Woodard is hoping to achieve just that. He’s working to improve a particular component in the lithium-ion batteries that power electric vehicles (EVs) – and everyday…

Ford Maverick Hybrid has plenty going for it – if you can find one

The 2022 Maverick doesn't sport any weird idiosyncrasies. Mainstream ergonomics all the way

Ford Maverick Hybrid has plenty going for it – if you can find oneDoes the world need another pickup truck? Virtually every manufacturer on the market has a light truck on offer. Sometimes it seems like every other vehicle is a pickup of some sort. Light truck sales in Canada are as healthy as ever, despite ridiculous gas prices, a looming recession and the high cost of living.…

Buying used: Kia Sportage revived in 2012 to mixed results

The Sportage sits five adults in relative comfort. If you fold down the seat, you get a reasonably flat floor

Buying used: Kia Sportage revived in 2012 to mixed resultsThe Kia Sportage was into its third overhaul in 2012, including a major facelift and a larger four-cylinder engine. The first generation of Sportage, introduced to North America in 1993, had a less than stellar reputation. Despite featuring body-on-frame construction, with significant engineering input from Mazda, its various shortcomings almost finished Kia’s foray into SUV…

Mazda CX-30 for 2022 is familiar and functional

Mazda has mastered the art of building innocuous, practical family transport, and CX-30 is right on target

Mazda CX-30 for 2022 is familiar and functionalCar manufacturers sometimes market their products in a confusing way. In the old days, it was called “badge engineering,” where one model would be gussied up or slightly altered and sold as something else – even though it was virtually identical to the vehicle it was based on. The Oldsmobile Cutlass, for example, was sold…

F1 driver Sebastian Vettel’s oil sands criticism rife with hypocrisy

Car racing relies on oil and gas. Canada should be the choice supplier, rather than nations like Saudi Arabia

F1 driver Sebastian Vettel’s oil sands criticism rife with hypocrisyGerman Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel sat on a podium in Montreal last week in gear emblazoned with his sponsor logos – including Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) oil giant Saudi Aramco, owned by the tyranny state of Saudi Arabia – and told reporters that Alberta’s oil sands is “criminal.” He had arrived earlier…

Buying used: Toyota Camry from 2010 to 2012 won’t disappoint

Available with either a four-cylinder or V6 engine, this generation was offered in a variety of trim levels

Buying used: Toyota Camry from 2010 to 2012 won’t disappointThere wasn’t much to separate the Toyota Camry between 2010 and 2012, aside from minor styling cues and options packages. These were all pretty good years for Toyota’s mid-size sedan, and it maintained its reputation as one of the more reliable cars on the road. Available with either a four-cylinder or V6 engine, with a…

Ford Lightning comes to stranded Tesla owners rescue

The battery on the Lightning is strong enough to actually charge other electric vehicles, including stranded Tesla owners

Ford Lightning comes to stranded Tesla owners rescueIt has been a year since I first wrote about the Ford F-150 Lightning, a fully EV version of the wildly popular American truck. My original piece contrasted the illusion behind the still unreleased Tesla Cybertruck and the reality of the Ford Lightning, a truck that has certainly been a lot of talk, but even…

Nissan Sentra proves the sedan is still very much alive in 2022

First introduced to the market in 1982, it’s now in its eighth generation and has never been better

Nissan Sentra proves the sedan is still very much alive in 2022Things have slowed down a little in the compact sedan market over the past few years. It used to be that when people went shopping for affordable transportation, they’d be thinking about the Honda Civic, Chevrolet Cruze, Volkswagen Jetta, Nissan Sentra and so on. But these days, it’s compact SUVs that are catching people’s eyes:…

Canada’s electric vehicle ambitions are pure foolhardy fantasy

Here are facts for Canadians forced to face the real-world impact

Canada’s electric vehicle ambitions are pure foolhardy fantasyThe marvellous Christmas movie The Polar Express, starring the inimitable Tom Hanks, ends with the words “anything is possible, if you only believe.” Except, as adults understand, many things aren’t possible, not even if some people do believe them. An obvious example is the fantasy that the 84 per cent of global energy supplied by…

2012 Camaro all about baby-boomer nostalgia

A high-performance car for buyers who like to drive with enthusiasm and want everyone to know it

2012 Camaro all about baby-boomer nostalgiaThe 2012 Chevrolet Camaro offered a wide range of powertrain choices, including a convertible and the hell-raising ZL1. General Motors was banking heavily on baby-boomer nostalgia with this, the fifth-generation version of the Camaro. Aside from the fact that it delivered better fuel economy than its predecessors, had better handling and braking, and was more…

The 2022 Mazda MX-5 remains true to its sports car roots

This is a fun, lively car to drive. The shift mechanism, with its rifle-bolt precision, is a treat

The 2022 Mazda MX-5 remains true to its sports car rootsThe old saying “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” applies in spades to the Mazda MX-5, or Miata as many of us still call it. Yes, it’s changed over the years – it’s a little bulkier and more upscale than it used to be. But, more than three decades after its introduction, it remains…

Buying used: 2012 Toyota Corolla holds its value

Standard equipment includes telescoping steering, split folding rear seat, anti-lock brakes and more

Buying used: 2012 Toyota Corolla holds its valueIn 2012, the Toyota Corolla sedan accounted for 40 per cent of the company’s total Canadian sales. It had been at or near the top of the sales heap in the compact car category for the previous two decades. This generation of the Corolla received a re-do in 2009, apparently styled in part in Turin,…

2022 Mazda3 stays true to its exceptional roots

A well-thought-out compact sedan/hatchback

2022 Mazda3 stays true to its exceptional rootsThe adage “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” applies in spades to the Mazda3. Since it was introduced in 2003, it has been an unqualified success, collecting numerous awards around the world. Those awards include the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) car of the year for 2022 and 2021, plus a handful of…

Buying used: 2012 Subaru Forester offers enduring quality

“Best vehicle I ever had,” claimed one owner

Buying used: 2012 Subaru Forester offers enduring qualityIn 2012, Subaru’s Forester was going into its 15th year. Based on the Impreza platform, and manufactured in Japan, it also received a bit of a redesign the year before, getting increased back seat elbow room and all-new rear suspension. Where the previous version featured strut suspension in back, this, the third-generation model, came with…

Plenty right with the Hyundai Ioniq 5 – if you can wait

But if you really want one, be prepared to shell out the cash

Plenty right with the Hyundai Ioniq 5 – if you can waitThe writing is on the wall. Electric cars are here to stay, becoming more and more abundant. There are at least 16 models available in Canada, and most of the major car manufacturers have something on offer. Hyundai has two fully electric models: the Kona and Ioniq 5. Kia – owned by Hyundai – has…

Electric, hydrogen vehicles offer green bargain for transportation sector

Study looking at emissions suggests low-carbon fuel vehicles will offer increasing environmental advantages

Electric, hydrogen vehicles offer green bargain for transportation sectorIn the drive to transition from conventional gasoline engines to low-carbon fuel vehicles, those that run on rechargeable batteries may have the edge – at least for a while. Battery electric vehicles are forecast to make up the largest number of low-carbon fuel vehicles on the road by 2050, University of Alberta research shows. A…

Buying used: 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 measures up to the competition

From a price of just under $22,000, the Ram 1500 has more than held its value

Buying used: 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 measures up to the competitionIn 2012, the Dodge Ram 1500 was well into its fourth generation and offered plenty of choices. It had three engine choices: 3.7-litre V6, 4.7-litre V8, and 5.7-litre V8. You could get this full-size truck in two-wheel and four-wheel drive configurations, with a couple of automatic transmission choices and regular or extended cab body styles.…

The war against cars embedded in Canadian urban planning

You won’t find a city planner anywhere who would be so bold as to publicly argue the case for cars

The war against cars embedded in Canadian urban planningEDMONTON: There has been much chit-chat among the chatterers of our fair city regarding the future of a two-lane, 109-year-old bridge that is the main route from Edmonton’s fast-growing south side to the downtown. To this day, the iconic, historic High Level Bridge is visually impressive. It’s very long, and very high, crossing the North…

Lexus UX 250h is a smooth, luxurious and sensible hybrid

This small SUV is aimed at urban drivers and those who keep an eye on fuel economy

Lexus UX 250h is a smooth, luxurious and sensible hybridIf you’re in the market for an electric car, you might have to cool your heels for a bit. With the soaring price of oil, increasing scarcity of battery components and supply chain issues, the waiting time for models like the Nissan Leaf, BMW i3, Chevrolet Bolt, Kia Soul, Tesla and others can be up…
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