Archive for December, 2012

2013 Nissan Altima SL – A top pick for fuel economy

2013 Nissan Altima SL – A top pick for fuel economy

If you’re shopping for a new mid-size sedan, count your lucky stars.  There’s a whole slew of all-new cars for 2013, and it looks like a Battle Royal is brewing among manufacturers to win you over.  Not only is the Nissan Altima new for 2013, so are the heavy hitting […]

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2013 Audi A4 AllRoad

2013 Audi A4 AllRoad

Slip into the chic cabin of the 2013 Audi A4 Allroad and the adage ‘good things come in small packages’ instantly flashes to mind as a truism.  The Allroad is delectable new model introduced as an early release 2013.  Based on the A4 Avant – one of the prettiest wagons […]

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2013 Lexus ES300h – Hybrid humbug!? Or WOW!?

Bah, humbug! I have to admit, I’m a hybrid car ‘Scrooge.’  That’s normally my first reaction to hybrid cars. At the risk of over generalizing, hybrids tend to be over-priced (compared to their gasoline counterparts), slow, and, well, just plain dull.  But testing the all-new-for 2013 Lexus ES300h Hybrid is […]

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2013 Mazda CX-5 SkyActiv GT – Best in class fuel economy

2013 Mazda CX-5 SkyActiv GT – Best in class fuel economy

Mazda introduced the CX-5 as an all-new compact crossover SUV earlier this year as a 2013 model as a fresh-faced replacement for the trusty, but boring Tribute.  This ground-up redesign boasts Skyactiv Technology – Mazda-speak for a new corporate design philosophy based on a lightweight chassis with high output and […]

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2013 Scion FR-S – The Porsche 944S reincarnated!

2013 Scion FR-S – The Porsche 944S reincarnated!

Let’s say you’re a bona fide ‘driver.’ As a hard core ‘enthusiast’, you view driving as one of the simple pleasures in life.  On your daily commute you practice perfectly clipping the apex of every corner.  That’s just fun for you, right?  But the cold reality of ‘life’ – a […]

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Top Ten Drives of 2012

Top Ten Drives of 2012

2012 proved to be a great year for testing new cars.  A disproportionate number of high priced vehicles unexpectedly came our way this year, and that’s reflected in this year’s Top Ten Drives list.  If you’re a driving enthusiast, it’s no surprise German manufacturers take the top three spots, but […]

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2012 Mercedes-Benz E300 4Matic – E-class value leader

2012 Mercedes-Benz E300 4Matic – E-class value leader

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan is the cornerstone of the German luxury automobile manufacturer’s world wide range of vehicles.  The solid, upright, mid-size E-Class sedan has long been THE vehicle most people associate with the Mercedes-Benz brand, particularly in North America where consumers see the company as strictly a luxury premium […]

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Audi R8 GT – Drive the Supercar, feel like superman!

Audi R8 GT – Drive the Supercar, feel like superman!

Now I know what it’s like to be popular.  I mean, REALLY popular, in the way Santa Claus is on December 24th or Brad Pitt is when he drops in to a Tupperware party. I went from a ‘zero’ (an auto writer) to a ‘hero’ just by letting a few […]

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MRT Rally – Canada’s Best Adventure-touring Motorcycle Rally

You don’t need to own a variant of BMW’s legendary GS series to have a keen interest in adventure-touring or ‘Round the World motorcycle travel.  We’re happy to report there’s a rally that caters to the adventure-touring crowd, in British Columbia, Canada.  The MRT (Motorbike Rally for Travelers) Canada Rally, […]

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2013 Ford Escape – Track-tested

2013 Ford Escape – Track-tested

We re-test the 2013 Ford Escape at the track.  Last week, Ford’s public relations machine rolled into Edmonton with a fleet of 2013 Ford Escape demo vehicles.  As part of a cross-country tour to give media writers and the public a chance to test drive the new Escape as well […]

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