Archive for December, 2012

2012 911 Carrera S – The best Porsche for Canada

2012 911 Carrera S – The best Porsche for Canada

Arguably, the Porsche 911 is the best sports car in the world.  That comes from decades of engineering refinement and a healthy dose of development gleaned from years of racing. What the 911 Carrera S delivers is an absolute driving perfection – superbly weighted steering that can snap the car […]

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2013 Ford Escape Titanium – new contender for king of the CUVs

2013 Ford Escape Titanium – new contender for king of the CUVs

The compact utility vehicle market is big in Canada, so the all-new-for 2013 Escape is an important new product for Ford.  The so-called ‘cute-utes’ or ‘soft-roaders’ are popular for good reason.  Their compact dimensions make them easy to drive and easy to park.  Whether you have an active family with […]

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2012 Mitsubishi Lancer AWC – an all-wheel-drive sedan in dire need of marketing campaign

2012 Mitsubishi Lancer AWC – an all-wheel-drive sedan in dire need of marketing campaign

At the height of summer it’s tough to be reminded that we endure some of the harshest winter driving conditions on planet.  For years I’ve been a self-professed evangelist for the advantages of all-wheel-drive vehicles, and never tire of insisting that once you drive an all-wheel-drive car in winter, you’ll […]

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2012 Lexus ES350 – worry-free luxury. What’s not to like?

When news of the arrival of the 2012 Lexus ES350 sedan spread through my gang of car enthusiast pals and family, one of my sharp-witted friends quipped, “Sure can’t have too much of a boring car, can we?”  That comment may be a bit harsh, but the truth is all […]

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2013 Ford Taurus SHO – Old school muscle is alive and kicking

2013 Ford Taurus SHO – Old school muscle is alive and kicking

Ford’s new Taurus SHO has got all the Right Stuff to get the adrenalin junkies all lathered up – a powerful 365 horsepower twin-turbo V-6 engine, all-wheel-drive, sport suspension and enormous 20-in. alloy wheels with performance summer tires.  Throw in great sheetmetal painted in metallic Ruby Red and our SHO […]

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2012 Buick Verano – luxury in small package

When the new Buick Regal mid-size sedan came our way for testing, it was truly impressive and I quickly rated it one of the best cars tested in 2010.  With the launch of Verano, I wondered if Buick’s newest offering could possibly match the Regal’s impressive debut.  After all, the […]

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2012 Porsche Panamera S Hybrid – ‘green’ performance sedan or white elephant?

2012 Porsche Panamera S Hybrid – ‘green’ performance sedan or white elephant?

Think “Hybrid” and you’ll likely think “green” and “Toyota Prius.”  Think “Porsche” and you’ll likely think “racing” and “raw performance.”  But think “Hybrid Porsche” and it boggles the mind.  For an old school sportscar enthusiast like me, Hybrid Porsche is an oxymoron of the highest order. But let’s not jump […]

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2012 Volkswagen Jetta TDI – our favourite diesel wows us again

2012 Volkswagen Jetta TDI –  our favourite diesel wows us again

After the first corner that leads from my driveway, I gush, “I LOVE this car!”  Ingrid, my wife and the VIP I’m chauffeuring to the office, shoots back, “How can you say that?  You haven’t even driven this car for twenty seconds!” “I can tell, even after one corner . […]

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2012 Toyota Yaris LE – Good things come in small packages

2012 Toyota Yaris LE – Good things come in small packages

I love the sub-compact class of cars.  Allow me to pontificate for a moment, but small cars like our 2012 Toyota Yaris, Ford Fiesta and Hyundai Accent are really what most Canadians ought to be driving. Sub-compact cars’ are superstars at delivering outstanding fuel economy and their ability to slip […]

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2012 Mazda CX-9 – The thinking driver’s BMW X5

2012 Mazda CX-9 –  The thinking driver’s BMW X5

Once in a while, an automobile manufacturer gets it ‘right’ the first time, and the 2012 Mazda CX-9 is a great example of that.  Mazda’s full-size crossover SUV was launched in 2007, and the 2012 version, which is at the end of its life cycle, is much the same vehicle, […]

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