Cars

2016 Toyota Tacoma 4×4 Access Cab V6 – quick drive

2016 Toyota Tacoma 4×4 Access Cab V6 – quick drive

I’ve occasionally fantasized about owning a pickup truck or some kind of expedition-style SUV.  Two of the vehicles I’ve daydreamed about owning are the Toyota Tacoma pickup truck (sold outside of North America as the Hilux) and the Land Cruiser.  Both vehicles have earned world wide reputations for being bulletproof, almost indestructible. […]

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2016 Volkswagen Jetta 1.4 TSi – review

2016 Volkswagen Jetta 1.4 TSi – review

I’ve always liked Volkswagens.  Years ago, we had a 1978 VW Rabbit handed down to us by my Dad who drove it for ten years without issue.  The front wheel driver was a blast to drive, with a 1588 cc fuel injected four cylinder and a 4-speed manual transmission (that […]

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2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 4Matic – quick drive

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 4Matic – quick drive

Our 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 4Matic came as a refreshing surprise compared to the GLE350 Coupe we tested a few weeks ago.  (On the GLC’s big brother GLE SUV, we complained about the difficulty of entry and exiting the vehicle due to the low roofline, overly wide door sills that made […]

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2016 Lexus RX350 – quick drive

2016 Lexus RX350 – quick drive

Our quick drive with the new 2016 Lexus RX350 luxury SUV left us with a mixed bag of emotions. I like the Lexus brand.  A lot.  Mother corporation, Toyota, is legendary for reliability and superb build quality.  As a ‘car guy’, it’s easy for me to regularly recommend a Toyota […]

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2016 Honda Civic Touring – Honda gets its mojo back!

2016 Honda Civic Touring – Honda gets its mojo back!

The Honda Civic has been Canada’s best selling passenger car for some seventeen years now. That’s one impressive winning streak in anybody’s books. All-new for 2016, this is Honda’s tenth generation of the venerable Civic, and there’s no reason to believe the mainstream contenders, mainly Toyota’s Corolla and the feisty […]

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Subaru unveils Impreza concept car

Subaru unveils Impreza concept car

Subaru has released images of this edgy-styled Impreza concept car at Toronto’s Canadian International Auto Show. Could this be the all-new-for 2017 Impreza?  We’re guessing ‘yes!’ Examine Subaru’s photo closely and the car looks close to production ready. The concept car features the Impreza’s familiar hexagonal grille, but the ‘face’ […]

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2016 Toyota Avalon – The 99-percent solution – review

2016 Toyota Avalon – The 99-percent solution – review

The Avalon is Toyota’s full size 4-door sedan.  It competes with American big sedan stalwarts like the beautifully-styled Chevrolet Impala and the ‘gangsta’-styled Chrysler 300. When we tested the Avalon a few years ago, we were blown away by the Avalon’s luxurious accommodations, superb build quality and pricing. With the […]

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“A Faster Horse” – 2015 documentary on new Ford Mustang

“A Faster Horse” – 2015 documentary on new Ford Mustang

“A Faster Horse” is a 2015 documentary that follows the Ford’s elite design and engineering team in the months leading up to finalizing the Mustang’s  design and putting it into production. We watched A Faster Horse on Netflix, and it is one of the best documentaries we’ve ever seen, showing […]

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2016 BMW 328i xDrive Touring – review

2016 BMW 328i xDrive Touring – review

BMW’s 3-Series line represents an industry standard.  Any auto maker that wants to build a compact, sporty sedan acquires a BMW 3-Series, and then dissect it to see how the Bavarian manufacturer does it. If they were smart, they’d simply copy the damn thing and get it over with.  Few […]

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Geox ‘driving’ shoes

Geox ‘driving’ shoes

‘Driving’ shoes – it’s an old idea that harkens from the era of string-back driving gloves and top-down motoring in an Austin Healey 3000. I love a bargain, and I couldn’t help walking past the Geox shoe store in West Edmonton Mall with their “Up to 50-percent off!” sign in […]

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