Cars

Fuel economy. Why it matters.

Fuel economy.  Why it matters.

Most people don’t really care about fuel economy.  Sure, they complain when the price of gasoline goes up.  They see their hard earned dollars going to the petroleum companies, and it’s only human nature to complain about rising costs. But even among my ‘enthusiast’ friends and acquaintances – those of […]

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Car and Motorcycle Touch Up Paint

Car and Motorcycle Touch Up Paint

We brushed a curb with the wheels of our 2015 Subaru WRX. Aaaargh!  For obsessive-compulsive car owners (you know who you are), a ‘bruised’ alloy wheel is simply a sign that screams, “INCOMPETENT DRIVER!!” No problem, I thought.  I’ll just call my local Subaru dealer and buy some touch up […]

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2016 Toyota RAV4 – review

2016 Toyota RAV4 – review

Toyota RAV4s are extremely popular.  You see them everywhere. That’s no surprise.  Auto manufacturers have responded to the buying public’s seemingly insatiable demand for compact CUVs. North Americans have fallen in love with this class of vehicle.  Think of CUVs and SUVs as the modern day interpretation of the ‘stationwagon’ […]

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2016 Ford F150 4×4 Limited – Review

Pickup trucks.  Sheesh, for a self-proclaimed ‘Car Guy’ like me, pickup trucks aren’t on my radar. Mostly, I see pickup trucks as inefficient, gas guzzling, oversize rolling masses of steel that pepper the roadways and are simply ‘there’.  I often find myself wondering, ‘why would anybody own such a vehicle?’ […]

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2016 Ford C-Max Hybrid SE – review

2016 Ford C-Max Hybrid SE – review

Wow!  I never expected to be impressed with Ford’s smallest hybrid, the C-Max, but after driving it for a few days in its natural habitat, stop-and-go urban trawling, it left us with a decidedly very good impression. Let’s face it.  Hybrid cars aren’t for everybody.  They tend to be more […]

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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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