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Single and thrifty? Part 2 – five recommended compact SUVs

Single and thrifty?  Part 2 – five recommended compact SUVs

  Single and thrifty?  Part 2 – Recommended compact CUVs After daughter Jenn requested my top recommended ‘cars’ for her frugal, thirty-something friends, I came up with my five favourite compact cars.  Just what she’d asked for.  But “Nooooo”, she complained, “all my friends want to buy SUVs.” That’s a […]

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2014 Hyundai Santa Fe XL

2014 Hyundai Santa Fe XL

  Bottom Line:  The 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe XL impresses with its very supple ride, 7-passenger carrying capacity and jam-packed with features winter-dwelling Canadians will love – heated steering wheel, heated 2nd row seats and 3rd row HVAC controls.  That the long wheelbase Santa Fe is ruggedly handsome is just […]

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2014 Kia Sorento SX – Mid-size CUV Gets Major Makeover

2014 Kia Sorento SX – Mid-size CUV Gets Major Makeover

Bottom Line:  Kia’s mid-size Sorento is some 80-percent new for 2014 and full of features.  The engine is downsized to a smaller 3.3-litre V6 with a new 6-speed automatic transmission.  Good looking, packed with luxury and convenience features, and very easy to live with, this new iteration trades the 2013’s […]

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2013 Infiniti EX37 – CUV with a hot-rod heart

2013 Infiniti EX37 – CUV with a hot-rod heart

  The Infiniti EX37 is often overlooked in the luxury compact crossover class where it competes with the likes of the Audi Q5, BMW X3, and Mercedes-Benz GLK350. The EX37 is some 50-75 mm lower than these German offerings, making it sportier, but more of a wagon than these taller […]

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2013 Mazda CX-9 GT AWD

2013 Mazda CX-9 GT AWD

Bottom Line:  This is the ‘sports car’ of affordable CUVs.  It handles better than any big, practical, 7-seater should, and nothing in it’s price class even comes close.  Nearing the end of its production life, it still holds its own against superb newcomers like the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder.  If you […]

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2013 Ford Explorer

2013 Ford Explorer

Bottom line:  Big, good looking, and comfortable, this 7-passenger CUV is built more for hard work than most of the CUVs we normally test.  This is a good choice for those who don’t want the gas consumption and size of a pickup truck but want plenty of headroom and more […]

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2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 4×4

2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 4×4

For those of you who don’t ‘get’ the whole car ‘thing’ and just want somebody to tell you what 7-passenger 4-wheel drive CUV to buy, this is what you need to know.  The redesigned 2013 Nissan Pathfinder SL 4×4 is my new, favourite, affordable CUV.  It’s well-priced with an MSRP […]

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