2013 Kia Soul was one funky ride

Consumer Reports appreciated its affordability and “decent” performance

2013 Kia Soul was one funky rideBy 2013, the Kia Soul was firmly embedded in the North American market. It joined the new breed of stubby compact “urban crossover” wagons, such as the Nissan Cube, Scion xB, Honda Element, Ford Flex and so on, and was an instant success. Sometimes it seemed like every other vehicle on the road was a…

Hydrogen powered vehicles may be making a comeback

The Toyota Mirai feels like any other upscale electric car

Hydrogen powered vehicles may be making a comebackBack in the ’80s and ’90s, when alternate fuel technology was at a fever pitch, one of the possibilities that seemed the most promising was hydrogen power. It’s clean burning, abundant, and fuel efficient, and a slew of manufacturers, including Mazda, BMW, and Toyota, spent enormous amounts of time and money pursuing the idea of…

Volvo XC-90 plug-in hybrid is a luxurious, high-tech hauler

Acceleration is adequate but not outstanding

Volvo XC-90 plug-in hybrid is a luxurious, high-tech haulerThe Volvo XC 90 shows that a large sport utility vehicle can be luxurious and get good fuel economy. This Recharge T8 AWD Extended Range model has a 2.0 litre supercharged and turbocharged engine and an electric motor, producing 455 combined horsepower. It’s all-wheel drive and has an eight-speed transmission. It’s rated at 9.2 litres…

2013 Mazda3 a pleasure to drive, despite the tweaks

A thumbs up from Consumer Reports, but mixed results for JD Power

2013 Mazda3 a pleasure to drive, despite the tweaksBenefiting from an additional seven horsepower, the 2013 Mazda3 was still in its second generation and pretty much business as usual for the Japanese company. Most of the changes from the previous year were in the form of refinements and interior upgrades, and you could get Mazda’s new thrifty SkyActiv drivetrain for the first time.…

Genesis G70 provides a fast, luxurious ride

The high performance along with the luxury touches, safety features, and distinguished styling all make the Genesis G70 an attractive vehicle

Genesis G70 provides a fast, luxurious rideThe Genesis brand, the luxury division of Hyundai, offers a range of crossovers (GV60, GV70 and GV80) and sedans (G70, G80 and G90). I recently test-drove a Genesis G70 sedan, the smallest of the three sedans, sitting on a 2,832 mm (111.6 in) wheelbase and with an overall length of 4,685 mm (184.4 in). With…

Mercedes-Benz AMG GLB 35 4Matic SUV combines speed and utility

It has the hauling capacity of an SUV

Mercedes-Benz AMG GLB 35 4Matic SUV combines speed and utilityMercedes-Benz, best known for high-end luxury cars and high-performance sports cars, also makes four-door crossovers and sport utility vehicles. I recently test-drove the Mercedes-Benz AMG GLB 35 4Matic SUV. Like other Mercedes-Benz models, this vehicle is luxurious and fast – but it also has the hauling capacity of an SUV. There are plenty of other…

Low-priced Hyundai Venue includes lots of goodies

The Venue offers great value in a very practical package

Low-priced Hyundai Venue includes lots of goodiesHyundai’s entry-level model, a small crossover called the Venue, is the least-expensive crossover in Canada, with a starting price of $20,853. The Venue sits on a 2,520 mm (99 in) wheelbase and is 4,040 mm (159 in) long, making it slightly smaller than competitors, including the Honda HR-V, Kia Soul, Nissan Kicks and the Toyota…

Genesis G80 has style, comfort and plenty of functionality

If you want an upscale sedan that's easily on par with anything in market, start with the G80

Genesis G80 has style, comfort and plenty of functionalityOne thing Hyundai has usually managed to get right throughout its travails and triumphs is styling and design. Going right back to the old 1980s-era Pony and Sonata, the Korean company’s products have been easy on the eyes. Some more than others, of course, and beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But I…

The luxurious Lexus NX 350h AWD hybrid sips fuel

Will appeal to people looking for a hybrid with excellent fuel economy and luxury

The luxurious Lexus NX 350h AWD hybrid sips fuelThe Lexus NX 350h AWD is a compact luxury hybrid crossover. Introduced for the 2015 model year, the NX series is one of the most popular Lexus models. For the 2022 model year, a completely new version was introduced. The NX line shares some components with the related Toyota RAV 4, although the Lexus versions…

Lots of choices for Kia EV6 all-electric crossover

The Kia EV6 will be popular as Canadian drivers make the move to all-electric vehicles

Lots of choices for Kia EV6 all-electric crossoverThe first dedicated all-electric vehicle from Kia is the EV6. Designed from the ground up as an electric-only vehicle, the EV6 shares a platform with corporate relatives, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and the Genesis GV60. Although these three models have some related underpinnings, they each are distinctive. The Genesis GV60 is ultra-luxurious, the Ioniq 5…
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