Tag: Car Reviews

2019 Subaru Ascent Limited Review – Quirks & Quarks

2019 Subaru Ascent Limited AWD 2.4-liter direct-injected boxer four (260hp @ 5,600 rpm, 277 lb-ft @ 2,000 rpm) Continuously variable transmission, all-wheel drive 20 city / 26 highway / 22 combined (EPA Rating, MPG) 11.6 city / 9.0 highway / 10.4 combined (NRCan Rating, L/100km) 18.5 (observed mileage, MPG) Base Price: $38,995 US / $46,995 […]

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2018 Honda Civic Type R Review – It’s Still All That

2018 Honda Civic Type R 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder (306 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm; 295 lb-ft @ 2,500-4,500 rpm) Six-speed manual, front-wheel drive 22 city / 28 highway / 25 combined (EPA Rating, MPG) 10.6 city, 8.3 highway, 9.6 combined. (NRCan Rating, L/100km) Base Price: $34,700 (U.S) / $42,876 (Canada) As Tested: $35,595 (U.S.) / $42,876 […]

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2019 Kia Sorento SXL V6 AWD Review – Head In The Clouds

2019 Kia Sorento SXL V6 AWD 3.3-liter V6, DOHC (290 hp @ 6,400 rpm, 252 lb-ft @ 5,200 rpm) Eight-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive 19 city / 24 highway / 21 combined (EPA Rating, MPG) 12.5 city / 9.7 highway / 11.2 combined (NRCan Rating, L/100km) 20.7 (observed mileage, MPG) Base Price: $47,480 US / […]

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2019 Honda Passport First Drive – Passport to Sales

Honda really wants to prove that its 2019 Passport five-seat crossover has off-road chops. To that end, it’s possible I had more wheel time on washboard-surfaced gravelly roads than I did on paved surfaces during my day with the newest trucklet on the block. Some of this was by my choice – I chose to […]

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2019 Mazda 3 First Drive – A Cohesive Compact?

We travelled to the small and traffic-free city of Los Angeles last week to check out the newly revamped 2019 Mazda 3, the first product launched under the automaker’s equally new premium philosophy. The next-gen compact apparently heralds the introduction of other higher-end models. So, is this all-important foundational compact car any good? Let’s find […]

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2019 Volvo XC40 T4 Review – The Crossover That Made Me Love Crossovers

2019 Volvo XC40 T4 FWD Momentum 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four (187 hp @ 4,700 rpm, 221 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm) Eight-speed automatic transmission, front-wheel drive 23 city / 33 highway / 27 combined (EPA Rating, MPG) 29.4 (observed mileage, MPG) Base Price: $34,195 US As Tested: $37,965 US Prices include $995 destination charge in the […]

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2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake S AWD Review – Sultry Styling, British Quirks

2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake 3.0-liter supercharged V6 (380 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm; 332 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm) Eight-speed automatic, all-wheel drive 18 city / 25 highway / 21 combined (EPA Rating, MPG) Base Price: $70,450 (U.S) As Tested: $84,815 (U.S.) Prices include $995 destination charge in the United States. The Jaguar XF Sportbrake is not […]

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2019 Chevrolet Volt Review – An Elegy

2019 Chevrolet Volt Premier Electric front wheel drive with 1.5-liter inline-four range extender (149 combined horsepower, 294 lb/ft) 42 (EPA Rating, MPG) 106 (EPA Rating, MPGe) 5.6 / 5.6 / 5.6 (NRCan Rating, L/100km) 73.2 (observed mileage, MPG) Base Price: $38,995 US / $44,895 CAD As Tested: $40,830 / $47,320 CAD Prices include $875 destination […]

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2018 Ford EcoSport Review – Value Doesn’t Excuse the Rush

2018 Ford EcoSport SES 2.0-liter four-cylinder (166 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm; 149 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm) Six-speed automatic, four-wheel drive 23 city / 29 highway / 25 combined (EPA Rating, MPG) 10.2 city, 8.0 highway, 9.3 combined. (NRCan Rating, L/100km) Base Price: $26,470 (U.S) / $27,899 (Canada) As Tested: $28,075 (U.S.) / $30,189 (Canada) Prices […]

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2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Review – The Waiting Was the Hardest Part

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Dual 60kW electric motor drivetrain with 2.0-liter inline four range extender (total system horsepower not quoted) Single-speed automatic, all-wheel drive 25 (EPA Rating, MPG) 74 (EPA Rating, MPGe) 47.8 (observed mileage, MPG) Base Price: $41,290 US / $51,824 CAD As Tested: $42,280 / $52,178 CAD Prices include $995 destination charge in […]

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2019 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Review – Skipping Early Supper for Step Class

2019 Lexus ES 350 F Sport 3.5-liter DOHC V6 (302 horsepower @ 6,600 rpm; 267 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm) Eight-speed automatic, front-wheel drive 22 city / 31 highway / 25 combined (EPA Rating, MPG) 10.9 city, 7.5 highway, 9.4 combined. (NRCan Rating, L/100km) 18.1 (observed mileage, MPG) Base Price: $45,160 (U.S) / $50,975 (Canada) As […]

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2018 Volkswagen Golf S Review – Make Commuting Fun Again

2018 Volkswagen Golf S 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder (170 horsepower @ 4,500 rpm; 199 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm) Five-speed manual, front-wheel drive 25 city / 34 highway / 29 combined (EPA Rating, MPG) 9.3 city, 6.9 highway, 8.2 combined. (NRCan Rating, L/100km) Base Price: $20,910 (U.S) / $22,295 (Canada) As Tested: $21,805 (U.S.) / $24,080 (Canada) […]

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2018 Fiat 500 Abarth Review – Clinging To Hot Hatch Tradition

2018 Fiat 500 Abarth 1.4-liter turbocharged inline-four (160 hp @ 5,500 rpm, 170 lb/ft @ 2,500 rpm) Five-speed manual transmission, front-wheel drive 28 city / 33 highway / 30 combined (EPA Rating, MPG) 31.7 (observed mileage, MPG) 8.4 city / 7.0 highway / 7.8 combined (NRCan Rating, L/100km) Base Price: $21,790 US / $30, 490 […]

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2018 Dodge Challenger GT AWD Review – Maybe You Don’t Need a V8

2018 Dodge Challenger GT AWD 3.6-liter V6 (305 horsepower @ 6,350 rpm; 268 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm) Eight-speed automatic, all-wheel drive 18 city / 27 highway / 21 combined (EPA Rating, MPG) 12.8 city, 8.7 highway, 11.0 combined. (NRCan Rating, L/100km) Base Price: $33,495 (U.S) / $41,240 (Canada) As Tested: $38,965 (U.S.) / $44,195 (Canada) […]

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2019 Mazda CX-5 Turbo First Drive – Alternative to Italy

If a gearhead is asked for car shopping advice, there’s a pretty good chance one of their recommendations will be a Mazda. The little Hiroshima Highway Hawks generally land on the sporty side of the segments in which they compete, whether one is talking about compact cars or SUVs. For ages, the CX-5 has been […]

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