Buying used: 2012 Honda Fit has held its value well

The base model offers AC, power windows, tilt steering, cruise control and power door locks

Buying used: 2012 Honda Fit has held its value wellIn 2012, Honda’s popular Fit subcompact was well into its second generation and it was pretty much business as usual. Two trim levels are available: Base and Sport. Although they’re pretty much the same vehicle, the Sport features tuned suspension that gives it a stiffer ride. It handles the corners better but it’s at the…

The 2022 Kia K5 ticks all the boxes for sedan enthusiasts

The K5 does everything this type of vehicle is supposed to do

The 2022 Kia K5 ticks all the boxes for sedan enthusiastsThe passenger sedan market definitely ain’t what it used to be. Not long ago, the conventional four-door sedan defined the new car marketplace. If you went shopping for a new car, that’s what you bought nine times out of 10. Yes, SUVs were around. But they were more of a novelty than a legitimate choice…

Buying used: 2012 Honda Insight offers ultra fuel economy

Originally priced at under $22,000, the 2012 Insight now ranges between $8-15K

Buying used: 2012 Honda Insight offers ultra fuel economyThe 2012 Honda Insight was aimed squarely at first-timers and buyers under 35, since when new it was priced below the Civic Hybrid and popular Toyota Prius. In 2012, it was two years into a refit. With technology fundamentally similar to that found in the current Civic Hybrid, the 2012 Insight yields fuel consumption of…

Mazda’s new electric MX-30 is strictly an urban car

Mazda claims it has a 160-km driving range, but don't push your luck

Mazda’s new electric MX-30 is strictly an urban carDepending on who you talk to, fully-electric automobiles are definitely in our future. Apparently, they will account for at least one-quarter of all new car sales by 2030. That number in Canada is around two per cent, but with the U.S. mandating that electric cars will make up at least 50 per cent of new…

Buying used: 2011 Honda Odyssey a benchmark for people carriers

One thing that remains unchanged is this generation's great handling and drivability

Buying used: 2011 Honda Odyssey a benchmark for people carriersFrom its reintroduction in 1999, Honda’s Odyssey has been an unqualified success story. Over the years, this minivan has become more powerful, with a host of up-to-date upgrades and engineering goodies. But its basic dimensions have remained about the same. Why mess with success? The 2011 version comes in five trim levels, all with a…

Honda gets almost everything right with 2022 Civic

Honda got it right in almost every department – except the continuously variable transmission

Honda gets almost everything right with 2022 CivicCast your memory back to the early and mid 1970s, when Japanese car manufacturers were just starting to make serious inroads into the North American market. Toyota was a presence, as were Datsun, Mazda and Isuzu. But the company that seemed to really get the ball rolling was Honda. When it was introduced in 1972,…

Nissan Pathfinder has no bad habits for 2022

As a grocery-getter, the Pathfinder is just fine. Easy to get along with, comfortable and refined

Nissan Pathfinder has no bad habits for 2022When it comes to redesigning or upgrading their models, carmakers apparently have one rule of thumb: make it bigger. When in doubt, increase the wheelbase, raise the roof height, put in a bigger engine and add more stuff to the interior. Models that start out a modest size somehow balloon over the years to the…

Buying used: 2011 Nissan Murano upgraded and overhauled

This more mainstream-looking SUV bore some resemblance to its chief rival, the Acura RDX

Buying used: 2011 Nissan Murano upgraded and overhauledBuilt on Nissan’s revamped D platform (the same as the Altima sedan and coupe), the Murano got a revamp in 2011 – a bit of body tweaking here and there, some drivetrain upgrades, a new interior design and a new front grille, among other things. Nissan stylists overhauled the wheel arches and cleaned up the…

The 2022 Kia Carnival SX proves minivans can be cool

Comfortable and quiet with all kinds of elbow room and easy-to-understand instrumentation

The 2022 Kia Carnival SX proves minivans can be coolAs of 2022, the Kia Sedona is no longer with us. In its place is the Carnival. While still a minivan, this is a different animal in just about every way. It’s larger, more luxurious, better equipped and more robust. The Kia Sedona was one of the first products to come out of the Kia/Hyundai…

Buying used: 2011 Volkswagen Golf is a treat to drive

The 2011 hatchback had a 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine, which made it kind of a hot rod

Buying used: 2011 Volkswagen Golf is a treat to driveThe Volkswagen Golf was completely restyled and redesigned in 2010 and little changed in 2011. The 2011 hatchback came in three and five-door variations and was propelled by a 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine, which made it kind of a hot rod. With some 170 horsepower pushing a 1,376-kg body, the three-door version with a manual gearbox,…

2021 Toyota C-HR passes (almost) every test

The C-HR is practical and easy to get along with – except for the CVT, which is its undoing

2021 Toyota C-HR passes (almost) every testIf you’ve ever driven in southern British Columbia, chances are you’ve spent some time on the Coquihalla Hwy, also known as Hwy 5. Constructed to coincide with Expo 86 in Vancouver, it’s a spectacular stretch of road, soaring over the coastal mountain range from Hope to Kamloops, with Hwy 97C branching off at Merritt, taking…

Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 offers luxury and performance

This is a lively, stable and road-hungry compact SUV that will surprise you with its prowess

Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 offers luxury and performanceIf you have any doubt about the dominance of SUVs in today’s market, look no further than Mercedes-Benz – by my count, they have no less than nine distinct models for your consideration in the 2021 model year. That includes everything from the “entry-level” GLA to the Maybach GLS at just shy of $200,000. For…

2011 Ford Fusion a well-appointed, moderately upscale sedan

This vintage Fusion featured a tastefully revised interior, with available leather upholstery

2011 Ford Fusion a well-appointed, moderately upscale sedanIn 2011, the Ford Fusion came out with a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine, plus a choice of two V6s and a hybrid. Ford introduced a six-speed transmission the previous year and there was an all-wheel-drive version, so they were covering all the bases. The all-wheel-drive version was kind of intriguing. It came with the largest engine…

Tuning out the Mazda CX-5 because of a stubborn radio

Performance is excellent. Lively acceleration, smooth power delivery and whisper-quiet in operation

Tuning out the Mazda CX-5 because of a stubborn radioI want to congratulate Mazda for fitting their 2021 CX-5 compact SUV with the most unco-operative stereo system I’ve encountered in 35 years of testing automobiles. It’s so difficult to access and use it might as well not be there. I couldn’t figure out how to change stations without having to consult the owner’s manual…

Buying used: 2011 Mazda CX-7 has held up well

It featured some great equipment: 17-inch alloy wheels, AC, heated mirrors, privacy glass and more

Buying used: 2011 Mazda CX-7 has held up wellAvailable with front-drive or all-wheel-drive, Mazda’s CX-7 continued on as a steady if unspectacular performer for the company in 2011. This vintage of the CX-7 was essentially a carryover from 2010. While the CX-7 SUV didn’t share its platform with any Ford products, it featured an interesting assortment of components from other Mazda products –…
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