Mazda3 just keeps getting better and better

This is a nice little car that’s fun to drive, nimble and nice looking

Mazda3 just keeps getting better and betterThe phrase, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” can apply in spades to automobiles. We could also toss in “leave well enough alone” or “don’t mess with success.” Car makers have an annoying habit of taking a perfectly good model and altering or ‘refining’ it just because … well, just because. But with the…

Looking for a 2015 used car? Here are some good bets

BMW 3 Series, Kia Optima Hybrid, Scion xB, Toyota Prius V all offer good value and quality

Looking for a 2015 used car? Here are some good betsLooking for a used car around five years old? Here are some models from 2015 that I happen to like, from four manufacturers. BMW 3 Series BMW makes some outstanding automobiles, no question. But for driving pleasure, value, and accessibility, the 3 Series takes some beating. The base version was actually less expensive than the…

Mazda gets the most out of CX-5 Diesel

This lovely automobile has a nice sense of balance, plenty of get-up-and-go, is comfortable and easy to get along with

Mazda gets the most out of CX-5 DieselMaybe it’s because the price of diesel has crept up. Maybe it’s because Volkswagen got busted for a massive fuel economy scam a few years ago. Maybe it’s because people stopped caring about fuel economy. But whatever the reason, diesel-engined cars have decreased in popularity to the point where they’re almost unavailable. For a while,…

A cheap, Smart runabout with few equals

With Mercedes discontinuing the Smart after the 2020 model year, this thrifty, surprisingly durable city runabout may be in short supply

A cheap, Smart runabout with few equalsWhen the Mercedes-Benz Smart car debuted in Canada in 2004, I had mixed feelings, to put it mildly. At first, I absolutely loathed it, mainly because the first versions were really ugly and it had a clunky, uneven diesel drivetrain that just wouldn’t behave. Things got better with the introduction of a gasoline engine model…

Mercedes A 220 just too fussy

Mercedes A 220 just too fussyEvery now and then, a vehicle comes my way that just seems to bug me at every turn. I can’t get along with it and everything about it rubs me the wrong way. Sometimes, the car ticks all the right boxes in terms of engineering, styling and performance, and often comes with top-notch credentials, but…

Eight 2014 models that could fill your used-car needs

From subcompacts to minivans to performance cars, here's something for every buyer

Eight 2014 models that could fill your used-car needsAre you looking for a used car around five years old? Here are some suggestions from four manufacturers for the model year 2014. Ford Fiesta This model shows that Ford can do more than build hotrods and pickup trucks. With plenty of European input, the Fiesta was arguably the only North American subcompact on equal…

VW Rabbit still plenty of fun to drive

VW Rabbit still plenty of fun to driveThe Volkswagen Rabbit was the original hatchback pocket rocket when it was introduced to North American in 1974. It quickly morphed from sensible urban transport to a lively, performance-oriented corner-carver that was immediately popular with enthusiasts and racers around the world when the GTI was introduced two years later. Over the years, it has been…

My enduring love affair with a 1976 Triumph TR6

How I found myself scrabbling around on a cold garage floor trying to breathe life back into a car that should have gone to the knackers years ago

My enduring love affair with a 1976 Triumph TR6A few years back, after at least 25 years of driving various Morgans, I sold my 1955 Plus-4 Special and bought a 1976 Triumph TR6. Some might counter that I jumped from the frying pan into the fire by acquiring a Triumph, but after some 10 years of ownership, I’m still a happy camper. The…

Going green, one vehicle at a time

The fuel economy of today’s car is miles ahead of what it used to be but manufacturers aren't done yet

Going green, one vehicle at a timeArguably the biggest challenge facing automakers has to do with the environment: How to make their products more fuel efficient and cleaner running, while consuming fewer natural resources and leaving a smaller carbon footprint. Air conditioned seats, illuminated cup-holders, and cars that park themselves are fine and dandy, but people (and governments) want automobiles that…
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