2015 Honda Odyssey “nothing shy of terrific”

2015 Honda Odyssey “nothing shy of terrific”This edition of the Odyssey also received some safety goodies You know what they say: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. At least that was Honda’s attitude when it came to the Odyssey minivan, which, for 2015, was essentially unchanged from the year before … and the year before that … aside from a…

Is the 2022 Nissan Armada a sinking ship?

Is the 2022 Nissan Armada a sinking ship?This gas guzzler is big and cumbersome, hard to move around, and of limited practical use What’s in a name? Well, if the name in question is taken from one of the greatest naval disasters in history, quite a lot. But that seems to be the case with the Nissan Armada, which, for reasons only…

2013 Acura RDX benign, comfortable and easy to live with

Has held its value reasonably well, going from the high teens to the low $20,000 range

2013 Acura RDX benign, comfortable and easy to live withBased on the Honda CR-V, the Acura RDX was the first Acura to have a turbocharger. It was also the first turbo model ever in Honda/Acura’s regular production line-up. It was and is built in Marysville, Ohio. But in 2013, that went away, and it received a V6 engine as well as a six-speed transmission.…

Volvo S60 B5 $63,300 (before taxes) of frustration

Today's Volvos bear no resemblance to the Volvos of my youth

Volvo S60 B5 $63,300 (before taxes) of frustrationIf you read this space on a regular basis, you may have noticed that I tend to complain about interior controls and layout on “today’s” cars ... a lot. Seems to me manufacturers are focusing too much on gimmickry and glitz and less on functionality and user-friendliness. Some cars – no matter how often I…

Hyundai Elantra N a step up in the performance department

The Elantra N-Line starts at just over $32,000

Hyundai Elantra N a step up in the performance departmentEvery car manufacturer, it seems, needs to inaugurate a performance division of their products to truly validate themselves. What some call a skunk works, where the company’s technological and engineering prowess is on full display. BMW has its “M” series, Nissan NISMO, Toyota has TRD, Ford has its Ford Performance Racing, Mercedes has AMG, and…

All-electric Mercedes-Benz EQS is the drive of the future

The first Mercedes-Benz created as an all-electric vehicle

All-electric Mercedes-Benz EQS is the drive of the futureIf you want to check out the future, drive a Mercedes-Benz EQS. Here’s a vehicle with all of the possible luxury touches and newest technologies – along with an all-electric drivetrain that has a range of an amazing 547 km. I recently test-drove an EQS. It’s the first Mercedes-Benz created as an all-electric vehicle, rather…

Quality control for the 2012 Hyundai Sonata not what it should be

One owner experienced a sudden catastrophic engine failure at 119,091 km

Quality control for the 2012 Hyundai Sonata not what it should beBy 2012 the Hyundai Sonata was in its sixth generation and benefited from a restyling job and drivetrain changes from the year before. Equipment level was still pretty high, with features like air conditioning, power windows, and heated seats becoming standard. Available extras included a leather interior, a Navi system, and satellite radio. You had…

Volvo XC60 balances performance, economy and comfort

But it needs improvements to its information system

Volvo XC60 balances performance, economy and comfortThe 2022 Volvo XC60 is a mid-size, five-seater SUV powered by what’s called a “mild” hybrid system featuring a 48-volt battery to help improve fuel economy. It’s Volvo’s best-selling model, with annual sales in Canada close to the 2,000 unit mark. This test vehicle had a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine producing a 310 hp engine mated…

Time for some automotive bits and pieces

Nissan has discovered technology that stifles viruses, including coronavirus

Time for some automotive bits and piecesSounding like something out of Blade Runner or Star Wars, Nissan recently announced that it has helped develop technology that “inactivates viruses using catalyst active species for aerobic oxidation.” In a nutshell, Nissan has discovered technology that stifles viruses of various types – including, apparently, coronavirus – by hitting them with catalysts the company discovered…

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…
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