Mazda CX-30 for 2022 is familiar and functional

Mazda has mastered the art of building innocuous, practical family transport, and CX-30 is right on target

Mazda CX-30 for 2022 is familiar and functionalCar manufacturers sometimes market their products in a confusing way. In the old days, it was called “badge engineering,” where one model would be gussied up or slightly altered and sold as something else – even though it was virtually identical to the vehicle it was based on. The Oldsmobile Cutlass, for example, was sold…

Nissan Sentra proves the sedan is still very much alive in 2022

First introduced to the market in 1982, it’s now in its eighth generation and has never been better

Nissan Sentra proves the sedan is still very much alive in 2022Things have slowed down a little in the compact sedan market over the past few years. It used to be that when people went shopping for affordable transportation, they’d be thinking about the Honda Civic, Chevrolet Cruze, Volkswagen Jetta, Nissan Sentra and so on. But these days, it’s compact SUVs that are catching people’s eyes:…

The 2022 Mazda MX-5 remains true to its sports car roots

This is a fun, lively car to drive. The shift mechanism, with its rifle-bolt precision, is a treat

The 2022 Mazda MX-5 remains true to its sports car rootsThe old saying “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” applies in spades to the Mazda MX-5, or Miata as many of us still call it. Yes, it’s changed over the years – it’s a little bulkier and more upscale than it used to be. But, more than three decades after its introduction, it remains…

2022 Mazda3 stays true to its exceptional roots

A well-thought-out compact sedan/hatchback

2022 Mazda3 stays true to its exceptional rootsThe adage “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” applies in spades to the Mazda3. Since it was introduced in 2003, it has been an unqualified success, collecting numerous awards around the world. Those awards include the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) car of the year for 2022 and 2021, plus a handful of…

Plenty right with the Hyundai Ioniq 5 – if you can wait

But if you really want one, be prepared to shell out the cash

Plenty right with the Hyundai Ioniq 5 – if you can waitThe writing is on the wall. Electric cars are here to stay, becoming more and more abundant. There are at least 16 models available in Canada, and most of the major car manufacturers have something on offer. Hyundai has two fully electric models: the Kona and Ioniq 5. Kia – owned by Hyundai – has…

Lexus UX 250h is a smooth, luxurious and sensible hybrid

This small SUV is aimed at urban drivers and those who keep an eye on fuel economy

Lexus UX 250h is a smooth, luxurious and sensible hybridIf you’re in the market for an electric car, you might have to cool your heels for a bit. With the soaring price of oil, increasing scarcity of battery components and supply chain issues, the waiting time for models like the Nissan Leaf, BMW i3, Chevrolet Bolt, Kia Soul, Tesla and others can be up…

Manual version of 2022 Honda Civic Hatchback is your best bet

The intangible driveability of so many Honda products is intact with the new Civic Hatchback

Manual version of 2022 Honda Civic Hatchback is your best betA few weeks back, I drove the new Honda Civic equipped with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). To put it mildly, I was disappointed. I found the CVT to be inconsistent, power-robbing, unrefined and almost unusable. It ruined, in my opinion, an other wise decent little car. Potential buyers, I cautioned, should be aware of…

2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge has power and poise

The XC40 Recharge is my favourite electric car. It’s easy to get along with and goes like a bat out of hell

2022 Volvo XC40 Recharge has power and poiseWe all know that electric cars are pollution-free, efficient, thrifty, ecologically sound and cheap to operate. But they can also be surprisingly fast. A video is making the rounds on YouTube and Facebook that shows a Tesla Model S going up against Corvettes, Vipers, Ferraris, etc., at a quarter-mile dragstrip – and leaving them all…

Everything about the new Volvo V90 is annoying and counter-intuitive

Give it a pass

Everything about the new Volvo V90 is annoying and counter-intuitiveI’ve driven – conservatively – at least 3,000 different vehicles in my 40-year career as an automotive writer. You name it, I’ve probably driven it: high-end sports cars, luxury sedans, wild and woolly four-by-fours, motorcycles, formula race cars, big rigs, forklifts, race-prepared rally cars, vintage saloons, hot rods, one-off prototypes, experimental alternate fuel cars, one-off…

An icy torture test for the AWD Sienna

Made for Canada's winters? Let's find out

An icy torture test for the AWD SiennaTalk is cheap. Toyota tells consumers the AWD Sienna is up for adventure. But does that mean a truly Canadian adventure? Normally, automotive journalists are often forced to assess vehicles based on just a few days’ experience – the equivalent of that honeymoon period. There isn’t much time to discover a new vehicle’s warts. No…

Escape Plug-in Hybrid offers economy, style and driveability

Focused less on luxury and more on practicality – and excellent fuel economy

Escape Plug-in Hybrid offers economy, style and driveabilityFord may be out of the passenger sedan business but they’ve jumped into the hybrid/electric car market with both feet. The company has at least seven electrified models – mostly pickups and SUVs, but including the all-electric Mustang Mach-E, which doesn’t look like a Mustang at all. Right in the thick of it is the…

2022 Nissan Frontier is smooth, comfortable and driver-friendly

Powered by 3.8-litre V6 engine mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission

2022 Nissan Frontier is smooth, comfortable and driver-friendlyAlthough things have cooled down recently, Canada’s pickup truck market is still a going concern: at least one out of every four new vehicles sold in this country is a pickup truck of some kind. Manufacturers are falling over each other to get new models to market. They come in all shapes and sizes: from…

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…

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…

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz is an intriguing pickup/SUV hybrid

Accommodates five adults and has a cute little pickup bed that’s big enough to carry bits and pieces

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz is an intriguing pickup/SUV hybridThey say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. If that’s the case, Korean car manufacturers have been extraordinarily complimentary to their Japanese counterparts since the early 1980s at least. Ever since the Hyundai Pony, the Koreans have employed a fairly simple principle: make automobiles driveable and easy on the pocketbook. It’s a modus…