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ES 350 a solid entry into the luxury niche

 By Jim Bray

It began life as a Camry-based entry luxury sedan meant to expand the young Lexus line beyond its game changing flagship LS 400, but some 25 years later it has evolved into an extremely compelling Camry-based entry luxury sedan in its own right.

VW’s hot hatch GTI is back - and better than ever!

 By Jim Bray

Ah, the GTI. Sure, it’s basically a Golf, but an outing in this Golf is sure to achieve a hole in one in the hearts of driving enthusiasts. Not that I’m advocating having a hole in your heart!

A versatile people carrier

 By Tim Saunders

Sliding doors are a great benefit.

I’ve never considered this until now. But as we’re crammed onto a cross channel ferry where unless you’re really scrawny you are unable to access your vehicle, such doors are a distinct advantage. While others have to patiently wait for other cars to move so that they may gain entry to theirs we simply pull the rear doors of the Mazda 5 and smile. We’ve already had a long difficult journey with our two young daughters, who are understandably fed up so late at night, especially after they have had to endure unexpected delays. But thankfully they can get into the back of the car and soon they are fast asleep.

Canadian Car of the Year TestFest discovers the best of the best

 By Jim Bray

NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO - They came from Canada, the United States, Europe, Japan and South Korea, all duking it out for the titles of the 2015 Canadian Car, Truck and SUV/CUV of the Year. Some 49 worthies showed up and strutted their best new stuff before an assembled multitude of Automobile Journalists Association of Canada members who were there to put them through their paces.






Porsche Panamera e-hybrid offers amazing frugality for a big sports sedan

 By Jim Bray

The words “Porsche” and “fuel efficiency” may not be the closest of kissing cousins in many peoples’  minds, especially when you’re talking about a big, four door sports sedan. You may be surprised, however, to find that you can get better gas mileage with the Panamera e-hybrid than with many smaller, supposedly more efficient gas-only cars.

Subaru enhances its Legacy and upgrades its Outback for 2015

 By Jim Bray

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, Subarus have earned a loyal following for their tradition of offering all wheel drive vehicles that can take you virtually anywhere at any time. And for 2015, two of the company’s top models have been tweaked to make them an even better choice for those susceptible to the brand’s charms.

Road test: Kia Sorento

 By Tim Saunders

What’s the best way of transporting six people in comfort?

The Kia Sorento, of course.

Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 4Matic a fine sedan

 By Jim Bray

It isn’t the smallest car Mercedes-Benz sells in North America, but the CLA-class “four door coupe” is a very nice vehicle that, despite big time turbo lag, moves its passengers along smartly and in great comfort.






Seat Ibiza

 By Tim Saunders

I cannot believe that 30 years has passed.

That’s how long ago the Seat Ibiza was introduced. And boy how things have changed.

Second generation Genesis ups Hyundai’s luxury ante offerings

 By Jim Bray

It’s big, bold and equipped very well, but is Hyundai’s new Genesis sedan enough to lure customers away from the established European and Japanese competition? (click here to open a slideshow in a new tab or window)

Jaguar knocks it out of the park with F-Type Coupe

 By Jim Bray

Welcome home, Jaguar! Your new F-Type coupe is a real tour de force, a luxury sports car to lust after and a legitimate competitor to mighty Porsche. (Click here or on the image to open a slideshow in a new tab or window)

Motoring: Vauxhall Zafira Tourer

 By Tim Saunders

It is still possible to be surprised by car design?

Ford Fusion hybrid wears its green colors proudly - and well

 By Jim Bray

It may look like a James Bond-mobile when you first see it coming at you on the road, but don’t confuse Ford’s Fusion with high end sports cars. Fusion, in all of its guises, is a decidedly mainstream vehicle - almost pedestrian, if you can say that about a car.

Big Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel performs with panache

 By Jim Bray

Jeep’s new Grand Cherokee is a real competitor in the higher end SUV market, big and imposing and comfortable, and with about as much stuff as one could want stuffed into it.