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CAR REVIEW: 2018 Toyota Camry SE Hybrid

2018 Toyota Camry SE H

Not once in my career have I been excited about a Toyota Camry. Heck, even the Corolla managed to get me a little excited when Toyota introduced the XRS with its 170-horsepower 6,000 rpm Celica-sourced mill and 6-speed manual. Even the subsequent S with the Camry’s 2.4-litre was almost, um, amusing. But the Camry? Nope. Well, maybe a 2002 SE ...

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Follow the first Tesla Model 3 cross-country road trip

I don’t know about you but we’re beginning to wonder about what is really going on at Tesla. In a matter of weeks, Elon Musk’s announced or revealed plans for a Semi truck, the return of the Roadster, the Model Y (compact Model X) and now a pickup. Meanwhile, the long-ago promised and overly hyped Model 3 still seems like ...

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CAR REVIEW: 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Highline

I’ve not done the math but if we were to look back on 2017 and make a list of all the new vehicles, either all-new or refreshed, we’d probably discover that roughly 2/3 fall under a utility vehicle segment. Like most if not all car manufacturers, Volkswagen’s hard at work readjusting their existing line-up and filling in gaps. In the ...

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CAR REVIEW: 2017 Nissan Qashqai SL AWD

2017 Nissan Qashqai SL

I have a suggestion for Nissan and all those interested in the new Quach, Kash, um, Squash, Nissan’s new compact crossover: Henceforth, we shall refer to it as the QQ. How’s that? Oh, and this wasn’t my idea. Thanks Steve! So, for those that don’t know, the Qashqai (for SEO purposes…) has been around since 2006 in Europe and other ...

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CAR REVIEW: 2018 BMW 530e xDrive

2018 BMW 530e xDrive

Luxury and performance automakers have a difficult task on their hands. They, like all other OEMs, are forced to design and build “greener” cars however, in North America at least, they remain mostly unpopular. Blame cheap energy and the fact that “buyers” are leasing and looking to get more for their money as many of these green vehicles are pricier ...

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FIRST DRIVE: 2018 Jeep Wrangler

2018 Jeep Wrangler

Like many of you, I often quip about the “new and improved” marketing line. I mean, is it new or is it improved? For the first time, I’ve found something that is both new and improved. The 2018 Jeep Wrangler is improved in the sense that, although it looks very much like the previous truck both inside and out, it ...

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