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The Brief: 2017 Toyota Highlander SE AWD

2017 Toyota Highlander

I’m not exactly sure what’s going with Toyota transmissions these days but as I write these lines, I’m already on my next product from the Japanese giant and it’s major flaw is located between the engine and drive wheels. And it’s the same with this Highlander. Toyota’s 3-row large midsize CUV has been a safe bet since it hit the ...

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2017 Mazda Adventure Rally: Giving back can be devilishly fun

Mazda Rally 2017

Many corporations, big and small, implicate themselves in charitable events. They generally involve cookouts, trials or sporting events. None that I know of revolve around a highly competitive, four-day long driving event with countless challenges, time constraints and fantastic cars. This is not called the Adventure Rally for nothing. In 2013, Mazda launched what was to become a nearly annual ...

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First road test 2017 Mazda CX-5: a premium crossover for all

2017 Mazda CX-5

The rate of speed at which the automotive industry is evolving is plain scary. Car manufacturers have established model update schedules that make basketball game action seem slow and odds are, when rushing, something is bound to be cocked up. The CX-5 has recently become the bestselling Mazda in Canada so one false move could be catastrophic for the Japanese ...

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First road test 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF: live life to the fullest

2017 Mazda MX-5 RF

One of the many trending topics pertaining the automotive industry is the inevitable arrival of the autonomous car. You’ve more than likely read a number of stories on the subject and if you’re looking for a precise timeline as to when to expect them, you’ll have noticed that experts can’t agree on a date, year or even decade. Thankfully, and ...

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Not a crossover!

2017 Subaru Crosstrek

Or is it? It’s a hatchback! Does it even matter? The Crosstrek is no doubt a hit for Subaru and it’s easy to understand why. It looks cool, is spacious enough and with the extra ground clearance and symmetrical AWD system, very little can stop it. I’m at a weird place with this one because I’m a real fan of ...

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A 4-cylinder engine in a 3-row CUV? Is Mazda nuts?

2017 Mazda CX-9

Mazda is far from that. Well, maybe not entirely sane; let’s just say they like taking risks. The MX-5 Miata was a calculated risk nearly 30 years ago and look, it has become the best-selling roadster of all time. Granted, the CX-9 will not garner the same level of praise but what it has to offer is worth a few ...

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