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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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Can you blend a family and a Mazda CX-3?

2017 Mazda CX-3

The CX-3 is Mazda’s small crossover. It is a sub-compact vehicle and as such, makes no promise to carry your three kids and all their hockey equipment to practice at 4:30am on a Saturday morning. I wouldn’t promise that either. What the CX-3 does is deliver a right-sized cabin for the average equally compact family looking to get around in ...

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2017 Kia Niro First Review: Kia’s newest ace

2017 Kia Niro 2017 Review

Hatchback-type cars have gained in popularity especially when tagged with “utility” in their description. Specifically, crossovers or CUVs have taken over from the occasionally bland sedan, and have done so for the last few years. But that’s not all. Now that compact crossovers are all the rage, the time for a multitude of versions is upon us. Various vocations, sizes ...

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Montréal: The Lexus LC 500H Hybrid

Lexus LC500H

Those who love luxury sport coupés will fall in love with the new Lexus LC 500h at the Montreal auto show. This 2+2-seater is based on a unique and all-new rear-wheel-drive platform that promises driving enjoyment at least equal to the car’s breathtaking design. Under the sculpted hood is the brand’s 3.5-liter V6 that is part of the car’s Multi ...

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Montréal Auto Show: Ford EcoSport

The race to introduce a new player in the subcompact CUV segment is in full swing. At this year’s Montreal Auto Show, make sure to swing by Ford’s booth to be among the first Canadians to see the new EcoSport. Ford’s entry has all the elements to make it a winner, much like it’s bigger sibling, the bestselling Escape. Despite ...

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Montréal Auto Show: The Toyota Coms and the New C-HR SUV

Toyota C-HR

Toyota’s been on the hybrid vehicle front lines for more that 20 years and now, they’re hoping to get your attention with their COMS, the ultra-compact downtown-destined 1-seater EV. This vehicle is destined for short city stints, as its range is limited to 50 km while top speed is capped at 60 km/h. The COMS is currently on sale in ...

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