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CAR REVIEW: 2018 Toyota CH-R

2018 Toyota CH-R

Then, you more or less nod your head. At least that’s the order in which I reacted to the CH-R. I was in Geneva in March 2016 and Los Angeles last November for the unveilings of the CH-R and honestly, gave it no mind whatsoever. Here is a vehicle with limited interest, usefulness and well, look at it. Harsh as ...

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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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2018 Chevrolet Equinox: Three new reasons to like it

Chevrolet Equinox

The Chevrolet Equinox, Chevy’s compact SUV, has remained largely unchanged since it was redesigned at the beginning of this decade. That’s an eternity in today’s automotive industry where buyers are always looking for the newest features and technologies. Chevrolet clearly waited too long before offering us a new product, but the good news is that consumers now get plenty of ...

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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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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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