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2020 Ford Explorer ST First Drive Review: Now we’re Talking

We take the all-new Ford Explorer ST for a spin and see if two little letters can make a world of difference. When Ford released its 2019 Edge ST, we were somewhat disappointed by the product’s final execution, stating that it never actually felt fast, even with nearly 400 lb-ft of torque on tap. It was also plagued with a...

2020 Ford Explorer First Drive Review: A Fresh Sheet of Paper

2020 Ford Explorer
The new 2020 Ford Explorer has more versions than ever, but we start with a review of the one most people will buy. When the very first Ford Explorer appeared in 1991, it was among the first midsize SUV’s on the market, with only two legitimate rivals; the Chevrolet S-10 Blazer and the Jeep Cherokee. Back then, these things had more...

2019 GMC Canyon Elevation First Drive Review: Is this Enough to Matter?

New GMC Canyon Elevation shines a new light on GMC’s mid-sized truck. EASTERN-TOWNSHIPS (Québec) – You have to give credit to General Motors. When it imported its Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize trucks from other markets, it secured a comfortable seat within the small-to-medium truck segment. We’re now witnessing resurgence from these types of trucks, with new entries such as...

2020 Kia Soul First Drive Review: The Hamsters Are Dead, But Their Soul Lives On

We had the chance to drive the 2020 Kia Soul around Toronto to see what the new generation has to offer. The Kia Soul brings me back to one of the first press cars I’ve ever borrowed, a first generation 2011 bright-red Kia Soul 4u model with a 5-speed manual gearbox. The Soul was part of the “cube” movement, along...

2019 GMC Sierra Elevation First Drive Review: Yes, it’s a Four-Cylinder

2019 GMC Sierra Elevation
The 2019 GMC Sierra isn't all about V8 engines. There's also a turbo available, and we're about to review it. EASTERN-TOWNSHIPS (Québec) - When you hop into a full-size truck like the 2019 GMC Sierra, you expect a variety of available V8’s under the hood, or at least, a bargain-basement V6 for the more affordable trim levels. The last thing...

2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC First Drive Review: Subtle Revolution

2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC Review
We take our first ride in the new 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC. Oslo, Norway – We could have been driving around in a Koenigsegg, we probably wouldn’t have gotten as many looks from Norwegian passerby. Electric vehicles are a big deal in Norway, and there are actually more EV sales than traditional combustion vehicle sales. Granted, the Scandinavian country has made every...

2020 Kia Telluride First Drive Review: How a Midsize SUV Should Be

The 2020 Kia Telluride made its debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show earlier this year. Last week we had the chance to drive it for the first time. Back when SUVs were simply and humbly referred to as trucks, life was much simpler. There was no complicated scale and hierarchy of sizes and midsized, and crossovers, and platforms, etc....

2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Review: Frugality Meets Fun

2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid
The 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid is a new a version in a redesigned family of one of the most popular cars in the world. The traditional “beige Corolla” has always been known for its inconspicuousness on the road, but was never inconspicuous sales-wise, with 46 million units sold since 1966, driving a Corolla is on the automotive elementary chart. This year,...

2019 Volkswagen Arteon First Drive Review: The Lone Wolf

2019 Volkswagen Arteon
We just got back from California where we test-drove the all-new 2019 Volkswagen Arteon. Santa Barbara, California — I think we could all agree that Volkswagen is a pretty cool brand. Okay, hold your horses. Cool doesn’t necessarily mean reliable, efficient (ahem), or relevant. But VW does have a sizeable following, and various nameplates from its lineup have been sought after...

2020 Jeep Gladiator First Drive Review

2020 Jeep Gladiator Review
We finally get the behind the wheel to review the new Jeep Gladiator. Sacramento, CA — We hear it all the time: “It’s a Jeep thing.” We heart it quite a bit during our first contact with the new 2020 Jeep Gladiator. Mud all over the cabin? “It’s a Jeep thing.” Zero doors, zero windshield, zero wind protection? “It’s a Jeep...