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First Reviews

2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature First Drive: It Finally Gets The Sportiness it Deserved

One thing that makes Mazda stand out of the pack is that the brand is adamant about building vehicles that are driver-focused and fun to drive. Attending a Mazda media presentation is always instructive for gearheads, engineers are told to speak about metal thickness and tensile strength, exhaust and intake harmonics and injector flow – information rarely shared outright...

2019 Toyota RAV4 First Drive: The Corolla of SUVs

2019 Toyota RAV4 First Drive
Toyota's Canadian brass probably didn’t think that the RAV4 would one day become so popular. Popular enough even to push the Corolla of its sales pedestal. When Toyota’s compact utility first appeared in 1994, it was hailed for its originality and congratulated for snubbing those heavy 4x4s that were useless in the city and all designed, it seemed, from the...

2019 BMW M850i xDrive Coupe First Drive: Seductive Elegance and Hardcore Performance

2019 BMW M850i First Drive
LISBON, Portugal – The 2019 BMW M850i xDrive Coupe poses a stylishly aggressive and stunning silhouette. Sure, its elongated, bulbous hood, sloping roofline and short trunk conjure images of the modern variation of the iconic Mustang. But this is no Mustang. Unlike the American pony car, this German muscle car is injected with a heavy dose of luxury and...

2019 Hyundai Veloster N First Drive

2019 Hyundai Veloster N
I don’t know about you, but I love when a manufacturer takes a risk. I mean a real risk; a manufacturer slapping a “sport” logo on a vehicle and adding a stripe or to doesn’t count. Even sparkly rims on an otherwise garden variety model is a dime-a-dozen move these days. It was with that in mind that I approached...

2019 Subaru Forester First Drive: Versatility Can be Fun

2019 Subaru Forester First Drive
The new 2019 Subaru Forester no longer offers a manual gearbox, nor can it be powered by the exclusive turbocharged, 250-horsepower optional engine found in the previous generation. That’s certainly a shame, but it’s about the only thing I can find wrong with the new Subaru compact SUV. More spacious, the new Forester also features an updated and upgraded interior. Once...

2019 Kia Forte First Drive: Initial Knockout

2019 Kia Forte EX
Ottawa, ON. Kia, and Hyundai, could arguably be credited with messing with a number of status quo situations in the auto industry. Up to the mid-90s, value was solely based on a low price, a heater and functioning wipers. By the time Hyundai’d gone mainstream, followed by Kia a half-decade later, “value” actually meant value. While power windows, A/C and...

2019 Ford Edge ST First Drive

2019 Ford Edge ST First Drive
The crossover tsunami is taking anything and everything with it, and many mainstream manufacturers are putting it all on the line to attract new customers by offering more value. Midsize SUVs are getting better at acting like cars, with the use of stiffer materials, advanced chassis design and precision suspension geometry, they are not the old “loose around the...

2019 Porsche Cayenne First Drive: More of the good stuff

2019 Porsche Cayenne
Toronto, ON. When I say Porsche, you’re probably thinking about 30-year old sports cars selling for 300% more than they did just five years ago. While that is relevant, over the last 15 years, Porsche has been very much about their Cayenne performance sport utility vehicle. Yes, they’ve invested heavily in their entire lineup and while the 911 is the pretty...

2019 Ford Edge Titanium First Drive: Still on Point

2019 Ford Edge Titanium
Buying an SUV can be a bitter process for anyone who loves cars and station wagons. But sometimes, common sense takes over and decisions have to be taken to, for example, provide more space for the family and everything that comes with it. Last week in Utah, we got the opportunity to test out the 2019 version of the Edge...

2018 Tesla Model 3 Performance First Review

Tesla Model 3
Spending the better part of a day with Tesla nuts is quite an experience. I had no choice in the matter as if I wanted some coveted wheel time in a brand new Tesla Model 3, I had to adorn my Tesla-nut hat. To be quite honest, it was a very good day. My good friend Ian had picked up...