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2021 Subaru Ascent Limited Review: The Best Average Three Row Midsize SUV

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Pricing for the 2021 Subaru Ascent starts at $36,995 in Canada, $32,295 in the US. The Ascent is a genuinely competent midsize 3-row SUV and I keep forgetting about it. No matter how much I’ve championed minivans of late, midsize 3-row SUVs are growing in numbers, popularity, and are unlikely to ever be replaced by true people-movers. The segment...

2021 Ford Explorer Limited Hybrid Review: Not The Expected Hybrid

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Pricing for the Explorer in Canada starts at $45,549, $32,450 in the US. The hybrid powertrain is a $3,000 option from the Limited trim. The basic 2.3-litre EcoBoost powertrain might be the best choice overall. Ford has bet the farm on SUVs, like a few other automakers. It stands to reason, given the SUV’s ever-increasing market share, that the...

2021 Mercedes-AMG A 35 Hatch Review: The AMG Hot Hatch For Canada

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The 2021 Mercedes-AMG A 35 hatch is priced at $49,800. Pricing is the A 35’s only true weakness. This car is all about the fizzes. Hot hatchbacks are automotive royalty. For more than four decades, these sporty compact cars have defined youth, driving enjoyment, speed, and everything else associated with all of this. Without exception in North America, at...

2021 Honda Odyssey Touring Review: Still The Driver’s Minivan

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The base price for the 2021 Honda Odyssey in Canada is $42,805 in Canada, $32,090 in the US. The 2022 Honda Odyssey is already available for sale and for one reason. The Odyssey is still a go-to minivan for all the right reasons. The Honda Odyssey is one of the continent’s favorite minivans. It’s also one of the last remaining...

2021 BMW X5 45e Review: Always Excellent But Skip The PHEV

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Pricing for the X5 in Canada starts at $77,500, $59,400 in the US. The 45e version features plug-in hybrid technology. The X5 remains the best BMW but the PHEV version is not really worth considering. Had you asked me in the early 2000s what my favorite BMW was, I would have answered that I’m not sure. I would have...

2021 Kia Sorento Review: Making A Robust And Powerful First Impression

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The base price in Canada for the 2021 Kia Sorento is $33,995 in Canada, $29,390 in the US. The new Sorento is larger where it counts compared to the previous generation. On paper and in the steel, the new Sorento is incredibly appealing. The midsize SUV segment is the category in which a mainstream automaker must dig deep in...

2021 Ford Bronco Sport Review: The Power Of Image And Design

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The base price in Canada for the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport is $32,199 in Canada, $26,820 in the US. The Bronco Sport is the hottest new small SUV and everyone wants to know about it. Ford is promoting the Bronco Sport as a very capable off-roader. This review of the all-new hotly-anticipated 2021 Ford Bronco Sport will probably not...

2021 Chrysler Pacifica Pinnacle Review: The SUV Of Minivans

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The base price in Canada for the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica is $45,170 in Canada, $35,045 in the US. The 2021 Pacifica is a facelifted 2020 Pacifica which is now known as the Chrysler Grand Caravan in Canada, and Chrysler Voyageur in the US. The highlights are AWD and more tech and premium features than ever. With more than 15...

2021 Mazda CX-3 GS AWD Review: The Right First New Car

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The base price for a 2021 Mazda CX-3 is $21,300 in Canada, $20,790 in the US. The CX-3 is the subcompact crossover for those looking for affordability and style. Though the first step into the Mazda family, it’s not short on anything. A long time ago, in a different Century, I remember looking forward to buying my first car....

2021 BMW M8 Gran Coupé Competition Review: The Answer To A Question That Was Already Answered

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The BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé is priced from $122,100 in Canada, $85,000 in the US. The M8 Gran Coupé starts at $158,000 in Canada, an even $130,000 in the US. There’s a shocking lack of real-world hype surrounding the M8 Gran Coupé. I don’t know anyone, in my circle of enthusiastic car people, who has never had a...