The 2010 Toyota Yaris remains economical and functional

This econobox has stood the test of time and remains a solid choice for A-to-B transport

The 2010 Toyota Yaris remains economical and functionalMade in Japan and formerly known as the Echo, the Toyota Yaris has traditionally been about as basic as econoboxes get. The emphasis has always been on economy of operation and affordability, rather than performance or comfort. Eight years on, the 2010 Yaris is an econobox that has stood the test of time and remains…

Is the Mazda MX-5 the greatest sports car ever made?

Thirty years after its introduction, this two-seater remains as entertaining, dependable and fun as anything out there

Is the Mazda MX-5 the greatest sports car ever made?What’s the greatest sports car ever made? Depends who you talk to, I suppose. Jaguar E-Type, Shelby Cobra, Ferrari Testarossa, Porsche 911, Mercedes 300 Gullwing, Aston Martin DB5 … the list goes on and on. But let’s narrow down our criteria a little. Let’s look at things like usability, reliability, affordability, fun quotient, and parts…

The top 10 (bottom 10?) ugliest cars ever made

Not everything that springs from the mind of automobile designers and stylists can be a winner. In many ways, when they sit down to design, it’s a crap shoot

The top 10 (bottom 10?) ugliest cars ever madeSomething a little different this time around: ugly cars. Not everything that springs from the mind of automobile designers and stylists can be a winner. In many ways, when they sit down with their computer-aided design and manufacturing programs, or simply clay mules, it’s a crap shoot. Things like passenger ingress/egress, aerodynamics, manufacturing costs, engineering…

Mazda CX-9 is more than just another mid-size SUV

Plenty of cargo capacity, good jump for a four-cylinder engine, sleek styling and a comfortable, quiet ride add up to a solid vehicle

Mazda CX-9 is more than just another mid-size SUVThe CX-9 is the biggest model Mazda makes and arguably the most interesting. Not because it’s extraordinarily fast or has bling styling, or even because it pampers its occupants more than anyone else. On the face of it, the CX-9 is yet another mid-size SUV, duking it out in one of the most competitive markets…

The Little British Car: not quite gone, certainly not forgotten

Contemplating entering the wonderful world of English cars? Here are some makes and models to look for

The Little British Car: not quite gone, certainly not forgottenAlthough the British car industry wrestled itself to the ground in the 1980s, English sports cars remain a fixture in North America. There are still plenty of MGs, Triumphs, Austin-Healeys and so on putting along the roads in Canada and the U.S. And well-attended show and shines and picnics are held from coast to coast…

Hyundai’s hybrid Ioniq is long on features, short on power

Behind the wheel, no nasty surprises and surprisingly normal switch gear and ergonomics. And it has a decent amount of storage space

Hyundai’s hybrid Ioniq is long on features, short on powerThankfully, hybrid cars are no longer headline news. In fact, any manufacturer worth its salt has a hybrid model of one type or another on the market these days. Some – Toyota, for example – have multiple models. And hybrid cars, once categorized as bridge technology – that is, bridging the gap between conventional internal…

Buying used: 2011 Volkswagen Touareg has power – and problems

When this redesign was first delivered, it received top marks. But there are lingering questions about reliability

Buying used: 2011 Volkswagen Touareg has power – and problemsAccording to Volkswagen, the 2011 Touareg got more than just a facelift. This, claimed the company, was a complete overhaul, from stem to stern. Bigger and more powerful than its predecessor while being some 195 kilograms lighter, it got a new turbo-diesel V6 engine as well, which joined a 280-horsepower V6 gas powerplant. A revised…

Hyundai Accent sedan punches above its weight

The Accent has matured into a nicely-styled, well-built, economical and, most of all, well-equipped compact

Hyundai Accent sedan punches above its weightCast your mind back to the early to mid 1970s, when Japanese models like the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and Datsun 510 were getting a toehold in the North American market. Despite contempt and resistance from the established carmakers in North America, the offshore imports hit a chord with buyers and ushered in a whole…

Loud pipes on motorcycles save lives

Loud motorcycles can be annoying, that’s understood. But they only disrupt your quietude for a second or two, and we’re talking about safety here.

Loud pipes on motorcycles save livesAs we approach high summer and peak motorcycle riding season, it’s time to ask the eternal question: Do loud pipes save lives? Depends who you talk to, of course. Some folks consider any two-wheeled transport not human-powered to be too loud, while others view sound restrictions as a direct assault on their personal freedom. According…

Three good used vehicles for towing your summer toys

Need four-wheel drive, some towing power, storage space and reliability? Look at the Toyota Sequoia, the Ford Explorer Sport Trac or the Mazda CX-9

Three good used vehicles for towing your summer toysSo you have a cottage or need to tow a small boat or trailer – or both. You’re thinking used and need something with available four-wheel drive and a goodly-sized V6 or V8 engine – four cylinder models aren’t going to cut it here. A little elbow/storage room inside the vehicle wouldn’t hurt, nor would…