Kia has done very good work with the Sorento SUV

If you are one of the 16,000 Canadians who bought a Kia Sorento last year, you are probably quite pleased with how you spent somewhere between $28,000 and $49,000 on a handsome SUV (sport-utility vehicle) that’s built to last and whose electronics are user-friendly. Safe? The midsize Sorento is a Top Safety Pick of the …

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The mystery of the exploding sunroof

KELOWNA, B.C. — On a quiet stretch of the Coquihalla Highway, about 60 km outside of West Kelowna, the sun was shining on a blue-sky February afternoon when the roof of my BMW exploded. Kaboom. The glass sunroof disappeared into the air, a shattering of tempered pebbles drizzled down to the highway behind me. No …

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Ford’s F-150 Power Stroke diesel is just a little too thirsty for me

With all the technology on hand in this pickup, I’d say the fuel economy numbers are disappointing.

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Toyota: excellence isn’t sexy, but it is endearing

Excellence is often a sideshow in a world increasingly captivated by ignorance and eccentricity, on the amusements of incompetence and the terrors of crisis. Consistency rarely grabs headlines. We are dreamers as a species. We embrace brashness and bluster. All this helps to explain why Toyota Motor is almost never gets attention of the chattering …

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2019 Toyota 4Runner: an old-school bit of manliness

Old school. That’s the Toyota 4Runner. In a world of station wagons Halloweening as SUVs (sport-utility vehicles), the 4Runner takes me back to the days of the brutally styled International Harvester Scout, Jeep’s everlasting Wrangler and the tippy Ford Bronco. That was when SUVs were trucks for the rugged, the brave and the I-work-with-my-hands crowd, …

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