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There’s a bit of genius in Toyota’s RAV4

Toyota Canada will sell about 60,000 RAV4 compact crossovers this year, and Canadians would buy another 20,000 or so if the big Japanese automaker could push more of these rigs down the line. Chip shortage. You might have heard about it. It’s crimping supply. The RAV hits home with Canadians because it’s the quintessential Canadian …

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2021 M-B GLC 300 4MATIC: the competition is onto you

You could spend $51,000 (plus fees and taxes) on a new Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4MATIC – north of $63,000 if you add a load of extras – or you could turn to something similar, but much cheaper. Say, a $34,295 Kia Sorento LX+, perhaps even stretching to the line-topping Sorento SX ($47,795). Purists will, of …

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Useful, reliable, affordable and overwrought: 2021 Toyota C-HR

Toyota Canada’s little C-HR is a modest but not cheap four-door hatchback designed for city-dwellers. It has a base price below $24,000, which can easily climb above $30,000 when loaded. If you finance the Premium version for 48 months, nothing down and at 1.99%, you’re looking a $768.67/month, all in. That’s just a hint above …

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Mercedes-Benz A35 AMG: only serious drivers need apply

From the driver’s seat, you can best take in an eye-grabbing triumph of style and function that sets the Mercedes-Benz A35 AMG sports sedan apart from so many of its rivals. We are looking at a long, sleek digital panel that combines the instrument cluster and the touchscreen multimedia display. A single stretch of glass …

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Should you buy the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder? Not if fuel economy matters most

The reworked 2022 Nissan Pathfinder SUV (sport-utility vehicle), beefed up and aimed squarely at Ford’s Explorer and, to a lesser extent, Toyota’s Highlander, is a big improvement over the lacklustre and aged Pathfinder it replaces. But should you buy it? Not if you want a full-size gasoline-electric hybrid SUV that mitigates the pain of exploding …

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