Mazda CX-3: smart, nimble, handsome

The marketplace is lousy with mini-crossover wagons – I count at least 13 — but the best combination of style, handling, comfort and useful, smart technology may very well be the Mazda CX-3. Consider this rig’s nifty all-wheel-drive system, what I’ll call Exhibit A. Note: AWD is a $2,000 option on GX and GS versions …

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2019 Subaru WRX: entertaining bundle of compromises

In the summer of 2017, Subaru Canada went to Squamish, B.C., to make movies. In fact, a series of them. Subaru went there  to document a series of 0-100 km/hour tests of the WRX street-legal racer, each short film containing an amusing twist. One told the story of a 0-100 km/hour sprint down a field …

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2019 Volvo XC40 review: it’s the screen, stupid, and more…

Volvo is the latest upmarket automaker to add something new to a growing list of smallish crossover wagons, any one of which you’d probably be quite happy to own or lease. The entry from the Geely-owned Swedish brand is the 2019 Volvo XC40, a tall, nicely-proportioned rig more SUV (sport-utility vehicle) than station wagon. It …

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2018 Jeep Wrangler: rugged, yes, but urbane, too

My most metrosexual friend drives a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and loves it. John – a pseudonym to protect the innocent – is as urban as urban can be. He’s a citified capitalist, always perfectly groomed, who regularly out-shops his shopaholic girlfriend. For John, a Jeep is a fashion statement grounded in a history rich in …

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2018 Mercedes-Benz E 400 4MATIC Cabriolet: lovely but dull

A week of testing the 2018 Mercedes Benz E 400 4MATIC Cabriolet left me: staggered by the density of its features list; awed by its massive digital instrument/infotainment screen/s; dulled by the actual driving experience; pleased by the creature comforts; and, confounded by this question: Why was I so bored by such a beautiful automobile? …

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