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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Mercedes-Benz S 560: opulence and excess in a dream car that practically drives itself

Some have suggested that the 2018 Mercedes-Benz S 560 4MATIC sedan is the very definition of luxury on four wheels. Others have praised the car’s gadgets, gimmicks and astonishing array of electronic contrivances with the enthusiasm of true believers in the wonders of technology. The S-Class is, indeed, loaded with computer power – to the …

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