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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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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Ford’s $50-billion pickup, diesel and all

Ford’s F-Series pickup is the $50 billion (US) rig. That’s billion not million. So, the pickup as high-profit luxury ride. The F-Series generated about $50 billion in sales last year. That is based on the U.S. average selling price of $45,700 and calculated by The Detroit Free Press. That $45,700 converts to some $60,600 Canadian …

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Nautilus is a success, not so much the Lincoln brand

I have driven a $65,000 Lincoln Nautilus Reserve crossover and it’s better than advertised and certainly much, much more than I expected. The Nautilus is not a completely new model, however; instead, we’re looking at something of a mid-cycle makeover with an available new four-cylinder engine, an assortment of styling updates and a new name. …

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2019 Genesis G70 3.3T Sport AWD: quite the driving machine

In April of 2015, Hyundai Motor lured German engineer and BMW veteran Albert Biermann to the Korean automaker in a move that was noticed, but also met with some degree of skepticism. Hyundai and high performance? No one in 2015 put those words in the same sentence. Cheap and utilitarian, yes, but the joy of …

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