Ignition: 2016 Honda HR-V

Ignition: 2016 Honda HR-V

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Miami Beach, Florida- Remember in the early Oughties at the height of the SUV craze- everyone complained that they were too big, too ponderous and too thirsty? Fast forward to today and while SUV’s are still popular, there’s an emerging shift towards downsizing this popular vehicle type. People are starting to come around to the fact that sky high ground clearances make getting in and

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2015 Honda CR-V SE Review and Road Test

2015 Honda CR-V SE

The plans said facelift, but the result was major surgery.

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We came away with a better understanding of why Honda’s CR-V is the best-selling vehicle in its class when we Road Tested the 2014 model about a year ago. It was comfortable, spacious and well-built yet still engaging to drive. The basic recipe contained a fundamental goodness any small CUV shopper would appreciate,

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2015 Lexus NX200t F Sport Review and Road Test

2015 Lexus NX200t F Sport

Lexus refuses to be typecast. Here’s proof

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Since they burst onto the luxury car scene in 1989, Lexus has been carefully cultivating a reputation for its products, one that is founded on precise craftsmanship, obsessive pursuit of automotive serenity and attention to detail. No one is disputing those claims, but neither is anyone using the words “sporty”, or “edgy” to describe a

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2015 Toyota Camry XSE

2015 Toyota Camry XSE

A bland dish receives some much needed spice.

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Toyota is the world’s largest automaker (they’ve closed the book on another year of over 10 million units sold globally) so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that they are amongst the world’s biggest spenders on Research and Development. On a per-hour basis, these folks are shelling out a staggering 1.1 million dollars. With that

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2015 Toyota Avalon Limited Road Test

2015 Toyota Avalon Limited

Toyota’s flagship starts acting more its age.

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Typically, twenty-one year olds are most concerned with proliferating the latest social media app and partying, not making sure the PVR is set to capture Perry Mason reruns and being mindful that one’s patent shoes and belt are the same hue of white. Yet that is precisely the kind of stuff the young Avalon has been burdened with since

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2015 Toyota 4Runner

2015 Toyota 4Runner

When resistance to change pays off.

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Usually, brisk change is synonymous with automotive industry product cycles. Nowadays, if a car sticks to its basic recipe for more than five years it’s considered ancient. There are exceptions to this rule, and perhaps the most well documented example of adamant resistance to change can be found in Porsche’s 911. Around basically unchanged since the 1960’s,

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2015 BMW 740Ld xDrive Sedan

2015 BMW 740Ld xDrive Sedan

Diesel power and a Long Wheelbase 7 series, together at last

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If a full size, fuel-sipping German luxury sedan is on your shopping list, the usual suspects (Audi, Mercedes Benz and now, BMW) have you covered- all offer models with diesel power. BMW continues to offer a 7 series ActiveHybrid, but we’ve driven the technology on 3 and 5 series models- two

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2015 BMW 435i Gran Coupe xDrive

2015 BMW 435i Gran Coupe xDrive

Yet another 3 series to choose from.

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It’s a good thing that the BMW 3 series is inherently a good car. Otherwise, folks might get pretty annoyed that yet again, the Bavarian Motor crew has filled yet another niche no one knew needed filling. As of this writing, there are seven different takes on the old stalwart of BMW’s ever burgeoning

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2015 BMW M235i xDrive Coupe

2015 BMW M235i xDrive Coupe

The darling of enthusiasts, now with more traction!

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One of the most compelling cars we Road Tested this past summer was BMW’s renowned M235i. You remember that one; finished in Estoril Blue, it was optioned pretty much how we would have asked- a few niceties on the inside, yes, but most importantly an honest to goodness manual transmission. By now, you’ve heard

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2015 BMW 435i xDrive Cabriolet

2015 BMW 435i xDrive Cabriolet

It’s never too cold to drop the top.

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Although it may seem like we’re nuts for Road Testing a convertible in the depths of a Canadian winter, it gave us a chance to verify that yes, BMW’s trick folding hardtop on all Cabriolet models will work just fine in ambient temperatures of -40 degrees Celsius. Not many owners will decide to let

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