VW Routan was nothing to quack about

The 2010 version of this minivan resembled its Chrysler cousins, although with some shortcomings

VW Routan was nothing to quack aboutBuilt and sold from 2008 to 2012, the Volkswagen Routan featured a VW badge front and centre, but was more or less a Chrysler Town And Country. When it was introduced, Volkswagen claimed the minivan featured “German engineering,” sharing very few components with its counterpart from Chrysler. But the Routan was built at Chrysler’s old…

Pontiac G8: the blunder from Down Under?

Buying used: Surprisingly, this potent but unreliable road warrior has held its value over the last decade

Pontiac G8: the blunder from Down Under?Designed and built by Holden Australia and debuting in North America in 2008 for the 2009 model year, the Pontiac G8 lasted two seasons. Manufactured in Melbourne and sold Down Under as the Commodore, it was a decent-looking car with above-average handling and performance, and a definite European flavour. It could be had with either…

Buying used: 2010 Ford F-150 pickup offers plenty of options

Buyers should keep in mind that pre-owned F-150s might have been used as work vehicles or regularly taken off-road

Buying used: 2010 Ford F-150 pickup offers plenty of optionsBy 2010, Ford’s F-150 pickup had been the bestselling truck in North America for most of the past 43 years. Apparently, if you parked every F-series truck ever sold in Canada front to back, you’d have a line stretching from Halifax to Vancouver and beyond. Ten years ago, Ford still pretty much owned the full-size…

Buying used: 2010 Nissan Versa

The back seats fold flat effortlessly, and there are various storage nooks and pockets throughout the car

Buying used: 2010 Nissan VersaLike a lot of people in my age group, I’m downsizing. That means – among other things – I’m looking for economical transport. Something that doesn’t take up too much space, offers decent storage, has a decent reliability record, is easy on gas and doesn’t cost a fortune. And it has to be used. So…

Buying used: 2010 Honda Ridgeline worth seeking out

This is as comfortable a truck as you’ll find and little touches make everything that much more civilized

Buying used: 2010 Honda Ridgeline worth seeking outIntroduced in 2005, the Ridgeline was Honda’s first attempt to penetrate the pickup truck market in North America. How did that work out? Famously. The Ridgeline was an almost instant success. In 2010, it was propelled by a transversely-mounted 3.5-litre V6 engine mated to a five-speed automatic transmission and a full-time all-wheel-drive system. Fuel economy…

Buying used: 2011 Chevrolet Volt

Unlike other hybrid cars, the Volt is designed to run on battery power alone for 60 km before the auxiliary gas engine cuts in

Buying used: 2011 Chevrolet VoltHybrid cars have exploded in popularity over the past few years. It’s to the point where you can’t always get one right away from a dealer and have to place your order and wait. But what about used? Hybrids with a few kilometres on them are making their way onto the used car market and…

Buying used: 2010 Volvo XC60

This sport utility is arguably one of the safest vehicles on the road and it’s loaded with luxury features

Buying used: 2010 Volvo XC60One of the things that cemented Volvo’s presence in Canada was the company’s reputation for building cars that seem to run forever. For example, despite being out of production for some 25 years, the 240 is still a fairly common sight on city streets, at least where I live. The same seems to be true…

Buying used: the 2011 Nissan Quest

With seating for seven, this edition of the Quest also featured a lower step-in height and improved fuel economy

Buying used: the 2011 Nissan QuestLooking for a decent used minivan? I am and one of the models I’ve had a look at is the Nissan Quest, 2011 edition. This is the fourth generation of Nissan’s people-carrier. The previous generation was, by the company’s admission, a bit of a disappointment. So they went back to the drawing board and redid…

The loving restoration of a 1953 A40 Countryman

Designed for work, not play, the Forestry Service models weren’t built in large numbers. There might be a dozen of them left

The loving restoration of a 1953 A40 CountrymanDuring the 1950s and early ’60s, before anyone had heard of Honda, Nissan, Toyota or Hyundai, the bestselling import brand in Canada was Austin. Models like the Devon, Somerset, Cambridge, Westminster and, eventually, Mini, dominated the small-car market. Like a lot of other Canadian families, we usually had an Austin of one type or another…

Toyota Venza stands the test of time

Buying used: Definitely not a conventional sedan but not quite a fully-fledged SUV either

Toyota Venza stands the test of timeAccording to Consumer Reports, the average life expectancy of a new vehicle these days is around eight years or 250,000 km. Some can even go 15 years and up to 500,000 km, if properly maintained. With that in mind: the 2010 Toyota Venza. Available with front or all-wheel drive, the Venza was introduced to the…
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