• Entry-level luxury crossovers with competitive pricing

    On the last three Fridays of every month, Graeme Fletcher combines manufacturers’ incentives from Unhaggle.com with resale value, dependability and overall ratings to find you the best deal for your money in new cars. This week, we look at entry-level luxury crossovers for 2017. The hot deals for December are on the Acura RD-X AWD Technology, BMW X1 xDrive28i and Volvo XC60 T6 Drive-E AWD Premier.
    2017 Acura RDX AWD Technology
    2017 Acura RDXManufacturer Suggested Retail Price: $45,190Acura
  • Is your toy in storage? RaceSim1 offers digital driving year-round

    Our David Booth once tried the best racing simulator money can buy and found it lacking. He is also one of very few people in the world to fly around the world and drive supercars for a living, but for you and I, racing simulators and video games offer an affordable way to live our dreams around our favorite racetracks. But there was always an issue. 
    Playing with a controller is hardly the same as driving a real car, and clamping a steering wheel to a TV dinner table is a wobbly mess. If y
  • Motor Mouth: A Trump card for the Big Three?

    The Twitterverse is in full Trumpian dudgeon again. Did he — or did he not — save a whole bunch of air conditioner manufacturing jobs in Indiana that were about to flee for job-sucking Mexico? Did he — and, this time, it seems like he did — really threaten Boeing with a morale-sapping, if not quite existential, ultimatum regarding the U.S. government’s procurement of new Air Force Ones? And is Softbank’s promise of a US$50-billion/50,000 job investment real or
  • Reader Review: 2017 Toyota Camry XSE V6

    CALGARY — A dyed-in-the-wool General Motors man, Randy Farkas had never spent quality time behind the wheel of a Toyota. That changed when he put a 2017 Toyota Camry XSE V6 through its paces for our Reader Review program.
    “To be honest, I’ve never really driven a Toyota,” Farkas says. “I do know Toyota’s reputation, and I was looking forward to an extended drive in one.”
    Available in several different models, the 2017 Camry comes in LE, SE, XLE and XSE t
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  • Next-generation Lexus LS sedan confirmed for Detroit debut

    Lexus‘ flagship luxury sedan will debut next month at the North American International Auto Show.
    Details are scarce, but Lexus confirmed the new LS sedan will be underpinned by a new, modular platform architecture for the company’s luxury vehicles, known as the GA-L platform in Lexus-speak. This platform also appears under the skin of the stunning LC 500 sports coupe, though it will be lengthened to accomodate the LS’ increased proportions.
    Lexus didn’t dish any details
  • Germany expands fuel economy investigation to Porsche

    German regulators are investigating whether Porsche illegally manipulated fuel economy data on its vehicles, potentially opening a new front in parent Volkswagen‘s emissions-cheating scandal.
    Germany’s Transport Ministry and Federal Motor Transport Authority are examining whether Porsche installed devices allowing its cars to sense whether they were being tested for fuel consumption and carbon-dioxide emissions, representatives at both agencies said on Thursday. That type of technolo
  • First Drive: 2018 Lexus LC 500

    SEVILLE, Spain – This is not going to be an even-handed evaluation. There will be no independent adjudication of performance. There will be little of the dispassionate dissection of handling versus comfort that people seek out Driving for. And I will attempt no analysis of equipment versus price. In fact, I don’t even know the price. Nor do I care. NosireeBob, none of that detached, disinterested objectivity for me because …
    I’m a fan boy. A totally committed, don&r
  • Panicked for gearhead gift ideas? We’ve made a list, so check it twice

    Christmas is just around the corner, and with all the hustle and bustle, it may be difficult to get all of your shopping done in time. Not to worry: Driving has got you covered, at least when it comes to the car guys/girls/kids in your life. We’ve assembled a list of gift ideas for every budget that are sure to be a hit under the tree this year. Don’t think you can procrastinate though; some of these items require shipping. You’ll find many of these at Amazo
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  • Three repairs you should avoid doing yourself

    Repair shops of every stripe see it almost every Saturday afternoon they’re open – vehicles dragged in with some type of problem their owners tried to tackle by themselves. With repair and maintenance costs of even the most basic vehicle climbing, many drivers are tempted to take care of some routine repairs themselves.
    But unless you know what’s behind the technology involved, your DIY efforts can earn you a larger than expected garage invoice. Here are some of the top repairs
  • Car Review: 2017 Volkswagen Passat V6 Highline

    So here’s the bad news: If you’re considering the 2017 Volkswagen Passat, there’s no diesel available this year. And the way things are going in the wake of VW’s emissions scandal, there might never be one again. But the good news is that there’s still a lot that impresses in this handsome sedan.
    The Passat starts at $25,745 and winds through three trim levels, all of which offer a turbocharged 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine. That includes the top-level Highline tri
  • Cross two off the gearhead bucket list

    STUTTGART, Germany — You know you’re a car nerd when you park in the underground at the Germany Porsche Museum and it takes you over 30 minutes to get upstairs. A storage section in the parkade was open, so my two companions and I spent over half an hour ogling the rare eye candy on public display, among them Porsche Martini Racing 930s, air-cooled 911s and even an old 944 Turbo. We hadn’t even made it upstairs and we were already running around like giddy school boys.
    We are t
  • 2018 Opel Insignia hints at our next Buick Regal

    General Motors has taken the wraps off the next-generation Buick Regal. Well, kind of …
    As you know, the entry-level luxury sedan we call the Buick Regal is essentially a rebadged Opel Insignia. Now that Opel has taken the wraps off its next-generation Insignia in Europe – it’s also headed to Australia as the 2018 Holden Commodore – we have a pretty clear idea of what to expect from the 2018 Regal. And it’s very promising.
    First and foremost, the 2018 Insignia is l
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  • It’s official: Dodge adds all-wheel-drive to 2017 Challenger

    Dodge is adding another trick up the Challenger‘s sleeve for 2017 – all-weather traction.
    The good news? This means you can enjoy muscle car thrills year-round. The bad news? All-wheel-drive is only available with the base 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 and eight-speed automatic transmission combination. Nope, the Hemi V8 engine remains exclusively rear-drive.
    It probably won’t light a fire in your belly and make noises as lovely as the Challenger SRT does, but with 305 horsepower and
  • Car Review: 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback

    Did you know that, here in Canada, the top three best-selling vehicles are all pickup trucks? The Ford F-150, the General Motors combination of the Silverado and Sierra, then the Ram 1500. And the fourth top-selling vehicle? At the end of this year, the Honda Civic will have held the crown of the best-selling car in Canada for 19 years running. Quite a feat; it really shows how Canadians value both practicality and utility. 
    If your driveway is a little small for the behemoth truc
  • First Drive: 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

    Borrego Springs, CALIF. — It’s the sound. Not thunderous or deep like the gathering storm of a V8, the exhaust from Ford‘s 2017 F-150 Raptor is nevertheless gnarly, throaty — a bit high pitched, perhaps — but compelling all the same. How could it not be? This is Ford’s baddest, meanest, fastest pickup truck – a falcon in F-150 clothing.
    The long-awaited replacement for the off-road icon produced between 2010 and 2014, the new Raptor is finally among us,
  • Rearview Mirror: Evolution of the crumple zone

    I own a couple of 1940s vehicles, and whenever I take one anywhere, I guarantee someone will come up, rap on the heavy fender, and say approvingly, “They don’t make ’em like that anymore.”
    And I always reply, “Don’t ever think that’s a bad thing.” A lot of people think new cars are flimsy because they crumple in a crash, but they’re meant to do that, and it can help save your life. And it’s thanks to a Mercedes-Benz engineer who patente
  • Insurance starts rewarding buyers of automatic braking cars

    Aviva Canada, one of the country’s largest insurance providers, recently tossed down a gauntlet: purchase a car with automatic emergency braking (AEB), get a 15 per cent cut in your premium rate.
    There are only a couple of small print considerations. It’s not applied to your comprehensive or specified perils portion included in your premium, but that’s usually a smallish fraction of the total. If you’re an existing client and you go purchase a new Toyota – and
  • Lamborghini’s Aventador-inspired speaker is all kinds of ridiculous

    It’s December. You have an endless supply of disposable income for Christmas gifts. There’s a gear head on your list, who also happens to have very little taste. What, oh what, do you get them?
    Well, Lamborghini has the answer – feast your eyes on the Esavox, a hand-built, Lamborghini Aventador-inspired sound dock and speaker. It’s a beauty, isn’t it?
    Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But it’s certainly a novel concept; the Esavox features ceram
  • 2017 Chevy Malibu rolls out with new 9-speed transmission

    General Motors has officially unleashed its all-new, nine-speed automatic transmission.
    Developed with Ford, the new nine-speed automatic is now available on the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu – but only paired to the 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Compared to the outgoing six-speed automatic, GM says the new gearbox lends to a 3 per cent improvement in fuel economy; the Malibu 2.0T is now good for 33 U.S. MPG.
    Among the improvements are a 7.6:1 gear ratio, resulting in a taller final
  • Driving takes a new road with website redesign

    Notice anything different here? Of course you do; welcome to the new Driving.ca!
    We’ve decided on this bold, modern look for a number of reasons; it’s faster to load, quicker to navigate and easier to read, for example. Our new look will also mean it will be easier for you to access and experience our broad range of topics and stories; we’ll be able to highlight curated topics every day for you, from our special sections, auto shows, even certain automa
  • Your Corner Wrench: What to do when your car burns oil

    It’s one of a car owner’s worst nightmares – pulling the engine oil dipstick, only a few weeks after an oil change service, and finding it down a litre or two. With no leaks or tell-tale stains on the driveway in sight, it looks like a case of internal oil consumption.  And you can add to this aggravation the uncertainty of dealing with your vehicle manufacturer – that is, if it’s under warranty.
    The most common causes of oil consumption can be boiled down to t
  • Area 27 adds to B.C. motorsport scene

    Nestled in the rolling hills near Oliver, B.C. is a brand new racetrack called Area 27. The name, says co-founder Bill Drossos, is in homage to two very different things.
    First, Nevada’s infamous and mysterious Area 51, and second, the digits that appeared on Canadian racing legend Gilles Villeneuve’s Formula 1 car, number 27.
    Of Area 27, former racecar driver Dirk Hohmann of Calgary says, “The track is one of the most challenging I’ve ever driven.
    “(Race drivi
  • SUV Review: 2016 Buick Enclave AWD Premium

    If you’re a fan of gigantic utility vehicles, you can probably thank OPEC for their resurgence. After spiking at $105 per barrel in 2014, crude oil prices have been in shocking decline – the downward spiral hit $48 a barrel last month. But despite the glut of global oil supplies, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries had refused to scale back their production, and the lower gas prices have been welcomed by all. Particularly the automakers, several of whom have cut back or
  • New Gran Turismo trailer drops, leaves us a little worried

    The Gran Turismo franchise of video games is famous for two things: Incredible realism, and incessant product launch delays.
    There was a five-year gulf between Gran Turismo 4 and 5 and a three-year chasm between the fifth and sixth installments. Gran Turismo 6 came out in 2013 and a new trailer for its succesor, Gran Turismo Sport, has been unveiled at the annual Playstation Experience conference today.
    Worryingly, only four race tracks are shown in the 2-minute-long trailer – the famous N
  • New luxury manufacturer focusses on respect

    For years now, the luxury vehicle market has looked to be stable, even crowded. Now there is a new entrant determined to stake out its place with a targeted offering that promises a superior combination of quality, performance and unparalleled customer service.
    “We’re not talking about a new car, we are talking about the launch of a new brand with Genesis,” says Chad Heard, senior manager of public relations with Genesis Motors Canada.
    “The launch of the Genesis brand is
  • Collector Classics: All things Land Rover

    Ray Wood is living the dream.
    He has been a Land Rover enthusiast for most of his life and has driven his diesel-powered Australian-built Defender more than 160,000 kilometres on world travels that include three trips across Africa and twice across Australia.
    He lives in a converted 90-year-old general store with a million dollar ocean view on Marine Drive in West Vancouver where the postal code represents the most expensive properties in the country.
    Ray and his wife Robyn Wenner own a business
  • Final LaFerrari ever built sells for US$7 million at auction

    The very last LaFerrari became the most expensive new car sold at an auction this weekend.
    We told you about this LaFerrari last week – working with RM Sotheby’s and the National Italian American Foundation’s Earthquake Relief Fund, this particular LaFerrari fetched a cool US$7 million – enough to make it the most valuable 21st-century car sold at auction.
    All of that money, incidentally, will benefit earthquake victims and reconstruction efforts in Central Italy followin
  • Don’t count on Mazda building another rotary-powered sports car

    Mazda’s legendary lineage of rotary-powered sports cars occupy a special place in the hearts of enthusiasts, but we probably won’t see them return anytime soon.
    Speaking with Automotive News, Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai says the Japanese automaker has no plans to build a sports car slotting above the MX-5 Miata. While that’s likely excellent news for fans of the plucky little roadster, those hoping for a production version of the gorgeous RX-Vision concept are essentially left wi
  • Don’t count on another Mazda rotary-powered sports car

    Mazda’s legendary lineage of rotary-powered sports cars occupy a special place in the hearts of enthusiasts, but we probably won’t see them return anytime soon.
    Speaking with Automotive News, Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai says the Japanese automaker has no plans to build a sports car slotting above the MX-5 Miata. While that’s likely excellent news for fans of the plucky little roadster, those hoping for a production version of the gorgeous RX-Vision concept are essentially left wi
  • First Drive: 2017 BMW 5 Series

    LISBON – BMW’s reputation as “ultimate driving machine” has suffered a bit as of late. The M5, once the most sporty of sedans, have become overweight blunderbusses and more American — overweight and over-powered — than European. The company’s more basic sedans — the 3 and 5 Series — have likewise followed suit, each iteration seemingly letting its competition — Mercedes-Benz, Audi and, most recently, Jaguar — catch up. BMW may be
  • Driving takes a new road with homepage redesign

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  • Mastering the not-so-festive dance of Christmas mall parking

    Decorations are up and Christmas music is playing in almost every store you visit; yup, it’s that festive time when when you’d give your kingdom for a parking spot and people consider causing bodily harm to others to celebrate the season. When you do have to make the inevitable trips to the mall for gifts (or even just deodorant and toothpaste), just make sure you don’t give away your self-respect, your health and your ethical centre while you’re at it. Here are a fe
  • Ford recalling 680,000 cars over seat belt problems

    Ford is recalling more than 680,000 midsize sedans mainly in North America because the front seat belts may not hold drivers and passengers in a crash.
    The recall covers certain 2013 to 2016 Ford Fusion, the 2013 to 2015 Lincoln MKZ and the 2015 to 2016 Ford Mondeo, which is essentially a rebadged Fusion overseas.
    Ford says heat generated when the seat belt pre-tensioners deploy can cause cables to break. If that happens, the belts may not hold people. Ford says it knows of two injuries related
  • Mitsubishi’s new Outlander plug-in hybrid can park itself

    Mitsubishi has developed an Outlander plug-in hybrid that can park itself autonomously, and even without the driver being behind the wheel.
    The system uses 12 ultrasonic sensors positioned around the vehicle to look for and measure the size of a potential parallel parking spot. When it detects a spot with enough room for the PHEV, it alerts the driver.
    The driver then stops and exits the vehicle. Now, pushing the “park” button on the key fob sees the Outlander back up into the parkin
  • Toyota teases 2018 Camry ahead of NAIAS debut

    Toyota has dropped a teaser image of the new (and surely exciting) 2018 Camry ahead of its 2017 North American International Auto Show reveal.
    We can only see one shadowy corner of the car, but it has surely what every Camry fan has been wanting for years – fake brake ducts! Also visible is a crease-to-nowhere that runs haphazardly up the C-pillar and a tacked on spoiler perched atop the trunk.
    The tail lights are interesting and we can see a pronounced shoulder line running below the wind
  • Nico Rosberg retires from Formula One racing

    Over his 25-year career in racing, Nico Rosberg has amassed 206 starts, 23 race wins and 20 lap records. But the number that matters most to him is the the amount of times he’s won the F1 World Championship.
    After the last Formula One race in Abu Dhabi, he was crowned the champion of the world. Today, via his official Facebook page, he announced his retirement. 
    “Since 25 years in racing, it has been my dream, my ‘one thing’ to become Formula One World Champion. Thro
  • First Drive: 2017 Honda CR-V

    JORDAN RIVER, B.C. — Since it’s debut in North America two decades ago, the Honda CR-V has been a performer of Olympic-like proportions. Not only has it been on the podium most of those 20 years as a top-three segment leader, like the global sporting event, a new model has come around every four years.
    For Canadian sales, the 2016 CR-V is wearing the bronze medal, with the Ford Escape capturing silver and the Toyota RAV4 on the top of the podium. For Honda, that’s simply not go
  • Mitsubishi to start its next 100 years with focus on EVs

    TOKYO – Mitsubishi Corporation is a massive organization with divisions that do everything from banking, build ships, rockets and a new regional jet, brewing Kirin beer, producing Nikon cameras and, of course, Mitsubishi Motors and its cars. The Corporation touches every facet of Japanese life and accounts for 10 per cent of Japan’s GDP, which is massive by any measure.
    Mitsubishi will celebrate its 100th anniversary next year. Along the way it has produced some interesting vehi
  • Pickup Review: 2017 Ram 2500 Laramie Crew Cab

    Heavy duty pickups aren’t for city slickers. They’re big and brawny, and they’re made for hauling heavy loads – not groceries. That doesn’t mean that if you rely primarily on your vehicle for hard work that you have to give up comfort and convenience. At least, not too much. Make no mistake, the 2017 Ram 2500 Laramie Crew Cab is a diehard workhorse, but it’s also just accommodating enough when it’s not hauling anything that it can be used every day.
    Our
  • Rolls-Royce heads to the Arctic with upcoming Cullinan

    Rolls-Royce has dropped two sneak peeks at its upcoming Cullinan. There’s a catch, though – don’t call it an SUV.
    Instead, Rolls-Royce wants you to call it an “all-terrain, high-sided vehicle,” likely to avoid the stigma associated with SUVs because Rolls-Royce is just so much better than that. OK, all kidding aside – these new photos show the Cullinan in its near-production form.
    Despite the camouflage, we can see the Cullinan sports a wagon-esque profile &nd
  • Dodge opens Viper order books one last time

    As was widely reported earlier this year, the Dodge Viper as we know it is going away after the 2016 model year.
    But the Viper’s death rattle has created an uptick in demand and according to Motor Authority, this was enough to convince Dodge to open the order books one last time for the four remaining weeks of 2016, resulting in a limited run of 2017 model-year Vipers.
    A similar flurry of interest in demand happened back in 1976 when GM announced the 1976 Cadillac Eldorado would be the las
  • Kia GT attacks Nurburgring, leaked photos surface

    It’s looking a lot less dramatic than the sexy concept we saw two years ago, but Kia’s sporty GT sedan has finally been spotted without camouflage.
    Thanks to some leaked photos from Kia-World, we now have an idea as to what Kia’s rear-wheel-drive GT sedan could look like when it hits production. The automaker also released a video of the GT attacking the Nurburgring, reaching 244 km/h on the long back straight. 
    Engine options for Kia’s newest sedan likely
  • What’s the best type of spark plug for your car?

    If you ever want to start a heated group discussion in a group of auto gear-head DIYers, simply ask what’s the best spark plug to use? As many opinions and reasons will start flying, as if you asked some locals in a Scottish pub what they think is the best single-malt scotch.
    While swapping out spark plugs on most six-cylinder engines in a front-wheel-drive vehicle – or even some V8s in a rear-driver – can be a challenge for even a seasoned wrench-veteran, it’s a relative
  • Spark up a debate – by talking about spark plugs

    If you ever want to start a heated group discussion in a group of auto gear-head DIYers, simply ask what’s the best spark plug to use? As many opinions and reasons will start flying as if you asked some locals in a Scottish pub, what’s the best single-malt?
    While swapping out spark plugs on most V6 engines in a front-drive vehicle (or even some V8s in a rear driver) can be a challenge for even a seasoned wrench-veteran, it’s a relatively easy task on most four-cylinder motors a