Aug 29

Road Test – 2016 Kia Cadenza Tech

Iain Shankland, Road-Test.org

I’ve driven the Cadenza a couple of times, but only for small stints – no longer than 10 minutes at a time. Every time I’ve gotten behind the wheel I’ve been impressed by how well it handled – far better than I’d expected it to be – for an old guy’s car. It’s a good-looking car, but let’s be honest here – it doesn’t get the heart pounding… So why did I book a full week behind the wheel? Well, partly because the all-new Optima had just come out (which I’d already driven) and that left me with a huge question:  Is the Cadenza worth buying when the Optima is sooo good? As luck would have it, just as I was about to pick up the Cadenza, Kia announced the arrival of the all-new 2017 by the end of the year. Now there’s an additional question: How much better will it be than the 2016 model? Let’s tackle the first question now and the second question next year… Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 20

New 2017 Toyota Camry Offers Bold styling, Refined Interior, Driving Fun + Hybrid Models

There are many reasons to love the 2017 Toyota Camry – one outstanding mid-size sedan

2017 Camry(TORONTO, ON – August 18, 2016) There are many reasons to love the Toyota Camry: What are yours? Get behind the wheel of the 2017 Camry and find out.

New for 2017, the popular and sporty Camry XSE V6 is enhanced with extra safety features, which includes a Pre-Collision System, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert and Automatic High Beam technologies. Meantime, the Camry SE offers extra cold-weather comfort with the addition of heated front seats as standard.

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Jul 28

Road Test: 2016 Kia Optima SXL

Road Test: 2016 Kia Optima SXL
Text & Images: Iain Shankland
Iain Shankland, Road-Test.org

Warning: If you consider yourself an average driver – move on, nothing to see here… go read about the latest Buick. If you love cars. Love to drive them – then THIS is the car for you! Only REAL drivers should consider the 2016 Kia Optima… wannabes need not apply.

Many automakers go over-the-top when describing their new vehicles. Kia is no different when describing the All-new Optima:Performance comes in many forms. It’s the fun and exhilaration you feel when you use available paddle shifters for the first time.” But believe it or not – they weren’t just spewing hyperbole – it’s true!! The 2016 Optima IS fun and exhilarating to drive. You just want to go out and drive – anywhere, doesn’t matter, just drive. This car is “switched ON” all the time, until you hit the Econo button, then it becomes a regular average car. Hit the ‘Sport” setting and it dials everything up to ELEVEN… hold on and watch out for the cops!! Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 01

Road Test – 2016 Lincoln MKX

Road Test: 2016 Lincoln MKX, Iain Shankland, Road-Test.orgEvery now and then there’s a mix-up when I go to pick up my test vehicle. It happens rarely, but sometimes I go to get one vehicle, but end up with a completely different one. Such was the case with the Lincoln MKX. We’ll call this a happy accident, because there’s an extremely slim possibility (ok, ZERO) that I’d have taken the time to book one for a week – but I’d have missed out on one fantastic vehicle.

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Apr 29

Road Test – 2016 BMW X6 35i

BMW X6 35i, Road-Test.org, Iain Shankland

When the BMW X6 first came out it was crucified by the majority of auto journalists’ as an abomination, whereas I absolutely loved it. Fast forward several years and now there’s several CUV/SUV’s that look an awful lot like the X6 (a very similar thing happened with the BMW GT as well)… take a bow BMW – setting the trend that gets copied several years later by other manufactures. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 31

Ford Changed The World When He Gave Us The Model T – Tesla’s Going To Change It Back Again

Ford brought the Model T to the masses – Tesla plans to do the same…with the Model 3Road-Test.org

Tesla. What’s the first thing you think of when you read or hear that word?

For me, it was a very expensive electric car that the Hollywood gang loved to be seen-in – so they could tell us how to live our life and save the environment from their ivory tower. For that reason alone, I completely ignored the car and everything about it.

But I was wrong – so very wrong. What changed my mind? Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 17

Electric Vehicles – The Answer to Every Urban Commuter’s Prayers

…Or Are They?

Iain Shankland, Road-Test.org, Tesla StationAt this year’s Canadian International Auto Show (CIAS) the stand-out theme would have to be Electric Vehicles (EVs) – at least that’s where most of the manufacturers seem to be spending their time, energy and design money. And hey, there’s nothing wrong with electric vehicles – don’t get me wrong – but the fact that they’re being touted as an urban commuter – I’m not so sure about that.

Over the past few years I’ve written a couple of articles about EVs and hybrids – their pros and cons, and a lot of people have wondered why they haven’t really caught on. Well, it’s starting to look like the EV has gained enough momentum that it might actually dominate the market in the not too distant future. Manufacturers are all on board, sure there’s the odd hold-out like Mazda, but overall the manufacturers are fully committed to embracing electric – some are also looking at hydrogen and hybrid in tandem – or maybe they’re just hedging their bets. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 10

Chrysler Canada Announces Price Of All-New 2017 Pacifica

2017 Chrysler PacificaMarch 10, 2016 , Windsor, Ontario – The all-new, made-in-Canada 2017 Chrysler Pacifica delivers unparalleled levels of functionality, versatility, technology and bold styling – all from a starting MSRP of $43,995.

“FCA Canada has been the leading seller of minivans for 30-plus years while holding on to 70 per cent of the market share. With nearly 40 innovations not offered by any others in its class, the all-new Chrysler Pacifica is the new benchmark in the segment that we invented,” said Reid Bigland, President and CEO, FCA Canada.  “The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica includes a price that is $1,200 lower than the outgoing Town & Country, with over $2,600 of additional see and sell content with standard leather-faced seats, heated front seats, remote start, hands-free communication and Keyless Enter ‘n Go with push-button start.” Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 09

Road Test: 2016 Jaguar F-TYPE S AWD COUPÉ

Iain Shankland, Jaguar F-TYPE S AWD, Road-Test.orgThe 2016 Jaguar F-TYPE S AWD COUPÉ can be summed up in one word: Purrrrrrfect. Seriously. When you’re driving this car and you’re a man: you’ll have to beat the women off with a stick, and if you’re a women… let’s just say you won’t be considered just a cougar – you’ll be a magnet.

If anyone ever says to you: “Money can’t buy happiness” – punch them in the throat and show them a picture of this car. Money can buy happiness and it’s called a Jaguar F-Type. This car is worth trading your soul for. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 02

2016 Mazda CX-9 Scores 35-Percent Improvement in Fuel Efficiency Over Predecessor

2016 Mazda CX-9, Road-Test.org

Torquey, Turbocharged and Efficient SKYACTIV Engine Contributes to CX-9’s 8.3 L/100 km NRCan-Estimated Highway Rating

RICHMOND HILL, ON, March 2, 2016 /CNW/ – Mazda Canada Inc. (MCI) today released Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) estimated fuel economy figures for its all-new 2016 Mazda CX-9 midsize, three-row crossover SUV. Certified at 10.5 city/8.3 highway/9.5 combined L/100 km, when equipped with front-wheel drive, the 2016 CX-9 is among the most-efficient vehicles of its size—and achieves those numbers without having to use an extra-cost hybrid or diesel powertrain. Read the rest of this entry »

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