Tag Archive: CUV

Jan 10

All New 2014 Toyota Highlander Makes its Canadian Debut in Montréal

Montréal International Auto Show, January 17-26 at the Palais des congress

(TORONTO, ON – January 9, 2014)  Get up close with the all new Toyota Highlander in Montreal this month, as Toyota Canada takes the wraps off the 2014 model. With exterior styling that’s sleek yet strong, an interior that defines “functional beauty”, lots more space for people and cargo, and an abundance of innovative technology and features, there’s plenty to discover.

“The Highlander helped create the well-mannered, very versatile and popular segment of mid-size SUVs based on passenger car ‘unibody’ construction – and with the 2014 model, we’re doing more than introducing an all-new model: we’re resetting the benchmarks that define this segment,” said Larry Hutchinson, Vice President at Toyota Canada.

“Combining Toyota’s traditional core strength in building vehicles that are dependable, long-lasting and hard-working, the new Highlander puts a fresh emphasis on design and performance that delights the senses.”

The 2014 Toyota Highlander will be on display throughout the Montréal International Auto Show, running January 17-26, 2014.


Le populaire VUS intermédiaire de prochaine génération  sera exposé au Salon international de l’auto de Montréal, au Palais des congrès, du 17 au 26 janvier

(TORONTO, ONT. – 9 janvier 2014) Venez admirer de près le tout nouveau Toyota Highlander à Montréal ce mois-ci, car Toyota Canada va lever le voile sur le modèle 2014. Présentant des lignes extérieures à la fois élégantes et dynamiques, un intérieur qui définit la « beauté fonctionnelle », et offrant beaucoup d’espace pour les passagers et les bagages ainsi qu’une abondance de technologies et de caractéristiques innovatrices, ce nouveau modèle vous réserve de belles surprises.

« Le Highlander a contribué à créer un segment réservé à des VUS intermédiaires à construction monocoque qui sont populaires, très polyvalents et offrant une conduite confortable – et avec la mouture 2014, nous proposons plus qu’un tout nouveau modèle : nous rajustons les références qui définissent ce segment, » a déclaré Larry Hutchinson, vice-président chez Toyota Canada.  « Combinant les atouts de base traditionnels de Toyota que sont la fiabilité, la durabilité et la robustesse, le nouveau Highlander met particulièrement en valeur le design et la performance qui flattent les sens. »

Le Toyota Highlander 2014 sera exposé pendant toute la durée du Salon international de l’auto de Montréal, soit du 17 au 26 janvier 2014.


Nov 19

Road Test – 2013 Ford C-MAX Energi SEL

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2013 Ford C-MAX Energi SEL

The all-new C-MAX is a great looking little city runabout that’s sure to stand out in a crowd. With the world striving to go green, manufacturers are forever trying to find a way to make vehicles more fuel efficient. Each manufacturer has their own take on how to save the planet – for some it’s hydrogen, for others it’s diesel, hybrid, electric or combinations there-of. The C-MAX is a different animal – it straddles the realm between and EV and a hybrid. Its forté is that you can plug it in and run on electric-only for short trips around town – where the majority of pollutants are emitted in stop-and-go traffic. Unlike other EVs it has a real motor to extend its range, making the C-MAX far more desirable than your standard EV or hybrid.

What Is It?

  • Plug in EV (Electric Vehicle) Hybrid
  • It’s a plug in battery operated vehicle with the bonus of having a real 4-cylinder engine for longer commutes or when the battery runs out
  • Can be used as electric-only in town/city
  • Or set to Auto and allow computer to decide what’s most efficient
  • All-electric range is 43 kilometres, gas-plus electric is 1,221 km (highly doubtful based on my usage)
  • Re-charge overnight using standards 120-volt outlet
  • There is a regular hybrid version available too – called the C-MAX Hybrid
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Nov 03

Road Test: 2011 Hyundai Tucson GLS AWD

Text: Iain Shankland /  Images: Iain Shankland, Hyundai

For the last year or so Hyundai have been on a bit of a tear with new models coming out every few months – each one significantly better looking than the model it replaces. The Santa Fe was the first model to get the new treatment followed by a completely new model line-up in the case of the Genesis Coupe and Sedan, followed by the all-new Sonata that has earned numerous awards around the world. More new vehicles are coming in the next few months, but this week’s Road Test is the highly anticipated small CUV, the Tucson.

It’s been a few years since I last drove the Tucson. Having a look back at my previous review, it was all the way back to 2006, so it’s long overdue for another look. Other than the much improved looks (I think the last model looked like a Boston Terrier), there are a number of significant changes for the 2011 model year. Where the previous model looked like it was designed and built using whatever was left lying on the floor, the new model is striking in how different it looks from any other CUV on the road today. Conceived and engineered at Hyundai’s new design centre in Frankfurt, the design, handling and ride are very European. The Tucson’s unique styling begins at the signature hexagonal grille, extends up through sculptured hood lines and back through a double shoulder line extending from headlight to tail lights.

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Nov 05

Road Test: 2011 Kia Sorento LX V-6

Text / Images: Iain Shankland

2011 Kia Sorento LX

If you’ve been reading any of my reviews over the past few months, you might remember that my wife and I are in the middle of a large conundrum: we need a new car to replace her Mazda5, but we have no idea what we want to get. Not only is type of vehicle the problem (car, coupe, CUV/SUV), but so is our budget! We have no idea what we want or how much we want to spend!

In the recent past we’ve gone through the Ford Fusion, Genesis Coupe, Ford Flex and Edge, Honda Crosstour, Ford F-150, Toyota Venza, Prius and RAV4. The Kia Soul is very high on my wife’s list (we had it last year, but another one coming up next week), just to mention a few. This week we’ve got the Kia Sorento. Why not just get another Mazda5? As terrific as it is, that’s not what we do – we never get the same car or even manufacturer back to back, no matter how much we’ve loved the vehicle. For us a two-year lease is too long!

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Jul 29

Road Test: 2010 Toyota RAV4 Limited AWD

Text / Images: Iain Shankland

It’s been a couple of years since I last drove a RAV4, but to be honest I don’t remember a thing about it… Toyota gave it a redesign with numerous upgrades for the 2009 model year, so I thought I’d give it another go. Other than the re-design, there were two other situations that made it a perfect time to take the RAV4 out for a spin…

While I was arranging to get one for a test, Toyota were in the middle of a storm of bad press – it seemed like every day a new “failure” or “runaway vehicle” was being announced in newspapers, on TV and of course the internet. As I’ve mentioned before – I think it’s just a witch-hunt. People love to kick successful people/companies when the opportunity presents itself and this was no different. Audi went through it in the ’80’s and just barely survived in North America. Toyota have a stronger and bigger presence, but they will no doubt suffer a black eye for many years because of this.

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Jul 01

2010 Acura ZDX SH-AWD

Text: Iain Shankland / Images: Acura

2010 Acura ZDX

“The all-new 2010 Acura ZDX is a crossover utility vehicle with the design of a personal sports coupe. With the appearance of a performance coupe and the four-door convenience of a sedan and the utility of a CUV.”

That’s a quote directly from the press material.. and believe it or not, that’s exactly what the Acura ZDX is! Many times the press material is a bit off the mark, but the Acura people nailed it. Until I had the opportunity to actually drive the ZDX, I thought it was basically a CUV with less cargo room. It kinda is – but it’s far closer to a sports coupe than a sedan or CUV, albeit one on stilts.

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Apr 28

2010 Volvo XC60 3.2 AWD

Text: Iain Shankland / Images: Iain Shankland & Volvo

2010 Volvo XC60

It’s been a while since I’ve driven a Volvo CUV, so when the opportunity came up to take the all-new XC60 for a week I jumped at the chance. I’d eyeballed the XC60 from the moment I spotted it at the auto show last year and every time I saw one on the road it grabbed my attention right away. It’s definitely one of the best looking CUV’s on the road at the moment – but what’s it like to live with on a day to day basis?

Oddly enough every time I get a Volvo CUV, it happens to be winter and this year was no exception…. This time it was between snowstorms – but we had plenty of time to test out the bum warmers and other winter related items with temperatures in the -5c to -15c range.

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Mar 31

2010 Lexus RX 450h

Text / Images: Iain Shankland

2010 Lexus RX450h

It’s been a couple of years since I last drove the Lexus RX hybrid. It was so outstanding my wife and I wanted to trade our first-born for one.. too bad we only had a chinchilla to trade.

For the 2010 model, Lexus have re-designed the RX from the ground up… sounds like the perfect reason to grab the keys and see if it can measure up to the previous model…..
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