Buyers Advice & Car Reviews

For such a large and bulky vehicle, the Yukon’s design is tidy and elegant. The AT4 is the off-road member of the family with underbody skid plates and a two-speed transfer case. PHOTO: GENERAL MOTORS

2021 GMC Yukon: For king-size towing and hauling, Yukon rules the roost

For 2021, the GMC Yukon AT4 has been redesigned, top to bottom.

  • Apr 8, 2021
The Grand Cherokee L seemed to arrive out of the blue with little or no fanfare. It’s built on a separate platform from the regular-length model, foreshadowing the new look for all GC models. PHOTO: FCA

The Auto Sleuth: Hot-off-the-press news from the auto world

2021 Grand Cherokee L, GM’s BrightDrop, the next Ford F-150 Raptor and more

  • Apr 3, 2021
One of the five vehicles in the Flying Destruction bursts through an old trailer at the end of a day of races at the Penticton Speedway in a previous season. The Eve of Destruction will be returning for 2021. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Penticton Speedway kicks off 2021 season June 5

This will be the first season under the Speedway’s new owners

The crossover craze gets its name for good reason: buyers are crazy for them. So it makes good sense to create an electric crossover as opposed to a small sedan or hatchback. PHOTO: VOLKSWAGEN

FIRST LOOK: 2021 Volkswagen ID.4

This global electric vehicle is the tip of the sword for VW’s EV charge

  • Mar 27, 2021
The crossover craze gets its name for good reason: buyers are crazy for them. So it makes good sense to create an electric crossover as opposed to a small sedan or hatchback. PHOTO: VOLKSWAGEN
The Cadenza, pictured, is on the way out. In its place, Kia will bring to market a heavily redesigned sedan call the K8. PHOTO: KIA

The Auto Sleuth: Hot-off-the-press news from the auto world

A new Kia. Lynk & Co to sell vehicles in Europe. And is Mazda joining the coupe craze?

  • Mar 17, 2021
The Cadenza, pictured, is on the way out. In its place, Kia will bring to market a heavily redesigned sedan call the K8. PHOTO: KIA
CX-9’s on-road behaviour will have you believing you’re piloting a sport-tuned machine instead of a 2,000-kilogram family bus with three rows of seats.

2021 Mazda CX-9: The closest thing to a 7-person sports car for the masses?

Style, space and performance, and for 2021, more luxury

  • Mar 12, 2021
CX-9’s on-road behaviour will have you believing you’re piloting a sport-tuned machine instead of a 2,000-kilogram family bus with three rows of seats.
With the recent and not entirely unsurprising retirements of the Continental and MKZ sedans for 2021, the 2021 Corsair assumes the entry-point position for the brand.

2021 Lincoln Corsair: Lincoln’s new entry-level vehicle is also a great sedan alternative

The Corsair, which was new for 2020, replaced the MKC

  • Mar 8, 2021
With the recent and not entirely unsurprising retirements of the Continental and MKZ sedans for 2021, the 2021 Corsair assumes the entry-point position for the brand.
A definite edge over some competing models is the availability of all-wheel-drive on all four trim levels (1.3-litre engine with the nine-speed automatic transmission). PHOTO: CHEVROLET

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer

Proof that good things often come in small (and tall) packages

  • Mar 3, 2021
A definite edge over some competing models is the availability of all-wheel-drive on all four trim levels (1.3-litre engine with the nine-speed automatic transmission). PHOTO: CHEVROLET
Hyundai’s new Electric-Global Modular Platform will underpin several new vehicles with 800-volt technology. The Prophecy is a Hyundai-branded concept. PHOTO: HYUNDAI

The Auto Sleuth: New EVs, a new BMW 2 Series coupe and the rumour of a Honda S2000

Hot off the press news from the auto world

  • Feb 22, 2021
Hyundai’s new Electric-Global Modular Platform will underpin several new vehicles with 800-volt technology. The Prophecy is a Hyundai-branded concept. PHOTO: HYUNDAI
While competitors might only offer front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive for the higher trims, for the Seltos, front-wheel-drive is available only with the base trim. PHOTO: KIA

2021 Kia Seltos: Price-conscious compact utility vehicle that can actually go off-road

The Seltos can take on rougher terrain than many of its competitors

  • Feb 15, 2021
While competitors might only offer front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive for the higher trims, for the Seltos, front-wheel-drive is available only with the base trim. PHOTO: KIA
The Sleuth has learned that General Motors’ Bowtie brand will give its tiny utility vehicle a more powerful engine by the middle of the year.

The Auto Sleuth: A Sedona refresh, targeting a new Tundra, and a boost for the Trax

Hot-off-the-press news from the auto world

  • Feb 11, 2021
The Sleuth has learned that General Motors’ Bowtie brand will give its tiny utility vehicle a more powerful engine by the middle of the year.
A snow plow fitted with a Pratt and Whitney ST6A turbine turboprop engine removes snow from the Kootenay Pass on Highway 3 between Creston and Salmo in the mid-1960s. (BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure photo)

Jet-powered snow plow once deployed on B.C. highways

Powerful truck was fitted with a Pratt and Whitney ST6A turbine turboprop engine

  • Feb 8, 2021
A snow plow fitted with a Pratt and Whitney ST6A turbine turboprop engine removes snow from the Kootenay Pass on Highway 3 between Creston and Salmo in the mid-1960s. (BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure photo)
The Ridgeline is available with an off-road appearance package that includes these neat bronze wheels. There is no extra off-road capability, however. PHOTO: HONDA

Meet the 2021 Honda Ridgeline

A pickup this versatile just might be all the truck that’s needed

  • Jan 31, 2021
The Ridgeline is available with an off-road appearance package that includes these neat bronze wheels. There is no extra off-road capability, however. PHOTO: HONDA
The redesign of the Honda Civic is extensive with a large lower grille, sharp body creases and an obvious bump in the bodywork below the rear side glass. PHOTO: HONDA

The Auto Sleuth: A next-gen Civic and Subaru coupe, Nissan Rogue Sport and more

Hot off the press news from the auto world

  • Jan 27, 2021
The redesign of the Honda Civic is extensive with a large lower grille, sharp body creases and an obvious bump in the bodywork below the rear side glass. PHOTO: HONDA
The Mach-E’s electric range varies depending on the model and whether rear- or all-wheel-drive. Maximum range is claimed to be 480 kilometres. PHOTO: FORD

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E: An electric Mustang is definitely a horse of a different breed

Mach-E’s performance characteristics and slick styling are winners

  • Jan 23, 2021
The Mach-E’s electric range varies depending on the model and whether rear- or all-wheel-drive. Maximum range is claimed to be 480 kilometres. PHOTO: FORD
There’s a dramatically different look for the Tucson and there are two new hybrid powertrain options. PHOTO: HYUNDAI

The Auto Sleuth: New from Hyundai, BMW and Ford for 2022

Hot off the press news from the auto world

  • Jan 17, 2021
There’s a dramatically different look for the Tucson and there are two new hybrid powertrain options. PHOTO: HYUNDAI
If you squint a little, you can catch some styling cues from the Toyota Supra sports car. The standard hybrid system has two electric motors. Opt for all-wheel-drive and there’s a third. PHOTO: TOYOTA

2021 Toyota Sienna: Hybrid only? A bold (and fuel-efficient) move in the minivan class

This travel-wise family drive boasts a penchant for penny-pinching at the pumps

  • Jan 14, 2021
If you squint a little, you can catch some styling cues from the Toyota Supra sports car. The standard hybrid system has two electric motors. Opt for all-wheel-drive and there’s a third. PHOTO: TOYOTA
The new Golf R will gain power but might lose its six-speed manual transmission. PHOTO: VOLKSWAGEN

Auto Sleuth: New VW Golf R, re-designed Nissan Frontier and more

Hot-off-the-press news from the auto world

  • Jan 6, 2021
The new Golf R will gain power but might lose its six-speed manual transmission. PHOTO: VOLKSWAGEN
A large, square vehicle that’s artful and elegant? Loaded up, the Tahoe could actually be an understated alternative to the Cadillac Escalade. PHOTO: CHEVROLET

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe: More space, yes, but a smarter use of that space

With more legroom and cargo space, the Tahoe might be all the utility vehicle you’ll need

  • Jan 4, 2021
A large, square vehicle that’s artful and elegant? Loaded up, the Tahoe could actually be an understated alternative to the Cadillac Escalade. PHOTO: CHEVROLET
The GV70 will be the second utility vehicle to join the Genesis lineup. It’s smaller than the GV80 and will have a lower base price. PHOTO: GENESIS
The GV70 will be the second utility vehicle to join the Genesis lineup. It’s smaller than the GV80 and will have a lower base price. PHOTO: GENESIS