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Toyota Matrix

After the launch of the Protege5, it was only a matter of time before others manufacturers jumped on this very logical bandwagon. The Matrix is the next of what promises to be a long list. The beauty of this design is that it combines the best of both worlds. From a driving perspective the compact d

Toyota Corolla

The new Corolla is a much larger car than any of its predecessors, giving it more road presence. The body is also stronger than before, meaning fewer rattles and squeaks - not that the Corolla was ever known for this. Finally, the look is also more polished than before, allowing the new car to slip

Ford Thunderbird

Behind the Bird's stately, retro-looking façade lies a state of the art automobile. A 3.9 litre DOHC 32-valve V8 that produces 252 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque is a prime example. While it does not use variable valve timing, in the T-Bird's application, it is more than up to the job of

Suzuki Aerio

Aerio has a pronounced design theme that incorporates the headlights, taillights, no-draft windows and even the centre of the steering wheel. These elements all adopt a triangular shape. It's almost a throwback to the pyramid power days of old. Whether Suzuki is superstitious or simply adopted the t

Mitsubishi Lancer

A new car, and a new car company to Canada. This week on Test Drive it's the all-new Mitsubishi Lancer. After an aborted run at the Canadian market a few years ago, Mitsubishi is back and they mean business. Leading the charge is the Lancer, a car expected to be 40% of all Mitsu sales. Now while M

Mercedes Benz G 500 "the G Wagon"

The G-wagon was commissioned in 1974, and brought to market in '79. Since that time the exterior style has remained all but unchanged. The same cannot be said for the rest of the design. For example, power comes from the same 5.0 litre V8 that sees service the S-Class. With 292 horsepower and 336 lb

Mercedes Benz SL 500

It takes precisely 16 seconds to transform this gorgeous coupe into a road-ripping roadster. And you know what, from a driver's perspective you basically just sit here with your thumb on a button and the whole lot folds down into the back without any assistance or aggravation. As soon as the deck li

Mazda Speed

The age of the road rocket is final upon us. Acura's got the RSX, Honda the Civic SiR, Ford the Focus SVT and of course Nissan has got the Sentra SER Spec V. Well wanting to put all of them to the post is Mazda and this all new MazdaSpeed Protegé. And no this is not the concept version, rathe

Mazda Protege

Riding on MacPherson Struts up front and Mazda's Twin Trapezoidal links in back, and roll bars a both ends, the Protegé 5 truly surprised. First, the 195/50 R16 tires put a meaty print on the tarmac, consequently understeer is benign and, thanks to the tuned suspension settings, body roll is

Kia Sorento

Before getting stuck into the Sorento, it's time for a brief legal notice - any resemblance between the subject of this test drive and the Acura MDX is purely co-incidental. All kidding aside, the Sorento does have more than a passing resemblance to the Acura. The jeweled head and taillights adding

Jeep Liberty

The Liberty brings all the right things in its repertoire to do the off-road thing very well. The blunt nose and bobbed tail bring good approach and departure angles, while the elevated stance adds the needed ground clearance. Add to that a suspension design that brings a fill eight inches of travel

Jaguar X-Type

Just a few short years ago, Jaguar had but two models, a large sedan and a seductive coupe. The introduction of the S-Type doubled sales, Jaguar hope to do the same again with the X. While the base model comes with a 2.5-litre V6, the engine of choice is going to be the 3.0 litre unit and its 231 h

Jaguar S-Type R

This week on Test Drive we let the cat out of the bag as we put the S-type R the fastest production Jaguar ever, through its paces. Mention Jaguar and the image conjured up is of an exotic piece of automotive machinery. Now this has held true for the looks to the interior, but somehow always fell

Land Rover Freelander

The Freelander has the look of a Land Rover, but with a twist - it sits noticeably lower than the rest of the range. It also rides on a fully independent MacPherson strut suspension, meaning that the old solid axles relied upon before have been dumped. The result is a remarkably civilized ride on ro

Ford Focus SVT

This week on Test Drive, we take a look at the Focus. Now, for you eagle eyed viewers, you'll remember that we've already done the 3, 4 and 5 door Focus already, at least in the last few years. But this is no ordinary Focus, it's down to some severe modification and three little letters: SVT. When

Ford Focus

The beauty of the five-door hatchback design is that it allows the cargo capacity of a small wagon, but without the breadbox look. Indeed, it is the practical versatility without penalty that is at the core of the design. While the three-door ZX3 boasts a funky and expressive look, access to the bac

Cadillac CTS

Riding on double wishbones up front and a modified multi-link design in back, the CTS brings a great balance between comfort and handling. On the highway, the cushioned ride helps the miles melt away, leaving the occupants all but oblivious to the rigors of a rough road. Switch gears and head for th

BMW M3

Every week I test a different car, we test everything of every conceivable stripe. SUV, pickup trucks, sports cars and even economy cars. And ever now and then I get stuck with something like this and I say: "why me?" Well this happens to be the M3 so I say: "lucky me". When it

Chevy Avalanche

Under the hood sits a serious V8 that really does mean business. Not only does it push 325 lb-ft of torque and 285 horsepower to the wheels, it is quiet and never at a loss for power, even though it must motivate almost 6,000 pounds. Sitting between the automatic four-wheel drive system, which inclu

Acura RSX

As a replacement for a competent car, it's important the RSX be better in all the key areas. The suspension being one of the more important. Riding on a strong platform with struts up front and double wishbones in back, the RSX brings anti-roll bars and a surprisingly balanced feel for a front-wheel