Feature story: In Defence of the “Midlife Crisis” Car

  This week, we had a last minute change. I thought I’d be reviewing a Lexus for you – with four doors, five seats and plenty of trunk space (a perfectly reasonable family choice). But instead, I was put into… the Mazda MX-5. It’s the most unabashedly un-family friendly car we’ve ever seen on the channel. But it offers up a […]

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Mechanical March: Synthetic versus conventional oil

For part three of our Mechanical March series, Justin Knibbe from Knibbe Automotive in Calgary talks about what makes synthetic oil different. Why is it so much more expensive? Why do some cars require it while others don’t? And is it worth splurging on high quality motor oil if your car’s user manual doesn’t specifically say that you need to […]

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Can car sharing work for a family? A month long Car2Go challenge

With car sharing programs growing exponentially right now, we thought we’d put one of them through its paces. Car2Go has exploded since it was first launched as a pilot project in 2009. Now, the company has almost 14,000 cars in their fleet and are available in 26 cities around the world. And with larger Mercedes sedans and crossovers now available […]

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How the cars we drive get tested for safety by the IIHS

Often during our reviews, we’ll mention what the safety rating is for that car from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The IIHS has been operating since the 1950s as an insurance industry funded body that tests the safety of the cars we buy and pushes the auto industry to further improve the safety features on offer. But I wanted to […]

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Shasta Airflyte travel trailer review (and how our Volvo does towing it)

This week, we’re looking at a different sort of family wheels… our new travel trailer. And although it might look very old-school, it’s actually a painstakingly remastered reboot of the 1961 Shasta Airflyte. Shasta brought the Airflyte back from the archives as a limited run anniversary edition and when we stumbled upon it as a lightweight option for towing behind our […]

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