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Style is an Audi trademark, not that they can enforce it by law. We've witnessed others copy some of its design elements over the years and rather than fight back the German brand takes it in stride. Of course, buyers know the difference between an imitator and the real deal, and Audi has never been about aping the latest trend. They're an automaker that's made its mark with innovation, being the first premium brand to promote the merits of all-wheel drive en masse to the point where Quattro is a near household name. All other luxury brands have now followed Audi's AWD lead, while the Ingols...
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There's only one better compact sport sedan in the premium sector than Audi's A3, and that's the same brand's S3. Having already covered that sportier model in 2015 trim, I await a second turn at the wheel with eager anticipation, although another spin in the A3 2.0 TFSI Quattro is certainly a good way to wile away the time. If you're a fan of Audi's big, bold grille, LED enhanced lighting elements and chiseled flanks, the new A3 sedan will certainly fit your preferred style. From the front and profile it looks just like most other Audi sedans, only smaller, while its blade-shaped ta...
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Unlike other Scions, the iM isn't trying to hide its heritage. The Toyota badge on its sweptback grille could just as easily be swapped out for an identically sized and shaped Scion logo, as I'm sure many compact sport buyers will do. And why not? A slightly less aggressively kitted out version sells as the Toyota Corolla Auris Hatchback in European markets after all, so while there'll be some who'll want to differentiate themselves from their parent's Corollas and Camrys by driving a sport-tuned Scion, the rest of us can enjoy the fact that it's really nothing more or less than a tried and ...
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No one at Honda will argue that their outgoing Pilot, which while a good, reliable and utile mid-size crossover, wasn't dated. Its tall, boxy, traditional SUV styling might still work for a true off-roader like Land Rover's LR4, but more often than not the seven-year old second-generation Pilot was overlooked by today's CUV buyer seeking a sleeker, more stylish ride. As of May 2015, this stopped being an issue. That was the month the 2016 Honda Pilot went on sale, a vehicle that went from passé to preeminent in one very thorough redesign. The only thing that stays the same is the displac...
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Since Honda abandoned its unorthodox Crosstour last year, which was more hatchback than wagon and, most would agree, bordered on fugly, Subaru's Outback and this Toyota Venza are the only two five-passenger mid-size crossovers in the mainstream volume sector that venture into more traditional wagon territory. Nissan's new Murano comes close, but its taller overall height puts it within range of the Ford Edge and other more SUV-like crossovers, which is either a very good thing if you're looking for something more car-like, or not ideal if greater ride height is preferable. ...
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Every now and then an automaker creates a car that's ideal for a given market, and sales success follows. Enter the new Audi A3 Sedan and its even more enticing S3 sibling. Small, lightweight, superbly styled and filled with Audi's usual high-quality finishings and ample allowance of features, the premium compact four-door suits Canadian tastes to a twin-scroll turbocharged T, and when kitted out with the extra power and handling prowess of the S variant it becomes the stuff of future legend. I'm not going to go so far as to say the 2015 Audi S3 will someday be collectible, but there's...
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It's hard to believe the Santa Fe is entering the final year of its current third-generation body style, because it still looks so good. That's the sign of good design, and reason enough for such strong continued sales. Hyundai sold 32,474 of its regular wheelbase Sport model and long-wheelbase XL during the last calendar year, while the mid-size crossover SUV shows little sign of slowing this year either. I've been a fan of the Santa Fe since the second-generation arrived on the scene in 2006 as a 2007 model, and became an even more ardent proponent since this third-gen iteration hit the...
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Hyundai completely made over its popular Sonata family sedan last year, but the Hybrid was left to soldier on in a somewhat dated uniform. As you'll likely agree the wait has certainly been worth it, as the all-new 2016 Sonata Hybrid delivers even more appealing styling than the regular model. Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press The new model makes an altogether bolder statement with a much deeper looking grille smartly created by covering its bumper cap with the same matte black composite used for the rest of the insert slats, while surrounding t...
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Mazda has updated its CX-5 compact crossover for 2016 and styling changes are subtle. Truly, most won't even notice. The new grille gets five evenly spaced slats for a cleaner more uniform design than the outgoing model's thick black slab up top and honeycomb mesh insert below, while GS and GT models get restyled fog lamp surrounds featuring two horizontal strakes. The mid-grade GS uses the same fogs as last year, while this top-tier GT gets a totally new set of tiny LEDs, not to mention new LED headlamps with signature detailing as well as stylish LED taillights. The GT's standard whee...
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How do you like it? This is the refreshed 2016 Elantra GT, a car that's only been with us for three years yet has found a passionate following. It arrived on the scene in 2012 as a 2013 model, replacing the more wagon-like Elantra Touring that had a good five-year run paving the way for this arguably more fashionable five-door. Where the Touring arrived on our shores with carryover styling from the European-designed i3 when our current four-door Elantra had already been available since 2011, this time around Hyundai has given its sportier model a mid-cycle update first. The new grille des...
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