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When Your Phone and Car Just Don’t Want to Get Along - near Nanaimo 2017-01-24
So, you just bought a new car but your smartphone refuses to pair with it. What should you do?By Brian TurnerMost consumers are very careful with their finances when considering replacing their existing vehicles. They often spend hours on automakers’ websites poring over option packages and check various dealership sites for price comparisons. Then it’s not unusual to take two or more visits to th...
Things to Teach Your Teen Before They Borrow the Keys - near Nanaimo 2017-01-24
Teaching your teenYour baby is no longer a baby. They’re a fully licensed driver and they want your keys.Driver training programs specifically targeted to the teen or young driver are the most effective way to get instruction on the fundamentals of how to drive, and how to prepare to pass a licensing test. But what about the things they don’t teach in every driving school? Make sure your teenager ...
Baby Equipment to Consider When Buying a Car - near Nanaimo 2017-01-24
Keep the type of equipment you are planning to buy and transport for baby in mind when you’re choosing a new vehicle.Will it all fit?Newborn babies are tiny, but the equipment they require to be safe and happy can be quite large. In fact, it seems like the smaller they are the more gear you’ll need to carry around with you.It’s absolutely something to keep in mind when you’re choosing a vehicle, a...
Keep yourself (and your car) cool in the summer - near Nanaimo 2017-01-24
By Jil McIntoshSummer weather is great for us, but not so easy on our vehicles. All that heat and sunshine can be hard on their components. Just as you take precautions driving in winter, you should pay attention to your car when it’s exposed to summer weather.1. Check or replace belts and hosesIt gets very hot under the hood, which is hard on the rubber belts and hoses. They’re especially suscept...
Six Tips for Mastering Your New Infotainment System - near Nanaimo 2017-01-24
From touchscreens to Bluetooth, here are six tips to help you navigate your new car's confusing technology By Brian TurnerOne of the fastest growing segments of automotive technology, infotainment, has also graduated to the head of another class. A study completed recently by Consumer Reports reveals that in-car electronics holds a strong first-place for consumer automotive complaints. As the dema...
2016 Mazda6: The Overlooked Overachiever - near Nanaimo 2017-01-24
By: Michel DeslauriersMost of the time, we can come up with solid arguments to explain why a car sells hot cakes or grows roots on dealer lots. Yet in some rare cases, we’re clueless as to why the consumer doesn’t fall for a competent car or truck. The Mazda6 is one of them.One could say that the Canadian market has a preference for compact cars and small SUVs—which is true. However, for every Maz...
8 Things to Consider When Shopping for a Hot Hatch - near Nanaimo 2017-01-24
So Many Hatches, So Little TimeBy Kelly PleskotSo you want to buy a hot hatch? Although performance is likely a big part of your decision, there are plenty of other factors to consider. Keep reading for eight other considerations when shopping for a hot hatch.Is there enough room?Many consumers choose hatchbacks instead of sedans for the spacious interiors and flexible cargo areas. But not all hat...
This Summer’s 10 Coolest New Convertibles - near Nanaimo 2017-01-24
It’s that time of year again. The sun’s beginning to shine just a little too much, and the weather’s transitioning from pleasant and refreshing to downright oppressive. And while some people will turn to more traditional methods of respite—air conditioning is understandably a very popular option, especially in a car—we believe a convertible may be the best cure for the summer heat. We have said it...
VW Settles for $14.7 Billion - near Nanaimo 2017-01-24
Volkswagen Settles Diesel Emissions Violations for $14.7 Billion, Even More Fines to ComeVolkswagen will pay $14.7 billion to settle with three federal agencies suing the automaker for its excessive diesel emissions, the highest ever paid by a company for violations under the Clean Air Act.The Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Trade Commission, and the Department of Justice announced the pa...
2016 Mazda3 Wins Again - near Nanaimo 2017-01-24
2016 Chevrolet Cruze vs. 2016 Honda Civic, 2017 Hyundai Elantra, 2016 Mazda 3, 2016 Nissan Sentra Some people will tell you that every modern vehicle is a winner, yet some cars still haven't mastered the basics.Jun 2016By ERIC TINGWALLPhotography By MARC URBANOThere’s a popular myth that, outside of sports cars and exotics, all modern cars are essentially the same. Believers claim that quality, sa...
Mazda6 Could Get CX-9's 2.5L Turbo-Four - near Campbell River 2017-01-24
Other Mazda models could also get a turboBy: Stefan OgbacFor those who would like a Mazda6, but need a bit more power, good news might be on the horizon, as a new report claims the Mazda CX-9’s 2.5-liter turbo-four could find its way to more vehicles in the Japanese automaker’s lineup. Speaking with Caradvice, Mazda North American Operations’ vehicle development engineer Dave Coleman said that the...
2016 Mazda CX-5 GT: All Elements in Place - near Nanaimo 2017-01-24
By: Mathieu St-PierreMazda’s on a tear at the moment where they can do no wrong. The CX-5 was actually the first of the Japanese maker’s vehicles to start the brand’s rebirth roughly four years ago. Its secrets were plain for everyone to see: it combined styling, substance and performance.Now, for its fourth model year, Mazda’s lessons learned with the latest 3, 6 and MX-5 are shining through. The...
Mazda Has Luxury Utilities in its Crosshairs - near Campbell River 2017-01-24
By Jeff YipBack to Gallery/**/In today's SUV-eat-SUV world, every automaker battling for utility/crossover market share had better bring its A game.  Say hello to the newest generation of the CX-9, Mazda's solution for those who want more room with their zoom zoom. Mazda's flagship people hauler has been more than just buffed and puffed. The three-row midsize CX-9 is shorter and lighter, roomier a...
2016 Mazda CX-9 is a Family Hauler with Miata Spirit - near Nanaimo 2017-01-24
By: Brendan McAleerSQUAMISH, B.C. — Special to The Globe and Mail‘Miata” is an old High German word meaning “reward.” “Mid-sized crossover” is certainly not an old High German phrase but, if it were, it might translate to “the work that precedes the reward.” There will be time enough for open-topped roadsters when four becomes two, but in the meantime, you’re going to need room for that stroller.P...
2016 Mazda MX-5 GS: Sport Sauce is Good - near Nanaimo 2017-01-24
By: Mathieu St-PierreI could wax on lyrically for hours—no, days—scratch that, the remainder of my life—on how good the Mazda MX-5 is. I want to say that there are no substitutes and after reading a few first drive reviews on the Fiat 124 Spider from my colleagues, I will make the statement: there are no substitutes to the Mazda MX-5 Miata.I’ve now spent a considerable amount of time at the helm o...
Review: Don’t forget the other ‘6’ - near Campbell River 2017-01-24
Mazda’s mid-size sedan provides lots of driver feedback, even though it’s been around for a whileThe Mazda 6 has been around in this form since the 2014 model year, undergoing minor updates to keep it fresh.  (Brian Early / for the Toronto Star)  By Brian EarlyFri., May 27, 2016“Hello? Is this thing on?”This is the question that the Mazda 6 might be asking the Canadian mid-size sedan shopper as it...
Fiat 124 Abarth vs. Mazda Miata: Which Is Best on Track? near Nanaimo 2017-01-24
We just ran the Miata and Fiat 124 Abarth together on track. One of these cars is very good. The other is truly excellent.By Jack BaruthJul 22, 2016So this is what it's like to be almost famous. Road & Track's web editor Travis Okulski and I are in the paddock at New Jersey Motorsports Park's "Lightning" course, sharing a massive asphalt pad with about fifty bona-fide race cars and a handful of hi...
Similar on the Surface, Fresh Under the Skin - near Nanaimo 2017-01-24
By: Scott Collie Mazda found immediate success in 2003 with the release of the first Mazda 3 in Japan (where it's known as the Axela), with the car offering performance, handling, styling and an interior that belied its budget price. Mazda is looking to continue that tradition with an updated Mazda 3 kitted out with a new torque vectoring system and more exciting, efficient diesel engines.This mig...
Mazda CX-3: A Small SUV Loaded With Technology - near Campbell River 2017-01-24
By: Phil Baker The Mazda CX-3 is the company’s new subcompact SUV that’s getting loads of accolades, including being selected as top in class in a number of automotive reviews. It’s a car that offers a lot of features for a relatively low price, yet manages to avoid the stigma of an economy car that cuts corners. I just spent several days trying one out to see what the excitement was all about.Sin...
Mazda Busts a Move So Smooth You Won’t Even Notice - near Nanaimo 2017-01-24
By: Mark RichardsonIt’s disconcerting to have a Japanese engineer in the back seat, studying your driving with a laptop. It’s also frustrating to go to a racetrack to turn laps in the parking lot at 10 and 20 km/h.The engineer didn’t want me to drive any faster. The aim was for precision and consistency, because the squiggly lines on his screen were very subtle.The Mazda CX-3 with GVC. (Mark Richa...