Justin Pritchard

CLK enjoyed for power, luxury, looks

Available in coupe or convertible variants, the Mercedes CLK-Class was available to Canadian shoppers from 2003 to 2009 before being replaced by the automaker’s new CL lineup.Available with a wide range of engine options and laundry list of high-end features, the CLK gave its drivers a highly...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 2:39 AM

G8 a solid performer that packed punch

For performance buffs, the Pontiac G8 was only slightly less attractive than owning a four-door Firebird.Simple premise with this machine. Shoppers could bring about $36,495 to their Pontiac dealers and leave with a brand new sedan stuffed with a V-8 engine that spun the rear wheels.The 160,000-...

Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 2:47 AM

Saab 9-5 boasted performance, mileage, refinement

Available in wagon (SportCombi) and sedan configurations, the most recent Saab 9-5 benefitted from a loyal but niche owners community who bought the machine largely for its distinctive character, refinement and exclusivity.This isn’t a car you’ll see every day. The latest complete generation of the...

Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 1:58 AM

Mazdaspeed6: The Mazda6 on steroids

Available in 2006 and 2007, the Mazdaspeed6 amounted to a tweaked-up, winter-blasting version of the standard Mazda6 that packed turbocharged power, a six-speed manual transmission and all- wheel drive.Look for premium features like keyless ignition, xenon lights, a sunroof, heated leather, Bose...

Wednesday, January 11, 2012, 2:59 AM

Infiniti’s shot at best-of-the-best sedans

Comprising the top-end of Nissan’s luxury brand, the last-generation Infiniti M-Series models were available to Canadian shoppers from 2006 to 2010.Big and luxurious, the M models were Infiniti’s shot at some of the best flagship sedans from BMW, Audi and Lexus.Look for a plethora of high-end...

Wednesday, January 4, 2012, 1:31 AM

This used Audi is fit for the race track

The 2007 to 2008 Audi RS4 might have been one of the world’s foremost sleeper sedans.Subtle and discreet styling upgrades concealed a track-tuned chassis, high-performance version of the brand’s Quattro AWD system and a race-ready engine.The RS4 Sedan was available on our shores as a 2007 or 2008...

Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 2:01 AM

Chrysler 300 loved for affordable luxury

The latest Chrysler 300 left a huge mark on the market with handsome and classical styling when it hit Canadian roads some years ago — and it’s been selling strong ever since.By offering honest pricing, affordable luxury and a powertrain for any reason or season, Chrysler created an award-winning...

Wednesday, November 23, 2011, 1:35 AM

Final-gen GM minivans should offer reliability

For many shoppers, the minivan delivers the ultimate in bang-for-the-buck when it comes to moving a family around.At General Motors, the Chevrolet Uplander and Pontiac Montana SV6 were the most recent offerings to the minivan-seeking masses.Though cosmetically different, the underlying hardware in...

Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 1:29 AM

Comfort and prestige defined last-gen Audi A8

One of the best ways to cut through upcoming winter driving conditions is in the lap of German engineered AWD luxury from the driver’s seat of an Audi A8.The last-generation of Audi’s flagship sedan model was available from 2004 to 2010.It packed plenty of space, 8- or 12-cylinder power and Quattro...

Wednesday, November 9, 2011, 1:36 AM

Highly-acclaimed BMW 1M Coupe is a slick performance weapon

BMW’s sort of cut right to the point with their 1-Series M Coupe, so I’m going to do the same.BMW’s ‘M’ division took the regular 1-Series and tweaked it — adding significantly to the styling and performance of the standard car. It recently topped the AJAC Best New Sports and Performance Car Over $...

Wednesday, November 9, 2011, 1:27 AM

Sportage provides a sturdy SUV ride

Looking for a second-hand family hauler crossover?The second-generation Kia Sportage is worth a check.It’s a five-seat compact ute that was available with four or six-cylinder power.Sizing was in roughly the same ballpark as the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape.The second-generation Sportage...

Wednesday, November 2, 2011, 12:34 AM

Dynamics and performance define Porsche’s SUV

The Porsche Cayenne is an off-road capable 4x4 built by a brand famous for world-class, high-performance coupes.Family-ready and capable of confident year-round operation on any road, shoppers after a premium SUV will find plenty of selection in the used Cayenne marketplace.Look for the five-seater...

Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 11:43 PM

Last-gen Legacy delivered all-weather confidence

Subaru has recently moved their popular Legacy sport sedan into its fifth generation for the 2010 model year — meaning the fourth-generation car has now transitioned fully into the used car marketplace.For its last generation, Legacy was available in both sedan and wagon body styles.Numerous...

Wednesday, October 19, 2011, 1:44 AM

A sensible alternative to most coupes

A convertible four-seater designed for year-round use, the Volkswagen Eos featured a sleek coupe body capped by a hard-top motorized roof and sunroof assembly —allowing owners to take in the sun and fresh air even on colder days.An affordable but upscale model, the VW Eos featured navigation,...

Wednesday, October 12, 2011, 1:38 AM

Hyundai’s fleet providing major bang for the buck

Hyundai is in the midst of a massive powertrain engineering assault — and their model lineup is starting to employ some of the most advanced fuel-saving and performance-enhancing hardware on the road today.Forget shelling out the big bucks for a vehicle with technologies like direct injection, a...

Wednesday, October 5, 2011, 12:43 AM

A3 has a mainly-satisfied owner community

Audi’s entry-level model, the A3, is a five-door hatchback with four- or six-cylinder power, available Quattro AWD and all the flexibility and functionality of an upscale German mini-wagon.The A3 has been nicknamed the Beverly Hills GTI in some circles, referencing its Volkswagen-based...

Wednesday, October 5, 2011, 12:21 AM

A solid car with an outstanding warranty

Mitsubishi’s shot at family sedans like the Honda Accord, Chevrolet Malibu and Toyota Camry was called the Galant.The latest generation of this machine was available during model years 2004 to 2010 inclusive, though it’s now been discontinued.All models were front-drive sedans.Look for features...

Wednesday, September 28, 2011, 2:07 AM

This Jeep should Command your respect

Taking a place above the Grand Cherokee in the Jeep brand’s product lineup, the Commander was available from 2006 to 2010 inclusive. Based on the Grand Cherokee, it was blockier looking, bigger, and boasted three rows of seating and room for seven occupants.Commander packed plenty of capability and...

Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 2:04 AM

The 2011 WRX delivers tremendous driving pleasure

The Subaru Impreza WRX owners community will probably send a scary guy with a baseball bat to visit me for this comment, but for years before its latest 2011 update, the WRX has looked a little bit awkward.With many body elements borrowed from the ultra high-performance STI version of the standard...

Wednesday, September 14, 2011, 12:10 AM

Go ahead, don’t be afraid to make a scene

Looking for a used family hauler that doesn’t make a scene, is easy to park, and doesn’t burn through fuel like a refinery fire? Skip the rest of this writeup on the Hummer H2.Launched for the 2003 model year, this Hummer featured 325 horsepower, a gargantuan body, and more off-road hardware than...

Wednesday, September 14, 2011, 12:02 AM