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Road Test: 2019 Cadillac XT4

Cadillac is one of the last luxury automotive manufacturers to venture into the compact-luxury-crossover segment and will look to make a big splash in hopes of luring potential buyers away from their more established competition. On the exterior appearance side of things, Cadillac have done quite well and produced a nice, contemporary looking crossover that bears Cadillac’s current design theme with bold lines and an all-around nice look. Having always been a fan of Cadillac’s interior designs, the XT4 has got that right as well with simple interior that looks to be made of upscale materials and a sense of functionality that can sometimes be lost with all of the technology and features available today.

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Ready for Anything – 2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro

Story and photos by Jordan Allan, additional photos courtesy of Toyota Canada The Toyota 4Runner is a strange vehicle in the sense that, in so many ways, it does follow

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Mid-Size Resurrection: 2019 Ford Ranger

For 28 years, the Ford Ranger was a key player in the mid-size pickup truck market. Its size and price were an attractive alternative to the full-size trucks available in the decades from 1983 to 2011 – and, as it got older, its steadily dropping cost kept driving sales.

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Modern Day Muscle: Camaro ZL1

“What’s old is new again.” Nowhere is that saying more appropriate in an automotive context than in the modern-day muscle car wars, where many of the models and even colours of the iconic cars of exactly 50 years ago are being used to market today’s high-tech supercars.

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Road Test: Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara

The Jeep Wrangler JL was introduced as a brand new model for 2018 after undergoing a complete redesign after a decade of the JK model. Not much has changed as we go into 2019 save for the addition of adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning.

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Road Test: 2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature

The CX-5 introduces a new Signature trim level for 2019 which features a new 7.0-in. TFT digital gauge display, new 19-in. alloy wheels and a plethora of other new features both inside and out. A new SKYACTIV-G 2.5L turbocharged engine is available (standard with Signature trim) and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto infotainment technologies is now standard on all trim levels.

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Road Test: 2019 Acura MDX Tech

The 9-speed transmission receives new calibrations and programming for 2019 while a engine idle-stop system has also been added. Higher up models now feature continuously variable suspension dampers and a new, sporty A-Spec variant has been added.

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Road Test: 2019 Chevrolet Silverado LT Trail Boss

The 2019 Silverado has been completely redesigned from the ground up and now offers eight trim levels along with six different engine and transmission combinations including a new 3.0L Duramax turbo-diesel engine. The truck is larger than its predecessor in every dimension despite being 450 lbs. (204 kg) lighter thanks to advanced manufacturing.

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Road Test: 2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited

The Toyota Highlander is a fairly versatille vehicle as it is able to haul people and cargo in comfort, at an affordable price in a durable package. The Highlander has been around since 2001 and saw its most recent overhaul back in 2014 which provided us with a good looking, practical and safe SUV which will continue to show strongly in the mid-size class.

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Road Test: 2018 Ford F-150 Diesel

Remember all the “military-grade aluminum” advertisements flooding various forms of media when the 13th generation Ford F-150 initially launched? That was only four years ago, and now Canada’s favourite truck is making the news again by introducing the long awaited diesel variant.