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Equipped with the optional 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine and 9-speed automatic transmission, the new Fiat 500X crossover is a competent performer with great handling, but equipped with the base turbocharged 1.4-litre four and 6-speed manual transmission, the 500X feels underpowered.  With available all-wheel drive, a driver-selectable Traction+ performance mode, and 201 mm of ground clearance, the 500X is ready to take on winter weather.  Two styling themes are offered: urban cool and SUV rugged:  I like the more rugged styling of the Trekking and Trekking Plus trims.  See my First Drive report with full photo coverage on Autos.ca!
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In Southern California today test driving 2016 Fiat 500X. Better looking than 500L. Ranges in price from $21,495 to $32,690. I'll have driving impressions in my First Drive report on Monday on www.Autos.ca
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Electric cars hate the unexpected: today's ferry to Vancouver Island was delayed by 45 minutes. It was pouring rain and bone-chilling cold. Drivers of the three electric cars in the 2015 EcoRun #ecorun2015 had to choose between staying warm by leaving the heater and fan on while parked and using up valuable battery power or remaining cold and damp with the ignition off and saving power. #ajacanada
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Gotcha, my jesting was likely latent ON-based jealousy at both this winter's extra mild BC weather and DC fast-charger envy, both made worse for us EV owners by the crazy cold Feb we just suffered through. :) But in case you or anyone else driving a BEV gets in a tight spot, or ideally before you leave, check plugshare.com for nearest DC QC, as it could have told you that there is a 24-7 DC QC in Duncan, strategically placed half way between Nanaimo and Victoria. Unfortunately, these don't always show up in vehicle navi systems until you charge there. 
So yes, agree with you that unexpected battery drain can unfortunately mess with road trip scheds there, as anywhere. All I'm saying is BC BEV owners have a lot more long distance driving options than anywhere else in the country, so hopefully there won't be a need for anyone at EcoRun to be stranded, or drive cold, even with surprises.
But sure, just because you're in the mildest/rainiest spot in the Sahara Desert of Quick Chargers that is Canada, doesn't mean you couldn't use more water. 
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Test Drive: 2015 Nissan Rogue SL AWD:  after a total redesign last year, the Nissan Rogue returns for 2015 with some minor enhancements. 2015 MSRPs have risen anywhere from $300 to $900, depending on the trim level. As we reported in our First Drive and Test Drives of the 2014 Rogue, this second generation compact SUV is bigger, roomier and shapelier than the first generation Rogue which was sold from 2008 through 2013. The second generation Rogue has the same 2.5-litre 4-cylinder engine as the first generation Rogue, but its towing capacity of 454 kg (1,000 lb) has been reduced from 680 kg (1,500 lb)   The Rogue is not an exciting vehicle to drive, but acceleration is adequate, it has a comfortable ride, the steering is nicely weighted for ease of parking, and it’s quiet on the freeway. The Rogue's standard continuously variable transmission seems improved from earlier versions. Read my full review on Autos.ca  http://www.autos.ca/car-test-drives/test-drive-2015-nissan-rogue-sl-awd/?all=1
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Now available with a turbo Diesel engine, the X3 is not the most powerful diesel SUV in its class, but it is the most fuel efficient and drives with the confident handling and low- end torque responsiveness that the new Diesel engine provides. You can read my full review on Autos.ca.
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Only 2000 of these 50th Anniversary Special Edition Toyota Corollas have been produced and they're only available in Canada.  Modifications are entirely cosmetic though, so while it looks faster, it won't actually go any faster...  See my complete review on Autos.ca 
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Are your kids and friends tired of trying to squeeze into the back seat of your two-door Mini Cooper S?  Now they can have their own doors, and you can have almost as much fun driving this small performance hatchback.  
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After driving a variety of new vehicles with alternative powertrains and fuels in the annual AJAC EcoRun, I decided to take a stab at predicting which powertrains will still be around in ten years. Be forewarned: my views won't please everyone, but this is the way I see it.  http://www.autos.ca/green-scene/feature-the-powertrain-of-tomorrow/
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Test Drive: 2016 Mazda6 GT.  Despite positive media reviews and winning AJAC's 2014 Canadian Car of the Year Award, the mid-size Mazda6 sedan is not selling well in Canada. Just released, the 2016 Mazda6 features enhancements and upgrades that may add to its appeal, but the fact that it offers only one four-cylinder engine when competitors offer more powerful options may be limiting its appeal. Read more about the 2016 Mazda6 in my test drive report on Autos.ca   http://www.autos.ca/car-test-drives/test-drive-2016-mazda6-gt/
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All 2015 Honda CR-Vs have significant changes, but the top-of-the-line 2015 CR-V Touring trim also includes some new safety features that actively avoid collisions and can almost do the driving for you.  See my full review on Autos.ca   http://www.autos.ca/car-test-drives/test-drive-2015-honda-cr-v-touring/
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If the lease on your Mercedes-Benz C 350 4Matic sedan is coming due soon and you’re considering stepping into the all-new C 400 4Matic sedan, here’s what you can expect: gutsier acceleration, improved fuel economy, superior handling, upgraded interior quality, a roomier cabin, a fancier infotainment system, more safety features, and a new exterior design that takes obvious styling cues from the swanky, top-of-the-line S-Class sedan. Oh, yes, and a higher price tag. 
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First Drive of the 2015 Subaru Impreza sedan and hatch:  the styling is basically the same and all Imprezas continue to offer all-wheel drive as standard equipment, but the standard 148-hp 2.0-litre engine still feels underpowered at times.  The CVT has been improved with artificial shift bumps, and the Eyesight collision avoidance system is now optional on top trim models.  Read my full review on Autos.ca   
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  • Autos.ca/AutoTrader.ca
    contributor, present
  • CanadianDriver.com
    Editor, 2000 - 2010
  • Driving Television
    Writer/Associate Producer, 2004 - 2006
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    Freelance auto writer, 1988 - 1999
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Cars I've owned: 
1963 Sunbeam Alpine
1963 Volvo P1800
1969 Triumph TR6
1970 Datsun 510
1967 Pontiac Grand Parisienne
1985 Volkswagen Golf
1993 Mazda Miata
1966 Volkswagen Westfalia
2007 Honda Fit
...there maybe more I've forgotten!
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Member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada; published over 1,300 car reviews since 1987.
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  • University of British Columbia
    1978
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