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The key question about the Maverick regards its capabilities as a pickup. As in, does it have any. The bed might be only 4.5-feet long, but it’s four-feet wide. Ford says it has the capacity for 18 4x8 sheets of three-quarter-inch plywood. PHOTO: FORD

2022 Ford Maverick: Can this little pickup pick up some new fans?

Ford had the small-truck market all to itself with the original Ford…

  • Jun 30, 2022

 

Todd Maliteare, Bruce Cameron and Dr. David Suzuki. (Submitted/file photos)

PODCAST: David Suzuki gets charged up over electric vehicles

TODAY IN B.C.: Columnist Bruce Cameron and builder Todd Maliteare also talk EVs

 

The roofline is similar to the Rogue’s, but the Rogue looks like a Nissan and the Outlander looks like a Mitsubishi. Which is better? PHOTO: MITSUBISHI

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander

Renault-Nissan alliance bears fruit for Mitsubishi but looks a bit like another apple in the basket

  • Jun 11, 2022

 

The new LX600 ditches the previous LX’s V-8 engine in favour of a turbocharged V-6. The vehicle platform is shared with the Toyota Tundra pickup. PHOTO: LEXUS

The Auto Sleuth: Lexus LX600, Vinfest EVs + more

Lexus’s big and bold utility vehicle is new for 2022 Toyota is…

  • Jun 2, 2022
The new LX600 ditches the previous LX’s V-8 engine in favour of a turbocharged V-6. The vehicle platform is shared with the Toyota Tundra pickup. PHOTO: LEXUS
You can immediately see by the size of the rear passenger doors that space is tight. All hatchback models come with the sedan’s optional 168-horsepower four-cylinder. PHOTO: TOYOTA

The more practical Toyota Corolla also comes with a shot of performance

Corolla has plenty to offer in terms of style, substance and affordability

  • May 18, 2022
You can immediately see by the size of the rear passenger doors that space is tight. All hatchback models come with the sedan’s optional 168-horsepower four-cylinder. PHOTO: TOYOTA
The Alfa Romeo Tonale is a compact utility vehicle that in base trim comes with a 256-horsepower four-cylinder engine. There will also be a plug-in hybrid version. Look for it for the 2023 model year. PHOTO: STELLANTIS

The Auto Sleuth: Alfa Romeo, Dodge Ram and Winnebago get electrified

Hot off the press news from the auto world

  • May 6, 2022
The Alfa Romeo Tonale is a compact utility vehicle that in base trim comes with a 256-horsepower four-cylinder engine. There will also be a plug-in hybrid version. Look for it for the 2023 model year. PHOTO: STELLANTIS
The 3.5-litre V-6 sends 290 horsepower to the Kia Carnival’s front wheels. That’s 14 more than the Sedona’s 3.3-litre V-6. PHOTO: KIA

2022 Kia Carnival: Walking a fine line between minivan and utility vehicle

This promising people mover offers more than ample space

  • Apr 25, 2022
The 3.5-litre V-6 sends 290 horsepower to the Kia Carnival’s front wheels. That’s 14 more than the Sedona’s 3.3-litre V-6. PHOTO: KIA
The current version of the U.S.-made Tundra dates back to the 2014 model year and, other than minor adjustments to the grille and the cancellation of regular-cab models, little has changed.

Toyota Tundra: Power, space and a rugged countenance

The truck saw few changes between 2014 and 2021

  • Apr 25, 2022
The current version of the U.S.-made Tundra dates back to the 2014 model year and, other than minor adjustments to the grille and the cancellation of regular-cab models, little has changed.
A test of Google Maps’ new ‘eco-friendly routing’ feature in Victoria. (Google Maps)

BC drivers can now find most fuel-efficient route on Google Maps

Web company’s ‘eco-friendly routing’ feature recently launched in Canada

A test of Google Maps’ new ‘eco-friendly routing’ feature in Victoria. (Google Maps)
The upcoming Lexus RZ 450e tall hatchback will be based on the LF-Z Electrified concept model, pictured, that was shown in early 2021. PHOTO: LEXUS

The Auto Sleuth: Electric news from Lexus, Hyundai & Tesla, Toyota’s hot hatch + more

Hot off the press news from the auto world

  • Mar 28, 2022
The upcoming Lexus RZ 450e tall hatchback will be based on the LF-Z Electrified concept model, pictured, that was shown in early 2021. PHOTO: LEXUS
Although redesigned, it will take real fans of the GTI to readily notice the differences. Note that there is no base Golf model for the 2022; only the GTI and the R make the cut. PHOTO: VOLKSWAGEN

2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI: Company credited for inventing the hot hatch turns up the heat

Hot-hatch crowd should be pleased one of its all-time favourites lives on

  • Mar 23, 2022
Although redesigned, it will take real fans of the GTI to readily notice the differences. Note that there is no base Golf model for the 2022; only the GTI and the R make the cut. PHOTO: VOLKSWAGEN
Gas prices are on the minds of vehicle drivers these days. (File photo)

10 ways to reduce your fuel bill

Some options to help you pay less at the pumps

Gas prices are on the minds of vehicle drivers these days. (File photo)
With a bit of dust on the 2022 Tucson, you can easily see the two diagonal cut lines in the doors. The dust also shows that you can take the Tucson off the asphalt, although this would likely be a better experience with the optional all-wheel-drive. PHOTO: HYUNDAI

2022 Hyundai Tucson: All-purpose wagon makes gains in style and stature

Bolder-looking, with a size that now one-ups most of the competition

  • Mar 11, 2022
With a bit of dust on the 2022 Tucson, you can easily see the two diagonal cut lines in the doors. The dust also shows that you can take the Tucson off the asphalt, although this would likely be a better experience with the optional all-wheel-drive. PHOTO: HYUNDAI
The new Land Rover Range Rover has an incredibly smooth body and a base turbocharged six-cylinder engine with 48-volt electric assist. PHOTO: LAND ROVER

The Auto Sleuth: 2022 Land Rover Range Rover; 4-seater Mercedes-AMG SL + more

Hot off the press news from the auto world

  • Feb 27, 2022
The new Land Rover Range Rover has an incredibly smooth body and a base turbocharged six-cylinder engine with 48-volt electric assist. PHOTO: LAND ROVER
The fact the Tundra has survived with very little change since the 2014 model year might not prove the truck was ahead of its time, but it has certainly stood the test of time. PHOTO: TOYOTA

Meet the 2021 Toyota Tundra

Hands-down a better choice for most people than any utility vehicle

  • Feb 20, 2022
The fact the Tundra has survived with very little change since the 2014 model year might not prove the truck was ahead of its time, but it has certainly stood the test of time. PHOTO: TOYOTA
The Chicago Auto Show is back for a 10-day run and electric vehicles will be taking centre stage, with everything from an indoor EV test track to a slew of new model debuts.

The atmosphere’s electric at this year’s Chicago Auto Show

By Robert Channick, Chicago Tribune The Chicago Auto Show is back at…

The Chicago Auto Show is back for a 10-day run and electric vehicles will be taking centre stage, with everything from an indoor EV test track to a slew of new model debuts.
The Lexus IS is a beautiful machine that should really be considered a functional sports car since it has four doors. And, frankly, high-riding crossovers can’t compete in this performance arena unless they are very expensive. PHOTO: LEXUS

2021 Lexus IS: Stunning looks, sharp handling and a new engine

Vehicle is among the more reasonably priced and one of the most fun to drive

  • Feb 2, 2022
The Lexus IS is a beautiful machine that should really be considered a functional sports car since it has four doors. And, frankly, high-riding crossovers can’t compete in this performance arena unless they are very expensive. PHOTO: LEXUS
Indications are the production Volkswagen ID Buzz electric van will stay fairly true to the concept, pictured. PHOTO: VOLKSWAGEN

The Auto Sleuth: The buzz on the Buzz, Bentley adds a second hybrid and more

Hot off the press news from the auto world!

  • Jan 24, 2022
Indications are the production Volkswagen ID Buzz electric van will stay fairly true to the concept, pictured. PHOTO: VOLKSWAGEN
According to the Province, B.C. is leading the country in transitioning to EVs with more than 60,000 light-duty EVs on the road. Sean Feagan / Campbell River Mirror file photo

Funding helps promote electric vehicle uptake in B.C.

Community groups and local governments throughout B.C. can receive funding through the…

  • Jan 20, 2022
According to the Province, B.C. is leading the country in transitioning to EVs with more than 60,000 light-duty EVs on the road. Sean Feagan / Campbell River Mirror file photo
The Taos is 24 centimetres shorter than the Tiguan and the distance between the front and rear wheels 10 centimetress less. PHOTO: VOLKSWAGEN

Meet the 2022 Volkswagen Taos

The newcomer to VW’s utility-vehicle lineup is small, but it has big boots to fill

  • Jan 14, 2022
The Taos is 24 centimetres shorter than the Tiguan and the distance between the front and rear wheels 10 centimetress less. PHOTO: VOLKSWAGEN