28 Sep 2017

When I took the keys to the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze this week and found the option for Android Auto, I wanted to tell the world. It felt like more than 6 years of waiting for this technology because I have memories of talking about this tech on Mac Dose and What the Cell? back when PRN was producing content related to the Radio in our name. But that's impossible, because CarPlay wasn't announced until 2013 and we stopped producing podcasts at the start of 2012.

25 Sep 2017

If you parked this 2017 Chevrolet Cruze next to it's first generation brother, you'd never think the two share the same nameplate. To say the second generation Cruze is a big improvement is an understatement. While you see plenty of the Cobalt replacements on the road today, this new chassis certainly looks better. Keeping with a familiar design language shared with other Chevy models, this GM vehicle has similar styling cues from the new Volt and Malibu models.

18 Sep 2017

We've been on a roll recently with the C-Class AMG vehicles from Mercedes-Benz over the past few months, having the opportunity to feature most of the North American lineup. One of the first cars I wanted to buy during my Mercedes phase was the W203 C32 AMG, and having the chance to drive it was incredible. The 4.3L V8 engine in the previous generation W202 was also more power than a small car should ever have, at least until Mercedes-Benz and AMG went all out with the W204.

11 Sep 2017

When I think of what car culture was like in the 70s, I picture this 1976 Mercedes-Benz 280, despite the fact that this was never a factory colour from the German luxury auto maker. This is a custom paint job on a full restoration project, and a colour that truly stands out xwhen driving down the street or parked at a car meet. The white roof also adds to the mint fresh appearance of this 40 year old classic, another change that Mercedes never would have approved of.

The W114 chassis is unique in the sense that two identical cars with the same length, height, and wheelbase were produced with di...

28 Aug 2017

2 weeks ago we walked into the show room at Mazda du Boulevard in St-Hyacinthe, Québec at 5:30pm. By 6:15pm we were out the door with the paperwork for our new 2017 Mazda CX-5 GT in our hands, and less than a week later we had the keys to Mazda's second generation compact SUV. I'll be the first one to admit that I wasn't a big fan of Mazda. Part of it was the stigma around their rust issues, the other part was just the building from online hate towards the brand. Aside from this car, I've only driven 2 other recent Mazdas, one of which being the ND MX-5.

But as an automotive journalist I need t...

14 Aug 2017

I bought my Xbox 360 in January of 2007, aside from Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advance Recon that came bundled with the console, one of the first games I bought was Forza Motorsport 2, and in that game was the W203 Mercedes-Benz C32 AMG, back then at least it was considered a new car. I needed to grab some footage for our video on this car and was disappointed to find that Forza Horizon was the last version to sport this car.

We continue our features on Mercedes' C-Class AMG variants with out Spotlight on the 2004 Mercedes-Benz C32 AMG. This is the only car AMG ever built a V6 for and the only ca...

7 Aug 2017

In October of 2016 TestDrive wasn't even a name yet. It wasn't until the next video after the 1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SEL that we even adopted the name, and it wouldn't be another 6 months before we refined the show format to what we have today. Less than a year later we had the opportunity to do right by the W126 Mercedes-Benz S-Class by reshooting the '88 560SEL along with a '91 300SE. 

It's funny that interest in the first W126 video we did has increased over the past few weeks and month leading up to the publish date for this video and article. It's been one of the most requested cars after t...

31 Jul 2017

BMW's Ultimate Driving Machine was driven by 007, the Transporter, and countless others. Find out what makes the 750iL V12 special to us, in our Spotlight on the 2000 BMW 750iL.

24 Jul 2017

I've driven two convertibles in my life. The R231 Mercedes-Benz SL550 we reviewed back in February, and the ND Miata in the rain during the late winter. When the opportunity to film a W124 Mercedes E-Class convertible came up, we jumped at it.

The 1988 300E we featured a few weeks ago received quite a bit of criticism online for the modifications the owner opted for, but our Spotlight on this 1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 shouldn't have to walk on fire. This W124 is almost completely original, with just a tiny bit of missing trim from it's 22 years of service, and a steering wheel cover. We love revi...

17 Jul 2017

Ever since we started filming automotive videos (long before TestDrive and a couple name changes) we wanted to feature the W220 Mercedes-Benz S-Class in some form. Our article from a few weeks ago covered the differences between the S-Class and 7 Series, and we discussed the reasoning behind our choice for that episode of Showdown. Our original hope was to drive that S500 didn't have time during our filming run and couldn't co-ordinate a time to go back. But luck had it that the owner of the 540i we just featured also had a W220 S-Class.

Like many early 2000s Mercedes models, rust is a huge pro...

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