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What I think: Buying a used Hyundai Santa Fe

The second-generation Hyundai Santa Fe, produced between 2007 and 2012, is a good vehicle, but is more representative of the company in transition that Hyundai was then, and not the brand gunning for the top that it is now. Read my Autos.ca used vehicle review here.

 

What I think: Buying a used Hyundai Elantra Touring

Canadians seem to love compact SUVs and hatchbacks, but neither of those vehicle types can rival a small station wagon’s combination of utility and affordability. The Hyundai Elantra Touring, sold in Canada from 2009 through the 2012 model year (and due to be replaced in 2012 by the redesigned 2013 Elantra GT), is a great example of a simple, solid and (surprisingly) fun-to-drive wagon. Click on through to Autos.ca to read my opinion on buying a used one.

 

What I think: Buying a used Toyota Yaris

Toyota is in the midst of a cost-cutting campaign aimed at keeping this Japanese juggernaut competitive against aggressively-priced Korean cars, and the result is lower-quality vehicles in some cases. While the Internet suggests there are a few common flaws with the Yaris, organizations like Consumer Reports think Toyota’s smallest car is still a good choice for a budget-priced used vehicle, and I tend to agree. Read all about it in my latest used car review at Autos.ca.

 
 

What I think: Buying a used Saturn Astra

The Saturn Astra was the GM brand’s last attempt at selling a small car in North America, before GM decided to cut Saturn as part of a 2009 restructuring plan. The Astra probably would have disappeared sooner or later anyway, as it never sold well, for any number of reasons. Click here for my opinion on buying one from your local used car lot.

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2011 in Autos.ca, Saturn, Used vehicles

 

What I think: Buying a used Pontiac G6

At its introduction in 2005, the Pontiac G6 replaced the Grand Am, a car that shouldn’t have been hard to improve upon. This was one of the last cars designed by the “old” General Motors, however, and so didn’t live up to its promise of much-improved reliability and build quality. Click here for the full article.

 
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Posted by on October 17, 2011 in Autos.ca, Used vehicles

 

What I think: Buying a used Toyota Avalon

Click here to read what I think about buying a used Toyota Avalon, an entry-level luxury sedan that fits somewhere above the Camry, but below Toyota’s Lexus “real” luxury line. It’s a supremely comfortable sedan that renders the similar Lexus ES irrelevant in many ways. However, this is one of the cars that reveals the recent cracks in Toyota’s long-standing reputation for reliability, with a handful of uncharacteristic problems, one of which could prove costly in the long run.

 
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Posted by on October 6, 2011 in Toyota, Used vehicles, What I Think

 

What I think: Buying a used Chevrolet Malibu

Click here to read my take on buying a second-hand Chevrolet Malibu, a vehicle transformed in a 2008 redesign from a forgettable family sedan into a competent sedan with real appeal.

 

What I think: Buying a used BMW 5 Series

Last week, I told you how much I like my in-laws’ lovely near-vintage 5 Series; today, my used car column at Autos.ca looks at what it’s like to own a newer 5 Series. The short answer is that you’ll likely get to know your mechanic really well. Read the full article here.

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2011 in BMW, Used vehicles

 

What I think: Buying a used Kia Rio

This week, my used vehicle review at Autos.ca looks at the second-generation Kia Rio, built from 2006 through 2011. It’s a well-made little car, but its reliability doesn’t quite match up with the likes of the Toyota Yaris, despite similar resale values. Read the full review here.

 
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Posted by on August 4, 2011 in Kia, Used vehicles, What I Think