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.
Category Archives: Used vehicles
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.