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2011 Hyundai Tucson GLS AWD

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This Korean-built, compact SUV was totally redesigned in 2010 with dramatically curvy styling which Hyundai describes as “an antidote to boring design,” perhaps a not-so-subtle jab at the boxy styling of some of its competitors. It also reflects Hyundai’s current approach to vehicle styling which has seen dramatic makeovers of its volume sellers, the Sonata, Elantra and Accent. Continue reading

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2011 Lexus IS 350 AWD

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Since its most recent redesign in 2008, the Lexus IS compact luxury sedan has been available in rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions, with a choice of two V6 engines: a 2.5-litre or a considerably more powerful 3.5-litre engine. However, if you wanted all-wheel drive you could only purchase the IS with the 2.5 engine.
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2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD

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The Nissan Juke is the latest new vehicle that aims to combine sporty driving dynamics with four-door practicality and all-wheel drive traction. It’s in the same vein, if at a much different price point, as the Acura ZDX and the one that started it all, the BMW X6.
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2011 Toyota Venza AWD

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I’ve been thinking for a while now about what might replace our 2004 Mazda6 Wagon in the next year or two. With our kids being six and nine years of age, we still need cargo-carrying capacity. We have found that our Mazda’s seating for five and nearly 1,000 litres of cargo volume behind the seats meets our needs nicely, so we’re not interested in a van. And in the interest of car-like handling, we’re trying to steer clear of most crossovers; but that’s getting increasingly difficult as the traditional affordable wagon has all but disappeared from the market.
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2011 Ford Escape XLT AWD four-cylinder

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Since its introduction in 2001, the Ford Escape has been the best-selling compact crossover utility vehicle in Canada. Save for mild styling and mechanical updates in 2005 and 2008, the current Escape is little-changed compared to the original 2001 model. Its sales success is a testament to the strength of the Ford brand, and perhaps to the Escape’s design, which, while dated in many ways, is obviously still attractive to shoppers in a crowded market segment.
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