Squrrell’s Automotive Top Picks for 2013

The Canadian International Auto Show is nearly upon us, which tells me it’s time to call out my favourite cars of the present and near future. They might not all be at the show this year, but I’m going to put my bum in as many of these as possible!

2013 Honda Accord Sport

The Sport model of the new Honda Accord comes with a manual transmission, meaning it’s intended as a car for drivers. The manual transmission in the Sport trim is unique to Canada, too. Our friends in the states have to make do with a CVT automatic. What this tells me is that Honda Canada thinks Canadians are awesome enough to warrant bringing the magic for us in an affordable trim, and I’m hoping we show them it was a good idea. Even in automatic, though, this car is getting rave reviews. Continue reading

Review: 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe.

Hyundai is giving the so-called top tier manufacturers legitimate cause for concern as they gain increasing market share. Hyundai is doing so by steadily upping the ante. With each iteration of a vehicle they bring out, Hyundai delivers closer and closer to what’s available from the likes of Honda and Toyota. Their angle has always been more for less. More features, less price. But if you’ve ever driven a Hyundai in the past, you’ll know there was something about them that felt a little “off.” It could be odd button placement, hollow-feeling plastic coverings, buzzy motors. Not bad necessarily, just “off.”

With that in mind, let me start my review with the Santa Fe. Honda, Toyota, VW: Meet your match. Hyundai just reached parity. The Santa Fe is uncompromisingly good. Continue reading