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Driving the Subaru BRZ Sport-tech RS

If you spend any time at all fighting urban traffic, just a small dose of a car like the Subaru BRZ can remind you that driving used to be fun, and can be fun again. This is the Sport-tech RS version of the BRZ, which means it’s a bit sportier and techy-er than just the … Continue reading

Driving without drivers

The driverless car began to turn left at an intersection just as two pedestrians stepped off the curb, ignoring the ‘don’t walk’ sign. A warning chirp sounded inside the car and it began to slow, mid-way through its turn. “Jaywalkers aren’t in scope,” said the engineer in the passenger seat to the engineer in the … Continue reading

My week with the Ford F-150

I have to admit: I was pre-disposed to like the Ford F-150. I’ve long harboured the idea that I am, at heart, a truck guy. Trucks give off this ready-for-anything vibe; an “I Got This” attitude. They display a sturdiness and sense of purpose that you just don’t find in a car. But, the truth … Continue reading

2014 Jeep Wrangler Sport Review

In an automotive world of increasingly high-tech cars and SUVs, it’s good to know that the back-to-basics Jeep Wrangler Sport 4×4 still exists. The 2014 Wrangler Sport comes loaded with some of the high-tech systems drivers have come to expect in current cars and trucks: electronic stability control, traction control, Bluetooth connectivity, tire pressure monitoring … Continue reading

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee review

My review of the 2014 Grand Cherokee, from the spring 2014 issue of CAA Magazine. This was one of my favourite cars of the bunch I’ve driven over the last few months. It’s a big machine that doesn’t feel big from the behind the wheel. As well, my daughter and wife (also known as the … Continue reading

Toronto Star story on fuel-efficient driving

A piece I wrote for the Star’s Wheels section in my role as CAA Magazine editor. It was published on the web Feb. 24 and in print Feb. 25, 2012 PAUL FERRISS EDITOR, CAA MAGAZINE If you’re like most drivers, you’re probably wondering how to reconcile your love of the open road with your concern … Continue reading

2012 Nissan Juke Review

The Nissan Juke is a true crossover. At first glance it looks like a sporty, two-door coupe—until you notice the nearly hidden rear door handles. It also has the deep wheel wells and tall profile of a small, Jeep Wrangler-like SUV. And that’s the point. The Juke crosses over different car categories (compact car, crossover/SUV, … Continue reading

Globe Drive story on racetrack designers

From Indianapolis to Daytona to Monaco, famous racetracks can take on a life and mystique of their own. How they’re designed and built can be as complicated and circuitous as the twists and turns that they make race cars endure. Some tracks, like the Indy course at Toronto’s Exhibition Place, aren’t so much designed as … Continue reading

All aboard the ‘road train’

A new European Union research project is giving new meaning to the term tailgating. The SARTRE project is looking into what it dubs “road trains” or highway “platoons” – essentially groups of cars all heading to a common destination led by a vehicle driven by a professional driver with all the cars in the train … Continue reading

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