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2016 Mini Clubman profile
16% of the Minis sold in America in the first four months of 2016 were newly enlarged Clubmans, Mini's Golf-fighting, Golf-sized wagon.

With four real passenger doors, the Clubman is now a traditional small car, albeit one with barn doors at the back that impinge on rear visibility.


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U.S. Vehicle Sales By Model - April 2016 YTD


But with a longer wheelbase and more space for people and stuff comes more weight, a trait which does dynamics no favours. Can Mini retain the Cooper's go-kart-like handling in a bigger, more conventional package?

2015 Honda Odyssey EX Long-Term Update: 11 Months

2015 Honda Odyssey EX playground
In our last long-term update, we called them squeaks. Or were they high-pitched groans? 


Long-Term Introduction: 2015 Honda Odyssey EX
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Whatever the noise was, it got much worse in both doors. Our long-term tester, a 2015 Honda Odyssey EX, was squeaking and squawking and scrunching and groaning upon entry into driveways, over rough sections of road at low speeds. 

The sound resembled a structure that was flexing in all the wrong ways.

2016 Toyota Prius Review – More Efficient Than Ever, But Not All About Efficiency

2016 Toyota Prius Confederation Bridge
The long Victoria Day weekend annually presents us with a prime opportunity to venture 300 kilometres from Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia, to Summerside, Prince Edward Island, and back. This year, that opportunity presented itself in conjunction with our week-long test of the all-new 2016 Toyota Prius, a car we'd already been driving for a few days. 

THE GOOD
+ Unbelievably economical

+ Great highway manners
+ Plenty of space inside
+ Drive Modes are distinct
+ Obviously a Prius
THE BAD
– Obviously a Prius
– Struggles with crosswinds
– Some quirky tech difficulties
– Doesn't want to handle
– Doesn't feel like $28,375
In an urban environment, the new Prius was overachieving, not only in terms of fuel economy but in the way it simply didn't offend my enthusiast sensibilities.

Averaging 3.9 L/100km, or 60.3 mpg on the U.S. scale, through much of the week, we ended our test of the 2016 Prius with more than 1200 kilometres of city and highway driving, 24% of which were completed in EV mode. 

During that period, a stretch in which we put far more mileage on the Prius than is the norm, we pumped fewer than 50 litrs of fuel into its tank, an end result of 4.1 L/100km. 

That's what the Prius accomplished during a week with our growing family. But how did it fare during the process? 

We answer that question by responding to seven more in this GCBC Driven Review of the $28,375 2016 Toyota Prius.

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2016 Mazda CX-9 grey
Over the past few days our favourite video car reviewer and fellow TTAC contributor, Alex Dykes, published a raft of new vehicle video reviews, including a look at the (eagerly?) anticipated, second-generation, 2016 Mazda CX-9.

Mazda allowed the first CX-9 to linger for far too long. Since 2007, when it was first launched, only 223,000 CX-9s have been sold in America. Ford will sell at least that many Explorers in 2016 alone. But Mazda's new CX-9 is more stylish, more efficient, and far more modern.

2016 Volkswagen Golf R Review - All The Right Compromises In All The Right Places

2016 Volkswagen Golf R Lapiz Blue
Yes, the Canadian base price of the 2016 Volkswagen Golf R is $11,400 more than the base price of the 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI. 

$11,400 for an additional 82 horsepower hardly seems worth it, does it?

THE GOOD
+ Power across rev range

+ A sedate small hatch...
+ ... or a serious hot hatch
+ Handsome from every angle
+ Fun to drive at any speed
THE BAD
– Never wants to get crazy
– Rear legroom could be better
– Shift action isn't the best
– GTI is way less $
– Missing expected features
But the $11,400 spread is hugely misleading. To begin with, that GTI base price refers to the 3-door model – the Golf R is 5-door only. The Golf R is only $6000 more than the least expensive 5-door Golf GTI. 

Then factor in the addition of all-wheel-drive – standard on the Golf R; not available on the Golf GTI. Traditionally, on models where all-wheel-drive was a standalone option, Volkswagen Canada has charged $2300. Factor that into the difference of these two cars and the margin is skimmed to $3700. 

Then consider the equipment differences. To get a Golf GTI 5-door with Golf R-like kit, you'd need to step up to the 220-horsepower Performance model which costs only $1900 less than the basic Golf R, and that's before the R's $2300 all-wheel-drive system is factored in. 

They won't be equipped identically – Volkswagen offers features on the GTI that aren't available on the R, and vice versa. But it's fair to say that the R, especially with its rarity and superior resale value, is far more than just a $40K GTI with 82 extra ponies. 

The 2016 Volkswagen Golf R is a whole 'nuther beast.

Small And Midsize Luxury SUV Sales In Canada - April 2016 YTD

2016 BMW X1
Canadian sales of the smallest premium utility vehicles rose 29% in April 2016 despite sliding Mercedes-Benz GLA sales. 

The Audi Q3 recorded its best month ever, as Canadians seemingly disagree with GoodCarBadCar's March review. Sales of the BMW X1, meanwhile, rose to a 25-month high of 423 units, a 59% year-over-year increase.


Canada Vehicle Sales By Model - April 2016 YTD
Canada SUV/Crossover Sales By Model - April 2016 YTD


Up a notch in size and price – and a few notches in prestige and panache – the Audi Q5 also recorded its best-ever monthly Canadian sales total. In the Q5's case, this meant outselling all other premium SUVs and crossovers with 908 April sales, more than double the Q3's April total.

Large Luxury SUV Sales In Canada - April 2016 YTD

2016 Infiniti QX80
Canada's favourite flagship luxury SUVs suffered modest but measurable downturns in April 2016, but the segment continues to roar ahead of 2015's pace thanks to gains produced across the board.


Canada Vehicle Sales By Model - April 2016 YTD
Canada SUV/Crossover Sales By Model - April 2016 YTD


Through the first-third of 2016, Canadian sales of the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class are up 5%, and as availability of the updated, renamed GLS-Class improves, sales should rise more quickly. Cadillac Escalade volume is up 6%, a gain of 44 sales through the first four months of 2016. 

Small SUV Sales In Canada - April 2016 YTD

2016 Mazda CX-3 red
Canadian sales of subcompact crossovers more than doubled in April 2016 to nearly 7000 units, or nearly 700 sales per contender. New vehicles – the Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3, and Fiat 500X weren't available at this point in 2015 – contributed more than one-third of the sector's sales.


Canada Vehicle Sales By Model - April 2016 YTD
Canada SUV/Crossover Sales By Model - April 2016 YTD


Indeed, the Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3 are consistently Canada's two top-selling subcompact crossovers. 12,125 HR-Vs have been sold in Canada since last June; 9932 CX-3s have been sold in Canada since last May.