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A refined contender among small luxury crossover SUVs, the 2018 Buick Envision is well worth a second look. Despite its somewhat generic exterior styling, it’s equipped with a generous wish list of features, with an upscale interior trimmed in high-quality materials. Slotting between the compact Encore and the three-row Enclave in the Buick portfolio, with decent amounts of cabin room and cargo space, this two-row crossover SUV is always a popular choice on the Laneway Auto Loans & Sales Used Car Lot.

Great Value for Money

Quiet, comfortable, and less eye-catching than some of its competitors, the 2018 Buick Envision Premium AWD delivers a lot of bang for a very reasonable buck. Churning out 252 hp and 260 lb-ft, its turbocharged 2.0-liter engine is a great fit for this small SUV, delivering fuel economy of 8.6 – 11.8 City/ highway combined. All Envisions are fitted with six-speed automatic transmission. Trim upgrades include 19-inch wheels, [...]

For decades, Canadians have rocked, rumbled, and rolled through a nationwide love affair with SUVs and pickups. In fact, light truck sales topped 80% of new light vehicle purchases in 2021 confirmed by the experienced staff at Laneway Auto Loans & Sales. But now there are signs that inflation-bumped prices for groceries and gas are slamming the brakes on this passion. In parallel to surging inflation, price hikes for vehicles both old and new are forcing many Canadians to park their dream drives, at least for the foreseeable future. 

Cash-Strapped Buyers Seek Fuel Efficiency

In historical terms, buyers have always opted for smaller and more efficient wheels when prices rise at the pump. Today, this downsizing trend is underpinned by a host of new and environmentally responsible EV options.  In a post-pandemic world that’s also striving to be more eco-friendly, Canadians have been retooling their approach to how they get around. In a recent [...]

Always excellent at hauling cargoes and carrying passengers, the 2019 Chevrolet Traverse Premier AWD RS continues this tradition. With its all-new look launched in 2018, Chevrolet addressed one of the weakest points of the earlier Traverse: its minivan look. With a bigger bowtie in the middle of its taller grill, it stands more upright, with strongly contoured shoulders and slim taillights that temper its rather boxy look. Generously sized to carry eight, its relatively flat roofline offers plenty of headroom for passengers, with generous legroom and easy access, even for the second and third rows.  

This truck-like new version offers great visibility through its massive windows, standing square and solid, while losing none of its charm in the makeover. With a contemporary infotainment system that includes an eight-inch colour touchscreen and a ten-speaker Bose sound system, its cabin is a more refined, with available high-end features that drive it into the big three-row crossover category. [...]

Brimming with character, the Kia Soul is a multipurpose compact that’s close to a subcompact crossover (but lacks an all-wheel-drive). But with its towering height, it’s not quite a hatchback either.  This kinda-sorta SUV heads up a segment that blends the practicality and convenience of a compact car, with the cargo capacity of an SUV. Thanks to its reputation for reliability, vehicle financing from Laneway Auto is a simple process for a Kia Soul.

Who Buys a Kia Soul?

More than half Kia Soul owners are women, averaging out at 16 years of age, and with lower median household incomes of around $60,000. Two other striking characteristics are that solar owners want a vehicle with responsive handling and powerful acceleration, while also admitting that they like a vehicle that stands out from the crowd.  Their favourite things about this snappy drive are its quirky exterior styling, tasteful interior design, smooth driving dynamics, comfortable [...]

Budget-Friendly People-Mover

This boxy Chrysler road warrior has ploughed through many generations since it was launched in 1983. Still today, its functional contours pay dividends in its light and airy interior. However, 2017 was its final iteration, when it was seamlessly replaced by the Chrysler Pacifica. 

Long a popular choice with Canadian families wanting a simple, efficient, and budget-friendly set of wheels, the 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew Wagon still meets these needs, particularly in the Atlantic Provinces. Designed mainly to transport groups of people at an affordable price, it can cost thousands of dollars less than its competitors. 

Plenty of Room to Stretch Out

Even at this bargain price, the Grand Caravan doesn’t skimp on its features, which include zoned climate control, heated mirrors, a central touchscreen display, with a rear-view camera (for models produced later in the year). 

The interior of the 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew Wagon has plenty of [...]

It’s hard to believe, but the Nissan Micra has been around now for three decades. One of its models was voted Car of the Year, way back in 1993, so it has a lengthy pedigree underpinning its renowned reliability. 

Designed as a low-cost world car from 2013 onwards, it proved a hot favourite in emerging markets. For easy driving, it rivals other long-term top sellers like the Renault Clio, the Vauxhall Corsa, and the Ford Fiesta. 

International Star

Distinctive, efficient and light to handle, the Micra was sold in 160 different countries, making it a real international hit. Its manufacturing history is just as cosmopolitan. Initially built in Japan and the UK, Micras have been built at the second factory in India since 2010. 

With a bold design, it sits on the Nissan V Platform. In turn, this is a development of the Nissan-Renault B Platform that once supported earlier generations of the [...]

One of those rare designs that are just as much fun to drive both on and off the pavement, the 2019 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk 4WD is a great choice for all-round comfort. A smooth and well-balanced ride that’s quieter than many of its peers, its fast and accurate steering can handle even the sharpest turns with effortless precision.

Off-road, the Trailhawk really delivers the goods, particularly over ground that is rougher than the average country place driveway. Although lacking the heavy-duty axles and generous ground clearance of the noisier and choppier Wrangler, the Cherokee is a better choice for drivers following trails rather than setting out on cross-country adventures.

User-Friendly Controls 

The simplicity of its off-road settings means it’s easy to switch between road mode and rougher rides. Drive modes are quickly selected by just spinning a dial or pressing buttons, with terrain response settings for sport, snow, mud, sand, or rock. 

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