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The elegantly angular lines of the 2020 Elantra Limited follow in the footsteps of its hugely successful 2019 model. The marque’s top-seller that year, this compact sedan is becoming a golden goose for Hyundai. 

While sticking to largely the same working formula, the main differences in the 2020 models are mechanical. Both automatic and six-speed manual transmissions are replaced by Hyundai’s innovative continuously variable transmission. 

For buyers concerned with maintenance costs, an outstanding advantage of the Hyundai Elantra range is its ten-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Practical but unexciting, this could save them thousands of dollars over the course of a decade.

Far lower than Canada’s comparatively high average fuel consumption of 8.6 Leg/100 km, the SEL, Value, and Limited models post a budget-friendly 6.5 Leg/100 km. All are fitted with the same four-cylinder 2.0 L engine, rated at 132 pound-feet of torque, with a useful 147 hp. 

Benefits of the 2020 [...]

All about affordability, the 2019 Nissan Sentra S is a smart choice for buyers seeking an economic but reliable used car for driving around town. Featuring a honeycomb grille with a metal V-frame, its design leans towards sporty and aerodynamic, enhanced by halogen headlights. 

Safe and Practical

With a reliability rating of 4.0 out of 5.0, it ranks fourteenth in the compact segment. Among the more sensible compact cars, it’s straightforward to drive, with a smooth and comfortable ride, particularly in urban areas. Its user-friendly controls are intuitive, with no need to navigate hi-tech interfaces.

Overall, the 2019 Nissan Sentra S has a great safety track record. Rated as Good in almost every category for 2019, the IIHS ranked its 2018 predecessor as a Top Safety Pick. Optional safety features include adaptive cruise control and a blind-spot monitor with a rear cross-traffic alert. 

Sized for Comfort 

Designed to provide more [...]

Lifting the curtain of secrecy covering many of its activities, Tesla recently offered glimpses into its expanding presence in Canada, where this innovative automaker is building some of the “machines that build the machine”, in the words of Elon Musk, its visionary founder.

Released just in time for Thanksgiving, a video introduces its team in Ontario, where new custom manufacturing equipment is being designed and built, that will subsequently be used in its assembly plants elsewhere in the world.

Third Quarter Progress Report

As Tesla was presenting its 3Q 2021 earnings, interest focused on delivery of the first vehicles powered by 4680 cells. Chief Technology Officer Drew Baglino confidently mentioned early 2022, asserting that structural aspects, as well as battery, crash, range, and reliability testing would be completed by the end of the year.

While stressing that the main focus is on quality for producing these battery cells, he issued a [...]

No longer a science fiction favourite, self-driving vehicles are here to stay – especially in Canada. Right on the cutting-edge of this revolution in the automobile industry, artificial intelligence is already taking the wheel, while drivers can relax during commutes and longer trips.

The race is on, and the runners include household names like BMW, GM, Nissan, Tesla, Toyota, Volvo, and even Uber. Related industries – like auto loans and insurance – are also gearing up for this exciting new stage, making sure that these innovations fit smoothly into family budgets.

How Self-Driving Cars Work

Encompassing a vast range of interrelated devices that exchange data among themselves, the Internet of Things (IoT) pervades our daily lives in devices like smartphones and coffee makers. It is also flourishing at the industrial scale, keeping the components of huge machines working smoothly.

In an autonomous vehicle, many complex systems intercommunicate constantly: video cameras and radar sensors [...]

Everyone has to move around in their daily lives, of course. But having a car makes it so much easier to run errands and commute to work or class. However, poor credit can be an obstacle when trying to finance a car in Canada, particularly through banks. But here’s the good news: these financial institutions are not the only way of getting your own wheels! 

Choosing The Best Used Car For Your Budget

Price is not the only factor to bear in mind when looking for a second-hand vehicle. Knowing which vehicles retain their value for the longest time is also a great way of getting your money’s worth on a major purchase like this. As an example, some vehicles retain about 50% of the value at the four-year mark, while others have already dropped to 30%, based on the Canadian Black Book. 

As a rule of thumb, basic versions and neutral colours keep [...]

In today’s gig economy, not having a formal job is a far cry from having no income. There are many reasons for not being in full-time employment: studies, disabilities, family commitments, and freelancing, to name just a few. 

Everyone needs transportation, and driving one’s own automobile is often the fastest and most convenient way of getting from A to B in Canada, particularly for people with tight schedules. However, the absence of a regular income can make it harder to obtain a car loan – for exactly the people who most need their own rides. 

How to Buy A Car Without A Steady Job

However, it’s often people working irregular hours who need their own wheels the most, particularly when public transportation isn’t running. In fact, a reliable car is a major factor in personal safety, particularly at out-of-the-way locations that may be deserted during off-peak hours.

So here are some hot [...]

Far more than just a way of getting from A to B, cars and trucks are status symbols through which their owners express their personalities and preferences. But these keys to individual freedom are by no means free: buying a vehicle is one of the heaviest commitments in most people’s lives, second only to purchasing a house.

So – despite all the excitement – it’s important to keep a sharp eye on financial aspects when buying a vehicle in New Brunswick. After all, there’s no point in chasing after your dream wheels if the repayments would leave you without money for gas or maintenance. 

Smart Choices Mean Happier Driving 

Your vehicle should match your lifestyle and meet your needs. So – unless they meld seamlessly into your lifestyle and budget – leave that snazzy sports car or high-end SUV as an aspiration, at least for now. 

With that in mind, here [...]

In terms of lifetime investments, buying a car ranks second only to buying a house. That’s why it’s important to check out all available payment options before signing up for such a major financial commitment. 

While hunting for your dream wheels can be fun, working out how to pay for them can be a daunting process. A poor decision may have long-term implications that can tight-strap your budget, eat into your savings, and even tank your credit score. So here are some top tips from the experts at Canada Drives on how to navigate smoothly through the car-buying process, avoiding pitfalls and making smart choices.

What Do I Need to Get a Car Loan in Canada?

Application approval may take anywhere from a few hours to a couple of weeks, depending on the institution. You must complete the car loan application form in full (in either hardcopy or on-line), and provide [...]

How To Buy A Car During The Pandemic

Half the fun of buying a car is checking out the market by wandering around lots, right? However, this hasn’t been possible for quite a while, and – despite masks and vaccinations – many people are still not comfortable about face-to-face conversations with strangers. That’s why kicking wheels over the Internet is a great pandemic option for prudent purchasers!

Keeping It Personal

With peer-to-peer marketplaces thriving, plenty of buyers are opting for used cars advertised online by their owners. Yes, this can be a great money-saver if you luck into a great deal – but scammers are everywhere. So here are a few tips on how to protect yourself (and your hard-earned cash!) when you buy a car online from a private seller

First, you should confirm that (i) there really is a car; (ii) it’s in the advertised condition; and (iii) the advertiser has the right to sell it.

Here’s how: 

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