About The Author

Mark Atkinson

Upon graduation, Mark worked at Inside Track Motorsport News for six years before moving to Formula Media Group’s Carguide and World of Wheels magazines. He now enjoys freelancing for several auto-related print and online publications and is a long-standing member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). He lives in Fredericton, NB with his wife and five-going-on-fifteen-year-old daughter.

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Recent Posts

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How much tax are Canadians paying on gasoline?

On average, taxes account for more than one-third of the price of every litre of gasoline sold across Canada.

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What's happened to gas prices across Canada?

After peaking in mid-year, gasoline prices across Canada have steadily declined to an average of 101.5 cents/litre for regular at a self-serve pump.

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ROAD TEST: The $70,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel

The Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland is a handsome, rugged, reasonably efficient SUV that really can go almost anywhere one wants, but it costs big bucks.

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DRIVEN: 2016 Honda Pilot ideal for family vacation

While the scope of competition is vast in the mid-size SUV class, the all-new Honda Pilot easily earns a spot on the must consider list.

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18 of the best back-to-school cars for students

If you are a student headed off to college or university, now is the time to find a car to help you get there and keep you mobile.

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FIRST DRIVE: 2016 Hyundai Tucson a much tighter execution

Compared with the 2015 model, the new Tucson is longer and wider. A 30-mm increase in wheelbase improves its proportions and available space inside.

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DRIVING JOBS: The good, the bad and the really ugly!

Here's a summary of some of the best and worst driving jobs we can imagine, along with some pros and cons and pay rates for each.

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Cars that are the boxes they come in

For the most part, cars that are boxy don’t hold the same staying power as more conventional designs but there are a few exceptions.

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Your guide to summer car shows across Canada

From weekly cruises in local parking lots where anything goes to exclusive, invitation-only Concours d'Elegance, there's something for every taste.

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FIRST DRIVE: 2016 Mazda MX-5 is to lust after

The MX-5 is the best-selling roadster ever made and an icon in its own right, with a breadth of appeal that far exceeds that of its British forebears.

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10 great new and used car choices for recent grads

Here are five new and five ‘new-to-you’ choices that consider the crimp your six-figure student debt may put on your available cash or credit.

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The good and the not-so-good of infotainment systems

With even basic vehicles now jammed full of interactive technology, infotainment and communication systems, the choices can be overwhelming.

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The worst road trip vehicles for the best drives

There are road trips and there are road trips, and the vehicles that may be best for some can be the worst for others.

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FIRST DRIVE: 2016 Fiat 500X in the wilds of Beverley Hills

The all-new 2016 Fiat 500X isn't a completely unknown entity as it shares most of what's under its stylish skin with the equally new Jeep Renegade.

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Smart and Mercedes-Benz at the New York auto show

The former Mercedes-Benz ML-Class is now the GLE-Class, and while not an all-new vehicle, it has received significant updates in the process.

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New American supercar to debut in the Big Apple

The Lyons LM2 Streamliner is said to be powered by a 1,650- horsepower, twin-turbocharged 8.2-litre DOHC V-8 engine of as-yet undisclosed origin.

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10 Choice Cars for First Dates

In Spring a young man's fancy turns to... well you know. What you drive on a first date can have a big effect on that all-important first impression.

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2016 Kia Sorento First Drive

In size the new Sorento fits between the regular Hyundai Santa Fe Sport and larger XL, whose platform and mechanicals it shares.

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Canada's most fuel-efficient AWD SUVs

Here are the 15 SUVs with some form of all- or four-wheel-drive that consume the least fuel according to Natural Resources Canada’s ratings.

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