Mark Toljagic


Before there were Hot Wheels there were Matchbox miniature cars, and Mark would get a shiny new one every week simply for attending school. He grew up in east-end Toronto learning the names of every car and truck on the road. Mark studied urban planning (Ryerson) and then journalism (Carleton University), and parlayed his interest in used cars – he’s bought more than 35 of them – into his specialty as an auto writer. He earned AJAC's Automotive Journalist of the Year Award in 2007 and some other stuff. What keeps Mark up at night is the rapid demise of the manual transmission.

Recent Posts by Mark Toljagic

Top 9 inexpensive compact utes WITH all-wheel drive

Don’t count on getting AWD for less than $25,000; you most likely aren’t Read More

New Cars Off Roading
Aug 20, 2019, 5:30 PM

The 10 worst car brands for Initial Quality in 2019

J.D. Power has just released its its 2019 Initial Quality Study for vehicles Read More

New Cars Auto Awards Auto Industry
Jun 19, 2019, 6:35 AM

11 of the best inexpensive cars in Canada

Sticker prices on the cheapest cars in Canada will still give you mandatory safety items. Read More

New Cars Auto Industry
May 22, 2019, 7:30 AM

Used Mazda3 a compelling buy

SkyActiv systems and features took Mazda3 to new heights after Ford stint Read More

Used Cars Automotive Reviews
Apr 2, 2019, 4:30 PM

The good and bad of buying a used Honda CR-V

To call the Honda CR-V a Canadian favourite is a bit of an understatement Read More

Used Cars Automotive Reviews
Mar 12, 2019, 1:30 PM

JD Power's 9 least dependable brands

It’s not your imagination; your late-model car is better made than before. Read More

Reasons to consider a used Toyota RAV4

RAV4 deviated from SUVs at the time with lightweight unibody construction Read More

Used Cars Car Buying Automotive Reviews
Jan 15, 2019, 4:30 PM

15 sour new-car picks from Lemon-Aid

A list of new and late-model cars, trucks and SUVs better left on the lot Read More

Car Buying New Cars
Dec 11, 2018, 11:30 AM

15 serviceable cars selling for three figures

Some really cheap rides for millionaires that want to make a statement Read More

Used Cars Car Buying
Oct 23, 2018, 5:30 PM

The 15 most aerodynamic everyday cars

The lower the coefficient of drag, the better a car cuts through the air Read More

Auto Industry Fuel Economy
Sep 25, 2018, 10:30 PM

18 reasons to admire Canadian auto production

Taking stock of Canada’s auto plants in the face of looming auto tariffs Read More

Auto Industry Auto Industry People
Jul 25, 2018, 9:30 PM

10 good and 10 not so good brands in Initial Quality

J.D. Power polled 75,000 new buyers during their vehicle’s first 90 days Read More

Auto Industry Auto Awards
Jun 20, 2018, 3:00 AM

Nine ragtops you can get for less than $12,000

What's happened with convertibles in Canada? Read More

Used Cars Auto Industry
May 16, 2018, 9:30 PM

10 things you can buy with your Income Tax refund

The average Canadian worker will receive an income tax refund of $1,800 Read More

Used Cars Car Buying Auto Accesories
Apr 5, 2018, 4:30 PM

J.D. Power's 11 Most Dependable Auto Brands

2018 survey involved almost 37,000 owners of 3-year-old models Read More

Auto Awards Car Buying Car Care
Mar 8, 2018, 8:55 AM

J.D. Power study reveals 10 least-reliable auto brands

FCA brands claim five of the 10-worst rankings in the dependability study Read More

Used Cars Auto Awards
Feb 22, 2018, 5:45 AM

Toyotas dominate 2018 Best Retained Value Awards

Toyota won Canadian Black Book’s Overall Brand Award for both cars and trucks Read More

Auto Awards Used Cars
Feb 12, 2018, 9:00 PM

If you fancy that, consider this

The newest and flashiest models aren’t always the most reliable buys Read More

New Cars Used Cars
Jan 26, 2018, 5:30 AM

10 forgotten models that make great used-car buys

These rare non-collectibles can be found at discounted prices on the used-car market Read More

Used Cars Car Buying
Nov 17, 2017, 3:55 AM

11 budget beaters for commuting to campus

These reliable but inexpensive cars are the automotive equivalent of mac and cheese Read More

Used Cars
Aug 18, 2017, 6:30 AM

Korean brands top the reliability/durability charts – in Germany!

There are some surprising absences near the top of the list and inclusions near the bottom Read More

Used Cars Auto Awards Auto Industry
Jul 27, 2017, 7:55 AM

10 best auto brands for new-vehicle quality

Kia maintains its #1 J.D. Power IQS ranking for a second consecutive year Read More

New Cars Auto Awards
Jun 27, 2017, 10:20 AM

J.D. Power’s 10 Poorest Brands for Initial Quality – 2017

There are some surprises in the brand names near the bottom of the 2017 IQS survey Read More

New Cars Auto Awards
Jun 22, 2017, 5:30 AM

Should you buy a used Ford Mustang?

Strong sales of current models mean there are plenty of 2010-14 Mustangs available Read More

How to survive the ‘Business Office’ when buying a new car

There’s an entire second process involved in closing the deal in the Business Office Read More

Car Buying New Cars
May 8, 2017, 4:35 AM