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 |  Mar 18 2014, 2:02 PM

Should there be More Manual Crossovers?


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It’s a fact: the manual transmission is on its deathbed. Long absent from most family vehicles, one the last bastions of the manual transmission are compact crossovers. These however are becoming harder and harder to find. Most mainstream manufacturers in America have abandoned offering a stick-shift in compact CUVs and only minor players in the segment, like Jeep, Mazda, Subaru and Volkswagen, still allow owners to row their own gears.

If the manual transmission is in critical condition in the USA, it is merely in serious condition in Canada. More vehicles in a greater number of trims are available with a manual transmission in Canada. Want any level Mazda6 with a stick north of the border? No problem. Want a Nissan Versa Note SL with a manual? It’s yours.

See Also: 2014 Hyundai Tucson Review

There are two other crossovers still offered in Canada with a manual transmission that are strictly automatic-only in the U.S: the Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson. Curious as to whether or not Americans are missing out, we headed to Hyundai Canada to sample a 2014 Tucson equipped with the six-speed manual. Here is our five-point guide to the stick-shift crossover.

 |  Apr 02 2013, 1:01 PM

AutoGuide Five-Point Inspection


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Looking for a small, but rugged crossover? Then the Subaru XV Crosstrek is a vehicle to take a look at. With its raised height over the Impreza, the XV is poised to confidently go where the Impreza can’t. We had a chance to drive the base Subaru XV Crosstrek Premium, which costs just $21,995 and here are the five things you need to know about it.

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 |  Mar 26 2013, 10:05 AM

AutoGuide Five-Point Inspection


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Winter: the perfect time to test crossovers, snow tires and convertibles, right? Well, maybe not that last one, but anyone who wants to buy a convertible, like this 2013 Mazda MX-5, should know how it fares in all four seasons, not just in drop-top temperatures.

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 |  Mar 19 2013, 2:08 PM

AutoGuide.com Five-Point Inspection, Done a little differently


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Up for inspection this week is the Chrysler 300C with all-wheel drive, or maybe we should say “300Cs.” The vehicle gods have smiled upon the humble editors of AutoGuide; stars aligned, a comet passed and the tarot cards gave a thumbs up because two of us have been graced with essentially the same car.

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 |  Jan 22 2013, 12:13 PM

AutoGuide Five-Point Inspection


There’s a war happening in the crossover segment, with new revisions to the Toyota RAV4, Hyundai Santa Fe and Ford Escape all gunning for the popular Honda CR-V.

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 |  Dec 05 2012, 2:32 PM

AutoGuide.com Five-Point Inspection


An alternative fuel vehicle, the Lexus GS450h is also a major alternative to the conventional V8-powered German luxury sedan. With exceptional fuel economy, luxury and solid power, it’s the subject of this week’s Five-Point Inspection.

 |  Jul 10 2012, 3:45 PM

AutoGuide Five-Point Inspection


This week’s subject for Five Point Inspection is the Honda Fit subcompact, equipped with the Sport Package. The MSRP of this model comes to $18,700, and represents a nearly fully loaded Fit. All that’s missing is the navigation, and a la cart options and accessories.

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 |  Jul 03 2012, 3:45 PM

AutoGuide Five-Point Inspection


The subject of our latest Five-Point Inspection is the 2012 Jeep Compass, outfitted in the Latitude trim, with the optional 4×4 system, CVT transmission and plenty of extras.