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Before the big jump

In transition to all-electric and continuing my habit of buying used cars, I plan to acquire a plug-in hybrid car that is reliable, has good range in electric mode and is fun to drive. Does the Chevrolet Volt meet my criteria? Has it been the subject of major recalls? Do you have any other suggestions?

Benoit P.

The Volt is an excellent choice for making a smooth transition, just like the Toyota Prius, the Hyundai Ioniq or, even better, the Honda Clarity. The latter is, it is true, more spacious and more cumbersome too. That said, the Volt has had few recalls. Almost all were aimed at the first generation (2010-2015).

family spirit


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2021 Hyundai Santa Fe

We own a 2012 Santa Fe that is nearing retirement. The next car will ideally be electric. We are a family with three toddlers (read at least two car seats) who ski and bike and back and forth to the cabin in deep countryside. Is it me, or are there really no three-row EVs other than in the luxury segment (Tesla, Rivian)? Are we expecting any soon in minivans or SUVs? I saw that maybe Kia (EV9) and Hyundai (Ioniq 7) will offer some, but it doesn’t seem like tomorrow.

Charles B.

You could take a look at the Santa Fe PHEV or even our review this week (Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV) for a plug-in hybrid vehicle. You might also consider, due to its efficiency, Toyota’s Sienna (this one doesn’t charge, though). As for a 100% electric model, you are right, the Hyundai group (EV9 and Ioniq 7) is preparing an offensive, but it will only appear, it is said, in a few months. You could also consider Volkswagen’s future ID.Buzz (planned for release in 2024).

Holidays memories


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european fiat 500e

I rented a Fiat 500e in France for 15 days. I was thrilled: 285 kilometers without having to recharge. Comfort, driving pleasure, beauty and quality of finish. Does Fiat intend to export it to Canada?

Louise C.

Good news, this vehicle will enter the Canadian market in the first quarter of 2024.

wait or not


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Chevrolet Bolt

I am looking to buy a 2023 Bolt with an approximate price of $52,000 and a government rebate of $12,000. We have been told for two or three years to wait because the prices of electric cars will drop with the arrival of a large quantity on the market. It doesn’t seem to be happening anytime soon. Am I optimistic to wait for the price to drop $12,000? What if by then the government subsidies no longer exist? Should I buy now?

Michael B.

Some analysts estimate that there will be price parity between thermal and electric vehicles within two or three years. It’s possible due to the constraints on gas-powered vehicles, but don’t bet on that to make your decision. The same goes for government rebates. Who knows what our elected officials have in store for us? Certainly, the Bolt is a sensible choice, but maybe you should also consider the Equinox EV that GM will be releasing soon. This model will use more advanced technology than the Bolt, better autonomy and, as a bonus, there will be the possibility of adding a four-wheel drive.



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