Second-Hand: 2005 Dodge Caravan

If we ever, as a nation, have a serious discussion about replacing the maple leaf on our flag, there's a case to be made for sewing on another Canadian icon: the minivan.

Audi A3

It's all sounding rather tempting, the all new Audi A3 hatchback, until they tell you it isn't available with quattro all-wheel drive.

Second-Hand: Ford Escape

Ford's Kansas City plant built the Escape and Tribute for North American consumption, while Mazda in Japan built the right-hand-drive models for Asia, Australia and England.

Second-Hand: Nissan Altima

"Does the world need another automobile?" asked the voice-over in the television advertising debut of the 1993 Nissan Altima.

Second-Hand: Plymouth Acclaim, Dodge Spirit

You don't so much seek out a Dodge Spirit or Plymouth Acclaim as one is foisted upon you, passed down from one generation to another when an elderly relative expires or gives up driving for the bench

BMW 325ti Sport Compact

The formal moniker is 325ti Sport Compact, the last two words being a somewhat cheeky appropriation of the current generic name for hotted-up hatchbacks.

Second-Hand: Chev Astro and GMC Safari

The Chevrolet Astro and mechanically identical GMC Safari appealed to those buyers who hankered for a smaller truck, but one tough enough to take some abuse.

Second-Hand: Honda Civic

Funny. It was a lawnmower maker - and not a diversified aerospace company - that showed the world how to build a good small car.

Second-hand: Volvo 850

Unveiled in late 1992, the Volvo 850 was the company's first front-wheel-drive offering in North America

Second-Hand: Eagle Talon

The Talon and its twin, the Plymouth Laser, were born out of a mutual need for a contemporary sporty coupe by the two corporations.

Second-Hand: Buick Century

To say the Buick Century is synonymous with lawn bowling and arguing for the seniors' discount at the deli is an understatement. But don't be quick to write off what is actually a pretty reliable Nort

Second-Hand: Dodge Caravan/Plymouth Voyager

One dusty afternoon in the far future, archeologists will unearth a 1984 Dodge Caravan -- complete with polystyrene Big Mac containers under the seats and a Barney tape in the cassette player -- and r

Second-hand: Our $12,000-tops budget 

More and more, consumers are embracing status automobiles as their galvanized-steel calling cards, eschewing designer clothes, jewelry and most other trappings of wealth.

Ford Focus ZX3

Ford is on to something. An aftermarket-modified Focus ZX3 hatchback I drove last week made me feel like an Agincourt teenager or his dad.

2000 Honda Prelude SH

In first, third and fifth gear, the button to switch off the radio in the Honda Prelude SH is a finger stretch away from the gear lever.