Mazda offers a bit of sportiness with the CX-5 crossover

Mazda is somewhat of the everyman’s BMW. The small Japanese company’s trophy case is stuffed with awards, its design language is passionate, and there is a dollop of the magical Miata in every car’s driving dynamic. And that is true even in the five-passenger CX-5 crossover. Just one letter away from the MX-5 (Miata is […]

Why attend motor vehicle launches if you don’t even get to drive the car?

Everybody by now must have heard about the new Land Rover Discovery Sport. If you haven’t, you need to leave your cave immediately and step into the sunlight just a little bit. It is the latest release from the makers of the best four by fours by far. The local launch was done last Thursday […]

To spare yourself trouble and tears in future, be careful with Peugeots

Hi Baraza, I am an avid reader of your column, thanks to which I have learnt a lot about cars. In 2013 I bought an ex-Japan Peugeot  206 SW. My husband didn’t understand why and how I settled for the car, but I was in love, period. However, after a year, it started overheating, forcing […]

Should I get a Honda Airwave or just stick to a trusted Toyota?

Thanks for your informative articles. Kindly contrast and compare Honda Airwave and any Toyota such as the Toyota Wish. I have seen many Kenyans buy Hondas. I wanted to buy an Airwave but out of the people I talked to, including mechanics, about one out of ten encouraged me. One of my friends who owned […]

Is replacing the Toyota Caldina’s engine impossible? I beg to differ…

After fixing the overheating, problem in my Toyota Caldina’s D4 engine, fuel consumption went from an average of 10-11km/l to an average of 7-8km/l. I would now like to replace the engine with a new 1.8 engine from a Toyota Caldina or Premio. My mechanic says that this change is not possible because the gearbox […]

I prefer a first-generation Vitara to the tiny, bouncy Camis and Jimnys

Dear Baraza, I have been wondering why you answer questions only from people who drive big and expensive cars? This is the third mail I am sending, although I can already tell you won’t respond – if at all you care to read it. Now to my question: Which small SUV would you go for […]

Modern cars far outshine the classic Peugeot 404 or 504 you’re keen on

Hi Baraza, I am torn between getting a classic Peugeot 404 and 504 station wagon for daily use. I have driven modern cars, from SUVs to hatchbacks, but feel that the cars lack character. When I was growing up, my father had a car that was treated like a family member; that does not happen […]

Your engine’s faulty; Demios don’t normally make tractor-like sounds

Hello Baraza, I really love your column and look forward to the Wednesday issue of the Daily Nation. I hope you will respond to my mail this time round. Now on to my question: I have a 2005 Mazda Demio and of late, I have been seriously disturbed by a noise coming from under the […]