Auto Reviews

The 2017 Subaru Forester 2.5i Touring shown here on Stevens Pass in Washington State during wintery road conditions.
We’ve been fans of Subarus for a long time, as have American consumers. As of Feb. 1, Subaru posted 62 consecutive months of yearly month-over-month sales growth in the U.S., and in January the company set a record for sales (6.8 percent over 2016), and it was the best-ever month for sales of...
Team Ryan Millen and the Toyota Rally RAV4 offroad racer, will compete in three rally series in 2017.
Toyota racing. Team Ryan Millen and the Toyota Rally RAV4 will be involved in even more racing this year than their successful 2016 season. Along with new navigator and co-driver Rhianon Gelsomino, the team will compete in the newly formed American Rally Association (ARA) series, as well as select...
The Concept-i from Toyota has a space-age design and features advanced artificial intelligence to assist drivers.
A record breaker. When all the dust settled and the final counts were tabulated, U.S. vehicle sales for 2016 totaled 17.55 million, breaking 2015 sales by .04 percent. As noted in our previous column, truck and SUV sales were the sales leaders as sedans in general were sluggish sellers. For Toyota...
The 2017 Subaru Outback, popular amongst skiers, hikers, off-roaders, and other outdoor enthusiasts, continues to be a top seller for the automaker.
Sales review. As 2016 closed out, U.S. light-duty vehicle sales were on track for more than 17 million units sold. In general, YTD sales indicated that pickup trucks and SUVs/crossovers were up, while most car sales in all four categories (small, midsize, large, and luxury) were down. Minivan sales...
The 2017 Volvo S90 T6 AWD
Our recent test drive of the 2017 Volvo S90 T6 AWD Inscription provided us with a week of exceptional driving experiences. This new midsize sedan surprised us with its throaty 2.0-L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 316 HP at 5,700 RPM and 295 lb.-ft. of torque ranging from 2,200 to 5...
Though most driverless vehicles will likely look much like cars and trucks driven by humans today, this Mercedes-Benz autonomous concept creates a space-age aura.
VW settlement. On Oct. 25, Federal Judge Charles Breyer approved one of the largest consumer settlements in U.S. history involving the Volkswagen TDI emissions scandal. The $14.7 billion settlement, which covers 2.0-L diesel-equipped Audi and VW vehicles, was reached about one year after Volkswagen...
The Toyota Prius has much to offer, but fuel economy is a major buying factor.
The Toyota Prius Hybrid has been a favorite since its introduction to the market. Many years ago, we actually drove the prototype Prius prior to its debut in the U.S. marketplace and wondered how it would perform. That wonderment turned into a love affair with this vehicle.      Our 2016 Prius...
The 2016 Subaru Forester offers safety and comfort for a competitive price.
    The 2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium provided us with a delightful weeklong drive with top safety ratings, plentiful interior space, and a price that was appealing in a crowded small crossover category.      The Forester is powered by the 2.5-L BOXER four-cylinder DOHC engine that produces 170...
The Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo wagon due out next year will compete with the Mercedes-Benz CLS series.
Porsche wagon. Porsche will introduce its first station wagon at the Geneva Motor Show in March, furthering its offerings beyond the iconic sports cars it is known for around the world. The company first branched out in 2002 with the Cayenne SUV, followed by the Macan compact luxury CUV that began...
The 2016 Honda Odyssey SE provides a solid ride, offers spacious hauling capacity, and can tow up to 3,500 pounds.
We recently completed consecutive drives of several Honda and Acura models and as we generally experience, each offered genuine performance and superb usability.      The 2016 Honda Odyssey 5-Door Special Edition (SE) minivan (not so mini at just over 118 inches) we tested, the middle of five trims...

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