Auto Reviews

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...
The new VC-T engine will be the power plant for the 2017 Infiniti QX50 crossover that will likely be available late next summer.
New engine. Infiniti debuted the world’s first production-ready variable compression ratio engine at the Paris Motor Show in September. Infiniti said the VC-T (Variable Compression Turbocharged) was 20 years in development and is one of the most advanced internal combustion engines ever created. “...
The Dodge Viper 25th Anniversary Limited Editions are shown in the various special edition colors and trim levels. All models are powered by an all-aluminum 8.4-L V-10 engine that produces 645 HP and 600 lb.-ft. of torque.
Cadillac award. Altair and the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) have announced the winners of the 4th annual Altair Enlighten Award, the auto industry’s only award program that acknowledges innovation in vehicle weight reduction. The winner of the Full-Vehicle category was the 2016 Cadillac CT6...
The 2016 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD debuts a new engine plus offers abundant safety and creature comforts.
     The 2016 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD we tested recently was another reason we like SUVs, large or small. With its Machine Gray exterior it looks like a beast, but it handles like kitten.      Our distinct likes in the CX-9 are plentiful, but a few notables include the new SKYACTIV-G 2.5-L turbo...
The Kia Sportage has helped drive the automaker to its best-ever year-to-date U.S. sales record. Sportage sales through June were nearly double the same period in 2015.
Mid-year sales. While some automakers were about even or posted slight decreases for June vehicle sales in the U.S., there were several with measurable increases for the month as well as impressive milestones for the first six months of 2016. Audi set a June record for sales and is up 3.5 percent...
The 2016 Nissan Altima 2.5 SR is a sharply designed sedan with multiple sport features.
There are three features on the 2016 Nissan Altima 2.5 SR that we particularly liked during our recent test: the sport-tuned suspension, the rubber trunk protector, and the MSRP. For what this sedan offers at a base price of $24,470, it’s an excellent buy.      The Altima 2.5 SR is the second level...
The 2017 Subaru BRZ offers new design features plus heavily bolstered sport seats, a new multi-function instrument display, and a refined Boxer engine.
Big buy. Nissan purchased 34 percent of Mitsubishi Motors in May for a reported $2.2 billion and entered a strategic alliance similar to the one Nissan has had with Renault since 1999. The investment was said to have been a good deal for Nissan as Mitsubishi stock was worth substantially higher in...
The 2016 GMC Sierra Denali 1500 4WD has a spacious interior with abundant connectivity features and has a towing capacity of 11,700 pounds.
When testing vehicles, there is nothing more pleasurable than units that provide superb usability and a fun driving experience. Recently, we had two weeks of genuinely dynamic vehicle testing that included the 2016 models of the GMC Sierra Denali and Nissan Murano.      Our Sierra was a 1500 4WD...
A muddy 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee 75th Anniversary Edition won its category and was selected as the Best Overall Northwest Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the Year at Mudfest 2016.
Shelton, Wash.-The Northwest Automotive Press Association (NWAPA) named the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee 75th Anniversary Edition as the 2016 Northwest Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the Year at its annual event, affectionately called Mudfest. Twenty-six automotive journalists tested and scored 28...
The Tesla Model 3 will have its first deliveries in late 2017.
So long Scion. For some time, Toyota has had plans to cease its Scion line that debuted in 2003 with small boxy, fuel-efficient cars. That year the brand sold 10,898 units with just a few models available and had it best year in 2006 with sales of 173,034. In 2015, just 56,167 Scions were sold. The...

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