Auto Reviews

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...
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...
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 2016 Mazda CX-3 offers style, comfort, and SKYACTIV Technology.
                                                                                                                                                                                             by Jerold B. Smith We’ve tested a series of Mazda models recently and found them generally fun to drive and...
A double winner in the World Car Awards, the Mazda MX-5 is a sharply designed roadster that exceeded all of the criteria for jurors as they judged cars from around the globe.
World car award. Mazda was a big winner at the New York International Auto Show with the fourth generation MX-5 being named the 2016 World Car of the Year. It also won the 2016 World Car Design of the Year award, the first time a Japanese automaker has won that accolade. Other 2016 World Car awards...
The 2017 Nissan Armada shown at the Chicago Auto Show has a new V-motion front grille, air intakes on the front bumpers, standard fog lamps on two of three models, and LED daytime running lights.
New Armada. The all-new 2017 Nissan Armada will be available at dealer showrooms this summer. With the introduction of this second-generation full-size SUV, Nissan rounds out its lineup of new SUV and crossover models as Pathfinder, Murano, and Rogue have all been transformed in the past three...
The 2016 Chrysler 300 Limited is a RWD large sedan that offers stylish touches inside and out.
Our recent test of the 2016 Chrysler 300 Limited proved that “Imported from Detroit” still means something for domestic cars. We’ve tested the 200 and 300 models and found them to be genuine sedans that provide power, luxury, and performance. Our 300 Limited, the base model, had a $2,995 90th...

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