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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...
The rugged and tech-oriented 2016 Volvo XC90 was voted the North American Truck/Utility of the Year in Detroit. The XC90 also has an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating, the highest award for crash protection.
Top car and truck. The Honda Civic was named the 2016 North American Car of the Year at the recent North American International Auto Show in Detroit, while the Volvo XC90 won the top spot in the Truck/Utility of the Year category. The Civic previously won in 2006 while the XC90 won in 2003.     ...
The 2016 Volvo V60 T5 offers a wide variety of comfort features plus superb hauling capacity.
Our recently tested 2016 Volvo V60 Cross Country T5 AWD wagon offered us much to like for transport and comfort, plus plentiful safety features that Volvo is known for.      Powered by a 2.5-L turbocharged five-cylinder engine with CVVT, this DOHC creates 250 HP at 5,500 RPM and 266 lb-ft. of...
The 2016 Scion iA achieved an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating, the only minicar to receive any top safety pick rating.
Top safety picks. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has announced its top safety picks for the new year. To qualify for the 2016 Top Safety Pick+ (TSP+) designation, a vehicle must earn good ratings in five crashworthiness categories and an advanced or superior rating for front-...
The 2016 Hyundai Tucson offers a wide range of standard equipment from class-leading premium seating to advanced safety features.
For those who have followed this column for the past 30-plus years, it’s clear that we’re huge fans of sport utility vehicles and crossovers. They provide comfortable rides, offer amazing cargo hauling and utility, and often perform exceptionally well in inclement weather driving conditions.     ...

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