Auto Reviews

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.     ...
While Toyota Camry sales were sluggish in the early part of the year, they picked up speed and Camry once again ended up as the best selling car in America for 2015 at well over 400,000 units. Ford, Chevrolet, and RAM pickup trucks had the top three sales positions.
Top award. Subaru of America President and COO Thomas J. Doll has been named the Motor Trend “Person of the Year.” Awarded for the first time, the honor recognizes the No. 1 individual on the Motor Trend Power List which, since 2005, has highlighted the top 50 most influential people in the auto...
The steel unibody 2016 Kia Sedona offers a solid suspension and handling, three rows of seating, and amazing cargo space.
We’ve said before that the minivans of today are certainly not the utilitarian vans we tested 20 years ago. The 2016 Kia Sedona is a prime example of a vehicle that offers plenty of utility, but also style, comfort, and safety. The Sedona SXL we recently drove, the top of five trims, was powered by...
The new front scoop on the 2016 4Runner TRD Pro adds to the rugged appearance and driving application of the body-on-frame SUV. It’s shown here near Ohop Lake in Washington after an off-roading adventure.
The 2016 Toyota 4Runner is definitely a vehicle one can take many places, from easily maneuvering city streets to traversing mountain roads. And we did just that with our tested 4x4 TRD Pro model.      The 4Runner has been around for some 30 years, but this totally redesigned 2016 unit has a lot to...
The Chevrolet MyLink is a system/infotainment system that integrates GM’s OnStar safety system with a plethora of audio, mobile phone, and apps.
Tech, tech, tech. There is no shortage of new technologies on the world’s cars and trucks today, though the addition of major electronic and computerized systems, as well as some mechanical elements, have caused the largest global recall of vehicles in history over the past two years. With the...
LA show. The Los Angeles Auto Show, founded in 1907 and one of the top three auto shows in the nation, takes place Nov. 20-29, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. It will feature more than 25 world debuts and more than 20 North American vehicle introductions as of press time. One of the latter...
Ahh, the delight of driving 25 sports cars and those with outstanding performance elements over two days in the Pacific Northwest is a driver’s delight. The annual Run to the Sun (RTTS) event, organized by the Northwest Automotive Press Association (NWAPA), provides journalists the opportunity to...

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