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Cars and Me
July 21  |  By Mary Lowry
Kia Soul EV was worth the wait The Kia Soul EV is finally coming to Washington state, and it was worth the wait.

We’ll be getting the 2016 version offering three trim levels to choose from instead of two, more standard equipment for less money, and the addition of Shadow Black and Bright Silver to the exterior color palette.



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July 14  |  By Mary Lowry
The BMW i8 is a dream car, if you can get in If you covet the BMW i8 – and there’s every reason why a person would – its $136,650 price will be less of an issue than what kind of shape you’re in.



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July 2  |  By Mary Lowry
Mitsubishi introduces redesigned Outlander If you were in a focus group and the moderator asked what type of product you think "Dynamic Shield" is associated with, what would you say?

I’ll bet you’d have an amusing answer.

Probably not "a sport utility vehicle."



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June 17  |  By Mary Lowry
Four German sedans make the grade Well, we’re just about halfway through 2015 now. What better time to reflect on four outstanding German sedans I’ve driven in the past six months.

Here they are, in escalating order by price, which coincidentally is also the escalating order of unlikelihood that I’ll ever own one:

2015 Jetta Hybrid SEL Premium



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May 26  |  By Mary Lowry
All-women auto event took attendees on test-driving frenzy High heels aren’t the preferred footwear for putting the pedal to the metal, but they do work well in a logo for an all-women’s automotive event.



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May 18  |  By Mary Lowry
First look: 2016 Volvo XC90 A month ago, I prefaced a swooning review of the 2015 Volvo V6 wagon with a mention of Volvo’s unfortunate inability to make major headway in the U.S. luxury car market.



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May 11  |  By Mary Lowry
Jeep Renegade rules Mudfest 2015 The Northwest Automotive Press Association did its dirty work again this year.

Twenty-three NWAPA members recently participated in Mudfest, the organization’s annual Northwest Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the Year competition. The event has been going on for 21 years, and I’ve been there for almost every one of them.



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April 30  |  By Mary Lowry
First look: 2016 Fiat 500X The infatuation began in 2011 with the U.S. arrival of the tiny Italian Fiat 500. It continued through successive models: the 500c convertible, high-performance 500 Abarth and Abarth convertible, electric 500e, and five-passenger 500L. But Fiat has introduced a 500 with all-wheel drive and it might have Pacific Northwest drivers singing "that’s amoré!"



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April 20  |  By Mary Lowry
Volvo's safety technology protects you from yourself and others Most of us would rather be alive than dead, intact rather than injured, but safe things are rarely considered exciting.



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March 31  |  By Mary Lowry
VW Golf SportsWagen has the practicality of an SUV or crossover, plus fun Wagons don’t own a momentous share of the market, but they’re a worthy alternative to the SUVs and crossovers that do. With four doors, second-row folding seats and a rear cargo area in place of a trunk, wagons offer the practicality and versatility of crossovers but deliver better fuel economy and a more enjoyable driving experience, also known as fun.



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March 18  |  By Mary Lowry
The Chrysler 300S turns heads of all ages When Chrysler introduced the 300 sedan in 2005, it was a nostalgic reissue of the original 300 sedan popular in the 1950s and ’60s. Similarly sized and built in rear-wheel drive configuration, it enticed not only buyers whose automotive histories include fond attachments to big American classic cars, but also younger buyers with a contemporary fondness for big, good-looking sedans.



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March 10  |  By Mary Lowry
Nissan Murano features futuristic new body style You won’t recognize the all-new 2015 Nissan Murano crossover SUV as a Murano, because it looks so different from the Muranos you’re used to seeing.



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March 3  |  By Mary Lowry
Kia, Mitsubishi, Nissan introduce new concept cars The Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place convention center, held this year on Feb. 14-22, is the biggest car show in the country by a long shot. Here are some highlights of new products unveiled at the show’s Media Preview day, Feb. 12, by Kia, Mitsubishi, Nissan and Ram brands. In a previous blog post last week, introductions by Acura,...

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February 23  |  By Mary Lowry
Chicago Auto Show previews the latest and greatest in cars I’ve been back from the Media Preview of the 2015 Chicago Auto Show for more than a week and have finally thawed enough from the subzero windchills to perform the simple motions required for effective typing.



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February 10  |  By Mary Lowry
Get a sneak peek at the new Jeep Renegade, Ram ProMaster City and Chrysler 300 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), created in 2014, recently introduced two all-new vehicles to the U.S. market, along with a new iteration of an old American favorite. Here’s a quick look:

Jeep Renegade



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