Cars and Me

Comfy, quiet, roomy 2017 Kia Niro comes loaded with features

The 2017 Niro, an all-new subcompact hybrid from Kia, is a blend of hatchback, wagon and crossover, characterized by five doors and sitting higher than… Continue reading

Safety, space and pizzazz mark Hyundai’s 2018 Sonata, Elantra

Two new arrivals from Hyundai are generating automotive heat this summer: an updated Sonata sedan and an all-new Elantra GT. Both cars are 2018 models.… Continue reading

Toyota Prius Prime cuts seating to four, boosts mileage

The word “prime” means “of the best possible quality.” Toyota defines the newest version of its hugely popular Prius hybrid as “the pinnacle of efficiency… Continue reading

New Alfa Romeo Giulia is a driver’s dream, not backseat bliss

The 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia premium midsize sedan is the latest arrival in the Italian automaker’s return to the U.S. market. There are three versions,… Continue reading

High-tech 2017 BMW 5 Series advances already impressive line

BMW’s esteemed 5 Series is all new for 2017, marking the seventh generation of this premium midsize sedan, in production since 1972. In BMW’s sales… Continue reading

2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI is sporty, fast, fuel-efficient

The 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI is solid, sporty, fast, functional and fuel efficient. That’s a rave review I could end right here, but my picky… Continue reading

Spacious Hyundai hybrid hatchback is affordable, attractive

Car companies almost never supply a base model of a car for evaluation by an automotive writer, and who can blame them? They put their… Continue reading

Smart, solid, sophisticated new Volvo SUV, wagon are delights

Never been tested on it, but I’m sure I could be blindfolded and still identify a new Volvo out of a lineup, just by opening… Continue reading

Power, performance, handling are tops in 2017 Jaguar XE

The XE premium compact sedan is an all-new model from Jaguar, ready to pounce on the well-established premium compact sedans produced by Audi, BMW, Cadillac,… Continue reading

New 2017 Subaru Impreza is surprisingly sporty, spacious

The all-inclusive redesign and re-engineering of the Subaru Impreza for 2017 will generate more interest here in the Pacific Northwest than in nearly any other… Continue reading

Infiniti QX80 SUV has artistry, luxury, and power in 2017

The Infiniti QX80 full-size SUV is a jumbo composite of beauty and brawn. The model I tested, the Limited trim with all-wheel drive, has an… Continue reading

Rain, shine, and plenty of car, truck, SUV fun at Mudfest 2017

Every year at about this time, the Northwest Automotive Press Association (NWAPA) holds an event called Mudfest, one of my favorite things in the world.… Continue reading

New Genesis G80 sedan is a beauty and a beast

For openers, don’t call this midsize luxury sedan the Hyundai Genesis. That’s so last year. The 2017 Genesis doesn’t live in the Hyundai neighborhood. It’s… Continue reading

Powerful engine, pleasant, quiet ride in new Toyota Highlander

The Toyota Highlander’s buyer bait quotient is heightened for 2017 by a design update and numerous additions to its standard equipment list, including advanced safety… Continue reading

Jeep Compass is a compact crossover, doubles as family car

Compact crossovers are the darlings of the current automotive market and Jeep has introduced an essentially all-new one, but with a familiar name: Compass. It… Continue reading

Scoping the selection at the Chicago Auto Show

The 2017 edition of the Chicago Auto Show, the nation’s biggest auto show, wrapped up recently after its annual 10-day run. As usual, a daylong… Continue reading

Infiniti Q50 is smooth, comfortable, and eye-catching

The German brands may have a stranglehold on the luxury sport sedan market, but buyers willing to look elsewhere could easily be enticed by the… Continue reading

Slimmed-down GMC SUV still packs power, but with maneuverability

GMC’s Acadia sport utility vehicle has shapeshifted for 2017 from a biggish box into a sinewy athletic creature 700 pounds lighter, less hungry for fuel,… Continue reading

Chrysler’s 2017 Pacifica Hybrid minivan tests at 84 mpg

Eight months after rolling out the all-new Pacifica minivan, Chrysler has raised the bar by presenting a plug-in hybrid version. The first hybrid minivan and… Continue reading