Cars and Me

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

Updated Mazda CX-5 SUV keeps strengths, upgrades luxuries

Since 2013, when it first entered the marketplace, Mazda’s CX-5 compact crossover SUV has one-upped its comparably priced competitors by besting their driving characteristics. Along… 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

New Mazda3 is a solid bargain, just don’t get distracted inside

The 2017 model of the well-received Mazda3 compact started arriving at dealerships about two months ago, fresh from design updates inside and out, bearing additional… Continue reading

Honda back on its game with 2013 Civic

The Honda Civic compact car has been around for 40 years in this country, selling like crazy the whole time and providing economical, reliable transportation… Continue reading

A first look at the redesigned Mitsubishi Outlander

Mitsubishi’s compact crossover utility vehicle, the seven-passenger Outlander, is transformed for model-year 2014, with a redesigned exterior and interior, a new engine, safety upgrades and… Continue reading

2013 Audi Allroad gets more power, better mileage

The Audi Allroad is back on the job after a seven-year sabbatical during which it was replaced by the A4 Avant. For 2013 the Avant… Continue reading

Kia Soul Exclaim handles well, fun to drive

The Kia Soul is a smallish, stylish, fun and lovable car with four doors and a rear hatch, seating for five, a decent-sized cargo area… Continue reading

A look at the 2013 Volkswagen Passat

Prior to the 2012 model, the Volkswagen Passat midsize sedan was priced out of reach for most VW enthusiasts, and was too enthusiast-oriented to appeal… Continue reading

What’s new in the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Success should not be messed with, and when you’re the maker of the most-awarded SUV in recorded history, you don’t tamper too much with your… Continue reading

Kia reveals 2014 Sorento and Forte

Kia has been on a real roll with new products, and their latest unfolding is the introduction of the 2014 Sorento midsize crossover utility vehicle… Continue reading