Cars and Me

Volvo transforms with 2015 S60 sedan

With a 90-percent new leadership team and an $11 billion investment in new engines, infrastructure and production facilities upgrades, Volvo is shooting for a more… Continue reading

Honda Odyssey was made for a long family trip

Minivans are largely the laughingstock of the automotive world, ridiculed for not being sporty or cool, put down for being mommymobiles. And I know moms… Continue reading

2014 Jaguar XJL a luxury inside and out

The last time I had an enormous extravagant Jaguar for test car o’ the week, I drove it to an appointment in Seattle – in… Continue reading

More from the Chicago Auto Show

Here’s a look at a few more highlights from the media preview at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, the biggest auto show in the nation.… Continue reading

2014 Mitsubishi Outlander makes some key updates

Mitsubishi’s Outlander crossover utility vehicle is refashioned for 2014, sporting a simpler and more aerodynamic exterior that enhances fuel economy, and an updated interior constructed… Continue reading

Hyundai’s 2014 Equus a premium car without the snob value

No matter what, the name Hyundai might never be associated in some people’s minds with luxury cars. But those minds could be considered narrow. Hyundai… Continue reading

Ford Fiesta ST is a red-hot hatchback

The 2014 Ford Fiesta, available as a four-door sedan or five-door hatchback in S, SE and Titanium trim levels, is a jaunty, enjoyable subcompact. The… Continue reading

Kia branches out to luxury with K900

My plan was to post a preview on March 23 of the 2015 K900, a brand new car from Kia. But on the morning of… Continue reading

Roomy 2015 Subaru Outback perfect fit for Northwest

The love between the Pacific Northwest and the Subaru Outback is strong and long-lived. The two met each other 20 years ago when the Outback… Continue reading

2014 BMW 435i an awesome ride, but a bit of a show off

Things are really going well in my life’s automotive department when a week in a convertible and a week of perfect weather occur simultaneously. And… Continue reading

2015 Lexus NX raises the bar for luxury crossovers

Automotive superstars Toyota and Lexus have been pioneers in the crossover utility vehicle market, producing the RAV4 compact crossover and the RX midsize luxury crossover,… Continue reading

Infiniti Q50 blends snappy design with progressive tech

Infiniti’s entry-level G37 is now called Q40, and an all-new midsize sports sedan, the Q50, is positioned one notch above the Q40 in the Infiniti… Continue reading

Ford markets Transit Connect Wagon with ‘unminivan’ campaign

It has finally come to this. The poor minivan has been slammed so much that Ford’s marketing logo for the new Transit Connect Wagon is… Continue reading

Audi adds sedan to its A3 series

The Audi A3 as a gas-powered hatchback has gone bye-bye, but a plug-in hybrid version is coming next year. Meanwhile, an all-new A3 has already… Continue reading

Chrysler goes after mid-size market with new 200 sedan

In the lucrative and therefore fiercely competitive mid-size sedan market, the Chrysler 200 hasn’t been much of a threat compared to the barnburners between Camry,… Continue reading

Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk named best for outdoor activity

The reason so many Northwesterners pursue outdoor activities is obvious: We have a spectacular slice of the outdoors. Recognizing the important role personal vehicles play… Continue reading

Volkswagen shows off 2015 lineup

At a recent automotive media event in Virginia, Volkswagen presented its full lineup of vehicles for 2015. From the frisky little Beetle to the large… Continue reading

2014 Ford Fusion has the look of high-end luxury

Ford’s Fusion midsize sedan is a real looker whose exterior styling has often, justifiably, been likened to that of a Jaguar or Aston Martin. For… Continue reading

Hyundai Tucson’s exterior design stands out in crossover market

As the Dalai Lama once said, “Own what makes you awesome and don’t be afraid to flaunt it.” Maybe it wasn’t the Dalai Lama. I… Continue reading

Mazda MX-5 Miata just as fun as ever

I spent a week in the waning days of summer in a most agreeable way: Tooling around in the Mazda MX-5 Miata, the convertible hardtop… Continue reading