Cars and Me

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… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

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.… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

Hydrogen-fueled Toyota Mirai voted Northwest Green Vehicle of the Year

In 1997, Toyota established itself in the vanguard of fuel-efficiency by introducing the world’s first mass-produced gas/electric hybrid vehicle, the hugely successful Prius. Last week,… Continue reading

Preview of the 2016 Nissan Maxima

The five-passenger Maxima midsize sedan has been a fixture of the North American car market for so long, it was a Datsun when it was… Continue reading

Take a look at the new Volvo S60 Cross Country and S60 Inscription

Volvo is taking full advantage of its S60 sedan’s popularity with the addition of two new versions for 2016: the S60 Cross Country and the… Continue reading

Nissan Rogue holds its own in a crowded category

Nissan’s Rogue compact crossover makes a good showing in a segment occupied by such blockbusters as the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. Rogue’s… Continue reading

The Optima drives Kia to sales records

No offense, but if you still think Kia cars are the automotive equivalent of low-thread-count sheets, you’re really out of the loop. The Kia brand… Continue reading

Mazda Drive for Good to kick off a season of charity

Learning about the Mazda Drive for Good program feels like something of an antidote to the recent toxic news that a different car company has… Continue reading

Popular Ford Escape gets a technology-rich update

None of us can believe 2015 is almost over already, so I’m a little sheepish about mentioning something that sounds like 2016 is being skipped… Continue reading

The Honda Civic: Still a superstar

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has Harrison Ford in the limelight lately but, surprisingly, no one has mentioned his similarity to the Honda Civic. Until… Continue reading

Audi, Hyundai, Mazda sports cars make driving fun

In the Roman Catholic religion I belong to, Saint Frances of Rome is the patron saint of automobile drivers. That sounds pretty funny because St.… Continue reading

The Scion iM: A car for millennials and baby boomers alike

The 2016 iM is an all-new and sharp little five-door hatchback from Scion, the Toyota-owned brand specializing in compact cars that are fun, affordable, reliable… Continue reading