Cars and Me

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

Finding driving gold in the Ford Explorer Platinum

I took possession of the 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum at Sea-Tac Airport late in the evening after a five-hour flight from Newark, N.J., and getting… Continue reading

Trucks and SUVs take spotlight at Chicago Auto Show

The Chicago Auto Show, largest in the nation, opened to the public on Feb. 13 and continues through Sunday. Thursday and Friday of last week… Continue reading

GMC Sierra Denali is the executive suite of trucks

Except maybe for guys trying to prove something, people buy a pickup because it’s a necessity. When there’s hay to haul, dump runs to make,… Continue reading

Chrysler Pacifica: A recycled name for a revamped classic

Chrysler is replacing its long-lived Town &Country with a brand new minivan. This newbie, however, has a recycled name: Pacifica. From 2004 to 2008, Chrysler… Continue reading

Raving for the RAV4 Hybrid

It has been 21 years since the Toyota RAV4 made its North American debut, 16 years since the Toyota Prius hybrid car arrived, and 10… Continue reading

Finding some tough mudders at Mudfest

From a distance, Mudfest looks like grownups playing with expensive toys. To be honest, that’s pretty much what it is, but there’s an underlying seriousness.… Continue reading

Fiat Spider’s feisty return well worth the wait

The first Fiat 124 Spider roadster was presented 50 years ago at the Turin Auto Show. It enjoyed a nearly 20-year stint with assorted modifications,… Continue reading

Land Rover moves from "red" to "green" with diesel Range Rover

We use the word “green” to characterize cars that are easier on our environment, but we don’t have a similar word for cars that are… Continue reading

Hybrid Hyundai Sonata gives drivers the best of both worlds

By Mary Lowry The new plug-in hybrid version of Hyundai’s exceptional Sonata midsize sedan is available at dealerships in all the ZEV (zero emission vehicle)… Continue reading

Fiat Spider roadster’s feisty return worth the 31-year wait

By Mary Lowry The first Fiat 124 Spider roadster was presented 50 years ago at the Turin Auto Show. It enjoyed a nearly 20-year stint… Continue reading