Vehicles

2017 Mazda3: elevated design, added refinement, value

By Larry Lark / Herald Special Sections Writer The completely repackaged 2017 Mazda3 Grand Touring continues to improve on a short, but impressive legacy in… Continue reading

2017 Mazda CX-9: design, quality with engineering innovations

by Larry Lark, Herald Special Sections Writer A half-century ago it was the station wagon. Decades ago it was the mini-van. Today it’s the mid-… Continue reading

2017 Kia Optima Hybrid EX: aerodynamic form is not lacking for power

by Larry Lark, Herald Special Sections Writer It’s nice to have a car with a range of close to 600 miles that gets almost 40… Continue reading

2017 Acura MDX: restyled, refreshed sport utility vehicle

by Larry Lark, Herald Special Sections Writer It seems like an annual rite-of-spring to test drive Acura’s MDX. The 2017 version of this luxury, full-size… Continue reading

2017 VW Golf Alltrack: great vehicle for Northwesterners

by Larry Lark, Herald Special Sections Writer Anything with the word golf in it, you know I’m engaged and probably not objective. And, just so… Continue reading

2017 Audi A3: small, stylish, affordable luxury sedan

by Larry Lark, Herald Special Sections Writer Luxury automakers know what they’re doing. Everyone’s heard of gateway drugs, but have you heard of gateway luxury… Continue reading

2017 Toyota Avalon: equipped with life-saving technology

By Larry Lark, Herald Special Sections Writer What was once an option at higher trim levels is now standard equipment on all 2017 Toyota Avalon.… Continue reading

2017 Audi A4: powerful, tech loaded, refined luxury sedan

by Larry Lark, Herald Special Sections Writer Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. Mother Nature was not kind during my week behind the… Continue reading

2017 Volvo S90 T6: Scandinavian design, turbocharged engine

by Larry Lark, Herald Special Sections Writer You don’t have to be Scandinavian to be drawn to the 2017 Volvo S90 T6 AWD Inscription. My… Continue reading

2017 Mazda6i GT: technology, refinements steal the show

by Larry Lark, Herald Special Sections Writer The 2017 Mazda6i Grand Touring mid-size family sedan has gotten better again. Not sure when the bar has… Continue reading

2017 Genesis G90 3.3T: ultimate luxury driving experience

by Larry Lark, Herald Special Sections Writer No ifs, no ands and no buts. The 2017 Genesis G90 3.3T simply delivers advanced safety, refined performance… Continue reading

2017 Kia Soul Exclaim: powerful, versatile funky fun

by Larry Lark, Herald Special Sections Writer If you love funky, power, fun, versatility and gas mileage, the 2017 Kia Soul Exclaim (!) with its… Continue reading

2017 Audi S6: luxury sports car for everyday driving

by Larry Lark, Herald Special Sections Writer What perfect timing. You know, the holidays are over. The presents and decorations are stored away. Your furnace… Continue reading

2017 Buick Envision: comfortable, capable luxury

by Larry Lark, Herald Special Sections Writer It was a stroke of luck to test drive the 2017 Buick Envision Premium AWD compact SUV the… Continue reading

2017 Chevrolet Cruze: delivers a lot in a small package

by Larry Lark, Herald Special Sections Writer The 2017 Chevrolet Cruze 4-door compact sedan – and the first ever Cruze hatchback – has a lot… Continue reading

2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 SE: tech loaded, fuel efficient, safe

by Larry Lark, Herald Special Sections Writer Mitsubishi’s Mirage hatchback has been a much needed moneymaker. And with the addition of the 2017 G4 SE… Continue reading

2017 Acura TLX SH-AWD: comfortable, homey luxury

by Larry Lark, Herald Special Sections Writer There’s something about the 2017 Acura TLX SH-AWD luxury four-door sedan that makes me feel comfortable, right at… Continue reading

2016 Ford F-150: loaded with top-line features

By Larry Lark, Herald Special Sections Writer Once upon a time pickup trucks were made pretty much exclusively for working class folks. They were functional.… Continue reading

2016 VW Jetta Hybrid SEL Premium: amazing gas mileage, power

by Larry Lark, Herald Special Sections Writer When you think of Volkswagen, most people think of the Bug – Beetle, to be exact. That thinking… Continue reading