Vehicles

2017 Mazda CX-3: versatility, function, handles like a car

by Larry Lark, Herald Special Sections Writer If you’re looking for a crossover that drives and handles like a car, I submit for your consideration,… Continue reading

2017 Kia Sportage SX AWD: advanced driver-assistance tech

By Larry Lark, Herald Special Sections Writer The compact sports utility vehicle market is on a steep upward trajectory when it comes to sales. Plus,… Continue reading

2016 Ram 2500 Power Wagon: unmatched on and off road

By Larry Lark, Herald Special Sections Writer It’s hard to argue this truck’s pedigree. Introduced in 1945, the Dodge Power Wagon was the first mass-production… Continue reading

2007 VW Jetta GLI: Cranking up the heat

OK, boys and girls, a little history lesson to start this week’s review. A Special Edition version of Volkswagen’s 2007 Jetta GLI just ended up… Continue reading

  • Sep 13, 2007
  • By Larry Lark Automotive Reviewer
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’08 Mercury Mariner: small SUV, big refinement

Irrespective of the Mercury Mariner’s many fine qualities, it’s easy to feel fondness for a vehicle that wears the same badging as Ichiro. The Mariner… Continue reading

  • Sep 21, 2007
  • By Mary Lowry Automotive Reviewer
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Hawaii, Chevy Impala complement each other

Any car is a beauty when you’re at Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. Normally my heart wouldn’t race behind the wheel of a… Continue reading

  • Sep 28, 2007
  • By Larrk Lark Automotive Reviewer
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VW brings Euro thrills to U.S. with R32

It’s fairly commonplace for American models to be “shortchanged” when compared to their European counterparts when it comes to specs like horsepower, suspension settings and… Continue reading

Honda Accord: Feels like part of the family

Some cars are so familiar they almost feel as if they have become part of your DNA. The Honda Accord is one such model. Completely… Continue reading

Touareg 2: Even better than Number One

Time flies when you’re testing cars, or in this case, SUVs. It seems like yesterday when I drove the all-new 2003 Touareg, Volkswagen’s bold all-new… Continue reading

Town & Country: reinforcing Chrysler at the top

but of course didn’t expect — that you’d have a lively barb in retaliation against me last… Continue reading

  • Nov 2, 2007
  • By Mary Lowry Automotive Reviewer
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Mazda Tribute makes a grand re-entry

The Mazda Tribute is back, and better than before. After a one-year hiatus, for 2008 the Mazda Tribute has been redesigned from the inside out,… Continue reading

  • Nov 23, 2007
  • By Larry Lark Automotive Reviewer
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2017 Ford Fusion Energi: 42 mpg, recharges in 2.5 hours

by Larry Lark, Herald Special Sections Writer The 2017 Ford Fusion Energi Titanium is a game-changer when it comes to the mid-size family sedan class.… Continue reading

Impreza WRX: all-new, more livable for 2008

Subaru has created an all-new version of its Impreza WRX performance compact sedan for 2008, maintaining the virtues of the existing powerplant but molding a… Continue reading

Subaru Outback: Northwest favorite updated for ’08

all Outback models are wagons,… Continue reading

  • Oct 5, 2007
  • by Mary Lowry Automotive Reviewer
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S2000: racetrack readiness for everyday users

The 2007 Honda S2000 Laguna Blue Pearl cloth-top convertible was delivered to the Lark driveway, and seven days of sun and blue skies went by… Continue reading

  • Oct 12, 2007
  • By Larry Lark Automotive Reviewer
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Sportage: value, in the best sense of the word

Have you noticed that whenever Larry Lark reviews a vehicle with an MSRP in the teens, all he talks about is its value? In the… Continue reading

  • Oct 19, 2007
  • By Mary Lowry Automotive Reviewer
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Acura MDX: luxurious, practical and versatile

Acura’s 2008 MDX is Exhibit A in the argument that discerning SUV buyers can have it all: performance, luxury, cutting-edge technology, daring styling and —… Continue reading

  • Oct 26, 2007
  • By Larry Lark Automotive Reviewer
  • Vehicles

Mini Cooper: driving pleasure as intense as ever

If only all manual transmissions were as smooth and precise as the Mini Cooper’s. Though the initial wild infatuation with the Mini’s appearance has relaxed… Continue reading

  • Nov 16, 2007
  • By Mary Lowry Automotive Reviewer
  • Vehicles

2008 Audi TT: destined for more success

Almost a decade has passed since the Audi TT made its U.S. debut. Since then, the world’s automotive press has gushed over the German sports… Continue reading

  • Nov 9, 2007
  • By Larry Lark Automotive Reviewer
  • Vehicles

Kia Spectra: a contemporary status symbol?

With the way things are going, fuel-efficient compact cars could become the new status symbol, and Escalades an object of embarrassment. It helps that today’s… Continue reading