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
  • Vehicles

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
  • Vehicles

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
  • Vehicles

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
  • Vehicles

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
  • Vehicles

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

Mercury Sable: reborn and better than ever

Mercury introduced its Sable in 1985 and the sedan quickly gained a loyal following. After about 20 years Sable had run its course, and another… Continue reading

2008 Volvo XC70: taking appeal to an extreme

Volvo has a great all-new version of its XC70 crossover for 2008. This is the off-highway-capable version of the V70 wagon. Previously built on the… Continue reading

Nissan Versa: big space inside small package

In July 2006, Nissan debuted its nifty, all-new Versa five-door hatchback for model year 2007, and introduced the sedan version six months later. Within a… Continue reading

Audi A3: a premium ride for the cost-conscious

With an entry point around $25,000, the 2008 Audi A3 2.0 T S-Line tempts cost-conscious consumers into giving this sporty, versatile, premium German compact a… Continue reading

Kia Sedona: making inroads against the biggies

For 2006, Kia significantly spruced-up its Sedona minivan, which first went on sale in mid-2001. In addition to improvements in styling and more generosity with… Continue reading

’08 Enclave: changing perceptions about Buick

General Motors is placing a big bet with the introduction of its all new 2008 Buick Enclave – a luxury crossover SUV designed to compete… Continue reading

  • Feb 4, 2008
  • ROAD TEST by Larry Lark
  • Vehicles