Mary Lowry

New Mazda3 is a solid bargain, just don’t get distracted inside

The 2017 model of the well-received Mazda3 compact started arriving at dealerships about two months ago, fresh from design updates inside and out, bearing additional… Continue reading

Rejuvenated Acura MDX has clean, if not-normal, look

Acura’s MDX premium midsize SUV, completely remodeled for the 2014 model year, has been rejuvenated for 2017. Noticeable at first glance are some exterior alterations,… Continue reading

Putting Chrysler Pacifica, Nissan Pathfinder through their paces

May 27, 2016: My nephew Jesse, who lives in Arizona, stands near the California town of Campo near the Mexican border and takes his first… Continue reading

Subaru Forester is a Pacific Northwest darling for good reason

The Pacific Northwest is a major market for the Subaru Forester. The reasons are obvious but I’ll go ahead and mention them anyway. It’s going… Continue reading

Mazda’s CX-3 is sporty, spirited and small

Mazda’s CX-3 is a brand new offering in the burgeoning subcompact crossover SUV category. Snazzy exterior design, affordable pricing, good fuel economy and lively driving… 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