Mary Lowry

New Genesis G80 sedan is a beauty and a beast

For openers, don’t call this midsize luxury sedan the Hyundai Genesis. That’s so last year. The 2017 Genesis doesn’t live in the Hyundai neighborhood. It’s… Continue reading

Powerful engine, pleasant, quiet ride in new Toyota Highlander

The Toyota Highlander’s buyer bait quotient is heightened for 2017 by a design update and numerous additions to its standard equipment list, including advanced safety… Continue reading

Jeep Compass is a compact crossover, doubles as family car

Compact crossovers are the darlings of the current automotive market and Jeep has introduced an essentially all-new one, but with a familiar name: Compass. It… Continue reading

Scoping the selection at the Chicago Auto Show

The 2017 edition of the Chicago Auto Show, the nation’s biggest auto show, wrapped up recently after its annual 10-day run. As usual, a daylong… Continue reading

Infiniti Q50 is smooth, comfortable, and eye-catching

The German brands may have a stranglehold on the luxury sport sedan market, but buyers willing to look elsewhere could easily be enticed by the… Continue reading

Slimmed-down GMC SUV still packs power, but with maneuverability

GMC’s Acadia sport utility vehicle has shapeshifted for 2017 from a biggish box into a sinewy athletic creature 700 pounds lighter, less hungry for fuel,… Continue reading

Chrysler’s 2017 Pacifica Hybrid minivan tests at 84 mpg

Eight months after rolling out the all-new Pacifica minivan, Chrysler has raised the bar by presenting a plug-in hybrid version. The first hybrid minivan and… Continue reading

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