Cars and Me

2018 Toyota Highlander continues reputation for excellence

Practicality, powerful performance and a sophisticated ride make this midsize SUV shine.

 

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan adds more space, improves gas mileage

The compact SUV is fully redesigned with a third row, but still sports VW quality characteristics.

 

2019 Honda Insight entices with styling, fuel efficiency

A new version of the hatchback is a radical departure from the original. How radical? It’s a sedan.

 

Kia Niro plug-in hybrid gives eco-oriented performance

Just like the regular Niro hybrid model, fuel economy ratings for the plug-in are sky-high.

Hyundai Sonata sedan is restyled yet enriched for 2018

Abundant new safety and technology features are standard items at modest prices.

Nissan Armada lives up to its name in power, presence, size

The full-size, eight-passenger SUV has a new Platinum Reserve model for 2018.

Attractive pricing, new features call attention to Fiat 500L

All versions of the four-door hatchback now have the Uconnect system as standard equipment.

Hyundai outdoes itself with the all-new Elantra GT hatchback

Sportiness, European styling and a roomy cabin are highlights of the compact car’s many attributes.

Updated Lexus RX 350 aces an arduous road trip

Four people, 106-degree temps and 1,500 miles? No sweat for this premium midsize SUV.

Subaru goes midsize with the roomy, powerful 2019 Ascent SUV

With seating for eight and a 5,000-pound towing capacity, Ascent gives Subie lovers a new option.

Mazda CX-3 subcompact SUV gets even sportier for 2019

A re-tuned engine and suspension boost the zoom-zoom factor. Electronic parking brake helps, too.

Fuel economy boosted 30 percent in 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid

The blockbuster midsize sedan is also redesigned for a sleeker, sportier look inside and out.

Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid is roomy and fuel efficient

The midsize sedan seats five and delivers a three-digit mpg equivalent.

2018 Passat keeps Volkswagen styling tradition, beefs up engine

A new turbo 4 and sporty GT variant add some pizzazz to the midsize sedan.

Volvo’s new XC60 SUV flaunts XC90 flair, in slimmer form

The 2018 Volvo XC60 midsize luxury SUV literally saves lives. Three in one day, to be exact.

Kia Sorento near-luxury midsize SUV is freshened for 2019

The SXL AWD model is heartily equipped with deluxe features and driver assistance systems.

Tale of Two Toyota SUVs: one big, one small, both long-lived

Unassuming compact RAV4 and burly 4Runner appeal to diverse buyers.

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 4x4, NWAPA’s Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the Year. It was also the winner in both the Extreme and Compact or Midsize categories in the competition. (Northwest Automotive Press Association photo)

Jeep Wrangler is Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the Year

Twenty-six vehicles competed in the group’s annual Mudfest competition near Shelton in early May.

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 4x4, NWAPA’s Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the Year. It was also the winner in both the Extreme and Compact or Midsize categories in the competition. (Northwest Automotive Press Association photo)

Acura MDX midsize SUV is luxurious and agile

For 2018, infotainment response time is faster, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are supported.

LC 500 puts Lexus back in the high performance coupe game

It challenges the luxury two-door market with sensational styling and the utmost in engineering