Cars and Me

2013 Audi Allroad gets more power, better mileage

The Audi Allroad is back on the job after a seven-year sabbatical during which it was replaced by the A4 Avant. For 2013 the Avant… Continue reading

Kia Soul Exclaim handles well, fun to drive

The Kia Soul is a smallish, stylish, fun and lovable car with four doors and a rear hatch, seating for five, a decent-sized cargo area… Continue reading

A look at the 2013 Volkswagen Passat

Prior to the 2012 model, the Volkswagen Passat midsize sedan was priced out of reach for most VW enthusiasts, and was too enthusiast-oriented to appeal… Continue reading

What’s new in the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Success should not be messed with, and when you’re the maker of the most-awarded SUV in recorded history, you don’t tamper too much with your… Continue reading

Kia reveals 2014 Sorento and Forte

Kia has been on a real roll with new products, and their latest unfolding is the introduction of the 2014 Sorento midsize crossover utility vehicle… Continue reading

Honda Accord redesigned for 2013 with nifty features

As of my previous Cars &Me post, the plan was to review a series of recently-driven SUVs, but I’d like to sneak in the Honda… Continue reading

Updated Outlander Sport still roomy and efficient

Next month the completely redesigned 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander compact crossover arrives at dealerships. Meanwhile, there’s the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport to consider. Now in its… Continue reading

Mudfest puts SUVs to a true Northwest test

Kids aren’t the only people who play in mud, but when adults do it their toys are way more expensive. “Mudfest” is the name of… Continue reading

RLX is Acura’s new flagship sedan

Don’t laugh at legislators for working now on regulations for driverless cars. Self-driving vehicles aren’t a futuristic fantasy. They’re practically here already. Last week, while… Continue reading

BMW X1 brings slice of Europe to the American road

Sometimes my only regret in life is that I’m not Rick Steves. He goes to Europe more often than I do laundry. And the trips… Continue reading

Kia moves toward luxury with Cadenza

It was 18 years ago that Kia Motors entered the U.S. marketplace. After a shaky start, the company turned itself around and is now the… Continue reading

New Ford Escape vastly different from predecessor

The adage “all good things must end” is almost as depressing as “life isn’t fair.” We all want good things to keep going, and the… Continue reading

Mazda6 has more horsepower, better fuel economy

When it comes to sales volume in the midsize sedan division, the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry are leading the pack like the 1995 Cleveland… Continue reading

Toyota Avalon Hybrid is current, not overcomplicated

In William Maxwell’s book “So Long, See You Tomorrow” the narrator describes a house he moved into: “The house was too new to be comfortable.… Continue reading

Chevrolet Sonic packs a lot in a small package

The front-wheel-drive 2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS is an all-new, performance-enhanced version of the Sonic subcompact car introduced for model year 2011. It is offered in… Continue reading

New Fiat still adorable but now more practical

Baltimore was the backdrop last week for a Fiat media program introducing its newest family member, a model described as “the first evolution of the… Continue reading

Event recognizes that, yes, many women love cars

About 10 years ago, or maybe it was about 15 years ago – oh, who cares – I was invited by a car-company representative to… Continue reading

2014 Chevrolet Spark EV runs purely on electric power

The list of Chevrolet vehicles utilizing electric power is a little longer now, thanks to the addition of the all-new 2014 Spark EV (Electric Vehicle).… Continue reading

It’s easy to see why Honda CR-V is a favorite

The CR-V compact crossover utility vehicle was significantly renovated for 2012 and Honda hasn’t done much with it since, other than watch the sales figures… Continue reading

Toyota updates its Tundra pickup

In the full-size pickup territory densely populated by the Detroit Three, Toyota seeks higher ground with a redesigned version of the half-ton Tundra for 2014.… Continue reading