Cars and Me

Chrysler goes after mid-size market with new 200 sedan

In the lucrative and therefore fiercely competitive mid-size sedan market, the Chrysler 200 hasn’t been much of a threat compared to the barnburners between Camry,… Continue reading

Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk named best for outdoor activity

The reason so many Northwesterners pursue outdoor activities is obvious: We have a spectacular slice of the outdoors. Recognizing the important role personal vehicles play… Continue reading

Volkswagen shows off 2015 lineup

At a recent automotive media event in Virginia, Volkswagen presented its full lineup of vehicles for 2015. From the frisky little Beetle to the large… Continue reading

2014 Ford Fusion has the look of high-end luxury

Ford’s Fusion midsize sedan is a real looker whose exterior styling has often, justifiably, been likened to that of a Jaguar or Aston Martin. For… Continue reading

Hyundai Tucson’s exterior design stands out in crossover market

As the Dalai Lama once said, “Own what makes you awesome and don’t be afraid to flaunt it.” Maybe it wasn’t the Dalai Lama. I… Continue reading

Mazda MX-5 Miata just as fun as ever

I spent a week in the waning days of summer in a most agreeable way: Tooling around in the Mazda MX-5 Miata, the convertible hardtop… Continue reading

2015 Chrysler sedan a step up from past models

The 2015 Chrysler 200 midsize sedan is a complete do-over of the original model introduced in 2010, which was subjected to more than its fair… Continue reading

Drive Revolution 2014 showcases fuel-efficient vehicles

Recognizing the continually growing need and demand for motor vehicles that don’t feed on fossil fuels, or at least don’t consume them in gluttonous amounts,… Continue reading

Jeep Wrangler is great on the freeway and off the road

To say the Jeep Wrangler is extremely capable off-road is to state the obvious. A more helpful piece of information is that the newest Wranglers… Continue reading

Search dogs are worthy recipients of auto writers’ donation

At its first meeting after the Oso mudslide, members of the Northwest Automotive Press Association (NWAPA) decided to make a financial contribution to an Oso… Continue reading

2015 Cadillac ATS is sleek, strong and comfortable

During a recent week the curb appeal of my house was measurably increased by the racy elegance of a 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe glazed in… Continue reading

2015 Honda Accord Hybrid is Kelley Blue Book favorite

Not many midsize cars made the 2015 Car and Driver 10 Best Cars list and got a Kelley Blue Book Best Buy award. In fact,… Continue reading

Chicago Auto Show previews the latest and greatest in cars

I’ve been back from the Media Preview of the 2015 Chicago Auto Show for more than a week and have finally thawed enough from the… Continue reading

First look at the 2016 Kia Sorento

NOTE: This is a preview of the 2016 Kia Sorento based on an introductory event held by the manufacturer. Automotive reviews that include likes and… Continue reading

The BMW X4: More than just a fat sedan

At first glance, my BMW X4 tester looked like a 3 Series sedan that had gained a lot of weight over the holidays. But the… Continue reading

Volkswagen Golf gets great mpg, even in the left lane

The Volkswagen Golf has been around for so long and been recognized so often for its excellence, let’s just call it the automotive equivalent of… Continue reading

Get a sneak peek at the new Jeep Renegade, Ram ProMaster City and Chrysler 300

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), created in 2014, recently introduced two all-new vehicles to the U.S. market, along with a new iteration of an old American… Continue reading

Nissan Murano features futuristic new body style

You won’t recognize the all-new 2015 Nissan Murano crossover SUV as a Murano, because it looks so different from the Muranos you’re used to seeing.… Continue reading

Kia, Mitsubishi, Nissan introduce new concept cars

The Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place convention center, held this year on Feb. 14-22, is the biggest car show in the country by a… Continue reading

The Chrysler 300S turns heads of all ages

When Chrysler introduced the 300 sedan in 2005, it was a nostalgic reissue of the original 300 sedan popular in the 1950s and ’60s. Similarly… Continue reading