Vehicles

2018 Nissan Pathfinder: major redesign offers more, more, more

If you happen to be shopping for a compact, mid-size or even full-size SUV – and a lot of people are – be prepared to… Continue reading

2018 Buick Enclave: game-changer in smart, stylish luxury

The Buick Enclave mid-size luxury, seven-passenger SUV made waves when first introduced, and it will make waves with its newly redesigned, second-generation, 2018 model that… Continue reading

2018 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid: crammed with tech, comfort, gadgetry

Every year, I swear, top-of-the-line goes higher and higher and higher. And by that I mean the level of accoutrements – and price. My latest… Continue reading

2017 Kia Optima PHEV: no compromises with this green choice

Like it or not, hybrids, electrics and hybrid/electric combinations are gaining in market share – and are the future. Toward that end, Kia Motors America… Continue reading

2017 Lexus GX 460: park it in your driveway with a big red bow on top

If you’re lucky enough to own a 2017 Lexus GX 460 4x4 Luxury SUV – you’re lucky enough. The GX 460 is a full-capability luxury… Continue reading

2017 Toyota Yaris iA: loaded on premium features, not pricing

The newest member of the Yaris team is the iA sports sedan. That is Toyota’s new subcompact sedan that’s loaded with premium features, but offered… Continue reading

2018 Chevrolet Equinox: SUV seats five adults, has generous cargo area

The compact SUV market is still hotter than hot. And Chevrolet’s 2018 Equinox is equipped and positioned nicely to earn its share. In fact, Equinox… Continue reading

2017 BMW X1 xDrive28i: xDrive ensures traction, stability, cornering dynamics

The 2017 BMW X1 xDrive28i is a luxury compact SUV that could almost be mistaken for a high-riding sedan. No kidding. It’s also an overachiever.… Continue reading

2018 Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i: affordable, reliable, versatile, safe

If there’s a foreign car manufacturer that seems to be favored by people from the Pacific Northwest looking for all-wheel drive traction, it’s Subaru. Maybe… Continue reading

2017 Lincoln Continental: strength, elegance, power, control

Is that really a Continental? I heard that question frequently during my week behind the wheel of the Lincoln Motor Company’s all-new, flagship model. That’s… Continue reading

2017 Toyota Corolla: celebrates its 50-year anniversary

Toyota’s Corolla just celebrated “The Big 5-0,” and unlike humans celebrating the same longevity, it just keeps getting better and better. The first Toyota Corolla… Continue reading

2017 Lexus IS350: bold style, sneaking up on perfection

The 2017 Lexus IS350 AWD four-door sedan is a world-class driver’s car – plain and simple. My tester added the F Sport package ($3,155) that… Continue reading

2017 Hyundai IONIQ: zero emission without compromising driving experience

One charge at a time, electric vehicles are slowly moving from novelty to mainstream. What’s not to like about an innovative technology that produces a… Continue reading

2017 Toyota 4Runner: a driver’s multi-tool workhorse

The 2017 Toyota 4Runner is the vehicular equivalent of a multi-tool. On one hand, it’s a campout waiting to happen. Or a boat- or trailer-towing… Continue reading

2017 Kia Forte EX: changing the ‘econobox” stereotype

Compact sedans, not all that long ago, were called – for good reason – econoboxes. Didn’t really matter the manufacturer, they were all inexpensive, lacking… Continue reading

2017 Fiat 500 Pop: small, but packed with personalization options

The 2017 Fiat 500 Pop is not for everyone. But it certainly has plenty of aficionados, selling more than a million in more than 110… Continue reading

2017 Chevy Bolt EV Premier: all-electric with 200-mile range

General Motors didn’t invent the Model T. But the venerable American automaker is the first mass-production manufacturer to create an all-electric vehicle with a range… Continue reading

2017 Buick Encore: visual refinements, next-generation tech

One important question – that is almost impossible to answer – when selecting a new vehicle is, what does it cost to own for five… Continue reading

2017 Audi Q7 3.0T Quattro: a sport sedan-like driving experience

The 2017 Audi Q7 3.0T Quattro Tipronic full-size sports utility vehicle – in my mind at least – sets the benchmark in its category. It… Continue reading

2018 Acura TLX: ante upped in styling, emotion, road presence

If humans could only be so fortunate. Cars, like humans, have life cycles. But unlike us, when they get long in the tooth, they get… Continue reading