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2016 Ford Mustang Turbo

Although the the Mustang was redesigned in 2015, it still looks a lot like the previous model. But it only takes a few minutes behind the wheel to realize the current version of Ford's retro Pony Car is both all-new and much improved — especially when equipped with the optional EcoBoost 2.3-liter engine that came in our test car.


Kia Optima Limited

The 2016 Kia Optima has grown up, a symbol of changes currently underway at the South Korean car company that is transforming itself for the second time.


2016 Honda Accord Coupe

Ever since Honda was criticized for a surprisingly poor redesign of its compact Civic a few years ago, it has committed to improving all of its vehicles often, both with complete overhauls and more frequent tweaks.


Mitsubishi Evolution MR

2015 is the last year of the Lancer Evolution, the barely civilized rally car disguised as an economy sedan from Mitsubishi. Ironically, despite its name, the current version of the Evolution has hardly evolved at all since first being introduced eight years ago — and that's a compliment. The Evo, as it is commonly called, is still the same blast to drive.


Kia Forte Koupe SX

The 2016 Kia Forte is all things to all people — or at least, several different versions of a compact car that can meet a lot of needs.


2016 Mazda CX-3: Bold new subcompact crossover

The 2016 Mazda CX-3 is a strong entry in the suddenly crowded subcompact crossover market. It features dramatic styling, fun handling, decent power, good gas mileage, and Mazda's careful attention to detail.


2016 Nissan Maxima: Redesigned and ready to rumble

After a one-year hiatus, the Nissan Maxima returns for 2016 as one of the best looking, best driving affordable family cars on the market.



Wheels Reviews

BRUCE W. SMITH - Bad Boy Off Road's first entry into the ATV market is the Stampede 900, which will be offered in three 4x4 models starting at $13,799. The brand is part of Tektron and they are built in Augusta, Georgia.
May 02, 2016

Test Drive: 2016 Bad Boy Stampede 900 EPS

by Bruce Smith
A new manufacturer stirs up the dust in the ATV market with an impressive performing "extended-cab" four-wheel-drive side-by-side It’s powerful, smooth riding, and has all the components and utility characteristics one would want on a side-by-side.…
HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY - The 2016 Hyundai Plug-In Hybrid is a large and stylish midsize sedan that gets extraordinary mileage.
April 29, 2016

Test Drive: 2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid

by Jim Redden
I got over 87 miles per gallon during a week of driving my last test car. And it wasn't a tiny two-seater with a spartan interior and an underpowered engine. It was a stylish midsize sedan with luxury features and plenty of power. The car was a 2016…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - Who says economy cars have to be dull? The 2016 Hyundai Elantra is a stunner.
April 28, 2016

2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited: Upscale economy

by Jeff Zurschmeide
Every so often, I get to review a car that I don’t want to return at the end of the test. The 2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited is one of those. After a week of driving the Elantra all over town, I really enjoyed the comfort, power, and economy of…


April 28, 2016

Upcoming car events

by Jim Redden
Cars & Coffees Every Saturday, 8-11 a.m., locations include: World of Speed (Wilsonville), Jantzen Beach (Portland), Cascade Station (Portland) McMinnville WalMart, Oregon City (Eighth and Main), Vancouver (136 and Mill Plain). No entry fee, all…
COURTESY WILSONVILLE TOYOTA - Wilsonville Toyota owner Dave Jachter outside his showroom after winning the President¹s Award from Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
April 28, 2016

Wilsonville Toyota wins prestigious President's Award

by Jim Redden
Wilsonville Toyota recently won the President’s Award from Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., the highest honor a Toyota dealer can receive. The prestigious award recognizes high standards of performance in all facets of the automotive dealer profession,…
AUDI PRESS AG - The 2017 Audi A4 introduces smart new bodywork on a mid-size European sport sedan platform, plus an
impressive engine and all-wheel-drive to please Northwest drivers.
April 28, 2016

Audi A4 quattro perfect for Northwest

by Jeff Zurschmeide
Audi’s bread-and-butter sedan in North America is the A4, and the brand-new 2017 model is the ninth generation to bear that name. First introduced in 1994, the A4 has always been a popular choice with Northwest drivers. Audi’s signature quattro…
AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR COMPANY - The 2016 Honda CR-V is attractive and surprisingly polished for an affordable compact crossover.
April 22, 2016

Test Drive: 2016 Honda CR-V

by Jim Redden
The 2016 Honda CR-V is still near the top of the popular market niche it helped invent in 1997, the compact crossover. That's a remarkable accomplishment for any motor vehicle, but Honda has accomplished the feat by staying true to its original…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - Who says economy cars have to be dull? The 2016 Hyundai Elantra is a stunner.
April 21, 2016

2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited: Upscale economy

by Jeff Zurschmeide
Every so often, I get to review a car that I don’t want to return at the end of the test. The 2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited is one of those. After a week of driving the Elantra all over town, I really enjoyed the comfort, power, and economy of…
April 21, 2016

Landmark Ford Lincoln and other dealers collecting peanut butter for food pantry

by Jim Redden
Landmark Ford Lincoln is collecting jars of peanut butter supporting the summer demand for kid-friendly foods at St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry. To make a donation, please bring jars of peanut butter to the Service Department at Landmark Ford…
April 21, 2016

Al Unser Jr. to headline Portland vintage races

by Jeff Zurschmeide
Al Unser Jr. will be the celebrity guest at this summer’s Portland Vintage Racing Festival, taking place July 8-10 at Portland International Raceway. Unser is a three-time winner of Indy car races at Portland, and twice won the Indianapolis 500. For…
AUDI PRESS AG - The 2017 Audi A4 introduces smart new bodywork on a mid-size European sport sedan platform, plus an
impressive engine and all-wheel-drive to please Northwest drivers.
April 21, 2016

Audi A4 quattro perfect for Northwest

by Jeff Zurschmeide
Audi’s bread-and-butter sedan in North America is the A4, and the brand-new 2017 model is the ninth generation to bear that name. First introduced in 1994, the A4 has always been a popular choice with Northwest drivers. Audi’s signature quattro…
April 21, 2016

VW in diesel buyback deal

by Jeff Zurschmeide
A federal judge approved an offer by embattled automaker Volkswagen to buy back up to 500,000 of its 2.0-liter TDI diesel models made from 2009 to 2015. The company has admitted cheating on emissions standards for those cars. Owners will also be…
April 21, 2016

2016 Chevrolet Cruze Boasts 42 Highway mpg

by Jeff Zurschmeide
The Environmental Protection Agency has rated several models of the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze at 30 MPG city and 42 MPG highway, making the Cruze the fuel economy leader in the popular compact sedan class. Chevrolet reduced the Cruze curb weight by 250…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - Kevin Kardos of Beaverton and co-driver Ben Boro will compete in this year's Oregon Trail Rally driving Kardos' customized Subaru Impreza.
April 20, 2016

Oregon Trail Rally returns to Portland this weekend

by Jeff Zurschmeide
One of the most exciting auto racing events of the year gets underway Friday evening at Portland International Raceway. The annual Oregon Trail Rally is the third round of the Rally America national championship for rally racing. “This is the only…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JOHN M. VINCENT - The 2016 GMC Sierra takes on an upscale, technical appearance compared to others in the marketplace. While all models feature GMC's signature LED daytime running lights, upper trims feature an abundance of chrome, along with unique grilles.
April 19, 2016

GMC Sierra goes upscale

by John M. Vincent
Call it bold, with a health dose of bling. As GMC seeks to differentiate itself in the competitive full-size pickup market, they’ve chosen to position their trucks slightly upmarket from mainstream offerings. While the GMCs cover most of the same…

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NWAPA/VINNIE NGUYEN - The 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee 75th Anniversary Edition was named Best Overall and Best Family Outodoor Activity Vehicle by the Northwest Automotive Press Association at its Mudfest 2016 comparison.
Apr 19, 2016

Best 2016 Outdoor Activity Vehicles named

by Jim Redden
Jeep, Volvo, Ram and Mazda won awards at Mudfest 2016, the annual comparison of Outdoor Activity Vehicles organized by the Northwest Automotive Press Association. Jeep won three awards. The 2016…
GENERAL MOTORS CORPORATION - The 2017 Chevy Volt has been redesiged to look more convention but still stylish, and it's all-eelctric range has been boosted to an impressive 53 miles.
Apr 15, 2016

Test Drive: 2017 Chevy Volt

by Jim Redden
"Less show, more go" could be the slogan for the 2017 Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid, which tones down the original concept car styling but increases convenience, performance and electric-only…
Apr 14, 2016

Automakers commit to Automatic Emergency Braking

by Jeff Zurschmeide
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently announced that 20 automakers have committed to making Automatic…
Apr 14, 2016

Upcoming car events

by Jim Redden
Cars & Coffees Every Saturday, 8-11 a.m., locations include: World of Speed (Wilsonville), Jantzen Beach (Portland), Cascade Station (Portland) McMinnville WalMart, Oregon City (Eighth and…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - Wraparound headlights and aerodynamic features make the 2016 Highlander look great and help improve fuel economy at the same time.
Apr 13, 2016

2016 Toyota Highlander: Hybrid adds appeal

by Jeff Zurschmeide
The Toyota Highlander is one of the most popular family SUVs on the market, selling more than 158,000 units last year. The reasons for its popularity are simple. The Highlander can carry up to…
COURTESY CARR SUBARU - Bill Schonely, left, accepts a Share the Love check from Larry Sperling, Carr Auto Group, Keeley Weber-Jones, Carr Auto Group, Fernando Del Campo, Carr Subaru, Jason Hirata, Subaru of America, Mary Hanken, Carr Auto Group, Ward Preble, Carr Auto Group, Diego Montoya, Subaru of America and Jim Pernas, Subaru of America.
Apr 12, 2016

Carr Subaru leads "Share the Love" donations

by Jim Redden
Carr Subaru and Subaru of American have donated $105,822 to the Bill’s Kids Fund at Providence’s Center for Medically Fragile Children – the largest donation from any dealership in Subaru's 2016…
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JOHN M. VINCENT - Though the 2016 Beetle Dune lacks all-wheel drive, its confident front-wheel drive with traction and stability control works confidently in most conditions. The Dune features a slightly wider stance than a standard Beetle.
Apr 14, 2016

Model Intro: 2016 VW Beetle Dune reignites Baja Bug memories

by John M. Vincent
Through the years and its many generations, Volkswagen’s produced a series of special edition Beetles, and VW’s customers have created more than a few of their own. Some of the most distinctive…
AUDI OF AMERICA - The 2017 Audi Q7 has been completely redesigned with crisper exterior lines.
Apr 08, 2016

Test Drive: 2017 Audi Q7 3.0T

by Jim Redden
"Fast" and "nimble" are not words that usually come to mind with thinking about seven-passenger SUVs. But the completely redesigned 2017 Audi Q7 proves that a practical family hauler doesn't…
TATA MOTOR COMPANY - The 2016 Range Rover Sport with the optional Td6 (turbocharged diesel V6) engine offers an excellent balance of powert and fuel economy.
Apr 01, 2016

Test Drive: 2016 Range Rover Sport HSE Td6

by Jim Redden
Don't give up on diesels. Instead, adjust your sights to the new diesel-powered version of the Range Rover Sport, a leading example of the kind of vehicle where such engines are flourishing.…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The largest auto swap meet in the west is underway at Portland International Raceway and the Portland Expo Center in North Portland.
Mar 31, 2016

Portland auto Swap Meet celebrates sunshine

by Jeff Zurschmeide
The 52nd annual auto Swap Meet was graced with sunshine when it opened Thursday, and the good weather is predicted to continue through its closure on Saturday. This weekend marks an annual…
PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS - Daniel McGunnigle received the keys to his 2016 Toyota Prius V on March 26. From left: Toyota District Sales Manager Brian Herbert representing the Pacific Northwest Toyota Dealers Association; McGunnigle; and Gladstone Toyota General Manager David Elder.
Mar 29, 2016

Portlander wins free Prius at Blazer game

by Jim Redden
Portland resident Daniel McGunnigle won a new 2016 Toyota Prius at a Portland Trail Blazer game by doing something that is hard for even professional basketball players — sinking a shot from…
TOYOTA MOTOR SALES USA - The 2016 Scion iM looks sharp, is fun to drive and gets good mileage. What's not  to like?
Mar 25, 2016

Test Drive: 2016 Scion iM

by Jim Redden
Scion is going out of business. So if you're looking for a fun economy car, buy its iM compact hatchback right away. That may sound like contradictory — even misguided — advice. After all, who…
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JOHN M. VINCENT - The 2017 Kia Sportage touts a compete makeover, with a more vertical front end, and high-mounted headlight clusters. Ice-cube-like LED fog lights are available on the SX Turbo trim level.
Mar 24, 2016

Model intro: 2017 Kia Sportage

by John M. Vincent
One of Kia’s first vehicles to arrive in the U.S., the Sportage has also been one of its most popular. For 2017 it enters its fourth generation with a dramatic redesign, added refinement and a…
COURTESY AUTOTRADER.COM - Don't be afraid to ask cars dealers about perks that can sweeten the transaction.
Mar 23, 2016

Dealership perks that can help sweeten a car deal

by Doug DeMuro, AutoTrader.com
If you're interested in buying a car, you're probably thinking about factors such as price, payment and interest rate, but those factors aren't the only ways that a car dealership can give you a…
Mar 23, 2016

Upcoming car events

by Jim Redden
Cars & Coffees Every Saturday, 8-11 a.m., locations include: World of Speed (Wilsonville), Jantzen Beach (Portland), Cascade Station (Portland) McMinnville WalMart, Oregon City (Eighth and…