Wheels Reviews

COURTESY WORLD OF SPEED - The engine of Jeff Gordon's 1995 NACAR Monte Carlo will be fired up on the Fourth of July at the World of Speed.
June 28, 2015

Big July 4 planned at World of Speed

by Jim Redden
The World of Speed is planning a loud Fourth of July. It is called "Hoods Up! Fire Up!" As part of motorsports museum's tribute to America, the hoods of all 93 cars on display will be lifted for…
GENERAL MOTORS CORPROATION - The 2015 Chevy Silverado may be more comfortable than ever, but it still looks and performs like the full-size truck it is.
June 26, 2015

2015 Chevy Silverado 1500 2WD: Good for work and play

by Jim Redden
Not that long ago, driving an unloaded pickup was like riding a bucking bronco, especially over pothole-filled roads. Not any more. Truck manufacturers have focused a lot of attention on…
PHOTO: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP - The summer cruise-in season is just starting to heat up.
June 25, 2015

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 (8th and Main),…
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: KYLIE WRAY - Nancy Jaksich, second from left, and other Suburban Auto Group personnel, present Guide Dogs for the Blind with a $30,050 donation at its graduation ceremony on Saturday, June 6.
June 25, 2015

Suburban Auto group supports guide dogs

by Jim Redden
The Suburban Auto Group has donated $30,050 to Guide Dogs for the Blind. The donation was made at the canine training group graduation on the campus in Boring on June 6. The money was raised at…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOHN M. VINCENT - Bold, yet cute seems like an oxymoron, but it works for the 2015 Jeep Renegade. An excellent slate of bold colors does a great job of showing off the subcompact crossover's design. Trailhawk versions be easily identified by their signature red tow hooks below the front bumper. They feature a higher ride and additional skid plating for enhanced off-road performance.
June 24, 2015

Renegade surprises by being a true Jeep

by John M. Vincent
I was skeptical when Jeep introduced the 2015 Renegade, touting that the subcompact crossover was going to provide the off-road prowess expected of the brand — with the price and efficiency…
NEWS-TIMES FILE PHOTO - Volunteers at the Concours d'Elegance perform a variety of scheduled jobs, from taking tickets to flipping burgers. And sometimes they are called in for unplanned task, like helping position a car with a finicky carburetor.
June 21, 2015

Forest Grove Concours d'Elegance seeks volunteer help

by Staff
The Rotary Club of Forest Grove is seeking volunteers to help out during the Concours d’Elegance event on Sunday, July 19. The annual classic car show is the biggest fundraising event of the…
AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR CO. INC. - The exterior of the 2016 Acura MDX is contemporary without being overly flashy.
June 19, 2015

2016 Acura MDX: Well-balanced family SUV

by Jim Redden
The 2016 Acura MDX was chosen Best Premium Utility Vehicle at this year's annual Mudfest outdoor vehicle competition conducted by the Northwest Automotive Press Association. As the name of the…
COURTESY PHOTO - Landmark Ford Lincoln is holding its annual peanut butter drive to feed hungry kids in the summer again through June 26.
June 15, 2015

Landmark Ford Lincoln collecting peanut butter for kids

by Jim Redden
Landmark Ford Lincoln is collecting jars of peanut butter to support the summer demand for kid-friendly foods at St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry through June 26. The drive is being conducted in…
MAZDA NORTH AMERICAN OPERATIONS - The 2016 Mazda6 is sleeker and sexier than most other midsize sedans of any price.
June 12, 2015

2016 Mazda6: Midsize style and fun

by Jim Redden
I was a little disappointed with the 2016 Mazda6 the first day I had it. Don't get me wrong, it's a good looking, well designed midsize sedan. And I was pleased to see it was getting good…
LAYCE NICOLE PHOTOGRAPH - Beaverton Toyota General manager Russ Humberston presents $5,000 each to   representatives from Oregon Humane Society and St. Mary's Home for Boys. The Beaverton High Success Fundphotos also received $5,000.
June 11, 2015

Beaverton Toyota supports charities

by Jim Redden
Beaverton Toyota donated $5,000 each to three local charities as part of its grand opening on May 27. They are: the Oregon Humane Society, which rescues, heals and adopts more than 11,000 pets…

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Jun 11, 2015

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 (8th and Main),…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JOHN M. VINCENT - There's more going on with the 2015 Murano's design than with many competitors. A deep 'V' shaped chrome accent holds the upper grille, while boomerang-shaped LED accent lights wrap the halogen headlights. LED headlights are available.
Jun 10, 2015

Expressive 2015 Murano emphasizes style

by John M. Vincent
Now in its third generation, the Murano has grown up. With the new design, Nissan’s effectively bridged the narrow gap between their mainstream SUVs and the luxury Infiniti brand. There are many…
COURTESY: CHUCK KOEHLER - Expect close racing action at this years Rose Cup with a change to identically built and prepared Spec Racer Ford open cockpit race cars. The cars are specifically designed for road courses like Portland International Raceway.
Jun 11, 2015

City's racing heritage rooted in Rose Cup

by John M. Vincent
Celebrating 55th year, events set all weekend at PIR This year marks the 55th anniversary of the Portland Rose Festival Foundation’s Rose Cup races, the oldest amateur event of its kind west of…
HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY - The 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe is sleeker than many rivals, a hint that it likes to ge up and go.
Jun 05, 2015

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe: Big but sporty

by Jim Redden
Some test vehicles impress right away and others sneak up on you. When I first started driving the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe, I thought it was a good family hauler — quiet, smooth riding and enough…
May 29, 2015

"White Zombie" race car talk scheduled

by Jim Redden
Electrical vehicle expert John Wayland will be showcasing his record-breaking electric 1972 Datsun, “White Zombie,” at Clackamas Community College on Friday, June 5. This car is one of the…
MITSUBISHI MOTORS - The exterior of the 2015 Mitsubishi Outland Sport is clean and contemporary.
May 29, 2015

2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport: Value packed compact crossover

by Jim Redden
The 2015 Outlander Sport is like a puppy — eager to please but lacking the manners of a mature dog. But if you don't mind a certain lack of refinement, Mitsubishi's compact crossover has a good…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE JOHN M. VINCENT - The 2015 Subaru Impreza gains a sharper front end and updated safety technology. It's available in roomy 5-door hatchback and 4-door sedan models. All Imprezas come with Subaru's confident symmetrical all-wheel drive system.
May 28, 2015

2015 Subaru Impreza adds safety tech

by John M. Vincent
It’s been called the “democratization” of safety — when high-tech safety systems found only on top-of-the-line luxury cars just a few years ago make their way all the way to more affordable,…
COURTESY AUTOTRADER.COM - There are pros and cons to financing that should be considered.
May 28, 2015

When is financing the right decision?

by Doug Demuro/AutoTrader.com
We hear it all the time: It's better to pay for something with cash than to borrow money to buy it. But are there circumstances when that isn't entirely true? We happen to think so — especially…
COURTESY BEACHES RESTAURANTS/LORI OPAKA - The weekly Beaches Cruise-ins at Portland International raceway are popular summer events.
May 27, 2015

Beaches Cruisin' returns for 20th season

by John M. Vincent
One of Portland’s most popular automotive events returns to the Portland International Raceway on June 3 for its 20th season. The Beaches Summertime Cruisin’ attracts 1,200 cars on average to…
COURTESY CHEVROLET - The new Camaro is totally redesigned but still recognizable.
May 27, 2015

Car News: The new Camaro and more

by Jim Redden
Chevy has pulled the covers off the newest Camaro, and the sixth generation features a number of firsts for the iconic muscle car. The 2016 Camaro will be the first to carry an available…