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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

PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The exterior styyling on the 2016 Mazda CX-9 is crisp and bold, in keeping the Japanese carmarker's corporate design standards.
May 23, 2016

2016 Mazda CX-9: Better by design

by Jeff Zurschmeide
The new 2016 Mazda CX-9 is coming to market rather late. The all-new mid-size SUV will arrive in dealerships in June, just in time to compete with the 2017 models from other brands. But don’t discount the CX-9, because Mazda took the time to get it…
HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY - The 2017 Hyundai Elantra is one of the best looking compacts on the road today.
May 20, 2016

Hyundai Elantra and Sonata Plug-in Hybrid: Two shades of green

by Jim Redden
Cheap gas is challenging automakers who must meet ever-increasing government fuel economy standards. With the price of petrol under $2 a gallon (not counting taxes) in some parts of the county, shoppers are understandably gravitating towards…
COURTESY MECUM AUCTIONS - This classic Chevrolet muscle car will be auctioned at the Portland Expo Center on June 17-18.
May 16, 2016

Mecum Automobile Auction coming to Portland

by Jeff Zurschmeide
The world’s largest collector car auction company is holding its first sale in Portland next month. Mecum Auctions expects about 600 classic and collectible automobiles and motorcycles to be sold at auction June 17-18 at the Portland Expo Center on…


NWAPA/VINNIE NGUYEN - The 2016 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD Drive-E handled both on-road and off-road tracks at Mudfest 2016 with ease.
May 13, 2016

Test Drive: 2016 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD Drive-E

by Jim Redden
The 2016 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD Drive-E was recently named Best Premium Outdoor Activity Vehicle by the Northwest Automotive Press Association. The award came after two days of testing on paved and off-road courses at Mudfest 2016, the annual…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The exterior of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class is more aerodynamic than the boxier GLK-Class that it replaces.
May 13, 2016

Test Drive: 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC300

by Jeff Zurschmeide
Mercedes-Benz has come a long way with their SUV line, and in particular with the evolution of the 2016 GLC300 crossover. This is the successor to the popular GLK crossover, which was already a standout for utility, capability, and luxury. But where…
May 13, 2016

Subaru recalls 2016-2017 Legacy and Outback

by Redden, Jim
Subaru has issued a recall on certain 2016-2017 Legacy and Outback vehicles for a flaw in the steering column construction. Subaru has stopped selling affected vehicles as of May 9, and is notifying affected owners not to drive their cars until the…
Bob Kehoe's new book on Art Pollard.
May 13, 2016

Portland-based Indy driver Art Pollard remembered

by Jim Redden
As the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 approaches, local author Bob Kehoe has published a biography of Art Pollard, one of Portland’s greatest racing drivers. The book is “Art Pollard – The Life and Legacy of a Gentleman Racer” and is…
May 12, 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…
May 11, 2016

Fundraising rally to end in Portland

by Jim Redden
The Big Sky Rally, a four-day road rally that raises money to support children with life-threatening illnesses and their families, will finish at Portland International Raceway on June 15. Cars are expected to arrive from 3-5 p.m. The arrival and…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The 2017 Honda Ridgeline is the latest entry in the suddenly hot midsize truck market, but the first to be built like a crossover SUV.
May 10, 2016

Test Drive: 2017 Honda Ridgeline

by Jeff Zurschmeide
The 2017 Honda Ridgeline is fundamentally different from any other pickup truck on the market. The core of the difference is that the Ridgeline is built on a unibody platform like a passenger car or crossover SUV. All competing trucks are built on a…
AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR COMPANY - The 2016 Honda Odyssey is one of the most attractive family vans on the market today.
May 06, 2016

Test drive: 2016 Honda Odyssey SE

by Jim Redden
Forget the term minivan. Today they are all grown up, with comfortable seating for six or seven adults, and enough storage space for a long vacation, too. Call them family vans instead. A top choice is the 2016 Honda Odyssey, with offers both…
COURTESY WORLD OF SPEED - Four NASCAR cars used by famous drivers will be part of a Daytona 500 mockup at the World of Speed motorsports museum in Wilsonville.
May 05, 2016

World of Speed to offer free summer admission to military, families

by Jim Redden
The World of Speed will offer free admission to active duty military personnel and their families, including members of the National Guard and Reserve, from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2016. The offer is made by all Blue Star Museums, a…
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…

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Apr 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…
COURTESY WILSONVILLE TOYOTA - Wilsonville Toyota owner Dave Jachter outside his showroom after winning the President¹s Award from Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
Apr 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…
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.
Apr 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…
AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR COMPANY - The 2016 Honda CR-V is attractive and surprisingly polished for an affordable compact crossover.
Apr 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…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - Who says economy cars have to be dull? The 2016 Hyundai Elantra is a stunner.
Apr 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…
Apr 21, 2016

Landmark Ford Lincoln and other dealers collecting peanut butter…

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…
Apr 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…
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.
Apr 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…
Apr 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…
Apr 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…
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.
Apr 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…
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.
Apr 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…
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…