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Kia delivers in spades with its 2014 Cadenza

SEATTLE, April 11, 2014  – If someone would have told me, 5 years ago, that Kia would have a flagship sedan around the $40k mark that could go head to head with cars costing much more, my face would have given you that “it’s time to take some crazy pills” look. Well color me bad ...

First Drive: 2015 Audi A3

SEATTLE, WA, March 19, 2014 – While it has little issues holding its own as a premium luxury brand, Audi kind of had an identity crisis when it came to being thought of as “affordable”. With the pending release of its newly redesigned A3 sedan, you can soon get an Audi for just under the $30k mark. ...

The 2014 Lexus LS600 HL offers hybrid fuel economy and luxury

SEATTLE, March 12, 2014 – The high end luxury performance sedan market is a relatively crowded one when you factor in that it’s aiming at the upper-end of income earners. With that in mind, it’s more paramount than ever for auto-makers to carefully position these cars in such a way to command the largest percentage ...

Review: 2014 Mazda 6 Grand Touring

SEATTLE, October 29, 2013 — Mazda’s 2014 6 is easily one of the most stylistic sedans in its category. Its swooping and curvaceous bodylines make this Mazda model a very attractive — if not head-turning – car. In fact, its combination of stylish exteriors, well-appointed interiors and smooth handling really do help set this car apart from ...

Review: 2013 Buick Encore

SEATTLE, September 10, 2013 — The compact SUV market has exploded, and it seems most every automaker has a stake in it. Buick decided to enter the fray with its 2013 Encore, totally compact and totally Buick. Taking obvious design cues from its much larger sibling, the Enclave, Buick looked to address a demographic that didn’t need ...

Review: 2013 Volkswagen Beetle 50s Edition

WASHINGTON, August 28, 2013 — Many Volkswagen Beetle fans have very fond memories of their first bug. To And to that VW offers the 50-series. This 2013 convertible model was built in invoke not just the memories of what a “cool bug” might have meant to the fan base with fond memories of their VW ...

Review: 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland

SEATLLE, WA, August 8, 2013 — Jeep, a brand that’s about as American as stars and stripes, has come a long way during the past decade ushering in some very worthy vehicles. The 2014 Grand Cherokee “Trail Rated” Overland edition is about as high-end as you can find in a capable, American, off-road worthy SUV. What ...

Review: 2013 Acura TL SH-AWD

SEATTLE, July 14, 2013  — Performance sedans have always been a fun market to watch, as there are many of us who love these kinds of cars. They typically offer the kinds of horsepower, handling and finesse many car aficionados crave. This 2013 Acura TL SH-AWD has many of these admirable traits and also ups the ante ...

Review: 2013 Land Rover LR4

WASHINGTON, June 16, 2013 — Land Rover has built a reputation for itself in delivering luxury SUVs that are also some of the most capable off-road vehicles on the road. With its 2013 LR4, Land Rover is hitting the $50-$60k price range and has done a very good job of loading it to the hilt ...

Review: 2013 Audi A8L

SEATTLE, WA, June 5, 2013 —  Most of the finer things in life come at a price, but those finer things often bring with them a host of luxuries that make the cost of them “worth it”. With its 2013 A8L (L is the longer version of the A8), Audi pulls no punches in delivering ...

Review: 2013 Infiniti EX37 Journey AWD

SEATTLE, April 18, 2013 – With its 2013 EX37, Infiniti looks to up the ante and offer its customers what it feels is the best value going in the luxury CUV (compact utility vehicle) market. It carries over the same design cues as the entire line-up of Infiniti vehicles and puts it all into a ...

Review: 2013 KIA Optima SXL

SEATTLE, March 26, 2013 – What do most successful companies do to a product when it’s successful? That’s right, leave it alone and let it keep pleasing the masses. This is the formula from KIA for its 2013 Optima series – this SXL edition is really the only model in the Optima line-up that has a few ...

Review: 2013 Honda Crosstour EX-L V6

WASHINGTON, March 20, 2013 – With an ever-growing crossover market, the ability to distinguish oneself from the pack is becoming more difficult than ever before. Sure, there are looks and perhaps features that can differentiate various models. But the overall scope of what we perceive a crossover vehicle to be has been largely status-quo in recent ...

Review: 2013 Volkswagen Passat SE V6

SEATTLE, March 16, 2013 – For many drivers, there’s simply something about the way a German-engineered car drives that is hard to replicate. And for those drivers on a modest budget the Volkswagen’s Passat has been a crowd pleaser for decades. Its 2013 SE edition ups the ante with an available 3.6L V6 engine, on-board navigation ...