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2018

Toyota’s 2018 Tacoma TRD-Offroad is a worthy midsize truck

SEATTLE — The Tacoma pickup line of trucks is one of the most reliable and useful midsize trucks available. It’s long pedigree of being a capable truck for most household chores, along with Toyota reliability has helped it gain a loyal fan base. Even though not a great deal has changed in its lifespan, there ...

Road Tested: The compact, fun and bubbly 2018 Fiat 500L

SEATTLE — Compact, fun, bubbly; just a few adjectives that come to mind after driving the 2018 Fiat 500L. The “L” edition is quite a bit larger than the standard 500. You may remember the famous “Viagra” pill commercials for this car during the Superbowl, several years ago. Well, it’s not simply metaphor as the ...

New Year’s 2018 with Lil Jon and Hawaii Senator Brian Schatz

LOS ANGELES:  New Year’s Eve is a truly glorious night. On this one night, most of Earth’s seven billion people temporarily cast aside politics, religion, and even sports. Peace on earth briefly breaks out. We bid farewell to a tough year and pray that the incoming new year will be better, perhaps even peaceful. We pray for ...

2018 Thanksgiving wine description and purchasing guide

SEATTLE: Another Thanksgiving is near and that means my yearly, obligatory Thanksgiving Wine recommendation list. While opinions of what pairs well with the foods at a typical Thanksgiving table vary, one that that most all wino aficionados agree on is that sparkling rose’ goes with nearly everything.  So a nice Sparkling Rose is the no-brainer pick. ...

Road Tested: The 2018 Lexus ES350

SEATTLE:  Even though the car hasn’t seen any major changes since 2012, the 2018 Lexus ES350 continues to be a hot-seller for Lexus and is the number-one selling vehicle in its class. The chief reason for this is that it starts at under $40,000. Built on the same chassis as the Toyota Camry and Avalon, the ...

2018 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro still reigns supreme off-road

SEATTLE.If ever there was an iconic, everyman, off-road vehicle for the masses, it’s the 4Runner. Its pedigree as an adept off-roader that still behaves well on road has made it a favorite of drivers all over the world. Thus, keeping in mind the adage “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.”   The 2018 Toyota 4Runner ...

Mazda’s 2018 CX-9 Grand Touring continues in excellence

SEATTLE, May 31, 2018 — To say that I’ve been a personal fan of the Mazda CX-9 over its past few model years would be to understate things. What Mazda has done with the CX-9 has really helped hone it into one of the finest crossover SUVs in its segment. While the average-sized family won’t ...

memorial day, grilling, wine

Some tasty wines for your Memorial Day Grilling

SEATTLE, May 25, 2018 — Memorial Day. A day that evokes visions of great men and women who sacrificed it all towards our freedoms in America and betterment of our lives. Over the years, the long-standing tradition of how many Americans celebrate is around the grill. It doesn’t matter if you’re cooking with a propane ...

The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited Ultimate delivers style and V6 power

SEATTLE, May 23, 2018 — Hyundai’s latest Santa Fe is a great looking SUV that is graced with handsome styling, a very slick interior and the industry’s best warranty at 10 years or 100,000 miles. Since the last model year, not much has changed other than the disappearance of the straight Limited edition which gave ...

Will Greg Lopez win the 2018 Colorado Governor’s race?

Only one GOP governor has been elected in Colorado in 44 years. A unique candidate may well break that streak. Greg Lopez is bringing experience, minority roots and a love of people over politics to Colorado. And its a winning combination

2018 Toyota Camry XSE – Raises the bar in style and performance

For those of us who care about driving, the dynamics of the Camry have changed for the better, along with its great new aesthetics. Under the hood of the XSE is the potent 3.5-liter V6 that has an impressive 301 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque, easily making it the most power Camry ever made.

The 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Blue offers superb fuel economy at a fantastic price

Driving the Ioniq doesn’t exactly get the adrenaline pumping unless you’re in a hurry to pass someone. It’s performance, frankly, is rather dismal and will clearly not be a selling point here. Where this car does deliver, however, is in fuel economy, comfort, style, price and powertrain warranty (best in class).