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HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY - The 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport looks fast standing still.
March 27, 2015

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport: Stylish practicality

by Jim Redden
The affordable crossover market is on fire these days. And why not? Depending on the size, for a little more than the price of a compact or midsize car, you can get a vehicle that has more…
March 26, 2015

2015 Chevrolet Trax: Versatility in a small package

by John M. Vincent
The small crossover utility market is set to explode in the next couple of years as automakers plan to add a plethora of models to the segment. It’s a segment designed for buyers who want…
COURTESY AUTOTRADER.COM - Adaptive cruise control keeps keeps safe driving distances in heavy traffic.
March 26, 2015

Top six tech picks

by AutoTrader.com
New cars have more advanced technology than ever before, which may lead to some consumers being confused about what some of this technology does for them. Here are the top six tech picks from…
March 26, 2015

Upcoming car events

by Jim Redden
Late Nights Drags Friday, March 27-Saturday, March 28, and Friday, April 3, 5:30-11 p.m., Portland International Raceway, 1940 N. Victory Blvd. Drag racing open to all cars meeting noise…
TRIBUNE PHOTO JOHN M. VINCENT - Both the GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado midsize pickups include an available app-based information and entertainment interface. An onboard cellular connect provides 4G LTE mobile connectivity.
March 25, 2015

Cars go wireless

by John M. Vincent
As shared cellular phone data plans are becoming more popular, families are adding more and more devices to their accounts. They’re adding the kids’ smartphones, mom and dad’s tablets, and even…
PHOTO COURTESY OF CARR SUBARU - Former Portland Trail Blazers announcer Bill Schonley (far left) accepting the check from Carr Subary with representatives of Carr Subaru and the Providence Health Child Center. To his right is  Carr Auto Group President Brad Preble, Keeley Weber-Jones, Chris Bradshaw, Mary Hanken, Fernando Delcampo and Larry Sperling.
March 25, 2015

Cars support charities at Subaru dealers, Dougy Center

by Jim Redden
Subaru shares the love Subaru raised $15 million for charities during its seventh annual "Share the Love" event. That brings the total to $50 million contributed to both national and local…
TRIBUNE PHOTO JOHN M. VINCENT - The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata doesn't go on sale until later this year, but you can drive it now on the Forza Horizon 2 game on the Xbox gaming platform. If you're good enough, you might even win the real thing.
March 25, 2015

Mazda plays games with new MX-5

by Redden, Jim
Can’t wait to drive the newest Mazda MX-5 Miata? You don’t have to because Mazda and Microsoft have teamed up to bring the new roadster to the Forza Horizon 2 driving game on the Xbox One gaming…
Photo Credit: PORTLAND TRIBUNE PHOTO JOHN M. VINCENT - The Trailhawk badge represents the pinnacle of off-highway capability for both the Jeep Cherokee and the new 2015 Jeep Renegade. The Cherokee Trailhawk's sophisticated traction management system can maintain grip when even 1 or 2 wheels are off of the ground. With increased ground clearance and skid plating, critical components on the underside of the Jeep are well protected.
February 13, 2015

2015 Jeep Cherokee: Yes, it's the real deal

by Jim Redden
But is it really a Jeep? That was the question off-road enthusiasts asked when Jeep unveiled the compact Cherokee. The reasons for doubt were obvious. The Cherokee is the first new Jeep produced…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE PHOTO JOHN M. VINCENT - Test drive a new Ford F-150 or any other new Ford and $20 will be donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on Saturday, March 20.
March 18, 2015

Ford test drives raise money for charity on March 21

by Jim Redden
You can test drive any new Ford and raise money for a good cause on Saturday, March 21, at Landmark Ford Lincoln, just off Interstate 5 at the Haines Street exit. For every test drive of a new…
Photo Credit: KIA MOTORS AMERICA - The 2015 Kia Sedona is the most aggresive looking minivan on the market.
March 13, 2015

2015 Kia Sedona: Not your mother's minivan

by Jim Redden
Despite their practicality, many people would be caught dead driving a minivan. When they need something big, most of them buy Crossover Utility Vehicles, even though they don't have as much…

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TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOHN M. VINCENT - The 2015 Dodge Charger can be the family sedan on the weekdays and a track-day warrior on the weekend. It's tough to find a sedan that achieves anywhere near the performance for the price of the new Charger.
Mar 12, 2015

Versatile Charger refreshed for 2015

by John M. Vincent
With nine models offered, including an all-wheel drive version and the 707-horsepower Hellcat, the Dodge Charger is one of the most versatile cars on the market. With a base price under $28,000,…
COURTESY CAR CARE COUNCIL - Maintaining your car can be a family affair.
Mar 12, 2015

Regular car maintenance means better mileage

by Car Care Council
Even though gas prices are relatively low, most drivers still want the best mileage they can get. Here are tips from the Car Care Council for making your vehicles the "greenest" it can be. Keep…
Mar 12, 2015

Local dealerships honored

by Jim Redden
Tonkin Gresham Honda wins award Tonkin Gresham Honda has won Honda's prestigious President’s Award for the fifth year in a row. The annual award is presented to Honda dealerships for exceptional…
COURTESY: ZACH HENKIN/DRIVE OREGON - Drive Oregon offered free rides in all-electric vehciles at the State Capitol to mark the release of its report on their economic benefits.
Mar 12, 2015

Auto News: Electric vehicles, World of Speed

by Jim Redden
Drive Oregon has come up with new reasons to buy an electric vehicle — helping the state's economy. The EV advocacy organization released a report on Feb. 25 that argues they keep more of their…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JOHN M. VINCENT - Subaru has expanded the availability of EyeSight optical driver assistance technology to almost all vehicles in their lineup. The system provides collision warning, adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning.
Mar 11, 2015

Decoding auto safety technology

by John M. Vincent
Throughout much of the history of the automobile there was one clear truth: In case of an accident, the bigger vehicle wins. However, with advanced safety technology, it’s often the smarter…
Mar 11, 2015

Upcoming car events

by Jim Redden
Cascade Cars & Coffee Every Saturday, 8-11 a.m., Cascade Station Starbucks, 9911 Northeast Cascades Parkway, Portland. No entry fee, all cars welcome. 59th Annual Portland Roadster Show Friday…
Photo Credit: AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR COMPANY - Sharp lines mark the redesigned 2015 Honda Fit.
Mar 06, 2015

2015 Honda Fit: The ultimate economy car?

by Jim Redden
The 2015 Honda Fit helps explain why all-electric and even hybrid cars are selling so slowly these days. It isn't just that gas prices have fallen to their lowest levels in years. With the…
Photo Credit: JOHN M. VINCENT - The 2016 Kia Sorento is equally at home in the city and the county.
Feb 27, 2015

2016 Kia Sorento: Right-size crossover

by Jim Redden
Sport utility vehicles come in so many sizes these days, it's hard to keep them all straight. For example, not so long ago, you had to buy the biggest truck-based models to get room for seven.…
Photo Credit: PORTLAND TRIBUNE PHOTO JOHN M. VINCENT - The Lexus RC's exterior features the brand's signature spindle grille and a body styled in ripples and creases. Compared to many modern coupes, visibility from the RC is excellent.
Feb 26, 2015

Lexus unleashes new sports coupes

by John M. Vincent
When you hear of a car that’s comprised of pieces from three different models, it’s easy to lose hope that the final product will be very good. That’s not the case with the all-new 2015 Lexus RC…
Feb 26, 2015

Auto News: Dealers give $500,000 to charities, more

by Jim Redden
The Metro Portland New Car Dealers Association presented a check for $500,000 to six local charities during a ceremony at the Feb. 11 Portland Trailblazers game at the Moda Center. The MPNDA…