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Freshman Class of 2016

There’s a rich harvest of fresh-grown cars and crossovers debuting for the 2016 model year, with racy sports cars and posh new luxury rides leading the pack, along with an assortment of smaller and more affordable modes of transportation. For starters, Honda’s luxury division resurrects the low-slung Acura NSX sports … Read more

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Electric Loss

Q: We have an electric vehicle and we learned that driving in cold weather limited our range much more than we had been led to believe. Has any independent group done any research on, truthfully, how far we can expect to go in cold or very hot weather? A: AAA … Read more

Freeway interchange improvements

I regularly receive reader concerns over the inadequacy of certain Spokane freeway interchanges. Indeed, some of the entrance and exit ramps to and from Interstate 90 here lack safe and efficient flow. Those design shortcomings may be partially blamed on delays and objections taking place… Read more

Test Drive: 2015 Nissan Juke

This week, we’re driving the 2015 Nissan Juke SL AWD that is classified by the EPA as a small station wagon. Although Nissan originally built the Juke to attract a younger demographic, an expanding number of baby boomers are driving Jukes, and Nissan expects this trend to continue. Read more

Collector Car Corner: Remembering the Lincoln V-8

My grandfather had a 1952 Lincoln that came with the first ever overhead valve V8 in the Lincoln line. Can you tell me more about this car? Read more

8 Tips to Know Before You Tow

With recreation season in full swing, many vacationers are headed to the lakes and campsites with boats and trailers in tow for some adventuresome recreation. Only for too many amateur haulers, towing itself can prove to be the adventure, and not a pleasant one at that. The National Highway Traffic … Read more

Cell Phone Crashes Climbing

Here’s another reason to keep your phone stashed in the glove box whenever you’re behind the wheel. Mobile phone-related incidents now account for 27 percent of all vehicle crashes, with 2014 being the third consecutive year of increases, according to data compiled by the National Safety Council in Itasca, Illinois. … Read more

Big or Small?

Q: Bigger tires or smaller tires for a new SUV I’m buying? It can go either way. I won’t be off-roading or anything like that. What’s your preference? A: Smaller. They’re better from a fuel-economy perspective, and they’re almost always quieter. They cost less, too. Q: We are car shopping … Read more

Gridiron Collision

Percentage increase in the rate of collision claims on days in which there is a home game in cities with an NFL team. Source: Highway Loss Data Institute Read more

Scion iM and iA: Toyota’s “youth laboratory” scores twice

Hot hatches are happening. Little sedans, not so much. So Scion is confident it will sell more copies of its new iM hatchback than of its also-new sibling, the iA sedan. Read more

Scion iM and iA: Toyota’s “youth laboratory” scores twice

Hot hatches are happening. Little sedans, not so much. So Scion is confident it will sell more copies of its new iM hatchback than of its also-new sibling, the iA sedan. Read more

Another plea to share roads

A couple of months ago, I wrote of the “touchy coexistence” between two-wheeled and four-wheeled vehicles. The motorized two-wheelers, motorcycles and scooters, sometimes suffer the effects of size-disparity among four-wheeled cars and trucks. More vulnerable, however, are the bicyclists, who have a disadvantage of size… Read more

Collector Car Corner: Atco Dragway Funny Car memories

“I came across your article on “Rare Comet Cyclone GT” recently and noticed that you had seen Dyno Don Nicholson at Atco Dragway in Berlin, New Jersey, in the summer of 1966. I was there also.” Read more

Test Drive: 2015 Nissan Murano SL AWD

This week, we’re driving the 2015 Nissan Murano, featuring a new exterior design, way more interior room and the trusty mechanicals that have made it one of Nissan’s most popular vehicles. Read more

A Dim View of the Road Ahead

Today’s automotive car headlamps don’t do an adequate job of illuminating poorly lit nighttime rural roads, which accounts for 40 percent of all miles driven in the U.S. That’s according to research conducted by AAA in Orlando, Florida. The organization found that halogen headlamps, currently included in more than 80 … Read more

Stop & Start

Q: I read or heard there’s a mid-size American car (the U.S. part is important to us) - not a hybrid - that has an automatic cut-off/cut-on function for when you’re at stoplights. I haven’t been able to learn what car that is. Can you help? A: The 2014 Chevy … Read more

Car Talk

Percentage of all vehicle crashes in 2014 that were phone-related. Source: National Safety Council Read more