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Don Adair: 2016 Honda Civic makes bid for class leadership

This winter, Honda dropped the first installment in the year-long launch of its 10th-generation, 2016 Civic. The sedan debuted in November. A coupe came in March and a five-door hatchback arrives this summer. A pair of coupe variants — the youth-oriented Si and the high-performance… Read more

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Ride sharing evolution

A few years back, the concept of ride sharing was just beginning to evolve. Now popularized by companies like Zipcar, drivers can share cars with others without owning them, an adaptation of the taxicab concept without the taxi driver. A hybrid adaptation of those entities… Read more

Intersection quandary

Certain traffic quandaries are repetitive. One of those oft-perplexing situations concerns right of way at “T” intersections. It’s common for drivers travelling the top of the “T” to believe that they have right of way over those driving the “leg” of the “T.” As an… Read more

Autonomous vehicle frenzy

It’s impossible to view any auto-related publication these days without finding a reference to self-driving vehicles. Some, like reader/driver S.H., aren’t convinced that they may soon sit in the back seat reading a book while their car drives by itself, but corporate investment in the… Read more

Target zero: not a pipe dream

The ahead-of-its-time 2013 Washington state strategic highway safety plan, Target Zero, is getting a boost in reality. And it’s coming from the rapid advancement in self driving cars. Target Zero’s goal of reducing state highway deaths to none by 2030 has planned elements including education,… Read more

Hauling dogs and other animals

Concerned with human and animal safety, reader J.H. wrote, “I have noticed more and more dogs in the back of trucks and SUVs lately. It’s often hard to tell if the dogs are tethered. Large untethered dogs even in the back of a SUV seems… Read more

Dissecting road trips

Winter driving conditions are history for now, and huge numbers of drivers will embark on road trips as a result. Summer offers the lure of clear roadways (except construction zones), increasing the number of motorists making “long hauls.” Add favorable fuel prices to the mix,… Read more

Don Adair: Kia Sportage survives own past, thrives in tough segment

​The fourth-generation Sportage lands this year, with a roomier cabin, a stiffer unibody, a new suspension and a look bold enough to worry the competition. Read more

Safety concerns

According to recently received emails, local drivers have serious thoughts on driving safety. For example, reader C.L. expressed his concerns about pedestrian activity within the streets by writing, “I live in an area of Spokane where the streets and sidewalks are well used by bikes,… Read more

Don Adair: Lincoln MKX mines own heritage for inspiration

In Lincoln’s heyday, crossovers were not yet even a glint in the industry’s eye. Read more

Extreme driverless sport

Just when we are trying to reckon with the concept of driverless cars, some envision those vehicles competing on a race track. Kinetik, a London investment fund headed by Russian entrepreneur Denis Sverdlov, has released a rendering of a Formula One racecar having one glaring… Read more

Don Adair: Dodge Dart narrowly misses greatness

The current Dodge Dart is likely to be remembered as a near-miss. Read more

Thoughts to ponder

Readers regularly send me ideas, pet peeves and questions pertaining to driving. At times, I have answers to those inquiries, but other times I simply reply, “Good question!” One of those good questions that warrants pondering came from R.H. who wrote, “I find the idea… Read more

On drivers’ minds

Usually reader/driver comments typify the thoughts of many. For example, I regularly receive reader concerns about certain traffic patterns in our region. Not surprisingly, a significant majority of those reports involve intersections, where vehicular conflict intensifies. And one of those intersections I often hear about… Read more

Don Adair: Nissan Altima battles back with mid-cycle refresh

The death of the family sedan has been greatly exaggerated. Read more

Self-driving fast track

Lately, I’ve reported on the automotive industry’s zeal over self-driving vehicles. Billions of investment dollars by the likes of Ford Motor Company, Tesla, Toyota, Subaru, Mercedes-Benz and just about everyone else indicate a fast track approach to autonomous driving systems. Recently, General Motors advanced the… Read more

Don Adair: 2016 Explorer debuts new trim, engine

With seven million units sold since its 1990 debut, Ford’s Explorer is the planet’s best-selling SUV-cum-crossover. Read more