Cars With The Highest And Lowest Insurance Rates

More than a billion dollars is spent each year on advertising that urges consumers to compare their car insurance rates with the hopes of getting them to switch carriers, according to the credit and information management company TransUnion in Chicago, Ill. While around 30 percent of all policyholders actually pick … Read more


Roof Ratings

Q: My cousin was involved in a terrible rollover accident, the roof caved in and she was badly injured. Now after months of rehab, she’s ready to get on with life, but she’s obsessed with finding the strongest roof in a car before she buys a new one. How can … Read more

WSDOT response

A column about the too-short-chute that leads to eastbound I 90 at the entrance ramp from U.S. 195 touched…

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We play the radio, listen to CDs or enjoy audio books. Many of us talk on our cell phones and, if our observations over the years are any indication, some motorists apply their makeup, shave and even catch up on their reading while stuck in traffic. While we might be … Read more

Car Shopping Along Gender Lines

While this might seem patently obvious to some observers, a recent study of gender-specific online car shopping habits determined that men are four times more likely to shop for a luxury sports car than their female counterparts, while female car shoppers are 67 percent more likely to choose a crossover … Read more

Runaway Cars

Q: We had another case of a runaway car recently - a car that was accelerating even though the driver was trying to stop it. It ended without any severe injuries, thankfully, though the car was more or less totaled. Every time this happens I wonder what I should do … Read more

Text Check

Percentage of teens and young adults who have read a text message while driving. Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Read more

Emerging pedestrians

When driveway shoveling gives way to lawn mowing, winter is over.  I just witnessed the latter taking place on my…

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Mitsubishi Mirage: Value champ

The 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage is the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid vehicle sold in America. With its base price of $13,790…

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Pickup Sheds Pounds But Is No Lightweight

Automakers - particularly the domestic brands - would seem to be in a pickle these days regarding their full-size pickup truck lines. With the U.S. economy firmly in recovery mode, sales of what are typically the most profitable models on a dealer’s lot are soaring, with sticker prices on luxury-minded … Read more

Pothole Problems Proliferate

Pockmarked pavement seems to be the new normal in many parts of the country as potholes caused by this winter’s icy roads have reached epidemic proportions. “Drivers know immediately when they hit a pothole, but what they don’t know is if their vehicle has been damaged in the process,” says … Read more

Back In Action

Q: I have some back issues that are rather significant and on long road trips the pain is reduced somewhat if I can tweak the height or angle of the seat slightly for a little while. So I want whatever car has the greatest number of power adjustments on the … Read more

Vehicles Rising

Number of light-vehicles sold in the U.S. in March, an increase of 28.8 percent over February 2014. Source: National Automobile Dealers Association Read more

Target Zero Team watching you

You should always reconsider your choice if you are tempted to drive after consuming alcohol.  Besides being a major cause…

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RX 350 F Sport: Crossover kingpin

Set your Wayback Machine to March 1998, and you’ll witness the first flash of a coming boom.

Today, high-end…

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Soul Power

We’ve always had a fondness for small hatchbacks that pack maximum utility into affordable and fun-to-drive packages. One of the top models in that regard in recent y ears has been the amenable-yet-quirky Kia Soul. It’s been redesigned for 2014 with added sophistication, yet retains the inherent funkiness that endeared … Read more

The ‘Everywhere’ Office

As if most of us didn’t already spend enough time working at the office, the flexible workspace provider Regus, headquartered in Luxembourg, predicts that the coming generation of self-driving cars will become popular among Type A professionals who want to make their commutes as fruitful as possible. To that end … Read more