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

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

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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

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

Ending rear enders

You’ve likely heard the recent announcement that autonomous emergency braking will become standard on most cars within six years. That will not end rear end collisions, but will begin to “put the brakes” on proliferation of such wrecks. Whether it is cell phones, vehicle devices,… Read more

Is the thrill gone?

The lyrics to B.B. King’s “The Thrill is Gone,” portray the sorrow of an ended romance. While the words of the song make reference to relationships between people, the same woeful sentiments of abandonment and loneliness, to some, apply to their love affair with automobiles…. Read more

Check the nut behind the wheel

I’ve written that no matter their degree of prowess, every driver can learn and improve. That thought rings true for reader V.D., recalling fatherly advice and noting, “When I was being taught to drive by my father (many, many years ago), he told me to… Read more

Don Adair: Audi TT delivers peak experience

Certain French philosophers believed that our humdrum human lives are illuminated by moments of great clarity. Read more

Don Adair: The Affordable VW Tiguan

Volkswagen just made it easier to own a Tiguan. Already the most affordable German-built car sold in the U.S., the base price of the compact crossover drops $1,400 this year. Its standard features list grows and its infotainment system adds functionality. Even the entry-level Tiguan… Read more

Spring pedestrian bloom

While we watch the flowers bloom each spring, motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians are emerging on our streets. After winter “hibernation,” their sudden increased presence can take unwary motorists by surprise. Pedestrians, especially, are plentiful and vulnerable. As groups and individuals, children and adults in the… Read more

Pondering driverless vehicles

The talk of driverless, or autonomous, vehicles has been big news from automotive and technology industries of late. The “conversation,” beginning with Google, and continuing with automaker and software giants, seems to indicate that the reality of the concept is getting close. I have written… Read more

Don Adair: Made-over Kia Optima is confident in own skin

Though you won’t notice it at a glance, Kia’s midsize Optima sedan is fully redesigned this year. Read more

Local drivers are commenting

By sending their comments and questions, readers indicate that they are applying thought to their driving. To me, that’s a good thing. R.H. wondered, “…in driving Spokane’s many one-way streets: Is it lawful for a driver occupying the inside lane on a one-way street to… Read more

Don Adair: Hyundai Sonata Hybrid slips into mainstream

Substitute dogged for relentless in Lexus’s relentless-pursuit-of perfection tagline and you’ve described Hyundai’s passage into the mainstream. Read more

Room for improvement

Regarding the safety of driverless cars, experts agree that they are not infallible. Those experts and captains of the auto industry also agree that people are not infallible either, and that driving errors are likely to be fewer in vehicles operating with autonomous, as opposed… Read more

Don Adair: Try Mitsubishi Lancer for AWD on a budget

Mitsubishi sweetens the pot this year for snow-country buyers on a budget. Read more

Giving Low-Tech Cars High-Tech Features

Owners of older cars and those purchasing used models can now upgrade them with some of the latest high-tech vehicle safety systems at a surprisingly affordable cost, thanks to a growing array of advanced aftermarket auto accessories. For example, Verizon’s hum lets motorists add an OnStar-like telematics system to most … Read more