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2016 Ford Mustang Turbo

Although the the Mustang was redesigned in 2015, it still looks a lot like the previous model. But it only takes a few minutes behind the wheel to realize the current version of Ford's retro Pony Car is both all-new and much improved — especially when equipped with the optional EcoBoost 2.3-liter engine that came in our test car.

Kia Optima Limited

The 2016 Kia Optima has grown up, a symbol of changes currently underway at the South Korean car company that is transforming itself for the second time.

2016 Honda Accord Coupe

Ever since Honda was criticized for a surprisingly poor redesign of its compact Civic a few years ago, it has committed to improving all of its vehicles often, both with complete overhauls and more frequent tweaks.

Mitsubishi Evolution MR

2015 is the last year of the Lancer Evolution, the barely civilized rally car disguised as an economy sedan from Mitsubishi. Ironically, despite its name, the current version of the Evolution has hardly evolved at all since first being introduced eight years ago — and that's a compliment. The Evo, as it is commonly called, is still the same blast to drive.

Kia Forte Koupe SX

The 2016 Kia Forte is all things to all people — or at least, several different versions of a compact car that can meet a lot of needs.

2016 Mazda CX-3: Bold new subcompact crossover

The 2016 Mazda CX-3 is a strong entry in the suddenly crowded subcompact crossover market. It features dramatic styling, fun handling, decent power, good gas mileage, and Mazda's careful attention to detail.

2016 Nissan Maxima: Redesigned and ready to rumble

After a one-year hiatus, the Nissan Maxima returns for 2016 as one of the best looking, best driving affordable family cars on the market.

Wheels Reviews

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY - Hyundai says the 2016 Tucson incorporates 'Fluid Sculpture 2.0 design language.' We just say it looks great.
February 12, 2016

2016 Hyundai Tucson: Not too small, not too big

by Jim Redden
The new category of subcompact crossover SUVs are attracting a lot of attention these days, but don't tell that to Hyundai. The South Korean manufacturer did not introduce a new small crossover for 2016, but instead complete redesigned its compact…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JOHN M. VINCENT - The 2016 Nissan Titan XD features a bold front end and spacious crew cab layout. Available equipment makes the Titan XD fully capable of towing with no aftermarket investment needed.
February 11, 2016

Nissan creates ultimate towing vehicle with Titan XD

by John Vincent
Automakers call them white spaces. They're areas of the market where manufacturers don't feel there's a lot of competition from other vehicles. With the 2016 Nissan Titan XD, that means aiming for an area more capable than most light-duty full-size…
COURTESY AUTOTRADER.COM - Yes, you can trade in a car you haven't paid off.
February 11, 2016

How do you trade in a car you haven't paid off?

by Don DeMuro, AutoTrader
Say you're interested in getting a new car, but you still haven't paid off your old one. This is a common problem. Can you trade in your old car before you've paid it off? And if so, how can you do it? We have some answers to help you understand how…
February 11, 2016

World of Speed gets "fired up"

by Jim Redden
The World of Speed has launched a monthly "Fire-Up" series where rare race and high-performance cars are started up for spectators for free. The events are scheduled for 1 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month through July 2 so far. Upcoming…
February 11, 2016

Subaru feeds the poor

by Jim Redden
To celebrate Subaru’s seventh record-breaking sales year, the company will donate a meal for every vehicle sold in 2015 — 582,675 — to help the Feeding America nationwide network of 200 food banks. This is the second year Subaru has matched its…
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - John Schenk chose the 'signature red' color for his Tesla Model X P90DL Signature Series, one of the first all-electric SUVs delivered by the company so far.
February 10, 2016

Wilsonville enthusiast lands first Tesla X

by Jack Bartman, Pamplin Media Group
It has been a long, long wait for auto enthusiast John Schenk. Nonetheless, almost three and a half years after placing an order, his Tesla Model X P90DL Signature Series has finally arrived — the first all-electric Tesla SUV to hit Oregon’s…
February 10, 2016

Findlay helps local nonprofits

by Jim Redden
Findlay Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram of Wilsonville has chosen the Portland Chapter of the National Football Foundation as their February 2016 Charity of the Month. The monthly program generates publicity and provides a monetary donation to deserving…
February 10, 2016

New car sales predicted to keep increasing

by Jim Redden
New car and truck sales are predicted to keep growing in 2016 after breaking all previous records last year. Steven Szakaly, chief economist of the National Automobile Dealers Association, predicts that sales of new vehicles this year will reach…
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JOHN M. VINCENT - With a ride height lifted 2.6 inches and scuff-plating added to the lower edge of the front bumper, the 2016 Volvo V60 Cross Country is ready for the forest service roads of the Cascades. 18-inch wheels are standard, with 19s optional.
February 09, 2016

TEST DRIVE: 2016 Volvo V60 Cross Country

by John M. Vincent
American car buyers don't seem to be huge fans of station wagons, unless you make them look like SUVs. The trend started with the Subaru Legacy Outback many years ago, and it continues today with the debut of the Volvo V60 Cross Country. When…
AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR COMPANY - The 2016 Acura TLX is sharply styled, not too big on the outside, but surprsiingly roomy inside.
February 05, 2016

2016 Acura TLX: Thinking outside the sport sedan box

by Jim Redden
Acura introduced its category-busting TLX luxury sedan last year and has left it largely alone for 2016. Why change what works, even if it's a little unconventional? The TLX replaced two previous model, the compact TL and the midsize TSX. it's just…
HONDA NORTH AMERICA - The exterior of the redesigned 2016 Honda Civic is bolder and more aggressive than previous versions.
January 29, 2016

2016 Honda Civic: Redesign includes many improvements

by Jim Redden
The Honda Civic has significantly upped its game for 2016. The popular compact has been completely redesigned, with sharper exterior lines, a more refined and roomier interior, two new engines, and, coming later this year, the first hatchback…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JOHN M. VINCENT -  Last year's most anticipated debut for auto enthusiasts was the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata. It was worth the wait for the 2-seat roadster that moves back its roots -- lightweight, affordable and downright fun.
January 25, 2016

Auto industry roars into 2016

by John M. Vincent
Fueled by low gas prices and interest rates, America’s auto industry is flying to new heights, with sales for 2015 reaching record levels. Last year's U.S. new car and light truck sales are expected to exceed 17.5 million units when all the numbers…
January 25, 2016

Car News: New Prius to be given away at Auto Show

by Jim Redden
The new car to be given away at the 2016 Portland International Auto Show will be a Toyota Prius Four, which has been completely redesigned for 2016. It carries a base price of more than $29,000 and will be in Blizzard Pearl color with the Advanced…
January 25, 2016

Upcoming car events

by Jim Redden
Cars & Coffees Every Saturday, 8-11 a.m., locations include: World of Speed (Wilsonville), Jantzen Beach (Portland), Cascade Station (Portland) McMinnville WalMart, Oregon City (Eighth and Main), Vancouver (136 and Mill Plain). No entry fee, all…
BMW NORTH AMERICAN INC. - Unmistable BMW styling marks the 2016 340i.
January 22, 2016

2016 BMW 340i: Ultimate sport sedan

by Jim Redden
The BMW 3-series is considered by many to be the best compact luxury sport sedan line on the market, and for good reason. It is cleanly styled on the outside, roomy and comfortable on the inside, loaded with technologies and premium touches,…

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FORD MOTOR COMPANY - The 2016 Ford Edge Sport looks heavy duty compared to some other midesize crossovers.
Jan 15, 2016

2016 Ford Edge Sport: EcoBoost power adds to the fun

by Jim Redden
The 2016 Ford Edge Sport is a midsize crossover SUV that has something in common with the 2016 Ford Mustang that might surprise you. Aside from being made by the same company, it's hard to see…
VOLVO CARS NORTH AMERICA LLC - The 2016 Volvo V60 Cross Country offers stunning looks, a smoth and quiet ride, all-wheel-drive and 7.4 inches of ground clearance.
Jan 08, 2016

2016 Volvo V60 Cross Country: The refined SUV alternative

by Jim Redden
The 2016 Volvo V60 Cross County is admittedly aimed at a small market niche — those looking for luxury wagons with all-wheel-drive and enough ground clearance for moderate water, snow and…
Jan 07, 2016

Car News: Auto Show excitement and more

by Jim Redden
The 2016 Portland International Auto Show is beginning to announce some the custom, rare and new vehicles that will be on display. One-of-a-kind vehicles include the Kia SEMA Sorento Concept…
Dec 24, 2015

Upcoming car events

by Jim Redden
Cars & Coffees Every Saturday, 8-11 a.m., locations include: World of Speed (Wilsonville), Jantzen Beach (Portland), Cascade Station (Portland) McMinnville WalMart, Oregon City (Eighth and…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOHN M. VINCENT - Though the 2016 Kia Optima has grown in length, width and height, it retains its sweeping coupe-like profile. Interior and cargo room are both improved with the new model.
Jan 07, 2016

Kia refines popular Optima

by John M. Vincent
The introduction of the 2010 Kia Optima was a watershed moment for the Korean automaker. The model broke free from the boring look embraced by nearly every midsize sedan of the era. At the same…
TOYOTA MOTOR SALES, USA, INC. - The exterior of the 2016 Lexus IS 200t is striking, especially with the optional F Sport mesh grill.
Jan 01, 2016

2016 IS 200t F Sport: Small package, big fun

by Jim Redden
Lexus has worked hard for years to establish a reputation as a performance-oriented automotive manufacturer. The 2016 version of the IS compact sedan is proof the plan is working. It comes in…
NWAPA/DOUG BERGER - A Ford Mustang with the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine took part in the 2015 Run to the Sun event organized by the Northwest Automotive Press Association.
Dec 25, 2015

2016 EcoBoost Mustang: Ford's Pony Car grows up

by Jim Redden
Although the the Mustang was redesigned in 2015, it still looks a lot like the previous model. But it only takes a few minutes behind the wheel to realize the current version of Ford's retro…
Dec 24, 2015

World of Speed news and more

by Jim Redden
New cars coming to World of Speed The World of Speed will have three more rare NASCAR race cars on display for at least two months, beginning in January. They will be the 1990 Lumina that Dale…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JOHN M. VINCENT - Despite losing its predecessor's hard edges, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC retains an athletic stance. It's more than four inches longer than the GLK it replaces, and two inches wider.
Dec 23, 2015

Mercedes GLK becomes all-new GLC 300

by John M. Vincent
For Mercedes-Benz, 2015 has been the year of the SUV. Not only have they redesigned each of their SUVs, but they’ve also renamed them all. Their goal is to align each SUV with its…
COURTESY NWAPA/DOUG BERGER - The Super Hyper Blue edition of the 2016 Subaru STI is hard to miss.
Dec 18, 2015

2016 Subaru STI: Last bad boy standing

by Jim Redden
With the demise of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo, the 2016 Subaru WRX STI stands alone as the last of the no-compromise boy racers. For those who want a street legal rally car with the latest…