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TOYOTA MOTORS - The front end of the 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid is even more aggressively styled than the gas-powered version.
May 26, 2017

Test Drive: 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid XLE-V6 AWDi

by Jim Redden
The 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid gets great mileage for a three-row crossover that can carry up to seven people. It is EPA rated at 28 miles per gallon and we got over 25 in a week of mixed driving.
May 25, 2017

Auto News: Rose Cup, VW diesel sales and thrify buyers

by Jim Redden
A roundup of car-related stories covers everything from racings to changing buying habits
NWAPA/JOSH MACKEY - The 2017 Land Rover Discovery HSE Luxury was named the Northwest Activity Vehicle of the Year at Mudfest 2017. It also won in the Best Extreme Capabilityn category.
May 08, 2017

2017 Land Rover Discovery named Northwest Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the Year

by Jim Redden
Other 2017 Mudfest winnders include Jeep Compass, Volkswagen Golf Alltrack , Subaru Forester, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ford Raptor.

May 25, 2017

Upcoming car events: May 27-Dec. 2

by Jim Redden
Automotive related happenings in and around the Portland area, including shows and swap meets
COURTESY THE DOUGY CENTER - Hundreds of people attended the 2017 Reflection Benefit, Auction, and Raffle The Dougy Center at the Portland Art Museum on May 12. They are shown here at the silent auction portion of the event.
May 22, 2017

Porsche raffle boosts record fundraising event for The Dougy Center

by Jim Redden
Nationally-recognized local organization provides support services to grieving children and family members.
COURTESY FCA US - The 2017 Dodge Durango GT looks sharp with its collor-coordinated body package and special wheels. The standard 3.6-liter V6 provides plenty of power.
May 19, 2017

Test Drive: 2017 Dodge Durango GT

by Jim Redden
Make no mistake, the Durango is a serious rig. It comes standard with a 3.6-liter V6 but can be ordered with a more powerful 5.7-liter V8 in the top two trim levels. Properly equipped, it can tow up to 7,400 pounds, the most of any crossover.
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - SCCA drivers will gather from across the west to compete in this weekend's Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour event at Portland International Raceway. Cars such as these Porsche 996 racers will compete in SCCA's top GT classes on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free.
May 15, 2017

SCCA Super Tour racing comes to PIR

by Jeff Zurschmeide
The event will draw over 100 racers from the west coast states and east to the Rocky Mountains for three days of qualifying and racing - and admission is free.
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The best part of the ZR2 is its suspension, which has been strengthened and redesigned. Then Chevy went all the way and added special Multimatic shock absorbers on all four wheels. The shock design includes variable valving that delivers the toughness required to handle big jumps, while still giving you a smooth and responsive ride on pavement.
May 15, 2017

2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 may be the best truck of the year

by Jeff Zurschmeide
The bottom line on the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 is that if you've been dreaming about the current crop of super off-road trucks, but you don't want to wrestle a giant around town, this is your rig.
May 12, 2017

Upcoming car events: May 13-Dec. 2

by Jim Redden
CAr shows and other automotive related activities in Portland and beyond.
COURTESY JAGUAR - The 2017 Jaguar XF is now offered with an economical but still powerful turbocharded 2.0-liter diesel engine.
May 12, 2017

Test Drive: 2017 Jaguar XF 20d AWD R-Sport

by Jim Redden
The right car if you want a distinctive midsize luxury sedan that's EPA rated at 34 miles per gallon - with all-wheel-drive.
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: STEVE BROWN - This 1950 Merc belong to Brad Venderberg.
May 11, 2017

Car show season is here

by Jim Redden
Rain or shine, thousands of people in the region are preparing to show and see cars.
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - Although the 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport bears a strong resemblence to the existing Rogue crossover SUV, it is a foor shorter but still offers a lot of interior room and standard features.
May 09, 2017

2017 Nissan Rogue Sport is the right SUV for the times

by Jeff Zurschmeide
Nissan's new crossover is a foot shorter than its existing Rogue SUV but still offers a lot of interior room.
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The styling of the 2017 Nissan Leaf is largely unchanged from last year, which means people will know you're driving something different because it doesn't look like anything else on the road.
May 05, 2017

2017 Nissan Leaf is still a winner

by Jeff Zurschmeide
The bottom line on the Nissan Leaf is that it can be your daily driver, save you money relative to a gas-powered car, and it's both comfortable and fun to drive.
COURTESY SUBARU - The 2017 Subaru Impreza is available as both a good-looking hatchabck or sedan. It is completely redesigned and includes many improvements.
May 04, 2017

Test Drive: 2017 Subaru Impreza

by Jim Redden
Subaru's trusty but unassuming compact is now a thoroughly contemporary world-beater, availlable in both sedan and hatchback styling.
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The 2017 GMC Sierra Denali offers both top-shelf luxury and a long list of practical features from 4WD to an integrated trailer brake controller.
May 01, 2017

2017 GMC Sierra Denali offers luxury and capability

by Jeff Zurschmeide
If you're looking for a luxury truck, and you're ready to spend the money on it, the Denali is a worthy choice.

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COURTESY MERCEDES-BENZ - For such a small vehicle, the GLA250 comes with a lot of Mercedes characteristics. They range from the large corporate grill and aggressive stance to the upright infotainment screen that protrudes above the aluminum dash with the large, round air vents.
Apr 28, 2017

Test Driver: 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 4MATIC

by Jim Redden
The German automaker competes in the subcompact crossover market with a well made hatchback that comes with a strong turbo engine and can be ordered with all-wheel-drive.
Apr 13, 2017

Upcoming car events: April 15- July 2

by Jim Redden
Car related shows and other gathering in and around the Portland area.
Apr 26, 2017

Upcoming car events: April 29-July 2

by Jim Redden
Automotive events in and around the Portland region and beyond.
COURTESY: SUBARU RALLY TEAM USA - Travis Pastrana gets airborne before winning the 2017 Oregon Trail Rally last weekend.
Apr 24, 2017

Travis Pastrana wins 2017 Oregon Trail Rally

by Jeff Zurschmeide
For a second year in a row, the Subaru factory team finished 1-2 overall. The American Rally Association's championship next moves to Olympia, Washington, for the Olympus Rally May 11-13.
COURTESY CHEVROLET - The 2017 Chevy Silverado 2500 Diesel 4X4 looks every inch a truck but is easier to drive that you might think because of its size.
Apr 21, 2017

Test Drive: 2017 Chevy Silverado 2500 Diesel

by Jim Redden
If you need a full-size truck with more than full-size capabilities, the 2107 Chevy Silverado 2500 with the Duramax diesel engine and Allison transmission is going to be hard to beat.
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The 2017 F-Type SVR is a two-seat fastback sports car that represents the ultimate in Jaguar performance, with a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine that delivers 575 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.
Apr 18, 2017

2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR is Britain's best sports car

by Jeff Zurschmeide
Driving the F-Type SVR is as exciting as it sounds. The car is responsive, quick, and confident. This is a car you can drive every day, and believe me you will want to drive it every day.
SPOKESMAN PHOTO: CLAIRE GREEN - At the unveiling of the latest World of Speed exhibit, American Muscle, excited museum members and special guests marvelled at the 15 classic cars that will be on display until December 2017.
Apr 18, 2017

World of Speed honors American muscle

by Claire Green
'American Muscle' exhibit also honors injured Clackamas County Sgt. Damon Coates.
COURTESY CHEVROLET - The Carbon 65 edition will be limited to 650 numbered vehicles globally.
Apr 14, 2017

Chevrolet announces 65th anniversary Corvette special edition

by Jeff Zurschmeide
The special edition will feature visible carbon-fiber exterior elements including a new carbon-fiber rear spoiler and air ducts, plus a new ceramic gray exterior color.
HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA - The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe is a sharply styled Crossover Utiliity Vehicle with three rows of seats that can be configured for six or seven passengers.
Apr 14, 2017

Test Drive: 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited AWD

by Jim Redden
In a sign of just how practical the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe is, the Texas Auto Writers Association has voted it the 'Full-Size CUV of Texas.' High praise, indeed.
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - Not only is the Raptor crazy fast, it's up-to-date with Ford's EcoBoost 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine. The Raptor steps up with 450 horsepower and a whopping 510 pound-feet of torque. That power is available to all four wheels through a 10-speed automatic transmission.
Apr 14, 2017

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor is completely over the top

by Jeff Zurschmeide
The bottom line on the Raptor is that if you are looking for a truck you can drive every day, go to the drag races, tow your trailer, and run in the Baja 1000, this is it.
KIA MOTORS AMERICA - The 2017 Kia Niro is a compact hatchback with crossover styling, a comfortable ride and a lot of interior room.
Apr 07, 2017

Test Drive: 2017 Kia Niro Hybrid

by Jim Redden
Kia's first hybrid is a practical compact hatchback with a comfortable ride and a lot of interior room.
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The 2017 Evoque Evoque convertible looks best with the top down. The top folds neatly and automatically into the area behind the rear seat, and lets you see the bold lines of the vehicle.
Apr 06, 2017

2017 Range Rover Evoque Convertible is made for the days ahead

by Jeff Zurschmeide
Let's start with the obvious question. Why build a convertible SUV? Honestly, because most SUV owners never use the off-road capabilities that are provided, so why not?
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST will feature one of GM's most powerful engines, a 6.2-liter V8 rated at 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Optionally, RST buyers can also order a customized Borla exhaust system that adds up to 10 additional horsepower.
Apr 06, 2017

Chevrolet introduces new performance SUV

by Jeff Zurschmeide
'The RST is designed for customers who want a street performance look without sacrificing capability or refinement, along with the option of increased performance as well,' said Sandor Piszar,…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEDIE - The Regal Sportback is a mid-size passenger car with a sloping rear roofline that offers a rear hatch instead a traditional trunk.
Apr 06, 2017

Buick reveals two new models for 2018

by Jeff Zurschmeide
The all-new Regal Sportback sedan and Regal TourX will be in showrooms this fall.
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEF ZURSCHMEIDE - The 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid starts with a 3.0-liter V6 engine and a conventional hybrid electric motor to drive the front wheels. Then the rear wheels are driven by a pair of electric motors, giving you all-wheel-drive without a driveshaft connecting the front and rear wheels.
Apr 04, 2017

2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid brings a little NSX to the SUV

by Jeff Zurschmeide
Here's the best part: the 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid starts at $52,935 including destination. That's less than the comparable Lexus RX450h, Infiniti QX60 hybrid, or the BMW X5 Xdrive 40e.