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KIA MOTOR AMERICA - The boxy styling of the 2017 Kia Soul creates an enormous amout of interior room the compact wagon, including plenty of room for front and back seat passengers.
March 24, 2017

Test Drive: 2017 Kia Soul Turbo

by Jim Redden
If you're looking for a practical compact wagon with a funky personality, the 2017 Soul is just about your only choice these days. And the new turbocharged engine increases its appeal.
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEDIE - Maintaining traction in the Audi S6 is critical, because you've got a truly impressive engine under the hood. It comes with a 4.0-liter turbocharged V8 engine rated at 450 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque in this vehicle. Fortuntely, Audi has built its reputation on its quattro all wheel drive system.
March 23, 2017

2017 Audi S6 delivers top-tier luxury and performance

by Jeff Zurschmeide
On the road, the S6 is as near to perfect as a sedan can be. There's ample power under your foot, a smooth, pleasant ride, responsive steering, and a sense that you could drive anywhere in the world and arrive feeling as fresh as when you started…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The 2017 BMW M2 bodywork defines its sports car personality, with big fender flares to cover the substantial tire footprint on 19-inch wheels.
March 23, 2017

Test Drive: 2017 BMW M2 Coupe

by Jeff Zurschmeide
On the road, the M2 demands to be driven. BMW's twin-scroll turbocharger gives you instant power at lower RPM, and the power stays smooth all the way to redline.


COURTESY WORLD OF SPEED - From left to right, Hershel McGriff, Dale LaFollette, Rolla Vollstedt (seated), Bob Lanphere, Jr., Monte Shelton, Jack Coonrod. Together, they form the inaugural 2017 class of inductees to the Northwest Motorsports Hall of Fame at World of Speed Museum in Wilsonville.
March 21, 2017

Northwest motorsports legends honored at World of Speed

by Jeff Zurschmeide
Many people don't know about the incredibly rich racing history in the Pacific Northwest. Some of the best racers in the world got their start on local tracks, including those in Portland.
COURTESY PGE - An infographic on Electric Avenue's benefits for the environmental provided by sponsor PGE.
March 21, 2017

PGE-sponsored Electric Avenue hits one million mile EV mark

by Jeff Zurschmeide
PGE estimates that the one million miles powered by Electric Avenue since 2015 means that Oregon drivers avoided burning approximately 46,950 gallons of gasoline, and therefore eliminated approximately 418 metric tons of CO2 emissions.
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHEIDE - With the 2017 Golf Sportwagen, you're getting a vehicle with all the utility of an SUV, but with the fuel economy and handling of a passenger car.
March 19, 2017

2017 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen is made for Portland weather

by Jeff Zurschmeide
It's easy to spend more without getting the same features. If you're thinking about an SUV this year, it's worth test-driving the Golf Sportwagen before you make your decision.
March 18, 2017

Upcoming car events: March 18-June 18

by Jim Redden
Automotive events in and around the Portland area, inlcuding car shows and swap meets
GENESIS AMERICA - The 2017 Genesis G80 is an attract midsize luxury sedan with a range of available engines and optional all-wheel-drive.
March 17, 2017

Test Drive: 2017 Genesis G80

by Jim Redden
The new midsize sedan competes well against more expensive offerings from established luxury manufacturers.
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The new Countryman really is new — the only parts that are the same as the 2016 model are the wheel center caps, according to MINI. The new SUV is 9 inches longer and generally larger than its predecessor in most dimensions.
March 16, 2017

Test Drive: 2017 MINI Countryman

by Jeff Zurschmeide
The best thing about the 2017 MINI Countryman is that you're getting BMW quality and features at a much more attractive price.
March 16, 2017

Portland listed among leading cities for autonomous vehicle adoption

by Jeff Zurschmeide
According to INRIX, Portland is the fourth most-ready city for autonomous ride sharing. The top three cities were New Orleans, Albuquerque, and Tucson.
COURTESY WORLD OF SPEED - A 1971 Hemi 'Cuda will be icluded in the  Amercian Muscle Cars exhibit that opens April 6 at the World of Speed.
March 14, 2017

Classic muscle cars coming to the World of Speed

by Jim Redden
The cars will be on display through December. Every three months, a new version of one of the classic cars will be featured on the turntable in the exhibition area, allowing visitors to compare the original and new models side-by-side.
HONDA NORTH AMERICA - The all-new 2017 Honda CR-V is suddenly one of the most attractive compact crossovers on the market, while improving on the practicality of the last version.
March 10, 2017

Test Drive: 2017 Honda CR-V

by Jim Redden
As much as anything, the new CR-V is all about balance. It gives families more of what they want in a crossover without overpowering or under-delivering in any particular area.
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEID - The 2017 Land Rover Discovery has been completely redesigned to carry on the company's  tradition of luxury and go-anywhere performance.
March 07, 2017

Test Drive: 2017 Land Rover Discovery

by Jeff Zurschmeide
On-road or off, the Discovery drives as well as any SUV on the market. There's plenty of engine power and great handling. In the event you find yourself in a tough off-road situation, the Rover has the ability to make you look like you know what…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The 2017 Toyota Sienna is a sharply styled minivan that offers more interior room than a crossover SUV — and is easier to get in and out of, too, thanks to the sliding side doors.
March 06, 2017

2017 Toyota Sienna Makes Good Sense

by Jeff Zurschmeide
The Sienna comes with three rows of seats and dual powered sliding doors. The rear sets fold flat into the floor, and the second row packs up towards the front of the vehicle, giving you an enormous cargo bay.
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - The check was presented to Schlachter on Friday, March 3, by Weston Kia Chairman Jan Weston, and Dave Hoopes, Weston KIA internal auditor, at a ceremony at the Gresham-Barlow district office next to Gresham City Hall.
March 05, 2017

Weston KIA donates $25,000 to Gresham-Barlow schools

by Teresa Carson/Pamplin Media Group
Gresham dealership gives big check to the Gresham-Barlow School District to support teaching and learning in the state's 10th-largest district.

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COURTESY INFINITI - The new 2017 Infiniti QX30 is one of the sportiest looking and driving of the new breed of subcompact luxury crossovers.
Feb 24, 2017

Test Drive: Infiniti QX30

by Jim Redden
Anyone interested in a small, agile and sophisticated subcompact crossover has to put the new Infiniti QX30 near the top of their shopping list.
COURTESY MPNCDA - Pictured from left at the presentation ceremony: Cayden Pierce, son; Jim Pierce, winner; Cameron Pierce, son; Maeva Pierce, wife; Jeff Fishback, Auto Show Director; Lucas Soltman, Sales Manager, Audi Beaverton.
Mar 01, 2017

Auto enthusiast wins 2017 Audi A4 at Sneak Peek Charty Preview…

by Jim Redden
Jim Pierce says he and his family regularly attend the annual shows produced by the Metro Portland New Car Dealers Association, which hosted the party.
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - If you get the dual-range AWD in the Trailhawk edition of the Compass, you'll get a 20:1 crawl ratio in low range and hill descent control. The basic Jeep Active Drive AWD in any trim level will get you through virtually all Pacific Northwest road conditions, however.
Feb 26, 2017

2017 Jeep Compass is a lot of SUV in a little package

by Jeff Zurschmeide
The Compass has been in production for the last 10 years, but has been completely redesigned for this year. The new Compass represents a dramatic improvement over the previous model in every way.
COURTESY TOYOTA - The 2017 Toyota Land Cruiser is still a heavy duty off-road machine, even though it is now a luxury SUV, too.
Feb 24, 2017

Test Driver: 2017 Toyota Land Cruiser

by Jim Redden
After 60 years in production, the full-size SUV is still a go-anywhere machine, even though it now competes against luxury brands.
COURTESY MPNCDA - Eric Vrublevskiy (right) is presented the Whispbar WB700 Cargo Box  and recreational gear he won at the 2017 Portland International Auto Show by ReRack owner Bo Grayzel.
Feb 24, 2017

Portlander wins outdoor gear at 2017 Auto Show

by Jim Redden
The contest was held at the Great Outdoors exhibit inside the show. Participants had to guess the retail value price for the Whispbar WB700 Cargo Box and all the recreational gear inside the box.
COURTESY B.R.A.K.E.S. - Teen and new drivers can learn safe driving skills at the free B.R.A.K.E.S. class coming to Oregon in April.
Feb 23, 2017

B.R.A.K.E.S. teen driver safety program coming to Oregon

by Jeff Zurschmeide
According to Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death and serious injury among teens.
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEDIE - The V90 Cross Country is far more than an appearance package. You get 8.3 inches of ground clearance, which is enough to drive on 99 percent of the roads where you would take an SUV.
Mar 23, 2017

Volvo V90 Cross Country makes station wagons cool again

by Jeff Zurschmeide
If you haven't considered a station wagon, it's time to take a serious look at the 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country. You'll get everything you wanted from an SUV, plus a far better driving…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The convertible top on the 2017 Volkwagen Beetle Dune goes up and down in seconds with the touch of a button, which is essential for taking advantage of it between rain showers in the Pacific Northwest.
Feb 21, 2017

Test Drive: 2017 Volkswagen Beetle Dune

by Jeff Zurschmeide
If you buy the Dune, you get a really good exterior appearance package. The bumpers and air intake areas are unique to the model, as is the black rear spoiler and the LED tail lights. Inside you…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEF ZURSCHMEIDE - Toyota has spiced up the styling and color selections for its current RAV4 compact crossover in keeping with the company new promise of no boring cars. The hybrid version gets 34 miles per gallon in the city, and 31 on the highway.
Feb 21, 2017

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is a proven market leader

by Jeff Zurschmeide
On the road, the RAV4 hybrid has no bad habits. It's got enough power to keep most people happy, and you'll enjoy the visibility from sitting up higher than in a passenger car.
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The styling of the 2017 Lexus LC 500 is just short of exotic and shows the new sports coupe means business.
Feb 19, 2017

2018 Lexus LC 500 puts European automakers on notice

by Jeff Zurschmeide
Every LC is built with Lexus' attention to detail, but the soul of this car is really about all-out performance and luxury. If you're shopping for a personally rewarding car, you need to visit…
JAGUAR LAND ROVER - The 2017 Jaguar F-Pace is the company's first crossover, and it competes well against other performance compact SUVs on the market.
Feb 17, 2017

Test Drive: 2016 Jaguar F-Pace R-Sport

by Jim Redden
The F-Pace is designed to compete against other luxury compact crossovers with performance options. It undercuts them in terms of bang for the buck by offering a more powerful V6 instead of a…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - Hyundai Product Manager Michael Evanoff presented the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT at the Chicago Auto Show. The Elantra GT will be offered with a 2.0-liter powerplant makes an estimated 162 peak horsepower and a 1.6-liter turbo engine generating 201 peak horsepower.
Feb 13, 2017

Hyundai unveils new 2018 Elantra GT in Chicago

by Jeff Zurschmeide
On the technology side, the new Hyundai 5-doors will be available with adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane keep assistance, automatic high-beams,…
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The 2017 Ford Fusion can be ordered as a very nice basic mid-size car or an exceptional Sport version that competes against Europe's best.
Feb 10, 2017

Ford Fusion Sport is a serious mid-size contender

by Jeff Zurschmeide
If you haven't been to a Ford dealer lately, you really owe it to yourself to test-drive the Fusion Sport before you buy your next car.
COURTESY FCA US - The all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica was recently named North American Utility Vheicle of the Year.
Feb 10, 2017

Test Drive: 2017 Chrysler Pacifica

by Jim Redden
The truth is, despite being seen as uncool for many years, minivans have always been more practical that SUVs for hauling people and gear. The sliding side doors make getting in and out of the…
Feb 09, 2017

PGE reports EV benefits

by Jeff Zurschmeide
In addition to fuel savings, electric vehicles cost less to maintain.