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April 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.
April 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.
April 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.
April 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.
April 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.
April 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.
April 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.
April 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.
April 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.
April 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.
April 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, Chevrolet Truck Marketing Director.
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.
April 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.
April 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.
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - When Nissan says "PRO-4X" they mean it. You get skid plates underneath all the sensitive areas of the truck, tow-hooks, adjustable tie-down cleats in the bed, and a standard spray-in polyurethane bed liner — and that's just for starters.
April 01, 2017

2017 Nissan Frontier is a good old-fashioned pickup

by Jeff Zurschmeide
The 2017 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X Crew Cab is a perfect example of everything we love about trucks. It's got all the latest modern technology and comfort equipment, but when you get in, it's got the same great rough-and-ready feeling that you remember…
MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION - The 'KODO: Soul of Motion' styling gives the 2017 Mazda6 beautifully fluid exterior lines, just like all of the company's other vehicles.
March 31, 2017

Test Drive: 2017 Mazda6

by Jim Redden
Everything comes together to make the midsize Mazda6 sedan one of the most delightful affordable family cars on the market

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Mar 29, 2017

Upcoming car events: April 1- July 2

by Jim Redden
Automotive related events in and around the Portland area, from swap meets to car show and more.
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 27, 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…
COURTESY OREGON TRAIL RALLY - Exciting off-road race cars will participate in the Oregon Trail Rally coming back to the region in early April.
Mar 27, 2017

Oregon Trail Rally scheduled for April 21-23

by Jim Redden
Over 50 teams are scheduled to compete with vehicles ranging from highly modified modern four-wheel-drive cars to rally classics dating back to the 70s and 80s.
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.
Mar 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.
Mar 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…
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.
Mar 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.
Mar 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.
Mar 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…
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.
Mar 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.
Mar 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.
Mar 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.
Mar 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.
Mar 16, 2017

Portland listed among leading cities for autonomous vehicle…

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.
Mar 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…
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.
Mar 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.