Flash Drive

2015 Kia K900

Model Tested: 2015 Kia K900  Engine: 5.0-liter V-8, 420 horsepower 376 lb-ft torque  Transmission: 8-speed automatic transmission rear-wheel-drive EPA Ratings: 15/City—23/Highway—18/Combined  Base Price: $59,500  As Tested: $66,400  Performance: Very smooth, powerful V-8 Quick acceleration Muscle car exhaust note, but not raucous Smooth efficient … read more

2015 Nissan Altima

2015 Nissan Altima — A good thing keeps getting better

After four highly successful generations, the venerable Nissan Altima entered its fifth generation as a totally new vehicle in 2013 for the 2014 model year. Boasting a combination of innovative mechanical improvements, painstakingly tuned ride and handling, coupled with advanced cockpit connectivity and … read more

2015 Dodge Dart

Old name adds Italian spice to Dodge lineup

If you’re old enough to remember the Dodge lineup from 1960 to 1976, you’ll recall a sporty 340 cu. in. muscle car, as well as that quintessential Pacific Northwest icon — the 4-door Dodge Dart with the seat belt hanging out the door … read more

2014 BMW 4 Series Coup

2014 BMW 4 Series Replaces 3 Series Coupes

Without going into detail, I’ll openly confess to not being a big BMW fan after being treated very shabbily by BMW Northwest when my wife’s 5-Series needed repairs. Because of that, I rarely write about BMW’s because I’m not always as objective I … read more

2014 Toyota Tundra Crewmax

2014 Toyota Tundra Crewmax: Trucking Limo Style

The 2014 Toyota Tundra CrewMax pickup is big — American big. I grew up with the concept that Japanese pickups were small, Spartan, mini-trucks that were best for commuting and occasional light-duty hauling. That’s no longer the case as both Toyota and Nissan … read more

2014 Nissan Pathfinder

New 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Becomes a Unibody Crossover — Again

The term “Crossover SUV” has become standard nomenclature throughout the automotive industry, without a clear definition of what, exactly, makes up such a vehicle. The line between crossovers and “real” SUVs has become so blurred it’s hard for the average consumer to know … read more

2014 Lexus GS 450h

2014 Lexus GS 450h — Hybrid Luxury

Lexus, Toyota’s luxury brand, has built its stellar reputation on refined luxury and reliability. But when paired with the first-rate driving dynamics of rear-wheel drive and handsome styling, it’s a winning combination. However, for the environmentally-minded Lexus has taken it to the next … read more

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