Flash Drive

2017 Fiat 500 Abarth

Model Tested: 2017 Fiat 500 Abarth Hatchback Engine: 1.4-liter turbocharged I-4, 160 horsepower 183 lb-ft torque Transmission: 5-speed manual, front-wheel-drive EPA Rating: 28-mpg city/33-mpg highway/30-mpg combined Base Price: $19,995 As Tested: $22,975 Performance: Quick and nimble go-kart handling Darts through traffic Dual exhaust … read more

1966 Chevy Corvette
Classics Series

Just Another Day in the Garage…

One of the fun things about writing this column is that from issue to issue, I never know exactly what I will encounter on a visit to Jim’s Classic Garage in Gig Harbor. This month is a great example. In the shop was … read more

2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata

2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata — A Personal Favorite Gets Better

Model Tested: 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring RF Engine: Skyactiv-G 2-liter, DOHC 4-cylinder — 155 HP; 148 lb.-ft. of torque Transmission: Skyactiv 6-speed manual EPA Ratings: 26/city, 33/highway, 29/combined Base Price: $32,620 As Tested: $33,885 Overview: The Mazda MX-5 Miata was completely … read more

2017 Lexus NX

2017 Lexus NX — Unconventional Luxury Small Crossover SUV

Model Tested: 2017 Lexus NX 200t F-Sport Engine: 2-liter turbo, 16-valve, DOHC, dual VVT-IW — 235 HP; 258 lb.-ft. of torque Transmission: 6-speed automatic, w/dynamic torque control AWD EPA Ratings: 22/city, 27/highway, 24/combined Base Price: $38,585 As Tested: $46,439 Overview: The 2017 Lexus … read more

2017 Chevy Silverado

2017 Chevy Silverado — Improved, Smooth, Comfortable and Quiet

Model Tested: 2017 Chevy Silverado 1500 AWD LTZ Crew Cab Engine: 6.2-liter V-8 Ecotec3 Transmission: 8-speed automatic EPA Ratings: 15/city, 20/highway, 17/combined Base Price: $47,175 As Tested: $60,020 Overview: The full-size 2017 Chevy Silverado holds its own in a power and styling battle … read more

Flash Drive

2018 Acura TLX

Model Tested: 2018 Acura TLX 3.5L AWD A-SPEC Engine: 3.5-liter V-6, 290 horsepower 267 lb-ft torque Transmission: 9-speed automatic, all-wheel-drive EPA Rating: 20-mpg city/29-mpg highway/23-mpg combined Base Price: $44,800 As Tested: $45,750 Performance: Athletic handling Good highway fuel economy—our best was 32.4 mpg … read more

Flash Drive

2017 Honda CR-V

Model Tested: 2017 Honda CR-V 1.5T AWD Touring Engine: 1.5-liter I-4 turbocharged, 190 horsepower 179 lb-ft torque Transmission: CVT automatic transmission, all-wheel-drive EPA Rating: 27-mpg city/33-mpg highway/29-mpg combined Base Price: $33,695 As Tested: $34,595 Performance: Good fuel economy—we equaled EPA highway estimate Pretty … read more

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