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Sun Run

A great way to evaluate new cars and SUVs is to drive them back-to-back on great roads. Most consumers don’t have that luxury, but members of the Northwest Automotive Press Association (NWAPA) get that experience on their annual Run to the Sun event. … read more

The Autumn Green Metallic exterior of the 2020 Subaru Outback is an unusual color, but for Subaru it makes sense as it exudes outdoor adventure.

Plentiful Tech and New Engine on the 2020 Subaru Outback

Model: 2020 Subaru Outback Touring Wheelbase: 108.1 inches Type: 4-Door crossover Base price: $26,645 (base Outback) Base price Touring: $37,345 As tested: $37,345 (no options) Engine: 2.5-L DOHC 4-cylinder BOXER Transmission: 8-speed CVT with manual mode Suspension/front: MacPherson strut type with stabilizer bar … read more

There are but a few exceptional off-road SUVs and the Toyota Lan Cruiser is among that special group.

2019 Toyota Land Cruiser is a Meaty, Rugged, Powerful, and Fun to Drive SUV

Model: 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser Wheelbase: 112.2 inches Type: 4-Door SUV Base price: $81,165 Price as tested: $88,280 Engine: 5.7-L V-8 Transmission: 8-speed auto Suspension/front: Independent double wishbone with coil springs and stabilizer bar Suspension/rear: 4-link with coil springs, stabilizer bar and semi-floating … read more

The 2019 Toyota Tacoma

2019 Toyota Tacoma — Voodoo Blue Pickup Great for Off-Roading, but Comfy Enough as a Daily Driver

Model: 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro 4×4 Wheelbase: 127.4 inches Type: Double Cab Pickup Base price: $25,850 Base TRD Pro: $45,515 As tested: $46,717 Engine: 3.5-L V-6 Transmission: 6-speed automatic Suspension/front: coil spring double wishbone with stabilizer bar Suspension/rear: leaf spring with outboard-mounted … read more

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2020 Subaru Outback

Model Tested: 2020 Subaru Outback Touring Engine:2.5-liter flat-4, 182-horsepower 176 lb-ft torque Transmission: CVT automatic, all-wheel-drive EPA Rating: 26-mpg city, 33-mpg highway, 29-mpg combined Base Price: $37,345 As Tested: $38,355 Performance: Standard 2.5-L engine is OK–optional 2.4-L 260-hp turbo is better Mostly seamless … read more

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2019 Chrysler Pacifica

Model Tested: 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Limited Engine:3.6-liter V-6 eHybrid, 260-horsepower Transmission: CVT automatic, front-wheel-drive EPA Rating: 30-mpg gasoline only, 82-mpg electric + gasoline Base Price: $45,545 As Tested: $50,005 Performance: Strong acceleration with electric assist Smooth highway ride Excellent safety features Electric … read more

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2019 Volkswagen Arteon

Model Tested: 2019 Volkswagen Arteon 2.0T SEL R-Line w/4Motion Engine:2.0-L turbocharged I-4, 268 horsepower 258 lb-ft torque Transmission: 8-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel-drive EPA Rating: 20-mpg city, 27-mpg highway, 23-mpg combined Base Price: $43,560 As Tested: $44,555 Performance: Smooth highway ride with adaptive dampers … read more

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