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Model Tested: 2018 Kia Niro PHEV EX Premium Engine:1.6-liter I-4 gas engine + 60 hp electric motor, 139-horsepower, 195 lb-ft torque (combined) Transmission: 6-speed dual clutch automatictransmission, front-wheel-drive EPA Rating: 105-mpg electric + gasoline, 46-mpg gasoline only Base Price: $34,500 As Tested: $35,575 … read more

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Model Tested: 2018 Toyota C-HR XLE Premium Engine:2.0-liter I-4, 144-horsepower, 139 lb-ft torque Transmission: CVT automatictransmission, front-wheel-drive EPA Rating: 27-mpg city, 31-mpg highway, 29-mpg combined Base Price: $24,350 As Tested: $26,375 Performance: OK acceleration from modest 144 horsepower Impressive fuel economy—our best was … read more

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NWAPA Announces 2018 Run to the Sun Awards

The Northwest Automotive Press Association named the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio as the Northwest’s Most Fun to Drive Vehicle in their annual Run to the Sun performance car and convertible event. The Stelvio Quadrifoglio impressed the participating journalists with its powerful engine, … read more

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2018 VW GOLF R

Model Tested: 2018 VW Golf R Engine:2.0-liter turbocharged I-4, 292 horsepower, 280 lb-ft torque Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, all-wheel-drive EPA Rating: 22-mpg city, 29-mpg highway, 25-mpg combined Base Price: $40,885 As Tested: $41,735 Performance: Great turbocharged engine Good acceleration in Normal mode … read more

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2018 Fiat 500L Trekking

Model Tested: 2018 Fiat 500L Trekking Engine:1.4-liter turbocharged I-4, 160 horsepower, 184 lb-ft torque Transmission: 6-speed automatic transmission, front-wheel-drive EPA Rating: 22-mpg city, 30-mpg highway, 25-mpg combine Base Price: $23,325 As Tested: $25,710 Performance: Noticeable turbo lag Leisurely acceleration A lot of weight … read more

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2018 Subaru BRZ tS

Model Tested: 2018 Subaru BRZ tS Engine:2.0-liter flat-4, 205 horsepower, 156 lb-ft torque Transmission: 6-speed manual transmission, rear-wheel-drive EPA Rating: 20-mpg city, 27-mpg highway, 23-mpg combined Base Price: $33,495 As Tested: $34,855 Performance: Easy revving engine, but could use more hp Horsepower peaks … read more

2018 Honda Clarity

2018 Honda Clarity — Plug-In Hybrid That’s Honda’s Largest Sedan

Model Tested: 2018 Honda Clarity plug-in Hybrid Engine: 1,498cc, 103 horsepower, Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder, plus 181-horsepower electric motor Transmission: Electric continuously variable transmission EPA Ratings: 110 combined city/highway — electric; 42 combined city/highway — gas Base Price: $36,600 As Tested: $37,490 Overview: The original … read more

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