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It’s not enough for Mazda that its cars are comfortable, safe and stylish. Each model must also carry strands of the DNA that animates the MX-5 Miata sports car. (Mazda)

Mazda's CX-5 promises engagement — and delivers

Is it plagiarism if I quote myself? Hope not since I’ve borrowed, with obvious modifications, the next three paragraphs from my recent take on Mazda’s midsize CX-9 crossover. The CX-9 CX-5 isn’t the quickest, the roomiest or the most powerful of the three-row compact crossovers....

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THURSDAY, OCT. 26, 2017

SUNDAY, MAY 21, 2017

SUNDAY, APRIL 23, 2017

SUNDAY, FEB. 5, 2017

Since we lasted tested the three-row CX-9, two things happened; winter arrived and Car and Driver magazine named it the country’s best midsize crossover.
 (Mazda)

Don Adair: Mazda CX-9 faces down winter’s worst

Bad weather in the mountains forced a schedule change, bringing us a Mazda CX-9 for review and not the Genesis G90 we’d expected. The Seattle vendor that delivers our test vehicles thought better of driving a 420-horsepower, rear-wheel-drive luxury sedan over snow-hammered Snoqualmie Pass. It...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 22, 2017

SUNDAY, SEPT. 25, 2016

SUNDAY, SEPT. 4, 2016

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 24, 2016

The XSE brings such upgrades as machine-finish 18-inch alloy wheels, LED running lights, leather seating surfaces, heated front seats, a power passenger seat and dual-zone automatic climate control. (Toyota)

Don Adair: Sporty trims extend Camry boundaries

The last time I drove Toyota’s Camry XSE, we were locked in winter’s grip. I wrote: Eighteen-inch alloys wear beefy all-season tires designed to enhance efficiency and foul-weather grip. They proved themselves during my ice- and snowbound test week. The chassis and suspension upgrades lent...

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THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2016

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SATURDAY, JAN. 9, 2016

SUNDAY, NOV. 29, 2015

SATURDAY, AUG. 29, 2015

SATURDAY, MAY 23, 2015

SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 2015

Though it’s not the most powerful car in the family sedan segment, the Mazda 6 might be the most athletic. Steering is precise and communicative, the chassis stiff and responsive and braking action firm and linear. (Mazda)

Mazda6: Heads up!

Out in the supermarket parking lot, you’d be hard-pressed to distinguish this year’s Mazda6 from last’s. Changes to its grille, headlights and taillights are so subtle casual observers won’t notice. It’s a different story inside, though, as Mazda fits the 6 with a new dash...

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SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 2015

The new engine this year is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four that makes 240 horsepower (23 mpg combined/20 city/27 highway). It joins a naturally aspirated 2.4-liter four rated at 185 hp (25/22/29), and a 290-hp 3.3-liter V-6 (21/18/26) .

Seven-passenger models are powered by the V-6; five-seaters get one of the fours. Tow capacity ranges from 2,000-6,000 pounds.  (Kia)

Kia Sorento: Filling the gaps

Like a quarterback back seeing gaps in the opponent’s defense, Kia has a knack for finding unexpected openings. Last year, it debuted the K900, a luxury sedan that aims to replicate the full-on luxury experience for thousands less than the (mostly German) competition. This year,...

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SATURDAY, FEB. 14, 2015

The CX-9 ($31,865, including transportation) carries up to seven in a modern and comfortable cabin. Flexible seating arrangements allow easy mix-and-matching of passengers and gear. And, even though most CX-9s are destined for urban duty, the rig is strong enough to cross tall mountains and pass slow traffic. (Mazda)

CX-9: Mazda’s entertaining people-hauler

The 2016 Mazda CX-9 does everything expected of a three-row crossover, and then some. The CX-9 ($31,865, including transportation) carries up to seven in a modern and comfortable cabin. Flexible seating arrangements allow easy mix-and-matching of passengers and gear. And, even though most CX-9s are...

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SATURDAY, JAN. 24, 2015

On the outside, the grille grows larger and bolder. Subtle hood creases and not-so-subtle side-panel character folds retool the old flat-sided look. The cast of the headlights and LED running lights carries a wicket glint. (toyota)

Toyota Camry: Securing its lead

Every five or six years, Toyota trots out a new Camry and, almost without fail, it rockets to the top of the charts. The last all-new Camry landed in 2011. If convention held, the next new Camry wouldn’t have appeared until 2016 or 2017. But...

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SATURDAY, DEC. 20, 2014

Now comes the XC60, a premium crossover that marries Volvo virtues with dynamics that approach Germany’s best. Whether paddling about in city traffic or trimming your favorite corner’s apex, the XC60’s reflexes are confident and assertive. (Volvo)

XC60: Volvo’s pulse-pounding crossover

Historically, Volvos have appealed more to my head than my heart. Volvos define sensible transportation. Even the turbocharged trims of recent vintage have been more sporty-ish than sporty, stronger on reason than passion. Now comes the XC60, a premium crossover (from $36,675, including destination) that...

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SATURDAY, NOV. 29, 2014

Underway, the six-cylinder GT delivers a balanced ride-and-handling package, with sufficient power for effective freeway merging and two-lane passing. Seats are firm and supportive and visibility is good in all directions. Predictably, third-row seating is cramped. (Mitsubishi)

Mitsubishi Outlander: 7-passenger utility

Earlier in the month, I wrote this about Mitsubishi’s Outlander Sport: Some compact crossovers are more refined. Some are sportier and others more utilitarian. But, for buyers facing winter weather on a limited budget, the Outlander Sport may be the value proposition they’re seeking. If...

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