Don Adair's Seat Time archive for July 2013

MONDAY, JULY 29, 2013

 (Honda)

2013 Honda Civic: Everyday greatness

In late 2011, Honda debuted the all-new 2012 Civic. The next year, the updated outsold all other compacts in the U.S., and was the country’s second-best-selling car. Apparently, though, Honda has even greater things in mind for the Civic. For 2013, just one year following...

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SUNDAY, JULY 21, 2013

 (Lexus)

Lexus IS delivers on its promise

In 2006, Lexus took direct aim at BMW’s 3 Series, with the launch of the IS compact sport sedan. The IS offered a pair of excellent engines, but its cramped interior and lackluster handling limited it to also-ran status, where it has remained. For 2014,...

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FRIDAY, JULY 12, 2013

 (Fiat)

Green cars slug it out in Portland

Yesterday, members of the Northwest Automotive Press Association (NWAPA) gathered in Portland to drive and rate an assortment of “green cars.” What I learned tooling around downtown Portland: Sustainability is high on the automotive agenda. We drove 17 hybrids, plug-in hybrids, clean diesels and electric...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 10, 2013

Nissan's all-electric Leaf is a green-car standard-bearer.  (Nissan)

Portland drive event showcases high-mileage cars

I’ve just driven six hours in a conventional, petrol-swilling car to attend a press event showcasing a gaggle of high-mileage vehicles. Yes, I see the irony. Tomorrow, the Northwest Press Association (NWAPA) hosts its first-ever green-car event. The 20 or so cars we’ll test will...

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