Don Adair's Seat Time archive for Nov. 2013

SATURDAY, NOV. 23, 2013

The new-gen Outback boasts an SUV-like 8.7 inches of ground clearance, yet has a lower profile than other crossovers, easing the task of loading gear onto its roof.  (Subaru)

Subaru Outback: Beyond Crocodile Dundee

If Crocodile Dundee comes to mind when you hear the words “Subaru Outback,” it’s time for a reboot. That car went away in 2009. The Outback debuted in 1996. A lifted version of the Legacy wagon, it was quick, nimble and durable and went places...

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SATURDAY, NOV. 16, 2013

The 2014 Forte can be had in sedan and hatchback body styles. (Kia)

Kia Forte: Raising expectations

I was prepared for a letdown the first time I drove the 2014 Kia Forte. It was not my fault. I’d been set up, first by an afternoon in the $285,000 Rolls-Royce Wraith and then a week in the Cadillac CTS ($39,990 base/$66,000 as-tested). Forget...

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MONDAY, NOV. 11, 2013

 (Cadillac)

CTS: Caddy alive!

Now that it has picked a fight with BMW, Cadillac has to put up or shut up. As a taxpaying GM shareholder, I’m pleased to report it’s putting up. Cadillac recently debuted the third-generation of its CTS midsize luxury sport sedan. It debuted in 2002...

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SUNDAY, NOV. 10, 2013

Rolls-Royce wheel caps are self-righting. Come to a stop and they automatically align right-side up. (Rolls-Royce)

Rolls-Royce Wraith redefines value

Unbelievably, four days passed before someone asked the question. Halloween day, I flew to Arizona to drive the newest Rolls-Royce, the $295,000, 624-horsepower, two-door Wraith. Not until the following Tuesday did a friend ask the inevitable: “Is it worth it?” Of course, a thing is...

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SUNDAY, NOV. 3, 2013

 (Mazda)

Mazda CX-9: Three-row virtuoso

LIke seeing an old friend after a long absence, it was good having Mazda’s CX-9 back in my driveway. The CX-9 is Mazda’s largest vehicle, a midsize, three-row crossover with all the expected virtues -- a comfortable, high-tech cabin, abundant cargo capacity, available all-wheel-drive. What...

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 (Rolls-Royce)

Auto reviewer reveals all

Looking out my window this morning, I see a car -- a midsize Japanese sedan -- painted a dark and sober shade of gray called Polished Metal. Last weekend, in the grocery story parking lot, I led the young man pushing my cart to another...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 1, 2013

 (Rolls-Royce)

On meeting a Wraith in the desert for Halloween 

What I learned yesterday driving the all-new, 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith in Phoenix: Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy a damn fine car. Rolls-Royce sells about 3,500 cars a year around the globe. A quarter-mill will get you into the “most affordable” Rolls, the...

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