Don Adair's Seat Time archive for Oct. 2013

SATURDAY, OCT. 26, 2013

 (Hyundai)

Turbo boosts Veloster performance profile

In 2011, Hyundai debuted an entry-level coupe called the Veloster. Its profile was half coupe, half hatchback and a pair of passenger-side doors gave it sedan-like utility. Hoping to entice young buyers, Hyundai endowed the Veloster with flamboyant styling, impressive cabin tech and an affordable...

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SUNDAY, OCT. 20, 2013

 (Acura)

Acura TL: Out of the shadows

Obscured in the shadows cast by showier models, Acura’s midsize TL doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Call it a very good outlier in the near-luxury sport-sedan segment, where BMW’s 3 Series rules. Two things set the TL apart from its rivals -- its front-wheel-drive...

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SATURDAY, OCT. 12, 2013

 (Mazda)

Mazda3: Fun at 40 mpg

How much fun is there to be had at 40 mpg? Plenty, as I discovered out on SR 14 last week. Sitting high on the North side of the Columbia River, the sparsely traveled, two-lane road blends river-gorge scenery, winding roads and relaxing stretches of...

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SUNDAY, OCT. 6, 2013

 (Subaru)

2014 Forester a mainstream move

Subaru appears to be at the crossroads. Among executives, one faction wants to drive the company into the mainstream, with a more conventional lineup. Another believes Subaru’s niche-player status works in its favor. Subaru’s commitment to standard all-wheel-drive and to an unorthodox engine architecture does,...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 3, 2013

 (Kia)

Kia Soul matures, stays funky

As of this week, the 2014 Kia Soul has arrived at West Coast ports and is making its way to dealerships across the country. For the faithful -- and their numbers are legion -- this amounts to high drama. In its short lifespan -- it...

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 (Nissan)

2013 Nissan Sentra covers the bases

In a perfect world, compact sedans would hit 40 mpg on the highway, accommodate four adults in comfort, embrace the latest technology and be as spirited as an MX-5 Miata. As a week in the 2013 Nissan Sentra proves, though, three out of four ain’t...

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