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Autos archive for Aug. 2016

MONDAY, AUG. 29, 2016

Pet peeves persevere

In spite of the irritation they cause, there seems to be a continuous proliferation of pet peeves when it comes to irksome driving habits. Every driver seems to have certain behavior that annoys them, but we probably all do things, while driving or not, that…

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SUNDAY, AUG. 28, 2016

Designed in the U.S. and assembled in Italy, Renegade is built on Fiat Chrysler’s new small-car platform and shares DNA with Alfa Romeo and Fiat. (Jeep)

Don Adair: Jeep Renegade brims with personality

In a category where cute counts, Jeep’s Renegade is a smash hit. The little Renegade ($18,990, including destination) teems with visual delights. An air of playfulness attends its funky, upright stance. Inside, rounded surfaces play with brightly colored trim. Lest you miss the point, Jeep…

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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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MONDAY, AUG. 22, 2016

When making turns...

Drivers sometimes have uncertainties when making turns. A couple of those quandaries are of concern to reader S.K., who wrote, “I have learned over the years to always be on the lookout when making left turns, but there are two ‘dilemmas’ that I have never…

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MONDAY, AUG. 15, 2016

Reducing road rage

The road rage phenomenon is an interesting topic. What’s amazing and somewhat unbelievable to me is how full-blown fracases can escalate from essentially innocuous events. Bicyclists are regularly victims of driver rage simply for exercising their rights to the roadway. Sure, bicycles are slower than…

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SATURDAY, AUG. 13, 2016

TUESDAY, AUG. 9, 2016

Lead by example

Worried about your teenage son or daughter texting or calling friends via cellphone while driving? It seems that many adult drivers should consider setting a better example. The Pemco Insurance Company recently conducted a poll of northwest drivers. Sadly, those results showed that nearly half…

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SATURDAY, AUG. 6, 2016

MONDAY, AUG. 1, 2016

What cars can do

Self-driving automobiles will incorporate numerous systems to help them navigate roadways and react to ever-changing conditions. But the hubbub over their future overshadows the many features that are already available. These features, mainly safety-oriented, are so plentiful that many franchised dealerships actually employ computer technicians…

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