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Autos Don Adair

FRIDAY, JAN. 4, 2013

 ((Honda))

Honda Accord Sport: New trim scores big 49 

Today, I give up my 2013 Honda Accord Sport sedan. In its place, I’ll get an Acura MDX, so life isn’t all bad. Still, I’ll miss the Accord. The ’13 is the first iteration of the 9th-generation Accord, long one of America’s favorite midsize sedans.…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 3, 2013

 ((Mazda))

Mazda: Taking the hard road back

In a typical year, Mazda sells fewer total vehicles in the U.S. than Toyota sells Camrys, or Honda sells Accords. Or Civics, for that matter. In 2010, in the heart of the Great Recession, Ford and Mazda unwound their longtime partnership, casting a shadow of…

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SATURDAY, DEC. 29, 2012

Too many miles; too few words

I’ve been driving lots but not writing; here's a quick and dirty update: The GMC Terrain Denali aspires for near-luxury quality in the compact crossover category and largely succeeds. Inattention to important details undermines the effort, though. Hint: If you’re going to indulge in stitched…

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THURSDAY, DEC. 13, 2012

SATURDAY, DEC. 8, 2012

VW Passat: The affordable European

Though European carmakers dominate the upper end of the automotive market, they are largely absent from the segments where most of us shop. The chief exception is Volkswagen, which of course made its mark flogging the humble Beetle. VW has flirted with going upscale --…

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THURSDAY, DEC. 6, 2012

Cadillac ATS: Meant to be missed

I felt a twinge of loss when it came time to give up Cadillac ATS tester yesterday. It happens now and again, but only when a car strikes a very specific chord. For me, that chord is all about how the car feels under and…

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TUESDAY, DEC. 4, 2012

Cadillac ATS: Taming the wild road

In 2002, GM debuted a new suspension technology called Magnetic Ride Control (MRC). That name sounds like it came rolling straight from the Hype Machine, but MRC was a breakthrough in suspension design. It’s behind the FE3 sport suspension that’s available on the ATS. So…

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SATURDAY, DEC. 1, 2012

2013 Toyota Avalon: Swinging for the fences

For 2013, Toyota set out not to merely update the full-size Avalon; instead, it gave its underachieving flagship a personality transplant. For the first 12 years of its existence, the Avalon lacked focus and, consequently, a true identity. It was the Toyota of choice for…

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THURSDAY, NOV. 29, 2012

Cadillac ATS: New kid has attitude

It's all-GM all-the-time this week here at Seat Time. For the past few days, we've focused on Chevy's new mini-car, the Spark. For the next few days we'll look at Cadillac's newest and smallest, the ATS sport sedan. We might as well get this out…

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TUESDAY, NOV. 27, 2012

Chevy Spark: Making more from less

As you would imagine, the base Spark ($12,995, including destination) is relatively spare in the standard-features category. Air-conditioning, power windows, 60/40-split-folding rear seats, a height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt-only steering wheel, a trip computer, OnStar telematics and a four-speaker radio with an auxiliary audio jack…

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MONDAY, NOV. 26, 2012

 (Chevrolet)

No such thing as a bump-free revolution

I suspect that in the final analysis, touchscreen navigation and infotainment systems will be found to be dangerous. IMHO, any onboard function that requires that drivers a) take their eyes off the road and b) reach out to touch an icon on a screen while…

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 (Chevrolet)

The mighty mini Spark hits the highway

Not even Chevy claims for the Spark the ride and handling package of a German Grand Touring machine. Twelve feet long and riding on a 93-inch wheelbase, the Spark has more in common size-wise with a washing machine packing crate than an S-class Mercedes. Fifteen-inch…

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SATURDAY, NOV. 24, 2012

FRIDAY, NOV. 23, 2012

A trim, contemporary exterior replaces the boxy shape of the previous-generation Escape. (Ford)

2013 Escape: More Than Just Cool Stuff

So much cool stuff clings to the 2013 Ford Escape, it would be easy to lose site of how fundamentally good it is. No doubt you’ve heard about the motion-sensing handsfree tailgate, the torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system and the first-in-class application of active park assist. Nor…

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Don Adair
Don Adair is a Spokane-based freelance writer.