Arrow-right Camera

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Thursday, August 22, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Partly Cloudy Day 76° Partly Cloudy

Autos mid-size archive

SUNDAY, JULY 7, 2019

FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2019

The 4Runner is more stable underway than the typical pickup, but its ride is choppier and less fluid than its crossover competitors. (Toyota)

Aging Toyota 4Runner is more popular than ever

Last year, Toyota sold more copies of the 4Runner than at any other time in the SUV’s 35-year history. Which is remarkable, since overall SUV sales have fallen sharply with the rise of car-based crossovers. Moreover, the 4Runner ($35,110) is ancient by any standard; it...

Continue reading this post »

SUNDAY, MARCH 31, 2019

SUNDAY, FEB. 10, 2019

SUNDAY, FEB. 3, 2019

SUNDAY, JAN. 27, 2019

SUNDAY, JAN. 20, 2019

SUNDAY, DEC. 16, 2018

SUNDAY, DEC. 2, 2018

SUNDAY, NOV. 18, 2018

MONDAY, OCT. 1, 2018

SUNDAY, SEPT. 9, 2018

SUNDAY, SEPT. 2, 2018

SUNDAY, JUNE 10, 2018

SUNDAY, MARCH 18, 2018

It’s not enough for Mazda that its cars are comfortable, safe and stylish. Each model must also carry strands of the DNA that animates the MX-5 Miata sports car. (Mazda)

Mazda's CX-5 promises engagement — and delivers

Is it plagiarism if I quote myself? Hope not since I’ve borrowed, with obvious modifications, the next three paragraphs from my recent take on Mazda’s midsize CX-9 crossover. The CX-9 CX-5 isn’t the quickest, the roomiest or the most powerful of the three-row compact crossovers....

Continue reading this post »

THURSDAY, OCT. 26, 2017

SUNDAY, MAY 21, 2017

SUNDAY, APRIL 23, 2017

SUNDAY, FEB. 5, 2017

Since we lasted tested the three-row CX-9, two things happened; winter arrived and Car and Driver magazine named it the country’s best midsize crossover.

Don Adair: Mazda CX-9 faces down winter’s worst

Bad weather in the mountains forced a schedule change, bringing us a Mazda CX-9 for review and not the Genesis G90 we’d expected. The Seattle vendor that delivers our test vehicles thought better of driving a 420-horsepower, rear-wheel-drive luxury sedan over snow-hammered Snoqualmie Pass. It...

Continue reading this post »

SUNDAY, JAN. 22, 2017

SUNDAY, SEPT. 25, 2016

SUNDAY, SEPT. 4, 2016

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...

Continue reading this post »




The latest news, reviews and commentary about cars, trucks, and more, automotive technology and car culture