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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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FRIDAY, MAY 8, 2015


Bluff and broad-shouldered, the rear-wheel-drive (with available AWD) 300 tempers its American vision of luxury with European road-manners.  (Chrysler)

Chrysler 300S: Luxury, Motor City-style

I’m downtown, having a beer at a local haunt and watching the Final Four’s last hurrah. Outside on the sidewalk at halftime, a friend asks what I’ve driven lately that surprised me. Not what I’d liked best, but the one that exceeded my expectations. It’s...

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For 2015, a stout new turbo-diesel joins the Jetta lineup; a new grille and redesigned front fascia give the compact sedan a wider and more substantial feel; engines are more efficient; piano-black trim and new soft-touch surfaces animate the subdued cockpit (Volkswagen)

VW Jetta: Promise fulfilled

Volkswagen dropped the sixth-generation Jetta in 2011 and has refined its DNA each year since. Its cabin has grown richer. Engines are more refined and efficient. Ride and handling have evolved. This year, a mid-cycle refresh extends the streak: A stout new turbo-diesel joins the...

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Though it’s not the most powerful car in the family sedan segment, the Mazda 6 might be the most athletic. Steering is precise and communicative, the chassis stiff and responsive and braking action firm and linear. (Mazda)

Mazda6: Heads up!

Out in the supermarket parking lot, you’d be hard-pressed to distinguish this year’s Mazda6 from last’s. Changes to its grille, headlights and taillights are so subtle casual observers won’t notice. It’s a different story inside, though, as Mazda fits the 6 with a new dash...

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SATURDAY, JAN. 24, 2015

On the outside, the grille grows larger and bolder. Subtle hood creases and not-so-subtle side-panel character folds retool the old flat-sided look. The cast of the headlights and LED running lights carries a wicket glint. (toyota)

Toyota Camry: Securing its lead

Every five or six years, Toyota trots out a new Camry and, almost without fail, it rockets to the top of the charts. The last all-new Camry landed in 2011. If convention held, the next new Camry wouldn’t have appeared until 2016 or 2017. But...

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SUNDAY, DEC. 14, 2014

Its drum-tight chassis allows precise suspension and steering-system tuning — and contributes to outstanding safety results. The 3 aces all crash tests and available technology includes Smart City Brake Support, which can bring the car to a stop at low speeds if the driver fails to react to an imminent collision. (Mazda)

Mazda3: Small package, big fun

Buyers today face a raft of good looking, economical and well-equipped compacts, whose starting prices fall well below $20,000. Only a handful can make the morning commute rewarding. That’s the nut Mazda cracks with the 2015 Mazda3 ($17,765, including transportation). Even the entry-level 3, with...

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SUNDAY, DEC. 7, 2014

Acura’s all-new TLX sedan may be the ideal near-luxury car for the Inland Northwest.

It favors subtlety over flash, does its business quietly and gets the job done, fair weather and foul.

And, at $31,890, including transportation, it’s as affordably priced as the segment gets. (Acura)

Acura TLX: Impressive newbie 

Acura’s all-new TLX sedan may be the ideal near-luxury car for the Inland Northwest. It favors subtlety over flash, does its business quietly and gets the job done, fair weather and foul. And, at $31,890, including transportation, it’s as affordably priced as the segment gets....

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MONDAY, NOV. 24, 2014

Styling is more mature this year, though the Sport trim’s chrome accents undercut that effort. Suspension tuning favors comfort over performance and the Sonata confidently soaks up road-surface imperfections, while passing little of the impact into the cabin. (Hyundai)

Hyundai Sonata Sport: What's in a name?

I don’t envy the people who name cars, but I do reserve the right to question their judgment. When I created this month’s review calendar, I scheduled a pair of midsize family sedans back-to-back. Each wore Sport trim badges, which seemed like a fair point...

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SUNDAY, NOV. 16, 2014

SATURDAY, OCT. 11, 2014


Audi A3: Little, but all grown up

My grandson Henry is smart, as well-read as a seven-year-old can be and fairly certain he’s right. All of the time. Also, he’s a car guy. He wanted to know what I was driving on a recent visit. “It’s an Audi A3.” “That’s not an...

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SUNDAY, AUG. 17, 2014

At the moment, the K900 is available only with a 420-hp V-8, with a 311-horsepower V-6 expected soon. Both incorporate direct injection and variable valve timing and match up with an eight-speed automatic transmission.  (Kia)

K900: Kia’s $60,000 flagship

Now and again a car comes along that challenges the established order and makes us rethink the idea of car. Kia’s new $60,000 K900 flagship is one of them. Positioned to compete with flagship models from brands like Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Lexus, it undercuts the...

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