McLaren wows crowds and drivers at The Shop

Seattle doesn’t seem like the best place to try out a McLaren 570S. Potholes routinely eat cars, drivers seem to think the city is a demolition derby and don’t even get me started on the bicyclists. In reality, it proved a perfect place to test out the multitude of offerings this vehicle has to offer. […]

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Rental Review: Who Killed the Ford Fiesta?

On the dark and stormy morning of April 25, 2018, the news broke like a punch to the gut: “Given declining consumer demand and product profitability, [Ford] will not invest in next generations of traditional Ford sedans for North America.” That press release spelled doom for the Ford Fiesta, and their other small cars, in […]

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2018 Drive Revolution tests the best in green vehicles

During Drive Revolution, auto manufacturers vie for top awards for their unique and clean vehicles. This annual event, organized by the Northwest Automotive Press Association (NWAPA), showcases the latest and greatest “green cars” vehicles (at varying price points) including full-electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids, regular hybrids, or eco-friendly luxury rollers. This year’s Drive Revolution was held […]

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Manufacturers test their mettle at the 2018 Mudfest

As with years past, an enclave of 26 automotive journalist tested new SUVs, CUVs, and trucks at the 2018 Mudfest. The 24th annual off-road automotive affair culminates in the Northwest Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the Year – a prized trophy for the manufacturers that enter. And so, on a bright, sunny, 80-degree day, journalists amassed […]

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Exploring a snowy Christmas in an AWD Acura TLX

In a rare weather occurrence, Western Washington got a white Christmas. As snow fell on the land, we ventured out in the 2018 Acura TLX V6 AWD A-Spec. So, on Christmas we headed out onto the gift of the open roads, like kids eager for gifts we yearned for miles. At first, we headed east […]

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It Has Begun – The 2017 Days of December Sun

The now annual tradition of Days of December Sun has returned to The Auto Reporter’s pages, informing and entertaining readers with 24 vehicles driven during the Run to the Sun event. Run to the Sun showcases the best and brightest of fast things while driving around Mt. Hood in Oregon. 24 vehicles for 24 automotive journalists […]

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The Wagon is Back: Volkswagen Golf Alltrack Review

For many years, the sales of wagons have been slacking and few manufacturers offer any estate vehicles. However, we’re pretty sure the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is about to reinvigorate The Wagon. Just with other VW Golf’s, the Alltrack TSI has a feeling of fun. Its steering is quick to respond, the suspension quick to […]

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Ready and Revving to go at 2017 Run to the Sun

Photography by Doug Berger Every year, Run to the Sun gathers automotive journalists from around the nation to check out the latest in fast cars while driving curvy roads around Mt. Hood, Oregon. Some high-profile names came this year and the final results of the competition were a bit of a surprise.   The Contenstants […]

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Drive Revolution explores the future of automotive mobility

Photography by Doug Berger / NWAPA Every year, members of the Northwest Automotive Press Association gather at Drive Revolution – held in Portland, Or. – to learn about and test the latest in hybrid, all-electric and alternative fuel vehicles. While this year was no different, it did show how alternative fuels are inspiring manufacturers. “The […]

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2017 Mazda CX-9 Signature sings to our soul

Last time we reviewed the all-new CX-9 it was one of the lower models trims. The 2017 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD isn’t just another Mazda, though, it’s sumptuous and refined to a degree rarely seen below $50,000. Riding on 20-inch, 10-spoke alloy wheels, the CX-9 has style in spades. The lines of the CX-9 are […]

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2017 Kia Optima Hybrid EX Review

Nearly 400,000 hybrid electric vehicles were sold in the US in 2015, and more than 4 million hybrids between 1999 and April 2016. Hybrids are popular vehicles and its why Kia decided to turn one of their strongest sellers into an eco-efficient hybrid electric vehicle (HEV). The 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid EX shares aerodynamic aesthetics […]

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2017 Honda Ridgeline is a one-of-a-kind truck

The question was posed to me well before I drove the 2017 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition: Is it Truck or Car? I’m here to say, it should matter because this pickup is brilliant. But just to assure you, it’s all truck. The exterior looks on the Ridgeline Black Edition are aggressive and… well, black. Big […]

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2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 is more for less

Cars are seldom low cost now a-days. The propensity for auto manufacturers to fit as much expensive technological gadgetry into new vehicles is strong, yet Mitsubishi has included all the desirable bits and bobs into the 2017 Mirage G4 and kept it under $18,000. The Mirage G4 sedan is all-new for the US market, building […]

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A 2017 Mazda6 for the First Drive of the Year

Sometimes the First Drive of the Year doesn’t happen on the first of the year, sometimes it’s not even the planned ‘FDotY’. This year, our First Drive of the Year in the 2017 Mazda6 i Grand Touring was our third drive of the year, but it was the first that we enjoyed as drives are […]

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Rearview Reflections: Top 10 from 2016

This has been an exciting year for myself as an automotive reporter and for The Auto Reporter. Our rearview reflections and Top 10 vehicles have been hard to choose out of the many good memories and drives we’ve had. We’ve gone to some amazing events, too, making friends everywhere we go. Many of which have made […]

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A Kia Soul EV for Christmas: Part II

I’ve made no secrets about that fateful day two years ago, when I drained the battery of a 2015 Kia Soul EV on Christmas day in sub-freezing temperatures. Well, this year is apparently the second half of that frigid adventures. This is: the 2016 Kia Soul EV vs. Christmas. I would be traveling from Seattle […]

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