2017 Days of December Sun: Mazda Miata RF

We make no pretenses about the love we feel for our NA Miata, and that same kind of care-free joy in driving can be had in the all-new Mazda Miata RF. Yes, nearly everything else at Run to the Sun pulled away from the Miata in the straights. Yes, there were several that pulled away […]

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2017 Days of December Sun: Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400

The Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 is one sweet-sounding sport coupe packing 400-hp and 35-lb.ft. of torque. With a crackle and a bark, this Iridium Blue beast was a pleasure to experience during Run to the Sun. Under the hood is a 3.0L V6 twin turbo engine connected to a 7-speed automatic transmission with paddle […]

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2017 Days of December Sun: Genesis G80 AWD 3.3T Sport

During our trips around Mt. Hood, we got a chance to drive the all-new Genesis G80. The Genesis G80 AWD 3.3T Sport is a serious sport sedan in Casablanca White. Bringing the 3.3L twin-turbocharged V6 engine to life and letting it sing during the drive is a joy, the quad exhaust tips ushering forth a […]

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2017 Days of December Sun: Mini Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

The Mini Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 was one of the few plug-in hybrid vehicles at the 2017 Run to the Sun event, giving journalists an efficient way to motor along sunny roads. This eco-friendly consumer hatchback small-SUV (SSUV) offers a bit of instant acceleration via the 87-hp (122-lb.ft. of torque) electric motor connected to […]

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2017 Days of December Sun: Lexus LC 500

Last we got behind the wheel of the new Lexus LC series, it was the LC 500 H – the all-new performance hybrid luxury sedan. When we first drove it, we commented “the 2018 Lexus LC 500h feels like a day at the spa… on wheels” and that ideal hasn’t changed. So what has? Everything. […]

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2017 Days of December Sun: Volkswagen Jetta 2.0T GLI

When comparing the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0T GLI to other sedans participating in Run to the Run it’s hard not to see the differences. Others offer higher-hp or performance-oriented tuning, neither of which the Volkswagen Jetta boasts. No, it won’t accelerate like a McLaren nor corner like an NSX… But those aren’t the only benchmarks […]

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2017 Days of December Sun: 2018 Volvo XC60 T8

As the first year that the Northwest Automotive Press Association allowed SUVs to be included in the annual festival of speed, the Volvo XC60 T8 fits in with the ideal of high-horsepower and fast vehicles. The 2018 Volvo XC60 T8 has a turbo- and super-charged 2.0L hybrid powertrain. It goes like stink when you put […]

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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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24 Days of December Sun: Infiniti Q50 Red Sport

The last vehicle we drove at Run to the Sun was the 2016 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport sedan; quick, stylish, comfortable and decked out to the nines on the inside. Under the hood is a 3.0 liter, direct injected and twin turbocharged V6 engine pushing out 400 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. This means […]

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24 Days of December Sun: Kia Cadenza

Given that we were traveling with the likes of automotive legends, the Kia Cadenza full-size sedan was a voluptuous sight to the sporty lineup of Run to the Sun. Powered by a 3.3L 293 horsepower engine, the Kia Cadenza can haul the 195.5 inches in length and 3,785 lbs. of weight up to fun speeds […]

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24 Days of December Sun: 2016 BMW M4 Competition Package

Our first on-road test of a BMW was a dream. The top was down, the revs were active and the drive was swift and effortless. The BMW M4 Competition Package made our drive anything but a competition. Pressing the push-button start activates the 3.0 inline 6-cylinder engine boosted with the M Division’s TwinPower turbo technology. […]

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24 Days of December Sun: 2017 Acura NSX

  While not the “00000” engine number as the last model we drove, the 2017 Acura NSX is a beauty with carbon fiber bits accented on the 130R white paint. Our one complaint last time we drove the NSX was that the busy city streets of Portland, Or., was no place to really open up […]

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Introducing the 24 Days of December Sun

December can be rough. It’s cold, its grey, in Seattle it rains a lot and the few sunny days are crisp and icy. Instead of dwelling on gifts for major holidays, we’re going to concentrate of sunny days with tons of cars during our brand new 24 Days of December Sun posted once a day […]

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