BMW X2 xDrive 28i Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer An All-New Model Last year BMW added the all-new X2 to their extensive lineup of what they call their Sport Activity Vehicles (SAV). The X2 obviously fills the gap between the X1 and X3 completing a roster that extends consecutively from X1 through X7. We?re not quite sure why there?s…

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2019 BMW X4 xDrive 30i Test Drive

?2018 BMW X4 xDrive 30i SAV? Second Gen X4 ups the Sportiness Ante OVERVIEW The second generation BMW X4 launches for the 2019 model year with two available models ? the BMW X4 M40i and the BMW X4 xDrive 30i. Both models serve up an eye-catching and sportier persona. The sportier drive characteristics come thanks…

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2018 BMW X6 M Road Trip

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer One our favorite pastimes is taking road trips. When we needed to make a recent trip from our home, just east of Portland, Ore., to Boise, Idaho, and the 2018 BMW X6 M happen to be available, it was like a match made in South Carolina. (We say that, because…

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20218 BMW M5 High Performance Sedan Test Drive

?BMW M5 High Performance Sedan? ?M? is for Muscle ? M5 quickest ever Not only is the 2018 BMW M5 High Performance Sedan the quickest M vehicle to date, it is also the most technologically advanced high performance sedan, making it perhaps the quintessential high performance sedan in today?s marketplace. Its 0-60 mph time is…

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2018 BMW i3s with Range Extender Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer Across the lineup BMW gets kudos for building some good-looking cars but one is a visual standout not because of its good looks, but because it?s — weird looking. However, it may be a perfect example of the old saying ?beauty being in the eye of the beholder.? For someone…

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2018 NWAPA Drive Revolution – Part 4

LUXURY GREEN VEHICLES By Barbara & Bill Schaffer Each year members of the Northwest Automotive Press Association meet to evaluate some of the latest and greatest environmentally friendly vehicles available to U.S. consumers. This year the competition was held at the Pearson Air Museum located on the grounds of the Fort Vancouver Historic Reserve in…

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2018 BMW i3 S w/ Range Extender Test Drive

?BMW i3 S with Range Extender Motor? A Completely Sustainable Electric Vehicle (or not) The BMW i3 bowed as an all-new, all-electric vehicle in 2014. It was the first product of the new BMW I sub-brand, that happened to be a truly purpose built electric car, representing a new era for electro mobility at BMW…

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2018 BMW X3 xDrive 30i Test Drive

?BMW X3 xDrive 30i? Completely Redesuigned for 2018 The popularity of SUVs is growing at a rapid pace with the hotter segment of the market being compact Crossovers. The BMW X3 has enjoyed tremendous sales success in the past, but the Blue and White Rondelle clan obviously decided to capitalize on this growth spurt by…

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2018 BMW X3 M40i Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer BMW?s entry into the small SUV category, or as BMW prefers, Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV), is the highly regarded X3 model. Since it was launched in 2003, the premium compact has chalked up nearly 400,000 sales in the U.S. market and 1.5 million worldwide. The 2018 model is all new…

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2018 BMW 740e xDrive iPerformance Sedan Test Drive

?2018 BMW 740e xDrive iPerformance Sedan? Plug-in Hybrid Drive System developed from BMW I Models Thanks to both domestic and global vehicular governmental mandates, the auto industry?s focus seems to be shifting from performance excess to more efficient, sustainable transportation. A prime example is the 2018 BMW 740E xDrive iPerformance Plug-in Hybrid sedan. It is…

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