2016 Subaru WRX STi Test Drive

“2016 Subaru WRX STI” A Rally-ready High Performance four-door sedan Lots of Subaru WRX fans were likely upset with the elimination of the 5-Door Hatch for the 2015 model year, as the 2015 Subaru WRX went back to offering only a five-passenger, four-door sedan. The same held true for the 2015 Subaru WRX STI hot…

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NWAPA Mudfest 2016 – Part 1

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer Shelton, Wash. – One of our favorite events each year is the annual Northwest Automotive Press Association’s (NWAPA) Mudfest. We were involved in the creation of the annual SUV evaluation and have participated in a majority of the programs during the event’s 22-year history. Mudfest has evolved through the years…

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2016 Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i Limited Test Drive

“2016 Subaru Crosstrek 2.0I Limited” Popular CUV Expands Safety Features Should you or someone you know happen to be in the market for an affordable, highly capable all-wheel drive vehicle that’s responsive and fun-to-drive with loads of versatility and that delivers the greatest fuel efficiency in its category (up to 33 mpg), with 8.7-inch ground…

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2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i Limited Test Drive

“2016 Subaru Forester 2.5i Limited” Fourth Generation of the iconic crossover The fourth generation of the Popular Subaru Forester was launched as an all-new vehicle in 2014, which continues into the 2016 model year. The first generation Forester appeared in Japan in 1997, making its debut here in the U.S. in 1998. The second Gen…

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2016 Subaru Outback

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer As we shuffle through the new cars each year, getting a chance to drive the latest and greatest and update our opinion, there are certain cars we especially look forward to driving. Often because it’s a car that would be on our personal shopping list – if we were in…

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2016 Subaru Forester Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer When you live in the Pacific Northwest there are several things that become common place, like drizzly skies, snow-capped volcanic peaks, lush green forests and Subarus. Most of the people who live here tend to have active outdoor lifestyles and they generally drive a vehicle that allows them to take…

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2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer Washougal, Wash. — In the Northwest the Subaru is the brand we see most on our streets and highways. There are old Outbacks, stylish new Legacys, racy WRXs, dirty Foresters, and even an occasional SVX coupe or Baja truck. The common factor and a prime reason for buying a Subaru…

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2015 Subaru BRZ Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer First introduced in 2013, the BRZ takes Subaru to a new relatively unpopulated area of the automotive business, the entry-level end of the purist-performance sport car segment. After two successful years on the market, the 2015 BRZ remains relatively unchanged from the original except for some additions to the Infotainment…

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2014 NWAPA “Run to the Sun” – Part 3

By Bill Schaffer Photos by Doug Berger Portland, Oregon – This year the group of cars was the best ever with cars like the BMW i8, Rolls Royce Wraith, Nissan GT-R, Dodge Viper, Bentley Continental GT Convertible, Dodge Challenger Hellcat and Mercedes-Benz S550. The first day of the drive started in Portland and went through the…

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2015 Subaru BRZ Series Blue Test Drive

“2015 Subaru BRZ Series.Blue Sport Coupe” A racy, limited edition, affordable 2+2 Sport Coupe For the 2013 model year, two Japanese auto manufacturers joined forces to develop a formidable, but affordable sport coupe bowed with two very similar and desirable 2+2 sport coupes. Two different marques are represented – the Scion FR-S (a division of…

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