2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer As we see our local fuel prices bounce all over the place we have become more appreciative of cars that get good fuel economy. With EPA Fuel Economy Estimates of 49 mpg city, 47 mpg highway and 48 mpg combined, the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid certainly qualifies as having one…

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2017 Subaru Impreza Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer La Jolla, Calif. ? Subaru Impreza is going through a metamorphosis, from an all new platform and design to a new manufacturing facility. Now the latest generation of the Subaru Impreza is arriving at U.S. Subaru dealers, and, for the first time, not arriving by ship. They are being built…

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2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Touring Test Drive

?2017 Subaru Outback 2.5i Touring? 5th Generation Outback continues to evolve Subaru, has not been one to make wholesale or revolutionary changes in their vehicles, but rather of accessing changing needs and varied technologies and applying them in the improvement and enhancement of their products to better serve their consumers. The fifth generation Subaru Outback,…

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2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer We seldom have an opportunity to drive an entry-level model — the kind of car that is often used by auto dealers to show that you can buy a car for ?as low as? and where the fine print might say, ?only one at this price.? Generally, the auto manufacturers…

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2016 Toyota Prius Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer The week we tested the 2016 Toyota Prius turned out to be one of the busiest weeks we?ve ever had. It was filled with appointments all over southern Washington and in the Portland metro area. Overall, we ended up driving nearly 500 miles, on freeways, city streets, in fast moving…

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2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Test Drive

By Bill Schaffer Napa, Calif. ? Few cars have had more impact on the U.S. auto market than the Honda Accord. It was initially imported from Japan starting in 1976, but in 1982 Honda built a plant in Marysville, Ohio and has since built more than 10.5 million Accords in the U.S. This year Honda…

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Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer With the large popularity of the big name compact crossovers, the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport sometimes gets overlooked, but it?s still a viable option for new car shoppers. The Outlander Sport is the shorter two-row variation of the three-row Outlander and has more of a ?sporty? nature by execution and of…

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2016 Lexus CT 200h

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer Montana Road Trip ? We realize that the hybrid vehicles we?ve grown to know and love are great around town and for commuting, but we have often wondered how they would be on a road trip over hill and dale to grandmother?s house. We decided to try one recently on…

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2017 Mitsubishi Mirage GT Hatch Test Drive

?2017 Mitsubishi Mirage GT? The Diminutive Hatch is back When the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage returned to the North American marketplace, it was the most fuel-efficient gasoline-powered non-hybrid vehicle in America., and it appeared as an all-new stylish 5-door sub-compact hatch that accommodated 5 passengers and boasted of an EPA fuel economy rating of 37 mpg…

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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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