Honda Accord Hybrid Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer After 10 generations of experience, engineering innovation and refinement, the Honda Accord has reached another pinnacle. New from the ground up for 2018 the Accord has a more rigid and lighter unibody platform; it’s lower and wider; and for first time it has a turbocharged engine plus an available 10-speed…

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2019 Honda Insight Hybrid Touring Test Drive

“2019 Honda Insight Hybrid Touring” Third Generation Insight A Different Animal By Arv Voss OVERVIEW The first generation Honda Insight, which ran from 2000 to 2006 was the first hybrid car available in the U.S. The second generation Insight appeared from 2010 to 2014. Now, the new 2019 Honda Insight launches the third generation Honda…

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2019 Acura NSX Test Drive

“2019 Acura NSX” The New Sports eXperience (NSX) Ever Better The first Acura NSX rolled out in 1989 as a 1990 model, and it is clearly as popular now, perhaps even more so than when it was first introduced, and it still maintains a substantial fan base. A performance enhancement came in 1997 with fitment…

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2018 Ford Fusion Platinum Hybrid Test Drive

“2018 Ford Fusion Platinum Hybrid” A luxurious 5-passenger hybrid For the 2017 model year, FOMOCO refreshed their Fusion Hybrid lineup with an exterior facelift along with several significant interior upgrades, and adding a more upscale Ford Fusion Platinum Hybrid model for consumers who are concerned with the environment, but who also want to enjoy a…

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2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer In June we participated in the Northwest Automotive Press Association (NWAPA) 2018 Northwest Green Car of the Year competition to select the most environmentally friendly vehicles available to U.S. consumers. After driving 18 different hybrid and electric cars, SUVs and a minivan we chose the 2018 Northwest Green Vehicle of…

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2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Limited Test Drive

“2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Limited” Quite possibly the Ultimate Minivan Chrysler introduced the very first minivan, creating a brand new automotive segment. FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) reinvented the minivan with the all-new ninth generation 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. The Pacifica emerged as an all-new platform replacing the outgoing premium Chrysler Town & Country minivan. It hit…

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2018 Lexus LS 500h

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer Normally when we think of a hybrid vehicle, we think of something small and reasonably priced like the Toyota Prius, Ford Fusion or Honda Insight. However, as manufacturers work to achieve higher mandated fuel economy levels, the hybrid lineups are expanding to the larger and more luxurious models. As a…

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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 NWAPA Drive Revolution – Part 2

AFFORDABLE HYBRIDS 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 Vancouver,…

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