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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2016 Dodge Charger Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer By its color alone, the Plum Crazy 2016 Dodge Charger R/T Blacktop commands attention. It?s not often we see a full-size sedan in such a bright plum/purple color, and this one borders on outrageous. With or without a bright color the Dodge Charger has a muscular design which Dodge says…

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2016 Fiat 500X Test Drive

By Bill Schaffer Beverly Hills ? There is big news at Fiat this summer — literally — as Fiat rolls out the 500X adding a seventh model to the Italian/American brand in a new larger size. The 2016 Fiat 500X is also the first Fiat crossover adding a whole new dimension to the brand?s lineup….

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2015 Chrysler 300 Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer One of the highlights of the short marriage between Daimler and Chrysler was the all-new Chrysler 300 in 2005. Based on components derived from the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the S-Class, the full-size sedan became one of the only rear-wheel drive sedans in the category and at this price point. Rear-wheel…

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2015 Chrysler 200 Test Drive

By Bill Schaffer Louisville, Ky. ? The Blue Grass State may be noted for its outstanding horse ranches and as the home of some of the world?s great whiskeys, but in March it was best known as the place Chrysler introduced its new midsize sedan, the Chrysler 200. After spending a half hour with Kathy…

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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel Test Drive

By Bill Schaffer Austin, Texas – If I were giving auto manufacturers awards, Jeep would get a gold star from me for introducing the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel. I think that?s a big, important move for an American manufacturer to make right now. Jeep mangers say consumers have been asking for a diesel-powered Grand…

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