2017 NWAPA Run to the Sun Part 2

Lexus LC 500 to Volkswagen Jetta GLI By Bill Schaffer Mount Hood ? Here are the cars from the Lexus LC 500 to the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, which made up the balance of the 24 cars in the 2017 NWAPA Run to the Sun. When the two-day drive was finished, the NWAPA members chose favorites….

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2017 Volvo XC60 Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer San Jose ? When we reviewed the 2015.5 Volvo XC60 two years ago we talked about how the company had ?gone through a series of difficulties and ownership changes in recent years, but indications are it?s headed in the right direction thanks to support from the new owner (2010) Chinese…

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NWAPA Mudfest 2016 ? Part 2

  By Bill & Barbara Schaffer Shelton, Wash. ? In NWAPA Mudfest 2016 — Part 1 we reviewed the Outdoor Activity Vehicles from the Compact Utility, Premium Compact Utility and Family categories. In Part 2 we feature the Premium, Extreme Capability and Pickup categories. This year?s program was held at the Ridge Motorsports Park in…

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2015.5 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer Volvo is one of those companies that has always (pardon the clich?) ?marched to a different drummer?. Examples of Volvo?s maverick behavior could be when they maintained boxy designs as other manufacturers went to jelly bean shapes, emphasizing safety when others were pushing performance and most recently, moving ahead of…

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The 2015 Volvo 60 Cluster First Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer Las Vegas ? Volvo may have introduced their new engine architecture and 2015 models of the S60, V60 and XC60 in Las Vegas, but that?s no reason for ?what happens in Vegas? to stay in Vegas. This is the kind of big news car shoppers should know about. Volvo has…

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2013 Volvo XC60 Test Drive

  By Bill & Barbara Schaffer   The Volvo XC60 has been around a few years, but it maintains a distinctive look, innovative technology and?good performance. First released in 2009, the XC60 started like most new Volvo?s — well-built, unique design and with an?obsession for safety. Since that time, the XC60 has logged some awards…

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Mudfest – Part 3

By Bill and Barbara Schaffer After two full days of driving briskly between hundreds of traffic cones, cruising along wooded back roads and wallowing through mud in 25 different SUVs, we marked our ballots for the Northwest Automotive Press Associations SUV of the Year Competition. Here?s a list of the Luxury and Off-Road SUVs with…

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