2017 Toyota Land Cruiser Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer When it comes to hard core off-road vehicles two or three names stand out, but one of the most popular worldwide is the Toyota Land Cruiser. The Land Cruiser has been around the U.S. market since 1957 and has gone through a multitude of iterations before ending up as the…

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2017 Toyota 86 Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer We blinked and suddenly the Scion brand was gone from the Toyota dealerships. The Scion brand was created by Toyota in 2003 to appeal to a younger market and to explore different new product ideas. Over a period of 13 years there were more than one million Scions sold with…

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2017 Toyota Tacoma Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer Some people need a full-size pickup because they are pulling something big, like a trailer or boat; while others just like to drive trucks. For those who like trucks and occasionally must haul something or pull something, we think the 2017 Toyota Tacoma offers a great opportunity to drive something…

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2017 Toyota Prius Prime Test Drive

“2017 Toyota Prius Prime” Technology and Style to the Max Toyota’s fourth generation Prius for 2016 was better in nearly every way imaginable, moving from pioneer status to that of Hybrid icon. It qualified as a genuine “Hyper-miler”. The claimed EPA mileage estimates were 58 mpg City, 53 mpg Highway, and 53 mpg combined for…

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2017 Toyota 86 Sport Coupe Test Drive

“2017 Toyota 86 2-door Coupe” A Fun Affordable Sport Coupe Two Japanese auto manufacturers joined forces three years ago (for the 2013 model year), developing a formidable, yet affordable sports coupe. The result was a most capable sports coupe that was extremely fun to drive under the guise of two distinctive marques. The vehicle or…

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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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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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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 Toyota Tundra

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer Toyota has been in the truck business for more than 50 years, but it’s only been the last 20 years that they have started to compete head-to-head with the full-size American pickups. First there was the T100 in 1993, which was renamed the Tundra for the second generation in 1999….

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