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 Volkswagen Jetta 1.8T SEL Premium Test Drive

“2017 Volkswagen Jetta 1.8T SEL Premium” VW’s Best Selling Sedan Further Refined The Jetta has remained Volkswagen’s best-selling car, after the sixth generation vehicle was first introduced in the U.S. marketplace as a 2011 model. Not one to rest on their laurels, the German automaker strives continuously to improve upon its products and the 2016…

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2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack Test Drive

  By Barbara and Bill Schaffer San Jose, Calif. — Even with the remarkable success of the Subaru Outback and Subaru Crosstrek, no other manufacturer has come up a similar competitor. The only vehicles coming close are a couple of more expensive European wagons. That’s changed, however, with the introduction of the 2017 Golf Alltrack…

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2016 Volkswagen e-Golf Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer When Volkswagen entered the electric vehicle business a couple of years ago, they took the easy route. Many manufacturers started from the ground up to develop an electric vehicle, but Volkswagen simply converted one of the best compact cars in the business from gasoline power to electric. We think that…

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2016 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid SEL Premium Test Drive

“2016 VW Jetta Hybrid SEL Premium” An Antidote to the common hybrid Volkswagen’s 2016 Jetta Hybrid continues to serve as an antidote to the common hybrid. It is an attractive, fun-to-drive four-door, five-passenger sedan that is easy on one’s pocketbook in two ways – it is economical to operate and it is reasonably and competitively…

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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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