Video Reviews

2016 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD

This Acura offers a hybrid drivetrain with all-wheel drive and sport package. To me, that represents the state of the art in both performance and hybrid technology, and the combination is impressive...


2015 Hyundai Genesis

The 2015 Genesis sedan would make the perfect getaway car. Some witnesses would say it was a full-size Mercedes.


2015 Ford F-150

Ford took a huge risk with the totally redesigned 2015 F-150


Corvette 2015 - Z51

2015 Chevy Corvette: Best of all worlds



Wheels Reviews

AMERCAN HONDA MOTORS - From the outside, you'd never know Acura's sportiest RLX is a hybrid.
August 28, 2015

2016 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD: Green done right

by Jim Redden
No, your eyes aren't deceiving you. The full name of the new hybrid version of Acura's flagship RLX sedan is Sport Hybrid SH-AWD. That's "Sport" as in sporty and SH-AWD as in Acura's excellent Super Handling-All Wheel Drive system. And it's not…
August 27, 2015

Sunset Audi is now Audi Beaverton

by Jim Redden
After serving the Portland area for 35 years and completing a major renovation, Sunset Audi has changed it name to Audi Beaverton to better align the dealership with Audi of America’s branding initiatives. After a year of construction, the…
August 27, 2015

Upcoming car events

by Jim Redden
Cars & Coffees Every Saturday, 8-11 a.m., locations include: World of Speed (Wilsonville), Jantzen Beach (Portland), Cascade Station (Portland) McMinnville WalMart, Oregon City (8th and Main), Vancouver (136 and Mill Plain). No entry fee, all cars…
August 26, 2015

Beaverton car show to benefit Boys & Girls Club

by Jim Redden
The annual 503 Motoring Block Party will be held Saturday, Aug. 29, to benefit the Oregon Boys & Girls Club. It will be held at 5703 S.W. Arctic Dr. in Beaverton. The street fair and car show is sponsored by 503 Motoring and Mercedes-Benz of…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOHN M. VINCENT - Scion now has three cars with sporty intentions. The iM joins the tC Coupe and FR-S sports coupe in the lineup.
August 26, 2015

Scion refreshes lineup with iA, iM

by John M. Vincent
Toyota’s Scion brand is going through a bit of a revolution. The boxy xB, one of its original two nameplates leaves the lineup this fall, and the micro-subcompact iQ has also been shown the door. But the showrooms won't be empty, they'll be filled…
KIA MOTORS AMERICA - The 2016 Kia Sorento is larger but still stylish.
August 21, 2015

2016 Kia Sorento: Bigger is better

by Jim Redden
Kia isn't exactly following the rules with its crossover lineup, but no one's complaining. The redesigned 2016 Sorento is the late unconventional entry where potential buyers are the winners. It's getting increasingly common for manufacturers to…
HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY - The exterior of the 2015 Hyundai Genesis looks like luxury cars costing thousands more.
August 14, 2015

2015 Hyundai Genesis AWD 3.8: Serious luxury contender

by Jim Redden
The 2015 Genesis sedan would make the perfect getaway car. Some witnesses would say it was a full-size Mercedes. Others would swear it was an Audi. A few might say it was an Infiniti. Hardly anyone would guess it was a Hyundai. Which is the secret…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOHN M. VINCENT - The second generation of Electric Avenue opened on July 28 at the World Trade Center in downtown Portland. The cluster of chargers features four Level 3 fast chargers and two Level 2 chargers.
August 13, 2015

Electric Avenue moves to World Trade Center

by Jim Redden
Electric vehicle owners have new charging options in downtown Portland — Electric Avenue on Southwest Salmon Street between First and Second avenues includes two Level 2 chargers and four universal quick chargers that can recharge a typical EV in 30…
August 13, 2015

Upcoming car events

by Jim Redden
Cars & Coffees Every Saturday, 8-11 a.m., locations include: World of Speed (Wilsonville), Jantzen Beach (Portland), Cascade Station (Portland) McMinnville WalMart, Oregon City (8th and Main), Vancouver (136 and Mill Plain). No entry fee, all cars…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOHN M. VINCENT - Journalists from across the region had the chance to test 16 of the newest alternative-fuel vehicles at Drive Revolution, a program produced by the Northwest Automotive Press Association. Included was BMW's groundbreaking i8 hybrid supercar (foreground).
August 12, 2015

Drive Revolution charts future cars

by John M. Vincent
Automakers are spending billions on technologies to increase vehicle efficiency while reducing emissions. Those advancements were tested recently at the Northwest Automotive Press Association’s annual Drive Revolution event held outside the PGE…

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FORD MOTOR COMPANY - The 2015 Ford F-150 may look a lot like last year's model, but it is all new, from the outside to the interior.
Aug 07, 2015

2015 Ford F-150: The best yet?

by Jim Redden
Ford took a huge risk with the totally redesigned 2015 F-150 full-truck pickup. As everyone interested in trucks knows, much of the new body is aluminum instead of steel. This allowed Ford to…
GENERAL MOTORS CORP. - Trust me, red really isn't necessary for calling attention to yourself in the new Corvette.
Jul 31, 2015

2015 Chevy Corvette: Best of all worlds

by Jim Redden
My test 2015 Corvette Z51 had an Eco mode and a 200 mph speedometer. What kind of message does that send — that it's the perfect car for those worried about their carbon footprint while…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOHN M. VINCENT - Only massive alloy wheels make the statement that this isn't just an ordinary Golf. The Golf R features a clean design that doesn't depart significantly from mainstream Golf models.
Jul 30, 2015

VW brings stealthy performance with Golf R

by John M. Vincent
Over the past couple of years, VW has rolled out a whole array of Golfs. There’s the uber-efficient TDI diesel, the versatile Sportwagen, the sporty GTI and even a pure electric E-Golf. Now…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOHN M. VINCENT - Larry Nannini (center) of Colma, Cal. receives the Best in Show award from presenters Donald Osborne (left) and Keith Martin. Nannini's 1934 Packard 1104 Super 8 sport phaeton is one of only three of the type believed to still exist.
Jul 29, 2015

1934 Packard takes Forest Grove Concours honors

by John M. Vincent
While much of the region sweltered, visitors to this year’s Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance spent a day in the shade at Pacific University, eyeing some of the West Coast’s finest classic cars.…
Jul 16, 2015

Upcoming car events

by Jim Redden
Cars & Coffees Every Saturday, 8-11 a.m., locations include: World of Speed (Wilsonville), Jantzen Beach (Portland), Cascade Station (Portland) McMinnville WalMart, Oregon City (8th and Main),…
TOYOTA MOTOR SALES, USA, INC. - The exterior styling of the 2015 Lexus RC350 F Sport attracts a lot of attention, for all the right reasons.
Jul 24, 2015

2015 Lexus RC350 F Sport: Good looks, good performance

by Jim Redden
Lexus, the upscale arm of Toyota, has been building its performance image in recent years with "F Sport" versions of various models. With the 2015 Lexus RC350 F Sport, the company has hit the…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOHN M. VINCENT - The Maxima's in-your-face design might not be for everyone, but it's expressive of the sedan's sporting intentions. The 2016 sits lower, but is 2.2 inches longer than the outgoing model.
Jul 23, 2015

Curvy Maxima bridges luxury gap

by John M. Vincent
There’s a lot going on with the 2016 Nissan Maxima. Beyond the aggressive, curvy bodywork is an effort by Nissan to regain the Maxima’s 4-door Sportscar street cred. Now in its eighth…
BMW NORTH AMERICA - Yes, those are four doors on the 2015 MINI Cooper. But the bigger news is the selection of engines in the line up.
Jul 03, 2015

2015 MINI Cooper 4 door: Fun in a small package

by Jim Redden
The MINI Cooper comes in a four-door hardtop version this year. OK, so that's not the most groundbreaking announcement in the world. Although the sedan is 6.3 inches longer than the coupe, the…
TRIBUNE PHOTO JONATHAN HOUSE - Shane gets a hi-five from Eric Peterson of Dream Drives for Kids as he and his grandfather Derek decide which car to take for a cruise.
Jul 16, 2015

Dream Drives for Kids expands

by Jim Redden
The Dream Drives for Kids program that started in Portland has expanded to nine other cities across the country. Eric and Amity Peterson have recruited other exotic car owners who will visit…
TRIBUNE PHOTO JOHN M. VINCENT - With its last exterior refresh, the Lexus LX 570 gained the company's signature spindle grille. Despite its age, it retains a stature, capability and quality that's hard to find in the segment.
Jul 15, 2015

Lexus LX570 loaded with capability

by John M. Vincent
The 2015 Lexus LX 570 has been around a long time in today’s car market. Its last minor refresh was in 2012, and it really hasn’t changed much since 2008. But it’s still a special SUV with an…