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Cars and Me
January 27  |  By Mary Lowry
Volkswagen Golf gets great mpg, even in the left lane The Volkswagen Golf has been around for so long and been recognized so often for its excellence, let’s just call it the automotive equivalent of Pete Carroll.

For 2015 the five-passenger, compact Golf hatchback has been enlarged a bit but lost some weight, gained some upscale features as standard equipment, had its front wheels moved forward a touch, and been given engine upgrades.

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January 13  |  By Mary Lowry
The BMW X4: More than just a fat sedan At first glance, my BMW X4 tester looked like a 3 Series sedan that had gained a lot of weight over the holidays.

But the X4 is a crossover sport utility vehicle, and as such, some bulk comes with the territory. 

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January 5  |  By Mary Lowry
First look at the 2016 Kia Sorento NOTE: This is a preview of the 2016 Kia Sorento based on an introductory event held by the manufacturer. Automotive reviews that include likes and dislikes, driving impressions and other personal opinions appear only after a vehicle has been given the standard week-long test-drive.

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December 17  |  By Mary Lowry
2015 Honda Accord Hybrid is Kelley Blue Book favorite Not many midsize cars made the 2015 Car and Driver 10 Best Cars list and got a Kelley Blue Book Best Buy award. In fact, the Honda Accord was the only one.

KBB also included the 2015 Honda Accord on its list of 12 Best Family Cars, and the Honda Accord Hybrid on its 10 Best Green Cars list. Not only that, but it’s also a big fat favorite here at Cars and Me.

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December 5  |  By Mary Lowry
Jeep Wrangler is great on the freeway and off the road To say the Jeep Wrangler is extremely capable off-road is to state the obvious.

A more helpful piece of information is that the newest Wranglers do a dang good job on the highway, too.

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November 18  |  By Mary Lowry
2015 Cadillac ATS is sleek, strong and comfortable During a recent week the curb appeal of my house was measurably increased by the racy elegance of a 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe glazed in Black Raven paint on display in the driveway.

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November 4  |  By Mary Lowry
Search dogs are worthy recipients of auto writers' donation At its first meeting after the Oso mudslide, members of the Northwest Automotive Press Association (NWAPA) decided to make a financial contribution to an Oso mudslide disaster relief agency. The meeting took place nearly a month after the March 22 tragedy.

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October 22  |  By Mary Lowry
2014 Ford Fusion has the look of high-end luxury Ford’s Fusion midsize sedan is a real looker whose exterior styling has often, justifiably, been likened to that of a Jaguar or Aston Martin.

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October 14  |  By Mary Lowry
Volkswagen shows off 2015 lineup At a recent automotive media event in Virginia, Volkswagen presented its full lineup of vehicles for 2015. From the frisky little Beetle to the large luxury Touareg, some are all-new, some are revised, and one will be saying auf Wiedersehen. Here’s a look at what’s new in Volkswagens for the coming model year.

Beetle Coupe and Beetle Convertible

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September 29  |  By Mary Lowry
Mazda MX-5 Miata just as fun as ever I spent a week in the waning days of summer in a most agreeable way: Tooling around in the Mazda MX-5 Miata, the convertible hardtop down, day and night.

2014 marks the MX-5 Miata’s 25th anniversary. Since its introduction in 1989 more than 940,000 units have been produced, and it holds the Guinness World Record for best-selling two-seater sports car.

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September 9  |  By Mary Lowry
Hyundai Tucson's exterior design stands out in crossover market As the Dalai Lama once said, "Own what makes you awesome and don’t be afraid to flaunt it."

Maybe it wasn’t the Dalai Lama. I might have seen it recently on the label of a bottle of Naked Grape malbec.

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August 25  |  By Mary Lowry
Drive Revolution 2014 showcases fuel-efficient vehicles Recognizing the continually growing need and demand for motor vehicles that don’t feed on fossil fuels, or at least don’t consume them in gluttonous amounts, the Northwest Automotive Press Association (NWAPA) last year created a new annual event called Drive Revolution.

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August 13  |  By Mary Lowry
2015 Chrysler sedan a step up from past models The 2015 Chrysler 200 midsize sedan is a complete do-over of the original model introduced in 2010, which was subjected to more than its fair share of tepid reviews. Not only does the car now ride on a much better Alfa Romeo-based chassis, but it also sports an eye-catching exterior that blends gracefulness with a tinge of muscle.

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