A few years ago, automotive journalists frequently cried out for more diesel-powered passenger cars to be sold in the U.S. Such vehicles offered the alluring promise of strong acceleration yet outstanding gas mileage, and steady engineering improvements that have...
Volkswagen has largely missed the booming demand for crossovers in the U.S. While most automakers have offered a seven-passenger SUV-looking car for years, VW instead chased smaller niches with the luxury five-seat Touareg and the upscale compact Tiguan. But now,...
While economy cars tend to be popular as simple, affordable transportation, Mazda has added further appeal to its entry in this class. The Mazda3, sold as a sedan or five-door hatchback, makes use of its compact size to provide...
Volvo was once considered the premier purveyor of family cars — and it still is, in some circles. Known for safety and practicality, the Swedish automaker has also amped up its style, luxury and technology. The redesigned 2018 XC60,...
Regular readers of On Autos have seen many subcompact crossovers reviewed in this space. These vehicles deliver the useful cargo space and elevated seating positions of an SUV, and are often available with all-wheel-drive, but they’re particularly small, easy to park and...
The most popular cars in Europe tend to be small, fun to drive and luxurious for their size — not necessarily in terms of high-end features, but in the design and quality of their interiors, and the sophistication of...
Until the 1970s, America’s wealthy drove big Lincolns and Cadillacs. Sure, some quirky Georgetowners may have brought over delicate smaller European cars, but even in the most affluent sections of Northwest, Detroit iron was well represented. Today, the full-size...
Lexus was an early pioneer of the luxury crossover — combining the comfort and fuel efficiency of a premium sedan with the high driving position and handy cargo space of an SUV. The first Lexus RX appeared in 1999,...
City-dwelling families looking to buy a minivan may react with dismay at the size of today’s models. Although they remain significantly smaller than full-size vans, modern minivans like the Chrysler Pacifica, Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna are still among...
Since its first generation appeared nearly two decades ago, the Lexus RX has been an understandably popular choice in Northwest. Posh and comfortable but not ostentatious, and practical without being overly bulky, this midsize premium crossover has checked the...

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