Automotive Reviews

Each issue we feature an automotive review of some of the latest in transportation — see the newest cars and trucks available in the West Sound. These reviews are only a sample of what we have in WestSound Home & Garden magazine each issue — subscribe to the print version today to see all of what we have to offer!

2016 Nissan Altima

2016 Nissan Altima — A Good Sedan Gets Better

Model Tested: 2016 Nissan Altima SV Engine: 2.5-liter, DOHC 4-cylinder Transmission: Xtronic CVT EPA Ratings: 27/city, 39/highway, 31/combined Base Price: $25,460 As Tested: $28,425 Overview: The number of “midcycle” refreshes in the midsize sedan segment is an indicator how competitive this segment is. … read more

2017 Kia Sportage

2017 KIA Sportage — Bigger, Better, Bolder

Model Tested: 2017 Kia Sportage SX Turbo Engine: 2-liter direct injection, 16-valve turbo 4-cylinder Transmission: 6-speed automatic EPA Ratings: 21/city, 26/highway, 23/combined Base Price: $32,500 As Tested: $34,000 Overview: The compact SUV segment now leads the U.S. automotive market, so automakers have to … read more

2016 Lexus RX

2016 Lexus RX — Refined Yet Edgy

Models Tested: 2016 Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h Crossover SUV Engines: 3.5-Liter V-6 and Hybrid Synergy Drive Transmission: 8-speed automatic EPA Ratings: RX 350 FWD – 20/28/23; AWD – 19/26/22 RX 450h FWD – 30/31/30; AWD – 30/28/30 Base Price: Unavailable As … read more

2016 Kia Optima SX

2016 KIA Optima SX — Game-Changer Ups the Game, Again

Model Tested: 2016 Kia Optima SX LTD Engine: 2-liter turbo gas direct injection 4-cylinder Transmission: 6-speed automatic with active eco function EPA Ratings: 22/city, 32/highway, 25/combined Base Price: $35,790 As Tested: $36,615 Overview: The Optima — Kia’s game-changer — is all-new for 2016. … read more

2016 Mazda CX3

2016 Mazda CX-3 — Fun and Practical

Model Tested: 2016 Mazda CX-3 Touring All-Wheel Drive Engine: Skyactiv-G 2-liter 4-cylinder Transmission: Skyactiv-Drive 6-speed, sport mode automatic EPA Ratings: 27/city, 32/highway, 29/combined Base Price: $23,210 As Tested: $26,050 Overview: The Mazda CX-3 is an all-new SUV-like subcompact crossover. Despite its basic crossover-type … read more

2016 Honda Pilot

2016 Honda Pilot — Finally, a Makeover

Model Tested: 2016 Honda Pilot AWD Elite Engine: 3.5 liter, SOHC direct-injection V6 Transmission: 9-speed automatic EPA Ratings: 19/city —26/highway — 22/combined Base Price: $46,420 As Tested: $47,300 Overview: The 2016 Honda Pilot is no longer that awkward-looking box. The all-new version is … read more

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata — Why the Buzz? Find Out…

Model Tested: 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club Engine: Skyactiv-G 2.0 liter 4-cylinder Transmission: Skyactiv 6-speed manual EPA Ratings: 27/city — 34/highway — 30/combined Base Price: $28,600 As Tested: $32,820 Overview: The all-new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata returns the Miata to its roots. Completely … read more

2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country

2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country — Volvo’s AWD Luxury Sedan

Model Tested: 2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country T5 AWD Engine: 2.5 liter, turbocharged, inline 5-cylinder alloy Transmission: 6-speed Geartronic automatic EPA Ratings: 20/city — 28/highway — 23/combined Base Price: $43,500 As Tested: $48,390 Overview: The 2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country is the only … read more

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