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 Dodge Challenger
Autos

2016 Dodge Challenger — Pick Your Power

Model Tested: 2016 Dodge Challenger SXT Plus Engine: 3.6-liter V-6 VVT engine Transmission: 8-speed TorqueFlight automatic EPA Ratings: 19/city, 30/highway, 23/combined Base Price: $29,995 As Tested: $36,060 Overview: A minor player in the 1970s’ muscle car heyday, the 2016 Dodge Challenger is a … read more

2016 Kia Sedona
2016 Kia Sedona

Minivan Reinvents Itself as a ‘Multipurpose Vehicle’

In response to the growing popularity of crossover utility vehicles (CUVs), it’s no secret that the minivan market has shrunk considerably the past few years, and there are now three fewer minivans available. Conversely, Kia has uncovered that almost as many empty nesters … read more

2015 Honda CR-V
2015 Honda CR-V

Venerable Crossover SUV Gets a Facelift

One of my favorite small crossover SUVs — the Honda CR-V — got a facelift for 2015. Five trim levels are offered with no options, and a new, top-of-the-line Touring model debuts. The functional, compact crossover boasts room for five adults and lots … read more

2015 Toyota Camry
2015 Toyota Camry

If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It — Sort of…

When Akio Toyoda became president and CEO of Toyota, one of his very first public pronouncements was, “Toyota will build no more boring cars.” So far, he’s been a man of his word. The 2014 Avalon — the first built under his regime … read more

2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
2015 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Still Among the Best

Although not much changed between the 2014 and 2015 model years, I still think the family-friendly 2015 Toyota Highlander is among the absolute best vehicles in this market space. It gets impressive mileage for a midsize crossover SUV — a combined 28 city/highway, … read more

2014 Range Rover Evoque
2014 Range Rover Evoque

Sporty, Luxurious, Surprising Off-Road Capability

Aside from being the most capable off-road vehicle in this segment, Land Rover’s Range Rover Evoque offers luxury in a very stylish, compact package. The Evoque is a subcompact SUV competing against the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, BMW X1 and the Audi … read more

2015 Kia Soul EV
2015 Kia Soul EV

Fun Goes Electric

By now, just about every mainstream auto manufacturer has introduced an electric vehicle (EV). The latest in this parade is Korean automaker Kia, which recently debuted an EV version of its charmingly hip, offbeat Soul crossover. Although totally electric cars make up a … read more

2014 Toyota Tundra 1794
2014 Toyota Tundra 1794

Unparalleled Luxury in a Tough Truck

The full-size 2014 Toyota Tundra pickup features evolutionary styling, with most of its body panels sporting a new look, while offering realistic work capability and legendary Toyota reliability and durability. There are three engine choices, three cabs, three bed sizes and five trim … read more

2014 Toyota Prius V
2014 Toyota Prius V

The Original Hybrid Still Tops the Charts

After 12 years and more than 3 million vehicles sold worldwide — half of them in the United States — the venerable Toyota Prius remains the most popular hybrid vehicle on the planet. Now in its third generation, the Prius first debuted in … read more

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