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2011 Mitsubishi Lancer RalliartThe 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer compact sedan is available in a wide range of engines and options that allow buyers to build everything from a sensible commuter to a near race-ready rally car. We drove the Lancer Ralliart, which is only slightly less ferocious than the awesome Lancer  Evolution.  read more »

 
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2011 Acura TSX Sport WagonI don’t remember when the term station wagon became so negative. I didn’t get the memo or perhaps my dog that fits so well in station wagons ate it.

The need for station wagons hasn’t abated since their halcyon days in the fifties and sixties. Styles and more importantly, marketing approaches, have changed, but hauling passengers and/or stuff is still a necessity for many families. read more »

 
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2011 Honda CR-VThe 2011 Honda CR-V isn’t what most people consider an SUV, but it’s all the SUV that most people really need. It’s a multi-purpose vehicle that can handle all kinds of weather and road conditions, but it doesn’t sacrifice daily driving comfort for rare extreme traction situations. In other words, the CR-V is a station wagon type crossover read more »

 
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2011 Volvo XC60Volvo has always had an excellent grasp of what western Washington residents really need in a crossover SUV. That may not be exactly what people think they need, but short of an imposing, macho image the Volvo XC models suit our environment and everyday driving needs. The 2011 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD R-Design is our idea of the best Volvo XC so far. read more »

 
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2011 Mercedes GL350If you regularly do business in Spokane, but want to patronize your local filling station the 2011 Mercedes GL350 is the SUV for you. The GL350 Blue TEC turbo diesel V-6 has a 600-mile cruising range and tons of torque to let you breeze over Snoqualmie Pass. If you want to take family and friends skiing the GL350 will carry seven passengers. It’s sure-footed and very safe in the snow. read more »

 
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2011 Jeep Wrangler RubiconJeep wrote the book on off road fun and they’ve continued that incredible 70-year tradition with the 2011 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. This is the most sophisticated short wheelbase, two-door Jeep ever, but it’s still plenty rugged for off-road adventures.

Walkaround: Our test Jeep Wrangler Rubicon had the Flame Red clear coat paint, which was a big plus read more »

 
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2011 Subaru OutbackThe Pacific Northwest has long been a Subaru stronghold. This region was quick to embrace all the positive attributes the little all-wheel-drive wagons exhibited when they were first imported. Even oddities like the original Baja pickup with its rear-facing auxiliary seats in the bed, the little Justy sedan, and luxury/sports car SVX with its aircraft style windows read more »

 
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2011 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SuperchargedOn a scale of 1 to 10 the 2011 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Supercharged is an 11. It’s the SUV equivalent of the amplifiers in the classic Christopher Guest mockumentary “This Is Spinal Tap.” It’s a .45 Magnum in a duel with an air pistol. It’s more off road technology than 99.9 percent of its owners will ever use. It has 510 horsepower when 300 or so would suffice. read more »

 
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2011 Ford Edge Sport AWDOne size fits all is definitely not how Ford markets its SUVs. Ford has a model for every budget, taste and need from the relatively compact Escape to the plus-size Expedition EL. The Ford Edge is considered the brand’s midsize crossover SUV. It’s based on the Fusion platform.

The Ford Edge Sport AWD looks and acts more read more »

 
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