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Bruce Caldwell

Jeep isn’t a brand usually associated with high performance, at least not the highway type. When most people think of the Jeep Grand Cherokee they probably think of a rugged, but luxurious SUV. That’s an accurate assumption unless the magic suffix SRT8 is present.

SRT8 is Chrysler’s code for move over and get out of the way. The SRT8 designation means the mighty 6.1-liter 420 horsepower Hemi V-8 lurks under the hood. read more »


Kia Motors is on a roll — rolling out one new car after the other. Kia sales have been on a steady upswing — rising each of the past thirteen years. Much of that success can be attributed to increasingly high quality, high value products. Kia’s outstanding warranty program reinforces product quality and adds greatly to the price/value equation.

A diversified product line is another part of the Kia success story. read more »


I bought one of the first Chevy Astro minivans in the Pacific Northwest — what a colossal mistake. I followed the Astro with a first generation Dodge Caravan. I loathed that rolling repair bill even more than the awful Astro. Except for all the times they stranded her; my wife liked mini vans. Our polarized viewpoints were often fractious. read more »


Chevrolet’s always-popular Silverado pickup line stands to be more popular than ever with the introduction of the all-new 2007 models. Pickup truck sales are hotly contested and now Chevrolet and GMC have the ammunition to fight off any and all contenders. read more »


When friends asked me what kind of Subaru I was driving I said it was the alphabet model. That was easier than reeling off the list of letters that followed Impreza — WRX STi. It was also easier than remembering if the “i” is lower case or upper case. I think it’s been officially changed to upper case for 2007. read more »


Truck manufacturers tend toward hyperbole when it comes to describing the size and macho nature of their products, but Dodge wasn’t exaggerating when it named its extended crew cab pickup the Mega Cab. It’s one gigantic truck!

I’ve owned several crew cab pickups and my benchmark for roominess has always been how well my kids fit in the back seat. As they’ve grown so has the amount of “knee-in-the-back” intrusion. read more »


Bigger is better seems to be the prevailing thinking of many Americans, but when it comes Audis I favor a reverse philosophy. I think smaller is better. Don’t get me wrong — I think the Audi A8 is a magnificent automobile. I’m particularly fond of the A8L and its limo-like back seat. If I was unable to drive and relegated to back seat only status, the A8L is where I’d like to be. read more »


Acura has put the sport back in Sport Utility Vehicles with the introduction of its new RDX compact luxury SUV. At the recent Northwest Automotive Press Association’s 13th annual Sport Utility Vehicle of the Year Competition I drove and evaluated two-dozen new SUVs. Out of all those fine vehicles I felt the Acura RDX was the most fun to drive. read more »


Chevrolet has outdone itself this time. The new 2007 Corvette Z06 is the undisputed King of American Musclecars. The only thing faster than this car is the speed at which auto writers are running out of superlatives. Five hundred and five horsepower and 470 lb-ft of pavement-shredding torque is phenomenal performance for any car, much less one you can drive everyday. read more »

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