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2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Great Family SUV

  • Written by Julie Boselly, Publisher

$24,950 MSRP; $35,500 Tested

Mom’s driving review: Honestly, I didn’t love this car on day one, but I warmed up to it by the end of the week. I asked my friends if they loved theirs and they do so I felt like I needed to give it a chance. I wasn’t fond of the way the seat slides back when you turn the vehicle off and exit. I’m short so when I get back in my arms and legs do not reach the controls/pedals. This feature can be disabled and I hear it’s a positive for taller folks.

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2015 Acura MDX with Advance and Entertainment Packages

  • Written by Julie Boselly, Publisher

The Acura MDX is a high-end SUV for those who like a powerful engine and a lot of high-tech, plus the budget to cover it all. I drove with two other adults in the MDX about 750 miles from Bothell to Redmond, Oregon. We didn’t have to stop for gas on the way there with a 19.5 gallon tank. I filled up once in Redmond and made it all the way back home.
Traveling over the mountains was a breeze. We passed slow moving vehicles in passing lanes with little effort. I’m guessing putting the pedal to the metal would have been a blast, but not incredibly safe. 70 mph felt like 40 mph so it’s easy to speed.

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Classic Car Corner - Mount Kilimanjaro

  • Written by Tom Berg, Windermere Real Estate

Once again, at the behest of my loyal readers I set off to investigate the cars of the world. This time I handed my real estate affairs over to my trusted associates and was off to Tanzania to check out the automotive scene. After over 20 hours in the air I set down at Kilimanjaro Airport in the dark and was whisked off in a Toyota Land Cruiser to a camp in the jungle. Of course the cars they used were Toyota Land Cruisers — sorry Range Rover fans, you come in a distant second to Toyota’s venerable Land Cruiser — something about reliability. After a day in the jungle I was driven down some horrible roads to begin my trek up Mount Kilimanjaro, thus beginning what was to be eight days without seeing a car. Upon thinking about it, I realized that we rarely even go a day or two without at least seeing a car so this would be a real break from everyday life as I know it.

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Auctions in the Northwest

  • Written by Tom Berg, Windermere Real Estate

Auction time recently rolled right in with the car show season here in the Puget Sound area. At the end of May I attended the Lucky Collector Car Auction Spring Classic at the LeMay Family Collection at Marymount in Steilacoom.
I did sign up for a bidder card but was able to keep it in my pocket this time. There was a ’36 Ford Coupe in almost original condition I thought I needed but it quickly went to three times what I was willing to spend.

I’m either really cheap or it sold for too much. I would guess that about half the cars were sold and they were the less expensive half. There were a handful of six-figure cars available and supposedly there were phone bidders from around the world but the six-figure Caddys and Packards went unsold.

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Classic Car Corner - Epic Transfinity

  • Written by Tom Berg, Windermere Real Estate

EPIC TRANSFINITY: Yes, my friends at VMG/Studio 520 are very creative so when they had their 10th anniversary gala celebration they had to come up with a name for it that reflected their creativity. I guess that since neither I nor anyone else knows what “Epic Transfinity” means they hit the mark. It apparently had something to do with the “Retro-Future,” whatever that is.

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