About Us

AUTONOTAS highlights and unites Pacific Northwest car enthusiasts through compelling content. We tell stories of motoring from across the...


Read More


Search by Tags



I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!

Please reload

March 28, 2020

The mid-size crossover SUV market is now a heavily saturated space. Whoever your automotive brand allegiance is with, they are likely to produce an SUV of sorts. This even applies to Lamborghini owners at this point. However, Hyundai (and also Kia) have managed to get the mainstream market excited about SUVs with the introduction of the Palisade and the Telluride respectively. 


It’s hard to make a crossov...

November 15, 2019


The Mazda CX-5 is probably our favorite mid-size crossover here at Autonotas. We love the styling and the fantastic driving dynamics, along with the amazing build quality of the interior. Among its many sterling qualities, however, the CX-5 suffered from a glaring fault; quite simply, there wasn’t sufficient power to complement that fabulous chassis. When Mazda announced that the 2019 CX-5 would be offered with th...

July 9, 2019

In 2003, Ford introduced a compact SUV (the Escape) to the market that would meet the needs of a van, but at a much lower cost than those in the market. Following this launch, many other options came to light in order to compete; brands such as Nissan, Chevrolet, Mazda, Renault and Suzuki were the main ones in charge of unveiling a different option to evolve the compact SUV segment.

In 2016, Honda decided to...

June 28, 2019


Mazdas are, as a general rule of thumb, always underrated, and sometimes even entirely forgotten in regard to their respective classes. Indeed, in the highly competitive market segment for mid-size sedans, the offerings that immediately come to mind are the top-selling Toyota Camry, and the Honda Accord, with any bandwidth for niche offerings largely consumed by the all-wheel champion, the Subaru Legacy. In this h...

March 27, 2019

There's nothing like an off-road drive for a little post-apocalyptic roleplaying. Up there in the mountains, away from the smoggy tendrils of civilization, it's easy to imagine yourself a lone survivor plunging through the wilderness. And after giving it a fair amount of thought, I reached the following conclusion: After the nukes fall, all that will remain are the ruins of our cities, cockroaches, and people selling 10-year-o...

March 2, 2019

We've actually covered winter tires, specifically the Blizzaks, on Autonotas before. But after this snow storm, I decided it was important to cover it again. 

When I bought my 2016 Subaru BRZ last year, I knew I'd be getting a dedicated set of winter tires. As the cold months went on in Seattle, I decided to hold off because it looked like we weren't going to get any snow. However, a huge snow storm (for Seattle) came early Feb...

February 8, 2019


The Honda Accord has long been at the top of the mid-size sedan class along with the Toyota Camry. The two have been duking it out since the early 90’s but the Honda Accord has been on Car and Driver’s 10Best list 33 times now. For 2018, the Accord has grown significantly and has blurred the line between Honda and Acura. The Accord has become a significantly higher value proposition.

Driving Dynamics:

Between the Ac...

December 30, 2018

In the 11 years it has been alive, the Acura RDX has managed to place more than 375,000 units on the streets of the United States. Reaching that number after two generations in one of the most important automotive markets in the world is no easy task. The RDX is so popular that it has been the segment leader among luxury compact SUVs since 2007 and is being renewed at a time when competition is stronger than ever....

December 28, 2018


The name “BMW” incites a certain expectation. Driving pleasure, handling, chassis tuning, these are all evocative connotations of the brand. In recent years, BMW has been more focused on selling cars in masses for the masses, rather than drivers’ cars for the enthusiastic driver. The M2 may be a return to form.

Driving Dynamics:

The enthusiast community has said nothing but praise about the M2. It’s small, light (by...

August 24, 2018


There’s been a lot of press around the Tesla Model 3. No surprise since this is the “electric car for the masses”. This statement is slightly untrue as the least expensive configuration for the Model 3 right now is still $49,000. The bigger issue is that the press that has been going around has been focused on the Model 3’s technology. That horse has been thoroughly beat to death. Here is a closer look at the Tesl...

Please reload