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77,217 miles
Volkswagen Passat
Dealer:   (1)
Stock# P048567R
List:

$7,888*

Est. Loan: $161/mo

BMW Seattle - Seattle / Washington

Located 0.5 miles away from Seattle, WA

CARFAX 1-Owner. PRICE DROP FROM $8,995, FUEL EFFICIENT 28 MPG Hwy/19 MPG City! Sunroof, Heated Leather Seats, Multi-CD Changer, Dual Zone A/C, iPod/MP3 Input, Alloy Wheels, Turbo, Satellite Radio. 4 Star Driver Front Crash Rating. KEY FEATURES INCLUDELeather Seats, Heated Driver Seat, Turbocharged, Satellite Radio, iPod/MP3 Input, Multi-CD Changer, Dual Zone A/C, Heated Seats, Heated Leather Seats MP3 Player, Sunroof, Aluminum Wheels, Keyless Entry, Remote Trunk Release. EXPERTS ARE SAYINGEdmunds.com's review says Passat was engineered for use on the autobahn, and that shows in its unruffled manner at extralegal speeds.. 4 Star Driver Front Crash Rating. 5 Star Driver Side Crash Rating. Great Gas Mileage: 28 MPG Hwy. AFFORDABLE TO OWNReduced from $8,995. PURCHASE WITH CONFIDENCECARFAX 1-Owner MORE ABOUT USWe have a strong and committed sales staff with many years of experience satisfying our customers' needs. Feel free to browse our inventory online at www.bmwseattle.com or come visit our NEW 300,000 Square foot LEED Certified facility! Plus sales tax, title and license. A negotiable documentary service fee up to $150 may be added. Price contains all applicable dealer incentives and non-limited factory rebates. You may qualify for additional rebates; see dealer for details.

Features and specs:

Description: Used 2008 Volkswagen Passat Lux with Trip Computer, Fold Flat Rear Seats, Rear Bench Seats, Multi-Zone Climate Control, Parking sensors.
Engine: 4-cylinders
Transmission: Automatic
Drive Wheel Configuration: front wheel drive

Listing Information:

Certified Pre-Owned: No
Listed since: 06-30-2018

87,708 miles
Chevrolet Spark
Dealer:   (11)
Stock# 182206A
List:

$7,600*

Est. Loan: $142/mo

Toyota of Seattle - Seattle / Washington

Located 1 miles away from Seattle, WA

Features and specs:

Description: Used 2014 Chevrolet Spark LS with Post-collision safety system, Aux Audio Inputs, Rear Bench Seats, Fold Flat Rear Seats, Stability Control.
Engine: 4-cylinders
Transmission: Automatic
Drive Wheel Configuration: front wheel drive

Listing Information:

Certified Pre-Owned: No
Listed since: 07-30-2018

147,293 miles
Toyota Corolla
Dealer:   (12)
Stock# 88340B
List:

$6,200*

Est. Loan: $127/mo
Fair Deal!

Honda of Seattle - Seattle / Washington

Located 1.1 miles away from Seattle, WA

Honda of Seattle is pleased to offer this. 2007 Toyota Corolla S Silver Streak Mica Clean CARFAX. Sunroof / Moonroof / Panoramic / Roof, Complete Interior & Exterior Auto Detail, VEHICLE SOLD AS-IS, NO WARRANTY., CD player, Front wheel independent suspension, Low tire pressure warning, Outside temperature display, Power door mirrors, Speed-sensing steering. www.hondaofseattle.com - 206.382.8800 Excellent selection of Used Vehicles, Financing Options, serving the greater Seattle Metropolitan area. All vehicles are one of each. A dealer documentary service fee of up to $150 may be added to the sale price or capitalized cost. All offers expire on close of business day. All financing is subject to credit approval. All new vehicle's One Price include dealer discount. Prices exclude tax, title and license. Interest rate (of which the dealer may retain a portion) is negotiable. Any agreement is subject to execution of contract documents. Every reasonable effort is made to ensure the accuracy of this data. Before purchasing a vehicle, please verify any information, accessories, equipment and/or price in question with a dealership sales consultant prior to the sale of this vehicle. **Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

Features and specs:

Description: Used 2007 Toyota Corolla S with Rear Bench Seats, Fold Flat Rear Seats.
Engine: 4-cylinders
Transmission: Automatic
Drive Wheel Configuration: front wheel drive

Listing Information:

Certified Pre-Owned: No
Listed since: 07-22-2018

4,765 miles
Alfa Romeo Stelvio
Dealer:   (0)
Stock# 13290
List:

$36,642*

Est. Loan: $667/mo
Good Deal!
$2,324 Below Market

Maserati of Seattle - Seattle / Washington

Located 1.1 miles away from Seattle, WA

GUGL74 ALFA STELVIO AWD PXL Vulcano Black Metallic Paint D7XX Leather Seats AJX Drvr Assist Static w/Frt Sensors Pk BN8 Delete Sport-Tuned Suspension DFW 8-Spd Auto 8HP50 Trans EC2 2.0L I4 DI Turbo Engine RAP AM/FM/HD w/ Bluetooth 8.8 Radio RSD SiriusXM Sat Radio w/ 1-Yr Sub XFP Tire Service Kit XS9 Calipers Gloss Black w/White Script

Features and specs:

Description: Used 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Sport with Electronic Folding Mirrors, Stability Control, Multi-Zone Climate Control, Rear Bench Seats, Upgraded Headlights.
Engine: 4-cylinders
Transmission: Automatic
Drive Wheel Configuration: all wheel drive

Listing Information:

Certified Pre-Owned: No
Listed since: 07-03-2017

26,945 miles
smart fortwo
Dealer:   (0)
Stock# 13142
List:

$6,995*

Est. Loan: $131/mo
Great Deal!
$2,318 Below Market

Paramount Motors NW - Seattle / Washington

Located 1.6 miles away from Seattle, WA

One owner lease return with 26k miles, Silver exterior on Black cloth interior, 63 mile EPA range, 3.3 kW onboard charger, panoramic roof, factory bumper to bumper warranty to December 2018 or 50K miles and trades are welcome.

Features and specs:

Description: Used 2015 smart fortwo electric drive coupe with Trip Computer, Post-collision safety system, USB Inputs, Stability Control, Sunroof/Moonroof.
Drive Wheel Configuration: rear wheel drive

Listing Information:

Certified Pre-Owned: No

39,002 miles
Mazda 6
Dealer:   (4)
Stock# U10737
List:

$10,961*

Est. Loan: $205/mo
Fair Deal!
$308 Below Market

University Mazda - Seattle / Washington

Located 4.3 miles away from Seattle, WA

Features and specs:

Description: Used 2012 Mazda 6 i Sport with Stability Control, Rear Bench Seats, Aux Audio Inputs, Tire Pressure Warning, Fold Flat Rear Seats.
Engine: 4-cylinders
Transmission: Automatic
Drive Wheel Configuration: front wheel drive

Listing Information:

Certified Pre-Owned: No
Listed since: 07-18-2018

24,462 miles
Audi A4
Dealer:   (0)
Stock# 82173
List:

$26,999*

Est. Loan: $492/mo
Fair Deal!
$680 Below Market

University Volkswagen - Seattle / Washington

Located 4.5 miles away from Seattle, WA

CARFAX One-Owner. *PREMIUM PLUS PKG*, *QUATTRO*, *AUDI SIDE ASSIST*, *AUDI ADVANCED KEY*, *AUDI CONNECT*, *TECHNOLOGY PKG*, *SATELLITE RADIO*, *BLUETOOTH*, *HEATED SEATS*, *KEYLESS PUSH START*, *BLIND SPOT MONITOR*, *BACK UP CAMERA*, *SUNROOF*, *BANG & OLUFSEN*, BRILLIANT BLACK W/BLACK LEATHER, RARE 6SPEED MANUAL TRANS!!. 32/22 Highway/City MPG Huge inventory of quality inspected pre-owned vehicles at our Pre-Owned Super Center in Lynnwood. Many of our vehicles are sold within the first 14 days. We highly encourage you to call 425-743-7400 to check availability! 2016 Audi A4 Brilliant Black 2.0T Premium Plus quattro quattro 2.0L 4-Cylinder TFSI DOHC 6-Speed Manual

Features and specs:

Description: Used 2016 Audi A4 2.0T Premium Plus quattro with Aux Audio Inputs, AWD/4WD, Power Driver Seat, Rear Bench Seats, Fold Flat Rear Seats.
Engine: 4-cylinders
Transmission: Manual
Drive Wheel Configuration: all wheel drive

Listing Information:

Certified Pre-Owned: No
Listed since: 08-15-2018

146,005 miles
Lexus ES 350
Dealer:   (8)
Stock# 21948A
List:

$9,626*

Est. Loan: $197/mo

Lexus of Bellevue - Bellevue / Washington

Located 6.7 miles away from Seattle, WA

Features and specs:

Description: Used 2007 Lexus ES 350 Base with Power Driver Seat, Aux Audio Inputs, Rear Bench Seats, Auto Climate Control, Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel.
Engine: 6-cylinders
Transmission: Automatic
Drive Wheel Configuration: front wheel drive

Listing Information:

Certified Pre-Owned: No
Listed since: 08-01-2018

140,000 miles
Honda CR-Z
Dealer:   (6)
Stock# BS008750
List:

$6,998*

Est. Loan: $131/mo
Fair Deal!

AutoNation Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Bellevue - Bellevue / Washington

Located 6.8 miles away from Seattle, WA

Bluetooth Connection,CRYSTAL BLACK PEARLThis vehicle includes a Money-Back Guarantee* and passed our precise inspection process. Best of all the price you see is the price you pay. No haggling. No back and forth. No pressure. And this price is so good it is guaranteed. *Money-Back Guarantee is valid for 5 days or 250 miles, whichever comes first. Subject to certain terms and conditions. See store for details. Some restrictions apply.

Features and specs:

Description: Used 2011 Honda CR-Z EX with Bluetooth, Upgraded Headlights, Multi-Zone Climate Control, Trip Computer, USB Inputs.
Engine: 4-cylinders
Transmission: Automatic
Drive Wheel Configuration: front wheel drive

Listing Information:

Certified Pre-Owned: No
Listed since: 08-02-2018

106,957 miles
Ford Fusion
Dealer:   (5)
Stock# 6R198626
List:

$4,995*

Est. Loan: $102/mo

AutoNation Ford Bellevue - Bellevue / Washington

Located 6.8 miles away from Seattle, WA

3.0L 24V V6 DURATEC ENGINE,SOLID PAINTThis vehicle includes a Money-Back Guarantee* and passed our precise inspection process. Best of all the price you see is the price you pay. No haggling. No back and forth. No pressure. And this price is so good it is guaranteed. *Money-Back Guarantee is valid for 5 days or 250 miles, whichever comes first. Subject to certain terms and conditions. See store for details. Some restrictions apply.

Features and specs:

Description: Used 2006 Ford Fusion SE with Trip Computer, Rear Bench Seats, Power Driver Seat, Fold Flat Rear Seats, Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel.
Engine: 6-cylinders
Transmission: Automatic
Drive Wheel Configuration: front wheel drive

Listing Information:

Certified Pre-Owned: No
Listed since: 08-07-2018

Dealer:   (1)
Stock# 82683981
List:

$6,551*

Est. Loan: $134/mo

AutoNation Volvo Cars Bellevue - Bellevue / Washington

Located 6.8 miles away from Seattle, WA

Sun/Moonroof,Leather Seats,METALLIC PAINTThis vehicle includes a Money-Back Guarantee* and passed our precise inspection process. Best of all the price you see is the price you pay. No back and forth. No pressure. And this price is so good it is guaranteed. *Money-Back Guarantee is valid for 5 days or 250 miles, whichever comes first. Subject to certain terms and conditions. See store for details. Some restrictions apply.

Features and specs:

Description: Used 2008 Volvo S60 2.5T with Alarm, Stability Control, Tire Pressure Warning, Auto Climate Control, Fold Flat Rear Seats.
Engine: 5-cylinders
Transmission: Automatic
Drive Wheel Configuration: front wheel drive

Listing Information:

Certified Pre-Owned: No
Listed since: 08-18-2018

64,962 miles
Honda Accord
Dealer:   (1)
Stock# SC7708Z
List:

$11,995*

Est. Loan: $245/mo
Fair Deal!

Chevrolet of Bellevue - Bellevue / Washington

Located 6.8 miles away from Seattle, WA

Super low milaege, one-owner Bellevue trade-in. Nicest on the market, hands down! This gorgeous 2010 Honda Accord is in excellent condition inside and out. 2.4L 4 cylinder VTEC engine and 5-Speed Manual transmission. Well equipped. Meticulously maintained by its previous owner. The most popular color combination. Fully inspected and Carfax guaranteed. This is the one that you've been looking for. No disappointments!

Features and specs:

Description: Used 2010 Honda Accord EX with Sunroof/Moonroof, Stability Control, Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, Power Driver Seat, Fold Flat Rear Seats.
Engine: 4-cylinders
Transmission: Manual
Drive Wheel Configuration: front wheel drive

Listing Information:

Certified Pre-Owned: No
Listed since: 08-09-2018

55,908 miles
Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class
Dealer:   (1)
Stock# 5608
List:

$13,990*

Est. Loan: $286/mo

Bellevue Auto House - Bellevue / Washington

Located 6.8 miles away from Seattle, WA

Super clean and low miles, Local trade in, Premium 1 package, Harman/Kardon sound, Moonroof, Heated leather seats, Dual power seats, Dual temperature control, Cruise control, 17 inch alloy wheels...Award winning Member of the Better Business Bureau with A+ rating. We are known for our large inventory of pre-owned luxury automobiles. Thank you for the opportunity to earn your business.

Features and specs:

Description: Used 2008 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class CLK350 with Tire Pressure Warning, Trip Computer, Power Driver Seat, Fold Flat Rear Seats, Post-collision safety system.
Engine: 6-cylinders
Transmission: Automatic
Drive Wheel Configuration: rear wheel drive

Listing Information:

Certified Pre-Owned: No
Listed since: 07-31-2018

71,640 miles
Ford Focus
Dealer:   (5)
Stock# C8371A
List:

$9,895*

Est. Loan: $185/mo

Cadillac of Bellevue - Bellevue / Washington

Located 6.9 miles away from Seattle, WA

Beautiful, one-owner Bellevue trade-in. Nicest on the market, hands down! This gorgeous 2013 Ford Focus SE is in excellent condition inside and out. 2.0 4 cylinder engine and 6-Speed Automatic transmission. Well equipped, SYNC, alloy wheels, traction control and much, much more. Meticulously maintained by its previous owner. The most popular color combination. Fully inspected and Carfax guaranteed. This is the one that you've been looking for. No disappointments!

Features and specs:

Description: Used 2013 Ford Focus SE with Tire Pressure Warning, Trip Computer, Aux Audio Inputs, Rear Bench Seats, Bluetooth.
Engine: 4-cylinders
Transmission: Automated_manual
Drive Wheel Configuration: front wheel drive

Listing Information:

Certified Pre-Owned: No
Listed since: 07-11-2018

69,806 miles
INFINITI G35
Dealer:   (0)
Stock# 180521A
List:

$11,991*

Est. Loan: $245/mo
Fair Deal!
$941 Below Market

INFINITI Of Bellevue - Bellevue / Washington

Located 7 miles away from Seattle, WA

LOW MILES, LOCAL TRADE, WITH COMPLETE SERVICE RECORDS SINCE DAY ONE! NAVIGATION, BOSE AUDIO, SUNROOF, HEATED LEATHER SEATS, AND MUCH MORE!! POWERFUL, RELIABLE, AND A BLAST TO DRIVE!!!

Features and specs:

Description: Used 2007 INFINITI G35 Journey with Bluetooth, Upgraded Stereo, Alarm, Heated seats, Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel.
Engine: 6-cylinders
Transmission: Automatic
Drive Wheel Configuration: rear wheel drive

Listing Information:

Certified Pre-Owned: No

128,698 miles
Honda Odyssey
Dealer:   (1)
Stock# 5B103332
List:

$6,036*

Est. Loan: $124/mo
Fair Deal!

Porsche Bellevue - Bellevue / Washington

Located 7 miles away from Seattle, WA

Sun/Moonroof,Leather Seats,3rd Row Seat,Rear Spoiler,STANDARD PAINTThis vehicle includes a Money-Back Guarantee* and passed our precise inspection process. Best of all the price you see is the price you pay. No haggling. No back and forth. No pressure. And this price is so good it is guaranteed. *Money-Back Guarantee is valid for 5 days or 250 miles, whichever comes first. Subject to certain terms and conditions. See store for details. Some restrictions apply.

Features and specs:

Description: Used 2005 Honda Odyssey EX-L with 3500lb Towing Capacity, Rear Bench Seats, Third-row seating, Sunroof/Moonroof, 2nd Row Bucket Seats.
Engine: 6-cylinders
Transmission: Automatic
Drive Wheel Configuration: front wheel drive

Listing Information:

Certified Pre-Owned: No
Listed since: 08-10-2018

82,610 miles
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Dealer:   (13)
Stock# 8F148765
List:

$9,459*

Est. Loan: $193/mo
Good Deal!
$731 Below Market

Mercedes-Benz of Bellevue - Bellevue / Washington

Located 7.1 miles away from Seattle, WA

Sun/Moonroof,Bluetooth ConnectionThis vehicle includes a Money-Back Guarantee* and passed our precise inspection process. Best of all the price you see is the price you pay. No haggling. No back and forth. No pressure. And this price is so good it is guaranteed. Mercedes Benz of Bellevue has a wide selection of exceptional pre-owned vehicles to choose from, including this 2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class. This 2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class comes with a CARFAX Buyback Guarantee, which means you can buy with certainty. It's not a misprint. And the odometer isn't broken. This is a very low mileage Mercedes-Benz C-Class. A rare find these days. Just what you've been looking for. With quality in mind, this vehicle is the perfect addition to take home. More information about the 2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class: The new 2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is about four inches longer and two inches wider than the model it replaces, and with the interior reconfigured it's no longer one of the more cramped small luxury sedans. Its availability as a Luxury or Sport model--now with a quite different appearance for each--also increases the C-Class's appeal both to sport-sedan enthusiasts and to traditionalists who value ride and comfort more than performance. Interesting features of this model are Fashionable new look, available all-wheel drive, and focused Luxury and Sport models. *Money-Back Guarantee is valid for 5 days or 250 miles, whichever comes first. Subject to certain terms and conditions. See store for details. Some restrictions apply.

Features and specs:

Description: Used 2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C300 Luxury with Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, Aux Audio Inputs, Power Driver Seat, Alarm, Tire Pressure Warning.
Engine: 6-cylinders
Drive Wheel Configuration: rear wheel drive

Listing Information:

Certified Pre-Owned: No
Listed since: 08-10-2018

59,262 miles
Nissan Altima
Dealer:   (18)
Stock# 8C108022
List:

$8,295*

Est. Loan: $170/mo

Audi Bellevue - Bellevue / Washington

Located 7.2 miles away from Seattle, WA

[P02] PREMIUM PKG,[V01] VEHICLE DYNAMIC CONTROL,Sun/Moonroof,[L93] CARPETED FLOOR/TRUNK MAT SET (5-PIECE),[A92] MOONROOF WIND DEFLECTOR,Keyless Start,Bluetooth Connection,STANDARD PAINTThis vehicle includes a Money-Back Guarantee* and passed our precise inspection process. Best of all the price you see is the price you pay. No haggling. No back and forth. No pressure. And this price is so good it is guaranteed. *Money-Back Guarantee is valid for 5 days or 250 miles, whichever comes first. Subject to certain terms and conditions. See store for details. Some restrictions apply.

Features and specs:

Description: Used 2008 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE with Auto Climate Control, Tire Pressure Warning, Upgraded Stereo, Sunroof/Moonroof, Trip Computer.
Engine: 6-cylinders
Transmission: Automatic
Drive Wheel Configuration: front wheel drive

Listing Information:

Certified Pre-Owned: No
Listed since: 07-28-2018

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Buying used cars in Seattle, WA

Save up to $58,829 on over 26,675 used cars, SUVs, vans, and trucks for sale across 648 dealers near Seattle, Washington. Edmunds has over 4,052,325 cheap new and used car, truck, and SUV listings, including makes by Volkswagen, Chevrolet and Toyota Used vehicles are available in a wide range of body types and styles: Sedan, Hatchback and SUV. Prices for cheap used cars, trucks, and SUVs in the area range from $600 to $1,888,888 dollars. The nearest dealership is BMW Seattle, approximately 0.5 miles away with 183 cheap used or certified pre-owned vehicles in stock. The highest rated dealer in your area is BMW Seattle, with an average user rating of 5 and 183 used cars in stock.

Options and features available on used 's available near Seattle typically include:

Features: Rear Bench Seats , Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel , Tire Pressure Warning , Fold Flat Rear Seats , Stability Control , Aux Audio Inputs , Trip Computer , Bluetooth , Alarm , USB Inputs , Power Driver Seat , Auto Climate Control , Post-collision safety system , AWD/4WD , Multi-Zone Climate Control , Back-up camera , Heated seats , Leather Seats , Sunroof/Moonroof , Upgraded Headlights , Navigation , Parking sensors , Keyless Entry/Start , Remote Start , Power Liftgate/Trunk , Electronic Folding Mirrors , Towing Hitch , Blind Spot Monitoring , Third-row seating , Automatic Emergency Braking , Mobile Internet , Crew Cab , 3500lb Towing Capacity , 6ft Bed , 10,000lb+ Towing Capacity , Cooled Seats , Pre-collision safety system , Lane Departure Warning , 6000lb Towing Capacity , Upgraded Stereo , 2nd Row Bucket Seats , 5000lb Towing Capacity , Apple Carplay/Android Auto , Upgraded Engine , Adaptive Cruise Control , 8000lb Towing Capacity , Extended Cab , 2500lb Towing Capacity , Rear Entertainment System , Heads up display , Soft Top , 360-degree camera , 8ft Bed , Hardtop , Standard Cab , 7ft Bed .

Engine/Mechanics: 4 cylinders , 6 cylinders , 8 cylinders , 5 cylinders , 3 cylinders , 12 cylinders , 10 cylinders .

Transmission: Automatic , Manual , Automated Manual , Direct Drive .

Fuel Type: regular unleaded , premium unleaded (required) , premium unleaded (recommended) , flex-fuel (unleaded/E85) , diesel , electric , flex-fuel (premium unleaded recommended/E85) , flex-fuel (premium unleaded required/E85) , natural gas , flex-fuel (unleaded/natural gas) .

Drivetrain: front wheel drive , all wheel drive , four wheel drive , rear wheel drive .

Edmunds offers users detailed expert ratings and reviews, pricing, consumer reviews, features and specs, interior and exterior vehicle pictures and videos, as well as special offers, gas cards, and other perks. Find your perfect used car at edmunds.com.

shopping for a used car in Seattle, Washington

The Northwest is one of the most beautiful parts of the U.S., making the port cities of Seattle and Tacoma popular road-trip destinations. The major north-south route to the region is Interstate 5, and travelers from the east most likely arrive via I-90. Situated on Puget Sound and lying between the Olympic Mountains to the west and the Cascade Range to the east, the area offers enough breathtaking scenery to make the trip a worthwhile adventure whether you're exploring in a convertible, family sedan or a fully loaded minivan.

Driving in Seattle may not always be a relaxing experience. It's full of hills, narrow streets, lots of bicyclists and sometimes brutal rush-hour traffic, which can be exacerbated by the frequent rain. But the museums, cultural attractions, lively music scene, historic architecture and seafood restaurants make it worth the effort.

Tacoma, 30 miles south, has a completely different vibe. The pace is slower, but there's an understated vitality to the city, which includes unique shops, historic attractions, quirky cafes and a host of music venues. Tacoma is bordered by miles of beaches and waterfront parks, and situated at the foot of Mount Rainier, it treats visitors to some awesome scenery.

For road-trippers, the entire area is packed with scenic drives, such as the Cascade Valleys Heritage Corridor, a 28-mile route that includes views of forests, rivers, lakes, mountains and waterfalls. A longer option at up to 329 miles is the Olympic Peninsula Loop, which circles Olympic National Park and National Forest and provides such spectacular landscapes as rain forests and snow-capped peaks and views of the Pacific Ocean.

more about car shopping in Washington

Why, yes, you can get good Internet access in the home state of Microsoft, as some 93 percent of Washington has some degree of electronic connectivity, making it the 13th most connected state in the country. This is probably a good thing because the likelihood of spending time indoors in Washington is pretty strong. The big storms that blow down from Alaska make weather a daily topic of conversation, especially in the vicinity of Seattle, where 60 percent of the population is centered and which gets 37 inches of rain per year. Perhaps it's not a coincidence that Seattle is also the home of a sizable industry in outdoor clothing. As the locals like to say, there is no bad weather, only bad clothes.

Washington is a lot like California in the way it packages a wide variety of environments. To the west, the Olympic Peninsula features a couple of genuine rain forests, and this is a reminder that tires that can cut through deep rain puddles without aquaplaning are a useful part of the program while driving here, especially for pickup trucks. The area around Puget Sound faces the same challenges, so the locals who work in high tech, aircraft manufacturing, the ports or on family farms prefer the reassurance of full-time all-wheel drive, even if a summer camping trip to Mount Rainier or Mount Baker is the only challenge on the calendar. The Cascade Mountains are often deep in snow in the winter and sometimes freezing besides, so four-wheel drive delivers dependable mobility, even if you're just going cross-country skiing in the Methow Valley. Yakima is home to the famous Washington apples, not to mention part of this state's booming wine industry (second in the country only to California), so carrying capacity is a practical necessity. Spokane to the east is a hard-working timber town, but the nearby mountains of Idaho beckon crossovers to weekend recreation. To the southeast, the arid plains ripple with grain, and it's good to have a heavy-duty truck that has a useful amount of towing capacity.

Thanks to its lucrative high-tech industry, Seattle is one of the few places in the country where you can literally see every brand of exotic sports car on a daily basis, so it's no surprise that this is where you come if you want to buy something snappy right off the dealer's lot. At the same time, the people of Washington are very cosmopolitan, so a variety of brands seem to be available almost everywhere. Edmunds-affiliated Premier car dealerships can be found throughout the state. Like most states, Washington has a so-called lemon law that protects buyers of new vehicles by enforcing the manufacturer's expressed warranty. An inspection of air emissions equipment every two years is required for renewing vehicle registration for most of Clark, King, Pierce, Snohomish and Spokane counties. Though many Washington roads are particularly enjoyable to drive, especially those in farm or timber country, speed limits are often lower than you expect, perhaps in deference to changing winter weather.