Audi A6 allroad, Mercedes’ true coupe

Out-of-the-ordinary body styles showed up on a couple European luxury imports sent my way. They’re the 2021 Audi A6 allroad quattro wagon and ’21 Mercedes AMG E53 two-door coupe. The outstanding products are German-built – the Audi at Neckarsulm near…

Power, efficiency for Accord Hybrid

The role of gas/electric hybrids is fast-moving past its traditional major-domo status toward key player for several manufacturers in the intensely competitive automotive field. The Honda Accord is an example. It is determined to “go the distance” in the face…

710-hp Durango Hellcat most powerful

The 2021 Dodge Durango Hellcat is the most powerful SUV in the country; well, most powerful in the world, I guess. Its supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi Hellcat V-8 generates 710 horsepower and 645 lb.-ft. of torque. It will attain 180-miles-per-hour speeds…

Traditionally tough Defender returns

One of the toughest of Land Rovers, after a 23-year absence from the U.S., is back. The Land Rover Defender 110, for which roots date to the original LR in1950, fits the role of terrain tamer and is pitted against…

1981 reviews, $5,000 Civic to $35,000 Benz

(Forty years ago this winter, in February 1981, I reviewed back-to-back for The Denver Post two contrasting imports – the unusually pricey ’81 Mercedes 300SD and the bargain-tier ’81 Honda Civic 1500 DX hatchback. Only twice had I driven anything…

Buick delivers early look at ’21 Envision

As the 2021 Buick Envision showed up in my driveway, after I’d cleared the snow, I was impressed with its appearance – lower and wider than last year, finished in cinnabar metallic, with dark 20-inch wheels and dark-gloss grille and…

70 car reviews, from $19k to $394k

Two extraordinary, ultraluxury automobiles skewed my compilation of average price for all cars I drove and tested in the year 2020. Those two – Rolls-Royce’s first-ever SUV at $394,275 and the super-sport McLaren 570 Spider at $233,780 – lifted the…

Jeep Gladiator pickup adds ecodiesel

Items of added concern, in addition to the coronavirus, seem to pop up fairly frequent these days. For instance, the newest test-drive is a Jeep, and preceding its delivery I receive a note that the parent company is now “Stellantis,”…

Kia tests sedan slump with sporty K5

The car-building bosses at Kia from South Korea, perhaps heady from the sales successes with their Telluride and Seltos SUV crossovers in the past year, are taking aim at the midsize sedan market with the 2021 K5. Around 30 grand…

All-electric Mustang Mach-e slips onto trail

“Is it the electric Mustang?,” I was asked dozens of times while driving the new Ford hatchback. Yes, it’s the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-e4 all-electric crossover, which had only begun to reach Ford dealer showrooms by early in 2021. The…