94 car reviews, from $19k to $134k

Of the 94 new cars and trucks I drove and reviewed during 2019, the lowest-priced was the Nissan Versa, with a sticker of $19,140. Others of the 10 low-enders were the Nissan Kicks $23,500; Volkswagen Beetle $23,940; Volkswagen Jetta $25,265;…

Volkswagen Atlas makes ‘4-way stop’

At last, Atlas in four-wheel-drive configuration has been sent my way by Volkswagen. Atlas is VW’s new midsize crossover which has attracted interest for its spacious, three-row interior. I’ve kidded Volkswagen for sending me in April 2018 an Atlas of…

Chevy challenges with inline-6 diesel

Regarding the light-duty turbodiesels for half-ton pickups, I’ve now driven the Big Three – Chevy, Ford and Ram. They’re powered by 3.0-liter, turbocharged engines; the Chevy an inline-6-cylinder, the Ford and Ram with V-6s. A relatively short drive to Fort…

Elway dealerships’ Christmas party

My occasional contacts in recent years with John Elway and his dealerships have been based mostly on automotive news, of course. That tie continued on a Saturday night when Jan and I drove into Denver to the Sheraton Hotel downtown…

Benz GLB, Supra, Telluride, Gladiator

My best drive of 2019 was during daylight hours, Christmas Eve, to Johnstown, on to southwest Denver’s Ken Caryl, back north to Windsor and on into Greeley aboard the new entry 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB250 4Matic compact SUV. Highlights were Christmas…

Christmas greetings fly from Jeep

I shout “Merry Christmas” to all my readers Dec. 25, 2019, from the open window of the 2020 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk. With its red tow hooks out front in place of Rudolph’s nose, the Cherokee serves very adequately as a…

S209 is rare addition to Subaru

Raise the hood – the sight is stunning. Most noticeable atop the small block are cold-air intake tubes finished in red, along with a large turbocharger, a flat intercooler water spray system for lowering boost temps, fuel pump, fittings here…

Ram, Chevy, Ford diesels hit 30-mpg

Light-duty turbodiesels have arrived and the U.S. light-duty pickup market has never been more inviting. Imagine: 30 miles per gallon on a highway drive with a half-ton pickup – experience it with the ’20-model Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra, Ram 1500…

Toyota Supra has shimmer of Bimmer

The  Toyota GR Supra has returned; its hiatus of more than 20 years has ended. The 2020 two-seater coupe, beautifully styled in renaissance red finish, showed up from Japan, and is powered by a turbocharged inline-6-cylinder engine, compliments of the…

Mercedes, Lexus compact SUVs test snow

Parked side-by-side in my garage in late October when the big snow and cold hit us were two competitive luxury compact sport utility vehicles. Adequately equipped for the 8 inches of snowfall and single-digit temperatures were the performance-enhanced 2020 Mercedes-Benz…