New turbos, shifter for GMC Terrain

I’m a push-button shifter from way back; crawling into the 2018 GMC Terrain Denali cabin for the first time, though, I had to take a second look to determine there were shift controls. The Terrain’s new electronic precision shifter consists…

Kia plug-in pushes hybrid count

With 15 miles of electric charge in the battery pack, Jan and I on a recent cold evening guided the 2018 Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid 55 miles “round the block.” The big block was from Greeley west to Loveland, north…

Long wait ends for R-type Honda

Of the many persons attracted by the flash of the 2017 Honda Civic Type R Touring, some weren’t sure even of its make, let alone its model identity. That’s understandable, for this is the first year it’s been imported to…

F-series, Camry continue sales domination

Blame it on lack of performance from its 132-horsepower engine and CVT transmission that the Toyota Corolla dropped almost 50,000 sales the past year, yet the good-looking compact remains the third-best-selling sedan in the country. Toyota’s midsize model, the Camry,…

VW embraces crossovers; GTI still the driver

Volkswagen over the past year has launched three new products, widening its stable of all-wheel-drive crossovers and wagons. The new Atlas is a three-row competitor, the largest crossover ever introduced by VW; the ruggedly trimmed Alltrack wagon is aimed at…

Mini Countryman faces cold week on “all 4s”

Brrr, it was cold during the last week of the year, yet we headed into 2018 with bright sunshine and daytime temperatures above the freezing mark. As a native of this great state, I’ve always enjoyed our winters, even the…

Lincoln and Audi get “best of year” nods

It’s after catching my breath from a busy 2017 that I offer greetings for the new year. Nearly 100 new cars, trucks and SUVs were sent my way during the past 12 months. The delivery on Nov. 10 of the…

Buick Enclave redesigned, roomier for 2018

With sunnier days and warmer temperatures into the new year, the appearance of the redesigned 2018 Enclave has brightened, too, showrooms of Buick dealerships. The new Enclave is one of the most refined of a strong field of midsize SUVs…

Velar adds midsize to Range Rover line

When I walked out and saw the 2018 Range Rover Velar in my driveway, it seemed much longer than I had imagined it might be. It is the newest luxury midsize sport-utility vehicle on the U.S. market. For it to…

Mitsubishi pins shine on new Eclipse Cross

I’ve driven the 2018 Outlander GT and Outlander Sport, a couple of slow-selling crossovers for Mitsubishi, the Japanese car company hard-pressed in recent years to become the forgotten car company. The Outlander is a midsize, the Outlander Sport is a…