Alfa’s new Giulia well-suited to Colorado

Guiding the Alfa Romeo Giulia luxury sport sedan over Cameron Pass and down to Walden proved particularly special among this summer’s numerous driving delights. The Giulia is a new player from an old family, based in the hills of Italy;…

Fusion Sport V-6; tough Jeep Compass

Upgraded variations for two old, established models added interest to hot summer drives. Stunning power of the Sport edition of Ford Fusion and the toughened Trailhawk look for the Jeep Compass have lifted both a bit in ratings. The sleekly styled…

SRT shortens road for Grand Cherokee

Yep, the road’s open to Glen Haven (and Estes), and it seems shorter than before the winter closing. The road hasn’t been shortened, it only seemed that way in the powerfully quick 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT 4X4 I drove…

Rugged Toyota 4Runner tests famed ranch

The 2017 Toyota 4Runner looked at home making its way slowly down the dirt road along meandering Crow Creek in the pastures spreading to the east in the huge Wyoming Hereford Ranch, east of Cheyenne. With old-fashioned body-on-frame construction, the…

Long-range Chevy Bolt Electric arrives

Most surprising to me of the 2017 Chevy Bolt Electric hatchback is its immediate acceleration burst; it’s also comfortable, fun to drive and will carry its driver around 250 miles on a single charge. Colorado in May became the 17th…

Fiat 124 Spider tests twists of Rist

By Bud Wells Idling at a stoplight Sunday noon after driving away from lunch in Old Town Fort Collins in a 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth roadster, it took me but a few seconds to brighten the tiny cockpit. With…

Mercedes adds AMG fix to new GLE43 SUV

A special new model, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE43 AMG, was the SUV of choice for my annual Memorial weekend circle drive to Wray and Sterling and back to our Front Range home, which was in Denver for many years and…

V90 wagon completes Volvo flagship line

Following the splash of the Volvo S90, my selection for Car of the Year at the Denver Auto Show, along comes the wagon version – the 2017 V90 Cross Country T6 all-wheel-drive model. Like the S90, the big V90 performs…

Hellcat quick to quieter ground

Showing up in my neighborhood recently was Dodge’s Hellcat, America’s most powerful muscle car. The 2017 Challenger SRT Hellcat coupe, which performs with 707 horsepower, highlighted the weekend. Seeking a relatively quiet roadway for the ‘Cat, Jan and I drove…

1st turbo adds kick to larger Honda CR-V

As well-mannered as ever, the 2017 Honda CR-V has grown a bit and, for the first time, has embraced a turbocharged power source. A bigger stance and wraparound grille/headlights assembly lends a more aggressive look to the new CR-V. The…