S580 is ‘dream;’ Frontier is top truck

My word, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class was better, is now even better. Carrying me out of year 2021 this week was the S580 4Matic Sedan, a bit bigger at 208 inches in overall length and curb weight of 5,290 pounds. It’s…

Bud’s 2,500th review – ‘Merry Christmas’

“Merry Christmas” I shout out from the open window of the 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer. It is a special time for me, as the Grand Wagoneer is the 2,500th car or truck I’ve reviewed over the past 44 years –…

Genesis GV70 earns divisional recognition

“Is that a Bentley?,” Robert McKeigan hollered out the window of his pickup as I parked in a fueling lane at Stub’s Gas & Oil in Wiggins early afternoon on my way to Wray. “No, it’s a Genesis,” I responded,…

Hybrid switch brightens Toyota minivan

A bright position in a slumping automotive market category of minivans appears to be that of the Toyota Sienna and its maker’s decision a year ago to produce and sell only gas/electric hybrid models. Contrasting that is FCA’s axing a…

Colo. Auto Hall of Fame induction

More than 600 persons gathered beneath a large tent on an evening in mid-September 2021 on the grounds of the Elitch Gardens to celebrate the induction of the inaugural class for the Colorado Automotive Hall of Fame. The 12th annual…

Jeep testing plug-in Wrangler

Jeep? Electrified? I’ve seen it and driven it, a plug-in hybrid. For the Wrangler offroad star to be primed for the alternative power source probably means the entire automotive industry is making preparation. In fact, Carlos Tavares, CEO of Stellantis…

Back then. . .’81 Maserati Merak

(Forty years ago, in 1981, I enjoyed testing the Maserati Merak SS, an Italian dream machine which I reviewed in The Denver Post.) The ’81 Maserati at $42,637 was the highest-priced auto I drove and reviewed until July of 1993,…

Subaru adds Wilderness to Outback

A new Wilderness edition for the long-popular Outback wagon is being heavily promoted these fall days (2021) by Subaru. A 260-horsepower, turbocharged 4-cylinder boxer engine with electronic high-torque continuously variable transmission, front skid plate and Yokohama Geolandar all-terrain tires on…

’22 Kia Carnival makes run to Springs

It wasn’t enough that I drove the Carnival 130 miles to Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs; the Pikes Peak road to its new Visitor Center was closed on a Saturday in August, and I would have to come back another…

Bronco 4-door to pit Ford, Jeep in sales race

Ford vs. Ferrari, it’s now on the shelf. Ford may be stirring for another race – Ford vs. Jeep, subtitled Bronco against Wrangler Unlimited, 4-doors, of course. Ford’s been without a Bronco since 1996 and for the past 15 years…