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…

Super Cruise smooth in new Escalade

The precaution built into the Cadillac Escalade’s Super Cruise “hands-off” system was reassuring to me as I tested the large, luxurious SUV. A highlight of the Super Cruise at this stage of its development is the opportunity for hands-free lane…

Redesigned 2022 Nissan Frontier

The 1984 Nissan pickup, owned by Rick Kussman of Fort Lupton, rests beside the new Frontier. Fans of the Nissan Frontier, you’ve waited patiently, some of you for years for a new-look truck. It’s almost here – the all-new 2022…

Honda Civic retains value-based image

The 2022 Honda Civic Touring sedan, in its new, 11th-generation form, was delivered this month (August 2021). The Civic continues high in popularity, along with its rival Toyota Corolla, while compact, midsize and full-size four-doors are dropping from the sales…

Audi SQ5’s new Sportback aimed at Benz

One of the more outstanding compact SUV crossovers in the luxury field is the Audi Q5; a step above that one is the SQ5 by the same builder, which for 2021 has added an all-new variant called the Sportback. Once…