Back then . . . ’81 Honda Civic

Back then . . . ’81 Honda Civic

Thirty-five years ago, I reviewed in The Denver Post the 1981 Honda Civic. Excerpts: It’s no surprise the little Civic is still the bread-and-butter car of the Honda lineup. It is an excellent vehicle for getting about the city –…

Volvo app, Hellcat top moments for ‘15

Volvo app, Hellcat top moments for ‘15

  A Volvo V60 frequently beeping my iPhone, wherever I was, to message me with this or that, and the most powerful American production car ever built dumping a crankcase of oil as I quickly shut it down were memories…

77% of Chrysler 300 Colo. sales are AWD

77% of Chrysler 300 Colo. sales are AWD

As I shout “Merry Christmas” from the open window of an all-wheel-drive sedan, I’m eager as a longtime automotive journalist to promote the added safety and security of AWD in a full-size, four-door automobile. We in Colorado, where winter weather…

To Italy and back for Jeep Renegade

To Italy and back for Jeep Renegade

  It’s Italian-built with an all-American name and a nose like a Chinese pug. The 2015 Jeep Renegade was waiting for us at Denver International Airport on our return from Seattle. It is the newest model for the fast-growing Jeep…

Penkhus named Colorado Time Dealer

Penkhus named Colorado Time Dealer

Bob Penkhus, president of three dealerships in Colorado Springs featuring brands Volvo, Mazda, Volkswagen and Mitsubishi, has been nominated for the 2016 Time Dealer of the Year award. He’ll be honored, along with 50 other dealers from around the country,…

Alfa Romeo returns with 4C Spider

Alfa Romeo returns with 4C Spider

Most impressive in style at the Denver Auto Show last spring, in my observation, were the Nissan Maxima and the new Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe. The Spider (roadster) version of the Alfa Romeo came my way recently and provided one…

Soft top suits lighter ’16 Mazda Miata

Soft top suits lighter ’16 Mazda Miata

A more muscular and sporty exterior is a noticeable highlight for the redesigned Mazda MX-5 Miata convertible for 2016; of more consequence, though, is a 25 percent boost in fuel mileage. The pleasure of testing a Grand Touring version of…

’16 Cadillac ATS smooths its road act

’16 Cadillac ATS smooths its road act

  Powertrain enhancements are the keys for the 2016 Cadillac ATS in its reach for more market share against entry-level European luxury sedans. A new 335-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 engine with stop-start technology and cylinder deactivation, mated to an 8-speed automatic…

Upgraded Forester Subaru’s best seller

Upgraded Forester Subaru’s best seller

Give me a week in and out of a well-equipped Subaru and, it seems, I walk away from it with improved EyeSight. The 2016 Forester 2.0XT Touring model, in a quartz blue pearl finish, was the subject of my attention….

Fiat 500X tracks unveiling of Bentley SUV

Fiat 500X tracks unveiling of Bentley SUV

The shapely 2016 Fiat 500X, finished in Italian rosso (red), carried us south toward the city one evening last week. From somewhat of a pug nose and two bulging eyes (headlights) in front, the little hatchback slopes out nicely at…