Rear DVD, vacuum lift Odyssey SE sales

Rear DVD, vacuum lift Odyssey SE sales

In the face of the continued dwindling minivan market in the U.S., Honda Odyssey sales have held steady this year, boosted most recently by introduction of a new SE model for 2016. The value-based SE trim features a DVD rear-seat…

1.6 turbo guides ’16 Tucson to Vail

1.6 turbo guides ’16 Tucson to Vail

“Is it snappy,” someone asked of the 2016 Acura ILX sedan. No, not really, kind of average. Snazzy, though, it is, with its sharply styled front end. It shapes up somewhat along the lines of the crisply finished Cadillac ATS,…

’16 Maxima shines in Tabernash setting

’16 Maxima shines in Tabernash setting

Sun’s rays filtering through low-hanging clouds high in the Colorado Rockies added luster to the “coulis red” finish on the 2016 Nissan Maxima, one of the most beautiful sedans introduced for the coming model year. The Maxima, featuring a “floating…

’15 Toyota Highlander cruises and climbs

’15 Toyota Highlander cruises and climbs

In its 15th model year, the Toyota Highlander has steadily grown into one of the top-rated midsize crossovers with three rows of seats. It was the newest sport ute in the country in April 2001 when the ’01 Highlander carried…

Back Then. . . .1981 Chevy Monte Carlo

Back Then. . . .1981 Chevy Monte Carlo

Thirty-five years ago, I reviewed in The Denver Post the 1981Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Excerpts: How do you continue improvements on a car as perennially popular as the Monte Carlo? For 1981, Chevrolet has raised the rear deck lid which improves…

Colo. likes ’16 Jag F-Type R softtop’s AWD

Colo. likes ’16 Jag F-Type R softtop’s AWD

“What a looker,” some might say of this new automobile. While its 550 horses make it a superstar and six figures ($121,000) give it elite status, a mere three letters on its rear (AWD) lend it added appeal in the…

Smaller ‘fist’ powers Ford Expedition EL

Smaller ‘fist’ powers Ford Expedition EL

Liken it to a bruiser of a heavyweight hitting harder with a smaller fist – it’s the refreshed third generation of the Ford Expedition EL. Gone is V-8 power, replaced with the awesome EcoBoost V-6. By virtue of its size,…

Dodge Durango offers V-6 or Hemi power

Dodge Durango offers V-6 or Hemi power

A crosshair grille identifies the 2015 Dodge Durango Citadel AWD. (Bud Wells photo) The all-wheel-drive version of the 2015 Dodge Durango Citadel carried me through a varied mix of driving duties recently, performing smoothly with a 295-horsepower, 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6…

’15 Chrysler 300S cruises to Gunnison

’15 Chrysler 300S cruises to Gunnison

  Descending the west side of Monarch Pass on U.S. 50 toward Gunnison, I locked the transmission in 3rd gear for more controlled slowdown in the 2015 Chrysler 300S, braking only occasionally in a tight line of seven cars and…

Complex grille, CVT highlight ’16 Outlander

Complex grille, CVT highlight ’16 Outlander

Hitting showrooms several weeks ago, and lending a boost to a brand that is in need, is the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander. Its new grille caught my attention when the Outlander 2.4 SEL S-AWC model, with only a few hundred miles…