Nissan Altima climbs high in mpg, sales

Nissan Altima climbs high in mpg, sales

Nissan engineers eked out another mile-per-gallon efficiency from the midsize Altima and its mild-mannered 4-cylinder engine for 2016. Sleeker styling, including redesigned front and rear fascias for improved drag coefficiency, grille shutters, reduction in internal engine friction and continued taming…

Fiat 124 Spider returns; tied to Miata

Fiat 124 Spider returns; tied to Miata

Remember the old Fiat 124 Spider Convertible? After an absence of almost 40 years, it has returned. It showed up at my home early last week, and it’s a 2017 model. What an Italian beauty it is. “Che bellezza!” The…

Carey homestead revisited

Carey homestead revisited

A 2016 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen carried Kim Parker, Jan and me 105 miles last Saturday morning, June 18, to the wide-open plains of northwestern Logan County for a 100th anniversary celebration of the Carey Homestead. The event, hosted by Don…

Lighter batteries, tossed spare boost Prius

Lighter batteries, tossed spare boost Prius

The newest iteration of the famed (or infamous in kidding) Toyota Prius hybrid put on quite a show around here last week. The 2016 version is the fourth generation for the Prius Liftback. I’d been introduced three or four weeks…

Small turbodiesel lends lift to GMC Canyon

Small turbodiesel lends lift to GMC Canyon

I fired up the 4-cylinder turbodiesel engine in the 2016 GMC Canyon 4-by-4 pickup Sunday afternoon, May 1, about the time the rain stopped after five days. That power source, new to the Canyon this year, is a 2.8-liter Duramax,…

Dodge Journey in middle of crossovers

Dodge Journey in middle of crossovers

The 2016 Dodge Journey Crossroad Plus all-wheel drive crossover is an alternative which rides in value between the many two-row offerings and the bigger Chevy Traverse and Ford Flex. The three-row, seven-passenger Journey is a midsizer, and was described as…

Rock rails identify Jeep Wrangler

Rock rails identify Jeep Wrangler

There is no wrangling from me over the opportunity to drive a Wrangler, which I did several weeks ago. That, even though I’d driven a ’15 version a year earlier. Prominent rock rails along the sides identified it as the…

Small block looms large in Volvo XC60

Small block looms large in Volvo XC60

The bigger guys are playing with smaller blocks (as in engine blocks), when it comes to the luxury marques these days. Once dominant V-8 engines some years back were cut to three-quarter size in favor of peppy V-6s with slight…

Infiniti Q50 follows trend to turbo-4

Infiniti Q50 follows trend to turbo-4

Turbocharged 4-cylinder powerplants are catching the attention of more and more luxury car builders these days – all in the name of higher fuel mileage and, at the same time, retaining some get-up-and-go capability. Infiniti has joined the trend, as…

Lloyd Chavez, of Burt Chevrolet fame, dies

Lloyd Chavez, of Burt Chevrolet fame, dies

By Bud Wells Lloyd Chavez, 88, who rose from humble beginnings to head the Burt automotive empire in Denver which became the largest Hispanic-owned business in the country, died on Thursday, May 26. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m….