Loyalty sustains tough Land Cruiser

Loyalty sustains tough Land Cruiser

The Toyota Land Cruiser, one of the oldest names in the automobile business, is on the lower end of sales numbers these days, yet retains strong loyalty from a devoted group of consumers. Weighing in at almost 6,000 pounds and…

Renegade Trailhawk, hypergreen Wrangler

Renegade Trailhawk, hypergreen Wrangler

A couple Jeeps I’ve driven are the new Trailhawk edition of the Renegade and the Wrangler Rubicon Hard Rock 4X4. Addition of the tough Trailhawk edition is big news for the small Jeep Renegade 4X4 for the 2017 model year….

Hatch is back for Honda Civic

Hatch is back for Honda Civic

The hatch is back; so, too, probably are miles of smiles among some Honda Civic drivers. The 2017 Honda Civic Hatch Sport is the first hatchback-styled Civic sold in the U.S. in 12 years. The fact Honda continued to produce…

It’s called Range Rover Sport

It’s called Range Rover Sport

I took one final drive, short though it was, in the 2017 Range Rover Sport during a Monday morning snowstorm, an hour or so before its scheduled departure from my possession. I love to drive the Range Rovers and could…

Snow or no, FCA unveils Challenger AWD

Snow or no, FCA unveils Challenger AWD

Snow on the ground was the hope of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles executives for their recent gathering at the Ellis Ranch, west of Loveland near the entrance to the Big Thompson Canyon on U.S. 34. For, you see, the occasion to…

Titan shines at Benz/BMW grand opening

Titan shines at Benz/BMW grand opening

The 2017 Nissan Titan Platinum Reserve 4WD pickup, with quilted leather seats, carried us into Denver  Wednesday evening, Feb. 15, and shown brightly in a mix among mostly premium luxury sedans outside the grand opening of Mercedes-Benz of Denver and…

BMW X4’s turbo-6 tries out Boulder Canyon

BMW X4’s turbo-6 tries out Boulder Canyon

With an excellent, albeit somewhat unusual, all-wheel-drive vehicle, Jan and I enjoyed a drive in to Boulder on a snowy day with wet roads and some ice. The 2017 BMW X4 is a slope-backed SUV crossover hatchback, a four-door which…

Rogue top gainer; F-series, Camry lead sales

Rogue top gainer; F-series, Camry lead sales

For the 40th, or, actually, the 41st time, let me say, “Ford F-series outsells every vehicle in this country.” And again and again, I say, “Toyota Camry is tops among sedans.” As more and more consumers switched to new pickups…

Back then . . . .’82 Mercury LN7

Back then . . . .’82 Mercury LN7

1982 Mercury LN7 sport coupe. (Bud Wells photo/1982)(Thirty-five years ago, I wrote this automotive review of the 1982 Mercury LN7 sport coupe for The Denver Post. It was borrowed by Kumpf Lincoln-Mercury, 5000 S. Broadway, for testing. Excerpts:) A rear…

Hybrid market shows slight gain

Hybrid market shows slight gain

Sales of gas/electric hybrids, battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids in the past year barely surpassed their 2015 totals in the U.S. market, accounting for approximately 2.9 percent of total new car, SUV and light truck sales for 2016. Sales…