2019 Volvo XC40 a top subcompact

2019 Volvo XC40 a top subcompact

The 2019 Volvo XC40, enroute to the Denver Auto Show, took a side road to the north and wound up in my garage for a few days. Backed out of its stall, it carried Jan and me 60 miles to…

Hyundai Sonata responds to midsize lull

Hyundai Sonata responds to midsize lull

Noticeably firmer in suspension with less body roll, the 2018 Hyundai Sonata has added an 8-speed automatic transmission to its turbocharged engine in an effort to move upward in the always crowded midsize sedan market. Hyundai in 1998 drew attention…

My picks, and winners, at auto show

My picks, and winners, at auto show

My selections for Car/Truck/SUV of the Year at the 2018 Denver Auto Show at the Colorado Convention Center were the Alfa Romeo Giulia, Ford F250 Super Duty and Volvo XC60, respectively. When the winners were announced, though, in voting by…

Trackhawk puts Jeep in fast lane

Trackhawk puts Jeep in fast lane

Out east of Greeley one evening, I brought the Jeep to a stop, pushed the “launch” button, held the brake momentarily as I mashed the accelerator and we flew down the paved road for a few seconds before I shut…

V-8 drives Nissan Titan westward

V-8 drives Nissan Titan westward

Jan and I took a couple hours out of a wet and cold afternoon and, in a 2018 Nissan Titan 4X4, headed west on U.S. 34. Just this side of the Dam Store at the opening of the Big Thompson…

Chevy pins hope on Cruze hatch, diesel

Chevy pins hope on Cruze hatch, diesel

Slipped very quietly, and somewhat surprisingly, beneath the hood of the hot new Chevy Cruze hatchback I’ve been driving was a small turbodiesel engine and 9-speed automatic transmission. Chevrolet, it seems, is bucking consensus that the Volkswagen diesel scandal of…