Benz GLB, Supra, Telluride, Gladiator

Benz GLB, Supra, Telluride, Gladiator

My best drive of 2019 was during daylight hours, Christmas Eve, to Johnstown, on to southwest Denver’s Ken Caryl, back north to Windsor and on into Greeley aboard the new entry 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB250 4Matic compact SUV. Highlights were Christmas…

Christmas greetings fly from Jeep

Christmas greetings fly from Jeep

I shout “Merry Christmas” to all my readers Dec. 25, 2019, from the open window of the 2020 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk. With its red tow hooks out front in place of Rudolph’s nose, the Cherokee serves very adequately as a…

S209 is rare addition to Subaru

S209 is rare addition to Subaru

Raise the hood – the sight is stunning. Most noticeable atop the small block are cold-air intake tubes finished in red, along with a large turbocharger, a flat intercooler water spray system for lowering boost temps, fuel pump, fittings here…

Ram, Chevy, Ford diesels hit 30-mpg

Ram, Chevy, Ford diesels hit 30-mpg

Light-duty turbodiesels have arrived and the U.S. light-duty pickup market has never been more inviting. Imagine: 30 miles per gallon on a highway drive with a half-ton pickup – experience it with the ’20-model Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra, Ram 1500…

Toyota Supra has shimmer of Bimmer

Toyota Supra has shimmer of Bimmer

The  Toyota GR Supra has returned; its hiatus of more than 20 years has ended. The 2020 two-seater coupe, beautifully styled in renaissance red finish, showed up from Japan, and is powered by a turbocharged inline-6-cylinder engine, compliments of the…

Mercedes, Lexus compact SUVs test snow

Mercedes, Lexus compact SUVs test snow

Parked side-by-side in my garage in late October when the big snow and cold hit us were two competitive luxury compact sport utility vehicles. Adequately equipped for the 8 inches of snowfall and single-digit temperatures were the performance-enhanced 2020 Mercedes-Benz…

Kia’s quirky model prevails, bless its Soul

Kia’s quirky model prevails, bless its Soul

With a number of its competitive makes discontinued, the Kia Soul makes claim to “survivor,” apparently strong and healthy. The little Kia, you know, is one of those dozen or so subcompacts (and compacts) which were rushed through the automotive…

Colo. Springs dealer Perkins dies

Colo. Springs dealer Perkins dies

Memorial service for Will Perkins, longtime Colorado Springs auto dealer, was at Village Seven Presbyterian Church in the Springs. Perkins, who also served on the boards of many local ministries including Young Life, Navigators and International Students Inc., died Oct….

Montrose’s Flower is Colo. Time dealer

Montrose’s Flower is Colo. Time dealer

Fletcher Flower, whose family’s car business dates back to 1908 in Montrose, has been named 2020 Time Dealer of the Year for Colorado. He’ll be among 48 other dealer nominees from across the country to be honored at the 103rd…

Jeep Gladiator, one of toughest offroaders

Jeep Gladiator, one of toughest offroaders

The new Jeep Gladiator, a four-door pickup, is among the toughest of offroad vehicles, and excels in comparison with Rangers, Tacomas and Frontiers, and possibly even the Chevy Colorado Bison. It’s got coil springs all around, and as trucks and…