Back then . . . . . ’99 Mazda Miata

Back then . . . . . ’99 Mazda Miata

(Excerpts from a review of the 10th Anniversary Mazda Miata, April 17, 1999, by Bud Wells) The Palace Arms’ rack of lamb was luscious and a dozen fellow automotive writers lent conviviality to the evening. The highlight for me, though,…

Stretched VW Tiguan, 30th Mazda Miata

Stretched VW Tiguan, 30th Mazda Miata

Worthy of attention in budwells.com are the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan SUV crossover and the ’19 Mazda MX-5 RF Miata roadster. Why? The Tiguan, since it was enlarged in second-generation form a year ago, has shot to the front of VW…

Iacocca; Land Rover Defender, Discovery

Iacocca; Land Rover Defender, Discovery

Much is happening, as we move into July, almost an overflow of column material. Lee Iacocca died; I’ll be grilling for a third of the family on the Fourth; the current review is the Land Rover Discovery, yet bigger news…

Blue hue admired on Ford F-150

Blue hue admired on Ford F-150

The 2019 Ford F-150 SuperCrew pickup sat in my driveway and Jan was working in one of her flower beds when neighbors Dennis and Marsha, out for a walk, stopped to chat with her. Commenting on the pickup, one of…

Midsizers: Kia Telluride vs. Chevy Blazer

Midsizers: Kia Telluride vs. Chevy Blazer

Parked side-by-side in my garage were two all-new midsize SUV crossovers – the 2020 Kia Telluride SX and ’19 Chevrolet Blazer Premier. They’ll compete for sales success with more than a dozen other midsizers, including the redesigned Honda Passport, the…

‘19 Toyota Prius gets partial AWD

‘19 Toyota Prius gets partial AWD

I’d heard that Toyota, in Japan, had added all-wheel-drive technology to its Prius being sold there, so, at a meeting in Denver three years ago I asked Toyota executive David Lee if the company might do the same in Colorado….