Kia 1st to show ’16 model, the Sorento

Kia 1st to show ’16 model, the Sorento

By Bud Wells Already rolling into Colorado are several 2016-model cars and trucks, still a month ahead of the 2015 Denver Auto Show. The ’16 Kia Sorento SUV is the first I’ve driven. It’s 3 inches longer than last year’s…

Supercharged, turbocharged Volvo S60

Supercharged, turbocharged Volvo S60

What’s preferable for power-boosting – supercharging or turbocharging? The difference, of course, in the added air-induction system into the cylinders is that a supercharger is belt-driven, a turbocharger is exhaust-driven. As for which is the better process, Volvo says that…

2015 VW Golf earns merits in motion

2015 VW Golf earns merits in motion

There’s not a lot of glamour associated with the 2015 Volkswagen Golf TSI SE hatchback, yet I seemed, over and over, to look for reasons to get into its driver’s seat and maneuver it all over town. This allure might…

Back Then. . .1980 Plymouth Gran Fury

Back Then. . .1980 Plymouth Gran Fury

Thirty-five years ago this week, I reviewed in the Denver Post the 1980 Plymouth Gran Fury Salon four-door sedan. Excerpts: The long popular Plymouth nameplate, which has been surprisingly short in model variety for several years, has been expanded this…

Hyundai eyes gains for 7th-gen Sonata

Hyundai eyes gains for 7th-gen Sonata

  Hyundai sticks with 4-cylinder power, naturally aspirated or turbocharged, as its seventh-generation 2015 Sonata midsize sedan attempts to move up from its 10th place position in car sales in this country. The Korean maker is betting on its smaller-block…

Toyota, Ford, Subaru lead Colo. sales

Toyota, Ford, Subaru lead Colo. sales

Toyota, Ford and Subaru were the biggest sellers of new cars and trucks in Colorado during the past year, while Jeep, Audi and Ram posted large increases in sales. Registrations of new cars and trucks in the state increased by…

Dodge offers 3 engines for ’15 Dart

Dodge offers 3 engines for ’15 Dart

  I glanced briefly at the center stack, while heading downroad after dark in the 2015 Dodge Dart GT, and staring right back at me was the colorful face of the Uconnect 8.4-inch audio/navigation touchscreen display. The large, high-resolution screen…

’15 Outback maintains grip in Rockies

’15 Outback maintains grip in Rockies

  One of the vehicles most closely associated with our state and its rugged terrain is the Subaru Outback. The Outback wagon has been the staple of Subaru’s unqualified success in Colorado over the past 20 years. Subaru’s outstanding symmetrical…

1st light-bodied F-150 in Castle Pines

1st light-bodied F-150 in Castle Pines

Chris and JoAnne Jones, right, of Castle Pines, show their 2015 Ford Platinum F-150 truck, the first of the new aluminum-bodied Ford trucks sold in Colorado. Jones, who traded in a 2006 F-150 with 191,000 miles, has been a Ford…

Wrangler Rubicon sparks Jeep sales

Wrangler Rubicon sparks Jeep sales

I was crawling over a snow-covered trail in a 2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Hard Rock the same day the final 2014 U.S. car/truck sales results were announced from Detroit. Jeep showed the largest sales jump among all makes in the…