F-series, Camry continue sales domination

F-series, Camry continue sales domination

Blame it on lack of performance from its 132-horsepower engine and CVT transmission that the Toyota Corolla dropped almost 50,000 sales the past year, yet the good-looking compact remains the third-best-selling sedan in the country. Toyota’s midsize model, the Camry,…

VW embraces crossovers; GTI still the driver

VW embraces crossovers; GTI still the driver

Volkswagen over the past year has launched three new products, widening its stable of all-wheel-drive crossovers and wagons. The new Atlas is a three-row competitor, the largest crossover ever introduced by VW; the ruggedly trimmed Alltrack wagon is aimed at…

Mini Countryman faces cold week on “all 4s”

Mini Countryman faces cold week on “all 4s”

Brrr, it was cold during the last week of the year, yet we headed into 2018 with bright sunshine and daytime temperatures above the freezing mark. As a native of this great state, I’ve always enjoyed our winters, even the…

Lincoln and Audi get “best of year” nods

Lincoln and Audi get “best of year” nods

It’s after catching my breath from a busy 2017 that I offer greetings for the new year. Nearly 100 new cars, trucks and SUVs were sent my way during the past 12 months. The delivery on Nov. 10 of the…

Buick Enclave redesigned, roomier for 2018

Buick Enclave redesigned, roomier for 2018

With sunnier days and warmer temperatures into the new year, the appearance of the redesigned 2018 Enclave has brightened, too, showrooms of Buick dealerships. The new Enclave is one of the most refined of a strong field of midsize SUVs…

Velar adds midsize to Range Rover line

Velar adds midsize to Range Rover line

When I walked out and saw the 2018 Range Rover Velar in my driveway, it seemed much longer than I had imagined it might be. It is the newest luxury midsize sport-utility vehicle on the U.S. market. For it to…

Mitsubishi pins shine on new Eclipse Cross

Mitsubishi pins shine on new Eclipse Cross

I’ve driven the 2018 Outlander GT and Outlander Sport, a couple of slow-selling crossovers for Mitsubishi, the Japanese car company hard-pressed in recent years to become the forgotten car company. The Outlander is a midsize, the Outlander Sport is a…

Ford Edge Sport is strong performer

Ford Edge Sport is strong performer

The Sport version of the 2017 Edge puts Ford among the top tier of two-row midsize SUV/crossovers. With a firmed-up suspension tied to 21-inch wheels, EcoBoost under the hood, all-wheel drive and a huge cargo area at the rear, the…

Toyota celebrates 60-year U.S. auto run

Toyota celebrates 60-year U.S. auto run

From a funny-looking Toyopet Crown, which got Toyota almost laughed off the U.S. market before it really got started in the late 1950s, to today’s perennial sales-leading Camry sedan, the Japanese firm has established an iconic presence alongside Ford, GM…

Jeep Wrangler beats Thompson closure

Jeep Wrangler beats Thompson closure

The rugged Rubicon Recon edition with the 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited was perfect for one final run through the Big Thompson Canyon in late September, before the Colorado Department of Transportation shut down the highway for the winter. It’s not…