TRD trim adds sport to Avalon, Camry

TRD trim adds sport to Avalon, Camry

The TRD badge, a synonym for “performance” for years on Toyota trucks and SUVs, has surprisingly been added to Avalon and Camry sedans, and I showed one off in a drive to Sterling in July. The TRD (Toyota Racing Development)…

Eastbound Sprinter’s destination: Dewey’s

Eastbound Sprinter’s destination: Dewey’s

The huge vehicle showed up at my house on a Thursday morning; a high-roof Sprinter 2500 passenger van, built by Mercedes-Benz. It stands 9 feet in height, has seating for 12. Behind the driver and front-seat passenger are a second…

Little Toyota Yaris 38.9 mpg, $19k price

Little Toyota Yaris 38.9 mpg, $19k price

The automotive mix continues. Toyota has returned a hatchback to the Yaris subcompact lineup for 2020, after a year’s absence; it is a version of the Mazda2 and produced in a Mazda plant in Salamanca, Mexico. Pricing falls below $20,000….

VW Golf GTI finishes a mile short

VW Golf GTI finishes a mile short

Right around 350 bucks is all that separated sticker prices on two new cars I drove back-to-back for review in The Post. The 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI 2.0T Autobahn rolled in at $37,415; almost matching that is the ’20 Mini…

$233,000 McLaren shines on Father’s Day

$233,000 McLaren shines on Father’s Day

Roars from my garage on numerous startups during Father’s Day weekend were from the English-built 2020 McLaren 570S Spider. What an absolute treat for this old dad. This beautifully structured superperformer drew admiring stares and waves almost everywhere, from backing…

’20 Frontier gets new V-6, 9-speed

’20 Frontier gets new V-6, 9-speed

Same old truck (still a model year away from redesign) until the hood is lifted. My gosh, Nissan has pulled a fast one, moving ahead the production of powertrain for the new-look 2021 Frontier pickup and slipping it into the…

V-6 EcoBoost, 10-speed power Expedition

V-6 EcoBoost, 10-speed power Expedition

Almost a quarter-century ago, in the fall of 1996, two of my co-workers, Doug Freed and Karrie Mowen, excitedly took advantage of a blockbuster sale on the last of the big, 2-door Ford Broncos. Each bought one. The Bronco exodus…

Smoothly styled Honda CR-V Hybrid

Smoothly styled Honda CR-V Hybrid

Heading south on a Monday morning on U.S. 287 aboard the new 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid Touring crossover, Jan and I turned toward Lafayette and into the Indian Peaks subdivision. The sharply restyled Honda looked right at home amid the…

Tuned suspension aids grip of Toyota Tacoma

Tuned suspension aids grip of Toyota Tacoma

Pacing along at about 50 miles per hour against the slickness of 5 to 6 inches of snow one morning in April, the 2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro 4X4 Double Cab carried us into the Fort Collins area. It was…

Dodge retains sales with Charger V-6

Dodge retains sales with Charger V-6

Only a few automotive models had defied the lengthy slump in sedan sales across the country before the coronavirus slowed down the entire industry. One which increased its presence was the Dodge Charger, with or without a Hemi under its…