Interest level stirs for Ford Ranger

Interest level stirs for Ford Ranger

Truck sales honors year after year are hauled off by the Ford F-series; now its newer, smaller stablemate, the 2020 Ranger, is drawing notice with satisfactory performance from an EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine, mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Turbo boost…

Back then . . . . . ’78 Jeep Wagoneer

Back then . . . . . ’78 Jeep Wagoneer

(This review of the 1978 Jeep Wagoneer Limited by Bud Wells was featured in The Denver Post of Saturday, Sept. 9, 1978.) Running out of gas within two blocks of where I picked up a big four-wheel-drive unit aroused my…

Roofline  is ‘like it or leave it’ for BMW X6

Roofline is ‘like it or leave it’ for BMW X6

The ’20 version of the BMW X6, always a strong performer with firm ride, has grown a bit – 1 ½-inch-longer wheelbase and an inch longer in overall length just short of 195 inches. Sharing underpinnings with BMW’s popular X5…

Ford contrasts pushrod V-8 with electric

Ford contrasts pushrod V-8 with electric

Interesting it is that the same week I’ve been testing Ford’s new, yet old-style, 7.3-liter pushrod V-8 engine, the company has announced it will bring to market in 2022 a Ford Transit electric cargo van. The electric Transit will follow…

Smooth Honda CR-V is strong seller

Smooth Honda CR-V is strong seller

As it rolls along in mid-4th generation, the 2020 Honda CR-V has earned reputation for pleasant performance – that’s what we got aboard the compact crossover. The CR-V has led sales of compact SUVs/crossovers in six of the past 10…

Elegant Lexus ES300h fuel-efficient, too

Elegant Lexus ES300h fuel-efficient, too

A nice, comfortable ride is a guarantee with the Lexus ES300, a sure thing. Opting for the hybrid version hands the driver a couple other assurances – smooth acceleration and relatively high fuel mileage. Two electric motors perform very efficiently…

Subaru Legacy gets turbo, interior touch

Subaru Legacy gets turbo, interior touch

Finished in crystal white pearl, a 2020 Subaru Legacy Touring XT sedan was a smooth ride to History Colorado’s  Stephen H. Hart Research Center on Broadway in Denver. The Touring XT, like the new Outback recently reviewed, uses a new…

Jeep Wrangler adds light-duty diesel

Jeep Wrangler adds light-duty diesel

Economic, light-duty turbodiesel engines powering Ford, Ram and Chevy/GMC half-ton pickups to their all-time-high fuel mileages are spreading also to the SUV stables. Delivered to me in December 2019 was the 2020 Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 4X4 EcoDiesel. Among our drives…

Comfort, style serve Acura MDX

Comfort, style serve Acura MDX

The first-gen Acura MDX (2001-2006) quickly became recognized as one of the most comfortable of midsize three-row luxury crossovers. For the 2020 MDX, luxurious comfort remains the byword. Over the past 15 or so years, while the overall length of…

BMW 750i xDrive V-8 conquers the snow

BMW 750i xDrive V-8 conquers the snow

When the big snowfalls hit, it’s been my good fortune over the past 40 years that most often I’m in possession of an SUV or pickup with 4X4 capability. Not so this time. In my garage in late November when…