Kia adds pizzazz with Stinger GT

Kia adds pizzazz with Stinger GT

With a last bite of key lime pie put away on an April night at the Oceanaire Restaurant in downtown Denver, I crawled into the driver’s seat of the 2018 Kia Stinger GT and drove away from two days and…

Honda Accord tests Big Thompson, plains

Honda Accord tests Big Thompson, plains

A comfortable, roomy interior, 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and smooth, 10-speed automatic transmission highlighted the 2018 Honda Accord through a 350-miles circle drive to Wray, Sterling and back to Greeley on Memorial Day weekend 2018. In its 10th-generation restyling, the Accord…

Turbo lets Mazda6 defy midsize sales slump

Turbo lets Mazda6 defy midsize sales slump

There is no slicker-looking midsize sedan out there, and, now, finally, it’s got turbocharged power. It’s the 2018 Mazda6 Signature four-door, which has retained its “soul of motion” sleek design in red crystal, and emboldened the front with a larger…

’19 Ram Rebel rolls in rain, Rist

’19 Ram Rebel rolls in rain, Rist

Offroading along a sandhill trail following three or four rainfalls topped off 10 days for me in the driver’s seat of the 2019 Ram 1500 Rebel Crew Cab 4X4. Earlier, the rugged Rebel showed its mettle in an afternoon drive…

Nissan Leaf, Infiniti VC-T empowered

Nissan Leaf, Infiniti VC-T empowered

Two automobile power sources beyond the norm, one from Nissan and the other from Nissan’s  luxury division Infiniti, have rolled my way. Particularly smooth is the Nissan Leaf’s fully electric system, which for the second-generation 2018 model has achieved an…

2019 Volvo XC40 a top subcompact

2019 Volvo XC40 a top subcompact

The 2019 Volvo XC40, enroute to the Denver Auto Show, took a side road to the north and wound up in my garage for a few days. Backed out of its stall, it carried Jan and me 60 miles to…

Hyundai Sonata responds to midsize lull

Hyundai Sonata responds to midsize lull

Noticeably firmer in suspension with less body roll, the 2018 Hyundai Sonata has added an 8-speed automatic transmission to its turbocharged engine in an effort to move upward in the always crowded midsize sedan market. Hyundai in 1998 drew attention…

Trackhawk puts Jeep in fast lane

Trackhawk puts Jeep in fast lane

Out east of Greeley one evening, I brought the Jeep to a stop, pushed the “launch” button, held the brake momentarily as I mashed the accelerator and we flew down the paved road for a few seconds before I shut…

V-8 drives Nissan Titan westward

V-8 drives Nissan Titan westward

Jan and I took a couple hours out of a wet and cold afternoon and, in a 2018 Nissan Titan 4X4, headed west on U.S. 34. Just this side of the Dam Store at the opening of the Big Thompson…

Chevy pins hope on Cruze hatch, diesel

Chevy pins hope on Cruze hatch, diesel

Slipped very quietly, and somewhat surprisingly, beneath the hood of the hot new Chevy Cruze hatchback I’ve been driving was a small turbodiesel engine and 9-speed automatic transmission. Chevrolet, it seems, is bucking consensus that the Volkswagen diesel scandal of…