Miata ‘spring’ test

Miata ‘spring’ test

Someone seeing me on a mid-February morning in a little Mazda Miata scooting through the 6-inch-deep snow asked, “Why would you be out in that, with four-wheel-drives sitting at your house?” Well, the deep snow was out there, as was…

Outback carries Subaru into 50th celebration

Outback carries Subaru into 50th celebration

Jim Colwell and I, in the 2018 Subaru Outback Touring wagon, made the climb up to the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) above Boulder for lunch on a Wednesday morning. Subaru this year is observing its 50th anniversary in…

Audi allroad wagon grips snow reputation

Audi allroad wagon grips snow reputation

Not everyone concerned with winter-weather driving in Colorado purchases SUVs or crossovers. It seems that way, yet there are other choices. A gem of a product falling between the multitude of SUVs and the front-drive or rear-drive sedans is the…

Challenger, Camaro, Mustang still at it

Challenger, Camaro, Mustang still at it

Warmed up after an ice-driving event near Winter Park a few days earlier, two spirited sport-model autos were sent my way – the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti all-wheel-drive sedan and the 2018 Dodge Challenger GT all-wheel-drive coupe.   Shod…

New turbos, shifter for GMC Terrain

New turbos, shifter for GMC Terrain

I’m a push-button shifter from way back; crawling into the 2018 GMC Terrain Denali cabin for the first time, though, I had to take a second look to determine there were shift controls. The Terrain’s new electronic precision shifter consists…

Kia plug-in pushes hybrid count

Kia plug-in pushes hybrid count

With 15 miles of electric charge in the battery pack, Jan and I on a recent cold evening guided the 2018 Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid 55 miles “round the block.” The big block was from Greeley west to Loveland, north…

Long wait ends for R-type Honda

Long wait ends for R-type Honda

Of the many persons attracted by the flash of the 2017 Honda Civic Type R Touring, some weren’t sure even of its make, let alone its model identity. That’s understandable, for this is the first year it’s been imported to…

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…

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…