’20 Mercedes prototype smooths road ahead

’20 Mercedes prototype smooths road ahead

Driving a 2020 Mercedes-Benz prototype of the GLE450 4Matic SUV to snowy Avon on a December weekend was an early Christmas pleasure for Jan and me. The snow was light as we entered I-70’s Eisenhower Tunnel on the east on…

’19 Honda Pilot adds 9-speed smoothness

’19 Honda Pilot adds 9-speed smoothness

Oh, so refined, is the Honda Pilot, which has been refreshed for the 2019 model year. While others in the crowded SUV/crossover field continue to tweak offroad capabilities, get a charge through turbo power and borrow hybrid gas/electric technology from…

Power, size, style – in plaid – added to Volvo V60

Power, size, style – in plaid – added to Volvo V60

The beautifully styled 2019 Volvo V60 all-wheel-drive wagon, in its second-generation debut, showed up at my place with, of all things – plaid seats. Pay no attention to what they’re called, Blond City Weave Textile Upholstery; they’re interwoven gray and…

VW Beetle maps final run to ‘end of road’ – again

VW Beetle maps final run to ‘end of road’ – again

The Beetle is going away – again. Volkswagen said it will discontinue the Beetle following the 2019 model year. Only 13,000 have been sold through the end of October this year. Special models planned for the finale were featured at…

2019 Subaru Forester sizes up in safety

2019 Subaru Forester sizes up in safety

Upgrades were in evidence as I looked over the 2019 Subaru Forester in my driveway one evening. Most obvious was a new color, jasper green metallic, and the Sube looked roomier with a low beltline and tall glass for good…

2019 Ram tests snow in drive to Montrose

2019 Ram tests snow in drive to Montrose

With snow blowing and almost dark at 4:30 p.m. on a Sunday, first day of daylight saving change, we turned off  U.S. 24 and headed west on U.S. 50, climbing Monarch Pass enroute to Gunnison. The 2019 Ram 1500 Longhorn…

Toyota Avalon gets hybrid boost for ‘19

Toyota Avalon gets hybrid boost for ‘19

Pleasant drives were the norm for a week in late October aboard the redesigned 2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid. Performance-wise, it won’t match the gasoline-powered version, but the big sedan has the same cushy ride, and it’s the quietest one I’ve…

Dodge race is on; new SUV, wagon for Jaguar

Dodge race is on; new SUV, wagon for Jaguar

While Dodge is running the big NHRA show at Bandimere (July 2018), I’m reviewing two new Jaguars – the E-Pace all-wheel-drive SUV and the long, slick-looking XF Sportbrake AWD wagon. The side-glance to Dodge comes from a noon luncheon at…

50th anniversary Bullitt stirs memories

50th anniversary Bullitt stirs memories

Four weeks after testing the 2018 Mustang GT, Ford sends me another edition of the iconic pony car – the 2019 Mustang Bullitt for the 50th anniversary of the movie which brought fame and renown to the coupe. The movie,…

‘19 Kia Sorento joins RMAP lunch at Stanley

‘19 Kia Sorento joins RMAP lunch at Stanley

The 2019 Kia Sorento, having undergone several major changes and an improved appearance, carried me on Wednesday, Aug. 22, to the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park for a luncheon of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press (RMAP). All Sorentos for ’19…