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…

My picks, and winners, at auto show

My picks, and winners, at auto show

My selections for Car/Truck/SUV of the Year at the 2018 Denver Auto Show at the Colorado Convention Center were the Alfa Romeo Giulia, Ford F250 Super Duty and Volvo XC60, respectively. When the winners were announced, though, in voting by…

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…

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…