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…

Mercedes offers 4X4 Crew Van

Mercedes offers 4X4 Crew Van

Drawing interest parked along the street outside my home during a summer week was a big, red Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 Crew Van. This is the high-roof model, competing with other commercial vans, such as Ram ProMaster, Ford Transit Connect, Chevy…

China-built Envision strengthens Buick

China-built Envision strengthens Buick

A spirited performer it is, the 2019 Buick Envision, right out of a GM factory in China. It’s mildly impressive, not only for its performance, but also its exterior style and interior comfort and quietness. The Envision was designed originally…

SH-AWD platform, 10-speed boost Acura RDX

SH-AWD platform, 10-speed boost Acura RDX

A floating roof design, with which another Japanese maker found success two or three years ago, and wraparound rear window are most visible of the extensive makeover for the 2019 Acura RDX. A new 10-speed automatic transmission and torque-vectoring all-wheel…

Ford Mustang GT is 1-in-10-million

Ford Mustang GT is 1-in-10-million

Ford, for 10 million reasons, spared the iconic Mustang when the company’s decision-makers said recently they’ll soon end production of all their other sedans, in favor of trucks and SUVs. Ten million Mustangs have rolled off the Ford assembly lines…

EcoSport assumes small role for Ford

EcoSport assumes small role for Ford

Ford SUVs sold in record numbers in June, emphasizing its recent decision to soon get out of the business of building automobile sedans. I’ve driven its newest, and smallest, SUV – the subcompact Ford EcoSport. Rounding out Ford’s strong SUV/crossover…