Stars of 2014, from Fit to Jag

Stars of 2014, from Fit to Jag

“Happy New Year,” I shout from the driver’s seat of the 2015 Dodge Charger AWD to readers of my automotive columns. I opened year 2014 aboard the Nissan Rogue all-wheel-drive compact crossover and ended it this week in the full-sized…

Sporty XSE retains Camry qualities

Sporty XSE retains Camry qualities

“The sportiest Camry yet,” Toyota says of its new 2015 XSE sedan. It does have a stiffened sport suspension and 18-inch wheels; in reality, though, it’s simply another model that reinforces Camry’s rank as one of the finest of family…

Chrysler 200C AWD is ’15 on 12-13-14

Chrysler 200C AWD is ’15 on 12-13-14

Today, I review a ’15 on 12-13-14. It’s the Chrysler 200C all-wheel-drive midsize sedan, which posted the hottest sales gain in the auto industry last month. Whether the numerically based lead of the column is liked, or disliked, it is…

BMW’s new X4 shaped like small X6

BMW’s new X4 shaped like small X6

It’s a beautiful finish, in melbourne red metallic, which adds $550 to its cost. Impressive, too, is its interior, white nevada leather with red contrast stitching, and that’s an extra $1,450. It is BMW’s new 2015 X4 crossover hatchback, which…

Engine, cargo boost ‘15 Honda CR-V

Engine, cargo boost ‘15 Honda CR-V

Happy Thanksgiving! How many turkeys can be hauled in the cargo area of the 2015 Honda CR-V? Talking frozen, dressed birds of 15 to 18 pounds, the number might be 40 to 50, depending on how they’re squeezed in and…

Bud drives aluminum-bodied F-150

Bud drives aluminum-bodied F-150

To adhere a “light on its feet” label to a tough-looking vehicle is a major step toward success these days in the automotive truck world. Ford, on a cold, windy morning this week, showed off its new aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup…

Lean ’15 BMW M4 returns to inline-6

Lean ’15 BMW M4 returns to inline-6

Compliments seemed to follow this special new car all over the place. It’s the 2015 BMW M4 Coupe, which previously was designated the M3. BMW, though, has separated its 3 series four-door sedans from the coupes, which now are known…

’15 Toyota 4Runner retains stature

’15 Toyota 4Runner retains stature

  I recently scanned a lengthy list of refined vehicles by Toyota, let my eyes fall near to the bottom, and selected a 2015 4Runner 4X4 Trail Premium V-6, finished in barcelona red metallic paint. The 4Runner, built on the…

Fusion gets 1.5 turbo; ped safety explored

Fusion gets 1.5 turbo; ped safety explored

We’ve moved fully into the new model year, with 2015 cars and trucks all over the showrooms. Yet, delivered recently to me was a 2014 Ford Fusion SE, and I was glad to get it, for two reasons: In order…

’15 Mazda3 makes time for book meeting

’15 Mazda3 makes time for book meeting

The sharp-looking little compact, a 2015 model, got me to Denver on time early last week for a final meeting of the book committee before the volume’s delivery to the printer. The car is the Mazda3 five-door hatchback; the book…