Supercharge guides Audi S4 to lofty level

Supercharge guides Audi S4 to lofty level

Grip the small, flat-bottom sport steering wheel, push down the accelerator pedal and feel the immediate surge of power in the 2014 Audi S4 quattro. Audi has replaced the S4’s former V-8 engine with a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6, mated to…

Plan to use C-Max to see Todd falls flat

Plan to use C-Max to see Todd falls flat

A Sunday test of the 2014 Ford C-Max Energi plug-in would have been perfect – a drive to Coors Field in Denver for the Colorado Rockies’ retirement of Todd Helton’s No. 17 jersey. A flat tire, though, threw a wrench…

’14 Stingray shows 7-speed manual, rev match

’14 Stingray shows 7-speed manual, rev match

  I was there (in Detroit) in January 2013 when General Motors unveiled “the new Vette.” Nineteen months later, I’ve driven it. To drive the 2014 Corvette Stingray Coupe is damned exciting; that’s an understatement, particularly for the fact the…

’15 Lexus RX350 long a party favorite

’15 Lexus RX350 long a party favorite

Through the past 15 years, in discussing the Lexus RX sport ute, it’s been interesting to me that no one ever says anything uncomplimentary about it. I drove a 2015 RX350, finished in “fire agate pearl” (metallic brown) color, way…

Cushy ’15 Kia K900 takes aim at S550, A8

Cushy ’15 Kia K900 takes aim at S550, A8

I walked into the Colorado Convention Center one evening 3 ½ months ago, opening night of the Denver Auto Show, and far to my left, beyond the spacious Chevrolet display, was a long, sleek-looking sedan with a Jaguar-like grille. It…

Sound, IDS put ’15 Acura MDX on hot pace

Sound, IDS put ’15 Acura MDX on hot pace

Settled into the driver’s seat, enjoy the wonder of the 12-speaker, fine-tuned surround-sound audio system developed by Grammy award-winning producer Elliot Scheiner. The leather and woodgrain accents are next-best to a concert-hall setting. And, for benefit of those passengers sitting…

Hold mode adds versatility to Chevy Volt

Hold mode adds versatility to Chevy Volt

  The fact a driver of the 2014 Chevrolet Volt can apportion the limited electric drive mode to more optimally meet driving conditions is impressive among new technology for the extended-range plug-in electric. In its first two years of operation…

2015 Chrysler 200 takes AWD to ranch mansion

2015 Chrysler 200 takes AWD to ranch mansion

Selling the qualities and features of the new model was rather easy for three Chrysler execs – Rick Denau and John Nulty from Detroit and Wendy Orthman from Chicago – at a gathering Wednesday evening of 20 invited automotive journalists…

2014 Mazda Miata loses top in 12 seconds

2014 Mazda Miata loses top in 12 seconds

    The 25th anniversary edition of the Mazda Miata, only 100 in number, will arrive in early September, About the same time, Mazda plans to begin providing quick glances to a totally redesigned 2016 Miata. In the meantime, amid…