’15 Mini Cooper hardtop to add 2 doors

’15 Mini Cooper hardtop to add 2 doors

The little Mini Cooper showed a bit of growth this year, having been stretched 4 inches in overall length on an inch-longer wheelbase, and it is 1.7 inches wider. Some performance pop, too, has been added to the 2014 Mini…

Acura TLX, with 9-speed, climbs to Vail

Acura TLX, with 9-speed, climbs to Vail

For 2015, an engineering feat by Acura has combined two models into one in a midsize makeover. The result is the pleasantly styled ’15 TLX sedan, which delivered us smoothly to Vail and back. The two 2014 models which met…

Jag shines with 550-hp F-Type R Coupe

Jag shines with 550-hp F-Type R Coupe

Eighteen months after the new Jag roadster stole the spotlight at the Denver Auto Show, the hardtop version, the 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe, came my way. What a tough, robust two-seater sports car it is, with a 550-horsepower, 5-liter…

’15 Escalade pushes Cadillac past $90k

’15 Escalade pushes Cadillac past $90k

The climb to 11,670-foot Guanella Pass from Georgetown (elevation 8,530 feet) in little more than 10 miles was a nice drive on a warm, bright, late-September afternoon and an excellent test for the 2015 Cadillac Escalade ESV. Performance was impressive…

Volkswagen CC detours to bike path

Volkswagen CC detours to bike path

Riders on bike brands such as Trek, Specialized, Giant, Felt and others rolled into Wiggins Sunday morning, concluding the three-day Pedal the Plains in northeastern Colorado. My ride was the 2014 Volkswagen CC R-Line, a sleek, low-slung midsize sport sedan….

Honda’s 2015 subcompact is excellent Fit

Honda’s 2015 subcompact is excellent Fit

The little Honda Fit was a standout among the Lincolns and Audis and Chryslers on Sunday evening at Shanahan’s Steakhouse in southeast Denver. Standout for the fact it was finished in mystic yellow, brighter than the others, and, also, it…

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…