Another early ’16  arrival, the Mazda6

Another early ’16 arrival, the Mazda6

  Another 2016 model, the Mazda6 midsize sedan carrying an EPA estimate of 40 miles per gallon on the highway, has been sent my way. It follows last week’s 2016 Kia Sorento crossover SUV. Both will be seen at the…

Boulder event showcases ’15 Chrysler 300

Boulder event showcases ’15 Chrysler 300

Chrysler showed off four models of its 300 flagship sedan at a gathering in Boulder Thursday evening. Parked out front of the Rembrandt Yard Art Gallery & Event Center for 30 members of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press were the…

Kia 1st to show ’16 model, the Sorento

Kia 1st to show ’16 model, the Sorento

By Bud Wells Already rolling into Colorado are several 2016-model cars and trucks, still a month ahead of the 2015 Denver Auto Show. The ’16 Kia Sorento SUV is the first I’ve driven. It’s 3 inches longer than last year’s…

Supercharged, turbocharged Volvo S60

Supercharged, turbocharged Volvo S60

What’s preferable for power-boosting – supercharging or turbocharging? The difference, of course, in the added air-induction system into the cylinders is that a supercharger is belt-driven, a turbocharger is exhaust-driven. As for which is the better process, Volvo says that…

2015 VW Golf earns merits in motion

2015 VW Golf earns merits in motion

There’s not a lot of glamour associated with the 2015 Volkswagen Golf TSI SE hatchback, yet I seemed, over and over, to look for reasons to get into its driver’s seat and maneuver it all over town. This allure might…

Hyundai eyes gains for 7th-gen Sonata

Hyundai eyes gains for 7th-gen Sonata

  Hyundai sticks with 4-cylinder power, naturally aspirated or turbocharged, as its seventh-generation 2015 Sonata midsize sedan attempts to move up from its 10th place position in car sales in this country. The Korean maker is betting on its smaller-block…

Dodge offers 3 engines for ’15 Dart

Dodge offers 3 engines for ’15 Dart

  I glanced briefly at the center stack, while heading downroad after dark in the 2015 Dodge Dart GT, and staring right back at me was the colorful face of the Uconnect 8.4-inch audio/navigation touchscreen display. The large, high-resolution screen…

’15 Outback maintains grip in Rockies

’15 Outback maintains grip in Rockies

  One of the vehicles most closely associated with our state and its rugged terrain is the Subaru Outback. The Outback wagon has been the staple of Subaru’s unqualified success in Colorado over the past 20 years. Subaru’s outstanding symmetrical…

Wrangler Rubicon sparks Jeep sales

Wrangler Rubicon sparks Jeep sales

I was crawling over a snow-covered trail in a 2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Hard Rock the same day the final 2014 U.S. car/truck sales results were announced from Detroit. Jeep showed the largest sales jump among all makes in the…

New RAV4 rolls down memory lane

New RAV4 rolls down memory lane

Toyota provided me with a 2015 RAV4 all-wheel-drive crossover for a drive to Sterling and a final editorial meeting with J. Howard Crooks. Well, it wasn’t actually an editorial session; it was a memorial service at Chaney-Reager Funeral Home for…