’16 Acura RDX V-6 shuns turbo trend

’16 Acura RDX V-6 shuns turbo trend

Four-cylinder, turbocharged engines are kicking up performance levels for competitors in the crowded luxury compact crossover field. Most of the 10 makes offer turbo or supercharged power. Horsepower claims have reached as high as 400 for the Porsche Macan, 325…

Long-used Nissan Titan to update in fall

Long-used Nissan Titan to update in fall

I’ve taken a final drive in the outdated 2015 Nissan Titan 4X4 Pro-4X pickup, still operating with its 317-horsepower, 5.6-liter V-8 and 5-speed automatic transmission with gated shifter. The tough Titan was a fine competitor 10 years ago; today its…

MPG leader Ram EcoDiesel atop sales, too

MPG leader Ram EcoDiesel atop sales, too

With a big boost from its fuel-mileage-leading status, the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel pickup has moved to the top of the auto industry’s light-duty diesel sales chart. The Ram has raced past perennial leaders from Volkswagen – the Jetta, Golf and…

X marks Fiat crossover crossroads

X marks Fiat crossover crossroads

  Hustling into town on a recent morning, I was headed for one of the newer event venues, the Blanc, for a preview of one of the newer compact crossovers, the Fiat 500X. The 2016 500X was shown to members…

Chauffeur key option to Range Rover LWB

Chauffeur key option to Range Rover LWB

Rushing one morning along I-25 from the north, I felt somewhat out of place in the stretched Range Rover. Normally, a Range Rover or Land Rover would be a wonderful means of travel for me – I appreciate the driving…

Infiniti QX80 fine drive any direction

When a hermosa blue Infiniti QX80 rolled off an assembly line in Yukuhashi, Japan, a while back, it was pure conjecture among company officials as to what roads the luxurious, high-riding SUV might travel once it reached America. Eventually to…

’15 Cherokee role is cruiser and bruiser

The distinct style of the Jeep Cherokee – its seven-slot grille and slit running lights which pass as headlights to most observers, as well as its high-riding rectangular taillights at the rear – makes it easy to notice the multitude…

2.7 leads aluminum-light F-150 to Redstone

Our most recent jaunt was a very easy, carlike drive and quiet ride in the new aluminum-bodied Ford pickup. The 2015 F-150 Lariat SuperCab 4X4 carried Jan and me to Redstone for her birthday. The new truck, even in its…

Mini Cooper grows in doors and appeal

Better-looking, I’d say, of the new four-door style added to the 2015 Mini Cooper. I’ve been driving the Mini Cooper S Hardtop 4 door with the 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and 6-speed Getrag automatic transmission. The added length (almost 6…

Hellcat idled; Denali sparks GMC Sierra

“Well, hell’s bells,” let me mutter. My longed-for time in the SRT Hellcat version of the Dodge Charger in reality lasted five hours. The ‘Cat is the beast with a 707-horsepower, 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V-8 engine and 8-speed transmission. I…