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…

AWD, 6-cyl., app lift Volvo V60

AWD, 6-cyl., app lift Volvo V60

My son Dale and I about 9 p.m. on a recent cold night had parked and were out pushing a neighbor woman in her front-wheel-drive Hyundai from deep snow along the side of the street. About the same time, my…

AWD adds appeal to IS250’s small V-6

AWD adds appeal to IS250’s small V-6

Even with the added grip of all-wheel drive, we sometimes churned and skidded through the deep, soft snow during the New Year’s holidays aboard the 2015 Lexus IS250 AWD sedan. Jan and I on New Year’s Day drove to Sterling…

Hybrid sales slip; Camry is smooth

Hybrid sales slip; Camry is smooth

No matter how I drove the 2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid during a week in December – in town or out on the highway – it seemed to average 38 to 40 miles per gallon. That’s how it should be, I…

Dodge Charger aims AWD, V-6 at snow

Dodge Charger aims AWD, V-6 at snow

Dodge on and off over the years has built a strong performance image for its Charger. It’s been based on Hemi V-8s and rear-wheel-drive power. Let me tell you, though, with 8 to 10 inches of snow in the streets…

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…