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…

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…