GX460 is tough Lexus; LS surpasses $100,000

GX460 is tough Lexus; LS surpasses $100,000

I’ve driven back-to-back in early summer two Lexus luxuries – the 2018 GX460 midsize sport utility vehicle and the LS500 full-size sedan. To spend time in the GX460 is to be reminded of Toyota’s 4Runner, which I’ve considered one of…

Sizing up the 2018 Nissan Armada

Sizing up the 2018 Nissan Armada

The big, comfortable-riding Nissan Armada showed up on U.S. shores in 2003 to compete with the Toyota Sequoia, which had been introduced over here three years earlier. The two have been sharp rivals in the full-size sport utility vehicle market…

Redesign sparks sales push for ‘19 VW Jetta

Redesign sparks sales push for ‘19 VW Jetta

Looking good in my driveway was the all-new 2019 Volkswagen Jetta, redesigned with a small turbocharged engine and 8-speed automatic transmission, and sporting an exterior of “tornado red.” With a sticker of $25,625, the moderate pricing and new appearance should…

Style, twin-turbo V-6 empower Navigator

Style, twin-turbo V-6 empower Navigator

As I approached the two sets of steep, tightly linked hairpin curves in the new Lincoln Navigator on the Devils Gulch Road to Estes Park, I twisted a knob to “slow climb” mode; the big SUV slowed, grunted a bit…

Jeeps climbed high with Marchionne

Jeeps climbed high with Marchionne

Reviewing the 2018 Jeep Compass this week is opportunity to mention the death of Sergio Marchionne, the chief executive of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles who died unexpectedly July 25. Marchionne took charge of Fiat and Chrysler nine years ago when the…

Subaru grows up with ‘19 Ascent

Subaru grows up with ‘19 Ascent

Unveiling of a new midsize SUV, the 2019 Ascent, may be the key for continuing a hot sales pace of several years for Subaru in Colorado. The new one has three rows of seats, will tow up to 5,000 pounds…

Jaguar Sportbrake competes with Volvo

Jaguar Sportbrake competes with Volvo

One look at the elongated roofline of the Jaguar XF Sportbrake wagon tells you this is a midsizer which competes with the Mercedes E-Class wagon and the Volvo V90. The XF Sportbrake is considerably larger than the E-Pace SUV. The…

A wagon emerges, this one from Buick

A wagon emerges, this one from Buick

Every now and then, not often, a new wagon shows up in the U.S. auto industry. Don’t get fooled into thinking they’re all crossovers. The 2018 Buick Regal TourX is an all-wheel-drive wagon. My gosh, the last Buick wagon I…

Tossing weight, V-8 boosts  Expedition

Tossing weight, V-8 boosts Expedition

“Toss it,” is the keyword among Ford decision-makers these days, and its significance is apparent in the attractive, redesigned 2018 Expedition 4X4, full-sized SUV. The new one has shed 300 pounds of curb weight with an aluminum-alloy body, yet offers…

Kia adds pizzazz with Stinger GT

Kia adds pizzazz with Stinger GT

With a last bite of key lime pie put away on an April night at the Oceanaire Restaurant in downtown Denver, I crawled into the driver’s seat of the 2018 Kia Stinger GT and drove away from two days and…