Kia strengthens line with turboed Seltos

Kia strengthens line with turboed Seltos

Since Super Bowl Sunday in very early February, interest has grown toward the 2021 Kia Seltos, the flashy little subcompact crossover which drew so much acclaim when it was featured in a commercial with the Las Vegas Raiders’ Josh Jacobs….

From Bullitt to Corolla Hybrid for RMAP

From Bullitt to Corolla Hybrid for RMAP

In a direct contrast to last year’s winner, the 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid has been named Car of the Year by members of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. Style and 52-miles-per-gallon fuel estimate earned this year’s prize for the Corolla…

Bigger Toyota Highlander goes upscale

Bigger Toyota Highlander goes upscale

Redesigned for the 2020 model year is the Toyota Highlander, now in its fourth generation.  It looks somewhat larger; its wheelbase has been stretched from 109.8 inches to 112.2 and in overall length it has grown from 192.5 inches to…

Interest level stirs for Ford Ranger

Interest level stirs for Ford Ranger

Truck sales honors year after year are hauled off by the Ford F-series; now its newer, smaller stablemate, the 2020 Ranger, is drawing notice with satisfactory performance from an EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine, mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Turbo boost…

Back then . . . . . ’78 Jeep Wagoneer

Back then . . . . . ’78 Jeep Wagoneer

(This review of the 1978 Jeep Wagoneer Limited by Bud Wells was featured in The Denver Post of Saturday, Sept. 9, 1978.) Running out of gas within two blocks of where I picked up a big four-wheel-drive unit aroused my…

Roofline  is ‘like it or leave it’ for BMW X6

Roofline is ‘like it or leave it’ for BMW X6

The ’20 version of the BMW X6, always a strong performer with firm ride, has grown a bit – 1 ½-inch-longer wheelbase and an inch longer in overall length just short of 195 inches. Sharing underpinnings with BMW’s popular X5…

Ford contrasts pushrod V-8 with electric

Ford contrasts pushrod V-8 with electric

Interesting it is that the same week I’ve been testing Ford’s new, yet old-style, 7.3-liter pushrod V-8 engine, the company has announced it will bring to market in 2022 a Ford Transit electric cargo van. The electric Transit will follow…

Smooth Honda CR-V is strong seller

Smooth Honda CR-V is strong seller

As it rolls along in mid-4th generation, the 2020 Honda CR-V has earned reputation for pleasant performance – that’s what we got aboard the compact crossover. The CR-V has led sales of compact SUVs/crossovers in six of the past 10…

Elegant Lexus ES300h fuel-efficient, too

Elegant Lexus ES300h fuel-efficient, too

A nice, comfortable ride is a guarantee with the Lexus ES300, a sure thing. Opting for the hybrid version hands the driver a couple other assurances – smooth acceleration and relatively high fuel mileage. Two electric motors perform very efficiently…

Subaru Legacy gets turbo, interior touch

Subaru Legacy gets turbo, interior touch

Finished in crystal white pearl, a 2020 Subaru Legacy Touring XT sedan was a smooth ride to History Colorado’s  Stephen H. Hart Research Center on Broadway in Denver. The Touring XT, like the new Outback recently reviewed, uses a new…