BMW’s new X4 shaped like small X6

BMW’s new X4 shaped like small X6

It’s a beautiful finish, in melbourne red metallic, which adds $550 to its cost. Impressive, too, is its interior, white nevada leather with red contrast stitching, and that’s an extra $1,450. It is BMW’s new 2015 X4 crossover hatchback, which…

Engine, cargo boost ‘15 Honda CR-V

Engine, cargo boost ‘15 Honda CR-V

Happy Thanksgiving! How many turkeys can be hauled in the cargo area of the 2015 Honda CR-V? Talking frozen, dressed birds of 15 to 18 pounds, the number might be 40 to 50, depending on how they’re squeezed in and…

Bud drives aluminum-bodied F-150

Bud drives aluminum-bodied F-150

To adhere a “light on its feet” label to a tough-looking vehicle is a major step toward success these days in the automotive truck world. Ford, on a cold, windy morning this week, showed off its new aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup…

Lean ’15 BMW M4 returns to inline-6

Lean ’15 BMW M4 returns to inline-6

Compliments seemed to follow this special new car all over the place. It’s the 2015 BMW M4 Coupe, which previously was designated the M3. BMW, though, has separated its 3 series four-door sedans from the coupes, which now are known…

’15 Toyota 4Runner retains stature

’15 Toyota 4Runner retains stature

  I recently scanned a lengthy list of refined vehicles by Toyota, let my eyes fall near to the bottom, and selected a 2015 4Runner 4X4 Trail Premium V-6, finished in barcelona red metallic paint. The 4Runner, built on the…

Fusion gets 1.5 turbo; ped safety explored

Fusion gets 1.5 turbo; ped safety explored

We’ve moved fully into the new model year, with 2015 cars and trucks all over the showrooms. Yet, delivered recently to me was a 2014 Ford Fusion SE, and I was glad to get it, for two reasons: In order…

’15 Mazda3 makes time for book meeting

’15 Mazda3 makes time for book meeting

The sharp-looking little compact, a 2015 model, got me to Denver on time early last week for a final meeting of the book committee before the volume’s delivery to the printer. The car is the Mazda3 five-door hatchback; the book…

Refined ’15 Challenger masters ‘twist’

Refined ’15 Challenger masters ‘twist’

Improvements in the 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T surfaced among the curves and tight twists on a stretch of Colo. 119 from Rollinsville to Blackhawk last week. Even with all its size and heft, the rear-wheel-drive Challenger has become a very…

’15 Mini Cooper hardtop to add 2 doors

’15 Mini Cooper hardtop to add 2 doors

The little Mini Cooper showed a bit of growth this year, having been stretched 4 inches in overall length on an inch-longer wheelbase, and it is 1.7 inches wider. Some performance pop, too, has been added to the 2014 Mini…

Acura TLX, with 9-speed, climbs to Vail

Acura TLX, with 9-speed, climbs to Vail

For 2015, an engineering feat by Acura has combined two models into one in a midsize makeover. The result is the pleasantly styled ’15 TLX sedan, which delivered us smoothly to Vail and back. The two 2014 models which met…