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…

Jag shines with 550-hp F-Type R Coupe

Jag shines with 550-hp F-Type R Coupe

Eighteen months after the new Jag roadster stole the spotlight at the Denver Auto Show, the hardtop version, the 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe, came my way. What a tough, robust two-seater sports car it is, with a 550-horsepower, 5-liter…

’15 Escalade pushes Cadillac past $90k

’15 Escalade pushes Cadillac past $90k

The climb to 11,670-foot Guanella Pass from Georgetown (elevation 8,530 feet) in little more than 10 miles was a nice drive on a warm, bright, late-September afternoon and an excellent test for the 2015 Cadillac Escalade ESV. Performance was impressive…

Volkswagen CC detours to bike path

Volkswagen CC detours to bike path

Riders on bike brands such as Trek, Specialized, Giant, Felt and others rolled into Wiggins Sunday morning, concluding the three-day Pedal the Plains in northeastern Colorado. My ride was the 2014 Volkswagen CC R-Line, a sleek, low-slung midsize sport sedan….

Honda’s 2015 subcompact is excellent Fit

Honda’s 2015 subcompact is excellent Fit

The little Honda Fit was a standout among the Lincolns and Audis and Chryslers on Sunday evening at Shanahan’s Steakhouse in southeast Denver. Standout for the fact it was finished in mystic yellow, brighter than the others, and, also, it…

Supercharge guides Audi S4 to lofty level

Supercharge guides Audi S4 to lofty level

Grip the small, flat-bottom sport steering wheel, push down the accelerator pedal and feel the immediate surge of power in the 2014 Audi S4 quattro. Audi has replaced the S4’s former V-8 engine with a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6, mated to…