Mini Cooper grows in doors and appeal

Better-looking, I’d say, of the new four-door style added to the 2015 Mini Cooper. I’ve been driving the Mini Cooper S Hardtop 4 door with the 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and 6-speed Getrag automatic transmission. The added length (almost 6…

Hellcat idled; Denali sparks GMC Sierra

“Well, hell’s bells,” let me mutter. My longed-for time in the SRT Hellcat version of the Dodge Charger in reality lasted five hours. The ‘Cat is the beast with a 707-horsepower, 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V-8 engine and 8-speed transmission. I…

Lincoln idles V-8, Navigator goes with ‘6’

Cruising at moderate speed, I push down the accelerator in the 2015 Lincoln Navigator 4X4, suffer a moment’s hesitation and then feel an extremely powerful surge as the massive SUV attains higher speed. The Navigator weighs in at over 6,000…

Sleekness, smoothness spur Toyota Avalon

  Since its redesign two years ago, the Toyota Avalon has established one of the leading sales paces among large cars in the U.S. today. Competing with such comfortable sedans as Buick LaCrosse, Chrysler 300, Ford Taurus and Kia Cadenza,…

Less-bold Patriot in hot sales, too

  Dominating the roadways as Jeep rolls its way month after month to all-time sales records are the Grand Cherokee, Cherokee and Wrangler. A fourth Jeep model, though, the Patriot, which performs with not quite so much gusto, is also…

Car show offered glitter, Regal AWD

Traffic through the Buick display space at the Denver Auto Show last week revolved around the 2016 Cascada, the first convertible for the brand in 25 years. The big show ended Sunday, April 12, at the Colorado Convention Center. The…

Jaguar XJL just 1 in 500 at auto show

Might there be anything more exciting than gripping the heated leather-and-wood steering wheel of one of the world’s finest extended-length luxury sedans, the 2015 Jaguar XJL Portfolio AWD four-door? As a matter of fact, yes; the topper this week is…

2015 Mitsu Lancer AWC rates 2nd choice

The Subaru Impreza so dominates the compact all-wheel-drive sedan market, many consumers believe it is the only choice. There is one other, though – the Mitsubishi Lancer SE 2.4 AWC. Its electronically controlled all-wheel-drive system is known as AWC, for…

Tesla to skip Denver Auto Show

Tesla to skip Denver Auto Show

Thirty-seven car and truck brands, from Acura to Volvo, will display more than 500 new models at the 2015 Denver Auto Show, which opens Wednesday, April 8, at the Colorado Convention Center. Tesla, the much-ballyhooed electric auto, won’t be there….

Long-stylish Murano adds new lines

Long-stylish Murano adds new lines

On its introduction to the U.S. market 12 years ago, the Nissan Murano surprised, even shocked, automotive followers with two innovations – the most futuristic styling ever seen in the SUV/truck segment and the unheard-of installation of a continuously variable…