’20 Nissan Versa, at $19k, adds safety

I’d last driven a new car with sticker price below $20 grand about 18 months ago – a Honda Fit, priced at $18,390. It happened again last week, though, when the 2020 Nissan Versa, in its third-generation finery, was dropped…

Memories from the Ford Garage

I spent part of a day in my old hometown in July, stopping first at Bonanza Ford, the building of which was constructed in 1943 when my dad, Dale Wells, was the Ford dealer. Bob Bledsoe, current owner of the…

Road to Raymer was the right turn

In a 2020 Jeep Cherokee Limited, I drove north out of Greeley to Colo. 392, at which a left turn would take me to The Ranch and the Good Guys annual car exhibit; one of the biggest and best around….

Audi unveils Q8 with traffic light info

While Audi followers await arrival of the small, second-generation Q3, filling the spotlight from Ingolstadt headquarters is the Q8 midsize luxury offering. Though numerically atop the SUV crossover line with the Q3/5/7 models, the Q8 is offered only with two…

Addition of ‘All Fours’ boosts Mazda3

Mazda has tied a “down-to-earth” approach to its high-flying “soul of motion” design in an effort to save its compact sedan and hatchback, mired  like all others of that ilk in an industrywide sales descent. Aimed particularly at Colorado and…

It’s a Studebaker Lark, from the ‘60s

The little Lark, even in convertible form, wasn’t enough to save Studebaker 50 or more years ago, but the return of one has brought miles of smiles and new avenues of retirement for a northern Colorado couple. “My gosh, look…

Back then . . . . . ’99 Mazda Miata

(Excerpts from a review of the 10th Anniversary Mazda Miata, April 17, 1999, by Bud Wells) The Palace Arms’ rack of lamb was luscious and a dozen fellow automotive writers lent conviviality to the evening. The highlight for me, though,…

Stretched VW Tiguan, 30th Mazda Miata

Worthy of attention in budwells.com are the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan SUV crossover and the ’19 Mazda MX-5 RF Miata roadster. Why? The Tiguan, since it was enlarged in second-generation form a year ago, has shot to the front of VW…

Iacocca; Land Rover Defender, Discovery

Much is happening, as we move into July, almost an overflow of column material. Lee Iacocca died; I’ll be grilling for a third of the family on the Fourth; the current review is the Land Rover Discovery, yet bigger news…

Blue hue admired on Ford F-150

The 2019 Ford F-150 SuperCrew pickup sat in my driveway and Jan was working in one of her flower beds when neighbors Dennis and Marsha, out for a walk, stopped to chat with her. Commenting on the pickup, one of…