Long-range Chevy Bolt Electric arrives

Most surprising to me of the 2017 Chevy Bolt Electric hatchback is its immediate acceleration burst; it’s also comfortable, fun to drive and will carry its driver around 250 miles on a single charge. Colorado in May became the 17th…

Fiat 124 Spider tests twists of Rist

By Bud Wells Idling at a stoplight Sunday noon after driving away from lunch in Old Town Fort Collins in a 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth roadster, it took me but a few seconds to brighten the tiny cockpit. With…

Mercedes adds AMG fix to new GLE43 SUV

A special new model, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE43 AMG, was the SUV of choice for my annual Memorial weekend circle drive to Wray and Sterling and back to our Front Range home, which was in Denver for many years and…

V90 wagon completes Volvo flagship line

Following the splash of the Volvo S90, my selection for Car of the Year at the Denver Auto Show, along comes the wagon version – the 2017 V90 Cross Country T6 all-wheel-drive model. Like the S90, the big V90 performs…

Hellcat quick to quieter ground

Showing up in my neighborhood recently was Dodge’s Hellcat, America’s most powerful muscle car. The 2017 Challenger SRT Hellcat coupe, which performs with 707 horsepower, highlighted the weekend. Seeking a relatively quiet roadway for the ‘Cat, Jan and I drove…

1st turbo adds kick to larger Honda CR-V

As well-mannered as ever, the 2017 Honda CR-V has grown a bit and, for the first time, has embraced a turbocharged power source. A bigger stance and wraparound grille/headlights assembly lends a more aggressive look to the new CR-V. The…

Miata turns racy with RF edition

Recently off the assembly line in Hiroshima, Japan, the RF launch edition of the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata hit town recently. It’s like no other Miata. Only 1,000 were built for the U.S., and all are sold. Finished in machine…

Nissan Murano among midsize style leaders

From its small center grille all the way back to its floating roof at the rear, the 2017 Nissan Murano is one of the most pleasant in appearance of all midsize SUV/crossovers in the country. The impressive treatment at the…

Ford Raptor returns, with twin-turbo V-6

No sooner had I lauded the Ram Rebel 1500 pickup in the Denver Post and Greeley Tribune than showing up out front of my home was a competitor from Ford, the revived 2017 F-150 Raptor. To say the Ford boys…

Ram’s new Rebel pickup aims sand at Raptor

Fast moving into a popular role among the Ram’s wide lineup of light-duty 1500 trucks is the Rebel. The sturdy-looking crew cab with a 5-foot-7 bed delivers a comfortable ride, while building a strong offroad reputation. Highlighting the Rebel’s second…