Kia’s quirky model prevails, bless its Soul

With a number of its competitive makes discontinued, the Kia Soul makes claim to “survivor,” apparently strong and healthy. The little Kia, you know, is one of those dozen or so subcompacts (and compacts) which were rushed through the automotive…

Colo. Springs dealer Perkins dies

Memorial service for Will Perkins, longtime Colorado Springs auto dealer, was at Village Seven Presbyterian Church in the Springs. Perkins, who also served on the boards of many local ministries including Young Life, Navigators and International Students Inc., died Oct….

Montrose’s Flower is Colo. Time dealer

Fletcher Flower, whose family’s car business dates back to 1908 in Montrose, has been named 2020 Time Dealer of the Year for Colorado. He’ll be among 48 other dealer nominees from across the country to be honored at the 103rd…

Jeep Gladiator, one of toughest offroaders

The new Jeep Gladiator, a four-door pickup, is among the toughest of offroad vehicles, and excels in comparison with Rangers, Tacomas and Frontiers, and possibly even the Chevy Colorado Bison. It’s got coil springs all around, and as trucks and…

Cadillac XT6 arrives, fills midsize gap

The 2020 Cadillac XT6 Premium Luxury AWD arrived in time for October’s first cold and wind and snow; it was built for days like that. The Cadilllac on a bright Saturday carried Jan and me 70 miles south to Parker…

Audi adds size, style to Q3 S line

Sleek styling and new grille are evident in a larger, second-generation 2019 Audi Q3 S line quattro. As it stands today, the Q3 will be hard-pressed to gain the strong following of the Q5, Audi’s compact-sized SUV, which is considered…

Alfa Romeo pins hopes on ‘4-leaf clover’

A showpiece for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), the 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, came to town and drew attention, first, for its structural beauty, then, for its awesome performance capabilities. The Stelvio is Alfa Romeo’s entry in the luxury compact…

Honda Civic Type R at Glen Haven

 “Here it is mid-July,” I said to Jan on a Monday morning, “and we haven’t been to Glen Haven and the general store (yet this season).” The fact that sitting in my driveway was the limited-production 2019 Honda Civic Type…

’20 Outback Onyx adds 2.4 turbo;  ’96 model rolls over 400,000-mile mark

Subaru, with its new-model Outback wagon each fall, gets no greater reception in any state in the country than in Colorado. The 2020 Outback has shown up, a bit longer with a turbocharged 2.4-liter engine and the latest EyeSight safety…

Forefather of M-B SUVs still square deal

Mercedes’ fabled G-Class sport ute, perhaps the most distinctively styled SUV in the world, has been redesigned for 2019. Don’t fret, traditionalists. Though of larger dimensions, the G retains its decades-old posture, squared-off in big, rugged fashion. The body-on-frame truck…