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…

Ram 3500 dually readied for tough tasks

With dual rear wheels and turbodiesel engine, 2017 Ram 3500 4X4 is up for towing or hauling. (Bud Wells photo)I slowed the big, black truck down for a turnaround in the rural road, with the engine singing, n-n-n-n-n-n-n-n-n, nice and…

2017 F-250 Super Duty adds aluminum body

Mannerisms of a smaller vehicle were credited to the big Ford truck after it carried me through the foothills near Masonville and over some of the Green Ridge roads north of the Big Thompson Canyon in Larimer County. It’s the…

Acura keys on smoothness for 2017 MDX

Jump head- Hybrid market shows slight gain in ‘16 By Bud Wells Dating way back to its introduction 16 years ago, the Acura MDX maintains a lofty ranking as one of the most pleasant performers of seven-passenger luxury-model SUVs. The…

A walk through 2017 Denver Auto Show

Here’s a look at seven of the more than 500 new cars, trucks, vans and SUVs at the Colorado Convention Center for the 2017 Denver Auto Show April 5-9. Three are winners of Car/Truck/Utility Vehicle of the Year awards. The…

’17 Audi Q7 lends autonomous touch

I’m a hands-on driver, as most of us are, and haven’t gotten overly anxious about driverless cars. I got a touch, though, of autonomous driving (oxymoron?) with the arrival of Audi’s restyled Q7. It took Audi 10 years to restyle…

More cargo, more power for GMC Yukon XL

Why the Yukon XL over the standard Yukon? Three rows of seats, same as the Yukon, plus 39 cubic feet of cargo space in the XL (15 for Yukon). With the Denali package added, performance comes from the 6.2-liter V-8…