’20 Mercedes prototype smooths road ahead

Driving a 2020 Mercedes-Benz prototype of the GLE450 4Matic SUV to snowy Avon on a December weekend was an early Christmas pleasure for Jan and me. The snow was light as we entered I-70’s Eisenhower Tunnel on the east on…

’19 Honda Pilot adds 9-speed smoothness

Oh, so refined, is the Honda Pilot, which has been refreshed for the 2019 model year. While others in the crowded SUV/crossover field continue to tweak offroad capabilities, get a charge through turbo power and borrow hybrid gas/electric technology from…

Power, size, style – in plaid – added to Volvo V60

The beautifully styled 2019 Volvo V60 all-wheel-drive wagon, in its second-generation debut, showed up at my place with, of all things – plaid seats. Pay no attention to what they’re called, Blond City Weave Textile Upholstery; they’re interwoven gray and…

Back then. . . . .’79 Plymouth Arrow pickup

The 1979 Plymouth Arrow and its look-alike Dodge D-50 are the newest of the hot-selling mini-pickups, built in Japan and imported by manufacturers in the U.S. A test of the Arrow Sport pickup showed it to be strong in economy…

84 new cars and trucks averaged $50,602

Sticker prices on 84 new cars, trucks and SUVs driven and reviewed by Bud Wells in 2018 in The Denver Post and Greeley Tribune averaged $50,602. This is slightly below the $50,967 average for 98 new ones driven the previous…

VW Beetle maps final run to ‘end of road’ – again

The Beetle is going away – again. Volkswagen said it will discontinue the Beetle following the 2019 model year. Only 13,000 have been sold through the end of October this year. Special models planned for the finale were featured at…

2019 Subaru Forester sizes up in safety

Upgrades were in evidence as I looked over the 2019 Subaru Forester in my driveway one evening. Most obvious was a new color, jasper green metallic, and the Sube looked roomier with a low beltline and tall glass for good…

2019 Ram tests snow in drive to Montrose

With snow blowing and almost dark at 4:30 p.m. on a Sunday, first day of daylight saving change, we turned off  U.S. 24 and headed west on U.S. 50, climbing Monarch Pass enroute to Gunnison. The 2019 Ram 1500 Longhorn…

Back then . . . . .1978 Buick LeSabre

(Forty years ago, in 1978, I reviewed in The Denver Post the 1978 Buick LeSabre four-door sedan. Following are excerpts:) You can still buy a big car with a big trunk and air conditioning for about $7,000. The car is…

Toyota Avalon gets hybrid boost for ‘19

Pleasant drives were the norm for a week in late October aboard the redesigned 2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid. Performance-wise, it won’t match the gasoline-powered version, but the big sedan has the same cushy ride, and it’s the quietest one I’ve…