Sporty XSE retains Camry qualities

“The sportiest Camry yet,” Toyota says of its new 2015 XSE sedan. It does have a stiffened sport suspension and 18-inch wheels; in reality, though, it’s simply another model that reinforces Camry’s rank as one of the finest of family…

Chrysler 200C AWD is ’15 on 12-13-14

Today, I review a ’15 on 12-13-14. It’s the Chrysler 200C all-wheel-drive midsize sedan, which posted the hottest sales gain in the auto industry last month. Whether the numerically based lead of the column is liked, or disliked, it is…

BMW’s new X4 shaped like small X6

It’s a beautiful finish, in melbourne red metallic, which adds $550 to its cost. Impressive, too, is its interior, white nevada leather with red contrast stitching, and that’s an extra $1,450. It is BMW’s new 2015 X4 crossover hatchback, which…

Sweeney lands “Deal” at RMAP party

“What a deal,” said an exuberant Bob Sweeney when his name was drawn as recipient of a copy of the just-published Colorado Automobile Dealers Association’s 100th anniversary history book. The 336-page, coffee-table-type book, “The 100-Year Deal,” was handed to Sweeney…

CADA opens book; tiger recalls ‘60s

A “tiger-striped” jacket from a Pontiac promotion of years ago attracted “sideshow” attention at the annual meeting recently of the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association. It was CADA’s 100th Anniversary Gala at the Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel in the…

Engine, cargo boost ‘15 Honda CR-V

Happy Thanksgiving! How many turkeys can be hauled in the cargo area of the 2015 Honda CR-V? Talking frozen, dressed birds of 15 to 18 pounds, the number might be 40 to 50, depending on how they’re squeezed in and…

Bud drives aluminum-bodied F-150

To adhere a “light on its feet” label to a tough-looking vehicle is a major step toward success these days in the automotive truck world. Ford, on a cold, windy morning this week, showed off its new aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup…

Lean ’15 BMW M4 returns to inline-6

Compliments seemed to follow this special new car all over the place. It’s the 2015 BMW M4 Coupe, which previously was designated the M3. BMW, though, has separated its 3 series four-door sedans from the coupes, which now are known…

Back then . . . MacArthur’s ’42 Packard

Following are excerpts of a column, featuring a 1942 Packard of the late Gen. Douglas MacArthur, in The Denver Post in early November 1979, 35 years ago (I was automotive editor in the Post’s business news department at the time):…

’15 Toyota 4Runner retains stature

  I recently scanned a lengthy list of refined vehicles by Toyota, let my eyes fall near to the bottom, and selected a 2015 4Runner 4X4 Trail Premium V-6, finished in barcelona red metallic paint. The 4Runner, built on the…