1st light-bodied F-150 in Castle Pines

Chris and JoAnne Jones, right, of Castle Pines, show their 2015 Ford Platinum F-150 truck, the first of the new aluminum-bodied Ford trucks sold in Colorado. Jones, who traded in a 2006 F-150 with 191,000 miles, has been a Ford…

Wrangler Rubicon sparks Jeep sales

I was crawling over a snow-covered trail in a 2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Hard Rock the same day the final 2014 U.S. car/truck sales results were announced from Detroit. Jeep showed the largest sales jump among all makes in the…

New RAV4 rolls down memory lane

Toyota provided me with a 2015 RAV4 all-wheel-drive crossover for a drive to Sterling and a final editorial meeting with J. Howard Crooks. Well, it wasn’t actually an editorial session; it was a memorial service at Chaney-Reager Funeral Home for…

AWD, 6-cyl., app lift Volvo V60

My son Dale and I about 9 p.m. on a recent cold night had parked and were out pushing a neighbor woman in her front-wheel-drive Hyundai from deep snow along the side of the street. About the same time, my…

Greeley’s Ehrlich is Time dealer

Scott Ehrlich, whose family ties to the automotive business in northern Colorado go back almost 70 years, is in San Francisco this week to receive the Colorado Time Dealer of the Year award for 2015. Ehrlich operates Toyota, Nissan and…

AWD adds appeal to IS250’s small V-6

Even with the added grip of all-wheel drive, we sometimes churned and skidded through the deep, soft snow during the New Year’s holidays aboard the 2015 Lexus IS250 AWD sedan. Jan and I on New Year’s Day drove to Sterling…

Hybrid sales slip; Camry is smooth

No matter how I drove the 2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid during a week in December – in town or out on the highway – it seemed to average 38 to 40 miles per gallon. That’s how it should be, I…

Dodge Charger aims AWD, V-6 at snow

Dodge on and off over the years has built a strong performance image for its Charger. It’s been based on Hemi V-8s and rear-wheel-drive power. Let me tell you, though, with 8 to 10 inches of snow in the streets…

Stars of 2014, from Fit to Jag

“Happy New Year,” I shout from the driver’s seat of the 2015 Dodge Charger AWD to readers of my automotive columns. I opened year 2014 aboard the Nissan Rogue all-wheel-drive compact crossover and ended it this week in the full-sized…

Back then . . .’80 Ford T-Bird

Thirty-five years ago this week, I reviewed in The Denver Post the 25th anniversary 1980 Ford Thunderbird and the original ’55 model. Excerpts: The stylish new 1980 Ford Thunderbird marks 25 years since introduction of one of the most prestigious…