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…

Big Mazda CX-9 goes with 4 cylinders

Only 2 ½ weeks away is the 2017 Denver Auto Show, one of the most long-standing and heavily attended annual attractions in the Rocky Mountain region. It will open on Wednesday, April 5, at the Colorado Convention Center. Heading toward…

Ram Power Wagon evolved from WWII

Stop out front of the truck, for there’s no reason to rush past the winch and new grille when assessing the 2017 Ram Power Wagon 4X4. The Warn winch, built right into the front bumper, is always first thing noticed…

Refashion for ’17 enhances Subaru Impreza

Subaru, which set all-time company sales records in 2016, has an apparent new hit on its hands for the coming year. The Impreza compact sedan and hatchback, refashioned for 2017, have shown up and are moving off the lots at…

Loyalty sustains tough Land Cruiser

The Toyota Land Cruiser, one of the oldest names in the automobile business, is on the lower end of sales numbers these days, yet retains strong loyalty from a devoted group of consumers. Weighing in at almost 6,000 pounds and…