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…

Colo. Time winner is Mary Pacifico-Valley

Mary Pacifico-Valley, who at age 19 began basic duties with Rickenbaugh Automotive and 30 years later became owner, has been named Colorado Time Dealer of the Year for 2019. Nominated by Tim Jackson, president of the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association…

Dodge race is on; new SUV, wagon for Jaguar

While Dodge is running the big NHRA show at Bandimere (July 2018), I’m reviewing two new Jaguars – the E-Pace all-wheel-drive SUV and the long, slick-looking XF Sportbrake AWD wagon. The side-glance to Dodge comes from a noon luncheon at…

50th anniversary Bullitt stirs memories

Four weeks after testing the 2018 Mustang GT, Ford sends me another edition of the iconic pony car – the 2019 Mustang Bullitt for the 50th anniversary of the movie which brought fame and renown to the coupe. The movie,…

‘19 Kia Sorento joins RMAP lunch at Stanley

The 2019 Kia Sorento, having undergone several major changes and an improved appearance, carried me on Wednesday, Aug. 22, to the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park for a luncheon of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press (RMAP). All Sorentos for ’19…