‘21 Trailblazer may dominate small SUVs

General Motors, in seeking a bigger slice of a small pie, appears to be tossing tradition to the winds. I’m talking of two new U.S. subcompact SUVs, Buick Encore GX and Chevy Trailblazer, sharing a platform out of GM’s Bupyeong…

TRD trim adds sport to Avalon, Camry

The TRD badge, a synonym for “performance” for years on Toyota trucks and SUVs, has surprisingly been added to Avalon and Camry sedans, and I showed one off in a drive to Sterling in July. The TRD (Toyota Racing Development)…

Eastbound Sprinter’s destination: Dewey’s

The huge vehicle showed up at my house on a Thursday morning; a high-roof Sprinter 2500 passenger van, built by Mercedes-Benz. It stands 9 feet in height, has seating for 12. Behind the driver and front-seat passenger are a second…

Little Toyota Yaris 38.9 mpg, $19k price

The automotive mix continues. Toyota has returned a hatchback to the Yaris subcompact lineup for 2020, after a year’s absence; it is a version of the Mazda2 and produced in a Mazda plant in Salamanca, Mexico. Pricing falls below $20,000….

VW Golf GTI finishes a mile short

Right around 350 bucks is all that separated sticker prices on two new cars I drove back-to-back for review in The Post. The 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI 2.0T Autobahn rolled in at $37,415; almost matching that is the ’20 Mini…

$233,000 McLaren shines on Father’s Day

Roars from my garage on numerous startups during Father’s Day weekend were from the English-built 2020 McLaren 570S Spider. What an absolute treat for this old dad. This beautifully structured superperformer drew admiring stares and waves almost everywhere, from backing…

Back then . . . . . 1980 Porsche 924

(Forty years ago last month, in May 1980, I drove for a week a new ’80 Porsche 924 including an afternoon to Pueblo Motorsports Park where I joined the late, famed Porsche race driver Bob Hagestad, who also owned and…

’20 Frontier gets new V-6, 9-speed

Same old truck (still a model year away from redesign) until the hood is lifted. My gosh, Nissan has pulled a fast one, moving ahead the production of powertrain for the new-look 2021 Frontier pickup and slipping it into the…

V-6 EcoBoost, 10-speed power Expedition

Almost a quarter-century ago, in the fall of 1996, two of my co-workers, Doug Freed and Karrie Mowen, excitedly took advantage of a blockbuster sale on the last of the big, 2-door Ford Broncos. Each bought one. The Bronco exodus…

Smoothly styled Honda CR-V Hybrid

Heading south on a Monday morning on U.S. 287 aboard the new 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid Touring crossover, Jan and I turned toward Lafayette and into the Indian Peaks subdivision. The sharply restyled Honda looked right at home amid the…