Colorado Supreme Court to review bridge fee

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — The Colorado Supreme Court will review a 2009 vehicle fee approved by state lawmakers. The case could determine the fate of millions of dollars in transportation funding. The lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of the Colorado Bridge Enterprise and the fee that everyone in the state pays on every vehicle w ... Read More→

McDonald renews Audi; auto column ends today

Audi DenverGrand opening was Tuesday for the new Audi Denver structure at 6060 S. Broadway.Colorado's car business has regained firm footing six years following the nation's automotive industry collapse of 2008 and '09.Sales of new cars and trucks have steadily increased and dealership improvements are common throughout the state.Grand ... Read More→

'14 Mazda Miata power retractable-top No. 1,850

Jan WellsThe 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata, a two-seater compact retractable-top convertible, provided this week s drive for Bud Wells.From the driver seat of the 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata, I wave "farewell" to my loyal, longtime readers.The Denver Post is discontinuing my automotive columns after this weekend.I joined the Post in September 1968; ... Read More→

BMW 4 series convertible celebrates in Stoneham

BMW s new 435i retractable hardtop convertible outside Dewey s Bar & Grill in Stoneham last Saturday.I was driving the only BMW in town last Saturday - a 2014 435i retractable-hardtop convertible.The "town" was Stoneham, at the far east edge of Weld County, celebrating its 125th anniversary.The new BMW 4 series, which replaces the ... Read More→

Tiguan mixes with CR-V, Escape strength

Bud WellsThe 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion crossover.With a turbocharged 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder engine, 6-speed automatic transmission and 4Motion all-wheel-drive, the 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan SE in my possession recently was a fairly decent buy at $29,815.Of the 20 or more compact SUV/crossover models I've driven over the past couple of ... Read More→

Subaru lends early look at renewed '15 Legacy

Bud WellsThe 2015 Subaru Legacy 3.6R Limited will be a competitor in the midsize sedan market. Look at the range of Rocky Mountains to the west, think back to the numerous snows that covered us during the past winter, and it's not all that surprising that totally-all-wheel-drive Subaru is the third-best-selling make in Colorado.Only ... Read More→

Steamboat hosts Mustang Roundup

Ford Motor CompanyOne of the first of the iconic pony cars in Michigan in April 1964 at a Ford Mustang Road Rally.Steamboat Springs will host the 26th annual Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup Thursday through next Sunday, Sept. 12-15, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang.Five hundred Mustangs have been registered for the ... Read More→

Trail Ridge tests new-look '15 Hyundai Genesis

Bud WellsDeep snow, even in early June, is backdrop at Milner Pass on Trail Ridge Road for the 2015 Hyundai Genesis sedan.Tuesday, sunny and relatively warm, was a great day for a drive - Denver to Winter Park to Grand Lake to Trail Ridge Road to Estes Park to Loveland to home, 250 miles.The mountainous terrain proved an excellent course ... Read More→

'15 Mazda6 adds color to Memorial weekend


The 2015 Mazda6 four-door, little changed from the restyled '14 version, carried Jan and me last weekend on our annual Memorial Day circle tour to Wray and Sterling and back home.It's a sleek looker, with economical 4-cylinder power, fairly quick on low-end acceleration.Three days ago, it was listed on the year's "10 Best Family Cars," ... Read More→

Duramax powers '15 GMC Sierra against foes


A high-riding hood, massive grille and an elegant and comfortable interior are most visible highlights in the 2015 GMC Sierra 3500 Duramax Denali Crew Cab 4X4 pickup.The 1-ton heavy-duty truck market, pitting Sierra against Ford, Ram and Chevy Silverado, is one of the most competitive segments in the U.S. auto industry. The beefed-up ... Read More→