Posts Tagged ‘car’

2015 Lexus ES-300e Hybrid Sedan by Stu Wright

On a recent long weekend I was able to test a new Lexus for a trip to Nebraska.Itwas the ES series hybrid model that has been available since early 2012.  The car was painted Atomic Silver and had black leather five-passenger seating.  Inside it was black perforated “Semi-Aniline” (a dying process) leather throughout, courtesy of the […]

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2015 Buick Regal GS AWD Turbo Sedan by Stu Wright

The Buick Regal, a mid-sized sedan, has been offered off and on (mostly on) since 1973.  The model is situated in the middle of the Buick model lineup, below the LaCrosse and above the compact Verano.  It is a re-branded version of the European Opel Insignia. Buick automobiles are in the middle, as well, of […]

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2015 Jeep Patriot Latitude 4WD

Jeep has produced its Patriot since the introduction of the compact crossover SUV nine years ago this spring at the New York Auto Show.  It, along with the Jeep Compass, is manufactured on what is called the MK platform.  The Compass is designed to appeal to female motorists with the Patriot as a designated favorite of […]

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2015 Volkswagen Jetta SE FWD Sedan

The number one selling Volkswagen is the Jetta, produced since 1979.  It is currently in its sixth generation form, this new design having been introduced in June of 2010 as a 2011 model.  For 2015 the Jetta received a mid-cycle update in the front/rear styling and in standard equipment offerings.  A Platinum Gray metallic Jetta SE four-door […]

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2014 Nissan Altima 2.5 SV FWD Sedan by Stu Wright

Two years ago I wrote of Al Hirt, famed New Orleans trumpeter and bandleader, owning a bar on Bourbon Street in the 60’s, and that I was sure that I had been in it at some point while serving in the Air Force nearby.  My favorite watering hole, however, was Larry & Katz (pictured), an establishment […]

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2015 Nissan Versa Note by Stu Wright

A Versa Note SR was delivered to me last week for reviewing, and the first thing I noticed was that it was a model I had never tested (nor seen) before.  It was more attractive than prior Notes in that it had interesting ten-spoke black-accented wheels and lower-body sporty fascia on both ends of and […]

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2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Sedan by Stu Wright

The 2015 Toyota Avalon, currently available in hybrid and non-hybrid configurations, is now in its fourth-generation iteration.  I recently was loaned one of them by Rocky Mountain Redline, and the car delivered was painted Celestial Silver metallic and featured premium black leather seating.  With all Avalon production taking place in Georgetown, Kentucky, the first unit rolled […]

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2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium Crossover Review by Stu Wright

The Forester, Subaru’s venerable compact SUV, was introduced at the Tokyo Motor show in the fall of 1995 as a concept vehicle, and introduced as a production crossover in the U.S. in 1998.  It’s now in its fourth generation configuration; one such car was the subject of my most recent review, it being a 2015 Forester […]

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2015 Subaru WRX AWD Sedan by Stu Wright

Subaru has produced the WRX sedan since 1992, with the lettering denoting “World Rally eXperimental”, and the vehicle existing as a variant of the Subaru Impreza compact sedan.  Greeley Subaru was recently kind enough to loan me a 2015 WRX for testing. It was painted Blue Pearl and was equipped with Carbon Black leather interior. […]

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2015 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Sport by Stu Wright

Subaru automobiles are produced by giant Japanese firm, Fuji Heavy Industries, Since 1968 they have been exported to America.  A plant in Lafayette, Indiana manufactures several of their models, but the Impreza is imported from Ota, Gumna, Japan.  The compact Impreza is currently in its fourth generation configuration, having been produced since 1992. Subaru sales have […]

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2015 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Sport Review by Stu Wright

Subaru automobiles are produced by giant Japanese firm, Fuji Heavy Industries, Since 1968 they have been exported to America.  A plant in Lafayette, Indiana manufactures several of their models, but the Impreza is imported from Ota, Gumna, Japan.  The compact Impreza is currently in its fourth generation configuration, having been produced since 1992. Subaru sales have […]

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2015 Toyota Hybrid SE Sedan

Toyota has been building Camrys since 1982.  The car was originally a compact sedan.  It has evolved into a midsize automobile, and year after year the company sells over 400,000 of them.  I drove a new 2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid during the past few days, all over Northern Colorado as well as to Denver, and I found out […]

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2014.5 Toyota Camry SE Hybrid Sedan by Stu Wright

The Toyota Camry Hybrid mid-size FWD sedan was introduced in May of 2006 as a 2007 model.   The current unit is in its second generation iteration.  A 2014.5 Toyota Camry SE Hybrid was brought to me last week for testing. It was equipped  to arrive at an M.S.R.P. of $30,970.00.  The base price of […]

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2014 Volkswagen Turbo Beetle R-Line

I remember the first time I laid eyes on a Volkswagen Beetle, in Grant, Nebraska in about 1963.  A young man in town named Charlie Brixius had purchased a used one (perhaps a 1959), and made quite a splash driving it up and down Main Street over and over.  We all did that back then […]

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2015 Buick Regal Turbo FWD Sedan by Stu Wright

The Buick Regal was introduced 42 years ago, and the mid-size sedan has been sold pretty much every year since then, and is currently marketed as an upscale sport sedan.  The car is placed by Buick between its Verano and LaCrosse offerings, and is 6” longer than the Verano in both wheelbase and length (107.8”/190.2”).  […]

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2014 Lexus LS460 AWD Sedan by Stu Wright

The most recent press loan car that I received was, last week, a Lexus LS460 4-door sedan with all-wheel drive.  The team that delivered the car to Greeley was Rocky Mountain Redline, a fleet management firm in Dacono.  The car came in Liquid Platinum (silver) metallic and the interior was black semi-aniline (perforated) leather.  The […]

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2014 Subaru Crosstrek XV AWD Hybrid by Stu Wright

 Last week my wife and I drove a Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid to Vail.   In the past I have tested several Subarus, none with as stunning a paint job as the Touring edition that was brought to the house prior to the trip.  The color was called Plasma Green Pearl metallic, and I became  fond of […]

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2014 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid Crossover SUV by Stu Wright

Volkswagen’s Touareg, named after a nomadic people that inhabit the Saharan interior of North Africa, has been manufactured by the company since 2002.  It is a mid-size luxury crossover made in a plant in Bratislava, Slovakia that is owned by the Volkswagen Group.  That Group owns Audi and Porsche, and the Q7 and Cayenne models […]

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2014 Lexus IS350C Convertible Review by Stu Wright

    Lexus, Toyota’s luxury car division that has been around for 25 years, sells cars in 70 countries and is headquartered in Nagoya, Japan.  The name of the company’s product was selected from a list that included Verone, Calibre, and Alexis, among others.  Lexus was decided on, and is a combination of the words […]

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2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE 4WD Crossover by Stu Wright

With a trip to Kearney, Nebraska on the schedule last week, I was in hopes of obtaining a nice loan vehicle for the trip, and lucked out when Tom Cooney of STI Drive offered a 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE to drive.  It turned out to be a terrific vehicle for the road with minimum […]

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2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid AWD SUV Review by Stu Wright

    The week before last I received for testing, a Toyota Highlander Hybrid, a Limited top-of-the-line unit that carried an M.S.R.P. of $50,875.00, including freight.  The Limited hybrid’s base price of $49,790.00 had, as an option, a set of carpeted floor and cargo mats ($225.00).  It was what was called the Platinum Package edition, […]

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2014 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Sport Review by Stu Wright

    The 2014 Subaru Impreza Sport 2.0i Sport Premium is the topic of this week’s review.  I recently got to test out a Deep Sea blue pearl 5-door hatchback model with ivory cloth buckets and a “boxer” four cylinder power plant.  It was supplied by Greeley Subaru.  The punch-counterpunch action of the boxer pistons […]

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2014 Volkswagen Jetta SE Review by Stu Wright

    Volkswagen was originally founded in 1937 by the German Labor Front, a Nazi trade union.  The venture included production of an inexpensive car for the common man along with state-sponsored financing (“five marks a week you must put aside, if in your own car you want to ride”).  Previously, Germans could typically only […]

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2014 Lexus RX350 F Sport AWD Crossover by Stu Wright

Several Lexus vehicles have been delivered to me for testing since 2010, and the latest was the RX350 luxury crossover SUV.  It came in Nebula Gray Pearl metallic, and inside it featured the black leather interior with black trim and black carpet.  M.S.R.P. for this car was $55,189.00, and it included a Mark Levinson premium […]

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2014 Lexus GS450h Hybrid Sedan Review by Stu Wright

The Lexus GS is a mid-size luxury car sold by Lexus, the luxury division of Toyota.  Its design was hatched by Italdesign Guigiaro over a quarter century ago as a simplified, European-looking offering.  The GS is the car that I was loaned to test this last week.  The car is called a GS450h, and the […]

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2014 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T Turbo FWD Sedan by Stu Wright

  The Hyundai Sonata 2.0 Turbo, refreshed for 2014, is currently in its sixth generation configuration and is a sister sedan to the KIA Optima.  KIA is owned by Hyundai, and has been for several years.  Its styling is more cutting edge than that of the KIA, and in fact is more so than most […]

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2014 Chevrolet Volt Sedan Review by Stu Wright

This past week I had the pleasure of testing out a new 2014 Chevy Volt four-door sedan.  The Volt came in White Diamond Tricoat – a pearlescent  white paint job, which is a very popular color for this model vehicle.  The Volt is a version of the Chevrolet Cruze, but dressier with fancier mirrors, extra […]

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2014 Toyota Highlander Limited AWD SUV by Stu Wright

For 2014, Toyota’s Highlander has been updated for the first time since 2008, and  is now in its third generation iteration.  It is a car-based mid-sized SUV with seven-passenger, three row seating.  Sales of the Highlander (127,572 in 2013) places its revenue right in the middle of the Toyota SUV lineup.   This past week I […]

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2014 Acura ILX FWD Sedan Review by Stu Wright

    The Acura ILX is the entry-level luxury car sold by the upscale division of Honda Motor Company.  It is based on Honda’s Civic, with luxury appointments to bring it up to the Acura standard.  It is the first luxury sedan sold by Acura in America since 2001 – that was the Integra.      A […]

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2014 Lexus IS-350 AWD F-Sport Sedan by Stu Wright

Lexus, Toyota’s luxury automobile division, has built and sold the IS series of sedans since 2006.  The cars are manufactured in the Tahara plant in Aichi Prefecture, Japan. For 2014, the model underwent an update in body styling, with the drive train carried over from 2013.  I recently tested a new IS350,  equipped with the 3.5-liter, […]

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2013 Toyota Highlander Limited 4WD Review by Stu Wright

For 2013, Toyota’s Highlander remains essentially unchanged since the 2011 model year update.  It is a car-based mid-sized SUV with seven-passenger, three row seating.  Sales of the Highlander (125,000+ in 2013) sits way below that of the RAV4 and way above that of the Toyota 4Runner.    I recently tested a Highlander, a Limited top-of-the-line unit […]

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2014 Fiat 500L Easy FWD Sedan by Stu Wright

I drove the Fiat to Denver today, and enjoyed the view from the driver’s seat.  The car has three windshields, essentially, and up top is a mammoth double power moon roof with shade.  The glass opening is nearly as big as the roof, and the front half powers open.  I liked the Beats 6-speaker stereo/XM radio, the […]

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2013 Toyota Camry XLE Hybrid Review by Stu Wright

  Toyota’s Camry Hybrid mid-size sedan has been available since 2006, and has, up until now, been available in its second generation configuration as a 2013 model.  Such a car was delivered to my house last month for testing, and it was loaded to the total of $35,170.00, M.S.R.P.  The base price of $27,670.00 for […]

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2014 Scion tC 3-Door Liftback Review by Stu Wright

Recently a new 2014 Scion tC was delivered to me for testing.  Scion (descendant) is the name Toyota chose in 2002 for their new division that markets automobiles to North American members of Generation Y.  In other words, descendants of current Toyota owners. Originally, the lineup included the xA hatchback and xB wagon, and in […]

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2014 Toyota Venza AWD Limited Review by Stu Wright

The latest test car that was delivered to me recently was a 2014 Magnetic Gray metallic five-door with all-wheel drive and a V-6 engine.  Since the Venza was introduced into the Toyota line five years ago as a 2009 Camry derivative (one of many), the company has chosen to dress the car out with lots […]

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