Posts Tagged ‘model’

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 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 Nissan Rogue SV AWD Crossover by Stu Wright

Nissan has sold the better part of three-quarter million Rogues since the introduction of the model in 2007.  A year ago I wrote a review of the 2013, first generation Rogue, and at that time their sales were up 13% for the year.  Now I have been testing a 2014 Rogue, much redesigned, and as […]

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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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2015 GMC Yukon XL 4WD SLT Review by Stu Wright

General Motors has been building a big body-on-frame SUV for 80 years with the Chevrolet and GMC nameplates affixed to each.  Essentially a station wagon mounted on a light truck frame, the “Suburban” designation was used on all of them until the year 2000, at which time GMC began naming their version, the Yukon XL.  The […]

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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 Honda Pilot 4WD Touring SUV Review by Stu Wright

Honda’s latest Pilot, unchanged for 2014, is a still-popular midsize SUV that has been marketed by the Japanese company for over ten years.  Sales last year were over 125,000 units, placing it second in sales for Honda behind the CR-V, which happens to be the best seller of any SUV.  The Pilot is manufactured in Lincoln, […]

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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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2013 Toyota Camry V-6 XLE FWD Sedan by Stu Wright

The Toyota Camry XLE that I drove last week was painted silver – Classic Silver metallic.  I enjoy the names that this company gives its paint colors, including this one as well as names such as Super White and Attitude Black.  The Toyota Camry is America’s number one selling car, having been so for eleven […]

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2013 Buick Regal Premium 1 Turbo FWD Sedan by Stu Wright

The Buick Regal has been manufactured by General Motors for over 40 years and is currently in its fifth generation configuration.  The test Regal I recently borrowed from Weld County Garage came in white diamond tricoat metallic paint and featured a cashmere and cocoa leather interior. I lived in Orlando in 1973 and considered purchasing […]

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Financing the 51st State

By Weld County Commissioner Bill Garcia —   When discussing a 51st State, questions arise regarding finances and budgets.  An excellent point from which to begin this discussion is the findings of I-News, an arm of Rocky Mountain PBS, which prepared a study regarding fiscal aspects of a new state’s formation.  This study found the […]

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2013 Toyota Tundra CrewMax 4WD Pickup by Stu Wright

The Toyota Tundra full-size pickup, available since model year 2000, is a capable replacement to the old Toyota T100, and is available with three engine choices.  They are the 4 liter V-6 and two V-8s, with the largest one putting out 381 horsepower and 401 lb. ft. of torque.  It’s what’s called the iForce 5.7 […]

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Weld holds “Let’s Talk Month” to foster sex-education dialogue

Fall is in the air—temperatures are dropping, leaves are changing and families are talking about sex.  (And if they aren’t, they need to be!)  October is Let’s Talk Month, a time to emphasize the importance of communication between parents and their children about sex, love and relationships.   According to surveys completed by the National […]

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2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid FWD Limited

 The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has been on sale in America for about 18 months, and shares its drive train and some design elements with the KIA Optima Hybrid.  The two cars combine to occupy second place (in America) in hybrid sales to Toyota’s Prius.  The Hyundai has more conventional styling than a Prius, and in […]

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“Turn Me Loose” in the 2014 KIA Forte EX FWD Sedan

The latest car that was delivered to my house for testing was the 2014 KIA Forte sedan that was introduced late last year.  The Forte has been around since 2008 but had extensive updates added to the vehicle for the current model year.  My test car came in Abyss blue metallic paint and included black […]

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“Getting Better” 2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i AWD Touring SUV

    The Beatles 1967 hit, “Getting Better” was one of the last songs created from scratch by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and was included on the album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”  Its production on March 23rd, 1967, had been delayed two days when Lennon mistakenly ingested LSD instead of an intended upper […]

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2013 Kia Sportage SX AWD Crossover

Kia Motors, based in South Korea, is the country’s second largest auto manufacturer, trailing only Hyundai, its one-third owner.  As recently as 1986, Kia only produced 26 automobiles, but the total was 1.6 million last year.  The two combined companies have exploded on the scene to become the world’s fourth largest auto manufacturer, trailing only Toyota, […]

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2013 Hyundai Elantra FWD SE Coupe

Hyundai, founded in 1967, is the fourth largest auto manufacturer on the planet.  The company owns Kia, and its own Elantra model was chosen North American car of the year in 2012.  The Elantra is the model of Hyundai I tested this past week and it was the two-door Coupe SE, painted Atlantic blue.  It […]

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In ‘honor’ of Tax Day

by Craig Masters While false reports about sequestration forcing reductions in such high profile defense spending as the Blue Angels’ performances at air shows, real reductions in U.S. military readiness programs are happening. Yet the expansion of the IRS army seems to be unaffected by “cutbacks” happening to higher profile central government programs. The federal […]

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“Just Ducky” 2013 Cadillac ATS 2.0T AWD Sedan

Years ago I owned a 1995 Cadillac (leased, actually) and always admired the six ducks in the logo on the hood and trunk.  I have found through research that those birds were merlettes, present on the family crest of Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac, the founder of the city of Detroit.  That […]

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2013 Mazda 3 Grand Touring Sedan

Japanese manufacturer Mazda Motor Corporation has been around since 1920 and has been selling vehicles in the United States since 1970.  They are noted for having sold Wankel-rotary powered cars all over the world, a design that suffered a setback during the 1973 oil crisis.  It remains an option for sports car enthusiasts with its […]

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“Soul, Man” 2013 Kia Soul! Compact FWD Sedan

When I asked the press fleet manager what kind of vehicle was coming here for testing this week, he answered, “Soul, man”, and it brought to mind one of my favorite old songs by Sam & Dave – “Soul Man”.  It was co-written by Isaac Hayes, of “Shaft” fame, who noticed during a television newscast […]

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2013 Lexus RX450h Hybrid Luxury AWD Crossover

Lexus has been in a position to offer the most popular luxury SUV since its introduction in 1998.  My latest test car was the RX450h hybrid model available since 2009.  It came in Stargazer Black metallic paint and featured saddle tan leather seating for five. This was a loaded RX, with an M.S.R.P. of $64,339, including […]

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2013 Lexus GS350 F Sport AWD Sedan

Lexus, the luxury division of Toyota, has been producing the GS series of sedans since 1993.  The new 2013 model that I drove this last week represented the manufacturer’s fourth generation offering, and it came in Riviera Red Metallic with black leather seating.  The GS Lexus sedan is a midsize performance car with all-wheel drive. […]

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2013 Fiat 500T Turbocharged Sport Hatchback

When my brothers and I were growing up (there were four Wright brothers), we had a suite of little plastic cars of all makes to play with.  They were quite small, perhaps 1.5 inches long, and had the names imprinted on the roof, just above the back window.  We referred to one of the cars […]

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2012 GMC Yukon XL Denali AWD

The GMC Yukon XL is a version of the General Motors (GMC/Chevy) Suburban that has been around since 1935.  In fact, several manufacturers offered a “suburban” for years, but GM landed an exclusive trademark on the name in 1988.  For the 2007 model year, GMC rolled out the latest, eleventh-generation Yukon XL with modernized styling […]

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2013 Lexus ES350 FWD 4-Door Sedan

    The latest test car in my possession was the new (for 2013) Lexus ES350 sedan that came in Silver Lining Metallic.  The interior included black Nuluxe leather appointed bucket seats up front with three passenger seating in the rear.  This new ES350 design provides a whopping 4” of additional legroom in the rear, perhaps […]

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Obama gets testy at press conference over Rice question

by Jack Minor –   President Obama appeared visibly irritated at being asked difficult questions about his role in the Benghazi attack as he dared Republican senators to “come after” him over his handling of the incident.   During the President’s first press conference since March, Obama was asked about a press meeting earlier that […]

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2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara 4×4

    Jeep has been building off-road and sport utility vehicles since 1941 (civilian vehicles since 1945), making it the country’s oldest SUV brand.  They were originally provided for the U. S. military during World War II, specifically light 4-wheel drives for the Army.  Willys-Overland, the manufacturer of Jeeps, provided about 640,000 units for the war […]

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2013 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ AWD Review

This past week I was presented a new Chevy Equinox crossover to test.  It was painted Tungsten metallic (dark bronze) with a light titanium and black leather interior.  The combination resulted in a lot of compliments during the week, although personally I’m a fan of red, white or black vehicles. Chevrolet was founded 100 years […]

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“Java” – 2013 Nissan Altima 3.5 SV 4-Door Sedan

    Al Hirt, famed New Orleans trumpeter and bandleader, owned a bar on Bourbon Street in the 60’s, and I’m sure I was in it at some point while serving in the Air Force nearby.  My favorite watering hole, however, was Larry & Katz (pictured), an establishment a few blocks away from the French Quarter, […]

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