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Safer Mobility Starts on School Playgrounds: Empowering the Next Generation of Pedestrians

From Headlines to Legislation to the Streets On Good Friday in Washington, DC, a longtime cycling activist was struck and killed by a man driving a stolen van at more than twice the posted speed limit. David Salovesh, a well-known advocate for protected bike lanes and safer streets, was the first cyclist killed in Metro DC in 2019, and one of the 128 DC traffic fatalities since 2015. One week after Salovesh’s death, advocates, victims’ relatives and crash survivors gathered in front of th...
Tags: Europe, Washington, Washington Dc, Distracted Driving, Autos, Dc, Cleveland, Denver, Alexandria, Car Safety, Thomas, Ac, Montgomery County, District, Doyle, Michael Doyle


2019 Chrysler 300 Review: An Affordable Executive-Level Car

91 Solid 2019 Chrysler 300 Overall Impression Smooth Riding.Affordable Luxury.Lots of Safety Features. Pros Quiet Cabin Available Hemi V8 Touchscreen Display Cons Poor Visibility Handing At Times In a world dominated by SUVs, there is the rare 2019 Chrysler 300 rear-wheel drive sedan. Although all-wheel drive is available, it’s still a rare breed, especially here in Colorado, where 90 percent of the vehicles on the road are crossovers and SUVs. For the driving enthu...
Tags: Apple, Review, Colorado, Tech, Autos, Chrysler, Epa, Denis, Times, Denver, Android Auto, Ward, FCA US LLC, Uconnect, Loveland Pass, Denis Flierl


Junkyard Find: 1980 Plymouth Horizon

After the Oil Crisis of 1973, Chrysler didn’t have the resources needed to design and build a subcompact economy car from scratch. Fortunately, Chrysler’s Japanese ally, Mitsubishi, was willing to ship over plenty of cars to be sold as Dodge and Plymouth Colts (we will not discuss the wretched Plymouth Cricket aka Hillman Avenger at […] The post Junkyard Find: 1980 Plymouth Horizon appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Autos, Horizon, Dodge, Plymouth, Denver, Omni, 1980, 1980s, Dodge Omni, Plymouth Horizon, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Miserable Econoboxes, Malaise


2019 Cadillac XT4 Review: Affordable Luxury For Younger Buyers

90 SOLID 2019 Cadillac XT4 Premium Luxury Review Overall Impression Responsive engine.Easy for loading cargo.Ideal for younger buyers. Pros Affordable Roomy Cabin Cons Interior Quality Vs. Competition Options Quickly Drive Up MSRP There’s another new entry into the compact luxury SUV segment, as Cadillac gets into the mix with the XT4. The smaller XT4 joins the midsize XT5 and the three-row XT6, along with the larger  Escalade to complete  Cadillac’s SUV and cro...
Tags: Review, Gm, Autos, Epa, Denis, Awd, Denver, Android Auto, Cadillac, Denis Flierl, Test Drives, Driving Dynamics, 2019 Cadillac XT4, Premium Luxury, Luxury Premium Luxury, Continuous Damping Control


2019 Lexus UX 250h Review: A Small Package For The Big City

93 Solid 2019 Lexus UX 250h Overall Impression Affordable luxury.Good for daily driving. Pros Fuel Economy Easy To Maneuver Available Safety Tech Cons Infotainment Interface Passenger & Cargo Room Lexus brings a new compact SUV for those who don’t need a big vehicle, but still want something luxurious and fuel efficient. The 2019 Lexus UX 250h is a new vehicle from the luxury division of Toyota that slots below the NX in the Lexus stable. It comes with Toyota’s pro...
Tags: Review, Lexus, Autos, Toyota, Epa, Denis, Awd, Denver, MacPherson, Toyota Motor Sales U S A Inc, Big City, Denis Flierl, Lexus Safety System, Test Drives, Lexus UX, Triple Beam LED


An Inside Look at Monster Energy AMA Supercross

Over the past decade, Monster Energy AMA Supercross has seen a welcome rise in attendance and popularity. The ever-evolving series has changed quite a bit from the days of Jeremy McGrath and Ricky Carmichael to an increasingly data-driven sport with exclusive factory team trainers producing elite athletes. Much like their four-wheel motorsport brethren, factory riders train full-time on and off the track, giving them a distinct advantage over privateers while narrowing the competitive gap to fra...
Tags: Events, Bikes, West, Racing, New Jersey, San Diego, Autos, Carmichael, Las Vegas, Honda, Denver, Motorsport, Husqvarna, Moto, Ray, Yamaha


Junkyard Find: Big Sexxy, the V8-6-4-powered 1981 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham

Finding a Malaise Era Cadillac in a self-service wrecking yard is interesting, especially when it has Cadillac’s not-so-successful first attempt at a cylinder-deactivation engine. Those cars don’t make me sad, though. A nicely customized show-car Cadillac with metalflake paint and pro-applied airbrush work in a junkyard — that makes me sad, even if it did […] The post Junkyard Find: Big Sexxy, the V8-6-4-powered 1981 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Autos, Denver, 1981, Cadillac, 1980s, Custom, Fleetwood, Cadillac Fleetwood, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Malaise, Malaise Era, Brougham, Lowriders


Short Rides

Last ten days or so have been a bit of a strain in the House of Chang.Miles, aka Thing 2, was finally diagnosed with a severe case of Mononucleosis and much time was spent in different emergency rooms and urgent care facilities over the last couple of months before that was determined.Good news is, all other much more worrisome causes have been eliminated, it's definitely Mono. In between visits to medical facilities, I worked in some short rides. April 7...clear views of nearby peaks  Mount ...
Tags: Motorcycles, Denver, Sunset, Scarlett Rides, Yagi Rides, House of Chang Miles aka Thing


Junkyard Find: 2001 Volkswagen New Beetle Sport

The early-21st century fad for retro-styled cars, including the PT Cruiser, Chevrolet HHR, Mini Cooper, and Fiat 500, got its start with the late-1990s introduction of the Volkswagen New Beetle (we’re still waiting for a Nissan model made to look like the Datsun F-10). Like most people (and especially like most who had ever owned […] The post Junkyard Find: 2001 Volkswagen New Beetle Sport appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Vw, Turbo, Autos, Fiat, 2001, Volkswagen, Nissan, Denver, Beetle, Cooper, VW Beetle, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Volkswagen Beetle


2019 Lexus LX 570 Two-Row Review: Powerful & Luxurious But Thirsty

90 GOOD 2019 Lexus LX 570 Overall Impression Plenty of engine powerMore capable off-road than it looks.Might be hard to maneuver in the city. Pros Luxurious Cabin Off-Road Capability Cons Fuel Economy Infotainment Interface The 2019 Lexus LX 570 is big and comfortable, with  power to spare and great off-road ability to match. I f you want to get away from civilization in luxury, or live where you need extra ride height, this is the SUV for you. Given Toyota’s con...
Tags: Families, Review, Colorado, Los Angeles, Lexus, Autos, Toyota, Epa, Denis, Denver, Colorado Rockies, Lane, Toyota Motor Sales U S A Inc, Denis Flierl, Test Drives


Weekly Roundup, Friday 12 April 2019

An impression of the interior of the new Istanbul Airport, just now opened and the largest in the world. Good morningAn unplanned, but interesting (I hope) attached article today, being a review of a third emergency car battery “jump-start” unit.  Unlike the two reviewed last week, this one works well and I can recommend it with only a very little bit of “maybe” appended to the recommendation.I’m so pleased to no longer have a nagging feeling in the back of my mind about the car’s battery life –...
Tags: Travel, Google, Amazon, New York, Science, London, Sweden, Australia, Russia, Miscellaneous, Cars, US, Los Angeles, Newsletter, Tech, Georgia


Junkyard Find: 1978 Ford Mustang Stallion

After the first-generation Mustang went from frisky lightweight to bloated monstrosity, Ford transferred the name over to an economy car based on the Pinto. This proved to be a wise move, in light of certain geopolitical events that took place right around the time the first Mustang IIs began rolling into showrooms, but most of […] The post Junkyard Find: 1978 Ford Mustang Stallion appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Ford Mustang, Ford, Autos, Denver, Mustang, Special Editions, 1970s, Ford Pinto, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Malaise, Malaise Era, 1978, Ford Mustang II


BALLS & CHAIN. 485 Design’s Tough Yamaha XV920 Cafe

Written by Andrew Jones We wear our hearts on our sleeves when it comes to Yamaha’s good ol’ Virago Vee. We bloody well love ‘em but boy, we’ve seen a damn heap of them. So needless to say that it takes something a little special for us to notice them nowadays. Enter Denver’s 485 Designs and their rather unique chain-driven XV920. And by ‘unique’, we mean ‘tough, stanced and with a technically sublime Ducati rear end.’ Check it out… “We’re located just south of Denver, Colorado,” says the ...
Tags: Craigslist, Maine, Motorcycles, Ducati, Denver, NICK, Nik, Yamaha, Denver Colorado, Andrew Jones, Virago, Café Racer, XV920, 485 Designs, Nick Mercer, Nick All


2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback: The Bulldog For The Budget-Minded

The 2020 Toyota Yaris is ideal for anyone living on a strict budget.  It packs a lot of punch with a peppy engine and plenty of connectivity. Safety features are numerous, including three advanced braking systems. We no sooner take the 2019 Yaris sedan on an extensive test drive, and Toyota is already previewing the 2020 Yaris Hatchback! Zipping through Denver and around the mountain curves outside the city, the 2019 Yaris is a blast to drive. The little car hugged the road and entertained us ...
Tags: Apple, New York, Autos, Detroit Lions, Toyota, Denver, MacPherson, Toyota Motor Sales U S A Inc, Wayne State University, New York International Auto Show, Car News, Carl Anthony, Ally Jolie Baldwin Foundation, Budget Minded, Toyota Yaris Hatchback, Electronic Brake Force Distribution EBD


Junkyard Find: 1952 Mercury Custom Sedan

Ordinary family sedans of the 1940s and 1950s look cool and everyone claims to love them, but the sad reality is that hardly anyone with the time, money, space, and skills to restore an old Detroit car bothers with the postwar four-doors. I see 1946-1959 American sedans, mostly in pretty solid condition, with depressing regularity […] The post Junkyard Find: 1952 Mercury Custom Sedan appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Autos, 1950s, Detroit, Denver, Mercury, 1952, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Flathead, 1952 Mercury, Flathead V8


2019 Volvo V60 Review: Quick, Versatile & Safe

93 Solid 2019 Volvo V60 T6 Overall Impression More fun than it looks.Good safety ratings/features. Pros Versatile Sleek Design Comfortable Cabin Cons Sensus Interface Rear Passenger Room Volvo has a range of family-friendly vehicles that are stylish, safe, and technologically-advanced. Offerings like the 2019 Volvo V60 are much different than the old boxy wagons of the past. However, t he Swedish automaker is still one of the best if safety is your number one conc...
Tags: Apple, Review, Autos, Epa, Denis, Volvo, Denver, Art Deco, Interior, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, SENSUS, Denis Flierl, Test Drives, City Safety, Volvo Car USA LLC, Sensus Interface Rear Passenger Room Volvo


2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Review: Perfect For The Weekend Warrior

92 Solid 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Overall Impression Plenty capable off-road or in bad weather. Perfect truck for those weekend getaways. Pros Rugged Towing Capability Cargo & Storage Capacity Cons Driving Position Cramped For Taller Drivers For those wanting to get off the beaten path and away from civilization, the 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro is a truck for extreme adventures. Get the Double Cab and you can take all your friends, and have room for extra gear o...
Tags: Review, Colorado, Autos, Toyota, Epa, Denis, Denver, Tacoma, Toyota Tacoma, Toyota Motor Sales U S A Inc, Denis Flierl, Morrison It, Trd, Test Drives, Desert Air Intake, 2019 Toyota Tacoma


Junkyard Find: 1981 Toyota Corona Wagon

Because my very first car was a 50-buck ’69 Corona sedan in dazzling beige, I always photograph Coronas when I see them in wrecking yards. Sadly, Toyota stopped selling the Corona in North America in 1982, which means that I might see one every couple of years these days. Here’s a luxurious, fully loaded 1981 […] The post Junkyard Find: 1981 Toyota Corona Wagon appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Autos, Toyota, North America, Denver, 1981, 1980s, Corona, Wagon, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Station Wagon, Malaise, Malaise Era, Toyota Corona


2019 Lexus LS 500h Review: A Hybrid of The Highest Order

95 excellent overall impression Quiet & luxurious cabin.Solid engine performance.Infotainment touchpad is difiicult. Pros Ride Quality World-Class Interior Cons Infotainment Touchpad Options Add Up Quickly If you think Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo have the market on the full-size luxury segment, Lexus is making a bold statement with the LS 500. When Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda said he wanted to change the Lexus culture, he wasn’t kidding. The 2019 Lexus LS 500h says...
Tags: Apple, Europe, Review, Lexus, Autos, Toyota, Denis, Hybrids, Volvo, Denver, Akio Toyoda, Toyota Motor Sales U S A Inc, CVT, Amazon Alexa, Audi BMW Mercedes Benz, Lexus LS


Can-Am to Hold Multi-City Ride Events for Ryker

Want to Test Out Life on Three Wheels? I’m not a particularly huge fan of the whole reverse trike thing, but I do think they have a place in the wonderful world of motorcycles. When it comes to reverse trikes, Can-Am is at the top, and now it wants to get more folks on the Ryker so it’s hosting some events in multiple states.  The Can-Am Ryker Ride Show will be at 12 different cities across the country. The first event will occur on March 14-16 and then go on from there. The point of each event...
Tags: Toronto, Atlanta, Motorcycles, Washington Dc, Dallas, Miami, San Jose, Salt Lake City, Denver, Orlando, Motorcycle News, Ryker, Can-Am Motorcycles, Can-Am Ryker


Junkyard Find: 1994 Volvo 960 Sedan

While I live in Denver, my family and work ties in the San Francisco Bay Area make me a regular visitor at the incredibly well-stocked self-service wrecking yards of the region between San Jose and Richmond. These yards don’t have quite the selection of Subarus and IHC Scouts that I see in the yards around […] The post Junkyard Find: 1994 Volvo 960 Sedan appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: California, Autos, San Jose, Volvo, Denver, Richmond, 1990s, San Francisco Bay Area, 1994, IHC, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Swedish cars, European Luxury, Straight Six


Junkyard Treasure: 1994 Volvo 960 Sedan

While I live in Denver, my family and work ties in the San Francisco Bay Area make me a regular visitor at the incredibly well-stocked self-service wrecking yards of the region between San Jose and Richmond. These yards don’t have quite the selection of Subarus and IHC Scouts that I see in the yards around […] The post Junkyard Treasure: 1994 Volvo 960 Sedan appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: California, Autos, San Jose, Volvo, Denver, Richmond, 1990s, San Francisco Bay Area, 1994, IHC, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Swedish cars, European Luxury, Straight Six


Junkyard Find: 1987 Volkswagen Fox

If you’re a European car manufacturer in the middle 1980s, what do you do when Tercels and Excels and Justys make your value-priced econobox seem too expensive in North America? If you’re Volkswagen, you call up your Brazilian operation and start building Americanized versions of the VW Gol, successor to the Type 1 Beetle in […] The post Junkyard Find: 1987 Volkswagen Fox appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Fox, Vw, Brazil, Autos, Volkswagen, North America, Denver, 1980s, 1987, Volkswagen Fox, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Miserable Econoboxes, 1987 Volkswagen Fox


2019 Toyota Yaris Review: Small & Steady Wins The Race

90 Solid 2019 Toyota Yaris Overall Impression Don't judge a book by the cover!It's small but more fun than it looks!Great option for a first-time buyer. Pros Handling Fuel Economy Standard Features Cons Rear Passenger Room There’s more choices in the compact sedan market than ever with affordable and fuel-efficient models across the segment. But what if you are searching for one that’s also packed with lots of safety features and still enjoyable to drive? The 2019 To...
Tags: Autos, Toyota, Epa, Denver, Mercedes Benz CLA, MacPherson, CVT, Denis Flierl, Test Drives, Toyota Yaris, Yaris


A Cautionary Tale: Inheriting a BMW R100GS project

Love ’em or hate ’em, BMW’s GS behemoths have dominated the ADV market for almost four decades now. Five years ago, the 500,000th GS rolled off the Berlin production line, and we’re betting it won’t be long before the go-anywhere boxer hits the million mark. We don’t see many GS customs, though. These machines are a triumph of function over form, and most owners like it that way. So this R100GS is something of a rarity—and its backstory is rather strange too. It belongs to Hasselblad Mas...
Tags: Berlin, Motorcycles, Bmw, Portland Oregon, Denver, Brembo, KTM, Woody, Walt, Gregor, Custom Motorcycles, BMW motorcycles, Walt Siegl, BMW R100, Gregor Halenda, BMW scrambler


Junkyard Find: 1989 Pontiac Sunbird GT Turbo

Since The General built cars on the J Platform from the 1982 through 2005 model years, I still see numerous examples of the J during my junkyard travels. Most of those are late-production Cavaliers and Sunfires — not so interesting — but today we’ve got a genuine high-performance Sunbird bearing one of the most important […] The post Junkyard Find: 1989 Pontiac Sunbird GT Turbo appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Turbo, Autos, Denver, 1989, 1980s, Cavaliers, Pontiac, Chevrolet Cavalier, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Pontiac Sunbird, Turbocharging, Turbocharger, J-body


Junkyard Find: 1978 Toyota Truck

The Toyota Hilux pickup truck first hit the streets in 1968, shoving aside flimsier trucks based on the Corona and Crown within a few years. While the Hilux (or “Hylux”) name got a bit of marketing use by Toyota in North America, this truck was known here as, simply, the Truck. I found this well-worn-but-unrusted […] The post Junkyard Find: 1978 Toyota Truck appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Autos, Truck, Toyota, North America, Denver, 1970s, Toyota Hilux, Corona, Hilux, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Malaise, Malaise Era, 1978


Viaduct Elegy: Chapter 2: The New Colossus

Viaduct Elegy is a four-part series from Automoblog feature columnist Tony Borroz, who broke the law in preparation for writing it. He is a Seattle native and author of The 2018 Indy 500 Notebook and  Bricks & Bones: The Endearing Legacy and Nitty-Gritty Phenomenon of The Indy 500, available in paperback or Kindle format. Tony grew up in a sportscar-oriented family, but sadly, they were British cars.  Finally, finally, finally they are tearing down the Alaskan Way Viaduct, a colossal, monumenta...
Tags: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Magazine, Portland, Autos, Seattle, Boeing, Denver, South, Northwest, Rockies, Yukon, Don, Tony, Sodo


2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE Review: Steady & Comfortable

90 Good 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE Overall Impression The interior is a strong point.Plenty of cargo space for a hybrid.It's not exactly sporty but it's efficient. Pros Fuel Economy Comfortable Interior Cons Entune Interface CVT Transmission Sedans are losing their appeal as SUVs and crossovers take a lion’s share of the market, but this sedan will get you to look twice. The 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid received a complete makeover last year and it’s a good one. The ...
Tags: Apple, Autos, Toyota, Epa, Denver, Amazon Alexa, Camry Hybrid, Denis Flierl, Test Drives, Driving Dynamics


Tastemaker: A Scrambler built by the Editor of Meta

Ben Giese is a man of exceptional taste. As the creative director and editor-in-chief of the aesthetically superior motorcycle magazine, Meta, he has to be. But he’s also a rider, who grew up racing motocross. So when his 2017-model Triumph Scrambler went under the knife, both form and function vied for top spot. “I wanted to transform it into a true ‘scrambler‘ that could take me well beyond the paved city streets of Denver, and deep into the mountains and deserts of the Southwest,” Ben t...
Tags: UK, California, Motorcycles, Customs, Denver, Scrambler, Ben, Joshua Tree, Woody, Scandinavian, Custom Motorcycles, Triumph Bonneville, Motogadget, Shinko, Triumph motorcycles, British Customs



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