Latest from Aaron Turpen
Aaron Turpen: The Crown Is Proof Toyota Can Make Pretty Cars
Automotive columnist Aaron Turpen writes, “The Crown has a lot in common with its predecessor, including similar drivetrains and a similar interior size. Unlike the ‘this is basically a Camrolla’ look of the Avalon, though, the Crown is … well … beautiful.”
Aaron TurpenFebruary 25, 2024
Aaron Turpen: When It Comes To Minivans, The Kia Carnival’s My MVP
Automotive columnist Aaron Tupen writes, “Of all of the minivans I’ve driven in today’s market, the Kia Carnival is my favorite, and not just because its name makes me think of half-dressed samba. It’s the only peppy, good-handling minivan of the current crop.”
Aaron TurpenJanuary 31, 2024
Aaron Turpen: Why Cars Struggle to Start In the Cold
Automotive columnist Aaron Turpen writes, "Why does your car have such a tough time starting when the weather is cold? I can explain. In about 800 words or so. Without once using the word 'shrinkage!'"
Aaron TurpenJanuary 12, 2024
Aaron Turpen: Drive A Ram Truck Or Tesla? Data Says You’re A Bad Driver
Automotive writer Aaron Turpen writes, “The most incident-prone (accidents, DUI, citations) in Wyoming is ... Saturn. Only in Wyoming would a brand that hasn’t produced a vehicle in more than a decade be one of the highest on any list.”
Aaron TurpenJanuary 06, 2024
Aaron Turpen: 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E EV Floats My Boat
Automotive writer Aaron Turpen writes, “The new 2023 Mustang Mach-E drives really well, can blow the doors off almost any other vehicle around it and it’s comfortable. Plus, it has somewhere between 247 and 312 miles of range, depending on which model you choose."
Aaron TurpenNovember 20, 2023
Aaron Turpen: The Indian Hooligan e-Bike Is The Coolest Thing Since, Well, Ever
Automotive writer Aaron Turpen writes, “The Indian eFTR Hooligan is the adult version of the banana seat Huffy, but without the skinned knees, questionable homemade ramps for getting air and constant chain and sprocket maintenance.”
Aaron TurpenNovember 03, 2023
Aaron Turpen: 2024 GMC Sierra 2500HD Hauls People And Rocks, But Not Donkeys
Automotive writer Aaron Turpen writes, “The upside to a huge vehicle like this in Colorado traffic is that you automatically gain some respect from the speedsters in their Prius and smart car choices. The downside is that, like most Colorado drivers, they still seem to have a death wish.”
Aaron TurpenOctober 20, 2023
Aaron Turpen: The Aragon Collection — Four Generations Of Corvettes And Other Beauties
Automotive Writer Aaron Turpen writes, “I could see that he was in love. He didn’t just like this car. He like liked it. His eyes had that gleeful enamor-filled glaze a fifth grader gets when he meets his first crush. A few weeks later, he had one in his driveway.’
Aaron TurpenAugust 31, 2023
Aaron Turpen Car Review: 2023 Toyota Venza Wagons The Station Out Of It
Automotive writer Aaron Turpen writes, "Toyota knows there are people who still love station wagons. And not just people who own five windbreakers that say Columbia on them, order coffees with six names in the description, and cover the back of their car in bumper stickers involving the name 'Bernie.'"
Aaron TurpenJuly 27, 2023
Wyoming Car Collectors: The Many Motors of Dave Shimerka
Automotive writer Aaron Turpen writes, "I met Dave at a recent car show in Cheyenne. I was immediately attracted to his AMC Rebel, which is a rare model of 'The Machine.' I went to Dave’s home later on and got a glimpse of his car collection. It’s fantastic."
Aaron TurpenJune 30, 2023
Wyoming Places: Seven Great Finds For A Car Nut At Gillette’s Frontier Auto Museum
Gillette’s Frontier Auto Museum is a must for anyone’s bucket list, even if you’re not a car nerd. Here are my seven favorites I spotted while there.
Aaron TurpenJune 25, 2023
Aaron Turpen: The Tesla Cybertruck Is A Joke That’s Trolling The Automotive World
Automotive Writer Aaron Turpen writes, “Tesla will release the Cybertruck, eventually, and get the initial splash from it. But Elon will, however, laugh this off since the Cybertruck is clearly just another one of his trolls.
Aaron TurpenJune 23, 2023
Aaron Turpen: Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV Is All Luxury That’s Not Quite Fit For the 1%
Automotive Writer Aaron Turpen writes: “The Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV is, like most luxury models, a lot of letters and numbers that mean little to the average person on the street. This one is destined to just be called “the Mercedes” by its owners.”
Aaron TurpenJune 22, 2023
Aaron Turpen: Here’s a 30 Facts About Cars That You Probably Don’t Know
Columnist Aaron Turpen writes, "Call these conversation starters or random 'know stuff' factoids, but there are some fascinating things to know about cars. If you’re a car nerd like I am, you definitely love spouting weird facts whenever it can be worked into everyday conversation."
Aaron TurpenMay 30, 2023
Aaron Turpen: The 2023 Toyota Tundra Can Go To The MAX
Automotive Writer Aaron Turpen writes: “Toyota used its expertise in hybrid electric systems to add more power to its pickup. Basically, Toyota took some Prius stuff and shoved it into the Tundra and then went all Tim Allen on it. Arr augh aurgh!”
Aaron TurpenMay 19, 2023
Aaron Turpen: To Infiniti (QX60) and Beyond
Automotive Writer Aaron Turpen writes: “Buyers in the mid-size luxury SUV segment should definitely look at the QX60. It’s a beauty of a vehicle with a nice balance of things for the price being paid.”
Aaron TurpenMay 03, 2023
Aaron Turpen: 2023 Kia Telluride Is An OK Snow Hamster
Automotive writer Aaron Turpen writes: “The 2023 Telluride has a 3.8-liter V6 that outputs about 1,309,500 hamsters (aka 291hp) to an eight-speed automatic transmission. This is a solid combo that feels good in most driving situations. The all-wheel drive models are good goers, but aren’t as sure-footed as some rivals in the snow and ice."
Aaron TurpenApril 18, 2023
Car Review: 2023 Nissan LEAF is the Everyman Electric Car -- Even In Wyoming
Automotive writer Aaron Turpen writes: "Your knee jerk reaction to an electric car aside, the Nissan LEAF is the longest in production, most affordable, and most realistic electric car. And it has a use in Wyoming, despite what naysayers will claim."
Aaron TurpenApril 12, 2023
Aaron Turpen: Compact Pickups Are Like Mullets
Automotive writer Aaron Turpen writes: "Tiny, compact trucks are definitely making a comeback. And like mullets, they’re popping up everywhere and only gaining in popularity again."
Aaron TurpenApril 10, 2023
Car Review: 2023 Chevrolet Equinox is the One You Settle Into
Cowboy State Daily Automotive writer Aaron Turpen writes: As young adults, we tend to chase after the blingy eye candy. The pushup bras and bare midriff shirts. The football muscles and coiffed hair. Then, as we get older, we realize that those things are fleeting and that there are more important attributes to aim for. Boring can actually be a good thing. The steady partner who may not have a midriff worth bearing or a full head of hair becomes a realistic option. Enter the Chevrolet Equinox...
Aaron TurpenApril 04, 2023
Aaron Turpen Car Review: The 2023 Ford Bronco Raptor Makes Me Want To Play Viking Metal
Automotive columnist Aaron Turpen writes, "The 2023 Ford Bronco Raptor checks all of the good times boxes. The doors come off. The roof comes off. The front axle disconnects. And when driving around without the roof panels or front doors on, you can stow those in the back cargo area."
Aaron TurpenMarch 23, 2023
Sunday Car Review: 2023 Lexus GX 460 Is Hay Bale Ready
After getting annihilated by readers for suggesting a hybrid mid-sized SUV was 'perfect for Wyoming's families,' automotive writer Aaron Turpen reviews the largest and "oldest-school SUV still being sold as new today" -- the 2023 Lexus GX 460.
Aaron TurpenMarch 12, 2023
Aaron Turpen: 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is My Recommend for Wyoming
In my career as an automotive journalist, I have driven a lot of cars, trucks, and SUVs. Never have I met a small family sport utility as perfect for Wyoming as the new Mitsubishi Outlander in its plug-in hybrid format.
Aaron TurpenMarch 06, 2023
Aaron Turpen: Used Car Market Saw Prices Briefly Cool Off But It’s Not Going To Continue
If youre looking to buy a new or used vehicle, dont expect current price drops to continue for long. And dont hang your hopes on interest rates dropping very soon. Were still in a sellers market.
Aaron TurpenMarch 02, 2023
Aaron Turpen Car Review: 2023 Toyota 4Runner 40th Anniversary is Retro Awesome Guzzling
Automotive writer Aaron Turpen says the 2023 Toyota 4Runner 40th Anniversary Special Edition is a remembrance of what vehicles were before we put effort into making them efficient. And comfortable. And ergonomic. And truly useful.
Aaron TurpenFebruary 28, 2023
Aaron Turpen: Heads Up! Feds Now Say Steering Wheels Are Optional In Vehicles
Automotive writer Aaron Turpen says the steering wheel is eventually going to go the way of the dodo bird. The U.S. Department of Transportation has ruled that manual controls in autonomous vehicles are logically unnecessary.
Aaron TurpenFebruary 25, 2023
Aaron Turpen On Trucks: Ford F-150 Lightning is the Ultimate Urban Cowboy Truck
In his review of the Ford F-150 Lightning electric truck, automotive columnist Aaron Turpen writes: "Most of us in Wyoming are familiar with urban cowboys. Now we have the pickup truck equivalent."
Aaron TurpenFebruary 19, 2023
Aaron Turpen: The Largest Auto Show Is Visited By the Smallest State
Columnist Aaron Turpen the largest auto show in North America last week. He writes: "The Chicago Auto Show is held every year at the McCormick Center. Those who have been to McCormick know that there are ranches for sale in Laramie that have smaller footprints than that place does."
Aaron TurpenFebruary 14, 2023
Aaron Turpen: Belize is the Wyoming of Central America
Automotive columnist Aaron Turpen writes: "I recently visited Belize and found the culture and circumstances of that country to be very familiar. Especially in driving habits and general attitude. Getting stuck in a traffic jam there because of a horse made me think of home."
Aaron TurpenFebruary 06, 2023
Aaron Turpen: Buying A Car At An Auction? Here’s What To Know So You Don’t Screw It Up
Columnist Aaron Turpen writes: "A lot of people in Wyoming are turning to automotive auctions as a way to get a vehicle. Its easy to screw this up, though. Especially if youre new to vehicle auctions. Lets talk turkey so you dont look like one."
Aaron TurpenJanuary 30, 2023