auto-reviews

Eric Peters: 2018 Kia Rio new car review

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Eric Peters: 2018 Kia Rio new car review

By Eric Peters Kia and Hyundai are – today – like Ford and Mercury used to be. Well, Mercury no longer is at all. But once upon a time, Mercury was the higher-line (and sightly higher-priced) version of the same basic thing sold under the Ford label. Kia serves the same purpose today. Its models […]


Eric Peters: Snow driving etiquette . . . and its lack

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Eric Peters: Snow driving etiquette . . . and its lack

By Eric Peters Lots of advice goes out every year about how to drive in the snow. But the single most important piece of advice about snow-day driving is almost never mentioned – probably because the cardinal rule of modern advice-giving is to never tell people the truth when it might cause discomfort or offense. It is, simply: Stay home if […]


Eric Peters: Techno-economic leveling

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Eric Peters: Techno-economic leveling

By Eric Peters Cars, it’s rightly said, are becoming like cell phones – but in a way that’s different than the purely techno-gadget way most people mean when they say this. A techno-economic leveling is under way, the same as has happened with our phones.  The $60 smartphone you can pick up at Walmart may not have quite as […]


Eric Peters: 2018 Toyota Corolla new car review

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Eric Peters: 2018 Toyota Corolla new car review

By Eric Peters Technically, the Toyota Corolla is an entry-level compact sedan – a notch down in size and price from the mid-sized, mid-priced Camry sedan. Well, when it comes to what it costs. But when it comes to passenger space, the Corolla has almost the same interior space; more space when it comes to backseat […]


Eric Peters: Who profits from the loss of our privacy?

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Eric Peters: Who profits from the loss of our privacy?

By Eric Peters Who owns the data culled by your car? And – more to the point – who is profiting from it? And why aren’t they cutting us a check, at least? All new cars – and most cars built over the past decade or so – have data recorders and this data is not only stored but […]


Eric Peters: Mazda’s solution that works . . .

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Eric Peters: Mazda’s solution that works . . .

By Eric Peters If you were counting calories, would you exclude the deep-fried shell of the taco you’re planning to eat? Probably not – unless you weren’t really counting calories. What has this to do with cars? A lot, it turns out. In particular, electric cars – which are touted as being “zero emissions” cars. For the […]


Eric Peters: 2018 Chevy Camaro Turbo new car review

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Eric Peters: 2018 Chevy Camaro Turbo new car review

By Eric Peters Muscle cars, by tradition, are supposed to have big V8s as their centerpiece attraction. But what happens when a four cylinder makes as much (or even more) power than most muscle car V8s used to? You go faster – and get much better gas mileage. That’s the 2018 Chevy turbo Camaro. WHAT IT IS The Camaro […]


Eric Peters: Operational neurasthenia

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Eric Peters: Operational neurasthenia

By Eric Peters It’s reasonable to adjust speed for conditions – snow, for instance. But what about drivers who drop their speed because it might snow later? Road (and school) closings, not because it is snowing. Because it’s possible it may. This appears to be the latest manifestation of the hysterical – in the psychiatric sense – overfixation on saaaaaaaaaaaaaaafety which has […]


Eric Peters: The V2V bee hive

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Eric Peters: The V2V bee hive

By Eric Peters Ayn Rand, for all her quirks, had some solid things to say. One of these was that civilization exists – or declines – in proportion to privacy. The less privacy you’ve got, the more uncivilized the society in which you live. Which is why this business of Vehicle to Vehicle (V2V) technology […]


Eric Peters: 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid new car review

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Eric Peters: 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid new car review

By Eric Peters It’s hard to make an economic case for any converted hybrid right now. This means all hybrids on the market right now, except for the Toyota Prius – which is the only hybrid built from the wheels up to be a hybrid. What’s the difference? And why does it matter? Converted hybrids began life as non-hybrids. Later […]